On this 9 Day Best of New South Wales and Queensland Ultimate Guided Luxury Tour, you will experience the best culture and scenery this part of the world has to offer. Travel in style through two of Australia’s most exciting states, spending time in the cosmopolitan centre of Sydney, the tropical oasis of Great Barrier Reef as well as venturing further afield to see breathtaking scenery and sample delicious local food and wine. Highlights include: the beautiful scenery of the Blue Mountains, the bustling excitement of Sydney, Australis’s largest city and the relaxing paradise of Great Barrier Reef. Sit back relax and experience the best of Australian culture and spectacular scenery through the eyes of your own expert local driver guide in this ultimate luxury escape.
Welcome to The Road Trip – ‘Where Your Journey Begins’.
Welcome to Australia. You will be met at the airport by your private guide and The Road Trip begins! The rest of the afternoon is free for leisure/relaxation. Perhaps take a stroll along The Rocks which could include a visit to one of the area’s delicious cafés or restaurants. This evening you will have the opportunity to enjoy local cuisine with a meal at one of Sydney’s culinary hot spots.
Your accommodation tonight is the exclusive and luxurious Hyatt Park Hotel Sydney. This 5 star haven offers sweeping views of the Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. Perhaps take a dip on the rooftop pool or simply relax and luxuriate in the understated but timeless interior design with breath-taking views.
Today is a further day to explore this exciting city at your leisure. This morning you could visit the famous Bondi Beach and take a leisurely walk along the coast and atop the cliffs for spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Following this return to the central city where this afternoon you will take a guided tour of Sydney Opera House and learn all about the history of Australia’s most iconic building. This evening you will be taken on an exclusive Harbour Cruise where you will dine on board with spectacular views of the cityscape and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Spend a further night at your central luxury accommodation overlooking the Harbour.
This morning you depart Sydney City and head west toward the Blue Mountains, one of Australia’s most picturesque gems featuring breath-taking vistas and cascades. On arrival into the region, we suggest taking several nature walks including stunning Wentworth Falls with its grand valley views and picturesque waterfall (45 minutes-1 hour return). For those wanting a taste of adventure there is the chance to take a 4WD tour off the beaten track, abseil over waterfalls, go canyoning or take a mountain bike tour. If you are after a more relaxing experience, a visit to the Botanical Gardens, the only botanic garden in the world inside a World Heritage Site, is well worth a visit. If you are keen for relaxing in the lap of luxury there are a number of local spa resorts offering a range of spa treatments. This evening dine at your exclusive luxury accommodation at the Darley’s Restaurant and Bar. This award-winning fine dining restaurant offers delicious modern cuisine with beautiful views over the gardens and across to Jamison Valley beyond.
Tonight stay in the village of Katoomba in the heart of the national park and the premier Blue Mountains Resort Lilianfels Resort and Spa. This 5 star luxury accommodation is nestled in a historic homestead with pristine manicured English Gardens. Relax in the luxurious Victorian style decor with sweeping views of the Blue Mountains National Park.
Today be prepared for some spectacular scenery and one of the highlights of the region with a drive through the Grose Valley with its canyons, look out spots and stunning cascades. First up visit Govetts Leap look out and enjoy the panoramic views and vistas that await you. There is the opportunity here to take a scenic bushwalk and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. Keep a look out for Bridal Veil Falls, the highest falls in the Blue Mountains at 180m. This afternoon return to Katoomba where you will visit Scenic World for superior views of the region. Experience a breath-taking journey on the scenic skyway with views of the Three Sisters and Jamieson Valley, ride Australia’s steepest passenger railway on the World with its glass roofed carriages through ancient rainforest and enjoy a trip on the Scenic Cableway for views of Orphan Rock, Mt Solitary and the Katoombah Falls. There is also the opportunity to take a scenic walk through Jurassic Forest at the bottom station.
Spend a further night at your resort accommodation.
This morning you return to Sydney, where you board a flight to Cairns, a tropical city on the coast of Northern Queensland. Arriving late afternoon, take the evening to stroll the palm tree-lined waterfront and marvel at the picturesque clear waters. Explore the city centre and perhaps dine at one of the city’s vibrant restaurants, peruse the night markets or stop for gelato on the Esplanade.
Spend the night at the premier 5 star hotel in Cairns, The Pullman Reef Hotel Casino. This hotel offers a boutique feel but offers all the amenities and luxury of a prestigious hotel. Take a dip in the rooftop pool or relax with a wine and gorgeous views of the Trinity Inlet.
Today you make the short drive north to the tropical haven of Port Douglas. This town is the gateway to Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. En route you will stop at the beautiful Palm Cove, where you can stroll along the sea lined with ancient paperbark Melaleuca trees. There will be the option to stop here for lunch and dine at one of the restaurants along the Esplanade. The Palm Cove Jetty is one of the area’s best fishing spots and there is the opportunity of enjoying some angling from here. Palm Cove also borders on the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Site and the MacAlister Range National Park. There is the chance of taking a number of walks through these spectacular areas where you will see plants and animals unique to this part of the world. Pass through the gateway to Great Barrier Reef; Port Douglas. Continue on to your remote luxury accommodation located on Lizard Island.
Your home for the next three nights is the exclusive resort located on the private Lizard Island. This boutique resort accommodation is the only located within the Great Barrier Reef National Park and includes 24 private beaches, offering the ultimate in seclusion while being pampered in the lap of luxury.
Today you will be experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, cruising to the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef in the world. This UNESCO World Heritage site is an important area for worldwide conservation and diversity. This morning you will board the luxury 30 metre catamaran, Wavedancer, where you will take an hour’s cruise out on the ocean to the Low Isles, a coral cay island including a lagoon. Here you will be able to take a glass bottom boat tour, snorkel, take a beach walk or relax on the beach. This day trip includes a delicious buffet lunch.
Spend a further night at Lizard Island, where you can explore the island at your leisure and enjoy a scrumptious dinner on the island with locally sourced food.
Today you spend the day on the mainland, exploring and relaxing in the paradise of Port Douglas. We suggest visiting Four Mile Beach, where pristine sand and sea stretch as far as the eye can see. Take a dip in the tropical waters and perhaps hire a sun lounger to laze on the sandy shores. If you are keen to check out the native animals, you could visit Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas where there are Koala, Kangaroos, numerous bird species and reptiles, and you can even enjoy a meal surrounded by birdlife (optional activity -cost not included). If you feel like exploring further afield, the Daintree Rainforest is the oldest rainforest in the world and a short drive north of Port Douglas. Here you can take a guided walk with a local expert in this world heritage gem (optional activity -cost not included).
Spend the final night of your tour enjoying the serenity of Lizard Island in paradise.
Today after further exploring the Port Douglas Area, you return to Cairns where you are transferred to your onward travel arrangements. We trust that you have had a wonderful time in this beautiful country and wish you safe travels to your next destination.