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From lush tropical islands to the Daintree Rainforest, discover Australia's natural beauty

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  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
  • Swimming with whale sharks
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At a glance

Head out on a luxurious discovery of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Top End and western regions between May and October. This trip will give you a taste of life on a tropical island, the buzz of vibrant cities and invite you into a wonderland beneath the waves.

Your adventure begins in the north of the country with a stay at a Silky Oaks lodge, nestled in the rainforest. Journey out into the Daintree and Cape Tribulation National Park where you can enjoy the sights and sounds and learn about the ecology and fauna. From there you will take a scenic flight to the pristine Lizard Island. Swim in the crystal clear waters, dip beneath the surface and encounter a world of colourful fish, and soak up the sun on idyllic beaches.

After a quick stopover in Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory, you will take a scenic flight over to Bamurru. This luxury bush camp is the perfect place from which to explore the wilds of the Bamurru Plains. There are a variety of activities on offer which give you the opportunity to encounter the area’s rich wildlife. Look out for free-roaming horses, buffalo, dingos, saltwater crocodiles and wallabies. Continuing across to the west coast of the country, you’ll spend a couple of nights in the laid-back and cosmopolitan city of Perth. Visit some of the most notable parts of the city, stop in at the historic port of Fremantle and drive along the scenic Swan River.

Finally, your adventure will take you to Sal Salis, where you can enjoy the balmy waters and exquisite Ningaloo Reef. Head out on a boat and get kitted out with a wetsuit and snorkel gear so that you can swim among whale sharks – a memorable way to end your Australian adventure.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-3

Daintree Rainforest

Flights & Transfers

Flight

Flight from Sydney to Cairns

Transfer

Private transfer to your lodge in the Daintree Rainforest

Your lodge in the Daintree Rainforest

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Two nights at Silky Oaks Two nights at Silky Oaks

Explore the beautiful surroundings of the Daintree rainforest from the comfort of Silky Oaks. Take a relaxing stroll along the lush riverbank, explore the local area by bike, paddle a canoe or snorkel the Mossman River, join a guided rainforest walk or play tennis. Whichever pursuit you choose, indulge at the end with a relaxing treatment at the Healing Waters Spa.

Silky Oaks: Daintree Safari Silky Oaks: Daintree Safari

The journey to the Daintree and Cape Tribulation features incredible coastal and rainforest scenery. The Silky Oaks Lodge safari is a full-day tour that visits a variety of different environments including estuary, mangroves, rainforest and beach. The first stop is Mill Walk in Cape Tribulation National Park, a private track accessed exclusively by Silky Oaks Lodge. Away from the crowds, marvel at the ancient rainforest surrounds and learn about the ecology and fauna from your expert naturalist guide. After a short drive, you will arrive at Myall Beach where a relaxing stroll offers spectacular views of the Cape Tribulation and the Great Dividing Range. Then travel to a private bush camp for a traditional Australian BBQ lunch followed by a revitalising swim in a freshwater swimming hole. In the afternoon enjoy a crocodile and wildlife spotting tour on the picturesque Daintree River and return to Silky Oaks Lodge for afternoon tea in the open sided treehouse restaurant.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Cairns Airport

Flight

Scenic flight from Cairns to Lizard Island

Days 3-6

Lizard Island

Your tropical island accommodation

Three nights on Lizard Island Three nights on Lizard Island

Enjoy exploring the largely uninhabited and breathtakingly pristine Lizard Island. This beautiful national park is an idyllic escape, where you can swim in crystal clear waters; snorkel and dive with colourful schools of fish; fish off the reef; and relax on the powder soft sand. Your luxury lodge is also the perfect place to simply take it all in, watching the sun set over the ocean with a crisp glass of wine in your hand.

