Take in the best of what Australia has to offer with this special itinerary starting in South Australia's capital city of Adelaide, journey to the Fleurieu Peninsula experiencing stunning coastal beaches, local wineries and lunch with the locals before continuing on to Kangaroo Island, Australia's zoo without fences, and come face to face with kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, echidnas, seals and sea lions in their own habitat. Depart South Australia and fly directly to tropical North Queensland and the town of Cairns before transferring to the sophisticated beach town of Port Douglas, famous for its Four Mile Beach. Enjoy days at the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef & Daintree Rainforest. Fly onward to Sydney and enjoy time in this beautiful harbour city.
- All airport transfers in Sydney, Cairns & Adelaide
- 2 nights Adelaide at the 4.5* Majestic Roof Garden, Adelaide
- Full day small group 4WD touring from Adelaide across the Flerieu Peninsula
- Ferry transfer to Kangaroo Island
- 2 nights Kangaroo Island in 4* Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge in a deluxe waterview room including breakfast & dinner daily
- Two full days small group 4WD touring of Kangaroo Island including lunch, selected beverages & admission fees
- Kangaroo Island - Adelaide flight
- 4 nights Port Douglas at the 4.5* Shantara Resort & Spa in a Studio room
- Full Day Wavedancer Great Barrier Reef snorkeling tour including lunch
- Half Day Mossman Gorge & Aboriginal Dreamtime Walking tour
- 4 nights Sydney at the 5* Amora Jamison, Sydney in a deluxe room
- Half day small group city sights of Sydney
- Sydney Harbour Hop on/Hop off cruise
- All taxes & fuel surcharges
Day 1 -
Upon arrival in Adelaide private car transfer to accommodation.
South Australia’s capital city, Adelaide, is a vibrant hub buzzing with life, boasting great food and wine at more than 700 restaurants cafes and pubs, great retail therapy in Rundle Mall and the “cultural boulevard” of North Terrace. It is home to some of Australia’s best museums and the South Australian Art Gallery. Everything is so close in Adelaide, with the beach just 20 minutes by tram from the city center, and many of the state’s regions within two hours drive away. Enjoy a day at leisure and take in everything that Adelaide has to offer.
ACCOMMODATION - The award-winning 4.5-star Majestic Roof Garden Hotel is only a short distance from the bars, restaurants and shopping of Rundle Street. Guests have access to the rooftop garden with panoramic city views.
Day 2 -
Road to Kangaroo Island
Our road to KI is an unexpected delight a genuine adventure embracing premium local food and wine, exhilarating off-road tracks through pristine national parks, wildlife sightings, a delicious outdoor lunch and a sensational beach drive. By using our exclusive route with access to locations not available to other operators, this tour offers visitors a unique opportunity to discover the hidden gems of the richly endowed Fleurieu Peninsula. The road finishes at Cape Jervis in good time for the afternoon Sealink ferry to Kangaroo Island some 14 km across the water. On the way to the Cape experience a spectacular ocean beach drive, sample some of McLaren Vale's acclaimed Shiraz at a quirky cellar door, and learn about the history and geology of this ancient peninsula before embarking for South Australia's own Galapagos Island. On arrival on to Kangaroo Island you will be met and transferred to the township of American River & your accommodation for the next two nights, Kangaroo Island Lodge where you will enjoy a relaxing dinner (included in your package).
Day 3 -
An Exceptional Kangaroo Island vehicle will pick you up from your hotel to commence a full day KI Adventure Island Life 4WD tour. Stroll through a eucalypt forest spotting koalas snoozing overhead. Travel through some of the Island's best farming country to the North Coast. Visit the habitat of the world's rarest cockatoo and seek out wallabies and kangaroos in the wild. Enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch in a bush setting, accompanied by South Australian wines, beer or soft drinks. After lunch, visit Seal Bay where you can walk amongst the Australian Sea Lions with your guide on a beautiful sandy beach, and learn about their unique breeding biology. The afternoon is spent exploring more of the south east region of the island before being transferred back to your accommodation for dinner.
Day 4 -
Kangaroo Island - Adelaide
An Exceptional Kangaroo Island vehicle will pick you up from your hotel to commence your second day of touring on the Island, today focusing on the Flinders Chase area. Flinders Chase National Park provides a breeding habitat for the rare Cape Barren Goose and is also home to a wide variety of wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, possums, goannas, echidnas, koalas, platypus and a myriad of bird species. Visit Remarkable Rocks, huge natural granite sculptures, Admirals Arch a spectacular coastal grotto and a New Zealand fur seal colony before enjoying an elegant picnic lunch in the bush. In the afternoon sample more of Kangaroo Island, before being set down at Kingscote Airport for the return flight to Adelaide. Tour concludes at approximately 6:00pm at Adelaide Airport. On arrival into Adelaide you will be transferred to the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel for your overnight stay.
Day 5 -
Adelaide - Cairns, Port Douglas
This morning you will be collected for your private car transfer to Adelaide airport. Depart Adelaide on your flight to Cairns. On arrival in Cairns, you will met by your seat in coach transfer driver and transferred along the stunning coastal drive to the beach town of Port Douglas, and your accommodation for the next four nights, Shantara Resort & Spa. Port Douglas is the gateway to the World Heritage wonders of Tropical North Queensland. It is the closest mainland port to the Great Barrier Reef and only a short drive into the heart of the Wet Tropics rainforest at Daintree and Cape Tribulation
ACCOMMODATION - Arrive at Shantara Resort Port Douglas and be greeted by the relaxed and tranquil environment. The courtyard’s two lagoon style swimming pools cleverly encircle the apartment courtyard to provide ground level apartments with poolside access. Shantara is an Adults only retreat with Boutique Holiday Apartments suited for couples or the independent traveler looking for tranquility. The studio rooms have kitchenettes and are perfect for the shorter stay, all rooms have an outdoor balcony facing one of the pools.
