Gleaming Riches of the Southern Islands by Private Jet (11 days)


Day 1
25 Oct 2018
Sydney, Australia
Flinders Island, Australia
Hobart, Australia
Henry Jones Art Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, in Sydney, we board our private jet for our first

flight, to the raw and unspoiled outpost of Flinders Island,

a place that is impossible to reach by regular commercial airline.

Bass Strait has always deterred the casual sailor with its rough

and unpredictable moods, but the resulting isolation is to our

favour. Empty beaches, sapphire waters, rocky peaks, hillsides

bursting with flowers, abundant seabirds and wallabies converge

to create an utterly idyllic day.

Only when we are content with our discoveries, do we travel

on to Hobart, set stunningly on sloping hillsides leading down

to the Derwent River. The Henry Jones Art Hotel, right on

the waterfront and across the pier from Salamanca Place,

welcomes us for three nights.

Day 2
26 Oct 2018
Hobart, Australia
Henry Jones Art Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hobart is a charming town, but we reserve its urban delights

for tomorrow. Today, we leave town to explore Bruny Island.

Once just a quiet, forgotten corner of Tasmania, Bruny has

become the epicentre of the state's gourmet renaissance and

is a wonderland of plant and wildlife. Discover the island with

these Your World experiences.

- The Bruny Island Traveller Tour is the ultimate foodie's day

out. Savour award-winning cheese, oysters harvested and

shucked straight from the sea, an indulgent cellar door lunch

and more. In-between, we visit Cape Bruny Lighthouse for

sweeping ocean views and search for white wallabies.

- Take a Bruny Island Adventure Cruise in nimble boats with

open sides - nothing to get between you and the soaring

sea cliffs, frolicking seals, dolphins, birds and if you're lucky,

migrating whales.

Day 3
27 Oct 2018
Hobart, Australia
Henry Jones Art Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Historic Salamanca Place beckons this morning. The sandstone

buildings, built in the 1840s, are warehouses that have been

converted into restaurants, galleries and craft shops. Saturday

is also market day, and we enjoy our stroll through the stalls

offering fine Tasmanian crafts, clothing and food. We take a city

tour, then visit the quirky and provocative MONA, the Museum

of Old and New Art, set uniquely in an underground bunker.

Afterwards, sit down to a superb lunch at the museum's The

Source restaurant. The best of Tasmania's heavenly produce

shows up on the menu, paired with wines from all over the

world, including those from MONA's own estate, Moorilla.

We return to Hobart on the scenic route, boarding the

museum's catamaran for a journey down the Derwent River

to the Brooke Street Pier.

This evening, we dine at a selection of Hobart's best restaurants.

A favourite is Aloft, which focuses on what's fresh, in-season

and made by Tasmania's best small producers. Another is

the Drunken Admiral, where we recommend ordering from

the Fishmonger's Board, which features only what's been

caught that very morning.

Day 4
28 Oct 2018
Strahan, Australia
Strahan Village Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We leave Hobart for a scenic drive to the mirror-still waters

of Lake St Clair. It is at the Lake St Clair Lodge, on the lake's

southern shore, that we stop for lunch. Our next stop is

The Wall in the Wilderness, a singular sculpture that pays

tribute to the history, hardship and character of the people

in Tasmania's Central Highlands. It is an epic work in progress

by the renowned sculptor, Greg Duncan, who estimates that

it will take ten years to finish. We travel on to Queenstown,

a copper mining town, en route to Strahan on Tasmania's

west coast, and the gateway to the Franklin-Gordon Wild

Rivers National Park. On arrival, we check in to Strahan Village,

our residence for two nights.

This evening, we discuss the highlights of our day over dinner.

At View 42 Degrees, Tassie’s finest and freshest seafood is

plated up with a panorama that is Macquarie Harbour.

