All Bridge & Wickers holidays are tailor-made and no two are the same. We have made some accommodation suggestions, however we will tailor your quote to your preferred standard and style of accommodation.
Australia’s classic three-part itinerary is a mix of a luxury stay at the Park Hyatt in Sydney one of Australia’s most cosmopolitan and exciting of cities, a taste of the Outback topped by Uluru its most famous topographical feature, and Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef – the country’s three world wonder icons, in other words, in one neat trinity of a package. And all seen and done in top-end comfort. It’s our single best-selling holiday Down Under and everyone who’s booked it has loved it.
Days 1 to 5 SYDNEY
There are several contenders for the most des res property in Sydney but we believe that the Park Hyatt has the edge, especially for those who set a high premium on location. It’s bang on the Harbour, with the Bridge to port, the distinctive ‘sails’ of the Opera House to starboard. In fact it’s so close to the water that you can lie in bed at night and hear the ocean gently sloshing below your window. The views are to die for, both from the rooms and from the restaurant. Within minutes you can be pottering around the streets of the historic Rocks, taking your seat in the Opera House or boarding one of the armada of ferries that will lead you across the Harbour to Manly, or under the Bridge to Darling Harbour. Alternatively, if your main aim is to relax and unwind, you might choose to indulge in a massage at the hotel’s spa. We’ve included a half day city tour to help you get your bearings but if you’d also like to spend one of the days exploring beyond the city boundaries, we can arrange either a full day tour to the Blue Mountains or the vineyards of the Hunter Valley.
Days 6 and 7 AYERS ROCK (ULURU)
To Ayers Rock to see Australia’s most extraordinary natural site, Uluru, as well as Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). You’ll stay at Longitude 131º, the most exclusive of all the properties within sight and striking range of the Rock. Inspired by some of Africa’s leading bush camps, it is a luxurious, tented resort. Although the fifteen tents are perched on an isolated sand dune, they’re all air-conditioned, with proper windows and a veranda offering uninterrupted views. All touring is included, taking in the magnificent sunrise and the most memorable of sunsets.
Days 8 to 13 LIZARD ISLAND
You’ll spend a night in Cairns before flying on to Lizard Island. Why, of all the islands which lie off the Queensland coast, have we picked Lizard as the third corner of this Oz-in-style triangle? Location, for starters. Lizard is one of a tiny number of islands set on the Reef itself, so you can expect spectacular snorkeling and diving – nearby Cod Hole is one of the most famous dive sites Down Under – as well as fishing for marlin. On land, there are two dozen white sand beaches (there’s an unspoken rule that if you turn up to find someone already on one of them you move on to the next!). The whole island is also a national park with miles of signposted bush trails. Combine these natural assets with impeccable service and superb, ‘fresh from the Reef’ food and you have an island escape that’s hard to match anywhere in the world. Accommodation is in 40 rooms, all with views of the beach, plus a spa, a gym and a pool. Utterly beautiful.
Fly back to Cairns for your onward flight or consider extending your trip with any of our suggestions.
The Golden Triangle – Squaring the Triangle
Turn the golden triangle into a platinum square by adding another star attraction to the Sydney, Rock and Reef permutation. Choices include World Heritage listed Daintree rainforest with a stay at Silky Oaks, Peppers Convent, a chic retreat in the Hunter Valley and a luxurious hotel in the Blue Mountains or Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island.
5 nights at the Park Hyatt Sydney, room only
2 nights at Longitude 131, including all meals and drinks
1 night in Cairns at the Shangri-La, room only
5 nights on Lizard Island, including all meals and drinks
Guideline price per person following the above itinerary (including domestic flights).
Low Season (Apr 2014 – Sep 2014) from £5,495
High Season (Oct 2014 – Mar 2015) from £5,995
All our holidays are tailored to your individual requirements and budget so please get in touch for a quote.
International flights are not included as our consultants will quote the best flight offer and include any hotel specials at time of booking.
A similar itinerary based on more modest accommodation costs from £1995 per person, click here for details.