A Family Discovery of Australia
An 11-day luxury trip to Melbourne, Sydney and beautiful Port Douglas
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Privately guided family tours and exclusive experiences
- Luxury family accommodation throughout
- Internal flights and private transfers
- Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
Explore eastern Australia with your family on this luxury ten-night trip to the iconic cities of Melbourne and Sydney before four idyllic nights in Port Douglas.
Begin with a relaxing three nights in cool Melbourne, a wonderfully cosmopolitan place to discover. Whilst here, you’ll be taken to Phillip Island to see the famous resident penguins and meet some koalas up close at a wildlife sanctuary.
Next up is sunny Sydney, where, as well as exploring at your own pace, you’ll get an exclusive look behind the scenes at the famous Taronga Zoo accompanied by a zoo keeper and cruise the harbour on a private boat before surf lessons on Bondi Beach.
Finally, fly north to Cairns and then transfer to Port Douglas. Here you’ll enjoy a private cruise around the Low Isles and explore the incredible Daintree Rainforest.
Example Trip Itinerary
Meet and greet at Melbourne Airport
Private transfer to your hotel in Melbourne
Accommodation in Melbourne
- 658 rooms
- Selection of restaurants and bars
- Fitness centre
Incredible views of the Melbourne skyline greet guests from every angle at the Crown Metropol, a contemporary urban sanctuary in the heart of the city’s bustling Southbank district. Rooms are modern and luxurious, with specially commissioned works of art, bespoke fittings and designer furniture. Large windows mean they are filled with natural light and offer some of the best views to wake up to. For the ultimate in luxury and exclusivity, the Apartment on the 25th floor has its own lobby entrance, kitchen and large lounge and dining room, and en-suite bathroom with spa bath. Choose to dine at The Crown’s warm and rustic restaurant, Mr Hive, or venture out to the multitude of restaurants and bars that occupy Crown Towers. The hotel is also home to the city’s highest bar, 28 Skybar Lounge, where through the floor-to-ceiling windows guests can look out across the sparkling lights of Melbourne and out as far as the Dandenong Ranges. After a day of sightseeing, relax and unwind at Isika Spa where treatments are inspired by traditional and modern rituals from around the world. The indoor pool on the 27th floors offers panoramic views across the city and there is a state-of-the-art fitness centre.
- 482 rooms
- 10 restaurants
- Indoor pool
Located in the city of Melbourne on Australia’s southeast coast, Crown Towers rises over the Yarra River and affords guests sweeping vistas of the skyline. The 482 rooms and suites are spacious, affording you an insight into the lives of the rich and famous. Decked out with contemporary flair and chic designs, your stay in this iconic Melbourne landmark will not lack in grand comfort and stately refinement. There is a dazzling selection of dining options. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal offers modern takes on 14th century British recipes while both Koko and Nobu offer flavours from Japan. Bistro Guillaume is a nod to France’s neighbourhood bistros, Rosetta focuses on Italian fine-dining and the Conservatory’s menu is both local and international. Silks is Asian-themed with interiors reminiscent of great Eastern mansions, The Atlantic specialises in seafood and the Spice Temple is a dedication to regional Chinese cuisine. Lastly, you can always keep it simple at the Rockpool Bar & Grill. There is no better way to end your day, or begin it for that matter, than a session spent at Australia’s most celebrated wellness centre, the Crown Spa. You will be sure to leave feeling rejuvenated and energised. After time spent at the state-of-the-art fitness centre, you can always go for a leisurely dip in the large indoor pool or let go in the sauna and steam baths.
- 388 rooms and suites
- Fitness centre
Nestled on the bustling Southbank Promenade, The Langham Melbourne enjoys a central location and magnificent views. The 388 Rooms are classic and comfortable with rich fabrics, large windows looking out over either the Yarra River or the sparkling city skyline. Some of the larger rooms and suites feature private balconies from which to soak up the sun and the views. Guests can enjoy the open and interactive kitchen at the Asian-inspired Melba. The Aria Bar & Lounge is the perfect setting for afternoon tea or a glass of wine from the Yarra Valley, and here you can savour light bites to eat with ingredients sourced from the Tasman Sea and Victoria’s bountiful farmlands. Relax and unwind at the hotel’s award-winning wellness centre which features the Chuan Spa, indoor pool and fitness equipment.
- 240 rooms
- Fitness centre
- Tennis courts
Located in the buzzing metropolis of Melbourne, the Park Hyatt is an endearing blend of the old world and the new. The hotel features 240 spacious rooms boasting Italian marble bathrooms. The suites feature dark wood, polished metal and plush fabrics some with views overlooking St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Dining at the Park Hyatt is varied, from the international inspirations of radii restaurant & bar to memorable afternoon teas which offer fresh scones, delicate desserts and a varied supply of robust teas and coffees. For that most relaxing of experiences, indulge in a treatment at the spa, take a dip in the indoor swimming pool, work out in the fitness centre or enjoy a game of tennis.
