Uncover the land Down Under! Begin your private Australia trip in beautiful Sydney, where you can explore iconic sites such as the Harbour Bridge and Opera House and learn about the city’s storied past on a tailormade tour. Next, visit Melbourne, where an eclectic art and culture scene as well as hip restaurants await you. From these urban sprawls, we’ll whisk you away to pristine Kangaroo Island next, famous for large populations of its namesake animal, dramatic landscapes, and a fantastic food and wine scene. Discover the millennia-old Uluru or Ayers Rock afterward, learning more about the local aboriginal people on a guided excursion and enjoying a dinner experience accompanied by stories about the indigenous culture. Your final stop on this private Australia trip is Port Douglas, your gateway to the UNESCO-listed Daintree National Park as well as the Great Barrier Reef.
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Sydney is home to some of Australia’s most iconic landmarks – Fireworks over Harbour Bridge to ring in the New Year, the Opera House, the Darling Harbour, and Bondi Beach.
Essential Sydney: Sights, Smells, and Sounds Starting from The Rocks, a buzzing historic precinct in the heart of the city, learn about Sydney’s oldest neighborhood that was built by castaways and convicts. See well-preserved old sandstone buildings on cobblestone streets, Australia’s first church, and buskers enlivening the waterfront promenade that overlooks one of the world’s greatest natural harbors. Next up, pass by local landmarks such as Hyde Park, The Mint, the gothic-style St Mary’s Cathedral, and a heritage complex housing the Parliament of New South Wales. Admiring myriad native Australian fauna at the picturesque Royal Botanic Gardens, visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair. Enjoy a walking tour around this viewpoint that affords stunning views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House! Eastbound, passing through King’s Cross and Rushcutters Bay, stop by for lunch at the stylish Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. Later, desiring the prestigious addresses of Darling Point, navigate Rose Bay, and Watsons Bay to continue along the coastal neighborhoods. Soon after, soak up the sunny vibes at the world-famous Bondi Beach frequented by travelers and Sydneysiders alike. Enjoy people watching, street art sessions, and lazing on the beachside lawns. Finally, heading inland to Paddington, stroll on Oxford Street where you can hop between local brand stores and lifestyle boutiques set within terrace houses complimenting the colonial-era architecture. As the sun dips, return to your accommodations. (Full Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Lunch, with a bottle of beer/glass of wine/soft drink included; Fitness level: Moderate; Notes: Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes)
With its hip restaurants, avant-garde fashion and eclectic street and performing art scene, Melbourne is constantly buzzing with events and life.
Group Tour of the Great Ocean Road Discover diverse wildlife and dramatic natural beauty in the national heritage listed Great Ocean Road along the wide, windswept Southern Ocean beaches of Queensland. Drive from your hotel to the Split Point Lighthouse and its keepers’ cottages and stables located in Aireys Inlet. Enjoy fabulous Bass Strait views over the rocks and reefs. Reach the seaside town of Apollo Bay for a fresh seafood lunch at one of the restaurants on the beach. Continue onto the Great Ocean Road Eco Lodge and walk through an ancient Eucalyptus forest spotting koalas and kangaroos in their natural habitat. Visit the Conservation Ecology Centre, a non profit organisation that conducts ecosystem research and fundraising activities to restore and improve natural environments and wildlife of the Otway forest. Journey on to the spectacular Twelve Apostles off the shore of Port Campbell National Park, to witness the iconic craggy limestone spires rise up from the ocean. Visit the Loch Ard Gorge and soak up the incredible rugged scenery, as you learn about its fascinating history, before you drive back to your hotel in Melbourne. (Full Day; Shared Activity and Transfers; Group Size: Max 11 guests; Please note that this activity includes free pickup and dropoff at your hotel, an expert guide, exclusive access to eucalyptus forest, and national park fees.)
Group Food Walk of Melbourne Taste the best of Melbourne on a food walk covering both famous gastronomic hubs and gems hidden behind doors or in laneways. Meet your guide at Bourke St Mall and stroll along the bustling Degrave Street and Hardware Lane snacking al fresco at some of the cafes. Visit eateries in malls such as Block Arcade and Royal Arcade. Sample the city’s world famous coffee, Chinese dumplings, indulgent pastries and other sweet treats, which you might miss if not for the insider recommendations from your guide! Drop into several restaurants, street food stalls and hole-in-the-wall cafes. End your walk with a drink in a rooftop bar frequented by the local people. Along with the culinary experience, this walk through historic arcades, Victorian architecture, street art, and lively markets will give you a cultural flavor of the city as well. (Half Day; Shared Activity; Please note that the meeting point for departure is the steps of GPO Building Bourke St Mall.)