Day 5
29 Oct 2018
Strahan, Australia
Gordon River, Australia
Strahan Village Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park is named after

the two rivers that snake through some of the most untamed

forests in the world, watched over by the peak of Frenchmans

Cap. In the 1970s, plans were made to dam the Gordon River,

but protests that reached Melbourne and Sydney finally led

to the creation of the park, a landmark moment that set a

precedent for conservation of the Daintree region and many

other natural wonders of Australia. On board the exclusively

chartered MV Ocean Spirit, we cruise the Gordon River,

its unpolished beauty now preserved, hopefully forever.

We return to Strahan for a production of 'The Ship That

Never Was', a comedic recounting of actual events from 1834,

when ten convicts hijacked a ship and made an extraordinary

escape from nearby Sarah Island. This evening we dine at

Risby Cove, a perennial favourite offering fresh seafood and

a beautiful harbourside setting.

Day 6
30 Oct 2018
King Island , Australia
Boomerang by the Sea Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our exploration of Tassie takes us away from the main

island today. On the way to Burnie Airport and our waiting

jet, we drive through the magnificent and untamed forests of

its northwest corner. It's a short hop to King Island, where we

indulge our inner gourmands with a visit to the famed King

Island Dairy and a stop to savour the locally-raised beef.

We make the most of the pristine outdoors over an epicure's

picnic lunch. Then, at Cape Wickham, explore Australia's

tallest lighthouse and look out onto the turbulent Bass Strait.

This evening, Boomerang by the Sea, a collection of studios

with great ocean views, welcomes us for one night. We dine in

our hotel, on a menu composed of the island's best ingredients.

Day 7
31 Oct 2018
Mount Gambier, Australia
The Barn Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, our jet takes us to the Australian mainland for

an exploration of Mt Gambier and the Coonawarra wine region.

Its 'terra rossa' soil is renowned for producing spectacular

cabernet sauvignon wines. And at the award-winning Katnook

Estate, we are treated to an exclusive tour by its Head

Winemaker, Wayne Stehbens. He regales us with the stories

behind each vintage as we taste them, then accompanies us

through lunch, happily answering any question we might have.

Afterwards, we drive to the pretty Blue Lake, a large crater

left behind by an ancient volcanic eruption. From December

to March, the lake is a lurid blue, and in the colder months,

a more natural hue. The astounding Umpherston Sinkhole

draws our attention next. Sinkholes are normally seen as a

disastrous occurrence, but here, a local saw it as a chance to

plant a garden. Today, the 'Sunken Garden' is a lush space -

plants cascade from the lip to the base of the sinkhole and

a perfectly manicured collection of ferns and hydrangeas

cover the floor. We spend the night in luxurious suites on

the idyllic grounds of The Barn.

Day 8
01 Nov 2018
Kangaroo Island, Australia
Southern Ocean Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We spend the morning strolling the quaint streets of

Mount Gambier, stopping in at its antique shops and galleries,

before boarding our private jet for the flight to Kangaroo Island.

Upon arrival, we check in to the sumptuous Southern Ocean

Lodge for two nights. Its dramatic location overlooking the

wild surf is one draw. Its gastronomic offerings are another.

We sample these on a gourmet picnic lunch, then head to Seal

Bay, where we have the chance to get up close to our country's

third largest colony of sea lions - part of the reason why the

island is nicknamed 'Australia's Galápagos'. In the evening,

Chef Alastair Waddell dazzles us with dinner. Kangaroo Island

is blessed with artisanal farmers and growers, and the menu

reflects this bounty. It is also an emerging wine region, with

a temperate climate that allows a long, slow ripening of the

grapes, producing wines known for strong varietal fruit flavours

and intense colour. Our sommelier handpicks the finest wines

to pair with our delectable four-course meal.

Day 9
02 Nov 2018
Kangaroo Island, Australia
Southern Ocean Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, we head to Flinders Chase National Park.

Many of the island's natural charms are to be found here.

The foremost among them must be the Remarkable Rocks -

enormous boulders that have been shaped by wind, rain and

surf into intriguing architectural forms. Parts of the boulders

are covered in a unique orange lichen, which in certain sunlight,

glows. Next, we view the Admirals Arch, a cave that has been

turned, after millennia of battering by waves, into a rock bridge.

