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Family Holiday to Australia

Kakadu, The Great Barrier Reef, Sydney and the Blue Mountains

14 days

from £4,950pp (excluding flights)

This 14 day family holiday to Australia combines the wilds of Kakadu and Arnhem Land with beautiful beaches, the highlights of Sydney and plenty of time for family fun.

  • Learn to throw a spear, hunt for mud crabs, learn about bush tucker and play the didgeridoo
  • Come face to face with Crocodiles about three times the length of mum or dad
  • Snorkel with turtles and reef sharks.
  • Perfect your Tarzan cry as you surf through the jungle canopies
  • Horse ride, cycle and hike in the Blue Mountains

On arrival - Kakadu and Arnhem Land

Arrive into Darwin before heading east to some of Australia’s wildest and most exciting landscapes. Get back to basics in the company of the incredibly charismatic Sab Lord who will regale the children with stories of Aboriginal mythology and death-defying crocodile encounters. Spend three days exploring floodplains, caves and vast escarpments, spending nights camping out and sitting around the campfire and days spotting eagles and ‘salties’, swimming in waterfalls and learning the didgeridoo. 

Port Douglas and The Great Barrier Reef

Fly to Cairns, pick up a hire car and drive north on the spectacular Captain Cook Highway to Port Douglas. Spend four nights at leisure relaxing on Four Mile Beach, exploring the rainforests of Cape Tribulation, jungle surfing and searching for the elusive and prehistoric Cassowary bird. Port Douglas is a fun and atmospheric town with restaurants, bars and shops to peruse and the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef is easily visited for a day.

Sydney and the Blue Mountains

Fly south to the iconic city of Sydney and spend two days exploring at leisure. Maybe head to Bondi Beach for some surfing. Complete this family adventure with a stay at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley where the children can ride horses, mountain bike, learn archery and generally run free.

When Is the best time to travel to Australia?

The best time to travel to these areas of Australia is from May to September. Outside of these months, the weather can get extremely hot and humid with a higher chance of rainfall. From January to March it is jellyfish season in Queensland, during which time it is necessary to wear a stinger suit for swimming.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 4950 £ 745
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what is included

  • Four nights in Port Douglas on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Nine days car hire
  • Three day Lords Safari including camping accommodation, all excursions and all meals and beverages
  • Three nights at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Three nights in Sydney on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Private transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Internal flights
  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Day at leisure in Darwin


You will be staying at Mantra on the Esplanade, bed and breakfast

Day 2

Drive from Darwin to Arnhem Land (Road Journey)


Sab Lord Safari- Day 1
Today, you start an incredible adventure into the Northern Territory outback with quite possibly the best character in the land, Sab lord. He will be your guide while you explore and to make it perfect you will be spending time at Davidsons Camp Arnhem Land, the only place to stay in this incredible protected land.

Sab will collect you from your hotel taking you to explore both Kakadu and Arnhem Land. All of Sabs tours are specifically tailored to your likes/interests/weather but to give you some idea of what you will be doing please see a rough plan below.

Head south on the Stuart Highway then turn left on to the Arnhem Highway which leads west to World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park. The first stop en-route is Fogg Dam Reserve, the dam has year round water coverage which assures its position as an important feeding and roosting site for a wide variety of water birds and other animals.

Travel on to the Adelaide River where to witness the fabulous jumping crocodiles and other wildlife. These Saltwater Crocodiles are a magnificent sight - the crocs are surprisingly powerful and can project their bodies almost totally out of the water using their tail - you will gain a good understanding of why they have survived for more then two hundred million years!

A short detour off the highway is the beautiful Learning Tree Lagoon; this Billabong is often covered in water lilies making it a popular quick stop for photographers. Lunch is at the Bark Hut Inn; this Aussie Roadhouse was built during the buffalo era and is a reminder of earlier, wilder times.

The last stop for today is at Cooinda - experience one of Kakadu's icons - a Yellow Water Cruise. This 10sq. km pristine environment supports a truly wonderful variety of plants, birds, crocodiles and Top End wildlife and you might see saltwater crocodiles, a Jacana bird walking on water, the magnificent sea eagle or any one of the 280 species that visit this billabong. Enjoy this wealth of wildlife, this tranquil habitat and one of the Top Ends great sunsets.


You will be staying at Davidsons Arnhem Land Camp, full board

Day 3

Sab Lord Safari Day 2
Today you will visit Arnhem Land; access to this region is restricted to a select group of guides - they know the people and the country intimately. Your journey today will be hosted by one such guide and in some part, by a local Aboriginal.

Arnhem Land is perhaps the one area in Australia where indigenous culture is still dominant, despite a long history of interacting with other cultures. Your Aboriginal guide will show you excellent examples of rock art on Injalak Hill (Long Tom Dreaming), this area has some of the best rock art examples in Western Arnhem Land and some say Australia. The view from the top of the hill is simply breathtaking, looking out across the floodplains and around the escarpment.

Back at the Injalak Art & Craft Centre there is an opportunity to browse or purchase goods from this non-profit Aboriginal organisation and to watch the locals painting and weaving pandanus baskets. In the afternoon explore a remote valley - stunning scenery, billabongs, birds and a place to imagine the life of the Aboriginal people who have been at home here for 50,000 years or more


You will be staying at Davidsons Arnhem Land Camp, full board

Day 4

Sab Lord Safari Day 3 - Today bathe in a pristine waterfall and plunge pool.


Journey back to Darwin airport.

Fly Darwin to Cairns

Self-Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas


Port Douglas is the gateway to the World Heritage wonders of Tropical North Queensland. It is the closest mainland port to the Great Barrier Reef and only a short drive into the heart of the Wet Tropics rainforest at Daintree and Cape Tribulation.

Getting to Port Douglas from Cairns is an hour's drive along one of Australia's most scenic coastal roads with the rainforest on one side and the Great Barrier Reef on the other.

Port Douglas is an intimate and relaxed town where food, wine, arts and culture are appreciated.


You will be staying at Niramaya Villas & Spa, bed and breakfast

Day 5

Spend the next three days at leisure exploring the region.


You will be staying at Niramaya Villas & Spa, bed and breakfast

Day 6

At leisure.


You will be staying at Niramaya Villas & Spa, bed and breakfast

Day 7

At leisure.


You will be staying at Niramaya Villas & Spa, bed and breakfast

Day 8

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns (Road Journey)

Fly Cairns to Sydney


You will be staying at Quay Grand Suites, bed and breakfast

Day 9

Spend the next two days at leisure exploring Sydney.


You will be staying at Quay Grand Suites, bed and breakfast

Day 10

At leisure.


You will be staying at Quay Grand Suites, bed and breakfast

Day 11

Drive from Sydney to Blue Mountains (Road Journey)


You will be staying at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, bed and breakfast

Day 12

Two days at leisure. Book activities locally.


You will be staying at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, bed and breakfast

Day 13

At leisure.

Day 14

Drive from Blue Mountains to Sydney (Road Journey)


Sydney, the oldest, largest and (some say) most beautiful city in Australia is memorable for far more than its famous landmarks - the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Created around a dazzling harbour, the city has a relaxed style but manages at the same time to be vibrant and alive with world class restaurants, sparkling beaches, great shopping, clubs and pubs, art galleries and theatre.

Accommodation

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Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley occupies just one percent of a 7,000-acre conservancy reserve in the Blue Mountains....

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