An Australian Holiday - City and Island Adventure

May 30, 2012

Do you want to organize an Australia vacation or honeymoon but not quite sure where to begin? Do you have 2 weeks to spare and want to relax on the beach as well as enjoy the city?  I suggest a bit of Melbourne, the Whitsunday Islands and finish up in Sydney! Here is a great sample itinerary - this is a great one for a family holiday as well as honeymoon - of course we will be able to customize it for you:

Day 1 Fly USA to Melbourne
Please note international air from the USA has not been included in the package price.

Day 2 You cross the International Dateline
The International Date Line is an imaginary line on the earth’s surface that approximately coincides with the 180th meridian (LONGITUDE), and separates the calendar date. Traveling east across the line takes the traveler back one day; traveling west, takes the traveler forward one day.

Day 3 Welcome to Melbourne, Australia
On arrival into Melbourne, you will need to clear customs and make your way through the main arrivals hall where you will be transferred to your accommodation.

At first glance, Melbourne may resemble any other modern city with its skyline full of concrete & glass. However, if you look a little closer, you’ll find the real Melbourne, a city of unique charm.  There are the clanging trams (street cars), swanky boutiques, friendly taxi drivers, Australian Rules Football, fickle weather and ‘BYO’s’, by the hundred (restaurants to which you bring your own liquor or wine). Add to this, Melbourne’s traditional virtues of tree lined boulevards, glorious parks, elegant buildings & imposing Victorian Banks & Churches, and of course the giant Melbourne Cricket Ground and you’ll have some idea of the city.

Day 4 Melbourne tour
Melbourne is famous for its magnificent parks and gardens which surround the city. See the famous Floral Clock, Botanic Gardens, Flagstaff Gardens and inspect Captain Cook’s Cottage in the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens.  See the colorful Victoria Market, Old Melbourne Gaol, Shrine of Remembrance and travel over the Westgate Bridge for panoramic views over Port Phillip Bay.

Day 5 At leisure, Melbourne
Melbourne, the capital of Victoria and a cultural hub, is known for the good things in life - fashion, food, entertainment and sport. This is a city of style, architecture, trams, theatres and art.

Day 6 Fly Melbourne to Whitsunday Islands
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the Whitsundays. Upon arrival you will board a luxury cruiser for your launch service to Hayman(Deluxe option only.)

Bordered by the Great Barrier Reef and 74 tropical islands in the calm waters of the Coral Sea, the Whitsundays lie midway along Australia’s Queensland coast.

Days 7-9 At leisure, Whitsunday Islands
Discover the wonder that is Heart Reef. Sink your feet into the white, silica sands of world-famous Whitehaven Beach. Or simply sail at sunset across our crystal-clear waters and take in the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef.

Day 10 Fly Whitsunday Islands to Sydney
Launch from Hayman to Hamilton Island(Deluxe option only.)

Sunny, sexy, sophisticated - Sydney basks as the shining star of the southern hemisphere. The stunning Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are the pride and joy, but there’s much more to offer.

Sydney’s sparkling harbor is the jewel in the city’s crown. It’s flanked by golden beaches and bush land, and is bisected by one of the most famous bridges in the world. Islands sprinkle its waters, and it’s crisscrossed by all manner of craft, from water taxis and yachts to tour boats and ferries.

Day 11 Sydney city tour
Enjoy a morning touring Sydney’s glorious city, harbor and famous beaches. Pass through the historic Rocks area and circular en route to Bondi Beach where we stop for morning tea (own expense). The tour will travel through Chinatown, Darling Harbour, Kings Cross and Double Bay, and you will view the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair.

Days 12-13 At leisure, Sydney
At your leisure to explore Sydney. Most of the major attractions of the city are within easy walking distance from your accommodation - Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, Centrepoint Tower, Circular Quay, The Rocks, etc.

Day 14 Fly Sydney to USA

You will be met and transferred by private vehicle to the airport for your departure flight.