From its viewing platform, you might also spot the resident

fur seal colony.

At lunch, our chef indulges us with three courses, suffused with

flavour but deceptively light, so as not to slow any afternoon

plans. Take a walk along the clifftop, wander down to the beach

or explore the trails on a mountain bike - all are equally splendid

ways to imbibe nature. Before dinner, we meet for drinks in the

Great Room and anticipate our chef's delicious surprises.

Day 10
03 Nov 2018
Mildura, Australia
Hotel Mildura Grand Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Mildura is said to be where the Mediterranean meets the

outback. Citrus groves and vineyards stretch as far as the eye

can see. Endless sunshine and sandy beaches along the Murray

demand that life be lived at a slower pace. Our private jet

flies us here in the morning and we check in to the historic

Hotel Mildura Grand, a stone's throw from the river.

This evening, we have the distinct pleasure of dining at

Stefano’s in our hotel. The celebrated chef, Stefano de Pieri,

has long drawn gastronomes to town. With a sure hand,

he applies an exquisite Italian awareness, creating simple

combinations that really sing. There is no more fitting

farewell dinner than tonight’s.

Day 11
04 Nov 2018
Sydney, Australia
None Breakfast, Lunch

This may be the last day of our journey, but we certainly make

the most of it. We greet the morning with a cruise on a privately

chartered classic Murray paddlesteamer, languidly making our

way past the scenic river red gums that line each bank. Our

destination is the Trentham Estate Winery, where we indulge

ourselves with a leisurely tasting session and lunch.

Sometime in the afternoon, we rejoin our private jet for the

flight to Sydney. This hedonistic exploration has been a buf fet

of sights and flavours, and we r eflect on our favourite moments

as our jet heads towards home.

Tour Features


  • Air & Helicopter Tours
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Food & Wine
  • Sightseeing
  • Wildlife & Nature


Known now for its MONA Gallery, we will also be treated to one

of the lushest corners of Australia. Here climate and terroir come

together to create a land of bounty, and the surrounding oceans

cultivate a dazzling diversity of life. This part of the world is gifted with

manmade works of art and nature's best offerings. Prepare to feast

your eyes and your taste buds on this truly rare journey.


Seldom can we dismiss the demands of schedules. But when

we want to escape those demands, we travel by private jet.

Your holiday begins the moment you board and all you have

to do is lounge, nibble and sip all-flight long. Dom Pérignon

flows freely as it should, and our bar offers premium labels,

to please the most discerning of palates. Our devoted cabin

crew excels at pampering guests, ensuring that you always

arrive feeling refreshed and ready for new adventures.

Your Captain’s Choice BAE 146 has been customised with the

optimum level of luxury for short and medium-distance flights

such as ours. The cabin features plush, armchair-like business

class seats. And while it can accommodate 48, there are only

ever 34 guests onboard, allowing everyone ample space to

spread out, with the opportunity to take in the views from the

window seating.

When you travel by private jet, you'll be flying to places on

routes no regular airline travels. With your flying comfort a

priority, the BAE 146 is one of the fastest, most agile small jets

in operation. This means less time in the air and an ability to

land on the rural runways of remote Australia, New Zealand

and their surrounding islands.


When you travel by private jet, you can leave the formalities to

us. With a team to take care of the details, you will more often

than not detour airport terminals and security screenings. At times

you may be driven on the tarmac, to and from the aircraft, where

a built-in staircase unfolds so there isn’t even the need to wait

for steps to arrive. Departures in Australia are from the exclusive

Sydney Airport Private Jet Terminal, ensuring you not only avoid

queues but crowds as well. It’s the same in New Zealand, where

immigration is fast tracked upon your arrival and again when it’s

time to return. And because our itineraries are wholly unique,

with a level of service no regular airline provides, your only task

is to anticipate the next exciting leg of your journey.

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