Sydney is Australia’s capital of glamour and one of our all-time favourite cities, and at this time of year the temperatures are rising, the locals are heading to the beach and sneaking off to hidden bays for picnics. Sounds good, doesn’t it? This itinerary will see you enjoying all of this and more. From exclusive urban experiences to remote accommodation in mountains scattered with wildlife and valleys overflowing with wine; there’s no better time to escape down under than now…
A BIRD’S EYE VIEW
You’ll be staying at The Park Hyatt, our favourite luxury Sydney hotel that lies at the heart of the action. This means you’re just a breezy climb to the summit of Sydney Harbour Bridge – altitude always gives you the best views, and will invigorate after your flight (you’ll also be perfectly placed to watch the New Year fireworks if you time it right). When you’re back on level ground, we’ll arrange an incredible private back-stage tour of the Opera House for you, before dashing you across the bay in a water taxi to meet your seaplane. Once aboard, we recommend flying up north to Cottage Point for a gourmet lunch – (this waterside fuel stop is Sydney’s best-kept secret).Read more
Cocooned by the 15,000-hectare Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Cowan Creek is the premier mooring spot amongst local weekend sailors. Arrive at The Cottage Point Inn and sit back at your pre-booked deck-top table to devour some incredible modern Aussie fare paired with exquisite wines.
SWAG LIFE IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
Once you’ve seen our favourite parts of the city, we’ll whisk you out of town for some fresh air in the Blue Mountains (which are, interestingly, blue from the oil of the eucalyptus trees growing there). Take a two-hour drive in your pre-arranged hire car for a night of wild bush luxury at its best at the stunning Wolgan Valley. For the ultimate luxurious Australian experience, we can arrange a local safari guide to take you walkabout through the bush and a drift down Wolldonlilly River in a canoe. Keep your eyes peeled for the ever-elusive platypus… Feeling a little more adventurous? We’ll arrange a 4WD safari to take you along concealed tracker’s trails, and finish off with a well-deserved bush BBQ: a truly authentic off-road experience.
HUNTER VALLEY VINEYARDS
After two nights of ultimate luxury, a smooth four-hour spin will take you down the mountains to Hunter Valley to unwind with a glass of wine and a memorable stay at the Spicer’s Vineyard Estate. Hunter Valley is the birthplace of Australian wine, famous for its sublime Semillon and Shiraz varieties. The highlight of your stay here will be your full day tour of the Hunter wine region, tasting Australia’s finest produce as you go. Before returning back to Sydney, why not end your stay at Hunter Valley by floating across the horizon in a hot air balloon accompanied with a glass of local Australian sparkling wine? The perfect end to a perfect day and, we think, the most perfect of luxury vacations…