Sydney, Australia • Hobart, Tasmania • Adelaide and Barossa Valley, Australia • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia • Lizard Island and the Great Barrier Reef, Australia • Cairns and Daintree Rainforest, Australia • Lake Taupo, New Zealand • Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand • Queenstown and Milford Sound, New Zealand • Auckland, New Zealand
Go “down under” to discover the dramatic landscapes and vibrant cultures of Australia and New Zealand on a private jet journey across this spectacular continent. Step into Tasmania’s flourishing arts scene and delve into the rich history of this southern seaport. Explore the vibrant city of Adelaide and the prestigious wineries of the Barossa Valley. Discover the spiritual significance of Uluru, the world’s largest monolith. From remote Lizard Island, immerse yourself in the marine life of the Great Barrier Reef. Trek through the lush Daintree Rainforest, a UNESCO World Heritage site considered the world’s oldest living rainforest. Immerse yourself in Maori tradition on the shores of Lake Taupo, and explore the headlands at Cape Kidnappers from one of the North Island’s most stunning lodges. Experience Queenstown, New Zealand, adventure capital of the world, and conclude your journey in Auckland, enjoying the activities of the region before returning home.
Day By Day Descriptions
Fly independently to Sydney, Australia’s cosmopolitan hub. Originally a penal colony, the city’s position on one of the world’s largest natural harbors guaranteed its future success. Today, Sydney is the largest city in Australia and one of the most diverse in the world. Choose to arrive early to explore highlights such as the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, then meet fellow guests and your expedition staff for a festive welcome dinner at the Park Hyatt Sydney.
Hotel: Park Hyatt Sydney
Our jet delivers us to Tasmania, where we explore Hobart, the island’s thriving cultural capital. Established as a penal colony for British convicts, the city’s deepwater port led to rapid growth during the 1800s, as Hobart became a center for the Southern Ocean whaling and sealing trade. From its history of imprisonment and industry, Hobart has developed a distinctive artistic community.
Hotel: They Henry Jones Art Hotel
Take in one of Australia’s finest plant collections at the Adelaide Botanic Garden and venture into the acclaimed winelands of the Barossa Valley. Sample rich Shiraz and enjoy the charming history of nearby villages, such as Hahndorf.
Hotel: Mount Lofty House
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
Our jet takes us to the vast plains of Australia’s Red Centre. From your luxury tented accommodations at Longitude 131˚, enjoy staggering views of Uluru’s brilliant red façade. Immerse yourself in the mystical wonder of this UNESCO World Heritage site on guided walks that inform and inspire. Watch the sunset transform Uluru into a glowing ember, and stargaze at the constellations of the southern sky.
Hotel: Longitude 131˚
Lizard Island and the Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system, composed of roughly 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 1,600 miles. Snorkel or dive among a collection of coral and tropical fish, kayak or sail on the azure waters or walk amid the island’s unique flora and fauna.
Hotel: Lizard Island Resort
Daintree Rainforest, Australia
Explore the 140-million-year-old Daintree Rainforest, a UNESCO World Heritage site near your luxurious eco-lodge on the banks of the Mossman River. Stroll winding paths through the tropical forest with an Aboriginal guide, explore the wilderness by canoe or kayak, or or soar over the green canopy on one of the world’s longest gondola cableways.
Hotel: Silky Oaks Lodge
Lake Taupo, New Zealand
Created over 26,000 years ago by a volcanic eruption, Lake Taupo is now a turquoise oasis of spiritual significance to the Maori, whose ancient rock carvings are said to ward off future eruptions. White clouds and snow-capped mountains rise above steaming craters and geysers, such as Pohutu. Discover the treasures of this exotic landscape and participate in the traditions of the local Maori while staying at magnificent Huka Lodge, set amid 17 acres of lush gardens.
Hotel: Huka Lodge
April 30-May 2
Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
Enjoy your location perched high on rugged cliffs with stunning sea views. Take time to be as active or relaxed as you wish, with options that include golf, horseback riding and wine tasting. Walk through the on-site garden or take some time at the soothing spa.
Hotel: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
Queenstown and Milford Sound, New Zealand
Embrace Queenstown’s contagious spirit of adventure on a thrilling flightseeing tour over Milford Sound or embark on a jetboat 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: Hotel St. Moritz
Auckland, New Zealand
Embark on an America’s Cup sailing adventure, take a seaplane for lunch at Waiheke Island or explore the culinary delights of the region on a food tour. Depart the morning of May 6 on your independent flight home.
Hotel: Park Hyatt Auckland