Discover dramatic landscapes and vibrant cultures on a spectacular private jet journey across Australia and New Zealand. Venture into the ancient Daintree Rainforest, delve deep into Aboriginal legend at Uluru and encounter Maori tradition on the shores of Lake Taupo. On New Zealand’s South Island, launch your explorations of Milford Sound from Queenstown, the self-proclaimed adventure capital of the world. Weaving together eight stunning destinations into a curated 19-day itinerary, Best of Australia and New Zealand explores the diverse highlights of this remarkable continent.
As part of this 2020 expedition, we’re also excited to offer an opportunity to extend your time in Australia with our Discover More program. Get a head start on this incredible journey by arriving early in Sydney and exploring all that the region has to offer. Like our expeditions, this all-inclusive package covers accommodations, private transportation, immersive activities, top-of-the-line guides and meals.
Sydney, Australia / Day 1
Fly independently to Sydney, the largest city in Australia. Meet fellow guests and your expedition staff for a festive welcome dinner. Park Hyatt Sydney
Extend Your Time in Sydney: Get a head start on this incredible journey by arriving early and exploring all that the region has to offer with our Discover More program. Like our expeditions, this all-inclusive package covers accommodations, private transportation, immersive activities, top-of-the-line guides and meals.
Hobart, Tasmania / Days 2 – 3
Uncover the rich history of Hobart, once a penal colony and center for whaling. Immerse yourself in the unique creative culture of the city through a live theater performance and exclusive gallery dinner at the renowned Museum of Old and New Art. Henry Jones Art Hotel
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia / Days 4 – 5
We fly to Kangaroo Island where we split into two groups. One group will disembark at Kangaroo Island for two nights while the other half will continue on to experience the magnificent red sandstone dome of Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock), a UNESCO World Heritage site. Longitude 131˚
Kangaroo Island, Australia / Days 6 – 7
Guests on Kangaroo Island will continue to Ayers Rock, while those who spent two nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park will fly to Kangaroo Island to encounter the wealth of endemic wildlife that call this pristine landscape home, including the island’s eponymous kangaroos. Southern Ocean Lodge
Cairns and Daintree Rainforest,
Australia / Days 8 – 9
From Cairns, embark on an expedition into the Daintree Rainforest, considered the world’s oldest living rain forest. Stroll winding paths through the tropical foliage with an aboriginal guide or soar over the green canopy on one of the world’s longest gondola cableways. Silky Oaks Lodge
Lizard Island and the Great Barrier Reef, Australia / Days 10 – 12
From secluded Lizard Island, enjoy unparalleled access to the marvels of the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Snorkel or dive among a collection of coral and tropical fish, or stay on land to beach comb and trek along Lizard Island’s many nature trails. Lizard Island Resort
Auckland and Lake Taupo,
New Zealand / Days 13 – 16
Spend one night exploring vibrant Auckland, then discover the dramatic landscape of Lake Taupo, a volcanic caldera sacred to the Maori. Participate in the traditions of the local people as you discover the treasures of this exotic landscape. Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour and Huka Lodge
Queenstown and Milford Sound,
New Zealand / Days 17 – 19
Embrace Queentown’s contagious spirit of adventure on a thrilling flightseeing tour over Milford Sound or embark on a jet-boat ride through the narrow canyons of the Shotover River. Alternatively, slow down to sample the region’s wines or take in the arts scene at a local gallery. Hotel St. Moritz