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Australian Explorer: An Extended Family Itinerary by Susanne

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BLOG | As part of our Innovative Itinerary series, this journey was created by Senior Travel Designer Susanne Regenberg Drew. An action-packed itinerary featuring an extensive family-friendly exploration of Australia.

At a Glance

This custom journey was created by one of our Senior Travel Designers, Susanne Regenberg Drew, for a multi-generational family seeking an extensive, Australia-wide journey that highlighted wildlife, adventure, and off-the-beaten-track experiences. This is a snapshot, showcasing the highlights of a much larger itinerary originally created for the clients.

Requiring in-depth skill and knowledge of Australia, the seasons and travel logistics to remote locations, Susanne’s original brief was to create an expansive three month long itinerary that a multi-generational family could enjoy together. The clients requested high-energy, action-packed activities with authentic off-the-beaten-track experiences and plenty of opportunity to engage with and view wildlife. As the original itinerary was so extensive, we are showcasing a condensed version filled with all the highlights, for families looking to enjoy an Australia-wide journey.

Venturing from the rugged remoteness of the Northern Territory’s Top End to the picturesque coastal landscapes of Tasmania’s Freycinet Coast, this itinerary showcases Australia’s innate uniqueness.  With plenty of adventure and featuring diverse activities and experiences, this itinerary will delight families of varying ages.

“I love the diversity of experiences included and the wonderful opportunities they provided my clients to learn about Australia’s flora and fauna, as well as our history. Wildlife was a main focus, and we included some of the best wildlife experiences Australia has to offer, including meeting a world expert echidna researcher, a nocturnal encounter with some of Tasmania’s endearing wildlife species, swimming with wild dolphins and sealions on the Eyre Peninsula and plenty more.”

Destination 1:

Northern Territory, Top End

Aerial view of a river within a cragged gorge

Your extended luxury adventure around Australia will begin in the warm tropical embrace of the Northern Territory’s capital, Darwin. A small but vibrant city, Darwin’s peaceful nature will set you at ease, preparing you for the adventures to come.

After a relaxing and rejuvenating overnight stay in Darwin, an early start awaits the next morning in preparation for your multi-day expedition through the rugged and untouched wilderness of the Top End. With your expert guide, driver, and NT enthusiast on-hand to ensure your journey is both comfortable and interesting, you will depart Darwin and travel by vehicle to the picturesque Cobourg Peninsula. Over two days, you will have opportunity to take a refreshing swim at a natural water hole in Kakadu National Park, cruise along the Corroboree Billabong in search of crocodiles and visit the Injalak Arts Centre, where talented local Aboriginal artists display their magnificent works. The Arts centre is located within the remote Gunbalanya community, whose members welcome Venture North guests and delight in sharing their traditions and culture with you.

You will continue to venture further into the remote Arnhem Land in search of Venture North’s secluded luxury bush camp. Set atop burnt orange cliffs, the camp is tucked away, protected by the peaceful quietness of its remote location. The camp is equipped with luxurious glamping tents and all the amenities required to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Your remaining days in Arnhem Land will be spent exploring the land around you, discovering the history of the pioneering first settlers to the region, the local Aboriginal history and enjoying quintessential Northern Territory activities, such as fishing, hunting for mud crabs and relaxing in the serenity of this vast wilderness location.

As your time in Arnhem Land ends, you will leave your secluded bush camp where a charter flight will be waiting to seamlessly transfer you and your family to your next Top End experience, Bullo River Station.
Bullo River Station is a 400,000-hectare cattle station on the border of the Northern Territory and Western Australia. Simultaneously running as a luxury outback lodge and a working cattle station, this property will provide unique insight into the daily life of a cattle farmer in outback Australia.

