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15 Day Cities, Wildlife and Ocean Highlights Australia




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15 Day Cities, Wildlife and Ocean Highlights Australia




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15 Day Cities, Wildlife and Ocean Highlights Australia

This itinerary provides a delightful blend of mixing city sights, amazing nature, wild-life and wine experiences. Starting in Sydney we propose some guided tours to discover the highlights of Sydney and the beautiful surroundings such as the Blue Mountains and have a once in a lifetime experience of climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Then it's onto creative Melbourne, enjoy the café culture, explore the city lane ways and take the tram out to St Kilda Beach. Take a private tour along the Great Ocean Road beside the sea sculpted cliffs. Head to Adelaide and visit a local vineyard to listen to the winemaker sharing his passion while enjoying some wine tasting. A short flight from Adelaide lands you at Kangaroo Island where you will meet native Australian animals surrounded by stunning rocks and seas views. More time? Expand your stay in Sydney, Melbourne or Kangaroo Island, there is so much to see and do!

Arrival in Sydney

G,day and welcome to Australia! On your arrival at Sydney Airport, you will collect your baggage, clear customs and be transferred to your hotel situated in the city centre. City Information: Sydney has one of the world’s most beautiful harbours and great surrounding natural beauty. You may want to kayak under the Harbour Bridge, walk the winding, sea-sculpted cliffs from Bondi through to Bronte and experience the lifestyle and stunning scenery or visit Manly’s beaches, bars and restaurants by ferry. Alternatively stay around the city, and take a tour of the Sydney Opera House or the Botanical Gardens at Circular Quay. Sydney is truly one of the most stunning cities in the world. Remainder of the day at Leisure to explore what this infamous city has to offer. Accommodation Recommendation: Quay West Suites Sydney (5*) or similar, subject to availability. Read more

Sydney, 4 Nights


Take a Sydney Opera House Tour (Group Tour in English or German). Discover the stories, history and magic of Sydney Opera House with an incredible guided tour taking you underneath the world famous sails. When the Sydney Opera House became a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site in 2007, it was hailed as “one of the indisputable masterpieces of human creativity, not only in the 20th century but in the history of humankind”. Now it’s your turn to step inside this iconic landmark and discover the stories behind Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s remarkable achievement. What inspired him to base his revolutionary design on ships’ sails? You’ll find out on this very special one-hour guided tour into the intricate workings of a living, breathing Opera House. You will explore the hallowed theatres and foyers where more than 1600 concerts, operas, dramas and ballets take place each year and your experienced guide will be on hand to lead you through every aspect of the building’s 14-year creation and 58-year history. After your tour, you can keep wandering around Circular Quay and the Rocks The Rocks: At the very base of the Harbour Bridge is the historic Rocks district. Featuring heritage-listed buildings and streetscapes, The Rocks is popular for its markets, cafés, boutique shops and spectacular harbour views. The area was inhabited by the indigenous Gadigal people, before the first European settlers claimed the land in 1788. Your Driver Guide will share stories, both tall and true, of the characters and events that shaped this port community. Mrs. Macquarie's Chair: High on the peninsula known as Mrs. Macquarie’s Point, the lookout was named after Mrs. Macquarie, the wife of a New South Wales Governor, known to visit the area in the early 1800s. From her convictbuilt sandstone ‘chair’, enjoy birds-eye views of the Sydney Opera House. As the sunsets experience the unique Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. Exhilarating and utterly unforgettable, BridgeClimb gives you the incredible opportunity to walk to the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and enjoy one of the world's most spectacular views. The Sydney BridgeClimb is open to anyone who is in good health and over the age of 10. Climbs begin at regular intervals from early in the morning through to the evening, and all the equipment you need is provided. Your Climb Leader is there to make sure your experience is safe and fun, and will provide interesting facts about the bridge along the way. Read more

