For people travelling with families or friends, the option of luxury lodges is usually the best one for the most part. This is primarily because of the fact that not only are they big enough to accomodate a substantial amount of people, but they are located in the countryside region instead of the city. This automatically gives them a unique charm that is hard to find anywhere else. Plus, if you are an avid trekker and adventure enthusiast, things will be
a lot more easier for you in general since you will be in close proximity to most of these places.
With Australia Pacific Vacations, we pride ourselves on the fact that we have very exclusive packages to offer to you just so that you can pick the one that fits all your needs at once and enhances your overall tourist experience as well. Having said that, our packages are divided into the number of days you would like to spend in the countryside. The maximum number of days is generally thirteen, but you can choose however may days you like depending upon the number of people you are with.
The mere fact that you have a number of days to plan your stay and maximise it to the fullest itself means that one can not only explore the surrounding areas to the fullest extent, but you can even explore and find new areas as well. With us providing you with some of the most exquisite and classy luxurious lodges, there are no limits as to where one can travel.
DAY 1- TIME FOR A HOLIDAY …MOORABBIN TO AYERS ROCK
Remember, the journey is as important as the destination.
Boarding your Beechcraft Super King Air at Moorabbin is an exciting start to the next 13 days of your life. This exclusive twin turbine aircraft will take you across Australia to some of the best upmarket glamping and luxury lodge destinations.
The luxury starts as soon as you step on board your aircraft for your adventure.
• Departing Moorabbin bound for Longitude 131 at Ayers Rock, with a refuelling stop at Leigh Creek.
• On arrival enjoy a scenic flight of Ayers Rock and Olgas
• After landing it’s a quick transfer to Longitude 131 which is one of the Baillieu Lodges luxury destinations, located in a private area overlooking the great Ayers Rock. From the elevated cabins you can only see the vista of Ayers Rock rising out of the desert, nothing else, this is what you call luxury.
• Flight time today is approximately 5 hours
Accommodation: Longitude 131
DAY 2 – AYERS ROCK… THE TOURING CONTINUES
After a stunning breakfast you will be guided by professionals to your choice of the sites of significance.
o Mututjula Meander
Venture to Uluru while the morning sun lights it up. Guides share the Anangu creation story of Kuniya and Liru
o Uluru Sunset
Drive into the world heritage listed national park, followed by a leisurely walk through the Cultural Centre. Continue on to the twilight viewing area where you can take in the iconic sunset over Uluru and Kata Tjuta with a glass of wine and canapés
o Walpa Gorge & Kata Tjuta
Head to Kata Tjuta which comprises of 36 majestic dome like rock formations. Along the way
call briefly at the Kata Tjuta viewing area for a longer distance perspective and photo opportunity. Continue the journey to Walpa Gorge to discover how weathering and upheaval have created today’s landscape and ecology
o Mala Walk & Kantju Gorge
Drive to the base of Uluru for a gentle walk to learn about the Mala people, pointing out cave paintings and other relevant sites important to both Anangu and early explorers. Enter Kantju Gorge at dusk to witness the gorge walls lit by the setting sun.
• Table 131…..is the dinner venue
o Dine outdoors under the southern night sky. As darkness falls, a four-course dinner with matched Australian wines is delivered. Indigenous performers mesmerise with movement and songs of the ancient culture.
Accommodation: Longitude 131
DAY 3 – THE AYERS ROCK ADVENTURE CONCLUDES… HOWEVER NEXT IS THE TOP END
Today you leave Ayers Rock and fly north to Bamurru Plains (a Wild Bush Luxury destination), east of Darwin on the Mary River.
• On the way you call into Tennant Creek and Jabiru for fuel, prior to landing at Opium Creek Station followed by the transfer to Bamurru Plains
• Flight time is approximately 4 hours
• After lunch you will enjoy a relaxing time before the first Air Boat flood plain tour in the late afternoon
• Drinks are on the deck for sunset before a sumptuous dinner, served in the luxurious wooden dining area.
Accommodation: Elevated cabins with ensuites overlooking the flood plains at Bamurru
DAY 4 – BAMURRU PLAINS WITH CROCODILES, BUFFALO AND BIRDLIFE.