The recently refurbished accommodation offers comfortable overnight lodgings, whilst your days are spent discovering the remote far-reaches of this magnificent property and enjoying the myriad activities available. Horse riding, 4WD opportunities, helicopter excursions to secluded waterfalls and ancient Aboriginal Rock Art and joining in on day-to-day farm activities are just some of the incredible experiences on offer for your family. Whilst much of this itinerary promotes action and adventure, there is plenty of opportunity for you to relax and unwind too.

On the conclusion of your stay at Bullo, you will depart the Northern Territory via a private charter flight and make your way over the border to Western Australia.

Experience 1: Venture North Australia, 6-day, 5-night Private Safari.
Experience 2: Bullo River Station, 4-nights, Homestead stay.

Destination 2:

Western Australia, Kimberley

Landscape of Mirima National Park in the East Kimberley

Your aircraft will set you down in the iconic Western Australian township of Broome, where you will have the rest of the afternoon and evening to explore. The following morning you and your family will board the luxurious vessel, Ocean Dream, to begin your six-night exploration of the scenic Southern Kimberley coast.

A remarkable way to discover the picturesque beauty of this region, the cruise provides a myriad of opportunities for adventure. Discover secluded billabongs and freshwater springs with your family on guided expeditions, enjoy a trip to Montgomery Reef, where plentiful marine life, wildlife and unique coastlines and landscapes are on display. You will also have the chance to ride through the iconic Horizontal Falls, which is a must-do experience for any traveller to the region.

After a wonderful seven days venturing along the coast to Doubtful Bay, this is where your cruise will conclude. A seaplane flight will transfer you back to Broome for a final overnight stay in the region. From Broome, your travels will continue across country, to the gorgeous Tropical Far North Queensland.

Experience 3: Ocean Dream Charters, 7-day-6-night journey.

Destination 3:

Queensland, Tropical North

Low angle of fan palms in the Daintree Rainforest

Your arrival to Queensland will mark the beginning of your multi-day expedition from Cairns up to the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage-Listed, Daintree Rainforest, a highly unique location where the rainforest meets the sea. Your expedition will be with exceptional local guides from North West Outback Safaris and will include a range of activities that are tailored to the interests of you and your family, and may include: Aboriginal experiences, boat cruises, walking trails and other spontaneous short excursions.

The magnificence of this destination must be seen to be believed, with towering canopies looming over a unique and thriving eco-system below. A huge variety of native fauna and flora can be found within this region, and your guide will be more than happy to point out the many unique members of this vibrant tropical environment.

Your expedition will include a private river cruise down the Daintree River, where you will learn about this unique natural phenomenon and the intricate relationship between eco-systems. After two days of exploring this incredible region, your guide will transfer you back to Cairns, where you will have an overnight stay before continuing your journey to Queensland’s lush Hinterland region.

Experience 4: Northwest Safaris, 2-day-1-night expedition.

Destination 4:

Queensland, Hinterland


Swapping the rainforest for the lush mountain beauty of Queensland’s Hinterland region, you will arrive at Brisbane Airport and be transferred by vehicle to Spicers Hidden Vale. Set amongst a sprawling 12,000-acre property, Spicers Hidden Vale is a gorgeous modern country retreat that offers ample warmth and charm.

Spicers Hidden Vale is a wonderful location for families. The luxurious amenities and accommodations promote a sense of calm, and with no set schedule to think of, it is up to you how you and your family spend your days. Whether you need a short break from the high-energy pace of the trip, or your family are still itching for adventure, the options are endless.

Spend a lazy afternoon reading a book or enjoy the host of activities available to you and the family, including self-guided bush walking, mountain biking, a visit to the animal nursery, tennis, or a market garden tour with the chef.

After spending six nights at Spicers Hidden Vale, exploring this gorgeously secluded mountain retreat, it will be time to resume your travels, and depart for your next luxurious destination in beautiful Byron Bay.

Experience 5: Spicers Hidden Vale, 7-days, 6-nights.

Destination 5:

New South Wales, Byron Bay

Belongil creek

Your accommodation in Byron Bay is a private seaside beach house, Belongil Beach Shack. This luxurious beach house is equipped with direct beach access, a large deck with magnificent views and is just minutes from the main Byron Bay township.