Sydney, 4 Nights

Sydney - Blue Mountains

Activity suggestion: embark on a Blue Mountains tour with a small group Less than two hours from Sydney, the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area is one of Australia’s most spectacular natural parks. You’ll love the blue-hazed beauty of the Blue Mountains, one million hectares of tall forests, sandstone cliffs, canyons, waterfalls and bushland. Your Blue Mountains tour offers you a magical experience and the boutique tour provides a more intimate touch in a luxury Mercedes Benz (Max 14 passengers) Highlights: • Enjoy Morning Tea at the Conservation Hut in Wentworth Falls, take in the scenery while enjoying your Homemade Freshly baked scones with your hot drink • Visit Scenic World and dare yourself to ride the steepest Railway in the world. The Scenic Cableway or Skyway offers spectacular view of the Three Sisters and the Valley (At own expense). Our Tour Guide will take you down to the valley floor whilst explaining the area and coal mine history. • Echo Point, the closest and best view of the Three Sisters. You will be able to witness the blue haze and the vast expanse of the Jamison Valley and experience for yourself the raw magic the Blue Mountains creates. • Breathtaking view of either Jamison Valley or Megalong Valley away from the crowds in a private location. • Enjoy a Six option lunch menu with a nice refreshing Glass of Australian Beer, Wine, Soft Drink, Tea or Coffee • Featherdale Wildlife Park is Sydney’s ultimate wildlife experience. Our guides will take you in and show you some of Australia’s native wildlife, cuddle up to a koala or feed the baby wallabies. • Your trip to Sydney is not complete without a cruise on Parramatta River to Sydney Harbour Circular Quay. You will travel under the Harbour Bridge and past the Opera House before disembarking at Circular Quay where your tour will conclude at approximately 5pm (depending on traffic and ferry). Read more

Sydney, 4 Nights


Today make your way to Rose Bay and experience a scenic flight over Sydney and landing in a secluded beach with gourmet picnic, beach rub and umbrella. Swimming at this delightful location is recommended, so towel, hat and sunscreen are essentials on a hot day. Please note that whilst the beaches we fly to are secluded they are not necessarily private, i.e. there may be other people on the beach with you. Package includes return seaplane flight, gourmet picnic, bottled water and a bottle of Australian white wine. Read more

Sydney, 4 Nights

Sydney - Melbourne

This morning after you checkout from your hotel, you will be transferred to Sydney Airport for your domestic flight Sydney-Melbourne. Upon arrival into Melbourne, you will collect your baggage and be transferred to your accommodation in Melbourne. City overview: Melbourne is the coastal capital of the south eastern Australian state of Victoria. At the city's centre is the modern Federation Square development, with plazas, bars, and restaurants by the Yarra River. In the Southbank area, the Melbourne Arts Precinct is the site of Arts Centre Melbourne – a performing arts complex – and the National Gallery of Victoria, with Australian and indigenous art. Enjoy the remaining of the afternoon at leisure. Walk down to Federation Square, meander through the Lane Ways and boutique café's. At the end of the afternoon, we would like to suggest an incredible way to experience Melbourne: by kayak! Moonlight Kayak Tour – 2h30 - 18.45 This “Urban Adventure” is a spectacular way to experience the sights of Melbourne from a unique water level perspective. Melbourne’s Yarra River is an excellent location for new paddlers to experience kayaking for the first time, or for experienced kayakers to enjoy a stunning paddle through Melbourne’s scenic waterways. No kayaking experience is needed to enjoy the tour, our patient guides will be with you every step of the way. We use a fleet of fibreglass Sea Bear sea kayaks, which are extremely stable and easy to operate. The tour meets just before sunset in Victoria Harbour, part of the modern Docklands precinct in the west end of the city. Accommodation Recommendation: The Langham Melbourne (5*) or similar, subject to availability. Read more

Melbourne, 4 Nights
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A day at leisure to self explore Melbourne. Australia’s second most popular city, Melbourne is an exciting place with extraordinary surprises to be discovered in every basement, rooftop and laneway. Travel to the top of Eureka Skydeck88 for fabulous view across the city. Opening hours: 10am - 10pm (last entry 9:30pm). For the sports enthusiasts, take a tour of the Melbourne cricket Ground or you may be interested in watching Australian Open Tennis which takes place in January every year. Visit the National Gallery of Victoria, displaying Australian and Indigenous art. Breathe deep and fill your lungs with the goodness of the freshest air from right in the heart of Melbourne’s city centre at the Royal Botanic Gardens. A treasured part of Melbourne life, the Royal Botanic Gardens offers 38 hectares of landscaped gardens blooming with native and exotic vegetation. The gardens are all things to everybody, whether a place for children to explore, families to picnic, couples to canoodle or individuals to relax and recharge in tranquil spaces. Visit Fitzroy Gardens – the Gardens have a long history of over 150 years, few other capital cities can boast such a significant garden so close to the city’s centre. Take a cruise along the Yarra River – A Melbourne icon, the river is the focus for numerous spectacular events including the famous Moomba festival, rowing regattas, the Melbourne Festival and Dragon Boat Festivals. The Yarra River offers a multitude of picturesque setting. The banks of the river have a number of barbecue and picnic facilities, fishing platform and jetty. You may board one of the many river craft at Southgate or Princes Walk or travel along the Yarra in your own boat to visit attractions such as Melbourne Park for the Australian Tennis Open, the Royal Botanical Gardens and Herring Island Park. The Yarra River is now the undisputed social heart of the marvellous Melbourne. Take the tramway to St Kilda Beach, Melbourne’s favourite seaside playground. St Kilda is renowned for its expansive view of Port Phillip, safe sandy beach, palm-lined boardwalk, big skies, gorgeous sunsets, parks and gardens, great restaurants, bars and cafés, fabulous old buildings, and its colourful past and present. You’ll be deeply moved by The Shrine of Remembrance, this proud memorial to the men and women of Australia who served in the First World War. It is one of the largest memorials in the country and Melbourne’s most recognised landmark. Read more