Bamurru is situated right on the edge of a flood plain so you will have buffalo wallowing in the area, crocodiles, sea eagles (amongst other birds) and of course barramundi. The way to see this area is by air boat, however there are also many other options for the next day and a half.
• Air boat tours
o Cruise the flood plains of the Mary River catchment. These plains are home to Magpie Geese, Plumbed Whistling Duck, Egrets, Ibis and a host of other birds. The guides provide demonstrations of the many uses of the local flora, whilst floating among a forest of trees or looking out for crocodiles.
• Bird watching
o Mary River catchment is home to some 236 species of bird.
• Wildlife viewing
o The flood plains host an immense variety of wildlife. Species include Agile Wallabies, Antilopine Wallaroosm Dingos, Estuarine Crocodiles, Wild Pigs and Buffalo.
• River Cruises (May-October)
o Float the river system on the look out for crocodiles sun bathing to regulate their temperature. Also look out for the many species of bird life in the area. Enjoy sunset drinks and canapés as the light begins to fade.
• 4WD safaris
o Travel through the plains in an open sided safari vehicle, observing all of the local wildlife. The guides will describe the Aboriginal uses for some of the local flora and fauna while you enjoy a cool drink and bite to eat.
Accommodation: Bamurru Plains
DAY 5 – BAMURRU TO THE EAST KIMBERLEY … BERKELEY RIVER LODGE
Once again you say goodbye to another great destination and depart Opium Creek for Berkeley River Lodge in Western Australia, refuelling at Darwin or Wyndham on the way.
• Berkeley Lodge is located on the edge of the Berkley River north of Wyndham. You land at the airstrip, less than 2 kilometres from the lodge.
• Flight time today is approximately 2 hours
• Lunch on the deck then the touring of the area begins
Accommodation: Twin share en-suite cabins at Berkeley River lodge
DAY 6 – THE ADVENTURE AT BERKELEY RIVER LODGE
• River Cruise
o Cruise along the Berkeley River led by a resident skipper through the river systems. Cruise to the Casuarina Falls, and dip into secluded water holes of the Berkeley Creek.
• Guided Hikes
o Go for a guided hike to capture the local astonishing diversity of flora, fauna and geological features.
o Go fishing in places where only the privileged few have ever cast a line for a diverse range of species from queen fish, threadfin salmon, and mulloway to the elusive barramundi.
• Wilderness Picnics
o Sit beside secluded palm fringed waterholes, the majestic Mount Casuarina or under a unique ‘Candelabra’ tree, for a picnic lunch or a late afternoon antipasto platter.
Accommodation: Berkeley River Lodge
DAY 7 – BERKELEY RIVER LODGE TO KIMBERLEY COASTAL CAMP (WA)
The flight from Berkeley to Kimberley Coastal is stunning, following the Buccaneer Archipelago.
• Landing at the Mitchell Plateaux you then board a helicopter to fly 25 minutes to the camp where you land on the beach only a wheelbarrow push to the resort.
• This is great Bradshaw Rock Art country, desolate beaches, and great fishing
• Flight time today is approximately 1 hour
Accommodation: Twin share cabins on the beach (no ensuites) but absolutely stunning open air dining areas with sumptuous meals. Truly remote. This is the most exclusive retreat in the Top End. A maximum of 12 guests at any one time. Your cabin is elegantly furnished, with great views over the Admiralty Gulf.
DAY 8 – EXPLORING THE KIMBERLEY COAST
Activities today are dependent on your interests and capability. Fishing is a great option and so is the Bradshaw and Wanjina Rock Art.
o With no pre set itineraries and a huge expanse of water to explore, a days fishing is sure to impress.
• Rock Art
o With permission from the traditional owners, visit Wandjina figures, some of the most visually striking of all rock art images in the Kimberley.
o Also this is a major area for the Bradshaw Rock Art…totally different type of paintings to the Aboriginal Wanjinas
• Nature Walks
o A number of walk trails have been established to cater for everything from a gentle stroll to a challenging all day hike. A guide will accompany you while you learn about traditional bush tucker and medicines along the way.
o Enjoy a simple boat ride on this amzingly blue water to some of the many remote beaches for a stroll.
DAY 9 – SAY GOODBYE TO THE KIMBERLEY … NEXT NINGALOO REEF
• The flight today starts with the helicopter back to Mitchell Plateaux then it’s south by aircraft to Exmouth.
