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August 31, 2013

The Ultimate Weekend Getaway to Australia – $1 Million

By Chris Boyle

If you’re looking to go over-the-top down under, this Australia-bound Million Dollar Weekend has your golden ticket. Part of Elite Traveler’s series of “Million Dollar Weekend Getaways”, Swain has created this ultimate jetsetter’s weekend getaway to Australia, which includes a private climb of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a just-for-you Opera Australia performance and a Great Barrier Reef snorkeling adventure. 

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DAY one – Private check-in at Sydney’s waterside hotel and stay in a luxurious suite

Your weekend of indulgence begins with traveling in style from Sydney International Airport in a Rolls Royce, which takes you to your home for the next four days, Park Hyatt Sydney, where the sumptuous, 3,853-square-foot Sydney Suite awaits once you have privately checked in (from $16,000 a night).

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DAY two – private takeover of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera Australia performance

Day two starts with a private climb of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which has been rented out for your sole use while you embark on a guided walk, costing $100,000. Next, a behind-the-scenes tour of Australia’s most iconic building – the Sydney Opera House – awaits, where you can enjoy dramatic views of the bridge.

Later, you’ll enjoy a meal prepared by one of the city’s top chefs at the Opera House, while listening to a private performance by Opera Australia. The evening ends with a spell-binding fireworks display over the harbor – created just for you – costing a total of $300,000.

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DAY three – exclusive animal sanctuary visit, wine tour and private dockside dinner

Day three begins in authentic Aussie style with a trip to the Sydney Fish Market, before heading to a private animal sanctuary in the city, where you can see koalas and kangaroos up close.

Next up is a helicopter trip 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.

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Touching back down aboard Sydney’s largest private yacht, a sundown wine tasting provides the perfect prelude to a private dockside dinner at the renowned Quay Restaurant. The day will cost you a total of $150,000, plus extra for the helicopter trip.


DAY Four – Great Barrier Reef snorkeling and outback experience

Day four tames the Australian wild with a hassle-free private jet transfer to Hamilton Island for a Great Barrier Reef snorkeling adventure complete with lunch in the exclusive Beach House of Australia’s finest seaside resort, qualia.

outback_Next up is Ayers Rock, which provides raw contrast to the reef’s tropical palette, where you are met by one of Australia’s leading Indigenous guides and learn about its history. The rugged yet refined Longitude 131° provides the perfect backdrop for drinks, dining and local stories. So far, this day will set you back around $175,000.

This ultimate weekend getaway draws to a close with a private jet transfer back to Sydney, before you retire to your plush suite, which is yours until you fly home the next day. 

The following morning, make a memorable exit with a Rolls-Royce airport transfer that includes a very special surprise parting gift (an extremely rare Australian black opal – costing $150,000 – and an even rarer Australian pink diamond, worth $100,000).

Extras, including private jet transfer from Sydney to Hamilton, lunch at qualia, the helicopter trip, snorkeling, and flight to Longitude 131° and back to Sydney, would cost around $200,000.

Swain President and Founder Ian Swain

(800) 227-9246 ext. 201

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