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Icons of Australia & Tasmania (Luxury Vacation)

Suggested months: January, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December.

Discover Australia's three most iconic landscapes commencing in Sydney where you will venture out to the Southern Highlands, to see many of Australia's famous marsupials. Next stop is the Red Centre to see the awe-inspiring rock formations of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Mount Conner, followed by a trip to see the world's oldest continually surviving rainforest and the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. This adventure concludes in the wilderness and wildlife paradise of Tasmania.

  • Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef
  • Daintree National Park nocturnal walk and river cruise including Crocodile spotting
  • River drift snorkelling on the Mossman River
  • Nocturnal spotlighting in the Southern Highlands for iconic marsupials including Koalas, kangaroos and wombats
  • Platypus viewing and Cathedral Fig Tree, a gigantic 500-year-old strangler tree
  • Visit to the world's most famous rock, Uluru along with Kata Tjuta and Mt Conner
  • Touring with a traditional Uluru family to their Aboriginal homelands called Patji 
  • Exploring Cradle Mountain National Park, with opportunity to spot Tasmanian Devils and quolls

Minimum Suggested Nights: 17 days - 4 days Sydney, 3 days Red Centre, 4 days Far North Queensland, 6 days Tasmania

Price Guideline: Typically, the budget for small group touring packages across Australia excluding flights is:
5-star: AUD $500 - $1,400+ per person per day (USD $350-$1,000+)

Cairns Southern Highlands NSW Tasmania Uluru-Kata Tjuta & Red Centre
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Type: Groups,Shared

Duration: Full Day - Sydney

Logistics: Fly into Sydney (SYD)

Suggested Luxury Accommodations:
Park Hyatt Sydney

Southern Highlands Wildlife Day Tour

Just 90 minutes south of Sydney, guests will venture to the pristine bushland of the Southern Highlands, to observe several of Australia's most iconic species in the afternoon and evening. With the help of a knowledgeable and passionate Naturalist Guide, travellers will have the opportunity to spot Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Koalas, Red-necked Wallabies, Platypus and some of the 260 bird species that call the area home.

Travelling in a luxury 4WD vehicle to private farmland and bushland locations, the specialist guides will share information on this importance of the Great Western Wildlife Corridor, a key migration route between the southern Blue Mountains World Heritage area and Morton National Park further south.

After a hearty country-style dinner in one of Australia’s oldest country inns, the group will go night-spotting for some of the region's most curious crepuscular and nocturnal species, including Common Wombats, Sugar Gliders, Brush-tailed Possums and Tawny Frogmouths.

About Boutique Wildlife Tours: This family owned business has been offering unique wildlife viewing experiences since 2010 in the Southern Highlands, just South West of Sydney. The company has a strong focus on quality interpretation from guides, allowing for a high degree of customisation depending on guest interests, with the team committed to preserving the environments visited and supporting local and responsible businesses to maximise benefit to the regional communities.

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Type: Groups,Private Charter,Shared

Duration: 7-8 hours

Logistics: Take a 3 hour 30 min flight into Uluru (AYQ)

Suggested Luxury Accommodation: Longitude 131

SEIT Mt Conner 4WD Adventure (Outback Wildlife & Cattle Station Tour)

This quintessential Australian outback experience ventures out to a fully operational privately owned cattle station called Curtin Springs, located 100kms east of Uluru. Exploring this extraordinary environment by 4WD, guests  will visit Mt Conner, the third largest rock formation of Central Australia, discover an inland salt lake and learn about the European and cattle history of the region.

This vast outback property is home to a wide range of local wildlife including birds of prey such as Whistling Kites, Nankeen Kestrels, Black-breasted Buzzards and Brown Falcons, Camels, Red Kangaroos, Parrots, Emus and Dingos. Guests will be eager to share stories of the day during a magical sunset, whilst enjoying a glass of sparkling wine and three course meal back at the homestead.

