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Elegant Australia

Sample Itinerary

DAY 1 : DEPART USA

EN ROUTE
Depart on your flight to Sydney.

DAY 2 : INTERNATIONAL DATE LINE

EN ROUTE
Lose one day crossing the International Date Line.

DAY 3 : ARRIVE SYDNEY PARK

HYATT SYDNEY
Arrive Sydney and transfer to the Park Hyatt, located in the historic Rocks district. Your hotel has spectacular views of the Harbor Bridge.

DAY 4 : SYDNEY PARK

HYATT SYDNEY
Today learn of the early settlers and convicts over tea at the Botanical Gardens. Take a ferry to Manly and drive along the Northern Beaches. After a gourmet picnic lunch take a bushwalk to trace the history of the Garingai Aboriginal people and their incredible rock art. (B,L)

DAY 5 : SYDNEY / KANGAROO ISLAND

STRANRAER HOMESTEAD
Today learn of the early settlers and convicts over tea at the Botanical Gardens. Take a ferry to Manly and drive along the Northern Beaches. After a gourmet picnic lunch take a bushwalk to trace the history of the Garingai Aboriginal people and their incredible rock art. (B,L)

DAYS 6-7 : KANGAROO ISLAND

STRANRAER HOMESTEAD
Scheduled flight to Adelaide/connecting flight to Kingscote, Kangaroo Island. Your hosts are Lyn and Graham Wheaton. Their historic homestead, Stranraer, is set on 3000 acres. Two bird-filled lagoons are surrounded by hummocks, mallee scrub bush and wildlife. Meet the locals: wallabies, goannas, koalas, kangaroos and echid-nas. Gourmet dinner and night tour – many of the elusive Australian mammals are nocturnal. (B,L,D)

DAY 8 : KANGAROO ISLAND / THE RED CENTER

LONGITUDE 131º
Fly to Adelaide and on to Ayers Rock. Upon arrival you are taken to the border of Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. This is a special place where you can connect with the spectacular landscape, ancient culture and mystical ambience of Australia’s central heart. At Longitude 131° stay in one of only fifteen elevated safari-style tents with stone floors, beautiful linens and premium bathrooms all set on an isolated sand dune. Activities at Longitude 131° are unstructured and designed to take advantage of the moment. Choose from an array of tours exploring Uluru, Kata Tjuta and environs, such as a botanical walk or a Songlines Sunset tour to experience the cultural relationship between the Aboriginals and the surrounding land. (B,L,D)

DAY 9 : THE RED CENTER

LONGITUDE 131º
The day is yours to do as much or as little as you please. Why not join the ‘In Gorge’ Dramatic Sunset tour? On this tour, you move to a quiet gorge at the base of the great monolith for a very personal, very dramatic view of sunset from ‘within’ Uluru. During sunset, Uluru changes dramatically and the size and scale of the formation is best gauged from a close up perspective. Or perhaps join the Botanical Walk. Experience first hand native habitats, flora and fauna, bush food and bush medicine located in the area while being able to smell, touch and taste the surroundings. (B,L,D)

DAY 10 : THE RED CENTER / GREAT BARRIER REEF

LIZARD ISLAND
Morning flights to Cairns and on to Lizard Island, Australia’s northernmost island resort. This is an exclusive island of soft, powdery white beaches nestled right on the Great Barrier Reef. Imagine an island so pristine, so untouched, that when you walk on the beach yours are often the only footprints you see – you could easily be forgiven for believing the island is yours alone. Lizard is the perfect escape. This afternoon relax on one of the island’s 24 beaches. Your accommodation, set in a broad sweeping arc along Anchor Bay, offers captivating sea views and each has a pathway leading directly to the beach. Blending indoors and out in an elegant and spa-cious open plan design, a large veranda with daybed is one of the many designer comforts. Tonight’s dinner is by candlelight on the beach. (B,L,D)

DAYS 11-13 : GREAT BARRIER REEF

LIZARD ISLAND
Following breakfast you may choose a day of diving and fishing. Lizard is renowned for its diving sites. At the famous ‘Cod Hole’ scuba divers come face-to-face with massive, yet curious potato cod. Enjoy a relaxing dive in a coral garden or an exhilarating drift dive along a channel drop-off. If you’d rather stay above water, Lizard is a fisherman’s dream with an abundance of fish. Explore the coral gardens of the Blue Lagoon and marvel at gi-ant 70-year-old clams from a glass-bottomed boat. Spend your days on Lizard Island any way you please. Do as much or as little as you like! Superb food graces the table at every meal. The theme is ‘Cuisine Moderne’ and the accent is on fresh local seafood, garden produce, tropical fruits and the most succulent, tender meats. (B,L,D)

DAY 14 : GREAT BARRIER REEF / SYDNEY

HYATT SYDNEY
Leave Lizard Island feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Upon arrival in Sydney you are met and transferred to your hotel for the final night in Australia. (B)

DAY 15 : DEPART

EN ROUTE
Depart on your return flight home, arriving the same day. (B)

COST OF ADVENTURE PER PERSON

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