Start off with exploring the beauty of Sydney, then travel to Kakadu national park and Arnhem land, land of the aboriginies and exotic wildlife. Finish of with Queenslands magic sun kissed beaches, lush rainforest and the great barrier reef - one of the wonders of the world.
Day 1.Arrive into Sydney and stay 4 nights at the Quay Grand hotel overlooking the Sydney Harbour. The hotel is located on circular Quay, just a few minutes’ walk from the Sydney Opera House. You are also close to the shopping, precinct, the historic Rocks are and of course the Botanical Gardens all just a few minutes walk from Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour.
There are some excellent restaurants right on the door step to suit any taste.
Day 2.Today we start exploring the Darling Harbour, the historic Rocks area and Australia's most famous icon, the Sydney Opera House.
Drive around the scenic Harbour foreshore with its glamorous waterfront homes and views. Continue on to the golden shores of Bondi Beach. Return to the city through Paddington with its historic tree lined streets and terrace houses.
After lunch it's time for a Bridge Climb! The Bridge Climb is considered one of the world’s Top Ten Experiences by Lonely Planet! In groups of up to 14 people set out along catwalks, up ladders, and steadily to the summit of the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, 134 metres above Sydney Harbour!.
Day 3.With stunning bushland surrounding Sydney you don’t have to go far to experience the uniqueness
of Australia’s native bush and wildlife.
This is the best chance to see kangaroos, emu and koalas in the wild and night-spot for wombats, possums and gliders. Depart in the morning and return by 10pm, this allows you to be in the best locations at the best possible times. Included are either a light lunch or afternoon tea and a country style dinner at an atmospheric local pub.
Dusk brings out the best of Australian Marsupials and photographic opportunities abound and you will have the opportunity to spot-light nocturnal animal such as possums, gliders and wombats.
Day 4.Sydney, some say the most beautiful city in Australia is memorable for far more than its famous landmarks. 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. We will be happy to arrange as much or as little touring as you like.
Day 5.We continue the journey to The Red Centre of Australia, home to three spectacular geologic icons – Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Mt Conner. Make a sunset journey into the Dreamtime- Explore the most culturally significant monolith in Australia, experience the song-lines, geology and environment that is Uluru. As you meander around the rock on short walks to mystical waterholes and art sites, your guide will explain Uluru’s cultural significance to the Anangu people. Absorb the majesty of this powerful place through the contours of this great natural monument. Your base from which to explore it all is Sails in the Desert, a luxury resort close by Uluru.
Day 6.Revel in the early morning serenity of a truly spiritual place, as the sun rises watch the glorious colours of Kata Tjuta change. Meander through the massive rock formations as you learn about the unique environment. Arriving at Walpa Gorge, you will walk between the mighty conglomerate domes. The spirituality of this amazing location will embrace you.
Small Group Shared Tour – afternoon & evening exploring Mt Conner & Curtin Springs Station. Tour, and an exclusive visit to a cattle station on the SEIT Mt Conner 4WD Outback Adventure.
Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and be
captivated by the spectacular changing colours of the sunset.
Day 7.Stay 1 Night at Mantra on the Esplanade in Darwin, a few minutes walk from the CBD & shopping
precinct. The guest rooms, the one, two and three bedroom apartment style suites all have en-suite
bathrooms. The suites also have living and dining areas, a fully equipped kitchen and laundry as
well as balconies affording views across the Darwin Harbour to the sun set in the west. The Hotel facilities include 24 hour reception, an outdoor swimming pool, guest car park and a restaurant and bar.
Day 8.Let the adventure begin! Your 3 day / 2 night Kakadu, Arnhem Land and Katherine Camping tour with Lords Safaris.
Travel on to the Adelaide River to witness the fabulous jumping crocodiles and other wildlife. These Saltwater Crocodiles are a magnificent sight and you will gain a good understanding of why they have survived for more then two hundred million years!
A short detour to - Learning Tree Lagoon; this Billabong is often covered in water lilies making it a popular quick stop for photographers.
The last stop for today is at Cooinda - experience one of Kakadu’s icons - a Yellow Water Cruise. This is top end wildlife and you might see saltwater crocodiles, Jacana bird, 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.
Day 9.The safari continues on to Aboriginal Arnhem Land for a walk up Injalak Hill with a local Elder.
Visitors to Arnhem Land are able to experience a fascinating mixture of traditional and living
culture as this is perhaps the one area in Australia where indigenous culture is still dominant,
despite a long history of interaction with other cultures, for example the Macassens visited the
shores of Arnhem Land for more then five hundred years to harvest sea slug.
