This two-week itinerary commences in the South Australia capital of Adelaide and takes you to the stunning Eyre Peninsula to experience kangaroos, wallabies & koalas up close. Continue to Uluru and the awe-inspiring Ayers Rock before ending in the harbor city of Sydney. Enjoy free hotel nights and special touring offers as we transport you around Australia with Qantas.
- Roundtrip International Qantas Economy Class Flights from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Chicago or New York JFK (domestic US flights can be added at an additional cost)
- Internal Australia flights
- 2 nights’ accommodation Adelaide at 4.5* Majestic Roof Garden Hotel
- Full-day small group tour to Maclaren Vale & the Iconic D’Arenberg Cube
- 2 Days/1 night Port Lincoln & Coffin Bay Nature & wildlife small group tour
- 1 Night accommodation Adelaide at 4* Atura Adelaide Airport Hotel
- 2 nights accommodation at the 4* Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel
- Sounds of Silence Dinner tour
- Desert Awakenings Uluru Sunrise small group tour
- 4 nights Sydney at the 5* Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney
- Sydney Harbour morning small group cruise
- Full day tour to the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
Day 1 - Depart
Qantas is the number one way to travel to Australia and your vacation begins the second you step onboard a Qantas flight with Australia just a movie, meal, sleep away. Qantas offers direct service from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas Fort Worth, Chicago & New York JFK - add on fares with American Airlines available from other cities.
The Qantas onboard experience has a class for every passenger from First suites, Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins and offers the best in comfort, Australian food and wine, amenities and exceptional service. Ask your Aspire consultant about upgrades to Premium Economy, business class & first-class suites.
Day 2 - Cross International Date Line
Day 3 -
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 the afternoon 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 4 -
Maclaren Vale & D’Arenberg Cube Wine
The jewel in the south, just 45 minutes from Adelaide, McLaren Vale wine region is a true gem with its unique location nestled between the rolling hills of the Mt Lofty Ranges and the stunning coastline of the Gulf of St Vincent. Classic Shiraz country but many winemakers now venturing into a wide range of different varietals. McLaren Vale is also respected worldwide for its commitment as a region to sustainable viticulture practices. Your small-group tour takes the road less traveled, giving you access to some of the region’s hidden secrets alongside world-renown wineries such as Wirra Wirra and d’Arenberg. Delicious platter lunch at a winery is included as well as stops at local chocolate producers for that sweet end to the day!
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5-6 – Port Lincoln and Coffin Bay Nature and Wildlife
This morning fly to Port Lincoln where you will be met on arrival by your tour leader and commence your 2-day small group tour. The Eyre Peninsula is a beautiful, untamed region of Australia boasting some of the country's best seafood, scenic locations, and native wildlife. Fully guided over 2 days, you will experience: the most spectacular coastal scenery in South Australia ranging from ancient cliffs to stunning, long footprint-free beaches bordered by massive sand dunes, pristine and clear waters of the Southern Ocean and untouched natural beauty through the Port Lincoln and Coffin Bay National Parks, hand feeding the native animals such as Kangaroos, Koala, Emu, and native birds, amazing, fresh seafood from local fisherman including guided tours of the Fresh Fish Factory and Coffin Bay Pure Oysters processing shed, see the Southern Hemispheres largest fishing fleet at work and unloading their catch, clifftop treks, beach comb or hike to spectacular views of Stamford Hill, education, history, and entertainment. Overnight accommodation is included at the Port Lincoln Hotel.
Tour concludes at 5 pm on Day 6 where you will board your early evening back to Adelaide and your overnight stay at the Atura Adelaide Airport Hotel
ACCOMMODATION - The Atura Adelaide Airport is conventionally located in the Adelaide Airport precinct, the hotel is directly connected to the airport terminal.