About SEIT Outback Australia: This award winning small group tour company is based in the Red Centre of Australia, offering visitors unique, educational and immersive experiences in and around Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Kathy and Brett Graham commenced the business in 2009, to realise their vision of sharing their passion for the environment, wildlife and culture of this spiritually and environmentally significant desert region, borne out of a combined 20 years' experience touring in the centre.

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.

Spring: Sep-Nov - Birds

Black-breasted Buzzards, Black Falcons, Wedge-tailed Eagles, Nankeen Kestrels and Brown Goshawks nesting. Crested Pigeons, Mudlarks, Butcherbirds, Fairy Martins, Yellow Throated Miners, Crested Bellbirds, Chiming Wedgebills and occasionally the Spinifex Pigeons, Major Mitchell Cockatoos, Rainbow Bee-eaters and Red-capped Robins. Australian Ringneck Parrots, Galahs and Emus.

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.

Spring: Sep-Nov - Reptiles & Amphibians

Lizards emerge from winter hibernation. Blue-tongued Lizards, Perenties, Sand Goannas, Bearded Dragons, Central Netted Dragons, Long Nose Water Dragons and Thorny Devils all possible sightings.

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Type: Groups,Private Charter,Shared

Duration: 7 hours approximately

SEIT Patji (A True Aboriginal Experience)

This adventure offers guests the privilege to accompany the traditional Uluru family to their homelands called Patji and spend time learning about the oldest living culture in the world. A truly unique and exclusive touring experience, Patji is located just outside of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park south of Uluru.

Exploring this extraordinary environment by 4WD with your professional SEIT guide and Aboriginal host, guests will hear stories about life and family, long before tourism started in the region. This outback environment is home to birds of all sizes, from tiny but striking Zebra Finches, Wedge-tailed Eagles and even Bush Turkeys. Hear how these and other animals were crucial to survival in this desert climate where Thorny Devils and Sand Goannas roam.

Guests will enjoy an unforgettable sunset from a private Patji sand dune with expansive views over the iconic Uluru and Kata Tjuta, and as the desert darkens, keep an eye out for Red Kangaroos, Camels and Dingos that prefer the cool of the evening.

About SEIT Outback Australia: This award winning small group tour company is based in the Red Centre of Australia, offering visitors unique, educational and immersive experiences in and around Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Kathy and Brett Graham commenced the business in 2009, to realise their vision of sharing their passion for the environment, wildlife and culture of this spiritually and environmentally significant desert region, borne out of a combined 20 years' experience touring in the centre. 

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.

Spring: Sep-Nov - Birds

Black-breasted Buzzards, Black Falcons, Wedge-tailed Eagles, Nankeen Kestrels and Brown Goshawks nesting. Crested Pigeons, Mudlarks, Butcherbirds, Fairy Martins, Yellow Throated Miners, Crested Bellbirds, Chiming Wedgebills and occasionally the Spinifex Pigeons, Major Mitchell Cockatoos, Rainbow Bee-eaters and Red-capped Robins. Australian Ringneck Parrots, Galahs and Emus.

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.

Spring: Sep-Nov - Reptiles & Amphibians

Lizards emerge from winter hibernation. Blue-tongued Lizards, Perenties, Sand Goannas, Bearded Dragons, Central Netted Dragons, Long Nose Water Dragons and Thorny Devils all possible sightings.

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Type: Private Charter

Duration: 2 days/1 night

Logistics: Take a 2 hour 30 min flight into Cairns (CNS)

Suggested Luxury Accommodation: Silky Oaks Lodge

Daintree & Cape Tribulation Tour Ultimate Nature (Cairns & Great Barrier Reef)

This spectacular two day tour showcases the only place on earth where two World Heritage Sites meet; the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef at Cape Tribulation. The Daintree National Park is the largest section of tropical rainforest in Australia and oldest continually surviving rainforest in the world. This region is home to thousands of species including around one-third of Australia’s frog, reptile and marsupial species, around two-thirds of Australia’s bat and butterfly species, over 400 bird species and 12,000 insect species.

