A land of beautiful extremes, Australia is one of the most popular stops on our Around the World
private jet trips. One of the challenges of visiting this iconic destination, however, has been its sheer size. Now, with our Around Australia
expedition, you can explore the entire continent in one trip. This remarkable new itinerary features Australia’s major landmarks in one seamless experience, including Uluru (Ayers Rock), the Outback, the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rain Forest, and Kangaroo Island, as well the important cities of Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, and more.
Private jet travel is by far the best way to reach these far-flung destinations in one itinerary, as it allows us to set our own schedules, fly direct, and thus avoid layovers. We land in remote airports that are closer to hard-to-reach destinations, minimizing lengthy transfers and maximizing your time on land. (And, by avoiding the hassles of commercial airports, you can enjoy expedited boarding and luggage handling.) Our specially outfitted private BAe-146 jet with seating for just 46 passengers offers the comfort and convenience of private jet travel, including an experienced expedition staff and flight crew renowned for their attention to detail and gracious hospitality. During this extraordinary 21-day private jet vacation you’ll go beyond the main itinerary, with a choice of personalized excursions along the way. Whether you’d like to tour local art galleries, visit a school, or hike off the beaten path, we will ensure that your travels are tailored for you.Check out our slide show for a photo journey of this tour!
View photos by clicking "Next Photo" at the top of the page!Itinerary
July 2 — Sydney, Australia
Meet in the cosmopolitan hub of this incredible continent and country. On your first day Down Under, choose to explore the city by embarking on the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, a walking tour of the Rocks district, a visit to the Opera House or a behind-the-scenes tour of the Taronga Zoo. Then enjoy a festive welcome dinner at our hotel. Shangri-La Hotel, SydneyJuly 3-4 — Canberra and Melbourne
In the capital city of Canberra, we will visit Parliament and the National Museum of Australia
. In Melbourne, enjoy a guided walk of the city and a visit to the Old Melbourne Gaol
, the iconic landmark that houses the city’s oldest prison and where infamous bushranger Ned Kelly met his demise. Or drop by the Queen Victoria Market to peruse the culinary delights and enjoy a cooking class. Park Hyatt, MelbourneJuly 5-6 — Hobart and Port Arthur, Tasmania
Hobart is home to well-preserved historic buildings including Salamanca Place
, a former warehouse district that’s now home to popular restaurants, shops and the iconic Salamanca Market. The city is also home to one of the most buzzed-about destinations in Tasmania, the Museum of Old and New Art, or MONA, Australia’s largest privately funded museum built by a professional gambler. From Hobart, we drive to Port Arthur and take a catamaran cruise around Carnarvon Bay. The Henry Jones Art Hotel, HobartJuly 7-10 — Adelaide and Kangaroo Island
Guests split into two groups and do the same activities in reverse order. Charming Adelaide will delight with a walking tour for all. Stay in Adelaide and visit a local food market and take a cooking lesson. Or follow an Aboriginal guide through the Botanic Gardens and the South Australian Museum to learn about the “Stolen Generation.”
Another option is to visit the vineyards in Barossa Valley
, one of the country’s premier wine regions.
Transfer by local aircraft to explore Kangaroo Island, home to some of the richest and most diverse variety of plant life in Australia, and one of the world’s premier island properties, the Southern Ocean Lodge. Embark on a guided excursion of this island known as a “zoo without fences” and discover many natural attractions including wallabies, almost extinct on the mainland, and the island’s special kangaroo. We top off our visit at the Seal Bay Conservation Park
to watch the seals on the sandy beaches. Hilton Adelaide Hotel and Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo IslandJuly 11 — Uluru (Ayers Rock)
One of the continent’s most impressive natural wonders, we show you Uluru (Ayers Rock) upon our afternoon arrival. At sunset, take in the picturesque 360-degree views while enjoying predinner champagne and canapés
. After the sun sets, enjoy a gourmet barbecue cookout complemented by Australian wines under the southern stars. Sails in the Desert, UluruJuly 12-13 — Kalgoorlie and Ningaloo Marine Park
Before departing Uluru, you may choose to visit Kata Tjuta, or the Olgas, at sunrise
. Then we travel to Kalgoorlie, one of Australia’s gold-mining towns. Here we visit a gold mine before flying to Ningaloo Marine Park
. Just off the coast of Western Australia, this World Heritage site is home to one of the largest fringing reefs in the world
that is accessible by beach. Spend the day snorkeling or simply relax at the resort. Novotel Ningaloo Resort, ExmouthJuly 14 — BroomeA former pearling town, Broome is now a relaxing isolated oasis
featuring wide, sandy beaches. Meet with local pearlers and designers for an inside look into this fascinating industry before settling down in our beach resort and home for the night. Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, BroomeJuly 15-17 — Wildman Wilderness Lodge
We fly over the Kimberley Coast and the Bungle Bungle Domes, a surreal landscape of sandstone dome-like formations
, to land in Darwin and transfer by air to the Wildman Wilderness Lodge for a safari experience in the Mary River Wetlands. Join a guide to wander to the edge of the wetlands, navigating fields of termite mounds and freshwater mangroves. The following day, explore Kakadu National Park, home to Aboriginal people for more than 50,000 years
, where we learn about their art, history and culture. On day three embark on a short cruise along the Wildman Home Billabong to watch wildlife in action or explore the many walking trails. Wildman Wilderness LodgeJuly 18-20 — Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef
After departing Wildman, we travel to Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
. Take a scenic drive through some of the oldest living rainforest on the way to Silky Oaks Lodge
. Located on the Mossman River just downstream from Mossman Gorge, it is the perfect base for our excursions. A naturalist guide will reveal the property’s outstanding variety of plants and wildlife including birds, butterflies and tropical fruit trees.
Then cruise to the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs
on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Observe coral and large variety of marine life by hopping in and snorkeling with a guide. Next explore the serene beauty of the Daintree Rainforest, filled with a diverse variety of flora and fauna. Silky Oaks LodgeJuly 21-22 — Sydney/Home
Our nearly three-week excursion comes to a close with a farewell dinner in Sydney before departing on your flight home the next day. Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney