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November 7, 2014

Exclusive Australia

Australia is an extraordinary destination and a favorite with travelers for its incredible natural beauty, unique wildlife, interesting local culture and exclusive resorts.

We love starting our private Australia tours in Sydney, one of the world’s great cities.

Travelers are always amazed by the beauty of Sydney, which is an irresistible combination of water, hills, parks. We recommend spending several days in the city to explore its most interesting neighborhoods, cultural attractions and scenic areas, as well as time to enjoy some of the best restaurants and shops in Australia.

One of our favorite luxury hotels is the Park Hyatt Sydney, which overlooks the iconic Sydney Opera House.

We arrange exclusive, private, behind-the-scenes tours of the Sydney Opera House. We also arrange tickets for opera, ballet and musical performances in the renowned venue.

Many of our travelers love shopping for Aboriginal art in Australia. Our guides know the very best galleries.

Our private Sydney tours include visits to the city’s most scenic and exclusive harborside neighborhoods.

We also include plenty of opportunities to enjoy Australia’s incredible food.

This breakfast rice pudding was made of warm coconut rice with lychee, kiwifruit, lime air, puffed rice and herbs.

Taking part in Sydney’s vibrant coffee culture is another must.

Birds are abundant in Australia, even in the middle of the cities. Hello, cockatoo!

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a city landmark. Upon request, we can arrange for travelers to participate in the thrilling BridgeClimb Sydney, which involves walking to the top of one of the arches.

We also arrange private excursions to the Blue Mountains, a beautiful region outside Sydney.

We recommend spending a night or two at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, a luxury resort in a private reserve surrounded by the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

It’s a great place to enjoy Australian hospitality, food, native bush and wildlife, like this wallaby.

Not far off the coast of Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is another highlight of Australia. It is home to the Southern Ocean Lodge, one of Australia’s most exclusive luxury lodges.

private Australia tours

Our private day tours on Kangaroo Island feature great naturalist guides who focus on the island’s best experiences, including wildlife, crafts villages, Aussie cuisine and much more.

Remarkable Rocks is an unusual geological formation that’s part of Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island.

Kangaroo Island is an ideal place to see native Australian animals in their natural habitats, including koalas…

…and sea lions.

Nearby Adelaide is one of Australia’s leading destinations for food and wine.

The world-renowned Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale wine regions are just outside the city.

Melbourne is a vibrant city known for culture, fashion, sports and fine dining.

A popular day tour from Melbourne is the Great Ocean Road, one of the world’s most scenic drives. Our private drivers take our travelers to the most dramatic locations and most interesting towns en route. We can also arrange helicopter charters to and from the Great Ocean Road for a different perspective on this spectacular coastline.

Kangaroo also enjoy the landscapes along the Great Ocean Road.

We highly recommend visiting nearby Phillip Island to see the Little Penguins as they return from fishing each day at sunset. We can combine this with visits to top local wineries on the Mornington Peninsula, if desired.

Tasmania is another Australia highlight that offers pristine beauty, active touring, wildlife spotting, and great food and wine. The exclusive Saffire Lodge is our preferred property in Tasmania.

Saffire has panoramic views of Freycinet National Park from public spaces and guest rooms.

The luxury resort is also a great base for active touring such as fishing, kayaking and exploring the beautiful landscapes of Tasmania.

The red earth and geological formations of Australia’s Red Centre are a spectacular sight.

The most famous attraction in in the region is Uluru (Ayers Rock), an enormous monolith rising out of the flat red desert. We arrange private tours around the base of Ayers Rock. A private tour is a great way to learn about the native flora and fauna, as well as the lifestyle, art, beliefs and cuisine of Aboriginal Australians.

Our private guides share fascinating information and insight.

The nearby Kata Tjuta (Olgas) rock formations are another interesting place for guided walks and hikes.

Longitude 131, a luxurious safari-style tented camp, is our preferred hotel near Uluru (Ayers Rock). The elegant interiors are very Australian.

From Ayers Rock, some travelers opt to continue into the untouched wilderness of the Top End of the Northern Territory. Among the many interesting activities there is an air-boat ride through the floodplains to look for birds and crocodiles.

Our tours in the region include a stay at Bamurru Plains, a lodge on the edge of Kakadu National Park. It’s a great place to slow down and experience Australian nature and hospitality.

Termite mounds are another fascinating feature of the landscape in the Top End.

We can also arrange river cruises, four-wheel drive safaris, fishing, birding, private day trips into Kakadu National Park and other activities in the region.

Tropical North Queensland, one of Australia’s most popular destinations, is home to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest.

Silky Oaks Lodge, a luxury lodge surrounded by tropical rainforest, is one of our preferred properties in the Daintree.

We arrange private hikes, kayaking, boat rides and naturalist-led tours of the rainforest.

We also arrange rides on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which passes over the treetops and offers views of waterfalls and rainforest below.

Qualia Resort on Hamilton Island in the Whitsunday Islands is one of our preferred luxury resorts in the region.

Lizard Island is an incredible destination in the Great Barrier Reef.

The ultra-luxury resort is surrounded by Lizard Island National Park and crystal-clear water.

Lizard Island Resort offers luxury accommodations…

…incredible Australian cuisine, a coral reef research station, and excellent opportunities for snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking in the lagoon. Artisans of Leisure can also arrange scuba diving and snorkeling excursions around the Great Barrier Reef.

Contact us to start planning a once-in-a-lifetime private Australia tour.

Destinations:  Australia, South Pacific

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