The adventures include a ‘river drift’ snorkel, where guests will look for over 33 species of fish, turtles and eels in the Mossman river along with a snorkel of the Great Barrier Reef to spot soft and hard corals, sea turtles, reef sharks, myriads of tropical fish, eagle rays, giant clams and starfish. A visit to Cape Tribulation will provide the opportunity to spot the endangered Southern Cassowary.

An interpretative guided nocturnal walk will reveal a different side of the Daintree Rainforest providing the opportunity to spot wildlife such as the Daintree River Ringtail Possum, Northern Long-nosed Bandicoot and Northern Bettong. Wildlife enthusiasts will be captivated by the wildlife cruise of the Daintree River, full of opportunities to observe and photograph the region’s apex predator, the Saltwater Crocodile, along with iconic species such as the Boyd’s Forest Dragon, Ulysses butterfly, Spectacled flying-fox, White-lipped tree frog, Azure, Little & Sacred Kingfishers and Wompoo fruit dove.

About FNQ Nature Tours: After ten years of guiding nature and wildlife safaris in Northern Australia, James Boettcher established FNQ Nature Tours in 2015, with a firm belief that tourism is the key to the protection and conservation of this World Heritage area. The company offers tours designed for nature minded travellers desiring a personal, educational and interactive guided experience, whilst sharing the necessity of protecting the natural wonders and biodiversities of this world famous region.

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Type: Private Charter,Shared

Duration: Full Day

Tablelands & Crater Lakes

On this adventure, guests will experience a spectacular mix of habitats across the Atherton Tablelands; from lush rainforest, volcanic lakes, wetlands through to savanna country. Located in the highland region southwest of Cairns, this tour covers landmarks such as the Cathedral Fig Tree, Lake Barrine and Milla Milla Falls.

The rainforests of the Tablelands provide habitat for a rich array of marsupials, reptiles, invertebrates and over 320 species of bird. Iconic bird species include the Victoria’s Riflebird, Golden Bowerbird, Tooth-billed Bowerbird, Atherton Scrubwren, Bridled Honeyeater, Pied Monarch, Stone Curlew, Black-faced Monarch, Red-backed Fairy-wren and Forest Kingfisher.

A visit to Lake Barrine provides a very high likelihood of seeing the elusive Platypus along with opportunities to see a the Red-legged Pademelon, Musky Rat Kangaroo, Snapping Turtle, Giant Eel, Eastern Water Dragon, Saw-shell Turtle and one of the areas most iconic species, the Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo.

About FNQ Nature Tours: After ten years of guiding nature and wildlife safaris in Northern Australia, James Boettcher established FNQ Nature Tours in 2015, with a firm belief that tourism is the key to the protection and conservation of this World Heritage area. The company offers tours designed for nature minded travellers desiring a personal, educational and interactive guided experience, whilst sharing the necessity of protecting the natural wonders and biodiversities of this world famous region.

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Type: Private Charter

Duration: 6 days/5 nights

Logistics: Take a connecting flight from Cairns through to Launceston (LST)

Suggested Luxury Accommodations: Cradle Mountain Lodge, Hawley House, Thousand Lakes Lodge

6 Day Private Tour Tasmania’s Wildlife & Wilderness

Covering over one million hectares, the Tasmanian wilderness constitutes one of the last expanses of temperate rainforest in the world, officially recognised through a number of UNESCO World Heritage Listed areas. This immersive wildlife adventure takes travellers across an extraordinarily diverse range of habitats including lush valleys, glacial lakes, spectacular rivers and ancient rainforests.

Kangaroos, wombats, quolls, Platypus, wombats and bird flourish here, but it is the island’s most famous resident, the Tasmanian Devil, that is a highlight for many. Superb private guides will enrich guest’s understanding of the island’s natural offerings, with their ability to track and identify a broad range of mammal, reptile, bird species and flora.

