Though Australians celebrate their rugged pioneer spirit and seem to relish the challenges of the outback, visitors are not required to do the same: travelers who wish to experience the continent without sacrificing creature comforts will welcome this guided tour, beginning with two nights in Sydney. Your visit to this sparkling urban gem will include a small group luncheon cruise on Sydney Harbour, where you will soak up the views of the famed Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay, and Rocks neighborhood before sailing past the extravagant homes of Darling Point and Vaucluse. During your time in Sydney, take a break from urban exploration for an excursion to the majestic Blue Mountains, named for the bluish mist that rises from the eucalyptus trees covering the peaks. From Sydney, fly to Flinders Ranges, where you will enjoy two nights at a rustically chic, classic outback sheep station while learning about this spectacular mountain region. Fly to Ayers Rock for a three-night introduction to the Red Centre and the monolith that is Australia‟s most famous icon. Your comprehensive touring of Uluru and the Olgas will include a special evening dining under the stars and a chance to watch the sunrise soak Uluru in brilliant color. Head back to Sydney for a night before departing for Lord Howe, a breathtakingly beautiful island rising from the Tasman Sea. Indulge in the pleasures offered by the Capella Lodge, your home for the next three nights. Whether you choose to relax on the pristine beaches, snorkel or dive among the bountiful marine life, or play nine holes on the enchantingly picturesque golf course, Lord Howe Island offers something for everyone. Return to Sydney for your final night in Australia.