Day 1 – Arrive in Sydney & Twilight Harbour Bridge Climb
Arrive in Sydney, where you’ll be met and transferred to the Establishment Hotel by private vehicle. Take the day to explore the city center, before your 3.5 hour Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb at twilight. Latching into the bridge, you’ll walk catwalks and ascend ladders for the summit pay-off of 360-degree views of the city!
Overnight: Establishment Hotel
Day 2 – Sydney – North Head and Manly Walk
Catch one of the famous Manly ferries and enjoy a spectacular journey across the Sydney Harbour. From the ferry, you’ll board a bus for a trip up the hill to North Head Sanctuary to learn about the indigenous culture of the region and the history of the original British penal colonies in Australia. North Head is part of the Sydney Harbour National Park and is filled with diverse Australian flora and an array of native birds.
After time at the North Head Information Centre and Café, you’ll walk down to experience one of Manly’s picturesque beaches and adjoining aquatic reserves. Stroll along an oceanside walkway among Norfolk pine trees and sunburned surfers. Take a paddle, swim, or just sit and soak in the atmosphere before walking through “The Corso Precinct” to Manly Wharf for a return trip by ferry to Sydney’s Circular Quay.
Overnight: Establishment Hotel
Day 3 – Sydney – Jibbon Aboriginal Carvings Walk & Sydney Opera House Red Carpet Package
Begin your day discovering the history of the Dharawal people on the city’s southern edge. Before European colonization, less than 250 years ago, Jibbon Beach in Royal National Park was the scene of Dharawal women coming ashore in bark canoes and men returning from their morning hunt with swamp wallabies. Today you’ll find a mostly deserted beach of shimmering sand, and a friendly nod from a local Bundeena resident enjoying the seclusion of a place that is still Sydney in name but far from the bustling city in spirit. On your guided walk, the legacy of the Dharawal people will come alive as your delve into this open-air museum of Aboriginal Sydney.
After a break in the afternoon, kick off your evening with a Sydney Opera House Tour. You’ll see behind the scenes of the world’s most recognizable sails, and learn how this miracle of architecture and engineering came to be against all odds. Next, you’ll engage in a pre-theater, three-course dinner at Bennelong Restaurant. Finally, you’ll experience the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performance of your choice. Other show options may be available as well, including opera and ballet.
Dinner – Overnight: Establishment Hotel
Day 4 – 6 – Blue Mountains
In the morning of day four, you’ll head to the Blue Mountains for three nights in the secluded Wolgan Valley. You’ll stay in the plush villas of the Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, set among 4,000 acres of private conservation and wildlife land.
Embark on up to two guided nature excursions a day. Burrow through the emerald glint of a Glow Worm tunnel, challenge the canyons and plateaus of Gardens of Stone National Park on a rigorous hike, or learn to capture the colors of bush on a photography expedition. If you tire of the trail, retreat to the cool waters of your own private plunge pool!
Breakfast (Days 5 & 6), Lunch, Dinner – Overnight: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley
Day 7 – Blue Mountains – Sydney – Launceston
After breakfast, transfer to Sydney domestic airport for your flight to Launceston, Tasmania (flight not included). Upon arrival in Launceston, you will be met and transferred to the Quamby Estate. Spend the rest of your day exploring the Tasmania’s aptly-named Meander Valley, with hiking, biking, or fishing on property.
Breakfast – Overnight: Quamby Estate
Day 8 – Launceston – Mt. William National Park – Bay of Fires Walk
After breakfast, you’ll meet your driver and guide to start your Bay of Fires Walk! We’ll journey to Mt. William National Park via the pastoral landscapes of Scottsdale and the tin-mining town of Derby. After you reach the northern part of the Mt William National Park, you’ll begin
walking at Boulder Point, where you’ll take in views of the Bass Strait Islands.
Enjoy lunch in the company of native birds and copious shells, on one of the many pristine beaches nestled along the coastline. After you’ve finished your first day’s walk, spend the night at Forester Beach Camp in twin-share, semi-permanent tents.
Walking distance approx. 5.6 miles.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – Overnight: Forester Beach Camp
Day 9 – Bay of Fires Walk
Following breakfast at the camp, you’ll walk south and absorb the magnificent coastline colors and quietness. Walk along ridge lines of sand dunes, and enjoy views across heathlands and ocean waves. After walking several miles, you’ll stop to savor lunch in one of the sheltered coves near Eddystone Point Lighthouse.
Spend your afternoon on a leisurely coastal hike to afternoon tea at the Bay of Fires Lodge. Revel in a dinner paired with fine Australian wines or beers and browse the library for more context on your surroundings or a fun game to while away the evening.
Walking distance approx. 8.7 miles.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – Overnight: Bay of Fires Lodge
Day 10 – Bay of Fires Walk
With the Bay of Fires Lodge as your base, you can decide how to spend your day. Rise early to the chirp of native birds singing in the dawn and watch for whales gliding down the coast or dolphins surfing waves. Or sleep late and be lulled out of bed by the aroma of a hot-cooked breakfast and freshly brewed coffee.