11 nights From $2,275.00 per person based on double occupancy - land and internal air; prices subject to change; black outs apply; ask for sw-city/island trip.

* Please note international air from the USA has not been included in the package price.

For more information on travel to Australia - contact the Travel Gal at 800 644-6659 or email Teresa@LuxuryHideaways.net

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Destination World - Come Sail Away with Us in New Zealand!

July 26, 2011

If I have a Clients wanting to plan a romantic, adventurous and active holiday tucked away in a boutique resort off the beaten path in the South Pacific - the first person I turn to is Lynette Wilson, Owner of Destination World.

Lynette, (who returns at least 2 weeks a year to her native Australia), will figure out how to squeeze into a tight time frame everything on your wish list, including but not limited to all the highlights of Australia -Sydney (scaling the Sydney Bridge), Perth (All Aboard the Indian-Pacific Train, the Great Barrier Reef - scuba diving with turtles, sharks, dolphins - oh my!

Her real love are the islands of Fiji, where she’s spent more than 400 days in the past 10 years (she even has an office in Nadi - so you will have a friend in the islands).  Her connections can get you access to private luxury island resorts as well as archaeological sites that are normally off-limits or a private tour of a non-commercial black pearl farm.

NOTE: She also runs a charity where she flies in Doctors & Nurses once a year to help the Fijian children - so when we work with her, party of the funds are helping the Fiji Islands.

At this moment we are working on a Client interested in a few weeks in New Zealand during the upcoming sailing regatta next March, 2012.  His itinerary includes:

AMERICAS CUP SAILING EXPERIENCE - Minimum 8 people / Max 30 people.

A unique opportunity to participate as crew on an actual America’s Cup yacht. Take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or simply sit back and enjoy the ride as you sail the beautiful Waitemata Harbour.

The America’s Cup is the world’s oldest and most prestigious sporting trophy and ultimate yachting regatta.

Two hour America’s Cup sailing experience:

· Participate as crew or sit back and relax   · No experience necessary

A sail on one of the America’s Cup yachts has become a ‘must do’ attraction in Auckland. Whether you are an experienced sailor or have never been on the water, this is a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed.

The America’s Cup was raced in Auckland in 2000 and 2003. With Sail NZ being an official Emirates Team Zealand supplier, no visit to New Zealand is complete without experiencing the real Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’.

Bonus Inclusion:
Entry to the Maritime Museum, including Blue Water Black Magic exhibition, a tribute to Sir Peter Blake and New Zealand’s extraordinary yachting success.

This is just one of the days we have planned for my lucky couple!  If you are interested in more information or need assistance in planning a unique and memorable holiday, call the TravelGal at 800 644-6659 and together with Lynette, we will make your travel dreams come true!

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Hayman Island is Offering Grand Re-Opening Specials!

July 22, 2011

Hayman Island, located on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia is truly a luxury hideaway!  It is a private island resort in a scenic and serene setting, ideal for couples and honeymooners. Hayman also offers a large range of activities for family vacations as well as the active traveler. It’s the perfect place to relax by the pool or beach or have a day full of adventure and activities. Hayman has 5 restaurants, which appeals to travelers who like a lot of variety.

Discounted Ultimate Adventure rates apply to the following:
Stay 2 nights in a Luxurious Pool Room on Hayman Island with daily buffet breakfast in Azure, Roundtrip launch transfers from Hamilton Island and a Premium Full Day trip to the Great Barrier Reef.

Note: Non combinable, Conditions and Validity dates apply.

Why book Hayman Island?

