Australian Birthday Trip: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Trip

This Australian Birthday Trip includes all the highlights—Great Barrier Reef, the Outback, and Sydney—all with unique luxury experiences.

From $7,499
per person
12 days
Airfare additional cost
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2 travelers

We get asked all the time for an Australian Birthday Trip that gives you the best taste of this fabulous country. This Australian Birthday Trip: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Trip is the perfect bucket list vacation to Australia. We planned this trip for some mates in Chicago who wanted to see the Great Barrier Reef, the Outback, Sydney, and wildlife.

They started their Australian Birthday Trip in the Daintree Rainforest, the world’s oldest living rainforest, at Silky Oaks Lodge. There, they stayed in a luxurious treehouse on the river, toured the ancient rainforest with local guides, and enjoyed the fabulous spa. Then they moved onto Port Douglas, where they spent a day snorkeling in the one and only Great Barrier Reef and had a day at leisure to explore the city’s fashionable shops and restaurants.

Continuing their Australian Birthday Trip, they traveled to the Outback and the sacred lands of the Anangu people. Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is a massive natural formation in Australia’s Red Centre that is sacred to the native population. They stayed in a luxury tented property, explored Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park with the help of expert guides, had a fabulous dinner under the stars, and rode a camel at sunrise to see the magnificent changing colors of Uluru.

Of course, they ended their Australian Birthday Trip in spectacular Sydney. They stayed in the 5-star ShangriLa Sydney with breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour. They had plenty of free time to explore Sydney, but we also arranged some unique excursions for them. They took a full-day tour of Sydney’s surrounds to meet iconic Australian wildlife in its natural habitat.

After seeing all the highlights of Australia, it was time for their Australian Birthday Trip to come to an end. They were transferred to the airport to begin the journey home.

Destinations
Experiences
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Day 1
Welcome to Australia! Arrive at the Cairns airport and board your transfer to the Daintree Rainforest while enjoying the views and spectacular coastal scenery on the Captain Cook Highway. You will arrive at your home for the next 2 nights, Silky Oaks Lodge. Spend the night in your personal, luxury treehouse.
Silky Oaks Lodge

Day 2
Today, enjoy a full day out with your highly knowledgeable guide to travel into the heart of the Daintree Rainforest, one of the oldest rainforests in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Seek out wildlife and birdlife unique to the region, and cruise along the Daintree River before seeking out the deepest part of the rainforest. You’ll also visit the place where the “rainforest meets the sea,” feeling like Robinson Crusoe as you step onto the lonely sand with rainforest canopy overhead.
Silky Oaks Lodge

Day 3
Leave your home in the rainforest and head south to the charming seaside town of Port Douglas. The relaxed village displays a vibrant atmosphere and serves as a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Soak up the sunshine on Four Mile Beach and stroll Macrossan Street, enjoying the village shops, galleries, historic buildings, and the seaside Port Douglas Sunday market. Enjoy dinner at one of the many outdoor cafes.
Coconut Grove Port Douglas

Day 4
Today is a magical experience as you explore one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Barrier Reef. Your full-day diving or snorkeling trip (lunch included) will take you to several locations on the reef, where you will have plenty of opportunities to swim among the colorful sea life and magnificent coral that makes this one of the top diving destinations in the world.
Coconut Grove Port Douglas

Day 5
Enjoy a day of leisure in Port Douglas. Relax on the beach, shop the boutiques of Macrossan Street, visit the Wildlife Habitat to get up close and personal with a koala, or get active with a white water rafting or kayaking trip.
Coconut Grove Port Douglas

Day 6
Transfer back to the Cairns Airport, where you will catch your flight to Ayers Rock/Uluru. You will arrive at Longitude 131, a luxury wilderness camp at the gateway to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. After settling in, catch your first glimpse of “The Rock” and its ever-changing colors as you learn about the importance of Uluru to the aborigine culture.
Longitude 131°

Day 7
Your luxury wilderness camp includes signature experiences to immerse yourself in the history and beauty of Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
Longitude 131°

Day 8
Rise early again today to view Ayers Rock.  Enjoy this memorable experience as you bid farewell to Australia’s Red Center. Shuttle back to the airport, where you will catch a flight to Sydney! Cosmopolitan and aesthetically appealing, Sydney is a feast for the eyes with plenty to offer any type of traveler. Sydney is iconic in every way: the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, the zoos and lively neighborhoods, Darling Harbour—all of it is delightful and worth thorough exploration. Your 5-star hotel awaits with a view of the famous Sydney Opera House right outside the window.
ShangriLa Sydney