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7-Fly Adelaide to Ayers Rock
This morning fly non-stop to Uluru (Ayers Rock). In the heart of the Red Center, Uluru has a desert climate - mostly dry, with brilliant blue skies all year. It is a World Heritage Area, managed jointly by the Aboriginal traditional owners and the Australian Nature Conservation Agency. You will spend two nights at the centrally located The Lost Camel, Ayers Rock Resort. The resort is a short stroll to numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia's best sunset, with the spectacular play of colors across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert.
ACCOMMODATION - Magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs are the setting for this hotel. Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel is centrally located to all resort and touring facilities and offers a range of accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms overlooking the desert. Relax in the comfort of your own private balcony or courtyard, or unwind in the pool, sipping cocktails from the Bunya bar. It is only a short stroll to the numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably one of the best sunsets, with the spectacular play of colors across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert. Once the sun has set, dine at White Gums Restaurant and savor Australian native delicacies.
This evening experience the unique Sounds of Silence dinner. An unforgettable evening, eating beautifully prepared food under the sparkling outback sky. The journey begins on a lone sand dune. In front is the fabled Uluru; behind are the domes of Kata Tjuta and, possibly the most spectacular sunset you have ever seen. Here enjoy sparkling wine and a selection of delectable canapes. As the sun sets in a blaze of reds and oranges, and well into the starlit night, feast on a gourmet barbecue buffet of authentic Australian delicacies including barramundi, kangaroo, emu, crocodile, bush salads and classic desserts, complemented by some of Australia's finest wines. Attention then turns to some of the world's best stargazing, as the resident astronomer takes diners on an unforgettable tour of the spectacular southern night sky.
8-Desert Awakenings Morning Tour
This morning experience sunrise at Uluru by small group tour including breakfast. Watch the amazing transformation of colors and life as the desert awakens with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as your backdrop. In the company of your expert guide, Desert Awakenings is designed to introduce you to the natural and cultural landscapes of this remarkable region. Watch the distant domes of Kata Tjuta come into view and enjoy a traditional Aussie breakfast of bacon and egg rolls, tea, coffee and homemade damper with Golden Syrup in the open air. After breakfast your guide will explain the natural history of the region, and as the daylight reveals the myriad of animal tracks in the sand an insight into what activity took place during the night. Once the sun is up, enjoy a guided tour at the base of Uluru. The first stop is Kuniya where you'll take a short walk to the Mutitjulu waterhole. A visit here will help appreciate its cathedral-like proportions and why it is such a powerful and spiritual place for visitors and Anangu (local Aboriginal people) alike. Your guide will explain some of the rock paintings and stories from the creation period as told by the Anangu people. The next stop is the Cultural Centre, a vibrant and engaging place of learning where the local lore of the Anangu is explained in detail.
This afternoon consider adding an afternoon camel ride through
the desert (additional cost applies)
Catch the camel train and ride the good-natured camels for 45 minutes through beautiful sand dune country with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as your stunning backdrop. The knowledgeable cameleer describes the landscape around you on your ride. Back at the farm explore the camel museum and learn about the importance of camels to the history of the Red Centre
9-Fly Ayers Rock to Sydney
Blessed with a temperate climate, Sydney is Australia’s favorite city with the world’s most beautiful harbor. The harbor provides a playground for jet boating, sailing, swimming, harbor scenic flights, dining, fishing, climbing the harbor bridge and sightseeing at the Opera House
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 Hotel Jamison Sydney is just a 10-minute walk from Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and The Rocks. It is a 15-minute walk from Darling Harbour. The city’s best shopping, dining, and nightlife are on the hotel’s doorstep.
10-Sydney Harbour Cruise
This morning, enjoy the company of a small group aboard a 52-foot motor yacht. Your captain and 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 a light morning tea with coffee, tea, juice, and water.
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Explore Sydney at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour options - Some of our favorites (additional cost applies):
Explore Sydney Harbour and Sydney Opera House
This afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House. The Sydney Opera House is one of the world's most recognizable landmarks and this is your chance to truly get up-close. Run your hands over the world-famous shell tiles, take a seat in the elegant custom-made white birch timber chairs and marvel at the vaulted ceilings. Visit areas off-limits to the public and capture photographs from rare vantage points. Explore theatres and foyers where more than 1600 concerts, operas, dramas, and ballets take place each year.
