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Explore Australia’s stunning east coast by small group tour (maximum 16 passengers) taking in the iconic sights of Sydney, Byron Bay, Fraser Island, the Whitsunday islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Open to all ages, enjoy 13 active days & nights seeing the stunning beauty of Australia including nature walks, snorkeling, swimming, spotting animals in the wild. From $4,999 including air, inclusive tour & many meals. No single supplements if you are happy to be matched with a room share.

Why you'll love this tour

  • Small groups - The tour is guaranteed to depart with 1 person (Average is currently 12) and maximum group size of 16 travelers.
  • Includes Australia’s East Coast ‘must-see’ areas like Sydney, Byron Bay, Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef, the tour also includes experiences of family-run hospitality, locally-produced food and wine, and a variety of local activities that can only be enjoyed in small groups with local knowledge
  • Visit the best local cafes, restaurants & food producers everyday
  • Mix of boutique, 3- & 4-star hotels so you sleep well at night
  • Active tour style provides opportunities for nature walks, snorkeling, swimming, spotting animals in the wild
  • This trip covers the East Coast of Australia - around 1,615 miles over 14 days. There are some long travelling days. (An included flight between Brisbane and The Whitsundays speeds things up)
  • The tour is open to all ages however all travelers should be young in spirit & active enough to participate daily in light to medium walks, some lasting up to 2 hours.

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Inclusions:

  • Virgin Australia international economy flights from Los Angeles – Sydney & Cairns – Los Angeles (addons available from your local airport)
  • Small Group Tour (Min 1, Max 16 travelers)
  • 13 Nights’ accommodation (Mix of Boutique, 3 & 4 star)
  • Included free activities everyday: Nature walks, waterfalls, swimming, beaches, unique local experiences
  • 11 breakfasts, 3 lunch experiences, 3 dinner experiences - Showcasing local produce, food & wine
  • Fraser Island 4WD Adventure
  • Whitsundays Island Explorer day cruise
  • Great Barrier Reef snorkeling cruise

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Depart Los Angeles non-stop to Sydney with Virgin Australia
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.

Day 2 - Cross International Dateline

Day 3 - Arrive Sydney
Blessed with a temperate climate, Sydney is Australia’s favorite city with the world’s most beautiful harbour. On arrival into Sydney take taxi to your hotel, check in at reception and relax. At 2pm meet your guide in hotel reception for a welcome meeting. This afternoon enjoy walking tour of the local area and a multicultural welcome dinner.

Accommodation: Sydney, Macleay Hotel (Dinner Included)

Day 4 - Hunter Valley & Newcastle
Leave behind Sydney’s skyscrapers and sidewalks for a wildlife park boasting an all-star cast of koalas, kangaroos, and more guided by our own personal wildlife ranger. You are in the heart of the Hunter Valley, so there’s nothing better than to take a wine, cheese & chocolate tasting tour. You will also visit the sunny port city Newcastle, rounding an eclectic day off with local live music (When available).

Accommodation: Newcastle: The Lucky Hotel (Breakfast Included)

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Day 5 - Port Macquarie via Forster
It’s all about water today. After an amazing local breakfast, hit the scenic Lakes Way for a coastal walk and lookout climb. In your free time, sunbathe on the sand or enjoy a swim in the ocean. Afterwards travel to Port Macquarie in time for a sunset cruise, with complimentary drinks and snacks to enjoy – if you’re not distracted by the dolphins that frequently swim past.

Accommodation: Port Macquarie: El Paso Motor Inn (Breakfast Included)

Day 6 - Dorrigo National Park
Today starts by meeting the volunteers at a local koala hospital. If you’re able to tear yourself away from the cuddly critters, you’ll be rewarded with a stop in Nambucca Heads to share in a unique and immersive Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal experience that will get you in touch with the traditional custodians of this land, lore and ancient cultural knowledge. End the day in true Aussie style in the Dorrigo National Park: at a traditional pub where you can relax, order some food and mix with the locals.

Accommodation: Dorrigo Heritage Motel (Traditional Australian Pub) or Bellingen Valley Lodge (Breakfast Included)

Day 7 - Dorrigo National Park – Byron Bay
It’s off to Dangar Falls for a refreshing dip in its cascading waters. We visit Dorrigo National Park, known for its lush, sub-tropical rainforest and waterfalls. Next, we’re headed to Byron Bay, a laid-back surf paradise with boundless coastline, sand and friendly locals. We will be paying a visit to the local lighthouse for a unique photo opportunity and the chance for the eagle-eyed to spot dolphins, whales, and other marine life. We’ll finish the afternoon by popping to an organic farm where we’ll pick and prepare a healthy dinner.

Accommodation: Byron Bay hotel & Apartments (Breakfast & Dinner Included)

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Day 8 - Byron Bay at leisure
This day is all yours to enjoy Byron Bay at leisure. Spend the morning on the warm sand, shopping for souvenirs, or indulge in one of our optional activities: yoga, surfing, kayaking or get a relaxing massage. In the afternoon, put your feet up, head to a cozy bar, or watch the world go by from one of the local cafes.

Accommodation: Byron Bay hotel & Apartments (Breakfast & Dinner Included)

Day 9 - Noosa
A week into your adventure and today sees a visit to sun-kissed Noosa (via one of Australia’s top surf spots and home to some of our champion surfers). You’re crossing into Queensland – the Sunshine State – which means koala-spotting in a national park followed by a magnificent sunset overlooking the Sunshine Coast hinterland from a coastal lookout. Rest up in the evening or hit the bustling town for dinner and nightlife.