During the day, you can kayak through the riparian ecology of the Ansons River, concluding with a stroll over the dunes of Abbotsbury Peninsula back to the Lodge. Other options include enjoying a spa treatment (not included), fishing, snorkeling in the marine nursery, exploring the nearby shell coves, or just relaxing at the Lodge. In the evening you can go for a walk, and depending on the weather, you may encounter wombats, wallabies, Forester kangaroos, possums, or even a Tasmanian devil. The night sky is also an awesome spectacle from the isolated locale!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – Overnight: Bay of Fires Lodge
Day 11 – Bay of Fires Lodge – Launceston
Take in a final swim, walk or spa treatment before departing the lodge. On your return to civilization, you’ll stroll through eucalypt forests and coastal heath land. After a stop for lunch, continue through the picturesque Pipers Brook wine region, popping in at Dr. Andrew Pirie’s vineyard before traveling back to Launceston in the early evening.
Walking distance, approx. 2.5 miles
Breakfast, Lunch – Overnight: Quamby Estate
Days 12 – 14 – Saffire Freycinet
After breakfast, transfer to Launceston Airport for your twin-engine flight to Freycinet. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to Saffire for a luxurious three-night stay on Tasmania’s East Coast.
Discreetly positioned overlooking the Hazards Mountains, Freycinet Peninsula and the crystal waters of Great Oyster Bay, Saffire melds mankind and nature with breathtaking beauty. Relax in your suite, refresh your body and mind with a restorative spa treatment or explore the surrounding nature, choosing from a long list of complimentary guided and independent hiking, canoeing, wildlife and culinary experiences.
Learn the art of wine making (and tasting) at Freycinet Winery, hike to the overlook at Wineglass Bay, discover the traditions of the Oyster Bay People on a country walk with a local indigenous guide, or unwind with a cool drink.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – Overnight: Saffire Freycinet
Day 15 – Freycinet to Hobart
After breakfast, transfer by road to Hobart. Take some time to wander Tasmania’s capital before your 2.5 hour Hobart City Kayak Tour.
On your tour, you’ll paddle along Hobart’s coastline, pass the historic Battery Point, and glide under fishing wharfs, before entering the Hobart waterfront. Experience Hobart’s nautical menagerie of luxury yachts, fishing boats, and modern cruisers, winding down the tour with fresh fish and chips from the comfort of your kayak.
Breakfast, Dinner – Overnight: The Henry Jones Art Hotel
Day 16 – Hobart Art & Wine
Catch a ferry in the morning to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). The MONA is Australia’s largest privately-owned museum and houses a collection that ranges from ancient Egyptian mummies to some of the world’s most infamous and thought-provoking contemporary art. The building’s subterranean design and the owner’s unconventional curatorial approach are must-sees for any visitor. Enjoy lunch in the MONA’s Wine Bar before joining a tour and wine tasting at the Moorilla Winery. Return to Hobart via the ferry to spend the rest of the night on your own.
Lunch – Overnight: The Henry Jones Art Hotel
Day 17 – Hobart Day Trip to the South East Cape Wilderness
Venture into true Tasmanian wilderness as you fly to the island’s most southern point, the South East Cape at Melaleuca. Visit the rare and endangered Orange-Bellied Parrot at the Deny King Bird Hide, and unearth the natural surroundings on short walks.
Afterwards, board one of the boats for a trip down Melaleuca Inlet and into Bathurst Harbour, an untouched waterway the size of Sydney Harbour. You’ll see the remote Celery Top Islands, take walks in the wilderness, and breathe the cleanest air in the world. The tranquil setting only enhances an outstanding local lunch of Tasmanian wines, cheeses, and seafood.
Late in the afternoon, reboard your aircraft, and return to Hobart, soaring past Federation Peak, Mt Picton, and Huonville.
Lunch – Overnight: The Henry Jones Art Hotel
Day 18 – Depart Hobart and Australia
Transfer to Hobart Airport for your flight to Melbourne and return flight to the US (flight not included) or to continue your trip.
It’s no surprise that Merivale, which operates the Establishment Hotel, got its start as a fashion house. The hotel is strikingly modern, the supermodel of Sydney’s Central Business District. City icons like the Harbour, Opera House, and botanical gardens are a short walk away, and a private, on-site gym balances out the hotel’s six buzzing bars and restaurants. Hip and memorable, the Establishment Hotel echoes Sydney’s rising stature on the world-scene.
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort
You would think a locale nestled between two National Parks in the Blue Mountains and spread out at the foot of towering cliffs would be enough. But Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa raises the stakes by surrounding itself with 4,000 acres of private conservation and wildlife land. Keeping with that commitment to privacy, each individual luxury suite has its own swimming pool, and an assortment of guided four wheel drives, heritage tours, and wildlife excursions gives guests an exclusive look at the surrounding bushland.
