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Australian Love Affair

Be.  Just be in the mysterious and ancient landscapes of Australia where the soul is restored.

Fall in love with this magical country as you journey through its unparalleled beauty.  Witness the sheer mystique and majesty of Ayers rock at sunset, wander through the ancient and awe-inspiring Mossman Gorge and experience the beauty and drama of Tasmania’s wilderness. With Latitude South, you will look a little closer, dig a little deeper and seek out experiences that will take your breath away.

Itinerary Highlights

Accommodation: Three nights at Park Hyatt Sydney in a Deluxe Harbour View Room

Following arrival into this magical city, you will be met for your private transfer to your stunning and beautifully located accommodation right on the water’s edge of Sydney Harbour with spectacular views of the famous Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.

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No visit to Sydney is complete without sailing its unique Harbour and this morning you will meet your friendly, experienced skipper for a wonderful, privately chartered sailing experience on Sydney’s magnificent Harbour with the Opera House and Harbour Bridge as your spectacular backdrop. A delicious lunch break will find you in a sheltered cove surrounded by natural bushland, the peaceful atmosphere enhanced by the sound of a small waterfall cascading over rocks or the laughter of a Kookaburra in the trees. Here you will have the opportunity to cast a fishing line for Bream and Flathead or enjoy a swim to the lovely quiet beach.

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Get off the beaten tourist track to discover stunning private vantage points only a local would know and experience the spectacular wilderness of the Blue Mountains in style.

Sydney’s Blue Mountains are bursting with amazing scenery of towering sandstone escarpments covered by lush forests of gum trees and valleys full of wildlife and riverbeds. Jump on a scenic bush walk of endless waterfalls or let your guide take you to hidden lookouts only a local would know for unique, uninterrupted views.

The history of the Blue Mountains is fascinating, Aboriginal tribes have lived off the land for thousands of years. The British settled here less than 300 years ago. Learn about the history, sample gourmet local produce grown right in the Megalong Valley and if you fancy, drink artisan beer brewed in Katoomba.

(Dinner included tonight)

Accommodation: Two Nights at Longitude 131° in a Luxury Tent

This morning you will be met by your driver and transferred to the airport for your flight deep into the Outback for an unforgettable encounter with Ayers Rock. On arrival, you’ll be met and privately transferred to your inimitable, luxury lodge.

Longitude 131° is the luxury desert basecamp at Uluru-Kata Tjuta and offers an essential experience of Australia’s spirited heartland. Central to your stay is discovery of the World Heritage listed wilderness and the privacy, tranquillity and luxurious spaces in which to relax in exclusive style.

Following your personal check in and consultation, an exceptional touring programme will be especially designed for you and your interests to enjoy tomorrow.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included today)

Today you will be pulled into the luxurious Longitude131° fold, with the exclusive, expertly led tours in this magical and mystical place.

Treasured as Australia’s spiritual heart, the dual World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an ancient desert landscape where beauty is heightened by the living presence of one of the world’s largest monoliths, Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the sacred red domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) which stand nearby. With Longitude 131° as luxury basecamp, you will be guided on an itinerary of carefully curated signature excursions allowing an intimate encounter with the region’s iconic natural attractions. Stories of the land’s traditional custodians shared along each of the tours add a personal education of the local landscape and culture to the experience.

(Breakfast included today)

Accommodation: Four nights at Silky Oaks Lodge in a Deluxe Treehouse

Today you will depart this magical region and fly to Cairns in Tropical North Queensland where upon arrival you will collect your late model automatic rental vehicle and make your way to your idyllic accommodation, set in an unrivalled riverside location on the beautiful Mossman River just downstream from the Mossman Gorge.

(Breakfast and lunch included today)

Today is yours to enjoy the calm and tranquillity that your luxury accommodation offers or enjoy one of their many complimentary activities. Perhaps take a picnic basket and explore some of the walking trails around the lodge. Explore the Billabong by canoe or kayak which is excellent for snorkelling and is home to freshwater turtles, eels, Jungle Perch and the shy resident platypus. Cycle to Mossman Township or the Gorge itself on the lodges Mountain Bikes.

(Breakfast and lunch included today)

For most people, a visit to the Great Barrier Reef is a once in a lifetime experience. Snorkelling is the best and easiest way to see the reef as 90% of its diversity occurs within 4 metres of the surface. Today you will visit three sites to delight in the utter splendour that this spectacular part of the natural world has to offer.

(Breakfast and lunch included today)

This full day experience with our local Kuku Yalanji guide, encompasses both traditional and modern-day tales of this ancient land and culture. Learn the history and stories and get an insight into the knowledge and deep affinity that the Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people have with the land and sea in this remarkable part of Australia.

