From city sights to mega monoliths, this seven-day luxury Australia itinerary ticks off two great Aussie bucket list items with one short trip. Starting in Sydney, you'll enjoy a multicourse lunch while cruising Sydney Harbour, go wine tasting in the verdant Hunter Valley, and meet kangaroos and koalas on a privately guided day trip. Then, fly to the Red Center to experience sunset over Uluru, see the Field of Light, dine under outback stars, and soar above Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in a helicopter.


  • Settle into 5-star luxury at an award-winning resort and design hotel
  • Experience Sydney Harbour with a private long lunch cruise
  • Go wine tasting in the Hunter Valley, Australia's oldest wine region
  • Experience sunset over Uluru followed by dinner under the stars
  • Take a scenic helicopter ride above Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Sydney, Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise, Twilight Bridge Climb Sydney
Day 2 Full-Day Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Sydney
Day 3 Full-Day Wildlife in the Wild Tour Sydney
Day 4 Fly to Uluru, Uluru Sunset, Field of Light & Table 131° Uluru
Day 5 Mutitjulu Meander Experience, Wintjiri Wiru After Dark Uluru
Day 6 Sunrise at Kata Tjuta, Scenic Helicopter Flight Uluru
Day 7 Fly to Sydney, Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Sydney, Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise, Twilight Bridge Climb

At twilight, you'll climb to the tip of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on a thrilling ascent

G'day and welcome to Sydney! This Australian city is a must-visit destination for good reason. With a dazzling natural harbor, epic beachside walks (not to mention beaches), a world-class restaurant and bar scene, excellent live music and theater, and an unquenchable thirst for fun, it's impossible to get bored here. A private driver will transfer you from the airport to your 5-star hotel, the luxurious harborside Park Hyatt. Life in this city revolves around the expansive, blue Sydney Harbour, so soak in the views from your room then venture down to the port. 

Board a private luxury vessel for a progressive long lunch on the water. Over four hours you'll sail past the famous bridge and the Sydney Opera House as your crew share Sydney's history. Enjoy a starter at Watsons Bay, then cruise onto Middle Head and Middle Harbour. Pause at Balmoral for lunch at a renowned restaurant, then return to the harbor and cruise past the Spit Bridge while enjoying dessert, a cheese platter, and wines to match. Bring swimwear as there'll be time for a dip!

Return to your hotel and refresh ahead of this evening's thrilling adventure. As dusk hits you'll ascend the summit of the world's largest steel arch, the Sydney Harbour Bridge. With a twilight BridgeClimb, you'll experience spectacular 360-degree views as you walk across catwalks, ascend ladders, and celebrate from the top of the famous "coathanger," which reaches 439 feet (134 m) above sea level. Return to the ground and seek out dinner at one of Australia's top restaurants: Quay, Aria, or Bennelong.

Day 2: Full-Day Hunter Valley Wine Tasting

Hunter Valley
Hop your way around some of the Hunter Valley's over 150 vineyards, tasting local wines and produce

Australia's oldest wine-growing region is home to more than 150 vineyards, and on today's full-day Hunter Valley tour, you'll sip, swill, and sample your way through all things local. Kick off with a cheese tasting at Binnorie Dairy, one of Australia's top soft cheese producers, then visit two boutique wineries to taste a range of wines. For lunch, drop into the Wine House—a one-stop cellar door showcasing more than 40 wines from boutique winemakers. Enjoy four local wines matched to a grazing platter of local produce.

Finally, your small group or private winery tour will reach the Hunter Distillery. This is the only certified organic distillery in the Hunter, and here you'll taste a range of organic spirits and liqueurs before returning to Sydney.

Day 3: Full-Day Wildlife in the Wild Tour

See Australian marsupials like kangaroos in the wild with today's all-day private tour

Experience New South Wales' native bushland and seek out iconic Australian animals in their natural habitat with today's full-day private wildlife tour. A guide and driver will take you to a private property in the Southern Highlands, just 90 minutes south of Sydney. Here you'll wander through towering forests of grey gums in search of koalas, look for platypus along the riverbanks, and drive through woodlands as mobs of kangaroos feed. Look for wallabies and the elusive emu while your guide describes the birdlife and bushland.

