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Australia is an energetic land that beats with an ancient pulse. Discover its Dreamtime awe, natural wonders, and brilliant cities for sixteen sumptuous nights. No worries here. Each hotel is chosen for outstanding service and amenities, and all transfers are taken care of. Starting in Sydney, we’ve arranged a backstage peek into the Sydney Opera House (it defines the skyline), a private valley wine-tasting, and a helicopter tour—you’ll be privy to sweeping vistas.

The following three nights are spent on Kangaroo Island, one of the world’s great nature-based destinations. Pristine beaches, local wines, wildlife, and vivid sunsets are yours to savor along with guided island excursions. In Adelaide you’ll explore South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital before you embark upon three extraordinary nights in Uluru.

Say the name. Uluru. It sounds like Aboriginal creation stories carried on the wind. You’ll stay in a unique luxury wilderness camp that is eco-sensitive and romantic. Be amazed by local Indigenous guides, storytelling, and dining beneath the stars—you have never seen so many. Then kick up your heels in Brisbane, capital of Queensland and cultural mecca, with a tasting sensation we’ve planned for you. 

Next is an unsurpassed experience, known to few, on the northernmost tip of Hamilton Island for four nights. Your world-class private resort is on the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef.  On this island of koalas and kangaroos, time slips away. Calm, and sensory perfection, becomes your reality. (We’ve arranged a flight so you can soar above it all.) Australia. It’s a world of mysteries, cosmopolitan cities, kangaroos, koalas, luscious food and wine, and a vibrant aboriginal culture. Feel the wonder.

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Included Unique Activities

Private Best of Sydney Helicopter Tour

Private Best of Sydney Helicopter Tour

Sydney Opera House Guided Backstage Tour

Sydney Opera House Guided Backstage Tour

Private Tastes of the Hunter Valley Day Tour

Private Tastes of the Hunter Valley Day Tour

Great Barrier Reef Discovery Flight

Great Barrier Reef Discovery Flight

Southern Ocean Lodge Kangaroo Island Experience

Southern Ocean Lodge Kangaroo Island Experience

Longitude 131 Red Centre Experience

Longitude 131 Red Centre Experience

Evening Taste of Brisbane Tour

Evening Taste of Brisbane Tour

Accommodation

4 Nights

5-Star Luxury Hotel

3 Nights

Exclusive Nature Lodge

1 Night

Luxurious Boutique Hotel

3 Nights

5-Star Luxury Resort

1 Night

5-Star Luxury Boutique Hotel

4 Nights

5-Star Luxury Resort

Transportation

    • Transfers to/from Airports to your Hotels
    • All Transportation between Activities at Southern Ocean Lodge
    • All Transportation between Activities at Longitude 131°
    • VIP Chauffeur Service & Use of 4-Seater Golf Cart and Non-Motorized Watercraft at Qualia

Points of Interest

  • Sydney Harbor Bridge
  • The Rocks
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Darling Harbor
  • Hanson Bay Sanctuary
  • Seal Bay
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
  • Field of Light
  • Mutitjulu Waterhole
  • Hamilton Island
  • Whitsunday Islands
  • Great Barrier Reef

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia

The Rocks, Australia

Sydney Opera House, Australia

Darling Harbour, Australia

Chinatown, Australia

George Street, Australia

Sydney Royal Botanic Garden, Australia

Barangaroo Reserve, Australia

YEAR ROUND

Available Tour Dates

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

From 18,910 per person

Your 2022 Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • Spend your nights at Australia’s most luxurious properties:
    • 4 Nights at the Four Seasons, Sydney – Full Harbour View Room
    • 3 Nights at the Multi-Award Winning Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island – Ocean View Room
    • 1 Night at the Luxurious Mayfair Hotel Located Within a Heritage-Listed Building in the Heart of Adelaide
    • 3 Nights at a Luxury Wilderness Camp just outside the UNESCO World Heritage Uluru-kata Tjuta National Park, Luxury Tent
    • 1 Night at the Luxurious & Modern Emporium Hotel in South Bank, Queensland
    • 4 Nights at a World-Class Resort on Hamilton Island –Room with Private Plunge Pool and Sea Views

TRANSPORTATION

  • Transfers to/from Airports to your Hotels
  • All Transportation between Activities at Southern Ocean Lodge
  • All Transportation between Activities at Longitude 131°
  • VIP Chauffeur Service & Use of 4-Seater Golf Cart and Non-Motorized Watercraft at Qualia

DINING OPTIONS (Inclusions)

  • Breakfast Daily at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Sunset Canapés, and Dinner Each Day at the Southern Ocean Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Each Day at Longitude 131°
  • Evening Taste of Brisbane Tour - 5.5-hour progressive dinner tour with courses at 3 of Brisbane’s best restaurants, luxury transportation, & outstanding views
  • A La Carte Breakfast Daily, All Non-Alcoholic Beverages, and One Gourmet Dinner at one of Qualia's Delectable On-Site Restaurants

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Private 60 minute Best of Sydney Helicopter Tour
  • Sydney Opera House Backstage Small Group Tour
  • Private Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour
  • Southern Ocean Lodge - Kangaroo Island Experience - 3-Day Tailored Offering of Signature Experiences to include guided tours, walks, and visual presentations by naturalists
  • Longitude 131 - Uluru Experience - 3-Day Tailored Offering of Signature Experiences to include guided walks and tours, dining outdoors under the stars and enjoying the sunset over Uluru with a glass in hand
  • Qualia Luxury Retreat - 4 Day Great Barrier Reef Experience with a 60-minute Sightseeing Helicopter
  • Flight over the Whitsundays and world-famous ‘Heart Reef’, landing at a pontoon out on the Reed for
  • Snorkeling & Coral Viewing, VIP Chauffeur service, and much more!