Melbourne, 4 Nights

Melbourne - Great Ocean Road

Today experience the infamous Great Ocean Road with a private tour. After a pickup from your city hotel, we travel over the infamous Westgate Bridge towards Victoria’s south-west coast. We pass through Geelong, the second largest city in Victoria, before reaching the start of the Great Ocean Road in Torquay. Our first stop for the day is at Anglesea where we observe wild grey kangaroos at the local golf club. Lorne is our next stop for some morning tea and a chance to take in the beauty of the Southern Ocean and surrounding foothills. While winding along this cliff hugging road your guide show you many scenic lookouts and introduce you to the stories behind its creation. A stop at Kennett River allows you the opportunity to see koalas in their natural environment as well as many colourful native birds. Lunch brings us to the seaside village of Apollo Bay to enjoying some of the gourmet local produce. On our way through the Otway Ranges we make a stop to enjoy a walk through a cool temperate rainforest gully. This forest dates back millions of years to the times that dinosaurs wandered this region. In 1987, a new species of Dinosaur called Leaellynasuara, dating back 100 million years was found on the coastline at Rotten Point. There is also evidence of Aboriginal tribes living of the land in the form of shell middens dating back over 10,000 years. We explain some of the history, culture and conflict that has a resonance with the battles of native people’s worldwide. We arrive at the Shipwreck Coast and visit the Icons of the Twelve Apostles. Here your guide will explain their creation and constant reformation while you get photos and even take a helicopter ride. We then visit ‘Loch Ard Gorge’, the site of the most famous 19th century Australian shipwreck. We retell the entire story from the calm voyage, the tragic wreck, the courageous survivors and their ultimate fate. While hearing the tale you will be able to see and hold some original artifacts, photos and documents from the ‘Loch Ard’ contained in our treasure chests. We then turn for Melbourne traveling through some of Australia’s most fertile land and the world’s third largest Volcanic plain. We arrive back in Melbourne around 1900. Read more

Melbourne, 4 Nights

Melbourne - Wine Tour

Today indulge yourself in a private day wine tour to the Mornington Peninsula. The Mornington Peninsula is located approximately one hour south of Melbourne. It is a beautiful region with rolling hills, orchards, olive groves, historic mansions, and more than 200 vineyards. The natural topography and mild climate of the region is well suited to wine growing. The Mornington Peninsula is a favourite beach holiday destination for Victorians. You can also unwind at the region’s day spas and local hot springs. Seven golf courses on the Mornington Peninsula feature in Australia’s Top 50 courses list, and offer year-round golfing with magnificent coastal views. Read more

Melbourne, 4 Nights

Melbourne - Adelaide

This morning after you check out from your hotel you will be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your flight to Adelaide. Upon arrival in Adelaide, you will be transferred to your accommodation. City Overview: With its vibrant culture built on world famous festivals, food and wine, cosmopolitan Adelaide is an elegant city with a rich past and a passion for fine living. This afternoon, self-explore Adelaide: Classic Victoria Square - the heart of the city Gourmet food at Adelaide Central Market (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday) Cosmopolitan Gouger Street - home to Chinatown, great restaurants and bars Grand Boulevard of King William Street including Beehive Corner at the head of Rundle Mall The Terraces - north, south, east and west separating the city from the parklands. Parks, gardens and kilometres of parklands ranging from botanic gardenlike to natural bushland River Torrens - picturesque garden banks Elegant Parliament House, State Library, Trinity Church-Adelaide’s oldest church Trendy Hutt Street where Adelaide love to eat, drink and relax Museums (National Wine Centre of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, South Australian Museum) Glenelg Beach, easily accessible with the tram Accommodation Recommendation: Stamford Plaza Adelaide (5*) or similar, subject to availability. Read more

