An island continent of unparralelled natural beauty Australia is an inspiring destination for once-in-a-lifetime luxury holiday tours. The stunning scenic and cultural experiences available on our Australian luxury holiday tours from Sydney and beyond encompass tropical and temperate climates and an increadibly diverse variety of landscapes making it a perfect destination for luxury holiday tours.
Your Aussie tour begins with a chat to one of our Travel Specialists who’ll be delighted to suggest places to see and hotels to stay in. The tours featured here are just a sample of what we can offer.
Highlights Down Under
Days 1- 2 Park Hyatt, Melbourne The Park Hyatt is at the heart of this vibrant, multicultural city, where people are passionate about the good things in life arts, sport, food and wine.
Days 3-6 The Great Ocean Road - Melbourne to Adelaide Drive one of the world's most scenic touring routes, winding your way along a spectacular coastline lined with dramatic cliffs, charming maritime villages and rolling surf beaches, staying each night in characterful boutique accommodation. En route choose to view the famed Twelve Apostles from land or take a scenic flight over and around them.
Days 7-8 Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island Just a 30 minute flight from Adelaide and the third largest island off Australia; Kangaroo Island offers outstanding natural beauty with rich and diverse flora and fauna, more than matched by the high quality food, accommodation and activities on offer at the lodge.
Days 9-10 InterContinental, Adelaide Enjoy a full day chauffeur driven tour with private guide to appreciate the winerich region of the Barossa Valley, where the Shiraz is of international renown, before returning to the city's best hotel, on the banks of the Torrens River.
Days 11-12 Longitude 131º, Uluru (Ayers Rock) Sunrise over Uluru and sunset over the Olgas; the colours are simply glorious, and Longitude 131º is a magical place to stay.
Days 13-14 Silky Oaks Lodge, Daintree Lush tropical rainforest is complemented by deserted white beaches in this tranquil National Park,at a resort offering privacy and relaxation as well as walking, canoeing and biking.
Days 15-17 One&Only Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef This resort island has superb white sand beaches, offering excellent swimming and snorkelling and of course it's the perfect base for diving excursions to the reef.
Days 18-20 Park Hyatt, Sydney Simply the perfect conclusion to any Australia holiday - stay a few days more if you can.
Day 21 Departure via Sydney Airport to your onward destination.
Days 1-2 The Richardson, Perth Brilliant blue skies, blissful sandy beaches and sparkling coastal waters all hallmarks of a stay in the capital of Western Australia, and easily accessible from this high quality boutique hotel.
Days 3-4 Cape Lodge, Margaret River Award winning wineries and superb cuisine, along with boutique breweries, art galleries and fascinating limestone caves, make for the perfect meandering route south of Perth, culminating in a stay at this elegant award winning small hotel located on its own vineyard.
Days 5-7 Pinctada, Broome This intimate spa resort is infused with the spirit and culture of Broome, the historic pearling town known for its warm, turquoise waters and white sand beaches, most famously the 22 kilometres of Cable Beach.
Days 8-10 El Questro Homestead A one million acre station providing a true Australian outback experience; a stay at El Questro Homestead offers unrivalled access to the majestic Kimberley without compromising on comfort and quality.
Day 11 Moonshadow Villas, Darwin A peaceful rainforest setting providing the essence of real tropical living in a place that is the perfect getaway to the Top End.
Days 12-14 Bamurru Plains, Northern Territory This ecologically sensitive, Africanstyle camp on the edge of the famed Kakadu National Park is the epitome of 'wild bush luxury', ensuring that style and exclusivity will infuse every aspect of your introduction to the spectacular surrounding environment.
Days 15-17 Departure via air to Darwin and your onward destination.
Reef & Rainforest
Tropical North Queensland is home to two of Australia's magnificent, iconic natural wonders; a place where stunning coral reefs and marine wildlife vie for attention with lush, tropical rainforests.
Snorkellers and divers are drawn to the Great Barrier Reef's seemingly infinite species of brilliantly coloured fish, intricate coral formations and varied marine life including whales, dolphins and turtles, while the rainforest of most renown is The Daintree, the earth's oldest living rainforest and immensely rich in plant, bird and animal life; for a place so alive it's also incredibly tranquil.
For those seeking seclusion and exclusivity the pristine islands of the Whitsundays are the place to stay for a few days of rest and relaxation, or a few days of activity; that's the beauty of these island resorts, each has its own speciality, so whether you want to swim, snorkel, dive, sail, play tennis or simply lie on pristine beaches, there's a Whitsunday island that will suit you perfectly.
Sydney and Her Surrounds
A cosmopolitan harbour city with a sparkling personality, Sydney is undoubtedly one of the world's finest destinations. The attractive harbour is the focal point, with its twin icons of Opera House and Harbour Bridge commanding the skyline from all angles and providing a blissful reminder that there's simply nowhere else in the world that you could be.
The outdoor lifestyle is seductive in and around Sydney with beaches galore, parks and gardens, and numerous opportunities to get out on the water and enjoy the harbour up close and personal. The Rocks area is steeped in the history of the first settlers but is now also home to boutique shops, art galleries, cafes and restaurants perfect for a gentle meander.