Home to abundant populations of its namesake animal, the wild kangaroo, and myriad animal and bird species, Kangaroo Island is a sparsely populated and pristine island located near Adelaide in South Australia.
Explore Kangaroo Island on your own Experience the wonders of Kangaroo Island at your own pace. You could choose to drive around and catch glimpses of the abundant, unique wildlife and enjoy panoramic vistas over the Southern Ocean. On your pit stops, there are sea caves and pristine remote beaches to be explored, as well as the dramatic orange lichen-covered Remarkable Rocks at Flinders Chase National Park. Afterwards, why not opt for a leisurely stroll on the boardwalk at Seal’s Bay where you can watch seals playing on the rocky shores, or visit the lavender farms at Emu Bay? For a spot of wining and dining, spend the evening sipping on delicious wines at boutique vineyards overlooking the azure waters. For something more spirited, you could indulge in gin, vodka, and liqueur tastings at the Spirit’s Boutique Distillery. Sample Honey Wheat Ale and Honey Ice cream at Clifford’s Honey Farm. (Full Day; No guide; No transfers; Entrance fees and meals are not included).
A millennia-old monolith, Ayers Rock rises dramatically from the flat desert landscape and forms the heartland of Aboriginal Australia or the ‘Red Centre’.
Small Group Tour of Uluru Aboriginal Art & Culture Unravel the mysteries of an ancient culture with an aboriginal guide and interpreter on this fascinating tour. Understand how the indigenous people of the region have managed to live in this inhospitable environment over generations. Stop by sacred sites around Uluru or Ayers Rock and watch your expert guide interpret the rock art for you. Explore the cave where the Mala people set up home when they first arrived at Uluru and wander around the kitchen where they prepared their meals. Join the local aboriginal artists and have fun mastering the techniques of dot painting. Learn all about the various symbols and styles used to create exquisite pieces of art that tell a story of their own to create a masterpiece as a souvenir of your unique experience! (Half Day; Shared Activity & Transfer; Group Size: 1-16 guests; Fitness Level: Easy.)
Evening Event: Tali Wiru Dinner Enjoy an alfresco fine dining experience under an ancient Aboriginal sky at the unique open-air restaurant of Tali Wiru at Uluru. Get picked as you head to the elegant venue. The restaurant creates bush tucker inspired gourmet cuisine, prepared with the best and the freshest of local ingredients and local produce. On your arrival, enjoy champagne and delicious canapés. Immerse yourself in the lovely mood created by the indigenous storyteller with tales spun from legends of the land, its culture and history. Surrounded by this magical ambiance, sit down under a star-studded desert sky to savor a four-course table d’hote menu matched with premium wines. Return to your hotel after your sumptuous dinner. (Duration: 4 hrs; Shared Activity & Transfer; Group size: 2-20 guests; Dinner included; Fitness level: Easy; Please inform ahead about food allergies, if any).
There’s something for every kind of traveler at the tropical Port Douglas. Thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, this remote port on the Coral Sea has transformed into a vibrant vacation spot over the years.
Group Sailaway IV Great Barrier Reef and Low Isles Tour Get ready for a day full of underwater and seaside adventures! Visit Port Douglas and hop onto the luxury sailing catamaran to set off for snorkeling in the blue waters of the island paradise. Savor morning tea and coffee before jumping into the water accompanied by a snorkeling instructor. Be rest assured of in-water assistance as you discover the region’s natural beauty. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch with fresh prawns on the menu. If you wish to stay on board, you can enjoy the glass-bottomed boat, and engage in reef viewing and interpretation while relishing some fresh cut fruit and homemade cakes. Explore the scenic Low Isles, an untouched coral cay on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, with a heritage walk. Enjoy access to limited areas, as well as ample personal attention from the crew during your trip. (Full Day; Shared Activity; Morning & Afternoon Tea, Snacks and Lunch included; Snorkeling equipment, optical masks, seasonal lycra snorkelling suits, wetsuits & floatation devices are also included.)