1. The Beach Villas is the newest most luxurious accommodation in Australia. The villas are over 1,300 square feet, with private plunge pools and situated right on the beach

2. Coral-fringed beaches and majestic pools accentuate the secluded style of this private-island resort

3. Hayman offers elegant resort living with 210 guest rooms, suites, penthouses and beach villas - all of them include either a private terraces or balconies. Room types for each style of traveler in the Pool Wing, Lagoon Wing or Beach Wing

4. Winner of over 50 Australian and International Best Resort and Excellence awards

5. Guests can enjoy a vast amount of activities - from relaxation, indulgence to adventure - Ocean Massage, Night Dives, Sea Plane/Helicopter to Whitehaven Beach, Great Barrier Reef and Cruise Whitsundays outer reef pontoon

Families are welcome and kids will enjoy the vast array of activities and adventures at the Hayman Kids Club. Couples can and honeymooners are pampered by the Romance Escape or Spa Escape packages. Whichever the selection the award winning staff ensure that all guests enjoy the beauty and warmth of Hayman.

If you too would like to relax on a private island in Australia or combine a few days

with a South Pacific Cruise - Call Me at 1-800-644-6659

Your ‘See the South Pacific Specialist’ at Luxury Hideaways

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Thala Beach Lodge - Luxury Treehouse Living!

April 25, 2011

When considering a cruise vacation to the Great Barrier Reef, Australia - be sure to save a few days to visit Thala Beach Lodge located near Port Douglas, in North Queensland. Thala Beach Lodge is a family owned 5 star luxury hideaway, boutique resort set spectacularly atop a headland with breathtaking views of the Coral Sea and provides the perfect location to explore the world-famous Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.

An island on the mainland!

Located just 45 mins drive north of Cairns (where International and Domestic Airports are located) and just south of Port Douglas, Thala Beach Lodge is the only beach nature lodge providing Port Douglas accommodation on a private headland between Cairns and Port Douglas.

Guests of Thala Beach resort relax in one of 83 deluxe timber bungalows are built high on stilts and nestle in a forest canopy. Talk about a luxury treehouse! All bungalows have either ocean views or forest views. Thala Beach Lodge features a restaurant, 2 bars, coffee shop, pool and jacuzzi.

Why vacation at Thala Beach Lodge?

1. Thala IS AN EXPERIENCE, rather than just accommodation, due to the complimentary onsite guided nature tours included in all rates.

2. Rainforest & beach experience in ONE location - saves packing bags & changing hotels to get both North Queensland experiences.

3. An ISLAND ON THE MAINLAND, the resort is surrounded by water on three sides so you get the feel of an island vacation however saves the inconvenience & additional cost of ferry transfers.

4. Value: The all inclusive rate consists of breakfast, lunch & dinner daily plus roundtrip transfers between Cairns and Port Douglas as well as In room mini-bar with spirits, wine, beer, soda, snacks, tea and coffee.

Our opinion: This boutique coastal sanctuary is an experience to remember. Unique, tranquil and secluded, with your own private beach and close to the town of Port Douglas.

Thala Beach Lodge provides memorable experiences that capture the essence of the diverse North Queensland region from the thrill of exploring the secrets of the Great Barrier Reef, ancient tropical rainforest, wild expansive outback and ancestral rock art of Aboriginal tribes - to viewing the grandeur of it all by air. Or simply visit this paradise to step away from the crowd, take some time out for relaxation and marvel at the natural world.

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AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND LOWEST FARES EVER!!!

March 18, 2009

Great Barrier Reef FishAustralia airfare - $398.00pp PLUS TAX

There are strict ticketing dates but you can travel up to 24/October!

Reserve this incredible airfare then lets work on your holiday around this amazing country.

Australia is made up of 6 states and 2 territories. Each of these areas offers a different Australian experience. From the big cities to the Outback or Great Barrier Reef there is much to explore. Enjoy memorable wildlife experiences or relax on an island resort. For the more adventurous travel let us take you off the beaten track to some of the more unusual places that Australia has to offer.

