17 Days Through Australia
Discover the extraordinary contrasts of Australia on a single, comprehensive itinerary. You'll begin your journey in bustling Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, which offers a vibrant arts and cultural scene, an abundance of galleries and museums and the Docklands, a former shipyard that has been turned into an entertainment area. After a tour through the city, you'll head to the country to get a firsthand look at life on a sheep farm.
From rural to truly remote, you'll next encounter the rugged landscapes and diverse wildlife of Kangaroo Island, just off the coast of South Australia. And in the center of the continent, almost six hours' drive to the nearest city, you'll witness the impressive Uluru (Ayers Rock), a huge sandstone monolith that was sacred to the Aborigines.
Continue on your tour of remote Australia by taking a private plane to the 2,500-acre Lizard Island, which offers 24 pristine white-sand beaches, nature walks, kayaking and snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef. Complete your 17-day trip with a sightseeing tour of Sydney, a four-hour lunch cruise in the meandering waterways of Sydney Harbour and, finally, a tour of the Blue Mountains led by Charles Darwin's great-great-grandson.
Day 1 : Arrive in Melbourne
Enjoy your own private walk through the heart of the capital with the entertaining local guide, historian and curator Kenneth W. Park, who will lead you through the atmospheric arcades and alleyways of "Marvellous Melbourne."
Day 2 : Visit a Sheep Farm
Enjoy an A&K exclusive experience on a genuine operating sheep farm. This homestead, built in 1859, has been in the Barber family since 1917. Watch as your host, Duncan, shears a sheep, and end your day with a drive around the property for kangaroo viewing.
Day 3 : Mornington Peninsula
Meet your A&K driver for a full-day “Foodie Journey” to the Mornington Peninsula region where you will visit a farm that is foodie heaven. You may try your hand at curing olives or creating handmade sausages using herbs and spices grown on this 27-acre farm (changes seasonally) or choose a culinary experience with chefs for a true “Paddock to Plate” concept.
Day 4 : Melbourne to Kangaroo Island
Your A&K driver will transfer you to the Melbourne airport. Upon arrival into Adelaide, an A&K guide will assist you to your next flight and checking in additional luggage.
Fly from Adelaide to Kingscote. Upon arrival in Kingscote you will be met by your Southern Ocean Lodge representative who will transfer you to your luxury accommodations on Kangaroo Island.
Day 5 : Southern Ocean Lodge
Enjoy a full day of leisure at Southern Ocean Lodge, an environmentally sensitive property that offers wildlife tours and guided excursions. Watch sea lions with your morning coffee, danish and fresh fruit before returning to the lodge for a gourmet breakfast.
Day 6 : Adelaide
Today you will fly from Kingscote Airport to Adelaide. Upon arrival in Adelaide, your A&K representative will assist you in collecting your luggage. Visit Barossa Valley, which is one of Australia’s most celebrated wine-growing regions. Enjoy a lunch with wine, followed by a wine tasting before continuing on to your hotel, The Louise, an elegant 15-suite contemporary country house hotel.
Day 7 : Wine Tasting
Today you will enjoy a full-day private wine-tasting tour at Peter Lehmann Wines, which produces 600,000 bottles annually. Enjoy a “Make Your Own Blend” tour and take it home in a personalized bottle.
Day 8 : Ayers Rock
Today fly from Adelaide to Ayers Rock. Upon arrival you will be met and taken to your accommodations at the desert hideaway Longitude 131, which provides unobstructed views of the sacred monolith. After you have settled in, enjoy the Mala Walk, a nice stroll from the Mala Car Park to the Kantju Gorge to experience the sunset. Follow this with dinner in the Dune House.
Day 9 : Uluru & Kata Tjuta
View the sun rise over Uluru from the sacred site of Kuniya Piti. Visit the cultural center to learn the spiritual meanings of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. End your day with dinner under the stars.
Day 10 : Depart Ayers Rock
Fly from Ayers Rock to Cairns. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the Shangri-La hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 11 : Cairns to Lizard Island
Meet your A&K driver and transfer to the Cairns airport. You will fly to the 2,500-acre Lizard Island where you will be met by a representative and taken to your luxury accommodations at Lizard Island Resort. Enjoy any of the 24 pristine white-sand beaches and crystalline lagoons on this remote escape only accessible by private plane.
Day 12 - 13 : Great Barrier Reef
Enjoy these two days of leisure. Choose from a wide variety of activities, including nature walks, kayaking, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef or pampering at the Azure Spa. Explore A&K Insider Access of the Lizard Island Research Station Tour led by one of the directors of the station. This research center attracts marine scientists from around the globe in their quest to conserve the world’s coral reef systems.
Day 14 : Lizard Island to Sydney
Contemporary hotel at the edge of Sydney Harbour facing the Opera House, a short stroll from the city’s best shops and central business district.
Day 15 : Sydney
Today enjoy a private half-day sightseeing tour of Sydney. End your tour with a four-hour private Sydney Harbour lunch cruise aboard a 52-foot motor cruiser. You will have the opportunity to swim, kayak or sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy the views.
Day 16 : Blue Mountains
Meet your A&K guide for a full-day tour of the Blue Mountains. Let Chris Darwin guide you in the footsteps of his great-great-grandfather Charles Darwin, and explore the wildlife that inspired the naturalist's theories.
Day 17 : Fly Home
Depart Sydney for home.
17 Days Through Australia
Contact the Andrew Harper Travel Office to book this itinerary or customize your own similar tour of the East Coast by calling (800) 375-4685 or submitting a travel request below.