Adelaide, 2 Nights
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Adelaide - Barossa Valley

Best of the Barossa valley Private Wine Tour The Barossa Valley is South Australia's best known wine region and home to the largest wine companies in Australia. The landscape is interwoven with the unmistakable presence of rich Germanic/Silesian culture and heritage, which has made the region so special. At 9.00 you will begin a personally escorted journey that includes a city orientation tour. You travel through the scenic Torrens Gorge to the Barossa Valley. The Torrens Gorge is a natural chasm carved out of the Adelaide Hills by the River Torrens. Tasting of fine wines at smaller winery’s such as Trevor Jones/ Kellermeister, who combines a mixture of old and new world wine styles. Travel over Jacobs Creek to visit some smaller wine cellars, full of rustic charm who make wines in the traditional Barossa method, these include Rockfords and Charlie Melton. We may include visits to other small wineries and meet well-known wine identities. Stop for a stroll in the German town of Tanunda with time to discover the small shops, many of which specialise in locally made crafts. Before lunch we take the picturesque drive up to Menglers Hill for an unsurpassed view over the entire Barossa Valley. We continue into historic Angaston - the more "English" village of the Barossa. Taking time at Angas Park which specializes in fine dried local fruits, or the local Cheese Maker who has won many awards for their farm cheeses. Lunch will be alfresco under the vines or at Vintners restaurant just out of Angaston. For those more seriously into wine our next stop might be: Henschkes winery in Keyneton, a fifth generation German winery producing outstanding wines that incorporate the best of old world and state of the art winemaking or we may visit the historic Yalumba, the biggest family run winery in Australia. If time permits we may visit small boutique producers such as Torbreck, Rolf Binder or Two Hands. A visit to Maggie Beer Farm shop is a must for food lovers. As an alternative we may travel through the picturesque villages of the Adelaide Hills to Hahndorf, the German village and taste the fine wines produced by Hahndorf Hill winery. Itinerary may vary Read more

Adelaide, 2 Nights

Adelaide - Kangaroo Island

This morning after checking out from your hotel you will be transferred to Adelaide Airport for your flight from Adelaide to embark on a Kangaroo Island Tour. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your luxury accommodation, the Southern Ocean Lodge for 3 nights. Southern Ocean Lodge is Australia’s first true luxury lodge, offering a unique and exclusive travel experience on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. Floating atop a secluded cliff on a rugged stretch of coast, the lodge commands peerless views of the wild Southern Ocean and pristine Kangaroo Island wilderness. Sensitive, intimate and sophisticated, Southern Ocean Lodge is a sanctuary of refined comfort and luxe, Kangaroo Island style Southern Ocean Lodge offers a complete Kangaroo Island experience. The celebrated luxury lodge blends pristine nature, contemporary surrounds and superb fine dining, as well as a tailored itinerary of exhilarating experiences to create a very real sense of place. Guests are presented with a personalised itinerary upon arrival including the Lodge’s Signature Experiences. Designed to explore this ‘zoo without fences’ in a stylish and relaxed manner, these encounters are a must-do. Southern Ocean Lodge rates include all dining, open bar with premium wines and spirits, in-suite bar, signature experiences and island airport transfers. These experiences are included in the tariff and are provided on an intimate shared basis with fellow guests at scheduled times. Private touring can be arranged at additional cost subject to availability (also available with a German language guide). The following represents an indicative experience over three nights. Many factors influence the delivered itinerary, including length of stay, flight arrival and departure times, pre-booked activities, vehicles and guide availability, weather conditions and seasonality. Any special arrangements made in advance, or once at the lodge, will be choreographed by our team and your itinerary customised to ensure the very best experience of both lodge and island. Day 1 Coastal Clifftop Walk After lunch, embrace a scenic guided walk starting right on the Lodge doorstep atop the limestone cliffs of Hanson Bay. Stand on the bluff, look out to sea and realise there is nothing but ocean between here and Antarctica. Experience and learn about local flora, fauna and coastline ecosystems. Tip – A photographers dream! Discover Island Heritage After coming back to the lodge, an informative visual presentation hosted by resident naturalist staff will provide insight into the Island's discovery and natural history as well as giving an overview of its many spectacular attractions. Pre-Dinner Drinks & Canapés Enjoy the Great Room with its open bar, fireplace and sumptuous lounge as if it were your own private residence. Sunset drinks and canapés are served from 6-7pm nightly. Dinner in the Restaurant Dinner is a decadently refined menu, showcasing the region’s finest produce, served with excellent South Australian wines. Should you prefer, the well-stocked walk-in cellar is yours to explore. Viticulture heaven! Dine at your leisure from 7pm. Read more