Explore Port Douglas on your own Soak in the sights and surrounds of Port Douglas by yourself at your own pace! You could opt to begin your day early and catch a spectacular sunrise from the 4 Mile Beach lookout and follow it up with a breakfast beach picnic. Afterwards, why not ride the Balley Hooley Steam Railway or get up close to native fauna at the Wildlife Habitat, popular for regular feeding sessions? If you wish to simply unwind, there are many hidden water holes within the surrounding rainforests that are ideal for a leisurely picnic. Don’t forget to look up the local calendar for regular cane toad races held at Iron Bar! At the end of your day, you could enjoy a Flames of the Forest dining experience that brings together regional cuisine, didgeridoo performances, and indigenous Aboriginal storytelling. (Full Day; No guide; No transfers; Entrance fees and meals are not included).
Your chauffeur will drive you from Port Douglas to Cairns Airport (Duration: 1.5 hrs) in a private vehicle
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 4,390 /person
Option 2 From $ 5,390 /person
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 13 days / 12 nights.
Meals as indicated
All activities as listed :
Sydney: Essential Sydney: Sights, Smells, and Sounds
Melbourne: Group Tour of the Great Ocean Road
Melbourne: Group Food Walk of Melbourne
Kangaroo Island: Explore Kangaroo Island on your own
Ayers Rock/ Uluru: Small Group Tour of Uluru Aboriginal Art & Culture
Ayers Rock/ Uluru: Evening Event: Tali Wiru Dinner
Port Douglas: Group Sailaway IV Great Barrier Reef and Low Isles Tour
Port Douglas: Explore Port Douglas on your own
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
On request: A printed set of your travel documents by post
Fees and taxes
Self-driven car during your journey as follows:
Intermediate Car for max. 5 guests: Toyota Corolla or similar (Automatic)
Pick-up: Upon arrival at Kingscote airport on Kangaroo Island
Drop-off: Before departure at Kingscote airport on Kangaroo Island
Additional driver, if a spouse
Unlimited kilometers, applicable in the following areas: Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Port Douglas, Sunshine Coast, Sydney
100 km free per day, applicable in the following areas: Darwin (Alice Springs & Ayers Rock), additional km are charged at 0.275 AUD per km
Vehicle registration fee (VRF)
Premium Location Surcharge (PLS)
For your rental car we book the best cover possible with the following services:
Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)
Concession Recovery fee (CRF)
Excess reduction to reduce to zero
The general business terms apply
All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
Travel, health and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return), unless specified under the trip inclusions above
Among other expenses, the following additional costs are not included for rental cars (to be made directly at the car rental shop with a credit card from a recognisable bank institution):
Minimum 100 AUD pre-authorization
One-way fee if applicable, to be confirmed at the time of booking (fee depends on pick-up/drop-off location, duration of rental, time of year)
Late return fee
Damage to the car (overhead damage, underbody damage, water damage)
Damage to the vehicle or to the property of any third party caused by a breach of the rental agreement.
Damage to a tyre or an accessory not attributable to normal wear and tear
Cost of any professional cleaning or odour extraction in case of violation
Traffic and/or parking offence infringement fees
Special request delivery fees
Additional driver fee of 5 AUD per day or 25 AUD per rental (included, if additional driver is spouse/partner).
27.50 AUD per day for renters between 21-24 years
8.80 AUD per baby seat per day or 88 AUD per baby seat per rental (baby seat to be requested at the time of booking).
13.20 AUD per portable GPS unit or 132 AUD per rental. The standard accidental Loss Damage Waiver and Excess Reduction do not cover loss of, or damage to the GPS unit. A separate charge will apply. One way rentals for GPS units are on a request basis only and a one way charge may apply.
27.50 AUD per day for renters between 21-24 years.
Premium Location Surcharge for any additional items not included in the rental (e.g. baby seat). The fee varies between locations and may be calculated up to 30%.
A number of motorways and city link roads in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are electronic tolls only and do not have toll booths. All renters must provide a credit card or debit card to enable The Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) to directly charge the applicable toll fees.
Towing in case of an accident
Fuel (Please drop off the car with full tank. In case fuel needs to be added, the car rental company will charge you the amount for it)