Quamby Estate sports a stately dignity that stems from its original owner, Sir Richard Dry, the first Australian-born premier of the country. But despite its distinguished beginnings, the estate manages an understated elegance that is far from fussy. The airy rooms look out onto a restful Tasmanian countryside, where guests can feast on a gourmet picnic curated by the dining room. And should you tire of the slow pace, grab a rod and reel, the fish are calling!
Bay of Fires Lodge
An eco-escape of the highest caliber, the Bay of Fires Lodge is the centerpiece of your multi-day walk along the Tasmanian coastline. Hardwood walls and sprawling windows blur the lines between the interior and environment, and the hike to get there makes the seclusion all the sweeter. Even the lodge’s spa embraces a harmony with nature, utilizing native botanicals and practicing healing methods inspired by indigenous peoples.
Henry Jones Art Hotel
Contemporary art meets the historic Hobart waterfront in this stylishly renovated old jam factory. Billed as Australia’s first dedicated art hotel, original works are found in both its public spaces and guest rooms. The designer’s eye is not limited to the objects on the wall either – the hotel’s distinct style is embodied in everything from its furniture to the building’s original windows.
Saffire’s 20 luxurious suites wind along the East Tasmanian coastline, peering out at the Hazards Mountains and Great Ocean Bay. Designed for privacy and relaxation, each suite features a living room and a deck to unwind among the ocean air. And if the coastal scenery isn’t enough to lull you into a blissful state, a silken body cocoon or massage at the spa should do the trick. When (if?) you’re ready for something more active, experiences from the Lodge include quad and mountain bike excursions, trips out to the oyster and mussel beds of the Freycinet Marine Farm, and gourmet picnics in the untouched coastal wilderness.
At Evergreen Escapes, we are dedicated to handcrafting personalized and immersive Australian adventures, while practicing our ethos of low-impact, responsible travel!
I have spent the past 12 years planning life-enriching travel to Oz and visit regularly to find new exceptional and undiscovered experiences in the country. All of my custom-crafted journeys blend natural wonders, exotic wildlife, cultural connections, and culinary indulgences, for the full Aussie experience!
Our goal is to collaborate with clients who appreciate that travel is more than merely taking a vacation. We are proud to have earned a National Geographic Traveler ’Top 50 Tours of a Lifetime’ in 2015 for our tour to the Kimberley Region and Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia, and I look forward to putting the same level of care into curating your next adventure!
I look forward to answering your questions about this tour or helping you customize a dream trip to the Land Down Under. Contact us by phone or email, and if you are in Seattle, please come by our Adventure Hub & Winery for a free consultation!
From $17,299 per person sharing accommodations for travel through Nov 30, 2017.
- Three nights Establishment Hotel, Studio Room
- Twilight BridgeClimb Sydney Harbour Bridge
- North Head to Manly Walk (5.5 Hours)
- Jibbon Aboriginal Carvings Walk (2-3 Hours)
- Sydney Opera House Red Carpet Packag, includes VIP Sydney Opera House Tour, performance ticket and a 3-course pre-theater dinner
- Private Sedan transfer Sydney Hotel to Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley
- Three nights Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, Heritage Villa including breakfast, lunch and dinner with select wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages, two on-site nature based activities daily per person
- Private Sedan transfer Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley to Sydney Airport
- Private Sedan transfer Launceston Airport to Quamby Estate
- Two nights Quamby Estate, Standard Room including continental breakfast (one pre/one post)
- Three night/four day Bay of Fires Walk including return transfers from Launceston, 1 night Forester Beach Camp, 2 nights Bay of Fires Lodge, all meals from lunch day 10 – lunch day 13 including non-alcoholic beverages and select Tasmanian wine, National Park pass, use of backpack and Gore-tex jacket for the duration of the walk and qualified guides.
- Private air transfer from Launceston to Saffire
- Three nights Saffire Freycinet, Luxury Suite including breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, mini-bar and select beverages, Saffire activities and a AU$100 spa credit per stay.
- Private Sedan transfer Saffire Freycinet to Henry Jones Art Hotel
- Three nights Henry Jones Art Hotel, Deluxe Spa Harbour Room
- Half-day Hobart City Paddle including snack and fish and chips
- MONA wine and art experience, including lunch
- Hobart Flightseeing, Boat Cruise, and South East Cape Wilderness Tour including lunch
- Private Sedan transfer Henry Jones Art Hotel to Hobart Airport
- International flights and airport taxes (can be arranged by Evergreen Escapes)
- Internal flights not specified in the itinerary (can be arranged by Evergreen Escapes)
- Meals and drinks other than specified
- Activities/excursions not specified (can be arranged by Evergreen Escapes)
- Visa Fees
- Travel Insurance (can be arranged by Evergreen Escapes)
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