Day 10.Turning south your guide will show you other beautiful spots in Kakadu – perhaps Gunlom, you
may prefer to give time to the Katherine and Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge).
Today you will head to the Southern end of Kakadu, here we find a pristine water fall, Gunlom. This area was immortalised in the first 'Crocodile Dundee' movie, its white sandy beach and 120 metre cascading waterfall (runs up to the end of July) is a great photo opportunity. A
more challenging walk to the top of the waterfall is rewarded with a swim and the best view for
miles around. Enjoy it while overlooking the beautiful South Alligator Valley.
Day 11.Located on the edge of Port Douglas, Niramaya offers a spacious architectural style inspired by the pavilion accommodation of South East Asia.
Designed to take advantage of the warm climate, tropical surrounds and holiday mood of the town each of guest villa offers a car space at the front gate, a private plunge pool, outdoor pavilion with day bed, a full kitchen, lounge and dining area.
The concierge will be happy to make reservations – from local restaurants to scenic helicopter flights - whatever you wish to add to our arrangements.
Day 12.Morning collection by your guide for a great full day private tour that incorporates some of the best activities in Far North Queensland! Included are Lunch & refreshments, Jungle Surfing, Daintree River cruising, guide services and transport in a luxury vehicle are all included.
Move into the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation, one of the most diverse and ecologically unique areas on the planet. Take a walk along Cape Tribulation Beach or on one of the scenic boardwalks and learn about the diversity of the rainforest.
On the northern side of the Daintree tackle Jungle Surfing, a 1.5 hour trip through the canopy of the rainforest – suited to everybody. Your feet don’t touch the ground, rather you fly through the trees.
Enjoy a lunch of local produce and later, visit the Daintree Ice Cream Company where tropical fruits are made into delicious ice creams.
Day 13.A Full Day Shared Great Barrier Reef Cruise - Calypso Pure Snorkelling
Early morning collection for transfer to Port Douglas Marina to board Calypso for a full day cruise that includes all snorkelling equipment, guided and self-guided snorkelling on the Reef, morning tea and lunch. Diving is available at extra cost. A marine management fee of $3.50 per person is payable on board. You will be returned back to your hotel at about 5pm.
￼Transfer to Port Douglas Marina for a day on the Great Barrier Reef. Cruise to the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs, about 90 minutes off-shore - with access to more than 45 locations at 16 different reefs, Calypso’s skipper selects threes sites each day according to tidal & weather conditions. During the course of the day you have the opportunity to dive (please pre-book) and snorkel on the reef - one of the richest habitats on the planet in terms of faunal diversity. To date more than 400 types of coral, 1500 species of fish and 4000 mollusc species have been recorded.
Morning tea and lunch are included as are snorkeling gear, lycra suits and flotation devices. A marine naturalist gives an informative talk and takes a guided snorkel tour.
Day 14.Wedged between two World Heritage sites (the Great Barrier Reef & the Daintree Rainforest) Port Douglas is a seaside gem where palm fringed streets offer a selection of boutiques, art galleries, cafes and award winning restaurants. The Sunday markets are a great place for a stroll and on any day of the week be sure to visit the famous Four Mile Beach where tropical forest lines many kilometers of white sand beach lapped by the Coral Sea. In Port Douglas you can tackle a number of adventure activities, from jungle surfing to helicopter picnics, or just relax and enjoy the town’s low-key yet sophisticated lifestyle.
Airport: Sydney (SYD).
Duration: 14 nights.
Combine with: Our other hotels or extra nights.
Eco Credentials at Sal Salis
Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef is located within the Cape Range National Park and on the shores of one of the world's greatest fringing coral reefs. Guests come to Sal Salis to experience the pristine natural environment, the prolific marine life of Ningaloo Reef and the amazing diversity of fauna and flora.
Sal Salis is a model ecotourism development camp operated under The Department of Parks and Wildlife and by virtue of the small size (9 Wilderness Tents) the impact on the environment is minimal. The following facts will give you an understanding of our commitment to maintain and protect this environment for the benefit of future generations.
Construction of the Camp
The camp was built with a minimal impact on the environment i.e. the rooms and the main lodge facility are constructed above ground level to protect the fauna and flora. Boardwalks also prevent unnecessary soil erosion and all guests are reminded to keep to the designated foot-paths while walking around the camp. The colour of the tents and the lodge ensures that the camp blends in naturally with the surrounding landscape.
100% of the camp's power is generated by the sun through an array of solar panels to ensure a predominantly clean source of energy and preserve the peace and quiet of this pristine area. There is no internet connection or signal at Sal Salis so computers and mobile phones are not a distraction to guests. There is however a 220 volt power point available for guests to charge their camera batteries in the main lodge area.