(Breakfast included today)

Accommodation: One night at Islington Hotel Guesthouse in a Garden Room

Today, following your private transfer back to Cairns Airport, you will fly south to Hobart in Tasmania in preparation for your Maria Island four-day trip tomorrow.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included today)

Accommodation: Two nights Wilderness Glamping and one night at Bernacchi House

Maria Island is a natural wildlife sanctuary and offshore retreat with historic ruins, sweeping bays, dramatic cliffs and plenty of stories to tell. Over the course of the next few days, you will explore the magnificence of Maria Island, stay in exclusive wilderness camps and enjoy gourmet dinners at night under the stars.

You will arrive at the historic coastal town of Triabunna, where your guides boat will take you to Maria Island through the sparkling waters of Mercury Passage to the isthmus of Maria Island. You will set foot on a pristine, untouched beach, exactly as explorers did years earlier. Here you enjoy lunch overlooking the crystal azure waters of Shoal Bay before taking a walk to the tranquil Casuarina Beach camp. This afternoon explore the trail through the tall eucalypt forest down to the spectacular Haunted Bay.

This evening, after a fine Tasmanian gourmet dinner, stroll along the beach at sunset with a glass of wine, delighting in the day you’ve had and excited by what lies ahead.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included today)

Wake up to the busy chattering of the wattle birds and, from the comfort of your bed, watch the morning sun sparkle through the forest. This is one of the truly great guided walks of Australia! After a delicious breakfast, it’s time to start your journey along five beautiful beaches. Watch dolphins play in the surf and sea eagles soaring overhead as you walk past the carpet of exotic shells lining the water’s edge. By late afternoon you arrive at White Gums camp for a refreshing swim. After the perfect day, you can relax with your fellow walkers, before enjoying a candlelit dinner of the finest Tasmanian food and wine.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included today)

Today your guides will take you inland to the heart of the Island to discover the rich greens of the grand forests. You’ll wander through the world’s largest stand of giant Tasmanian blue gums and can choose to climb the peaks of Mt Maria or Bishop and Clerk. It’s a 700 metres climb through rare “cloud” rain forests. As you can imagine, the views are simply breathtaking. This evening you arrive at Tasmanian’s fascinating World Heritage listed settlement of Darlington where you’ll stay at the elegant colonial Bernacchi House and enjoy a final night banquet with fine wine and conversation.

(Breakfast and lunch included today)

Accommodation: Three nights at Islington Hotel Guesthouse in a Garden Room

Your final day begins with a delicious breakfast followed by a walk around the northern tip of Maria Island. The walk takes you through a variety of spectacular woodlands and forests with rare endemic birds, wallabies and wombats on show. You continue on to the dramatic sea cliffs of Fossil Bay and then head down to the remarkable fossils at Fossil Cliffs. Arriving back at Darlington you will enjoy a celebratory farewell lunch before boarding the boat to go back to the mainland Tasmania and Hobart taking with you, incredible memories and stories of an amazing four days, walking in Tasmania, spent in a very special place.

(Breakfast and lunch included today)

Today’s remarkable experience will find you taking to the skies and tracking towards the east coast of Tasmania, taking in the stunning Freycinet Peninsula and Wineglass Bay. Continuing on water, you will explore the magnificent Freycinet National Park from the Tasman Sea, giving you a unique perspective of the incredible sheer granite cliffs, sea caves and hidden coves as well as wildlife sightings such as seabirds, penguins, dolphins, seals and whales. You will enjoy a delicious lunch aboard the boat, before taking off for a scenic flight home via Tasmania’s spectacular east coast.

(Breakfast included today)

With its captivating history, picturesque waterways, rugged mountains and gourmet experiences, Hobart has something for everyone.

Award-winning restaurants offer fine dining experiences using the best Tasmanian produce recognised by the world’s best chefs, while on the waterfront punts and fishmongers sell the freshest seafood straight from the Southern Ocean.

Enjoy the contrast of elegant heritage sandstone alongside modern architecture. Explore Salamanca Place, a short walk from the waterfront, with its galleries, theatres, craft shops and restaurants in 1830s Georgian warehouses and on Saturdays enjoy the food and entertainment of Salamanca Market, Australia’s best outdoor market.

Take a walk along Hobart’s iconic waterfront, explore the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery or take a ferry up river to MONA for an out-of-this-world modern art experience.

(Breakfast included today)

Following your private transfer to Hobart Airport, you will farewell this wonderful part of the world and board your flight home.

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