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Enjoy an active Australia adventure with this 11 days 5* package including the cosmopolitan city of Brisbane, the stunning Whitsunday Islands - the gateway to Whitehaven Beach and the Great Barrier Reef and the beautiful harbor city of Sydney. Start in the Sunshine State’s capital city, Brisbane, located on the banks of the Brisbane River and enjoys a subtropical climate year-round. Enjoy two days exploring Brisbane by foot and on the River before continuing to the stunning Whitsunday Islands and your Island destination, Hamilton Island. Perfectly situated on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, amongst the 74 Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island offers an experience like no other: glorious weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, awe-inspiring coral reefs, fascinating flora and fauna, fine food and wines, and activities almost too numerous to mention. Sunny, sexy and sophisticated, Sydney is the shining star of the southern hemisphere. The white-sailed Sydney Opera House over the waters of Sydney Cove, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are the pride and joy, but there's far more on offer. Discover the harbour, the city's historic enclaves, restaurants and cafes, beaches, museums and art galleries.

Inclusions:

  • Roundtrip Virgin Australia International Economy class flights from Los Angeles (addons available from your local city)
  • 2 nights Brisbane at the 5* Emporium Hotel South Bank
  • Brisbane Walking Tour
  • Brisbane River Cruise & Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  • 3 nights Hamilton Island at 5* Beach Club
  • Half day Great Barrier Reef snorkeling tour
  • Half Day Whitehaven Beach cruise
  • 3 nights Sydney at the 5* InterContinental Sydney
  • Half day small group city sights of Sydney
  • Sydney Harbour morning small group cruise
  • Sydney Opera House tour
  • Private car airport transfers in Brisbane & Sydney and buggy transfers in Hamilton Island
  • All taxes & fuel surcharges

Itinerary

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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 Melbourne. 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 Date Line

Day 3 - Arrive Brisbane
The capital of the Sunshine State, is located on the banks of the Brisbane River and enjoys a subtropical climate year-round. During the last decade, the city has matured into a unique blend of historic buildings and sophisticated architecture. To cuddle a Koala, take a cruise along the Brisbane River to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Visit the South Bank development, the former site of the 1988 world expo and the Botanical Gardens. Upon arrival, you will be transferred by shuttle service to the Emporium Hotel Southbank

ACCOMMODATION - Emporium Hotel South Bank sets a spectacular new standard in exquisite boutique luxury accommodation and award-winning service. 143 luxuriously appointed suites feature all the comforts you could ask for, while an abundance of premium food and beverage options by acclaimed Brisbane chef Josue Lopez will leave you spoilt for choice. On level 21 you will find a magnificent 23m infinity edge pool and bar with panoramic views over South Bank Parklands, the Brisbane River, city and beyond.

This afternoon the perfect introduction to Brisbane, three-hour City Essentials Tour covers all the main sights in the City Centre and takes you where vehicles can't go. See King George Square, the Story Bridge, the City Botanic Gardens, the oldest church in Queensland, Eagle Street Pier, the City Hall Clock Tower, and lots of hidden secrets along the way. You'll also see out the best City bars, cafes and restaurants for every budget, so you can make the most of your time here.

Day 4 - Brisbane River Cruise & Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Koala and River Cruise is a memorable journey on the Brisbane River to the oldest and largest Koala Sanctuary in the world. The cruise travels through the city's most historic landscapes, iconic attractions, historical homesites and interesting wildlife habitats as you listen to an entertaining and informative commentary. Enjoy 3 hours exploring Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary then back on board for a relaxing cruise back to the city.

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Day 5 – Brisbane to Hamilton Island
On arrival into Hamilton Island you will be met and transferred to the Beach Club for your three nights stay. Surrounded by landscaped gardens on Catseye Beach, the Beach Club Hamilton Island is a boutique retreat exclusively for adults. Romantic, intimate and perfect for couples, the luxuriously appointed rooms have a stylish and relaxed beach house vibe, tailor-made for relaxing. All rooms at the Beach Club Hotel have a private courtyard or balcony looking onto palm-fringed Catseye Beach and the Coral Sea.

