Enjoy an active Australia adventure with this 12 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.
- Roundtrip International Economy class flights from Los Angeles (addons available from your local city)
- 2 nights Brisbane at the 5* Emporium Hotel South Bank
- 3 nights Hamilton Island at 5* Beach Club
- 4 nights Sydney at the 5* Amora Hotel Jamison
- All taxes & fuel surcharges
- Optional Sightseeing package from $700 per person including Brisbane & Sydney private airport transfers, Brisbane Walking tour, Brisbane River Cruise and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Half day small group Great Barrier Reef snorkeling cruise, Half day small group Whitehaven Beach cruise, half day small group Sydney city sights tour, Sydney harbor small boat cruise & Sydney Opera House tour.
Day 1 - Depart
Ask about our options with Premium Economy and Business class airfare.
Day 2 - Cross International Date Line
Day 3 - Arrive
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.
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, Recommended Optional tour: 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 - Optional tour:
Brisbane River Cruise & Lone Pine Koala
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
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 -
Optional tour: Great Barrier Reef snorkeling
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 -
Optional tour: Whitehaven Beach cruise
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
This morning depart Hamilton Island for your flight 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
Day 9 - Sydney - Optional
tour: 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 - Optional
Sydney Harbour cruise & Sydney Opera House
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 -
Explore Sydney at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour options - Some of our favorites (additional cost applies):
- World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains day
This boutique tour provides an intimate touch, travelling 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.
- BridgeClimb Sydney
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 metres 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.
Day 12 - Depart
Depart Sydney for your flight back to Los Angeles or your next destination within Australia.
Note: Daily departures, this package is an independent itinerary with flexible departures (not a group tour)
Single Supplement: From $1600
ETA to enter Australia $25 per person. Before committing to your trip please ensure you hold a valid passport with at least six months’ validity from the date you plan to return to the USA.
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.
- 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
* Starting from pricing based on Monday through Thursday departures - ask an Aspire consultant for the upgrade fee for travel Friday through Sunday
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.