A visit to the Australian Open will be one you'll talk about for years. Take in the first Grand Slam® of the season with tickets to a day and night session. Visit Melbourne, Port Douglas and Sydney, we have included iconic tours to Phillip Island, the Great Barrier Reef and the Blue Mountains. Offering great value to experience Australia and the best tennis
- Round-trip International Economy Class airfare from Los Angeles
- Domestic Economy Class flights
- 4 nights Melbourne at the 4.5* Crown Promenade – Standard King Room
- Australian Open Tennis Tickets to Rod Laver Arena for Night Session
- Australian Open Tennis Tickets to Rod Laver Arena for Day Session
- Half Day Laneways & Arcades Walking Tour
- Full Day Phillip Island Penguin Parade Ultimate Eco Tour OR Full Day Great Ocean Road Tour
- 4 nights Port Douglas at the 4.5* Shantara Resort Port Douglas – Studio Pool View
- Full Day Outer Barrier Reef Tour including lunch
- Half Day Mossman Gorge & Aboriginal Dreamtime Walking Tour
- 4 nights Sydney at the 5* Pier One Sydney Harbour – Heritage King Room
- Half Day Small Group Sydney City Sights Tour
- Full Day Small Group Tour to the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains
- Seat in coach airport shuttle transfers
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
Note: This itinerary is based on tennis tickets for 1st week schedule - category 2 level tickets at Rod Laver Arena – tickets are available for all dates, arenas and categories – ask an Aspire expert
Day 1 - Depart
Ask about our options with Premium Economy and Business class airfare.
Day 2 - Cross International Dateline
Day 3 - Arrive
On arrival into Melbourne, shuttle transfer to accommodation - FOUR nights.
ACCOMMODATION - Crown Promenade Hotel offers spacious rooms with views of Port Phillip Bay or the city and Yarra River. Guests have access to a restaurant, bar, indoor swimming pool and fitness center.
Day 4 -
Melbourne - Tennis Day Session
2 x tickets; Gate opens at 1000am, Match starts at 1100am
Singles - 4th Round Morning Session Rod Laver Arena
Day 5 -
Phillip Island small group tour with Penguins Plus Upgrade Day
Late morning depart Melbourne on your small group tour for Phillip Island. Get up close and personal with the friendly residents of Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies, have your photo taken with a koala (small fee applies) and learn about the conservation of these amazing animals. This Eco-certified sanctuary showcases the famous and endangered faces of Australias wildlife, including the southern bettong, eastern quolls and rare fluffy gliders. From here we travel to historic Churchill Island, where you will see sheep shearing and working dogs in action. On Phillip Island we visit the stunning Cape Woolamai surf beach, see the Nobbies and Seal Rocks before arriving at the Penguin Parade where you will view the penguins from the "Penguins Plus" viewing platform; Home to Victorias largest colony of little penguins, Summerland Beach provides the backdrop to the world famous Penguin Parade. Watch as hundreds of little penguins make their way across the beach and return to their sand dune burrows.
Day 6 - Laneways &
Arcades Walking Tour & Tennis Night Session
This morning indulge with a casual walk through Melbourne's lanes and arcades in small groups to engage in the life of this city which many miss. Discover local designers and specialty retailers, tiny cafs and more. A little history and attention to amazing architecture will inspire locals and visitors alike. Lunch is included. Get orientated and return to those places you like best in the afternoon, at your leisure.
2 x tickets; Gate opens at 500P, Match starts at 730pm
Singles - Evening Session Rod Laver Arena
Day 7 - Melbourne -
This morning shuttle transfer to Melbourne airport and your flight to Cairns. On arrival into Cairns, seat in coach transfer to Port Douglas - THREE nights
ACCOMMODATION - Stay 4 fabulous nights at Shantara Resort & Spa, located 400 metres to Port Douglas’ famous Four Mile Beach with its palm fringed beach, relax or swim in the warm calm waters. Take a stroll to Macrossan Street (400metres) that offers an array of trendy gourmet restaurants, cafes and boutique shopping to suit all tastes. With a choice of spacious studio rooms or large comfortable one bedroom self-contained apartments, Shantara is an adult haven, ideal for couples looking for a tranquil, romantic and relaxing getaway.
