Coast to coast Australian adventure
From lush tropical islands to the Daintree Rainforest, discover Australia's natural beauty
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
- Swimming with whale sharks
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
Flight from Sydney to Cairns
Private transfer to your lodge in the Daintree Rainforest
Your lodge in the Daintree Rainforest
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Award-winning restaurant
- Tennis courts
Silky Oaks is one of Australia’s most stunning riverside lodges, nestled in tropical North Queensland rainforest with a collection of treehouse suites immersing guests in the lush surroundings. The eco-retreat invites you to escape from everyday life and get back in touch with nature amongst the Daintree rainforest setting. The treehouses and suites blend organic wooden furnishings with contemporary design. Each room has a wide verandah with hammocks, breakfast with a view and deep baths to sink into at the end of the day. Dining at Silky Oaks is a memorable experience, with gourmet Australian cuisine served in the award-winning open-sided Treehouse Restaurant which is perched high above the rainforest and Mossman River. Guests can soak up the tranquil environment from the comfort of the spacious open lounge areas, bar, reading rooms or enter a state of dreamy bliss at the Healing Waters Spa. Guests can explore this diverse and dense rainforest by its many hiking trails, cruise down the river in a canoe, take out a bicycle to venture further afield, go goanna spotting, get zen with morning yoga or cool off in the scenic river. Alternatively, you can simply soak up the tranquil environment from the comfort of the spacious open lounge areas, bar, reading rooms or enter a state of dreamy bliss at the Healing Waters Spa.
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.
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.
Private transfer to Cairns Airport
Scenic flight from Cairns to Lizard Island
Your tropical island accommodation
- Swimming pool
- Restaurant and wine cellar
- Tennis courts
Escape from it all on the largely uninhabited and breathtakingly pristine Lizard Island on the northernmost tip of Great Barrier Reef. The island can only be reached by private charter from Cairns Airport – taking you to 1,013 hectares of Australia National Park with 24 white-powder sand beaches, a picturesque lagoon and native bush. Choose from 40 luxurious suites, villas or the pavilion, each offering complete privacy, spectacular views and some with private plunge pools. Guests bask undisturbed in the tropical sun or take to the water to discover colourful coral reefs right on their doorstep in one of the world’s most spectacular protected reefs. A stay on the island also includes gourmet dining, picnic hampers on the beach, watersports equipment, a welcoming pool surrounded by palms and indulgent treatments at the spa. The island attracts ocean enthusiasts who come for some of the world’s best diving and snorkelling opportunities, including the famous Cod Hole. Ribbon Reefs draw keen fishers as one of the best big game fishing spots in the world and its multitude of undisturbed private beaches also makes it a hotspot for a romantic getaway or a secluded hideaway for the rich and famous.
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.
Flight from Lizard Island to Cairns
Flight from Cairns to Darwin
Private transfer to your hotel in Darwin
Your hotel in Darwin
- Swimming pool
Overlooking Darwin harbour and in the heart of the city, Mantra on Esplanade is in a prime location with panoramic views across the waterfront. The hotel has a variety of rooms and apartments to choose from as well as the Penthouse Suite, all with modern decor and bright furnishings that draw on the tropical Darwin surroundings. The apartments each feature a private balcony and a fully-equipped kitchen. The hotel has welcoming communal spaces including a lagoon-style swimming pool and an onsite beauty salon with pampering treatments. In the evenings enjoy fine dining at the hotels Finz Restaurant and Bar or head down the road to Mitchell Street – the city’s restaurant precinct. A short drive from the hotel will see you at some of the biggest attractions and sites of the area including the Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park and Katherine Gorge.
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.
