Australia's biggest attraction is its natural beauty. The landscape varies from endless sun-baked horizons to dense tropical rainforest to chilly southern beaches. Scattered along the coasts, its cities blend a European enthusiasm for art and food with a laid-back love of sport and the outdoors.
In cities, visitors will experience a blur of fashion-festooned boutiques and plate-clattering restaurants, then lose themselves in a long fluid moment inside a beer or wine glass. Around the coast, they'll take an endless breath in the depths of a rainforest, then slowly realize they have an entire beach to themselves.
Enjoy Sydney by sailboat through the harbor, by seaplane to view the landscape and relax in your hotel as you overlook the Opera House. Continuing on to Mossman, you will stay at the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest, in a treehouse. Partake in various activities offered by the lodge and take time out for a day at the Great Barrier Reef to see this natural wonder for yourself!
Day 1 - Sydney, Australia
Arrive Sydney International Airport, where you are met and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy the balance of your day at leisure in Sydney.
Sydney, the capital of the state of New South Wales, is Australia's most well known city. With its extraordinary icons both natural and man-made this is a city that never fails to please the eye. It's magnificent natural harbor spanned by the 'coat hanger', the Sydney Harbor Bridge, and the man-made sails of the Sydney Opera House are just some of its most widely photographed views.
You will be confirmed for three nights at the Observatory Hotel. Positioned in the heart of Sydney, close by The Rocks, The Observatory Hotel is the ideal base from which to explore Australia's most vibrant city.
You will be confirmed for three nights at the Langham Hotel Sydney. Positioned in the heart of Sydney, close by The Rocks, The Langham Hotel Sydney is the ideal base from which to explore Australia's most vibrant city. The luxury of its accommodation is complemented by the elegance of its restaurants. Guests can enjoy superb recreational facilities, including a well-equipped Health and Leisure Club and new Day Spa.
Langham Hotel – Grand Langham City View Room
Day 2 - Sydney
This afternoon you will be orientated with Sydney from the most enviable vantage point - on the water! Cruising on Sydney Harbour is a classic Australian experience, and today you will board 'Calypso' - a 52 foot motor cruiser with a minimum of two and a maximum of twelve guests onboard.
Whilst cruising this iconic harbor you will have the opportunity to swim, fish or kayak. However most choose to sit back with a glass of Australian beer or wine, relax on the sunbeds and take in the amazing sights - the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Luna Park, Fort Denison and the waterfront homes of the rich and famous. A barbeque lunch is served on board, while anchored in a secluded cove.Your four hour experience on the water ends at Commissioners Steps in Circular Quay, approximately 15 minutes walk from your hotel.
Langham Hotel (B, L)
Day 3 - Sydney- Cottage Point Inn- Sydney
Today you will make your own way to the departure point for your scenic flight. Fly via seaplane to the Cottage Point Inn for lunch.This four-hour excursion provides incredible scenic views from high above the landscape.
A mere 20-minute flight from the hustle and bustle of Sydney is the exquisitely tranquil and award winning Cottage Point Inn. This beautiful restaurant is perched on the water's edge in the heart of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and is renowned for offering exceptional modern Australian cuisine. Upon landing we taxi the aircraft to the restaurant's seaplane dock, where Cottage Point Inn's friendly staff offers a warm welcome and any number of great Australian wines!
After a leisurely 3 course à la carte lunch reboard your seaplane and return to Sydney Harbor. To top off a magical afternoon, you have an incredible photo opportunity flying a circuit of the Harbor Bridge and Opera House, before landing at Rose Bay.
The remainder of day at leisure. Consider experiencing one of the treatments in the Iluka Spa, whose philosophy focuses on the four pillars of wellness; energy, harmony, purity and tranquility. Select a service to turn your spa treatment into a vivid sensory experience, by engaging your senses of aroma, touch, taste.
Langham Hotel (B, L)
Day 4 - Sydney- Cairns- Mossman
Transfer to Sydney airport for your scheduled flight (not included) to Cairns. Arrive Cairns, you are met and transferred to Silky Oaks Lodge. Check-in and enjoy the balance of your day at leisure.
Silky Oaks Lodge is situated on the banks of the Mossman River, at the gateway to the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest. Each private cabin is appointed with handcrafted Australian colonial timber furniture and has its own private veranda overlooking billabongs (waterholes) or rock swimming pools. Optional activities available include spa and massage treatments, freshwater swimming, tennis, bike riding and guided walks through the rainforest during the day and evening to see kangaroos, birds and platypus.
Mossman and Silky Oaks Lodge - Treehouse (B)
Day 5 - Great Barrier Reef
Transfer to Marina Mirage in Port Douglas and board 'Quicksilver' Cruise full day excursion to Agincourt Reef. Situated on the very edge of the Great Barrier Reef, Agincourt Reef provides a sheltered anchorage for the Quicksilver vessel and the perfect spot for passengers to snorkel, dive, and view the spectacular coral formations.
Includes: Adventure Snorkel with a marine biologist.as well as the Environmental Fee to access the Reef. Return to Port Douglas and transfer by coach to Silky Oaks Lodge.
Mossman & Silky Oaks Lodge - Treehouse (B, L)
Day 6 - Mossman
Enjoy a full day at leisure at Silky Oaks Lodge. Perhaps join in some of optional activities available from the lodge such as spa and massage treatments, hiking, freshwater swimming, canoeing, tennis, golf, fishing and bike riding. Or take a guided walk through the rainforest during the day or evening.
Mossman & Silky Oaks Lodge - Treehouse (B)
Day 7 - Mossman- Cairns- Depart
Transfer to Cairns International Airport for your departing flight.
Depart any day! Contact an iExplore Adventure Consultant for details.
2013 Prices: $4579 based on two people sharing one room
· Sydney airport meet and assist upon arrival
· Accommodation at the Langham Hotel in Sydney - Grand Langham City View Room and Mossman & Silky Oaks Lodge - Treehouse
· Airport transfers in Sydney and Cairns by private vehicles
· Meals as indicated (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
· All sightseeing excursions and transfers are on a non-exclusive basis
· Entrance fees while sightseeing
· International and Domestic air and taxes
· Internal air: Sydney-Cairns-Sydney
· Meals other than those indicated
· Optional sightseeing excursions
· Items of a personal nature
· Travel Insurance
· Departure tax
· Holiday surcharges
All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.
Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.