Melbourne sits at the end of Port Phillip Bay, split by the winding Yarra River, with its suburbs reaching out around the shoreline. With handsome Victorian-era architecture, museums, galleries, theatres, green parks, and an innovative art and nightlife scene, this is undoubtedly Australia’s cultural heart. It’s also a city known for a collective obsession with coffee, the aromas of roasting beans fill the air, with hip cafes and delis at every turn, and love of sport, especially Australian rules football, cricket, horse racing and motorsport.
A trip to Phillip Island is a must for nature lovers and those seeking a unique Australian experience. The island is home to a collection of Australian native wildlife including the famous little penguins, fur seals and koalas. Visit a Koala sanctuary, chocolate factory, and the highlight of the trip, at sunset the little penguins - the smallest species of penguin - come out of the surf and return to Summerland Beach. They waddle up to their burrows, just as their ancestors have done for thousands of generations, meandering straight past eager visitors who wait in anticipation for the night’s performance.
Start your day with a fun, relaxing bike ride in the great outdoors. Get your bearings as you explore Melbourne’s vibrant streets, parks, shops, cafes, hidden laneways and multicultural neighbourhoods by bike. Experience real Melbourne hospitality on this leisurely ride with a local guide. It’s the perfect way to start any Melbourne visit.
After a bit of activity, join your guide for a delicious lunch. A fun, city dining hotspot awaits with its culinary delights. To round out the day, your guide will take you on a private driving tour where you will learn more about this sophisticated, yet approachable city.
Private transfer to Melbourne Airport
Flight from Melbourne to Sydney
Private transfer to your hotel in Sydney
Accommodation in Sydney
- 565 rooms
- Two restaurants
- Two bars
- Fitness centre
The beautiful port city of Sydney plays host to the luxury Shangri-La Hotel located in the historic Rocks district. The rooms are both contemporary in design and spacious in size, soundproof windows ensuring you get the perfect night’s sleep. Guests are treated to breathtaking panoramas, views covering both the iconic Sydney Opera House as well as the vast expanse of the Harbour Bridge. After a day of exploring the city, nothing beats coming back and sitting down for a bite to eat at the world-class Altitude Restaurant. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide a beautiful backdrop as you enjoy contemporary Australian cuisine and world-class wines. The Café Mix offers all-day dining with a menu of Asian classics with a twist. For some of best views of the city, head to Blu Bar on 36 where the sparkling lights of Darling Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House are laid out before you. The health and wellness centre provides you with everything you need to unwind. Sink into the Jacuzzi, indulge in a treatment at the spa, take a dip in the indoor pool or stick to your usual routine in the full-equipped gym.
- 531 rooms
- Restaurant and bar
- Heated outdoor pool
- Fitness centre
With its perfect location in the heart of the city, the Four Seasons offers fantastic panoramas and proximity to landmark attractions such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Rooms and suites are decorated in contemporary grand-luxe style, with big windows that look out over the Sydney skyline. In the larger suites, guests are treated to full harbour views that show the city in all its glory. Enjoy contemporary Australian cuisine at Mode Kitchen and Bar where locally-sourced produce is served in a relaxed bistro-style environment. Head to the Grain for craft beers, organic wine and a selection of expertly mixed cocktails. After a day of exploring, relax and unwind at the hotel spa or take a dip in the outdoor pool. For those who like to stay active on holiday, there is a fitness centre with the latest equipment while the sauna and Jacuzzi act as soothing tonics. The Four Seasons is close to Sydney’s vibrant shopping districts as well as operating as the ideal spot from which to begin your adventures in the surrounding Port Jackson region.
- 189 rooms
Located in the historic district of The Rocks, Pier One is right at the heart of what makes the city so special. Built on, and over, the harbour it allows guests to experience the very best of the bustling waterfront. The 189 rooms at the Pier One carry a contemporary aesthetic, tastefully complemented by early 20th-century Federation elements. Some look out over landmark sites including the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, while others offer views of Walsh Bay. All rooms and suites are bright and spacious, large windows flooding the spaces with natural light. The Gantry enjoys a reputation as one of the most popular waterside restaurants and here you can relax and enjoy views of Walsh Bay and the harbour while sampling a menu of fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. To sooth sore muscles after a day of exploring, Pier One offers spa treatments in the comfort of your room. Massages, scrubs and facials await while the gym lets you carry on with your fitness routine.
The city of Sydney on the east coast of Australia is as idyllic is it appears from its instantly recognisable cityscape. It boasts a rich and intriguing history, famous beaches and iconic landmarks, with a diverse and friendly population, all spread around an elaborate shoreline of Port Jackson’s yacht-filled inlets, bays and rivers.
Pubs, markets, modern restaurants, theatres and galleries old and new add an exciting, sophisticated cultural air, while the fine weather and surrounding natural wonders of New South Wales make it a very outdoorsy place, and a great base from which to explore nearby beaches, mountains and national parks.