Private transfer to Darwin airport
Your luxury bush camp in the Top End
- Ten safari-style bungalows
- Infinity pool
A luxury bush camp on the vast floodplains of the Northern Territory, Bamurra Plains is a wonderful way to experience this unique and beautiful landscape. Set within 300km2 of private land to the west of Kakudu National Park, guests will enjoy access to miles of undisturbed coastal floodplains, savannah woodland and paperbark swamps. Reconnecting with nature needn’t mean going back to basics, and ten safari-style bungalows ensure a comfortable and relaxing stay. Each bungalow overlooks the floodplains and features mesh walls so you can hear, see and almost touch the wildlife and wilderness that surrounds you. Décor reflects the region’s indigenous, hunting and pastoral history with buffalo horns, explorer maps, Aboriginal art and old photographs adorning the walls. Each bungalow comes with a species list so you can identify the animals that wander past. The largest Kingfisher suite features a generous living space and enough room for extra beds, making it a great option for adventurous families. With no internet access, TV or mobile signal, switching off has never been easier and you’ll soon find yourself tuning in to the sounds of the bush as you drift off to sleep. Dining at Bamurru Plains is a real treat, with locally sourced produce used to create a menu that is authentic yet contemporary. Meals are served in the wildlife observation deck and there is a self-service bar which guests are welcome to use. In this sanctuary of flora and fauna lives a vast, thriving eco system which includes many species of bird hiding in the swamps and savannah woodlands. Enjoy the heights amongst the tree tops when you settle down to an evening in The Hide while those who love to fish are encouraged to embark on a river fishing or airboat fishing excursion.
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.
Scenic flight to Darwin
Flight from Darwin to Perth
Private transfer to your hotel in Perth
Accommodation in Perth
- 48 rooms and suites
- Two restaurants
- Lounge bar
- Indoor pool
Immerse yourself in contemporary luxury in the recently revitalised historic heart of Perth, at COMO The Treasury. Housed in the city’s 140-year-old State Buildings, this ornate hotel, flanked by modern high-rises, boasts a stylish interior. Crisp lines and natural hues are bathed in light, making for a serene, elegant and refreshing atmosphere. The hotel’s 48 rooms feature original high ceilings, cornices and balconies, and offer views of the city, Cathedral Square, Stirling Gardens or the Swan River through oversized windows. Handcrafted European furnishings add to both the style and comfort. Dine at Wildflower, set within a rooftop area on the fourth floor with sweeping views of the Swan River. Executive Chef Jed Gerrard’s contemporary menu is farmer-and-forager-driven and revolves around the indigenous six seasons. He and his team work with the finest produce Western Australia has to offer. For something a little less formal, neo-bistro Post serves modern seasonal cuisine. Make the most of your stay and spend some time at COMO Shambhala Urban Escape. The spa specialises in hands-on healing, combining traditional Eastern techniques with the very latest trends in holistic wellbeing. Guests can participate in group or private yoga, Pilates and personal training sessions, or make use of the indoor pool.
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.
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.
Private transfer to Perth Airport
Flight from Perth to Exmouth
Private transfer to your luxury camp on Ningaloo Reef
Your accommodation in Western Australia
- 16 tents
- Outdoor and indoor dining
- Snorkelling gear
- No wifi or mobile phone access
Step out of your luxury tent to discover the untouched outback and the Ningaloo Reef – just a few metres off shore with colourful coral and an abundance of resident marine life. Sal Salis is making it possible to discover one of Australia’s best kept natural secrets in an authentic and distinctive way, with 16 wilderness tents nestled in the dunes of the Cape Ranga National Park. Each of the spacious tents sit on wooden platforms and have en suites with a composting toilet and a private viewing deck. The eco-tents are wild camping and lack all the mod cons, however their minimalist style simply adds to their charm. 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. Sal Salis is an ecotourism development and is dedicated to protecting its unique surroundings. The camp has been constructed to cause minimal impact on the environment, almost 100% of the power is generated through solar panels and guests are designated 20 litres of water per person daily for washing. There’s no internet connection or WiFi at the camp, offering guests a rare respite from their busy everyday lives and a chance to truly connect with their surroundings.
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.
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.
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