There's more to New South Wales than her shining capital and the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains National Park is a breathtaking panorama of eucalyptusclad canyons, sandstone cliffs, waterfalls and forests; perfect for bush walking, birdwatching or simply taking in the views. For wine and food connoisseurs there's the Hunter Valley, home to over 100 wineries and with dozens of restaurants showcasing the finest regional produce.
The Beautiful South
Victoria's capital, Melbourne, is renowned for culture and the arts, for fine cuisine accompanied by equally fine wines and as the passionate heart of this sports loving nation, Touring can include wine tasting in the Yarra Valley, the Fairy Penguin Parade at Phillip Island and stunning coastal scenery on the Great Ocean Road.
Adelaide, capital of South Australia, is a charming 'English' city set within beautiful parklands. It's also the gateway to the internationally acclaimed wine regions of the Barossa and Clare Valleys, where Shiraz is a speciality. A short flight away is the idyllic and relatively undeveloped Kangaroo Island; with beautiful and often dramatic sea vistas, it's home to wallabies, kangaroos, koalas, sea lions, penguins and countless species of birdlife.
Furthest south of all is the island state of Tasmania, a perfect destination for self-drive touring. A fifth of the island is World Heritage listed and you'll find soaring mountains, ancient forests, wild moorland, white sandy beaches, gleaming lakes and cascading waterfalls providing an ever-changing backdrop for your explorations
North & West
Combining all three of these aspects is Uluru (Ayers Rock); this dramatically sculpted monolith shows off its fabulous colours best of all at sunrise or sunset. An Aboriginal guided walk here and at nearby Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) explains the cultural significance of these sacred sites. The other 'must do' is to absorb the desert solitude and glittering night sky with dinner under the stars.
In the far north, the wetlands of Kakadu National Park showcase an abundance of birdlife and are home to one of nature's more fearsome species, the crocodile. It's also an area rich in indigenous culture. Then to the west lie the spectacular outback gorges and endless horizons of the Kimberley and, for an incredible contrast, the miles of wonderful white sand beaches of Broome.
Perth boasts gorgeous beaches too, most notably Cottesloe, and down in the south-west corner of Western Australia you'll find the acclaimed wineries and delectable cuisine of the Margaret River.
Reef and Rainforest
In the Daintree Rainforest, Silky Oaks Lodge & Healing Waters Spa blends the soothing qualities of the rainforest with the stylish indulgence of a contemporary retreat.
The luxurious Whitsunday Resort of Qualia, in a secluded location on Hamilton Island, offers guests a superb range of activities including Great Barrier Reef tours, snorkelling, diving and a top notch spa.
The Great Barrier Reef resort of Lizard Island exudes sophisticated luxury, blending superb cuisine with elegant accommodation and sensational diving opportunities to create an idyllic hideaway retreat of the highest quality.
Sydney and Her Surrounds
The Park Hyatt has a location second to none in Sydney; if you want to drink in sensational views of the Opera House along with your morning coffee, this is the place to stay.
A luxurious, environmentally sensitive resort and spa, Wolgan Valley is built around a fully restored homestead in a private conservation and nature reserve in the picturesque Greater Blue Mountains area.
For pure escapism stay in one of Capella Lodge's nine suites on World Heritage listed Lord Howe Island, enjoying mountain walks, white sand beaches and the riot of marine colour in the world's southernmost coral reef.
The Beautiful South
A luxurious vineyard retreat in the Barossa Valley, The Louise encompasses one of Australia's finest 'destination' restaurants, the national award-winning Appellation; a gourmet's delight.
Overlooking a dramatic and untouched section of Kangaroo Island's craggy coastline, Southern Ocean Lodge commands spectacular ocean, beach and wilderness views; a unique fusion of nature and luxury.
Saffire Freycinet's truly breathtaking location in Tasmania's ruggedly beautiful Freycinet National Park is matched by its distinctive design and uncompromising personal service; simply spellbinding.
North & West
Still the ultimate Uluru experience, each luxurious tent at Longitude 131° actually faces Uluru, offering a uniquely personal experience of its majestic glory and ever changing colours.
Bamurru Plains is an exquisitely crafted wilderness lodge sited at the edge of Kakadu National Park, with activities including airboat trips on the wetlands, bush drives and guided walks.
In the heart of the Margaret River wine region, Cape Lodge evokes feelings of a private country estate; ideal for anyone with a yearning for outstanding food and wine in a stylish retreat.
Time difference: There are three time zones; Eastern Standard Time is GMT +10 hours, Central Time is GMT +9.5 hours and Western Time is GMT +8 hours. Flight duration: 22 hours 25 minutes (via Singapore to Sydney) Currency: Australian Dollar Capital: Canberra
Climate The tropical northern half of Australia is best visited in its dry season of May to October. Southern Australia experiences four seasons, the reverse of the UK, so expect hot summers, December to February and cool winters, June to August. Spring and Autumn are generally very pleasant times to visit, ideal for touring holidays.
Flights British Airways and Qantas fly from London Heathrow via Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Singapore Airlines fly from Heathrow and Manchester via Singapore. Cathay Pacific and Virgin Atlantic fly from Heathrow via Hong Kong. Malaysia Airlines fly from Heathrow via Kuala Lumpur. Thai Airways fly from Heathrow via Bangkok. Emirates fly from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Newcastle via Dubai.