A trip to Australia is well worth the journey it takes to get there. This diverse country often surprises visitors, whose travels Down Under likely combine many landscapes and experiences, including pristine beaches, red desert, dense rainforests, ancient Aboriginal art, outstanding food and wine, scuba diving and snorkeling in the world's best reefs, and "Aussie-style" relaxation. Australia and its laid-back lifestyle is perfect for travelers of all ages.
Our Luxury Australia Tours
Artisans of Leisure specializes in luxury travel in Australia. Our tours are private and customized, and include Australia’s most impressive locations and resorts. We arrange private family tours, luxury honeymoons, tours for groups of friends, and tours for couples and individuals. Australia offers something for all types of luxury travelers—nature lovers, wildlife lovers, foodies, wine lovers, cultural travelers, and anyone seeking a vacation destination that combines luxury with warm hospitality, a variety of types of experiences, and stunningly beautiful landscapes, including rainforest, desert, sophisticated cities, tropical beaches, the Great Barrier Reef, farmland, and rugged mountains.
Sydney is truly one of the world's greatest cities. Home of the most iconic opera house in the world, this cosmopolitan hub is located on beautiful Sydney Harbor. Stroll through the Botanic Gardens, browse crafts markets in the historic Rocks district and explore other neighborhoods, including Paddington, Surrey Hills, Darlinghurst, Woolamaloo, bustling Darling Harbor, Circular Quay and the city center. Across Sydney Harbor Bridge view exclusive homes and yacht clubs in Double Bay and Vaucluse. Depending on your interests, visit designer shops selling some of the world’s best opals and hand made marble paper. Visit galleries and unique shops for Aboriginal art or modern Australian design. Visit great museums, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Powerhouse Museum, and Museum of Contemporary Art. If you are up for an adventure perhaps partake in the Sydney BridgeClimb for spectacular views of the city.In addition to the endless list of world-renowned restaurants you have to choose from, we can organize a picnic including crisp Australian wine on legendary Bondi Beach. Families will love the Sydney Aquarium and Taronga Zoo to see unique animals native to Australia. Perhaps travel by water taxi to Watsons Bay to dine on fresh fish and chips dockside as the sun sets. A day trip to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park located in North Sydney can also be arranged with an expert naturalist to point out wildlife and navigate you through lagoons, creaks, and beaches to lookouts that display Aboriginal art engravings.
We arrange exclusive activities such as a gourmet dinner and private tour of Sydney Opera House, tickets to a performance, chartered sailing excursions around Sydney Harbor on a private yacht, and an insiders “Foodie” tour of Sydney, surfing lessons, private shopping with local experts, and much more.
Our preferred luxury hotels in Sydney include the Park Hyatt Sydney, Four Seasons Sydney, and the Observatory Hotel.
Recommended day trips from Sydney include the Hunter Valley, situated a short distance outside Sydney. Explore its vineyards which produce some of the world’s best chardonnays, shirazs, pinot noirs and merlots. Dine at award-winning restaurants, visit historic towns known for their local arts and crafts and antique shops. Our driver-guides take our travelers on routes that show the best of the region's history, beauty and culture. While there, we recommend overnighting at the luxurious Tower Lodge.
Another one of our favorite excursions is a private 4WD tour into the Blue Mountains to explore the Australian bush. Visit quaint towns, view spectacular mountain landscapes, and drive along remote dirt roads to view kangaroos and wallabies and ancient Aboriginal rock art. The best accommodations in the area is Wolgan Valley, an exclusive resort and spa.
Byron Bay is the most eastern point on Australia’s mainland, located a few hours north of Sydney. Commonly referred to as “surfer’s paradise,” Byron Bay is known for its beautiful white sand beaches and impressive waves. We recommend spending a few days at Byron at Byron Resort & Spa to enjoy the surrounding rainforest, coastal trails, and private beach. Depending on your interests, we arrange many activities such as hanggliding, privately-guided hikes, biking, and whale watching.
Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and second largest city in Australia. This metropolitan melting pot is home to immigrants from Greece, Italy, and throughout Asia. Melbourne attracts visitors from all over the world because of its great cuisine and lively arts, fashion and music scene. Our tours include city highlights such as the chic South Yarra and Southgate neighborhoods, the Victorian Arts Center, sporting precincts such as the Melbourne Cricket Club, historic Cooks Cottage in the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens, Federation Square, and the Queen Victoria Markets. Our travelers also experience the best local beach communities and other nearby attractions, such as wildlife on Phillip Island and local wildlife parks; wine tastin in Yarra Valley; and private excursions along the Great Ocean Road.
In Melbourne we recommend staying at the luxurious Park Hyatt Melbourne.
The island of Tasmania is home to many spectacular World Heritage Areas. We highly recommend a visit to Tasmania if you have several weeks in Australia, or if this is a repeat visit. Along with breathtaking scenery, including striking mountain peaks, waterfalls and glacier lakes, Tasmania is also steeped in history, which is evident in its charming towns, sophisticated small cities, and the lighthouses and cottages throughout the island.
We particularly recommend Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to enjoy hiking along some of the world's most beautiful trails. We arrange for our travelers to explore the park according to their interests and desired level of activity. Whether you want a challenging multi-day hike through dense natural forests and snow-covered mountain craters with a private guide, or gentle half-day walks followed by wine and cheese tastings, fly fishing, or wildlife spotting, we can arrange a perfect few days here for any type of traveler.
Other island highlights include lavender fields, limestone caves and sinkholes, renowned vineyards, coastal walks, and private fly-fishing excursions.
In Tasmania we recommend staying at Cradle Mountain Lodge and Saffire Freycinet Lodge.
Adelaide is one of Australia’s smaller cosmopolitan cities and an ideal base for exploring regional highlights: food and wine, heritage architecture, and wildlife. Our tours include the Botanical Gardens, shopping for antiques and streets lined with heritage architecture, the Central Market, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Tandanya Aboriginal Cultural Institute, and the superb National Wine Centre of Australia. We also arrange private tours of the best specialty shops for local gourmet products, as well as private tours of the best vineyards in nearby wine regions. Explore Barossa Valley—Australia’s premier wine region—and visit small noted wineries, sample local cheeses and stroll through historic towns. We also arrange similar tours in the McLaren Vale wine region.
In Adelaide we recommend staying at the Hilton Adelaide or in smaller heritage properties. The Louise is a gourmet retreat in the nearby Barossa Valley and is one of our preferred properties.
Nearby Kangaroo Island is highly recommended for anyone wanting to experience one of Australia's best wildlife and nature destinations. Our tours include private touring with an expert naturalist to explore unique rock formations, beautiful beaches and view wildlife in their natural habitat, including kangaroos, koalas, sea lions, echidnas, goannas, platypuses, rare birds and even whales. We arrange day tours to Kangaroo Island and overnight stays in luxury lodges such as Southern Ocean Lodge.
Located in Australia’s “Red Center,” Ayers Rock, also known as Uluru, is one of Australia's most famous destinations, and for good reason. This is an ideal location to learn about life in the Outback, Aboriginal history including bushtucker cuisine, didgeridoos, and legends of the Dreamtime. We arrange private tours of Auers Rock and the Olgas. View Aboriginal rock art in caves and waterholes (billabongs). Walk through impressive sand dunes in the arid desert. See incredible desert flora and fauna. Enjoy gourmet meals under the stars while an astronomer points out the southern constellations. Perhaps take excursions to local farm stations.
Recommended luxury hotels in Ayers Rock include the luxurious safari-style camp Longitude 131 and Sails in the Desert (best for families with young children).
Perth is the largest city on the west coast. Due to its location, the city is less frequented but remains an excellent destination for second time visitors or travelers who have an extended amount of time to spend in Australia. The city center is located on the Lake Monfer and surrounded by beautiful lush Kings Park. Touring highlights include Swan Bell Tower, Parliament House, the Perth Mint and Government House. Depending on your interests, we recommend visiting the nearby heritage port town of Fremantle, home to a variety of cafes, unique boutiques, and stunning Cottlesloe Beach.
