Australia: Luxury Family Vacation
Ideal Length:9 Days
Best Time To Go:March - May, September - November
Flight Time:LAX 14 Hours 45 Minutes, CHI 20 Hours 15 Minutes, NYC-All Airports 21 Hours 55 Minutes
AVERAGE COST PER PERSON (Single occupancy; Airfare not included):$9,585
Your family vacation on this itinerary begins in Sydney, where you will get a private behind-the-scenes tour of the Sydney Opera House and an adrenaline-pumping sightseeing excursion via fun jet-boat ride in the harbor.
Make it a family affair! Learn how to surf together at a professional surfing school on Bondi Beach.
Incorporating indigenous culture and traditions throughout its property, the Sails in the Desert Hotel features 228 luxurious rooms and suites, a gumtree-lined swimming pool, restaurants, an art gallery, and a spa.
Take a once-in-a-lifetime camel ride on the landscape (including sand dunes) that surrounds the 600-million-year-old sandstone rock in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Embark on an immersive experience to learn about aboriginal culture and traditions, which includes learning how to play a didgeridoo.
Welcome to the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef system. In addition to a cruise, you will have the opportunity to go snorkeling to explore the area's incredible and diverse marine life.
Have an up-close and personal encounter at the Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, where adults and kids can enjoy the unique experience of holding a furry and friendly koala.
Sydney Day 1-3
Begin your fun family adventure by checking into your hotel, relaxing, and then meet your tour group at the welcome dinner. The next few days are full of excitement, including a private tour of the Sydney Opera House to learn about its history; private family surf lessons on Bondi Beach; and a heart-pumping jet-boat tour in the Sydney Harbor.
Stay at the Park Hyatt SydneyShare This Activity
Arrive in cosmopolitan Sydney, where you are met at the airport with a driver and private transfer to this harborside luxury hotel in the city’s historic Rocks area. Guests will wake up to amazing views of the Sydney Opera House, and can explore this vibrant area, filled with cobbled streets, cafes, art galleries, museums and luxury shops.
Welcome DinnerShare This Activity
Now, that you’ve settled in, it’s time to meet the other members of your tour group during a fun welcome dinner to sample some the local Australian cuisine. The hotel has onsite dining, but don’t miss out on the opportunity to explore nearby restaurants like Quay, The Bridge Room and Rockpool Bar & Grill, serving everything from Wagyu burgers to a lavish 10-course menu.
Sydney Opera House Behind the ScenesShare This Activity
With an expert guide, you will take a private tour of this famous Opera House to learn fun facts and secrets about its history, and participate in interactive games and activities for all ages, including the opportunity to dress up in costume and pose with props in this world-renowned venue.
Surf Lessons on Bondi BeachShare This Activity
Head out for a day of surf, sand and sun on Bondi Beach, home of the famous Bondi Beach Lifesavers. Aussie surfers carve up sandbar breaks in the distance, while your family hits the waves in a private group lesson.
Thrilling Jet-Boat TourShare This Activity
Cruise Sydney Harbor on a jet-boat tour that includes fun fishtails and spins while checking out sights, including the Sydney Harbor Bridge, one of the tallest arch bridges in the world.
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Uluru Day 4-6
After a few fun-filled days in Sydney, you’ll head to Uluru to explore the 600-million year-old rock and learn about its mystic powers. Hop on a camel to ride through the red sand dunes in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Learn how to play the famous wind instrument, the didgeridoo. And as a family, you’ll embark on a tasting tour of local ingredients led by a reputable chef, followed by a sumptuous lunch.
Stay at the Sails in the DesertShare This Activity
Enjoy your leisure time. After a day-long adventure at Ayers Rock, enjoy your leisure time at this 5-star resort that features a gumtree-lined swimming pool; diverse onsite dining options, including the indigenous-inspired cuisine at the Walpa Lobby Bar; a collection of indigenous art at the Mulgara Gallery; and ah-inspiring treatments at the Red Ochre Spa.
Sacred Rock of the AboriginesShare This Activity
With the resident tour director, tour the 600-million-years-old sandstone Uluru (Ayers Rock) held sacred by Australia’s Aboriginal people. Listen as your guide shares stories of the monolith’s legendary powers. Stop to enjoy tasty canapés, soft drinks and sparkling wine from a location, where you can watch the sun set on the famous rock.
Camel Ride Through the DesertShare This Activity
Rise early for an adventure to explore the landscape of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, and see its gorgeous stone domes known as Kata Tjuta, which means “many heads” in the local language. Climb aboard a camel for a ride through Kata Tjuta’s beautiful red sand dunes at sunset, and end your adventure by tasting Outback foods, such as freshly baked damper (bread).
Traditional Dot PaintingShare This Activity
Join indigenous artists to learn about the symbols and stories of their traditional dot paining, and then use what you have learned to make a painting of your own story to take home with you.
Aussie Making MusicShare This Activity
A local guide teaches you to play the didgeridoo, a wind instrument known for its haunting sounds, and first played by Australia’s indigenous peoples 40,000 years ago.
Family Foodie ExperienceShare This Activity
Led by a reputable chef, your family will partake in a tasting of locally grown, indigenous ingredients, like those used in the special lunch that follows.
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Port Douglas Day 7-9
Embark on an adventure-packed two days! Explore the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system, via a vessel and a snorkeling excursion. In addition to seeing local marine life, vacationers get exclusive access to hold a koala in a wildlife habitat area; experience a traditional Aboriginal walkabout; and end the family vacation with a fun farewell dinner.
Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & SpaShare This Activity
In Cairns, a private transfer will drive you along the beautiful South Pacific coast that leads to Port Douglas, where you check into this luxurious beachfront resort. From rainforest tours to Barrier Reef day trips, the staff will make your entire stay seamless. Enjoy upscale amenities, including the ALUCO Restaurant & Bar and Vie Spa.
Great Barrier ReefShare This Activity
Embark on a full-day exploration of the Great Barrier Reef aboard an intimate and comfortable vessel, gliding among coral gardens and sheltered lagoons. And on a guided snorkeling tour, adventure-seekers will view teeming marine life up close in its natural habitat, before an exhilarating cruise back to port.
Explore Port Douglas WildlifeShare This Activity
Travel to the Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas for a private tour with a park ranger. Visit the wallabies and get exclusive access to the koala enclosure, where you can hold a koala in your arms. Next, visit the Wildlife Care Center for rescued wild and injured animals.
Take an Aboriginal WalkaboutShare This Activity
Head to the Daintree Rainforest, where a member of the Kuku Yalanji people invites your family on an Aboriginal walkabout. Tour the tribe’s ancestral country around Daintree; walk through the rainforest and coastal habitats, learn about ancient traditions and medicines derived from nature, and practice traditional spear throwing.
Farewell Dinner in AustraliaShare This Activity
Celebrate your spectacular adventure exploring the Land Down Under with your family. Enjoy a final dinner and reminisce about the fun times and jaw-dropping moments in Sydney, Uluru and Port Douglas that made this the trip of a lifetime!
Private Transfer Cairns AirportShare This Activity
Before leaving Australia, enjoy eating breakfast with your family before departing your hotel or resort. A travel agent can help you arrange can arrange a private transfer to Cairns airport for your scheduled flight.