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The Three Icons

Suggested months: January, February, March, April, December.

Covering Australia's three most recognised icons, this journey mixes one of the world's most beautiful harbours, awe-inspiring rock formations and the unparalleled Great Barrier Reef.

Travellers will witness one of the world's great animal migrations as Humpback Whales pass close by the cliffs of Sydney. Next is a trip to the spiritual heart of the continent, with highlights seeing Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon, with this area being particularly abundant in raptor birds, reptiles and invertebrates.

Lady Elliot Island is one of the premium dive and snorkel areas, being in a highly protected 'green zone' of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Visitors will be captivated by resident Manta Rays, reef sharks, tropical fish, beautiful hard and soft corals and nesting turtles over this time. It is also a prime season to see scores of seabirds nesting on the island including noddies, terns, gulls and the Red-tailed Tropicbird.

Minimum Suggested Nights: 13 nights, plus a couple of nights on arrival and departure from Australia if desired.

Lady Elliot Island Sydney Harbour Uluru-Kata Tjuta & Red Centre
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Type: Groups,Private Charter

Duration: Full Day

Logistics: Fly into Sydney Airport (SYD).

Get Wild in Sydney Harbour

Embarking on a luxury cruiser, this nature packed adventure on Sydney’s doorstep will surprise and delight wildife lovers. Upon disembarking the boat on Sydney’s beautiful Northern beaches, guides will educate guests about the native wildlife and ecosystems on a walk through to Shelley Beach in Manly, where your undersea experience will commence.

A diverse range of marine wildlife inhabit the area, composed of sandy seabeds, rocky reefs, and protected bays perfect for snorkelling where you may encounter species such as Blue Groper, Gunthers and Dusky Butteflyfish, Black Rockcod, Wobbegongs, Cuttlefish, Potbelly Seahorses and the Weedy Sea Dragon. 

Seasonal highlights

Summer: Dec-Feb - Birds

Peak season for shearwaters including Wedge-tailed, Flesh-footed, Sooty, Hutton's and Fluttering species, Pomarine and Long-tailed Jaegers, Australasian Gannets, Greated Crested Terns, Silver Gulls, Little Penguins on approach to Sydney Harbour.

Autumn: Mar-May - Birds

Black-browed, Shy and Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, Wedge-tailed and Flesh-footed Shearwaters. Providence, Wilson’s, Southern Giant Petrels, Brown Skuas, Pomarine and Long-tailed Jaegers.

Autumn: Mar-May - Marine Mammals

From late April, Humpback Whales head north to give birth and mate in the waters of the Coral Sea. Large and small pods of Common Dolphin and Bottlenose Dolphins are often sighted from the boat with opportunistic sightings include Minke Whales, False Killer Whales, Orcas and Pilot Whales.

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Type: Groups,Shared

Duration: 6 days/5 nights

Logistics: Take a 1 hour 25 minute flight from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Brisbane Airport (BNE). Overnight in Brisbane. Take a 45 minute transfer to the Redcliffe Aerodrome to connect with a 1 hour 40 minute scenic flight to Lady Elliot Island.

Lady Elliot Island Stay 5 Pay 4

Located within a highly protected ’Green Zone’ of the Great Barrier Reef Marine National Park, the waters surrounding Lady Elliot provide a sanctuary for over 1,200 species, with outstanding water clarity perfect for admire the healthy coral reef, abundance of turtles, Manta Rays, reef sharks and a vast array of tropical fish.

In season guests can also encounter birds nesting, turtle hatchlings or migrating Humpback Whales. Staying at the Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, this package offers guests the opportunity to enjoy a myriad activities to learn more about the Island and its unique history, flora, fauna and incredible marine life. This slice of paradise provides an environment that inspires a diversity of exciting daily nature based activities including reef walks, bird watching tours, snorkel safaris, night tours and scuba diving.

Seasonal highlights

Summer: Dec-Feb - Fish & Marine Invertebrates

Spawning of corals around November or December after the full moon, Damselfish, Wrasses & Parrotfish, Surgeonfish, Angelfish, Groupers, Trumpetfish, Blacktip and Whitetip Reef Sharks, Leopard Sharks, Wobbegongs, Epaulette Sharks, Manta Rays, Bull Rays and Eagle Rays.

