Begin your Australian experience at qualia, nestled neatly into the northern tip of Hamilton Island and surrounded by the unsurpassed beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. Its distinctive Australian style, combined with a secluded location and intuitive service, makes it a world class resort and an Aspire Down Under favorite. Onward to Silky Oaks in the Daintree Reinforest. Spectacularly situated on the Mossman Gorge River, this eco luxury lodge is the ideal location to appreciate the natural tropical environment with Garden Treehouse accommodation, all with individual and personalized touches. Finally, experience all Sydney has to offer - discover the harbor, the city's historic enclaves, restaurants and cafes, beaches, museums and art galleries. For the ultimate Sydney experience, take in the views from the Shangri La hotel, the perfect location and your Sydney home for four nights.
- Round-trip International Economy airfare from Los Angeles
- Add-on airfares available from other cities
- Internal Australia flights
- Private car service airport transfers
- 2 nights at the 5 Star Silky Oaks Lodge & Healing Waters
Spa in a Treehouse
Inclusions: Daily breakfast and two course a la carte dinner each. Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime guided walk through Mossman Gorge. Afternoon Tea for Two in the Jungle Perch or riverside. All other complimentary Lodge inclusions
- 4 nights Leeward Pavillon (no personal plunge pool, ask about
Windward Pavillon upgrade with plunge pool)
(Inclusions: Full breakfast at The Long Pavilion, VIP Hamilton Island airport or marina to hotel return transfers, 1 golf buggy (2 seater for Leeward Pavilions) and use of non motorized water sports including catamarans, sailboards, paddleboards and snorkelling gear.)
- 4 nights at the 5 Star Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney in a Deluxe Opera View Room
- ** Sightseeing options and packages are available **
Day 1 - Depart US
What makes Australia truly special is not just the accents, iconic destinations and the wildlife, but the warmth of its people. You’ll experience this warmth with Virgin Australia when you fly direct from LA to Sydney. Considering upgrading your flight? Consider premium economy from $700 per person additional each way or a life flat bed in business class from $2,000 each way for travel Monday - Thursday.
Day 2 - Cross International Date Line
Day 3 -
Arrive Hamilton Island
Connect Sydney or Brisbane for your flight to Hamilton Island.
qualia, pronounced Kwah • lee • ah, is a unique Australian expression of world-class luxury, situated on the secluded northern-most tip of Hamilton Island. This resort immerses you in a relaxed atmosphere, offering personalized and intuitive service. You will spend four nights at this superbly situated getaway. It's distinctive Australian style combined with a secluded location and intuitive service, makes it a world class resort. Find yourself in a true sanctuary where everything has been meticulously considered so it relaxes the mind, yet completely spoils the senses. qualia is a truly special place where everything has been meticulously considered to relax the mind yet completely spoil the senses. It’s what we refer to as the ‘qualia effect’.
Full breakfast at The Long Pavilion or Pebble Beach restaurants, all non-alcoholic beverages within qualia (including mini bar) at all time, VIP Hamilton Island airport or marina to hotel return transfers, 1 golf buggy and use of non motorised water sports including catamarans, sailboards, paddleboards and snorkelling gear.
Image: Hamilton Island
ACCOMMODATION - Southwest-facing, the freestanding Leeward Pavilions provide Hamilton Island luxury accommodation in Australian tropical island style. Louvers allow the sea breeze to flow through, and the comfortable lounge area leads to a private sundeck shaded by Eucalypts. Cool polished floors and timber details, a subtle colour palette and stylish decor, create a uniquely relaxed beach house ambience. Elegantly designed and beautifully furnished, the one-bedroom Leeward Pavilions have a private sundeck with eucalypts framing the ocean vistas. Furnished with comfortable sun lounges, the sundeck also has outdoor seating for enjoying the sun-dappled views over Hamilton Island and the Coral Sea.