RESERVE YOUR TICKET BY FRIDAY 3/20/09 — TRAVEL FROM NOW UNTIL 10/24/09

All rates are per person from LAX and do not include U.S./Airport departure taxes/security charges and fuel surcharges of approximately $300-350. Rates are subject to availability and to change without notice. Inquire for periodic special offers, accommodation rates and our special business class airfare rate.
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Australia - See the Movie - Live the Adventure!

December 15, 2008

Australia the movieFrom the remarkable rustic colours of the Australian Red Centre to the striking azure blues of the heritage listed Great Barrier Reef to the tranquillity of the world’s oldest rainforest. Sea the South Pacific offers you the opportunity to experience all of these awe-inspiring destinations in the one trip.

You are on your way to exploring the ancient cultural heritage of the Aboriginal people; dining under a canopy of stars; diving into the Great Barrier Reef from your own private beach and ultimate indulgence in the tropical Daintree Rainforest.

Suggested 5 night Rock, Reef and Rainforest itinerary.

Day 1-3: Ayers Rock Resort
Fly into Ayers Rock Airport and transfer to Ayers Rock Resort, which caters for a range of tastes- from the 5 star Sails in the Desert Hotel, and the comfortable Desert Gardens Hotel, to the self-contained Emu Walk Apartments, the modern Lost Camel Hotel, the authentic Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge.
Activities and touring
» Experience the Sounds of Silence buffet BBQ dinner under the stars
» Marvel at the sun rising over Uluru on the Desert Awakenings 4WD tour
» Take the Uluru base walk and get an up-close view of the ancient monolith
» Discover the massive domes of Kata Tjuta on the Valley of the Winds Walk
» Relax with a treatment at the Red Ochre Spa
» Learn the stories and bush survival skills of Uluru’s traditional owners on an Anangu Tour

Day 3-5: Silky Oaks Lodge & Healing Waters Spa
Fly into Cairns and transfer to Silky Oaks Lodge & Healing Waters Spa by a 90 minute scenic coastal drive. Silky Oaks Lodge is the Daintree’s ultimate resort, offering a compelling blend of casual sophistication and rich rainforest ambience.Tropical gardens and thriving rainforest surround the Treehouses, while the soothing sounds of the Mossman River permeate the exclusive Riverhouses.
Activities and touring
» Enjoy a full day Australian Wilderness Experience tour with expert naturalist guides
» Dine in the Treetops at the Treehouse Restaurant
» Soak up your rainforest surrounds with a revitalising swim in the Mossman River
» Indulge in a restorative treatment at the award-winning Healing Waters Spa
» Take an afternoon trip to Port Douglas (only 20 minutes away) to discover the boutiques, restaurants and shops

Day 5-6: Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef
Fly from Cairns to Gladstone and continue on to Heron Island either by a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef, or on the Reef Voyager launch. Heron Island is a true coral cay right on the Great Barrier Reef and renowned for it’s world class snorkelling and diving. A prefect choice for a romantic getaway or family holiday, value is offered no matter what your budget, and children are well catered for.
Activities and touring
» Whether you are a diver or a snorkeller, the beauty of this underwater world of Heron Island will leave you breathless.
» Book your children into the educational Junior Rangers Program
» The Heron semi-sub allows you to view coral and fish along the reef edge
» Come along for one of Heron’s scheduled reef walks.
» The Sea Spa offers a variety of therapeutic and indulgent treatments, which will rejuvenate and relax after a day on the reef.

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The Great Barrier Reef is the only living organism that can be seen from space…

September 19, 2008

float planeThe Great Barrier Reef is the only living organism that can be seen from space - astronauts have described it as a ‘thin white line in the blue ocean’. The reef is made up of about 2,900 unconnected reefs and 900 islands.

The Great Barrier Reef area abounds with marine and bird life. It is home to 400 species of coral, more than 1,500 species of fish, 4,000 types of molluscs, and more than 200 species of birdlife.

Other wildlife species include the dugong, varieties of dolphins and whales. Six of the world’s seven marine turtles can be found at the Great Barrier Reef.

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