Kangaroo Island, 3 Nights
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Kangaroo Island

Day 2: Wonders of Kangaroo Island This half day signature experience of the Kangaroo Island Tour is a spectacular introduction to its wildlife, maritime heritage and stunning coastal landscapes. Cape du Couedic lighthouse, Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and a fur seal colony are just some of the trip highlights. Return to the Lodge for lunch in the Restaurant overlooking the cinematic vista of Hanson Bay. Kick back and enjoy some unstructured leisure. Rejuvenate the senses with a visit to the Southern Spa and let the world fall away with a Li’Tya treatment utilising natural Australian botanicals. Alternatively, perhaps book onto one of our exciting Bespoke Experiences. Additional charges apply. Kangaroos & Kanapés - Soak up the history of the early island settlers at Grassdale, a historic island property reached by a short drive from the Lodge and where local wildlife including kangaroos and wallabies congregate to graze. Observe these creatures in their natural environment, sip on premium South Australian beverages and nibble on a canapé whilst the sun sinks below the horizon. Dinner in the Restaurant - The daily-inspired menu is at once sophisticated and simple, designed to honour the flavours of each ingredient. Prepare for a carefully crafted epicurean journey. Optional Nocturnal Tour - Visit the Hanson Bay Sanctuary to discover a world that comes alive while you are asleep. Spot koalas at their most active, encounter kangaroos and wallabies among many other nocturnal creatures. A fun and educational discovery walk! Timing is seasonal - depart after dinner during the summer and pre-dinner during the cool season. Additional charges apply   Read more

Kangaroo Island, 3 Nights

Kangaroo Island

Morning at Your Leisure - The Lodge offers a range of easy to medium grade treks for avid bushwalkers to enjoy and there is a hike scheduled each morning. Alternatively, you may choose to sleep in and pamper yourself with a treatment at the Southern Spa. Additional charges apply Lunch in the Restaurant - Dine in the Lodge Restaurant, with the ever-changing panorama of Hanson Bay as a backdrop. Seal Bay is home to Australia’s third largest colony of Australian sea lions. Join our naturalist guide for an exclusive tour on the beach with these wild animals. Learn about their unique breeding cycle and the ongoing research programs implemented on site. A privilege unique to Kangaroo Island! Read more

Kangaroo Island, 3 Nights

Kangaroo Island - Adelaide

This morning you will depart Southern Ocean Lodge and be transferred to Kangaroo Island Airport for your flight back to Adelaide. Upon arrival in Adelaide, you will be transferred to your accommodation. This afternoon, self-explore Adelaide Accommodation Recommendation: Stamford Plaza Adelaide (5*) or similar, subject to availability. Read more

Adelaide, 1 Night

Depart Adelaide

This morning after you checkout from your hotel, you will be transferred to Adelaide Airport for your homeward flight. We hope you have enjoyed your truly Australian Adventure “down under” and had a wonderful, relaxing holiday. Thank you for using our services!


Day in trip
Day 1
Location Sydney
Day 5
Location Melbourne
Day 9
Location Adelaide
Day 11
Location Kangaroo Island
Day 14
Location Adelaide


Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee
  • Some meals
  • Australia Goods and Services Tax (currently 10%)

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular 76fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional activities and transfers

More information

  • Accommodations are subject to availability, a surcharge may be incurred for peak period / special event period


3 Reviews

Ann and Neil, United States

Excellent service throughout keeping you up to date with any last minute changes i.e. just before we were to leave for our trip received a message to say Tranzalpine was cancelled but arranged for us to be on coach which takes about same time so did not cause any problems with our other arrangements. Overall only six days during our four month world trip, one of only a few great memories and a wish to go back in the future using the same company. Read more

Tisha and Varun, India

We were very impressed with the quality of service provided to us. The trip experience was exactly what we were expecting from our honeymoon. Rachel was terrific throughout the process and addressed our all concerns and questions very promptly. She planned our trip perfectly and as per our demands and made sure to address all the things in our checklist. Read more

Arnaud, France

Outstanding customer tailored travel. Highly recommended. Will surely return and ask Michael to make it happen once again, given the time I can dedicate topreparing my "down under" vacations


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