Autumn: Mar-May - Fish & Marine Invertebrates

Peak season for seeing Manta Rays. Bull Rays, Cowtail Stingrays, White-spotted Guitarfish, Spotted Eagle Ray and Blue-spotted Fantail Ray, Damselfish, Wrasses & Parrotfish, Surgeonfish, Angelfish, Groupers, Trumpetfish and Mooray Eels.

Summer: Dec-Feb - Birds

The island hosts colonies of thousands of breeding birds, Red-Tailed Tropic Birds nesting, Black Noddies, Common Noddies, Crested Terns, Roseate, Bridled and Black-naped Terns, Wedge-tailed Shearwaters. Migrants include Pacific Golden Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone and Grey-tailed Tattler.

Autumn: Mar-May - Birds

Crested, Roseate, Bridled and Black-naped Terns, Black Noddies, Lesser Frigatebirds and Great Frigatebirds, Brown Footed Boobies, Sooty and Pied Oyster-catchers, Eastern Reef Egrets, Pacific Golden Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone and Grey-tailed Tattler.

Summer: Dec-Feb - Reptiles & Amphibians

Green and Loggerhead Turtles nest on the island’s pristine sandy dunes, hatchlings to emerge between January and May. The critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle can be seen in surrounding waters.

Autumn: Mar-May - Reptiles & Amphibians

Green and Loggerhead Turtles nest on the island’s pristine sandy dunes, hatchlings to emerge between January and May. The critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle can be seen in surrounding waters.

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Type: Groups,Private Charter,Shared

Duration: 4 days/3 nights - Uluru & Alice Springs

Logistics: Take a 80 minute scenic flight from Lady Elliot Island to Brisbane (Redcliffe Aerodrome) and overnight in Brisbane. Take a flight to Alice Springs Airport via Sydney, approximately 5hr 40 minutes including connections.

SEIT Track the Red Centre Extended Tour

Traversing through ancient rocky and rugged ranges, vivid red sandstone canyons that are 350 million years old, rich ochre coloured sand dunes, vast expanses of Mulga and Spinifex and the awe-inspiring rock formations of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, this is the ultimate exploration of the Red Centre.

This small group, three or four-day immersive adventure showcases this beautiful desert region and the amazing flora and fauna that have evolved to thrive in this arid environment including numerous skinks, the iconic Thorny Devil, bushbirds, raptor birds, Kangaroos, Common Wallaroos and fascinating insects.

Guests will see Mt Conner, the third iconic rock in Central Australia, take in a stunning sunrise over Kata Tjuta’s spiritual domes and spend an afternoon exploring Uluru, the most culturally significant monolith in Australia.

As a finale, guests will travel to impressive Kings Canyon to undertake the inspirational Rim Walk or stroll along Kings Creek and marvel at the sandstone rock walls, towering more than 300 metres above the valley floor before returning to Alice Springs.

Seasonal highlights

Summer: Dec-Feb - Birds

Black-breasted Buzzards, Brown Falcons, Australian Hobby, Nankeen Kestrels, Wedge-tailed Eagles have fledged, White-plumed Honeyeaters, Yellow Throated Miners, Crested Bellbirds, Chiming Wedgebills, Pied Butcherbirds, Black-faced Cuckoo Shrikes and Willie Wagtails. Waterholes draw Painted Firetail, Grey-headed Honeyeaters and Zebra Finches and Budgerigars depending on rains.

Autumn: Mar-May - Birds

Nesting occur for Black-breasted Buzzards, Brown Falcons, Australian Hobby, Nankeen Kestrels and Wedge-tailed Eagles. Large flocks of Zebra Finches are generally seen across the desert skies at this time of year along with Galahs. Crimson Chats, Splendid Fairy Wrens and Australian Bustards are nomadic and present if rains have occurred.

Summer: Dec-Feb - Reptiles & Amphibians

Reptile eggs are hatching in the summer season. Blue-tongued Lizards, Central Netted Dragons, Sand Goannas, Bearded Dragons, Black-headed Monitors, King Brown and Western Brown Snakes.

Autumn: Mar-May - Reptiles & Amphibians

Thorny Devils present before they burrow underground to hibernate for the winter. Long-nosed Water Dragons, Sand Goannas, Bearded Dragons, Central Netted Dragons and Black-headed Monitors.

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