About Premier Travel Tasmania: Premier Travel Tasmania has been offering refined encounters with nature across the ‘island state’ for over 20 years. The company’s promise to share the diverse flora & fauna, pristine wilderness, rich heritage, gourmet food & wine and local characters, inextricably connects guests to what is quintessentially Tasmania.  At the core of the company’s ethos is to preserve Tasmania’s endemic wildlife and their natural habitats, with major contributions provided towards saving the Tasmania Devil from habitat loss and disease.

Seasonal highlights

Summer: Dec-Feb - Birds

Little Penguins breed, Kelp, Pacific & Silver Gulls, Pied Oystercatchers, Hooded Dotterels, Crested Terns & Fairy Terns nest. Migratory waders include Eastern Curlews, Curlew Sandpipers, Ruddy Turnstones, Red-necked Stints, Common Greenshanks. Black Currawongs, Green Rosellas, Olive Whistlers, Pink Robins, Grey Goshawks, Australian Shelducks, Chestnut Teals, Australasian Shovellers, Great Crested Grebes.

Autumn: Mar-May - Birds

Summer migrants arrive including Welcome Swallows, Tree Martins, Dusky Woodswallows, Striated Pardalotes, Grey Fantails and Swift Parrots. Short-tailed Shearwaters leave the Tasmanian coast on their migration along with other migratory waders such as, Ruddy Turnstones, Red-necked Stints, Common Greenshanks and Eastern Curlews. Beautiful Firetails and Green Rosellas a highlight.

Winter: Jun-Aug - Birds

Little Penguins, Cattle Egrets, Australasian Shelducks, Australasian Shovellers, Australasian Bitterns, Forty-spotted Pardalotes, Green Rosellas, Yellow Wattlebirds, Strong-billed, Yellow-throated and Black-headed Honeyeaters, Native Tasmanian Hens breeding, Spotted Pardalotes, Brush Bronzewings, Golden Whistlers, Eastern Spinebills, Flame Robins, Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle, White-bellied Sea Eagles, Brown Falcon, Brown Goshawk and Swamp Harriers.

Spring: Sep-Nov - Birds

Fan-tailed, Pallid and Shining Bronze Cuckoos migrate to breed along with Welcome Swallows, Tree Martins, Dusky Woodswallows, Striated Pardalotes, Grey Fantails and Silvereyes and Swift Parrots, 18 million Short-tailed Shearwaters arrive. Little Penguins breed along with Red-capped Plovers, Hooded Dotterels, Pied & Sooty Oystercatchers, Cormorants, Masked & Banded Lapwings and a variety of Gulls and Terns.

Summer: Dec-Feb - Land Mammals & Marsupials

Peak time to see young carnivorous marsupials including Tasmanian Devils, Spotted-tailed and Eastern Quolls and occasionally Platypus. Eastern-barred Bandicoots, Southern-brown Bandicoots, Long-nosed Potoroos, Forester Kangaroos, Bennett’s Wallabies, Tasmanian Pademelons and Tasmanian Bettongs.

Autumn: Mar-May - Land Mammals & Marsupials

Forester Kangaroos, Bennett’s Wallabies, Tasmanian Pademelons, Tasmanian Bettongs and Long-nosed Potoroos have joeys that are weaned off at this time. Tasmanian Devils breed in March, Common Wombats, Short-beaked Echidnas.

Winter: Jun-Aug - Land Mammals & Marsupials

Eastern-barred and Southern-brown Bandicoots breeding also occurs in early winter, Common Wombats, Long-nosed Potoroos, Forester Kangaroos, Bennett’s Wallabies and Tasmanian Pademelons common. Tasmanian Devils start to emerge from their dens towards the latter part of winter, with imps (baby devils) often seen on their backs. 

Spring: Sep-Nov - Land Mammals & Marsupials

Spring is the peak season for seeing a number of Tasmania’s baby marsupials including Forester Kangaroos, Bennett’s Wallabies, Tasmanian Pademelons, Common Brushtail and Ringtail Possums. Long-nosed Potoroos, Tasmanian Bettongs and Tasmanian Devils also sighted.

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