Flights & Transfers

Flight

Flight from Lizard Island to Cairns

Flight

Flight from Cairns to Darwin

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Darwin

Days 6-7

Darwin

Your hotel in Darwin

One night in Darwin One night in Darwin

The capital of Australia's Northern Territory, this former frontier outpost boasts a vibey waterfront and popular beaches. Stroll through Bicentennial Park, or browse Southeast and Asian Pacific art at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Darwin airport

 
Scenic flight to Bamurru Scenic flight to Bamurru
Days 7-10

Top End

Your luxury bush camp in the Top End

Three nights at Bamurru Plains Three nights at Bamurru Plains

Enjoy your days exploring the wilds of Bamurru Plains. The wildlife on show is some of the most impressive in Australia, and expert field guides will help you discover it. Watch hundreds of birds take flight from the lake as you fly by on an airboat, or slowly cruise down the Sampan River watching for silver flashes of fish breaking the surface, all sorts of creatures move in the grass, the air is warm and still and all eyes scan the shallows for big saltwater crocodiles. On guided walks and drives search for free roaming horses, buffalo, dingos and wallabies or spend some time up in the tower hide spotting the vibrant bird life of the area.

Flights & Transfers

Flight

Scenic flight to Darwin

Flight

Flight from Darwin to Perth

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Perth

Days 10-12

Perth

Accommodation in Perth

Two nights in Perth Two nights in Perth

Perth can be found on the far west coast of the country, the capital city of Western Australia state. It may appear to be isolated from other major cities, it carries a uniquely laid back and cosmopolitan charm and has been voted as one of the most liveable modern cities, not just in Australia, but in the world. Spend your time exploring the city, taking the ferry across the Swan River or heading out to Rottness Island to meet the resident quokkas.

Perth and Fremantle tour Perth and Fremantle tour

Get to know Perth, starting with a walk in Kings Park where spectacular views reveal the city skyline, the hills and the Swan River. Visit the key precincts of the city from cosmopolitan Northbridge with its many restaurants to the exclusive Kings Street, lined with high-fashion boutiques and cafes. As you go, you guide will point out various landmarks including WA’s Parliament House, the Perth Mint, the WA museum and His Majesty’s Theatre.

Leave Perth city behind and drive along the scenic Swan River through the exclusive areas of Dalkeith Nedlands, Claremont and Peppermint Grove to the world-famous Cottesloe Beach. Following the coast south you will reach the historic port of Fremantle, a lively and cosmopolitan area filled with Victorian buildings, cafes and restaurants. It is home to the popular Fremantle market and Fremantle prison, one of the best examples of the British convict establishment in the world. Return to Perth on the southern shores of the Swan River.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Perth Airport

Flight

Flight from Perth to Exmouth

Transfer

Private transfer to your luxury camp on Ningaloo Reef

Days 12-14

Western Australia

Your accommodation in Western Australia

Two nights at Sal Salis Two nights at Sal Salis

The star attraction of Sal Salis is undoubtedly its access to the reef. Spend your days in the balmy waters exploring the marine life, including encounters with the world’s largest fish, the whale shark. Sitting right off shore the shallow waters mean even children can easily discover this underwater world. If you’re staying between August to October, you may also have the rare and incredible opportunity to swim with passing Humpback Whales.

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Whale Shark Swim Whale Shark Swim

Whale Sharks are the largest fish in the sea, the longest recorded measuring some 12.65m (41.5 feet) from tip to tail. Whale sharks cruise the world’s oceans in search of concentrations of plankton to feed on and the Ningaloo Reef is one of the only places on the planet where they appear regularly in large numbers.

Once on board the boat you will be kitted out with wetsuit and snorkel gear. A spotter plane will already be in the air, searching for whale sharks as they feed. The whale shark will be continually moving so swimming is required during interaction; you will need to be a confident swimmer, able to snorkel and able to swim freestyle. Regulations allow a maximum of 60 minutes swimming with one shark, but the duration of each swim is completely determined by the whale shark. You may also be lucky enough to swim with more than one whale shark during the course of the day.

There may be time for a snorkel at different sites along the reef and, throughout the day, the crew will also be searching for turtles, rays, dolphins, dugongs and sea birds. Field work, contributing to vital scientific research programs in the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Marine Park, is conducted on each cruise. You can get involved with data collection and there will be presentations regarding biology and habitat of the Whale Sharks and other marine life.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Transfer to Learmonth Airport

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