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  • Perth
  • Margaret River
  • Adelaide
  • Kangaroo Island
  • Uluru
  • Sydney
  • Lorde Howe Island
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£ 8290

Our transcontinental, Indian Ocean to the Pacific, itinerary links Australia’s southwest with the Red Centre and Uluru, Sydney and Lord Howe Island.

And along the way you’ll be able to indulge your love of good wine and modern food in Margaret River, before visiting the sparkling city of Adelaide.

You’ll experience camping in luxury tents deep in the continent’s Red Centre. You’ll see the sensational Uluru – or Ayer’s Rock as it is more popularly known – before stepping into Sydney. Then comes the culmination of your trip – Lord Howe Island and the breath-taking undersea world of the Great Barrier Reef.

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    Day 1-3 London - Perth
    London - Perth

    Your luxury, coast-to-coast extravaganza begins on the far edge of the Indian Ocean, in the vivacious city of Perth. Standing on the famous Swan River – which offers you walking, cycling, sailing and picnicking opportunities – Perth provides you with the sophisticated amenities of a major European city, combined with the virtually unfailing sunshine for which Western Australia is famed. Known as a ‘two crops of strawberries a year’ climate, you’ll only want to go inside to sleep.

    Stay: Two nights at the Como Treasury

    Day 4-6

    Margaret River

    Margaret River

    Collect your car and head south through Western Australia’s iconic, flat bushland until you come to Margaret River. This settlement, as its name suggests, stands beside the Margaret and is a complete contrast to busy Perth. The town specialises in arty shops, quality restaurants serving artisan food and a picturesque region that stretches for 100 km between a pair of capes. The coast offers you sensational white sand beaches fringed by the cobalt waters of the Indian Ocean, with almost no buildings – or people for that matter – to clutter your photos. And then there is the wine. As many as 80 boutique wineries now produce some of the finest Chardonnays and Cabernets to be found in Australia. In fact, you’ll be staying on a small wine estate with an excellent restaurant and a 14,000-bottle cellar to contemplate. Three days may not be enough!

    Stay: Three nights at Cape Lodge, a small winery, plus one night in Perth.

    Day 7

    Perth - Adelaide

    After indulging in the restaurants, riverside activities and nightlife of Perth, it’s time to explore another famous Australian city. You’ll fly from Perth to the picturesque city of Adelaide.

    You’ll be welcomed by airy boulevards, elegant buildings, superb museums and pretty gardens. You can shop to your hearts content at Rundle Mall, or sample some of the delicacies on offer at the bustling Central Market. You can even take a tram ride down to the seaside suburb of Glenelg where you’ll find a long sandy beach.

    Stay: One night at The Mayfair Hotel.

    Day 8-9 Kangaroo Island
    Kangaroo Island

    Today you hop on a flight to Australia’s third largest island and one of the country’s most pristine natural wildernesses. Separated from the mainland thousands of years ago, Kangaroo Island supports a diverse mix of wildlife including goannas, penguins, echidnas, seals and iconic Australian species like koalas, wallabies and, of course, kangaroos. Guided excursions provide fantastic encounters with the abundant wildlife, and when you need a break, it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax along the 480-kilometre coastline.

    Stay: Two nights at Sea Dragon Lodge and Villas.

    Day 10-11

    Uluru

    Uluru

    Will anything prepare you for the sense of wonder you’ll feel when you first view the phenomenon that is Uluru or Ayer’s Rock? Especially at sunrise. The monolithic red rock domes of Kata Tjuta, the miles of red earth and uncompromising bush are pretty awesome too. And the whole experience is heightened by the chance to sleep in the outback in an African safari-style tented camp. Complete with air conditioning, windows and a veranda giving great views from an advantageous position atop a huge sand dune.

    Stay: Two nights in the luxury tented resort of Longitude 131˚.

    Day 12-15

    Sydney

    Sydney

    Sydney is regarded as one of Australasia’s premier destinations. Small wonder; this scintillating city offers you wide-ranging cultural opportunities, sizzling restaurants and bars, outstanding architecture, the harbourside and any number of different experiences. Like strolling past the Opera House and around Circular Bay, taking photographs at every other step. Your hotel stands on prestigious George Street, so you’ll be admirably placed to browse around the Rocks and Circular Quay.

    Stay: Four nights in the Four Seasons Hotel.

    Day 16-19

    Lord Howe Island

    Lord Howe Island

    Now it’s time to tick off one of Australia’s massive ‘must-sees’. The little known but scenically dramatic Lord Howe Island shows off dramatic coral reefs – even throughout the winter season. The island is not crowded, allowing you uninterrupted enjoyment of the spectacular reefs and stunning turquoise seas. As well as lovely beaches, snorkelling and diving, the Lord Howe Island’s UNESCO-listed interior offers some great hiking options.

    Stay: Four nights at Capella Lodge.

    Day 20

    Sydney

    From Lord Howe Island make your way home, or if you have time, we suggest either of the following extensions.

    Sal Salis, Ningaloo Reef
    Extend your stay in Western Australia by taking a trip up to Ningaloo Reef, home waters of the friendly whale shark, staying at Sal Salis, one of the new luxury tented eco-lodges.

    Wolgan Valley, Blue Mountains
    Alternatively, from Sydney, consider an extension to Wolgan Valley, a luxury conservation-based resort in the Blue Mountains.

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