Day 6 -
Great Barrier Reef Day Tour
Walk the short distance to Marina Mirage to check in for your full day Wavedancer reef cruise to the Low Isles. At 9.30am board Wavedancer, a 30 metre luxury sailing catamaran to commence a full day cruise to the Low Isles. Journey to this idyllic coral island set in a lagoon on the Great Barrier Reef. You have the opportunity to swim, snorkel, drift through the corals or take a glass bottom boat tour. Lunch is served on board. Join a marine biologist for a guided walk around the island or a guided snorkel tour. Cruise concludes at approximately 4.30pm, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.
Day 7 -
Mossman Gorge & Aboriginal Dreamtime Walk
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
Day 8 -
Explore Tropical North Queensland at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour options - Some of our favorites (additional cost applies) :
Silversonic Outer Barrier Reef
Silversonic is a 29 metre luxury catamaran custom designed for small groups of adventure minded people to revel in the thrill of diving and snorkelling. With over five hours to explore the delights of this underwater world, visit 3 different outer reef locations at Agincourt Reef on the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef.
Kuranda, Rail, Skyrail & Tjapukai
Kuranda Scenic Rail to Kuranda, Barron River & Stoney Creek Falls, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park which includes indigenous guide , entrance to all Theatres, the famous Tjapukai Dancers, boomerang/spear throwing & bush medicine.
The award-winning Wildlife Habitat is Australia’s leading immersion exhibit - an open and interactive environment for guests and animals to mingle in a spacious and natural setting. Visitors wander along elevated boardwalks, observing up close a huge range of flora and fauna as birds fly and roam freely. The original Breakfast with the Birds has been a visitor must do for two decades. Guests are immersed within the Wetlands environment whilst enjoying the cacophony of sounds and colors of Wildlife as they wander freely amongst the guests and are treated to a fantastic tropical breakfast buffet.
Daintree Rainforest Jungle Surf
Rainforest has more strata than any other terrestrial ecosystem, and can only be truly appreciated by getting up into the canopy. With its low-impact system of platforms and cables, Jungle Surfing offers unparalleled access to the heart of the Daintree from the bustling forest floor to the giants that tower above the canopy.
Day 9 -
Cairns - Sydney
This morning you will be collected for your seat in coach transfer to Cairns airport. Upon arrival, seat in coach transfer from Sydney International Airport to Amora Jamison Sydney.
ACCOMMODATION - Stay 4 nights in the Heart of Sydney This award-winning 5-star luxury hotel in the heart of Sydney features stylish accommodations, along with 2 restaurants, 2 bars, a day spa, swimming pool, fitness center and business center. Amora Jamison Sydney is just a 10-minute walk from Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and The Rocks.
- 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.
- Sydney - Hop On Hop Off Cruise
Board your Captain Cook Cruises vessel at Jetty 6 Circular Quay or Pier 26 Darling Harbour to commence a Hop On Hop Off cruise. Travel aboard a 25 metre motorised Rocket Ferry vessel and enjoy a fun and easy way to explore Sydney including commentary from your Captain. Sit back and relax as your vessel cruises around Sydney Harbour and stops at harbourside attractions including Darling Harbour, Fort Denison, Garden Island (including admission to the Naval Heritage Museum), Shark Island, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Luna Park, Circular Quay and Manly, where you are able to hop on and off over a 24 hour period. Alternatively stay on board the vessel for an enjoyable 90 minute round trip journey.
At your leisure or consider adding a tour (additional cost). some of our favorites:
- Blue Mountains Day Tour
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.
- Boutique Harbour Lunch Cruise
Depart Circular Quay to commence a scenic lunch cruise. Your personal host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour and its foreshore as you take in the sights of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the bays and coves of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy the company of a small group aboard a 52 foot yacht with swimming, kayaking and fishing, or sit back and relax on the expansive sunbed and do nothing at all. Included is a three course barbecue lunch with local beers and regional wines.
- Taronga Zoo
This small group tour led by an expert guide offers an excellent introduction to Australia's wildlife and brings you close to the animals. There are plenty of photographic opportunities with kangaroos, wallabies, birds, wombats, echidnas and reptiles. Another fantastic offering from Taronga Zoo is Roar & Snore – Sydney’s ultimate sleepover. Nestled on the cliff top edge of Sydney’s stunning harbour, Taronga Roar and Snore’s is the only opportunity to camp overnight with views of Sydney Harbour and the city on one side and lions, leopards and meerkats on the other.
- Hunter Valley Wine Tour
Relax and enjoy fabulous food and wine in Australia's oldest wine growing region. Located just two hours north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley combines world renowned wines, gourmet produce and stunning countryside. The flexible itinerary gives you access to a range of boutique wineries and the opportunity to meet the wine makers. Take a behind-the-scenes tour at one of the wineries, then enjoy a gourmet lunch at one of the Hunter's best restaurants.
Day 13 - Depart Sydney
Optional Add-Ons &
Flights Los Angeles – Adelaide – Cairns – Sydney – Los Angeles (Domestic US flights can be added at an additional cost) starting from $1549 per person
Starting from pricing is valid for departures until 31 March 2017 for purchase by 31 December 2017. 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.