Byron Bay is a trendy seaside town, famous for picturesque beaches and surrounded by lush rainforest covered mountains. The area has long appealed to creatives – artists, musicians, writers – and has developed a unique and vibrant community.

Belongil is the perfect base from which to explore the wider Byron Bay region, with excellent restaurants, boutique fashion stores and exciting activities at your fingertips. Hot air ballooning, hang-gliding, snorkelling, and scuba diving are just some of the activities your family may wish to enjoy whilst in the region. Or spend your time relaxing beachside with the family, soaking in the serenity and enjoying a moment of blissful quiet to yourselves.

After spending five nights at Belongil Beach Shack it will be time to move on from Byron Bay, and from Queensland, journeying to your next destination in the iconic Blue Mountains near Sydney.

Experience 6: Belongil Beach Shack, 5 nights in Private House.

Destination 6:

New South Wales, Blue Mountains

Aerial of the Blue Mountains landscape

Set deep in the mysterious Blue Mountains is Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, surrounded by dramatic mountain ranges, unique wildlife, and serene Australian wilderness. The most accessible of Australia’s UNESCO World Heritage Listed sites, the Blue Mountains is well-worth the short drive from Sydney.

Over the next four days, you will have plenty to see and do! The lodge includes two complimentary nature-based activities per-day, which you can choose depending on your interests. These activities range from a tour of the onsite stables to conservation-based activities inviting you to discover the ecology of the local environment. There are great opportunities for kids to get out and explore too, such as joining in on the Wolgan Rangers adventure, where local guides curate nature-based activities for children to enjoy.

The lodge also highlights wellness and relaxation, so a trip to Wolgan’s award-winning spa may be just what is required to relax and unwind after a day of exploring and adventure.

Take your time to breathe in the fresh mountain air, and enjoy the serenity of this mountain escape, as before too long you will be ready to depart for the next destination, picturesque Tasmania.

Experience 7: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, 4 nights.

Destination 7:

Tasmania, Launceston

Flying over the Bass Strait, your flight into Tasmania provides a wonderful opportunity to view the striking landscapes of the island state. Your journey will start in the north of Tasmania, in the city of Launceston, where you will be met on arrival to begin a wonderful few days exploring Tasmania’s raw, untouched wilderness.

Secluded waterfalls, unique wildlife experiences and landscapes are on offer during your tour with Pepperbush Adventures, whose excellent team of guides will treat you to great stories and interesting discussion about Tasmania and its surrounds.

The highlight of your multi-day expedition is the private campfire dinner, where you can sit fireside in a secluded private forest location, whilst a delicious dinner is prepared for you. As the afternoon stretches into night, a host of unique Australian wildlife venture out of the bush and into the site. This is an incredible opportunity to view rare, nocturnal Australian wildlife, in the wild, and is something all members of the family are sure to enjoy.

After exploring gorgeous waterfalls and pristine natural wilderness, it will be time to head back to Launceston, for an overnight stay, before journeying out to one of Australia’s most pristine locations.

Experience 8: Pepperbush Adventures, 4-day, 3-night journey.

Destination 8:

Tasmania, Freycinet Coast

Interior lobby of Saffire Frecyinet overlooking Coles Bay

A private vehicle will transfer you from your accommodation in Launceston to the luxuriously appointed Saffire Freycinet Lodge. This lavish lodge features exceptional views over Wineglass Bay and the Freycinet National Park and is among the most luxurious accommodations included in this itinerary.

Saffire’s excellent list of included activities offers your family endless options for adventure. Depending on how you and your family are feeling at this point, Saffire has activities to suit. Options include guided walks, winery and distillery experiences, bee-keeping experiences, and opportunities to learn more about the endangered Tasmania devil, including a visit to Saffire Freycinet’s free-range Tasmanian devil enclosure.

