Superlative wine regions, a secret island escape and a boutique beauty unbeatably located – exploring Australia in ultimate style.
Combining two of Australia’s most cosmopolitan cities, a stay on a near-private island and an all-inclusive designer adventure on Tasmania’s sublime coast, this exceptional journey explores the parts of Australia that even most Australians don’t reach. Along the way you’ll be looked after in ultimate style and return with a tucker bag full of tales to tell your friends.
You’ll start by flying to Sydney for several nights at the stylish Park Hyatt. In between days spent on lazy boardwalk strolls, soaking up the atmosphere and icons, you’ll take in the city from the air on a seaplane flight that finishes on the picture-perfect sands of Palm Beach. Here, we’ll arrange a champagne-paired three-course dinner. Then, enjoy a private guided tour of the Hunter Valley vineyards, stopping to take tea in the bush before tasting your way through the region’s finest oenological offerings.
Then fly out to Lord Howe Island and immerse yourself in this exclusive hideaway. Your stay at Capella Lodge offers the ultimate in castaway luxury with matchless views over rugged mountains, reefs and an ever-changing seascape. Here you can dive right into island life with everything from a secret beach and snorkelling cruises to stunning surf breaks, scuba diving trips, beach barbecues and hikes led by expert naturalists. If that all feels a little too active, recline on chic day-beds and deck chairs near a plunge pool and take advantage of the open bar. Later, indulge in canapé-prefixed sundowners and sample the delicious dining options.
Returning to civilisation in Melbourne, you’ll be ensconced in the boutique Lyall Hotel – the perfect base from which to explore the city’s Gold-Rush architecture, cutting-edge contemporary art and rooftop bars. You’ll also venture outside the city on a tailor-made tour of Yarra Valley and uncover the vineyards, barrel-room tastings and sommelier advice that makes this one of Australia’s leading wine regions.
Finish your wanderings by flying to Tasmania for an adventure among the island’s untamed beauty, exploring its granite peaks and undiscovered beaches. Based at the luxurious Saffire Freycinet – a boutique beauty unbeatably located above Great Oyster Bay – spend your days kayaking along the coast, following the island’s walking trails and watching out for pelicans. Then, return to don gators and wade out onto the oyster beds for sparkling wine and freshly shucked shellfish served on a table in the sea