17 Days Through Australia

A Journey of Contrasts

Discover the extraordinary contrasts of Australia on a single, comprehensive itinerary. You'll begin your journey in bustling Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, which offers a vibrant arts and cultural scene, an abundance of galleries and museums and the Docklands, a former shipyard that has been turned into an entertainment area. After a tour through the city, you'll head to the country to get a firsthand look at life on a sheep farm.

From rural to truly remote, you'll next encounter the rugged landscapes and diverse wildlife of Kangaroo Island, just off the coast of South Australia. And in the center of the continent, almost six hours' drive to the nearest city, you'll witness the impressive Uluru (Ayers Rock), a huge sandstone monolith that was sacred to the Aborigines.

Continue on your tour of remote Australia by taking a private plane to the 2,500-acre Lizard Island, which offers 24 pristine white-sand beaches, nature walks, kayaking and snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef. Complete your 17-day trip with a sightseeing tour of Sydney, a four-hour lunch cruise in the meandering waterways of Sydney Harbour and, finally, a tour of the Blue Mountains.

Itinerary Highlights

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  • Sheep-shearing demonstration followed by kangaroo viewing 
  • Private “Make Your Own Blend” wine tasting
  • Experience a “Paddock to Plate” culinary experience
  • Enjoy pristine beaches on a private island
  • Watch the sunset at Uluru and dine under the stars

Trip Overview

Day 1 : Arrive in Melbourne
Arrive in Melbourne and settle into your accommodations
Day 2 : Visit a Sheep Farm
Visit a sheep farm and watch a sheep-shearing demonstration
Day 3 : Mornington Peninsula
Explore a 27-acre farm
Day 4 : Melbourne to Kangaroo Island
Fly into Kingscote and transfer to Kangaroo Island accommodations
Day 5 : Southern Ocean Lodge
Enjoy a day full of leisure and wildlife viewing
Day 6 : Adelaide
Fly to Adelaide and enjoy a wine tasting
Day 7 : Wine Tasting
Enjoy a full-day private wine-tasting tour
Day 8 : Ayers Rock
Fly to Ayers Rock and relax in your accommodations
Day 9 : Uluru & Kata Tjuta
View the sun rise over Uluru and visit the cultural center
Day 10 : Depart Ayers Rock
Fly to Cairns
Day 11 : Cairns to Lizard Island
Fly to Lizard Island and enjoy its pristine beaches
Day 12 - 13 : Great Barrier Reef
Enjoy two days of leisure with your choice of activities
Day 14 : Lizard Island to Sydney
Arrive in Sydney and transfer to Park Hyatt
Day 15 : Sydney
Enjoy a private half-day sightseeing tour of Sydney
Day 16 : Blue Mountains
Enjoy a full-day tour
Day 17 : Fly Home
Depart Sydney
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Day 1 : Arrive in Melbourne

On arriving in Melbourne and after clearing customs, you will be met by your Abercrombie & Kent guide and transferred by private vehicle to the Park Hyatt.

Enjoy your own private walk through the heart of the capital with the entertaining local guide, historian and curator Kenneth W. Park, who will lead you through the atmospheric arcades and alleyways of "Marvellous Melbourne."

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Suite bedroom at the Park Hyatt in Melbourne

Day 2 : Visit a Sheep Farm

Enjoy an A&K exclusive experience on a genuine operating sheep farm. This homestead, built in 1859, has been in the Barber family since 1917. Watch as your host, Duncan, shears a sheep, and end your day with a drive around the property for kangaroo viewing.

Grazing sheep
Kangaroos playing at dusk

Day 3 : Mornington Peninsula

Meet your A&K driver for a full-day “Foodie Journey” to the Mornington Peninsula region where you will visit a farm that is foodie heaven. You may try your hand at curing olives or creating handmade sausages using herbs and spices grown on this 27-acre farm (changes seasonally) or choose a culinary experience with chefs for a true “Paddock to Plate” concept.

Cape Schanck Lighthouse at the Mornington Peninsula
Cape Schanck Lighthouse at the Mornington Peninsula - © Alexwise/iStock/Thinkstock

Day 4 : Melbourne to Kangaroo Island

Your A&K driver will transfer you to the Melbourne airport. Upon arrival into Adelaide, an A&K guide will assist you to your next flight and checking in additional luggage.

Fly from Adelaide to Kingscote. Upon arrival in Kingscote you will be met by your Southern Ocean Lodge representative who will transfer you to your luxury accommodations on Kangaroo Island.