• On arrival at Exmouth be driven down to Sal Salis , a remote, beachside safari camp nestled in the dunes of Western Australia’s Cape Range National Park. With only nine wilderness tents your stay will be in an incredibly isolated yet stunning location, where the corals of Ningaloo Reef are just meters offshore.
• Once located in your stunning “Glamping” location, lunch will be served and then once again it is off to explore the area.
• Flight time today is approximately 4 hours
Accommodation: Twin share “Glamping tents” at Sal Salis
DAY 10 – NINGALOO REEF
o Stretching for 280 Km’s along the west coast, the World Heritage Ningaloo Reef is the world longest fringing coastal reef and remains on of Australia’s best kept natural secrets. The reef is no more than 100m offshore to enjoy a fabulous snorkel over the reef.
• Guided Gorge walks
o Mandu Mandu gorge is located 2km behind camp and is a step back in geological history with fossil bearing limestone formations and spectacular views.
o Yardie Creek gorge is located a short ride south of camp. Walk along the top of the spectacular multi coloured Yardie Creek gorge, looking out for black footed rock wallabies, honey eaters and emu.
o Guided trips to the coral reef that lie literally meters off shore. Kayaks are the perfect way to explore the reef with minimal interference to the ecosystem.
DAY 11– NINGALOO TO THE BOTTOM OF AUSTRALIA AT KANGAROO ISLAND
• This is one of the longest flying days. Departing Exmouth in the morning you spend most of the day flying down past Kalgoorlie, over the massive open cut mine, and to the Great Australia Bight coastline.
• Landing at a number of spots during the day and lunch at Eucla or Ceduna before flying into Kingscote on Kangaroo Island
• If weather permits while flying along the Nullarbor coastline you may be lucky to see some whales.
• Flight time today is approximately 7 hours
Accommodation: Southern Ocean Lodge.
Perched on a dramatic cliff top above the wild Southern Ocean, the Lodge comprises 21 luxe suites, each with breathtaking coastal panoramas. All suites feature lavish king beds, sunken lounge, dramatic glass walled bathroom and outdoor terrace with occasional seating and daybed.
Other features include walk-in robe, complimentary room bar, optional climate control, heated floors, wireless internet, music system, premium amenities, safe and telephone. Bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer and backpacks are provided along with twice-daily housekeeping and signature evening turndown service.
DAY 12 EXPLORING THE SCENERY AND NATURE ON KANGAROO ISLAND
• Widely regarded as Australia’s Galapagos and home to abundant native wildlife and spectacular natural beauty, Kangaroo Island sits a mere 15km from the shores of mainland South Australia.
• As Australia’s third largest, the Island is 155km long by 55km wide and covers some 4,500 sq km. With 21 National and Conservation parks, Kangaroo Island has established itself as a premiere destination for nature lovers of all types. The Island’s prolific wildlife includes kangaroos, koalas, seals and sea lions, echidnas and a variety of birdlife, all revelling in this “zoo without fences”.
• Seal Bay is home to Australia’s third largest colony of Australian sea lions. Join our naturalist guide for an exclusive tour on the beach with these wild animals. Learn about their unique breeding cycle and the ongoing research programs implemented on site.
• Take a scenic walk starting right on the Lodge’s doorstep atop the limestone cliffs of Hanson Bay. Stand on top of the cliff and realise there is nothing but ocean between here and Antarctica.
• A half day tour, operated exclusively for Lodge guests by Exceptional Kangaroo Island is a spectacular introduction to Kangaroo Island’s wildlife, maritime heritage and stunning coastal landscapes and takes full advantage of the Lodge’s unique location. Cape du Couedic Lighthouse, Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and a fur seal colony are just some of the trip highlights. Wander amongst the rare Cape Barren Geese and search the leafy eucalypts for a sleepy koala.
Accommodation: Southern Ocean Lodge
DAY 13– THE JOURNEY CONCLUDES BACK AT MOORABBIN AIRPORT
The morning is spent at the Lodge with a luxury final breakfast.
• More touring or just enjoy the local ambience before a light lunch and drive back to Kingscote
• Board the Super KingAir for your final part of the journey back to Moorabbin airport.
• Flight time today is approximately 2 hours