Hot water is heated by gas, and the tents are not equipped with air-conditioning or hairdryers! All the tents face the ocean which allows the coastal breeze to naturally cool the interior and at the same time expose guests to the sights and sounds of the surrounding bush and ocean. Each en-suite bathroom has a Nature Loo (these very effective composting toilets are transported off-site to be cleaned) and the grey water from the showers and hand basins is carefully managed to ensure only filtered water is dispensed back into the ground.
All the linen is supplied by EcoDownUnder which is organic cotton and chemical free. All laundry is transported back to Exmouth for processing and the laundry detergents used are all eco-certified. Our sheets are a sand colour and are not bleached to maintain pure whiteness. Their composition means that we are able to hang dry them straight and eliminate the need for ironing.
Soaps for guests are produced locally, are chemical free and incorporate native herbs. We supply ecologically sound shampoos and conditioners for guests staying at Sal Salis and we urge guests to refrain from using non-eco bathroom products during their stay. Individual solar lanterns provide a safe lighting feature along the pathways to guide guests back to their tents at night.
There are no fresh water mains within the Cape Range National Park and all water provided at camp is brought in manually via 20 litre water containers from Exmouth - so the water supply at Sal Salis is most certainly a precious commodity. Guests are allocated 20 litres of water per person per day for showering and washing purposes. Water for the showers is solar heated and for most of the year guests can enjoy a warm shower in the late afternoon. A thermos of hot water is also provided daily in the bathrooms for the guest's convenience of washing and shaving.
Filtered drinking water is provided at camp and guests are encouraged to refill their personal drinking containers. As part of our commitment to the environment we are trying to find acceptable alternatives to the plastic drinking bottles which litter our shores and we ask our guests to participate in this awareness campaign.
Recycling and Waste
All the waste generated by the camp is carefully transported back to the Exmouth waste depot. Where possible chemical containers are all reused. Used bottles and cans are separated at camp and returned to the Exmouth recycle depot.
Wherever possible we make use of products that are local to the Exmouth Region and Western Australia.
Our prime motivation for what we do at Sal Salis is to open the minds of our guests to environment of Ningaloo Reef and the Cape Range National Park, and share the importance of our coexistence with nature in this fragile eco system. It is a great opportunity for our guides to share their knowledge of the regions fauna and flora through the various wilderness activities.
We are always willing to debate the topical issues of climate change and the impact it has on the surrounding environment as well as our contribution to show the world that carbon neutral luxury camps are the way of the future in sensitive locations throughout Australia.
Department of Parks and Wildlife
Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef operates under a license agreement with the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) in Western Australia, in what is a role model partnership between National Parks and private sector tourism with the ultimate aim of conserving the region's natural environment through educational and environmentally sound tourism operations. In addition to the park entrance fees, 5% of the business's turnover goes to DPaW and their conservation work across Western Australia.
Wild Bush Luxury makes a donation for every guest per night staying at Sal Salis Camp to Australia's leading non-government conservation organisation, the Australian Wildlife Conservancy. We are proud and privileged to operate within the National Park and support the AWC, if you would like to learn more about their work across Australia you can subscribe to their bulletin by clicking here.
Lord Safaris - Environmental Policy
Lord’s Safari aspires to protect and enhance our natural and cultural environment. We aim to communicate and interpret the natural values and cultural heritage of the areas visited, while encouraging protection, preservation and conservation of all resources in order to have sustainable visitation for future generations.
Our environmental management commitment is as follows;
Our company has made a strong commitment to environmental best practice in office management and general operations.
Through a process of continual improvement we aim to excel in the application of efficient and effective environmental management practices of the company’s office and tour operations
Through a philosophy of ‘rethink, reduce, reuse, repair, recycle’ we will: · systematically manage our activities to minimise or eliminate our negative environmental impacts and use of resources;
Work closely with our employees, clients, suppliers, other tour industry stakeholders and in particular with the local aboriginal people and Traditional Owners to continually refine our work practices and operations to best practice standards;
Implement systems to measure, monitor, review and improve upon the environmental performance defined in our objectives and targets an work towards provide a carbon neutral business operation.
Implement measures to prevent or minimise pollution, waste and other human impacts in all the environments in which we operate;
Ensure transparency in our environmental decision making;
Incorporate best practice environmental management into our business plans and management practices;
As a minimum, comply with our environmental management plans and all relevant legislation, standards, guidelines and policy;
Actively promote and encourage the adoption of ecological sustainable work practices and operations within our organisation and the general community;
Review and update this policy when required to ensure continued relevance; and
Communicate this policy to internal and external stakeholders.
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