This is the opportunity to climb the world-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. A comprehensive briefing and safety demonstration is conducted as well as being provided with a bridge-suit, communications equipment and a bridge harness that is linked to a static line throughout the climb. You will be led by one of BridgeClimb's professional Climb Leaders, on a 3.5 hour guided journey (including preparation and briefing), to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Climb takes you along the outer arch of the Bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 134 meters above Sydney Harbour. The steady incline to the summit leaves you free to focus your attention on the surroundings, with the opportunity to witness 360-degree views of Sydney including east to the Sydney Opera House, west to the Blue Mountains and the Harbour city surrounds. Upon conclusion receive a photograph of your climb group, a personalized commemorative climber certificate, and climber cap
12-Blue Mountains Tour
This boutique tour provides an intimate touch, traveling in the luxury of a Mercedes Benz minivan. Explore the Blue Mountains and see hidden locations and beautiful views of the region. From Echo Point, the closest and best view of the Three Sisters, you will be able to witness the blue haze and the vast expanse of the Jamison Valley and experience for yourself the raw magic the Blue Mountains creates. Take a 1.5-hour hike down the Furber Steps walking track which offers scenic views and waterfalls, to the bottom of the valley. Visit a beautiful waterfall with great photo opportunities at Katoomba Falls Cascade and see breathtaking views of either Jamison Valley or Megalong Valley away from the crowds in a private location. Enjoy a hot filling lunch including a glass of beer, wine or soft drink. After lunch visit Featherdale Wildlife Park to see some of Australia's native wildlife. Your trip to Sydney is not complete without a cruise on the Parramatta River to Sydney Harbour. You will travel under the Harbour Bridge and past the Opera House before disembarking at Circular Quay, where your tour will conclude.
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Depart Sydney on your Qantas flight back to the US or onward destination.
Note: Daily departures, this
package is an independent itinerary with flexible departures (not a
Single Supplement: From $999
Additional Charges: ETA to enter Australia $25 per person
Additional departure gateways & pricing
- Add on airfares available from most major airports - Add $200 from New York JFK, Add $250 from Seattle, 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.
Optional Activities, Extensions or Add-Ons & pricing:
- Upgrade to premium economy from $700 per person each way*
- Upgrade to business class from $2,000 per person each way*
- Upgrade to International First Class suite from $6,900 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 01 Apr - 21 Jun & 24 Jul - 17 Sep - ask an Aspire consultant for the upgrade fee for travel Friday through Sunday and for other dates.
On Board Qantas
Your Seat - An ergonomically designed, slimline seats with built-in lumbar support for your comfort. The adjustable headrest and seat recline are sure to keep you comfortable for the duration of your journey. Onboard the A380s and refurbished B747s the seats offer softer cushioning, a netted footrest and more legroom for additional comfort on longer journeys
On Board Dining - On selected international flights, you’ll be treated to a continuous refreshment service every 60-90 minutes and, to add variety, a third main meal option for long haul flights. On the A380s and refurbished B747s you’ll find a self-serve snack bar.
Entertainment - personal on-demand, in-flight entertainment system* throughout your journey. Access over 1500 options using your in-seat control or touch screen monitor. Options include a variety of movies, TV programs, CD playlists, moving maps, interactive games and radio channels.
Amenities - Complimentary comfort kit to help you stay refreshed. Your handy zip lock pouch contains eyeshades, toothbrush and toothpaste. Socks are available on request. Enjoy a soft blanket and cotton pillow to keep you cozy throughout your flight
$3999pp Package from pricing is based on double occupancy (2 people sharing a room) for travel Monday - Thursday. $60 supplement applies each way for travel on Friday to Sunday. Ask an Aspire consultant for pricing for other travel dates. Add-on fares are available from other cities. Certain blackout 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.