ACCOMMODATION - The Beach Club Resort has a private infinity-edge swimming pool overlooking Catseye Beach and private beach area in front of the hotel. Enjoy la carte breakfast and dinner served poolside at the exclusive Beach Club Restaurant. Guests have exclusive use of the Beach Clubs lounge and bar, and the in-house library is stocked with books, magazines and CDs. The Beach Club has room service and 24-hour reception, and a VIP chauffeured buggy service transports guests around Hamilton Island.

Most of the car-free island is covered in bushland, and the coast is fringed by coral reefs. Tours offer up-close sightings of koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and kookaburras. Trails lead up to Passage Peak in the east, with views of the surrounding islands. Throughout your stay at Beach Club you have use of catamarans, windsurfers, kayaks, stand up paddleboards and snorkeling equipment as well as access to the gym, spa, sauna & tennis courts.

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Day 6 - Hamilton Island - Great Barrier Reef snorkeling tour
Experience a half-day snorkeling adventure taking you to selected moorings within the Whitsundays. Locations that are selected include Luncheon Bay or Manta Ray on Hook Island. Your experience will include approximately one hours scenic cruising each way up the Whitsunday Passage, to the best available snorkeling sites. Includes 2 hours on location for snorkeling and in water activities.

Day 7 - Hamilton Island - Whitehaven Beach
An intimate, half-day cruise visiting the remote Hill Inlet and beautiful beach. Kick a ball, take a guided bushwalk or simply bask in the beauty of Hill Inlet, at the northern end of Whitehaven Beach. Departing Hamilton island Marina, you'll cruise towards Whitehaven Beach where you'll disembark at Tongue Bay, our access point to Hill Inlet. Once on land, we'll take you on a guided bushwalk to Hill Inlet where you'll be able to look out at and take pictures of the iconic swirling sands from many different lookout spots. From there, you'll head down to the picturesque Whitehaven Beach where you can relax, explore, take a swim and enjoy the crystal clear waters and white silica sand.

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Day 8 - Hamilton Island to Sydney
On arrival in Sydney shuttle service transfer to the InterContinental Hotel Sydney for your three nights stay.

ACCOMMODATION - The InterContinental Sydney is internationally acclaimed as one of the world's best hotels and a true expression in luxury and style, positioned on the edge of the world's most stunning harbour, InterContinental Sydney overlooks the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Royal Botanic Gardens.

This premium smoke free accommodation pampers its guest with its comfortable 509 guest rooms including 28 suites which have been home to world leaders, heads of state and visiting celebrities from across the globe and Club InterContinental- Sydney's only rooftop club lounge with a wrap-around terrace. Each room contains high speed internet access, air conditioning, mini bar, digital LCD TV, pay per view movies, in room safe, work desk, free morning newspaper delivered to room, private bathroom, tea/coffee making facilities, luxury window seat and a picture frame view of the city skyline, Royal Botanic Gardens, Opera House or Harbour Bridge.

Day 9 - Sydney - Half Day City Sights tour
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel for your small group Sydney Sights tour. Visit the historic Rocks area and hear early convict history. Enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. See the shopping heart of the city, Queen Victoria Building and Sydney Tower. Visit Sydney's trendy Oxford Street district and travel through Paddington with its terrace houses before arriving at the Pacific Ocean. See the superb coast cliff walk around Tamarama and Bronte. Travel on to famous Bondi Beach and visit the beachfront promenade with time to enjoy a coffee or cool drink (at own cost). See Aussie lifesavers and Sydney's best panoramic view at Dover Heights. Return to Sydney via Double Bay, Kings Cross and Mrs Macquarie's Point for a final magical viewpoint over the harbour before returning to the city center.

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Day 10 - Sydney - Explore Sydney Harbour
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.

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.

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Day 11 - Depart Sydney
This morning you will be transferred by car service to Sydney International airport. Board Virgin Australia for your flight back to Los Angeles.

 

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Costing  
04 August - 17 September 2019
01 November - 10 December 2019
12 January-31 March 2020
$3,499
   
01 June - 03 August 2019
18 September - 31 October 2019
$3,799

 

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
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.

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International Economy Class

An inclusive Economy Class experience when travelling on international long haul services. Economy guests receive complimentary food, beverages and in-flight entertainment. Economy Space+ enables you to speed through the airport and enjoy additional on-board benefits to standard Economy.

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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 travel Monday - Thursday. $60 air supplement applies each way for travel on Friday - Sundays. Add-on fares are available from other cities. Certain blackout dates may 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. 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.