Luxury Sydney, South Queensland & Whitsundays
Relax in the understated luxury of the Spicers retreats on this laid-back Journey through the rainforests of coastal Queensland.
Discover the foodie delights of Sydney and the wines of the Hunter Valley, then kick back and appreciate the peace and quiet in your secluded countryside hotels. Finish in style with the beautiful white beaches of the Whitsunday Islands.
Some of the highlights included are:
- Take a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House and tuck into a tasting platter overlooking the harbour
- Gently soar above the vines of the Hunter Valley in a hot-air balloon and watch the sunrise
- Cool off in the fresh air of the Hinterland and listen to the sounds of the rainforest
- Discover the natural rock pools, long beaches and fascinating wildlife of Fraser Island
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- All international & internal flights
- 18 nights in 5* hotels
- 10 days car hire
- Sydney Opera House tour & tasting plate
- Captain’s Club Dinner cruise
- Hunter Valley sunrise balloon flight
- Fraser Island day tour
- Limousine airport transfer in Sydney
Need to know+
- Arrives: Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD)
- Time difference: GMT+10
- Visa requirements: British passport holders require a tourist visa; please ask your travel consultant for more information
- Language: English
- Currency: Australian dollar (AUD)
- Flying time from UK: Around 22 hours
- Plug type: 3-prong flat blade plug
- Voltage: 240 volts/50 cycles
Fly from UK to Sydney
Get your bearings in this sunny, laid back city with a stroll along the harbour front. Try out a café or two, or perhaps just head straight for the bars. Be sure to choose one with a fabulous Sydney Harbour Bridge or Opera House view, or maybe both! Later, you’ll tour the white sails of the Opera House itself, and tuck into a delicious tasting platter overlooking the harbour. In the evening, sit back, relax and let the twinkling lights of Sydney Harbour drift by as you indulge in to a sumptuous three-course meal on your evening dinner cruise.
Sip fine wines and feast on delicious artisan produce among the rolling vineyards of the Hunter Valley. Although wine is the main event here, there are also plenty of craft beers, olives, cheeses and chocolates to choose from, and some fine vineyard restaurants. Finally, and the highlight of your Hunter Valley stay, soar above the vines on a magical balloon flight, taking in the sunrise from the air.
Get away from it all among the mountains of Maryvale at Spicers Peak Lodge. Here you’ll stay on an all-inclusive rate, so it’s the perfect place to unwind and treat yourself. Perhaps relax with a treatment or two in the spa, throw the diet out of the window and indulge in the delicious degustation menu, or get outside and look for birds and local wildlife on a guided eco walk or mountain bike ride.
Head to the Hinterland and wake up to the sounds of the rainforest at the romantic Spicers Tamarind Retreat. The air is cooler and fresher up here away from the Sunshine Coast, and the area has a quainter, more rural feel. Hike to flowing waterfalls and explore the rainforests by bike or on foot, or perhaps treat yourself to a picnic. For something a bit different, take a Thai cooking class at your Spicers hotel or sit back and relax in the rainforest spa.
Continue to Noosa Heads, a swanky area with some lovely beaches and a decent patch of rainforest. Wear off all that lovely food with a coastal walk in Noosa National Park – just follow the boardwalk from town. While you’re here you’ll spend the day on Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. Swim in brilliant blue lakes and crystal clear creeks, look out for dingoes and spot dolphins, sharks, dugongs and seals off the coast.
Cruise the crystal clear waters of Hamilton Island, one of the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. Relax in your luxury resort and explore the Great Barrier Reef by snorkel or yacht. Take a walk on over 12 miles of walking trails through the island’s forested interior, and later relax in the spa and enjoy the fabulous gourmet cuisine. For some fabulously fresh seafood, try the award-winning restaurant at the restaurant at Hamilton Island Yacht Club.
Depart Hamilton Island and return to the UK
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