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Sydney Harbor Bridge
  • The Rocks
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Darling Harbor
  • Hanson Bay Sanctuary
  • Seal Bay
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
  • Field of Light
  • Mutitjulu Waterhole
  • Hamilton Island
  • Whitsunday Islands
  • Great Barrier Reef
Prices Based On
  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Traveling Alone? No Problem. Just Ask Us for a Single Supplement Price.

"Christmas in Ireland"

Julia H.

Shreveport, LA

This Ireland trip was amazing, and Jennifer did a wonderful job planning it! We booked it fairly last minute (booked the experience Nov 1st for a departure date of Dec 20th), but despite that, Jennifer was able to create an itinerary that covered everything we wanted to do and stay in amazing locations. All of the pre-booked events worked out flawlessly, never ran into any issues! Jennifer was super helpful and answered all my questions; she made traveling during these Covid times way less stressful. Thank you, Jennifer and Authentic Vacations for an amazing Christmas in Ireland!

"Ireland Anniversary"

Paige C.

Milwaukee, WI

This trip exceeded our expectations on every single level. Adina planned the absolute PERFECT Irish experience that enabled us to celebrate our third wedding anniversary better than we ever could have imagined. Every single step of the planning and booking experience was straight-forward, and we were always able to contact her if we had a question or concern. Michaela was also another agent we worked very closely with and her kindness is something I will always remember. I have already recommended AV to everyone I know, and we will absolutely be taking more trips through this agency in the future. This was the trip of our lives!!

"Experience family roots in Scotland"

Sue O.

Muskegon, MI

It took a while to get there after dealing with multiple delays because of Covid, but we finally made it to Scotland. Authentic Vacations worked with us so well for the initial plan and with all the necessary revisions. Our hearts were happy to see where my husband's grandmother was born. The accommodations were just right for us, and the experiences that they arranged were great and helped us to enjoy the beautiful country. Thank you!

"Beautiful Florida Vacation"

Marti L.

Florida

I had never used Authentic Vacation before. They were great my trip was exceptionally well planned.  Lonna was excellent to work with, she had all my answers and put us in beautiful hotels, she had also arranged all of our outings. Things went extremely smoothly. They are an exception to the rule.

"California Getaway/Wedding"

HOWARD N.

NY

After the cancelation of our Ireland trip, we were supposed to do just as everything closed down, I thought we would never get away. It took a while to get things figured out with this company but in the end, they came through and help me plan a trip to California. The hotels were perfect and everything else went as planned. Thanks, Lauren for helping us figure this all out.

"Worth The Wait - Birthday In Ireland"

Jennifer S.

IN

After two reschedules due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, we were thrilled to finally be able to make it to Ireland. It exceeded our wildest expectations. From quaint seaside B&Bs to a night in a castle to lovely boutique hotel, we had a varied and beautiful experience. We loved the ability to modify our itinerary as we went so that we could discover things on our own time. But, the planned pre-booked events all worked out flawlessly. Couldn’t Recommend Michele more. She helped us select a location for a return Covid PCR test and was available for any questions.

"Fantastic 46th Anniversary In Ireland"

Ed & Marie C.

Florida

Finally, after postponing our trip twice due to COVID-19 we were finally on our way! Michelle, our Authentic Expert, was fantastic & everything was perfect! Our hotels were magnificent & everything was in order. We had absolutely no issues.


After our 3 nights stay at the luxurious Shelbourne, we set out for the following for a magnificent, unforgettable 12 days with Jimmy. We traveled 2058km through Galway, Connemara, Derry, Bushmills, Belfast, Trim & back to Dublin.


The highlights of the trip, besides the grand Jimmy, were the Wild Atlantic Coast, Connemara area, and the coast of Antrim which was absolutely incredible, some of the most beautiful scenery we have ever seen. The bonus was Jimmy’s audible historic narrations throughout our trip. We consider Jimmy a friend & will keep in touch.


Succinctly stated the only way to see Ireland is bypass. Having a personal driver was the only way to travel Ireland.


Ashford Castle was beyond our expeditions! So elegant and absolutely beautiful! The spa is a must. Walking the ground was stunning! I did the Hawk walk! I had my own Hawk, walked through the woods & let him go, a few minutes the Hawk flew back & landed on my arm. I cannot say enough about this experience. Afternoon Tea was certainly a must!


All the hotels recommended by Authentic Vacations were a very high standard.

"Hawaii Honeymoon & Birthday"

Kristy S.

7

Considering All, and COVID messing up a Scottish trip. Hawaii was lovely. Although the Hotel had troubles with their book keeping and no meals (continental breakfasts) were served due to Covid mandates. We did enjoy the place and getting a room on the water side with a lanai was key. Otherwise you would have a view of a parking lot or local road. Lots of wild roosters crowing around 3am. Very rustic and local.

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