Australia is a land of boundless energy and creativity, where ancient cultures and traditions—indigenous, European, Asian—have melded to produce something endlessly new and exciting. Its heartfelt devotion to creating world-class food and wine is palpable, from cutting-edge city scenes to remote wonderlands of inescapable beauty. In Australia, you never know what’s around the corner. But you can’t wait to get there.
From hip Melbourne and Sydney to energizing explorations of sand dunes and wine-filled valleys. Taste award-winning wines straight from the barrel in Barossa Valley, savor open-air barbecue with sheep farmers, meet local artists at iconic ceramic studios, stay in art-filled boutique hotels in the trendiest neighborhoods.
From the casual wine lover to the cultural and artistic connoisseur, from families looking to relax on the beach or conquer the Outback
Our favorite times are March - May and Sept - Nov, with clear sunny skies, cool nights, and smaller crowds than the peak Southern Hemisphere summer months of December, January, February.
More city time? Amp up the adventure? Only in it for the wine? Whichever ideal Australia experience you’re envisioning, we can help get you there.
Start in Melbourne or Sydney, before heading out in wine country and hitting the beach.
From elegant Melbourne and Sydney, to sun-kissed Adelaide and tranquil Port Lincoln, our boutique hotels make you feel right at home without ever trying too hard. True Australian hospitality is always relaxed, never stodgy.
Our art-filled Melbourne hotel, made from charming 19th-century mansions, is a short walk from the city’s lush botanical gardens and all the coffee shops and wine bars of the lively South Yarra neighborhood, named for the meandering city river.
Our hip base in South Australia’s buzzing capital brings a Romanesque touch—towers, mansard roofs, even gargoyles—to our luxurious stay amidst the laneways of Adelaide’s West End. Each of the Art Deco rooms carry their own character, and all situated near the city’s best cafes, bars, restaurants.
You’ll not want to leave our oceanfront boutique hotel on Port Lincoln's Boston Bay, each room catching sea breezes and views from private balconies. It’s a perfect spot to unwind, take a sunrise stroll and breathe in the fresh air during the al fresco breakfast on the terrace.
Our sophisticated Sydney spot is situated in a city known for its diversity. Stroll through stunning beachfront neighborhoods, London-like streets, then a slice of Vietnam. You’ll be steps away from lush inner city gardens and Sydney’s heritage harbor for views of the ocean and its iconic opera house.
We can plan a custom, private departure for any group size. Our custom trips are perfect for a couple wishing to travel on their own, a family, or a multi-generational group. If you’re looking to travel on one of our group departures on a private basis, a minimum number of travelers may apply.
Yes, we can craft an unforgettable milestone celebration or company retreat for groups as large as 40 or more.
Our level of curation, care, and in-country connections. We handle everything, overseeing your experience from beginning to end with the highest levels of ownership and responsibility. We support you every step of the way with comprehensive itineraries, detailed day-by-day descriptions, insider destination info, and 24/7 dedicated support.
Preferably six to nine months in advance and earlier for holiday travel. We stay in unique, in-demand boutique and luxury hotels where advance reservations are important to secure the best accommodations possible. We can help with last-minute travel planning, however availability may be limited.
We curate your MO/AD Private Departure to ensure the experiences are authentic, immersive, and included in your trip price. Your itinerary typically includes accommodations, airport transfers, private transportation for all day trips and excursions, privately guided tours with local guides, exclusive VIP access and activities, and meals as detailed in your itinerary.
MO/AD Private Departures typically cost $750 to $1,500 per person, per day, and vary by destination, time of year, number of people in your group, and types of activities you prefer.
MO/AD Private Departures do not include roundtrip airfare to/from your destination, travel insurance, gratuities for local guides, hotel incidentals, and any activities and meals not included in your itinerary.
After learning more about you, your interests, preferred style of travel, dates, and budget, we will present you with initial ideas and examples of what we can plan for you. In order to design a detailed itinerary and check availability, there is a $500 non-refundable planning deposit due. This will be applied to your final trip cost. Once your itinerary is perfect, we require a 25% non-refundable confirmation deposit to start confirming all of your arrangements. Many of our local partners and hotels require additional advance deposits to secure the best accommodations. The balance of your trip cost is due 90 days prior to travel.
In addition to having a valid passport, US citizens are required to obtain a visa to gain entry into Australia. Most US passport holders traveling to Australia for less than 90 days can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). The ETA is an electronic label-free visa and can be obtained at the ETA website. Visit the Australia Travel Information page at Travel.State.Gov for more information.
See our Terms & Conditions for complete details about our policies regarding your MO/AD Private Departure booking.