Tailor-Made Holiday

Family Holiday to Australia

Visit the Great Barrier Reef and Port Douglas

17 days

from £5,575pp

This 17 day family holiday suggestion combines the wonderful, wild outback, beautiful beaches, the highlights of Sydney and plenty of time for family fun.

  • Snorkel with turtles and reef sharks.
  • Fish for your lunch and help cook your catch.
  • Surf through the jungle canopies, the perfect opportunity to perfect your Tarzan cry.
  • Take a helicopter ride over the reef for a sand bank picnic in the middle of the sea.
  • Come face to face with Crocodiles about 3 times the length of a fully grown mum or dad!!
  • Learn to throw a spear, hunt for mud crabs, learn about bush tucker and play the didgeridoo!

On arrival

Kick off your shoes and run free with your children in the fantastically capable hands of Sab Lord. Spend 4 days catching your own lunch, sitting around a camp fire, beachcombing, stargazing and exploring a magical underwater world. 

Beach Fun and Games

Continue to Port Douglas where you can spend the next 4 nights based at Niramaya Villas, exploring the rainforests of Cape Tribulation, jungle surfing, searching for the elusive and prehistoric Cassowary bird and spending a day with a local Aboriginal family who will both fascinate and educate.

Iconic Sydney

Also included in this fun-filled trip are the iconic sights of Sydney where you can see all the sites with a comfortable family-friendly base to return to after a full days exploring the city.

Rest and Relaxation

Complete a great family holiday adventure at Wolgan Valley where the children can run free, ride horses, learn archery and get involved in plenty of other activities too.

The best time to travel to this area of Australia is from May to September. Outside of these months the weather can get extremely hot and humid with a higher chance of rainfall. Also, from January to March it is jellyfish season during which time it is necessary to wear a stinger suit for swimming.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PLEASE NOTE THE ABOVE FLIGHT COST IS A SUGGESTED FROM PRICE. FLIGHT COSTS WILL BE CONFIRMED AT TIME OF BOOKING. ALL FLIGHTS ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Singapore

Day 2

Fly Singapore to Darwin


You will be staying at Mantra on the Esplanade

Day 3

Drive from Darwin to Arnhem Land (Road Journey)


Sab Lord Safari- Day 1
Today, you start an incredible adventure into the Northern Territory outback with quite possibly the best character in the land, Sab lord. He will be your guide while you explore and to make it perfect you will be spending time at Davidsons Camp Arnhem Land, the only place to stay in this incredible protected land.

Sab will collect you from your hotel taking you to explore both Kakadu and Arnhem Land. All of Sabs tours are specifically tailored to your likes/interests/weather but to give you some idea of what you will be doing please see a rough plan below.

Head south on the Stuart Highway then turn left on to the Arnhem Highway which leads west to World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park. The first stop en-route is Fogg Dam Reserve, the dam has year round water coverage which assures its position as an important feeding and roosting site for a wide variety of water birds and other animals.

Travel on to the Adelaide River where to witness the fabulous jumping crocodiles and other wildlife. These Saltwater Crocodiles are a magnificent sight - the crocs are surprisingly powerful and can project their bodies almost totally out of the water using their tail - you will gain a good understanding of why they have survived for more then two hundred million years!

A short detour off the highway is the beautiful Learning Tree Lagoon; this Billabong is often covered in water lilies making it a popular quick stop for photographers. Lunch is at the Bark Hut Inn; this Aussie Roadhouse was built during the buffalo era and is a reminder of earlier, wilder times.

The last stop for today is at Cooinda - experience one of Kakadu's icons - a Yellow Water Cruise. This 10sq. km pristine environment supports a truly wonderful variety of plants, birds, crocodiles and Top End wildlife and you might see saltwater crocodiles, a Jacana bird walking on water, the magnificent sea eagle or any one of the 280 species that visit this billabong. Enjoy this wealth of wildlife, this tranquil habitat and one of the Top Ends great sunsets.


You will be staying at Davidsons Arnhem Land Camp

Day 4

Sab Lord Safari Day 2
Today you will visit Arnhem Land; access to this region is restricted to a select group of guides - they know the people and the country intimately. Your journey today will be hosted by one such guide and in some part, by a local Aboriginal.

Arnhem Land is perhaps the one area in Australia where indigenous culture is still dominant, despite a long history of interacting with other cultures. Your Aboriginal guide will show you excellent examples of rock art on Injalak Hill (Long Tom Dreaming), this area has some of the best rock art examples in Western Arnhem Land and some say Australia. The view from the top of the hill is simply breathtaking, looking out across the floodplains and around the escarpment.