Take a ferry ride to Taronga Zoo - the most picturesque in the world. Here it’s access-all-areas with a zookeeper-led tour into the enclosures for close-up visits with the Aussie animals. Prepare the food, handle the animals and ask as many questions as you like.
Board your private cruiser for a two hour trip around the Harbour. Enjoy lunch on board as you cruise past the houses of the rich and famous or stop for a dip in a quiet bay. Hop off your boat and head to Bondi for a surfing lesson at Australia’s most famous beach. If surfing isn't mum and dad’s thing, you can leave the kids to ride the waves with an instructor while you go behind the scenes at Australia’s oldest Surf Lifesaving Club or do the famous Cliff Walk. Finish the day with ice cream and people-watching at this iconic Sydney beach.
Private transfer to Sydney airport
Flight from Sydney to Cairns
Private transfer to Port Douglas
Accommodation in Port Douglas
- 33 apartments
- Fully-fitted kitchens
- Entertainment area
- Barbecue facilities
Feel truly at home while you’re on holiday in one of Coconut Grove’s spacious, luxurious apartments. The 33 three-bedroom apartments – terrace, balcony or penthouse – are designed as serene havens where guests can truly relax and treat themselves. Décor is stylish and inspired by the gentle hues of the nearby ocean. Soft natural colours and textures work well with modern furnishings, creating a refined refuge in the centre of Port Douglas. The perfect option if you’re looking for a peaceful escape, the penthouse apartments offer sea and mountain views, as well as a private pool and spa. While the neighbourhood boasts a variety of restaurants, each apartment has its own fully-fitted kitchen, and access to entertainment areas and barbecue facilities, so entertaining is breeze. Cool off in the 20m lap pool, relax in the gardens, or take the short walk down to Four-Mile beach. The nearby Macrossan Street has a variety of shops, day spas and eateries to explore, or enjoy a round of golf in the area.
- 150 rooms
A haven of tranquility, the Pullman Sea Temple is located on the southern end of Four Mile Beach in the beautiful surrounds of Port Douglas. An invaluable gateway to some of the country’s most recognised hot spots, you’re ideally situated to explore the Great Barrier Reef and the tropics of North Queensland. The 150 rooms at the Sea Temple are contemporary and range from studio spa rooms to one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. There is also a three-bedroom villa, perfect for families, as well as a range of feature apartments with their own plunge pools or rooftop terrace with Jacuzzi. AQUA Restaurant should be your first port of call when it comes to dining, offering a contemporary menu with both Australian and international influences. A specialist tapas menu means delectable shared plates, using only the best local ingredients. Vie Spa is a sanctuary in which to relax, indulge and simply drift away and there is a large lagoon pool with a bar for refreshing drinks.
Enjoy your days in the seaside town of Port Douglas. Known for its beach resorts, its perfectly located to explore both the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforests of Daintree National Park. The town itself has many boutique shops and restaurants and the is popular Four Mile Beach curves south around the bay.
Transfer to Marina Mirage Port Douglas and board your sailing catamaran vessel ready for a full-day cruise to the Low Isles. Relax on the white sandy beaches, snorkel over the coral gardens, enjoy a guided snorkelling tour or perhaps even swim with turtles in their natural habitat.
Travel into the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation, one of the most diverse and ecologically unique areas on the planet. The endangered Cassowary, a large flightless bird, is often seen in this area. Take a walk along Cape Tribulation Beach or on one of the scenic boardwalks and learn about the diversity of the rainforest.
On the northern side of the Daintree tackle Jungle Surfing, a 1.5 hour trip through the canopy of the rainforest. Your feet don’t touch the ground, rather you fly through the trees on a series of flying fox zip-lines, stopping at tree platforms to take in spectacular bird’s eye views over the treetops, down to cascading streams and out to the Great Barrier Reef.
Enjoy a lunch of local produce and later, visit the Daintree Ice Cream Company where tropical fruits are made into delicious ice creams. Jackfruit, Back Sapote, Passion-fruit and wattle seed are just some of the flavours to savour. Continue on a wildlife spotting cruise on the Daintree River and keep an eye out for the elusive saltwater crocodile, snakes, rainforest frogs, eagles, birdlife and flying fruit bats while learning more about about this amazing part of Australia.
Then it is on to Cooya Beach where you meet your Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat guide, either Linc or Brandon Walker. The brothers delight in showing visitors their traditional hunting areas within the mudflats, mangroves and beach habitats. They’ll teach you their hunting and gathering methods including spear fishing and mud crabbing techniques.
Enjoy a two-hour personalized private tour of Port Douglas' Wildlife Habitat that lets you interact with Australian animals. Go behind the scenes of the Wildlife Care Centre to meet animals that have been hand-reared by the keepers, enjoy a private reptile presentation and of course the highlight tour is the chance to meet a koala.
Private transfer to Cairns Airport
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