After dinner, you'll go night spotting for nocturnal wombats, gliders, and possums who are most active in the evening. After a huge day immersed in nature, you'll return to your luxurious digs in Sydney.

Day 4: Fly to Uluru, Uluru Sunset, Field of Light & Table 131°

Settle into the outback with a memorable dinner beneath the stars (photo courtesy of Longitude 131˚)
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Uluru (Ayers Rock) is an unmissable experience and the spiritual heart of Australia's outback and desert plains. Today you'll catch a flight to Ayers Rock Airport, dropping you close to the country's most recognized natural wonder and into the home of the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara tribes, the traditional landowners of the area. Upon arrival, a private driver will meet you and transfer you to Longitude 131˚, a spectacular luxury camp set amid the Central Desert's red-rust dunes. Here you'll be connected with the outback landscape with direct views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

Late this afternoon, a private guide will take you into Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park for sunset. As the sun begins to dip, you'll witness the many moods and immensity of Uluru. Sit back with a glass of sparkling wine and watch day turn to night. After, you'll journey to the Field of Light, an installation of 50,000 radiant frosted-glass globes by internationally renowned artist Bruce Monroe. Watch as they sway in the darkness, then sit down for dinner beneath the stars at Table 131°, where you'll enjoy a four-course dinner with matched wines, and a guided tour of the stars.

Day 5: Mutitjulu Meander Experience, Wintjiri Wiru After Dark

Longitude 131
The floor-to-ceiling windows of your luxury "tent" bring the outside in (photo courtesy of Longitude 131˚)

Open the curtains and watch the changing morning light play out across Uluru as you enjoy your first coffee of the day. There's no rush this morning—you'll wake up in your private tented pavilion, set in the middle of ancient dunes, and can decide what to do. If you're an early bird, join the Mutitjulu Meander experience and venture out to Uluru as the morning sun lights up the ancient monolith. From here you'll walk to the peaceful Mutitjulu Waterhole and the sacred site of Kuniya Piti. Your local guide will share the Anangu creation story of Kuniya and Liru, and then you'll enjoy morning tea beneath shady trees.

This evening your connection with the local Anangu culture will deepen through storytelling, an art form the local people have shared for thousands of years. Journey out to an intimate amphitheater where you'll experience a chapter of the ancestral Mala story under the desert sky, with the help of choreographed drones, lasers, projections, music, and Pitjantjatjara language. After, return to your luxurious tent at Longitude 131˚. 

Day 6: Sunrise at Kata Tjuta, Scenic Helicopter Flight

Sunset over Uluru
Soak up the sunset over Uluru while sipping on sparkling wine

Rise early to witness the sunrise at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), an incredible formation of 36 mighty rock domes that extend some 3.7 miles (6 km) into the ground. Learn about the geology and history of the formation as the remains of erosion that began more than 500 million years ago. Soak up the tranquility of predawn in the outback and enjoy a light breakfast before setting off into Walpa Gorge. Admire the towering rock walls, tree-lined creeks, and waterholes, and step out to the Kata Tjuta viewing platform to enjoy morning tea with a seriously splendid view.

Closer to sunset, buckle up for a 25-minute helicopter ride and explore spectacular sights within the Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park. While it's amazing to walk around Uluru, there's nothing like seeing the mega monolith from above to truly appreciate the scale and majesty of the rock. After your short flight, you'll return to your luxurious camp for your final evening in the desert.

Day 7: Fly to Sydney, Depart

Depart Australia
Wave goodbye to Australia and the outback
It's your final day in Australia, and there's a big day of travel ahead. A private driver will collect you from the luxury camp for a short transfer to Ayers Rock Airport. From here you'll catch a three-hour flight back to Sydney in time for your long-haul international flight home. Safe travels! 

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Map of Luxury Australian Outback Experience: Sydney & Uluru - 7 Days
Map of Luxury Australian Outback Experience: Sydney & Uluru - 7 Days