Day 8 -
Great Barrier Reef Day Tour
This morning you will be collected by coach for your Great Barrier Reef day tour. Quicksilver's modern wavepiercing catamarans cruise to reef activity platforms moored at the ribbon reefs located at the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. The Agincourt Ribbon Reef systems provide unsurpassed coral formations, colourful marine life and spectacular underwater visibility. Quicksilver provides facilities for swimmers and non-swimmers to experience this stunning reef world. Passengers can explore the reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible, an underwater observatory, or can snorkel and dive in an underwater world of unique colour and marine life. Optional activities include introductory diving, certified diving, ocean walker or an adventure snorkel tour with a Marine Biologist. Scenic helicopter flights provide another perspective. Once vessel has returned to marina you will be transferred by coach back to accommodation.
Day 9 -
This morning travel north along the scenic coastal road to arrive at Mossman Gorge Centre and enjoy an Indigenous presentation by the traditional owners of the gorge, the Kuku Yalanji people before boarding the eco shuttle for the transfer into Mossman Gorge. Your guide will take you on a walk sharing their knowledge of this enchanting rainforest environment. Learn about the fascinating secrets of one of the world's oldest rainforests. Upon conclusion of the cruise, commence the return journey to Port Douglas
- Port Douglas - Sydney
This morning seat in coach transfer to Cairns airport for your flight to Sydney. On arrival into Sydney shuttle transfer to accommodation - THREE nights.
ACCOMMODATION - A luxury stay in the heart of Dawes Point awaits you at Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection. Within steps you'll find Sydney Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay within a 10-minute stroll.
Day 12 - Sydney -
Half Day City Sights Tour
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel for your small group Panoramic Sydney Sights tour. Visit the historic Rocks area (Old Town of Sydney) and hear of the early convict history. Enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House, see Sydney Harbour Bridge and the shopping heart of the city including the Queen Victoria Building and Sydney Tower. Visit Sydney's trendy district, Oxford Street and elegant Paddington with its terrace houses. Arrive at the famous beaches - see Tamarama, Bronte and stop at the Bondi beachfront to stroll and enjoy a morning coffee or tea (at own expense). See surfers, famous Aussie lifesavers and Sydney's most spectacular panoramic viewpoint. Return to Sydney via Sydney Heads lookout, Watsons Bay, Kings Cross & Mrs Macquaries Point for unsurpassed views of the Harbour Bridge & Opera House
Day 12 - Sydney - Blue
Visit Scenic World and dare yourself to ride the steepest Railway in the world with spectacular views of the Three Sisters and the Valley. Go through the quaint village of Leura showing the beautiful stores, houses and gardens along the way to Reids Plateau. A picturesque view of the Jamison Valley, taking in the rear view of the Three Sisters away from the crowds. Return to Sydney by way of Featherdale Wildlife Park, with a chance to cuddle up to a koala or feed the baby wallabies. Your trip to Sydney is not complete without a cruise on Parramatta River to Sydney Harbour Circular Quay.
Day 13 - Depart
Shuttle transfer to Sydney airport and your flight to US.
Travel departure dates to including all 2017 Australia Open tournament days of play with varying arenas and categories and pricing. Starting from pricing is valid for for purchase by 31 December 2016. If you choose to take the optional airfare add on airfare prices are per person based on double occupancy departures from Los Angeles. Add-on fares are available from other cities. Certain black out dates apply on the accommodation and tour value add offers - check with your Aspire consultant. Seats are limited and may not be available on every flight. Hotels are subject to availability. All prices reflect a discount for purchases made by cash/wire transfer/check, please see terms and conditions for credit card payments. There are no discounts for payment made by credit cards. Cancellation penalties and other restrictions apply.