Back at the Injalak Art & Craft Centre there is an opportunity to browse or purchase goods from this non-profit Aboriginal organisation and to watch the locals painting and weaving pandanus baskets. In the afternoon explore a remote valley - stunning scenery, billabongs, birds and a place to imagine the life of the Aboriginal people who have been at home here for 50,000 years or more


You will be staying at Davidsons Arnhem Land Camp

Day 5

Drive from Arnhem Land to Mary River (Road Journey)


Sab Lord Safari Day 3
Davidson's Arnhemland Safaris at Mt Borradaile is a registered aboriginal sacred site in a remote 700 square kilometres, exclusively leased area nestled against the Arnhemland escarpment. This is a landscape of rugged ranges fringed by idyllic billabongs, flood plains, paper bark swamps and monsoonal rainforests, an amazingly beautiful wilderness. Valleys, overhangs and caves have been occupied for over 50,000 years and offer magnificent galleries of rock art as well as occupation and burial sites. Transfer from Davidsons Arnhem Land Camp to Bamarru Plains.


You will be staying at Bamurru Plains

Day 6

Billabong Cruise on the Mary River
Explore the Mary River Wetlands with a guide.


You will be staying at Bamurru Plains

Day 7

Travel from Mary River to Darwin (Air Transfer Journey)

Fly Darwin to Cairns

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas (Road Journey)


Port Douglas is the gateway to the World Heritage wonders of Tropical North Queensland. It is the closest mainland port to the Great Barrier Reef and only a short drive into the heart of the Wet Tropics rainforest at Daintree and Cape Tribulation.

Getting to Port Douglas from Cairns is an hour's drive along one of Australia's most scenic coastal roads with the rainforest on one side and the Great Barrier Reef on the other.

Port Douglas is an intimate and relaxed town where food, wine, arts and culture are appreciated.


During your stay explore this fascinating area.


You will be staying at Niramaya Villas & Spa

Day 8

You will be staying at Niramaya Villas & Spa

Day 9

You will be staying at Niramaya Villas & Spa

Day 10

You will be staying at Niramaya Villas & Spa

Day 11

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns (Road Journey)

Fly Cairns to Sydney


You will be staying at Quay Grand Suites

Day 12

Darling Harbour Cruise
Sydney has one of the most famous harbours in the world and a day sailing with a local skipper and convivial host is a great way to experience its true beauty. Set sail for a day aboard a 40 foot sailing yacht and cruise at relaxed pace under the Harbour Bridge past the Opera House and Fort Denison before crossing the Harbour Heads to historic Store Beach for lunch.
There will be plenty of time to try your hand at fishing, take a swim or just sit back with a drink whilst lunch is prepared. Your skipper will personally guide you through Sydney’s intriguing history and if you wish, you will have the opportunity to sail the vessel. On board you will find towels, snorkeling equipment, light fishing tackle, wet weather jackets, wines, beers, soft drinks, tea and coffee as well as a delicious lunch of sushi, chicken, salads, fruit and deserts.

Sydney, the oldest, largest and (some say) most beautiful city in Australia is memorable for far more than its famous landmarks - the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Created around a dazzling harbour, the city has a relaxed style but manages at the same time to be vibrant and alive with world class restaurants, sparkling beaches, great shopping, clubs and pubs, art galleries and theatre.


You will be staying at Quay Grand Suites

Day 13

Day at leisure


You will be staying at Quay Grand Suites

Day 14

Drive from Sydney to Blue Mountains (Road Journey)


You will be staying at Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley

Day 15

Time at leisure. Book activities locally.


You will be staying at Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley

Day 16

Drive from Blue Mountains to Sydney (Road Journey)

Fly Sydney to Singapore

Day 17

Fly Singapore to London

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Bamurru Plains

Bamurru Plains

Bamurru Plains is made up of nine spacious and cool safari suites plus the generous Kingfisher suite, all built amongst the savannah bush on the edge of the Mary River floodplains....

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Niramaya Villas & Spa

Niramaya Villas & Spa

This sleek, luxury resort is set on 15 hectares of tropical gardens and housed in Balinese-inspired buildings with interconnecting courtyards and water features....

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Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley

Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is nestled between two of Australia’s most prominent national parks, the Wollemi National Park and the Gardens of Stone National Park in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, forming the centrepiece for unique experiences and insights into Australia’s wildlife, history and cultural heritage....

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