Located off the coast of Perth, Rottnest Island offers water in all shades of turquoise, an ideal base for swimming, snorkeling or simply relaxing on its spectacular coral fringed beaches. We arrange private tours that include exploring the island's numerous coves by foot or bicycle. One of the island's main attractions is the quokkas, local inhabitants that resemble small kangaroos. We also arrange a gourmet picnics with Australian wine on secluded beaches.
Another excursion we highly recommend is a tour of one of the world’s geological phenomenons: the Pinnacles. Travel by 4WD over enormous white sand dunes where kangaroos and emus are often spotted to Nambung National Park, home of thousands of huge limestone pillars rising out of the stark landscape of yellow sand. We can arrange a scenic helicopter transfer back Perth to enjoy a truly unforgettable landscape from above.
Recommended luxury hotels in Perth include The Richardson and Duxton Hotel.
Margaret River in the west coast's celebrated wine region—located a few hours south of Perth, it’s equally famous for its scenic coastal drive. Stay at one of the luxurious country estates set within acres of manicured gardens and lush green forests. We can arrange wine tastings, including meetings with top winemakers in the region, as well as visits to craft markets, art galleries, and local villages.
Recommended luxury country estates in Margaret River include Moondance Lodge and Cape Lodge.
Broome was originally founded as one of the world's leading pearling ports over a century ago. It is set between vast desert and clear blue sea. Broome’s historical and cultural highlights include incredible icons across the entire peninsula including Gantheaume Point, Anastasia’s Pool, and Deepwater Port. Learn about the pearling industry, view prehistoric dinosaur footprints, browse art galleries, and explore bustling Chinatown. We can arrange private scenic helicopter rides over impressive Winjana Gorge, whose walls expose an ancient coral reef and over Bell Gorge, located within the majestic King Leopold Range National Park. This tour includes a short trek to an unspoiled pool that feeds a beautiful waterfall—the perfect spot for a refreshing dip!
In Broome we recommend staying at the exclusive Cable Beach Club.
North Queensland is home to the one of the world’s oldest living rainforests and protected World Heritage site—the Daintree Rainforest. We highly recommend a few days here at a resort to tour the rainforest and the surrounding highlights. With a professional naturalist, learn about the forest's exotic flora and fauna unique to this part of the world. Take treetop walks through dense rainforest canopies. Visit Cape Tribulation, the place where the rainforest meets the reef. Ride on the legendary Kuranda Scenic Railway, attend a performance at the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, swim at waterfalls, and see local parks such as the colorful Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.
In the Daintree Rainforest we recommend staying at the luxurious Silky Oaks Resort & Spa.
On the mainland we recommend spending time at a luxury resort located in one of the numerous beach towns such as Port Douglas or Palm Cove, both just a short drive from Cairns. These locations are ideal if you wish to visit the rainforest one day, spend a day on the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, and enjoy time at a beach resort.
In Port Douglas and Palm Cove we recommend staying at Sebel Reef House Resort.
Some of the most beautiful islands in the world are located in the Great Barrier Reef. Lizard Island Resort is the only property situated directly on the reef—making it the ideal location for those who are interested in snorkeling and diving right off one of its 24 white-sand beaches located on this World Heritage protected island. Myriad colorful fish, turtles, giant clams, dazzling hard and soft corals and countless sea life can be seen within feet of shore. Another great option is Bedarra Island, located next to the Great Barrier Reef; this is the ideal place to spend several days enjoying superb service, cuisine, swimming, playing tennis and pampering yourself with spa treatments.
In the nearby Whitsunday Islands we recommend staying at the exclusive Qualia Resort or luxurious Hayman Island Resort. Turquoise blue water and white sandbars swirled together result in breathtaking surroundings. Enjoy sailing, diving, reef and island ecology walks, wildlife presentations, beach picnics, glass-bottom boat tours, fishing excursions, scenic helicopter flights, tennis, swimming, fine dining and great spa options.
Bamurra Plains is a luxury tented camp option near Kakadu National Park, near the Top End of Australia. Kakadu, Katherine and Arnhemland are ideal locations for travelers with more time who want to experience the best of Australia's pristine nature, rock art and wildlife.
Our Australia specialists have spent years living in Australia. Please contact us if you want to plan a private luxury tour of Australia that includes the most interesting places and activities.