Accommodation: Noosa Lakes Resort (Breakfast Included)

Day 10 - Fraser Island & Noosa
Ready, steady, go, for a once-in-a-lifetime Fraser Island 4WD adventure today. You’ll never want to leave, as you explore the largest sand island in the world, see some of Queensland’s most renowned lookouts, take a walk on the wild side, dive into a crystal-clear lake, and go dingo-discovering. The fun needn’t stop there; after the tour feel free to enjoy Noosa’s vibrant nightlife or relax at your accommodation.

Accommodation: Noosa Lakes Resort (Lunch Included)

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Day 11 - Airlie Beach (Gateway to the Whitsunday’s)
This morning depart Brisbane airport for the flight to Airlie Beach, the jump off point to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. This afternoon enjoy free time exploring, swimming, or relaxing with a cool drink in a local bar.

Accommodation: Airlie Beach: Mantra Croc Club (Breakfast Included)

Day 12 - Whitsunday Islands Cruise
After breakfast, board your cruise through the postcard-perfect islands of the Whitsundays, including a stop at famed Whitehaven beach. Words can’t do justice to the dazzling white sands, azure waters, and densely verdant vegetation of this incredible corner of the world. Get a closer look by snorkeling with colorful coral, and an array of playful fish and turtles. Afterwards, it’s your chance to relax or seek out the town’s best food and drink options.

Accommodation: Airlie Beach: Mantra Croc Club (Breakfast & Lunch Included)

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Day 13 - Mission Beach
A change of scenery today as we head through undulating cane fields to picturesque Mission Beach. Enjoy paradise this afternoon with free time as you arrive onto crystal clear waters and stunning views.

Accommodation: Mission Beach Castaways Resort (Breakfast Included)

Day 14 - Cairns via the Atherton Tablelands
Enjoy breakfast in a local café before traveling into the wet tropics of Far North Queensland. You’ll discover a magnificent plunge waterfall nestled in dense tropical rainforest en-route to the Atherton Tablelands. Take a dip in the cool water before we head to Lake Eacham, a crater lake with crystal-clear water, and visit the massive ‘Curtain Fig Tree’. Finish the day in Cairns, one of Australia’s most vibrant, tropical and energetic cities.

Accommodation:Cairns: Pacific Hotel OR the Abbott Boutique Hotel. Pacific Hotel (Breakfast Included)

Day 15 - Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef
It’s one of the highlights of any trip to Australia: The Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a full day tour exploring two different reef sights with included snorkeling and marine conservation commentary from the boat crew. Optional: Scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef (additional cost applies). In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner at one of Cairns’ restaurants.

Accommodation: Cairns: Pacific Hotel OR the Abbott Boutique Hotel. Pacific Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included)

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Interested in extending your stay in Cairns or Australia? Ask an Aspire consultant for recommendations & pricing.

Day 16 - Depart Cairns
Today your tour ends after breakfast (Included). This morning depart Cairns and board Virgin Australia for your flight back to Los Angeles or next destination within Australia.

 

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Costing  
01 June - December 7 2019 $4,999
   
12 January - March 28 2020 $4,999

 

Single Room Supplement: $1,100 per person: Private rooms with own facilities. Ideal for solo travelers enjoying the company of others by day & a private room at night. For Single travelers who want to share a room with a new travel buddy, no forced single supplements, if the tour company cannot match you with someone of the same gender, you will be upgraded to a single room free of charge.

Age Requirements & Tour Style: Must be 18+ to travel on the tour unless an approved minor (8-17 years old) is accompanied by an adult. All guest must be young in spirit & active enough to participate daily in light to medium walks, some lasting up to 2 hours

Departure Dates: (*Day 1 is always in on a Saturday in Sydney & Day 16 is always a Friday in Cairns)
2019: June: 1st, 15th, 29th, July: 13th, 27th, Aug:10th, 24th, Sept: 7th, 21st, Oct: 5th, 12th, 19th, Nov: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th, Dec: 7th
2020: Jan: 4th, 11th, 25th, Feb: 8th, 22nd Feb, Mar: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

Additional Charges: ETA to enter Australia $25 per person

Additional departure gateways & pricing

Add on airfares (coach) available from most major airports - Add $200 from San Francisco, Add $250 from Dallas, Seattle, add $300 from New York, Denver, Chicago, Houston, Minneapolis, add $400 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*
  • Can take the upgrade one way or round trip and combine premium/business classes on same ticket

* Based on Monday through Thursday departures - ask an Aspire consultant for the upgrade fee for travel Friday through Sunday and for other travel periods.

 

On Board Virgin Australia
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International Economy Class

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International Premium

With more legroom than any other Australian airline, and an intimate cabin that enhances our award-winning service, you'll find Virgin Australia's new Premium experience on-board the Boeing 777 aircraft is a class apart from anything you have experienced before.

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'The Business'

Introducing "the Business", an exceptionally stylish, relaxing and refined way to fly on Virgin Australia's Boeing 777 aircraft. Stretch out in your cocoon-like private suite, or enjoy a drink with others at The Bar, enhanced with the unparalleled, award winning service Virgin Australia is famous for.

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Terms & Conditions:

Package from pricing is based on double occupancy (2 people sharing a room) for international travel Monday – Thursday. $60 air supplement applies each way for travel on Friday – Sundays. Seats are limited and may not be available on every flight. Tour is 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. An Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) is required to enter Australia; Aspire Down Under can process the ETA on your behalf for a processing fee of $25 per person. A valid passport with at least six months validity is required.