Upgrade to a Windward Pavilion from $925 per person
Image: Hamilton Island
UPGRADE - qualia’s north-facing Windward Pavilions each complete with its own private plunge pool, provide flawless design, soothing decor and expansive Coral Sea and Whitsunday Island views. Shaded by Eucalypts, the Windward Pavilions’ breezy louver windows, polished timber floors and floor-to-ceiling glass provide a uniquely Australian hideaway. Wake to the breathtaking views of the Coral Sea outside your window, then step from the beautifully appointed living room onto the north-facing sundeck to bathe in the private infinity-edged pool. Freestanding and spacious, with expansive waterfront views, the Hamilton Island luxury accommodation provided by the Windward Pavilions at qualia have a sunny northern aspect and provide four times the living space of a standard hotel room.
Days 4 - 6 -
At Leisure to relax and indulge at qualia.
Image: Hamilton Island
Day 7 -
Hamilton Island to Cairns
Upon arrival in Cairns you will privately transferred to Silky Oaks Wilderness Lodge. Included in your stay – Daily breakfast and two course a la carte dinner each. Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime guided walk through Mossman Gorge. Afternoon Tea for Two in the Jungle Perch or riverside. Canoeing & snorkelling on the Mossman River, bicycles, tennis and courtesy transfer service to and from Port Douglas scheduled daily.
ACCOMMODATION - Experience the soothing sights and sounds of the rainforest at Silky Oaks Lodge & Healing Waters Spa, nestled on the edge of the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park. The Lodge blends casual and contemporary design, amongst the most tranquil surrounds. 50 Treehouses and Riverhouses each feature wide verandahs and spa baths. You will spend two nights at this superbly situated lodge.
Day 8 -
Silky Oaks Lodge
Relax and explore Silky Oaks Lodge. Please ask an Aspire expert for the Silky Oaks Spa Menu.
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Day 9 - Silky Oaks
Lodge - Sydney
Private transfer from Silky Oaks to Cairns airport and you flight to Sydney
Blessed with a temperate climate, Sydney is Australia’s favorite city with the world’s most beautiful harbor. On arrival you will be met by your private chauffeur who will assist with your private transfer to the Shangri La Sydney. You will spend four nights at this superbly situated hotel.
ACCOMMODATION - A luxury stay in the heart of The Rocks awaits you at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney. Within a 20-minute stroll, you'll find popular places like Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, and Circular Quay. Highlights at this romantic hotel include a full-service spa, a restaurant, and an indoor swimming pool.
- 12 - Sydney
Explore Sydney at your leisure or consider adding one of our boutique tour options, please speak with an Aspire expert.
Image: Tourism Australia
Day 13 - Depart
Private car transfer to Sydney International lairport and your return flight to US.
Additional departure gateways & pricing
- Add on airfares available from most major airports - Add $190 from San Francisco, Add $250 from Dallas, Seattle, Add $300 from NYC, Chicago, Houston, Denver, Minneapolis, Add $380 from Boston, Miami, Add $450 from Washington DC, Atlanta - ask an Aspire consultant for a quote from your local airport.
* Based on Monday through Thursday travel - ask an Aspire consultant for add-ons for travel Friday through Sunday
Optional Activities, Extensions or Add-Ons & pricing:
- Upgrade to premium economy from $549 per person each way*
- Upgrade to business class from $1,999 per person each way*
- Can take the upgrade one way or round trip and combine premium/business classes on same ticket
* Based on Monday through Thursday travel - ask an Aspire consultant for the upgrade fee for travel Friday through Sunday
On Board Virgin
Virgin Australia launched over a decade ago and instantly changed the way people fly. Today, Virgin Australia represents a new level of style, sophistication and professionalism. With constant innovation at the heart of everything they do, superior products and award-winning service set them apart and lets you enjoy a world-class experience on every flight.
Terms & Conditions:
Package from pricing 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.
A passport with extended validity past your travel dates and an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) is required to enter Australia; Aspire Down Under can issue your ETA for a processing fee of $25 per person. A copy of the picture page of your passport and payment for your ETA is required at the time of booking.