Day 9
Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the highlights of Sydney, including the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney Tower, Queen Victoria Building, Museum of Contemporary Art, and many more.
ShangriLa Sydney

Day 10
With an abundance of bushland surrounding Sydney, you don’t have to go far to experience Australia’s native bush and unique wildlife—but you do have to know where to look. Today, with the help of a knowledgeable and passionate naturalist guide from Boutique Tours Australia, you’ll embark on a wildlife tour searching for Australia’s charismatic creatures, including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, wombats, emus, possums, gliders, and platypus.
ShangriLa Sydney

Day 11
Today is yours to explore Sydney at your leisure. Take a self-guided walking tour of The Rocks Historic District, ferry to Manly Beach, or shop the boutiques of Paddington.
ShangriLa Sydneyy

Day 12
Head to the airport today to catch your flight back home. Leave with memories to last a lifetime knowing that you have experienced the highlights of the land Down Under!

  • 2 nights Silky Oaks Lodge, Daintree Rainforest
  • 3 nights Coconut Grove Port Douglas
  • 2 nights Longitude 131°, Ayers Rock with activities and meals
  • 4 nights ShangriLa Sydney
  • Airport transfers
  • Full-day Daintree Rainforest tour
  • Full-day Great Barrier Reef snorkeling/diving trip
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
  • Boutique Tours Australia – Full-day wildlife tour

If you’ve overslept a little and haven’t got time for breakfast before you head out for your day on the reef, worry not! The crew on the Silverswift dive and snorkel excursion will have a scrumptious light breakfast waiting for you on board—perfect to get your energy levels up for your underwater adventures. Be prepared to get wet snorkeling or diving some of the best sites on the Great Barrier Reef. We recommend wearing the body-clinging lycra suits available onboard for sun protection (our tropical sun has quite a bite) and added protection from seasonal marine stingers.
–Michael Healy, Quicksilver Group

Silky Oaks Lodge

Partner Information

  • Location: Daintree Rainforest
  • Type of Accommodation: Treetop Lodge
  • Comfort Level: Luxury
  • Private Balconies
  • Daybed and Hammock
  • Air Conditioning
  • Organic Amenities
  • Double Spa Bath

Things To Do

  • Canoeing on Mossman River
  • Bicycling
  • Lagoon Snorkeling
  • Daily Yoga Class
  • Guided Rainforest and Aboriginal Culture Walks
  • Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories
  • Helicopter Excursions
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife Safaris
  • Painting Classes

Coconut Grove

Partner Information

  • Location: Port Douglas
  • Type of Accommodation: Holiday Apartments
  • Comfort Level: Luxury
  • Full Kitchen and Separate Living Area
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Swimming Pool
  • Laundry Services

Things To Do

  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Daintree Rainforest
  • Four-Mile Beach
  • Restaurants and Shopping in Port Douglas

Longitude 131°

Partner Information

  • Location: Uluru/Ayers Rock
  • Type of Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Comfort Level: Luxury
  • Private Balconies Facing Uluru
  • Climate Control
  • Complimentary In-Suite Bar
  • Free WiFi

Things To Do

  • Uluru Camel Ride at Sunrise or Sunset
  • Table 131 Uluru Dining Experience
  • Guided Tours of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
  • Tour of Mulgara Gallery
  • View Ancient Rock Art
  • Walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole

Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

Partner Information

  • Location: Sydney
  • Type of Accommodation: Hotel
  • Comfort Level: First Class
  • Harbour Views
  • 4 Restaurants and Bars
  • CHI Spa and Health Club

Things To Do

  • Sydney Bike Tour
  • Tour, Dinner, and Performance at Sydney Opera House
  • Lunch Cruise on Sydney Harbour
  • Excursions to Hunter Valley or Blue Mountains
  • Visits to Bondi Beach, Manly Beach, and Many More

Boutique Tours Australia

Partner Information

  • Location: Sydney
  • Authentic Wildlife and Nature Tours
  • See Iconic Wildlife in the Wild
  • Small-Group Touring (Maximum 10 Passengers)
  • Expert Naturalist Guides
  • Nocturnal Wildlife Tours