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An Australian Adventure in High Style
Springboard Vacations has created an itinerary that includes not just fabulous places to stay that are experiences in themselves, but also the best local experiences in each unique region you'll visit. In Sydney feel like a local as you cruise around the Harbour on a yacht, dine in fabulous restaurants, and enjoy a night at the Opera. With 24 sandy beaches, a lagoon and a remoteness that assures peace and quiet, Lizard Island is the place to unwind—and with only 40 suites, you know there will never be a crowd. End your adventure on Kangaroo Island, Australia’s Galapagos, where you can observe the unique animals of Australia in the wild. The rugged coastline and wild seas here showcase the power of nature in stunning and unforgettable beauty.
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    Day 1
    Welcome to Sydney
    Stylish Sydney is a cosmopolitan international city filled with vibrant life, character, and a sense of daring. The multiculturalism means a wealth of amazing dining experiences, plus there familiar icons you already know such as the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Your home for the next four nights will be the Four Seasons Sydney, in a Club Deluxe Full Harbour Room with exquisite panorama views of the harbor, the bridge, and the opera house.
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    Day 2
    Sail the Sydney Harbour
    Today, you'll have a unique, luxury four-hour cruise experience on your own private yacht for a day. Your captain and host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour’s bays and coves, as you sail past the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Enjoy a gourmet three-course BBQ lunch with regional wines, local beers and five-star service. You can also go swimming, fishing, kayaking, or simply relax and admire the views.
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    Day 3
    Lunch at Cottage Point
    Catch a seaplane from Rose Bay in Sydney Harbour and fly over Sydney's stunning Northern Beaches and Ku-ring-gai National Park before arriving in the peaceful Cottage Point with its breathtaking setting. You’ll land at the restaurant’s jetty where a three-course la carte lunch will be served on the deck where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery.
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    Day 4
    A Night at the Sydney Opera House
    After enjoying a day of exploring Sydney, enjoy your night at the Sydney Opera House. You will be greeted by your guide who will take you on a tour of Australia’s most recognized landmark. Then enjoy a delicious dinner at one of Australia’s award winning restaurants before enjoying a performance by the Sydney Opera. Your musical evening includes a free seat upgrade, signed program, and champagne on arrival!
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    Day 5
    Lizard Island Resort
    After your chartered flight to Cairns, you will arrive at a natural work of art. Lizard Island Resort is located right on the Great Barrier Reef and has 24 powdery white private beaches. Enjoy the full spectrum of the Reef, where you can snorkel off one of the secluded beaches to discover a garden of giant clams or dive to the world famous "Code Hole" where you will come face to face with a massive, curious potato cod. Your suite amid the coastal bushlands will have its own private deck with a hammock for you to watch the world pass by.

    With Springboard Vacations you will enjoy extras including:
    • Complimentary room upgrade (subject to availability and not including The Pavilion or The Villa)
    • $100 Resort Credit
    • Early check–in and late checkout (subject to availability)
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    Day 6
    Explore Lizard Island
    Today, take advantage of some of the many complimentary activities that Lizard Island offers:

    • Motorized dinghies
    • Snorkeling equipment and lessons
    • Interpretive glass bottom boat tours
    • Tennis—day and night with all equipment supplied
    • Picnic hampers for romantic and secluded beachside lunches
    • Paddle ski tours
    • Nature slide presentations
    • Gymnasium
    • Self-guided nature walks
     
    For the ultimate Lizard Island experience, we'll arrange a signature seven-course Sunset Beachside degustation dinner.
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    Day 7
    Dive Deeper on Lizard Island
    You'll have another day to relax on Lizard Island or try one of these other activities (charges apply):
    • Explore Anchor and Watson's Bay on a catamaran or glass bottom paddle ski
    • Diving and snorkeling trips to the inner or outer Reef
    • Diving courses
    • Night Diving
    • Full or half-day private game fishing (black marlin season is from September to December)
    • Great Barrier Reef Essentia Day Spa treatments
    • Research station tours
    • Lizard Island dive and fishing charters on MV Fascination
    • Champagne sunset cruises
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    Day 8
    Learn to Relax on Lizard Island
    Having taken advantage of Lizard Island Resort's activities, make sure to also take time to relax and enjoy the island. Your nightly room rate includes gourmet meals, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, select fine Australian wines, beer, spirits, and sparkling wine, in-room minibar, picnic hampers, and use of non-motorized water sports and motorized dinghies.

    We recommend taking a private dinghy to a deserted beach and spoil yourself with a gourmet picnic hamper. Relax and enjoy your day on the beach with not a care in the world—we’ll take care of everything for you.
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    Day 9
    Welcome to Cairns
    Cairns is the heart of Tropical North Queensland and is the primary gateway to Northern Australia and the Great Barrier Reef. You'll have a day to explore this inviting city that is framed by the spectacular twin backdrops of rainforest mountain ranges and the sparking Coral Sea. You'll spend the night in a Deluxe Marina View room at the Shangri-La Cairns, a hotel that captures the easy-going oceanside lifestyle of Australia’s Tropical North.
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    Day 10
    Welcome to Kangaroo Island
    Your next stop, Kangaroo Island, is regarded as the best location to see Australia's animals in the wild. It is a destination of stunning scenery, including geological formations like the Remarkable Rocks. It is a place you can come face-to-face with both iconic Australian landscapes and friendly locals. Your home for the next four nights will be the Southern Ocean Lodge. Perched on a dramatic cliff above the wild Southern Ocean, it offers breathtaking coastal panoramic views. The lodge was designed with the environment in mind and a fine balance of nature and contemporary style. The suites feature dramatic glass walled bathrooms and outdoor terraces for you to enjoy fully the natural wonder of Kangaroo Island.

    With Springboard Vacations you’ll get extras like:
    • Complimentary upgrade
    • $100 Spa Credit
    • $100 Bespoke Activity Credit
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    Day 11
    Kangaroo Island Adventure Private Tour
    Today, you'll explore a red gum forest in the Cygent River Valley and see koalas sleeping in the trees. Continue to the North Coast and Lathami Conservation Park where you will get the opportunity to walk through the habitat of the island’s kangaroos, tammar wallabies, and the endangered glossy black cockatoos. At lunch you will enjoy local seafood, fresh salads, and fine South Australian wines in a private bush location. Then spend the afternoon at the Seal Bay Conservation Park where you’ll see Australian sea lions on a beautiful sandy beach.
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    Day 12
    Kangas & Kanapes
    Use your morning to explore stunning setting around the Southern Ocean Lodge or indulge in a treatment at the on-site Spa, a destination in its own right. Later in the day you'll get to soak up the history of the early island settlers at Grassdale, a historic island property reached by a short drive from the Lodge and where local wildlife including kangaroos and wallabies graze. Observe these creatures in their natural environment, sip on premium South Australian beverages, and nibble on a canapé while enjoying the sunset.
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    Day 13
    A Clifftop Coastal Walk
    The last day of your itinerary offers a final opportunity to savor the peace and quiet as well as natural wonders of Kangaroo Island. After the leisurely start to your day, you'll head out on a Coastal Clifftop Walk. This scenic guided walk starts right on the lodge's doorstep atop the limestone cliffs of Hanson Bay. Stand on the bluff, look out to sea and realize there is nothing but ocean between here and Antarctica. Experience and learn about local flora, fauna, and coastline ecosystems. This is a photographer's dream, so bring extra film—or plenty of memory on your camera.