Sunset over Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island
Sunset over Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island - © kwest/Shutterstock.com

Day 5 : Southern Ocean Lodge

Enjoy a full day of leisure at Southern Ocean Lodge, an environmentally sensitive property that offers wildlife tours and guided excursions. Watch sea lions with your morning coffee, danish and fresh fruit before returning to the lodge for a gourmet breakfast.

Osprey Pavilion Terrace
Abundant wildlife
Flinders Suite
Aerial View of the Southern Ocean Lodge
Remarkable Rock on Kangaroo Island
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Southern Ocean Lodge

This refined, environmentally sensitive lodge tragically suffered extensive damage as a result of the wildfires that devastated Kangaroo Island in early 2020. It is closed for the foreseeable future.

Day 6 : Adelaide

Today you will fly from Kingscote Airport to Adelaide. Upon arrival in Adelaide, your A&K representative will assist you in collecting your luggage. Visit Barossa Valley, which is one of Australia’s most celebrated wine-growing regions. Enjoy a lunch with wine, followed by a wine tasting before continuing on to your hotel, The Louise, an elegant 15-suite contemporary country house hotel.

Vineyard in the Barossa Valley
Vineyard in the Barossa Valley - © BenGoode/iStock
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The Louise

Located at the northern end of the Barossa Valley, this elegant 15-suite contemporary country house hotel is set amid beautifully landscaped grounds that overlook neat rows of vines.

Day 7 : Wine Tasting

Today you will enjoy a full-day private wine-tasting tour at Peter Lehmann Wines, which produces 600,000 bottles annually. Enjoy a “Make Your Own Blend” tour and take it home in a personalized bottle.

Enjoying wine while watching the sunset at The Louise
Enjoying wine while watching the sunset at The Louise - © The Louise
Peter Lehmann Wines

Day 8 : Ayers Rock

Today fly from Adelaide to Ayers Rock. Upon arrival you will be met and taken to your accommodations at the desert hideaway Longitude 131, which provides unobstructed views of the sacred monolith. After you have settled in, enjoy the Mala Walk, a nice stroll from the Mala Car Park to the Kantju Gorge to experience the sunset. Follow this with dinner in the Dune House.

Dune House
Ayres Rock
Aerial view of Longitude 131
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Longitude 131˚

Providing unobstructed views of Ayers Rock, this unique desert hideaway straddles an isolated red dune.

Day 9 : Uluru & Kata Tjuta

View the sun rise over Uluru from the sacred site of Kuniya Piti. Visit the cultural center to learn the spiritual meanings of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. End your day with dinner under the stars.

Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park
Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park - © BenGoode/iStock/Thinkstock

Day 10 : Depart Ayers Rock

Fly from Ayers Rock to Cairns. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the Shangri-La hotel for an overnight stay.

Shangri La

Day 11 : Cairns to Lizard Island

Meet your A&K driver and transfer to the Cairns airport. You will fly to the 2,500-acre Lizard Island where you will be met by a representative and taken to your luxury accommodations at Lizard Island Resort. Enjoy any of the 24 pristine white-sand beaches and crystalline lagoons on this remote escape only accessible by private plane.

Aerial view of Lizard Island
View from Suite in Lizard Island
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Lizard Island

Accessible only by private plane, this glamorous resort is set on a remote 2,500-acre island surrounded by crystalline lagoons.

Day 12 - 13 : Great Barrier Reef

Enjoy these two days of leisure. Choose from a wide variety of activities, including nature walks, kayaking, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef or pampering at the Azure Spa. Explore A&K Insider Access of the Lizard Island Research Station Tour led by one of the directors of the station. This research center attracts marine scientists from around the globe in their quest to conserve the world’s coral reef systems.

Swim in crystal clear water over barrier reefs
White beaches on Lizard Island

Day 14 : Lizard Island to Sydney

You will be flown from Lizard Island to Cairns via Hinterland Services. Connect in Cairns to Sydney. Upon arrival in Sydney you will be met by your A&K guide and transferred to the Park Hyatt.

Opera Room at the Park Hyatt
Opera Room at the Park Hyatt - © Park Hyatt Sydney

Day 15 : Sydney

Today enjoy a private half-day sightseeing tour of Sydney. End your tour with a four-hour private Sydney Harbour lunch cruise aboard a 52-foot motor cruiser. You will have the opportunity to swim, kayak or sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy the views.

Sydney Harbour with Opera House and Bridge
Sydney Harbour with Opera House and Bridge - © Lukas Zmatlik/iStock/Thinkstock

Day 16 : Blue Mountains

Meet your A&K guide for a full-day tour of the Blue Mountains. Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, and explore the wildlife that inspired the naturalist's theories.

Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains
Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains - fon_thachakul/iStock/Thinkstock

Day 17 : Fly Home

Depart Sydney for home.

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