This picturesque location provides a sense of calm and is a great place to relax and take a moment for yourself. The on-site spa and wellness facility is the perfect place to book in a spa treatment and treat yourself to an afternoon of pampering.

At the end of your stay at Saffire Freycinet, you will head back to Launceston in preparation for travel to the Eyre Peninsula.

Experience 9: Saffire Freycinet, 3 nights.

Destination 9:

South Australia, Eyre Peninsula

A 4WD with surfing gear parked on a ledge overlooking a white-sand beach

On arrival to the Eyre Peninsula, you will be met by expert local touring company Australian Coastal Safaris for three days of touring around the ruggedly striking Eyre Peninsula.

Port Lincoln and the Eyre Peninsula is the aquatic experiences capital of Australia, with a multitude of exciting marine activities on offer to you and the family. Over the next three days, your family will have the adventure of a lifetime, including an opportunity to enjoy a campfire dinner and experience sleeping in a swag (bedding used for sleeping under the stars), and can even enjoy swimming with sealions, the puppies of the ocean!

With loads to see and do on the Eyre Peninsula, an action-packed adventure awaits. Whilst your days will be full of activities and exploration, you will have plenty of opportunities to relax in comfort at a private beach house in Port Lincoln.

After your adventure with Australian Coastal Safaris has concluded, a private charter flight will be waiting to transfer you to scenic Kangaroo Island.

Experience 10: Australian Coastal Safaris, 3-days, 4-nights in private beach house.

Destination 10:

South Australia, Kangaroo Island

Exterior of private home One Kangaroo Island nestled amongst bush overlooking a white sand beach

On arrival to Kangaroo Island, you will be met at the airport by local company Exceptional Kangaroo Island for two full days of private touring around the island.

Kangaroo Island is truly one of the last unspoiled natural refuges and is a haven for a unique collection of native Australian wildlife. Explore the island, led by your local guides, who will be on-hand to highlight the quintessential Kangaroo Island experiences. Included in your tour is the opportunity to meet Dr Peggy Rismiller, world expert echidna researcher, to track and see these remarkable creatures in the wild.

The remainder of your time on Kangaroo Island will be spent at your leisure, with plenty of opportunity to explore the island and all that it has to offer. Your accommodation will be in the private house, Walcowrie, where you will have ample opportunity to relax and unwind and spend some quality time as a family, before travelling over to Adelaide for an overnight stay and to complete your Australian adventure.

Experience 11: One Kangaroo Island, 2 days of touring, with 5 nights’ accommodation in private house Walcowrie.

Destination 11:

South Australia, Adelaide

Sequoia Lodge, Adelaide Hills

Your final Australian destination is the beautiful city of Adelaide, where you will have an overnight stay at the elegant Sequoia Lodge.

Located just 20 minutes from Adelaide CBD, Sequoia is an elegant sanctuary nestled alongside the historic Mount Lofty House. Boasting panoramic views of the Adelaide Hills, this is a fantastic location on which to end your extensive adventure around Australia.

After enjoying the on-site amenities available at Sequoia, take the opportunity to reflect on your incredible journey and prepare yourself for the journey home the following day.

While Sequoia Lodge is reserved for adults only, the neighbouring Mount Lofty House, provides a luxurious, boutique hotel experience for families.

Experience 12: Sequoia Lodge, 1 night.

Why do you love this itinerary?

“This itinerary is full of experiences that can be enjoyed by the whole family, creating memories that last a lifetime.”

Where to next?

Discover the hidden gems of Australia on this off-road adventure. From the rusty red sands of Uluru to the rugged gorges of Karijini National Park, this itinerary takes you through some of the most breathtaking landscapes. Explore ancient Aboriginal rock art, swim in crystal clear waterholes, and camp under the stars in some of the most remote and pristine locations.

With so much to see and do, which Australian destination speaks to your sense of adventure? Let us know and we’ll take you there.

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