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Four Days and $1 Million: The Ultimate Australia Long Weekend Getaway

September 3, 2013 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

The ultimate, million-dollar weekend break in Australia has been revealed by private jet lifestyle magazine Elite Traveler for ultra-wealthy jetsetters looking to get lavish Down Under.

This no-expense-spared trip of a lifetime, created as part of the New York-based magazine’s Million Dollar Weekend Getaway series in partnership with Australian luxury tour operator SWAIN, will set you back more than $1 million – but for this, you’re treated to a private Harbour Bridge climb, an exclusive performance at the Opera House, numerous private jet jaunts, and the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience.

“Our readers make over 40 trips per year, including 10 intercontinental trips so they are always interested in great adventures, and Australia provides the perfect backdrop for a spectacular weekend,” said Mike Espindle, Group Editor for Elite Traveler Media Group.

Highlights of the itinerary include:

  • 4 nights in the 2-bedroom, 3,850 square foot Sydney Suite at the Park Hyatt Sydney, with panoramic views of Sydney Harbour, Opera House, and Bridge from the balcony
  • A private bridge climb and private performance at the Opera House, complete with fireworks over the harbour ordered up just for you
  • A private visit with koalas and kangaroos at an animal sanctuary open only for your entourage
  • A helicopter trip to renowned Robert Oatley Vineyards, with lunch served by Australian top chef Neil Perry
  • Private jet jaunts from Sydney to the Great Barrier Reef for snorkeling and lunch at top resort qualia, and to Ayers Rock, featuring a dinner party under the stars for you and your guests at the rugged yet refined Longitude 131°
  • The gift of an authentic Australian black opal (the rarest and most valuable of opal) and an even rarer Australian pink diamond as a souvenir

To ensure you have complete privacy, every restaurant you dine in will be closed for the duration of your eating experience, while all ground transportation will be provided by Rolls-Royce vehicles filled to the brim with champagne.

Itinerary, Day One:

Park Hyatt

The couple arrives at Sydney International Airport, where they will be greeted by their private Rolls Royce and chauffeured to the award-winning Park Hyatt Sydney, where the sumptuous, 3,853-square-foot Sydney Suite awaits.

Once privately checked in, the guests can settle into their two-bedroom suite, which has a private outdoor terrace and near 360-degree panoramic views of Sydney’s Harbour, Opera House and Bridge.

The master bedroom even has a spa bath, dry sauna and a steam room, so the couple will have the chance to completely relax during the duration of their four-night stay.

Itinerary, Day Two:

Harbour Bridge

Day two starts with a private climb of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which has been rented out for their sole use while they embark on a guided walk.

Next, they are taken on a behind-the-scenes tour of Australia’s most iconic building – the Sydney Opera House, where they will explore the building, go onto the stages and some of the four performing arts halls, as well as enjoy dramatic views of the bridge in the Northern Foyer, while sipping on a glass of champagne.

Later, the couple will be treated to an exquisite meal prepared by one of Sydney’s top chefs, while listening to a private performance by members of Opera Australia. The evening ends with a spell-binding fireworks display over the harbour, created exclusively for them.

Sydney fireworks

Itinerary, Day Three:

Guests have an early start on day three, which starts with a trip to the Sydney Fish Market and the chance to see the Dutch Auction, before heading to a private animal sanctuary in the city, where they will see koalas and kangaroos up close, along with other unique Aussie animals.

Next, a helicopter awaits them and takes them to Hunter Valley—the continent’s prime wine-growing region—where Robert Oatley Vineyards will host a private tasting and lunch prepared by star chef Neil Perry.

Passing over the Hawkesbuty River area, the helicopter takes the guests back to the city and lands on the largest private yacht in Sydney, where they are greeted by another winemaker and enjoy a wine tasting as the sun sets on Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

To end the evening, the couple has a private dinner at Quay, Sydney’s ultimate harbourside restaurant, which has been rented out for their sole use.


Itinerary, Day Four:

Day four starts with a hassle-free private jet transfer to Hamilton Island, where the couple will be met by their helicopter pilot and flown to the Great Barrier Reef for a snorkelling adventure of a lifetime. After, they enjoy champagne from their private platform and board their helicopter back to the island.

Next, the guests’ private jet takes them to Australia’s finest seaside resort, qualia, where they have lunch in the exclusive and ultra-deluxe Beach House. Then, they jet off to Uluru (Ayers Rock), where they are met by one of Australia’s leading Indigenous guides and learn about the history of this sacred place.

Ayers Rock

The day’s activities come to a close at the rugged yet refined Longitude 131°, which provides the perfect backdrop for drinks, dining and local stories. After a long day, the couple jets back to Sydney, where their private Rolls-Royce is waiting to take them back to the Park Hyatt.

Itinerary, Day Five:

After spending their final night in the plush Sydney Suite and taking in some of the city’s best sights from the comfort of their private outdoor terrace, the couple makes a memorable exit with a Rolls-Royce airport transfer and is presented with a very special surprise parting gift – an extremely rare Australian black opal and an even rarer Australian pink diamond.

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