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This two-week itinerary commences in the South Australia capital of Adelaide and takes you into the Outback for a wildlife safari of Australia’s native animals to see kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, emus up close. Swim with the Sealions and see dolphins before continuing to Western Australia & the capital city of Perth - From lush Kings Park to the charming port of Fremantle and nearby Rottnest Island, Perth has it all.Enjoy free hotel nights and special touring offers as we transport you around Australia with Qantas.

Inclusions:

  • Roundtrip International Qantas Economy Class Flights from Los Angeles, San Francisco 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
  • 4 Days/3 Night Gawler Ranges & Eyre Peninsula Safari
  • 1 Night 4* The Port Lincoln Hotel
  • 4 Nights 4.5* Crown Metropol Perth
  • Half day Freemantle Walking tour
  • Full day small group tour to Pinnacles Desert
  • Full day Rottnest Island tour
  • Adelaide & Perth Airport transfers by car service
  • All meals & beverages on Gawler Ranges Safari
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Depart US
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. With over 95 years of experience in long haul travel, Qantas strives to ensure every passenger in every cabin has the most comfortable and authentic experience. Qantas offers direct service from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas Fort Worth & 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. All cabins experience the latest in inflight entertainment and technology including premium content from HBO, new movie releases, TV programs and an extensive music library with over 1500 entertainment choices.

Day 2 - Cross International Date Line

Day 3 - Arrive Adelaide
Upon arrival in Adelaide private car transfer to accommodation. 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 tour
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 travelled, 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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Day 5 - Adelaide to Port Lincoln & Gawler Ranges
This morning you will be transferred to Adelaide Airport for your flight to Port Lincoln. You will be met on arrival by your tour leader and commence your 4-day tour. First visit a colony of wild koalas at Mikkira Station near Port Lincoln before travelling through farming land to Wudinna, population 600, stopping for lunch along the way. Pass Wudinna Rock as you travel into the outback to Kangaluna Camp. After a rest at Kangaluna there is an afternoon tour to begin your wildlife experience, the outback animals thrive in this environment. Expect to see three species of kangaroos as well as emus and many birds, returning to Kangaluna after sunset drinks at Kolay Mirica Rocks (organ pipe formations). Overnight at Kangaluna Camp with a bush dinner.

Day 6 – Gawler Ranges Safari
Visit an ochre pit on the morning drive to spectacular Lake Gairdner, which is like a piece of Antarctica, with its glistening white salt pan set in the red landscape. Here you can walk on the surface of the lake and look north to see the endless white plain and the striking red surrounds and islands. The red dunes along the lake yield many animal tracks, flowers in spring, interesting vegetation and birds. Photo opportunities are endless. Afternoon you drive through a changing landscape, cigar shaped volcanic rock formations, and lots of wildlife. You may see emus and red, western grey and euro kangaroos as we drive through the ancient outback range to Kangaluna Camp. Enjoy the stars with a computerized telescope after dinner. Overnight at Kangaluna Camp.

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Day 7 – Gawler Ranges Safari
This morning is leisurely and allows plenty of time to walk through the bush near the camp. Later walk on Lake Sturt in the Corrobinnie Depression and see the array of colors and patterns in the bed of the old lake. This is a geological marvel, with many interesting subjects. Continuing around the lake to Mt Sturt, taking short walks in the nature, you observe a diversity of plants and trees. Visit amazing Pildappa wave rock en-route to an early arrival back to Kangaluna which gives the extra chance to spot some of the 110 species of birds often observed here and the visiting animals or relax in the stunning surrounds. Sunset drinks will finish the day at Sturt's Lake. Overnight at Kangaluna Camp.

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Day 8 – Eyre Peninsula
An early morning drive to Baird Bay to board your boat for an unforgettable wildlife experience. On the 5-kilometer journey to a lagoon at Jones Island near Cape Radstock (at 160 meters, it is one of the highest sheer points on the southern coast of Australia) you can watch Bottlenose dolphins ride the bow wave of the boat and join these magnificent mammals in shallow water. Cross the bay to visit a resident colony of rare Australian sea lions and experience playing face to face with these agile and friendly mammals as we wade in protected shallow lagoons. You may very well be smooched by these animals. After lunch on the beach depart Baird Bay and visit Venus Bay, Elliston and enjoy magnificent coastal scenery on the journey to Port Lincoln. Overnight at the Port Lincoln Hotel.

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Day 9 – Port Lincoln to Perth
Welcome to Perth! You’ll love Australia’s westernmost capital city, which sits on the Swan River, framed by Indian Ocean beaches and Swan Valley vineyards. Upon arrival, you will be transferred by car service to Crown Metropol Perth.

ACCOMMODATION - The Crown Metropol Perth is Perth's leading luxury hotel and located just five minutes from the Perth city center. Located at Burswood Entertainment Complex and beside the magnificent Swan River, Crown Metropol Perth is set in 100 hectares of superbly landscaped gardens and secluded parklands. The Complex includes a fabulous selection of seven restaurants, eight bars, heated indoor and tropical outdoor pools, 24-hour health/fitness center, tennis courts and a world-class 18-hole golf course are just a few amenities located within the complex grounds.

This afternoon take a walk into Perth and head for the riverside trail and promenade circuit of Elizabeth Quay - a top spot to soak up some of Perth’s abundant sunshine, relaxed alfresco dining, buzzing outdoor markets and lively festival scene against the striking backdrop of Perth’s cityscape and Swan River. From dawn to dusk, jaw-dropping panoramas of Perth’s city skyline and the Swan River can be found in Kings Park. Plus 400 hectares of serene natural bushland and sculpted gardens filled with 1,700 native species – all just 15 minutes’ walk or a short ride on the free CAT bus from central Perth.

Day 10 - Freemantle walking tour
This morning make your way on the local train to Freemantle to join your Two Feet and A Heartbeat Walking Tours at Fremantle Visitor Information Centre, on High street to commence a 2 Hour Fremantle Urban Adventure Tour. Fremantle is Perth's hip and historical cousin, just 30 minutes from the city. The streets are lined with beautiful heritage buildings and filled with boutique shops, cafes and local products. Starting at the Fremantle Town Hall, a short train ride from downtown Perth, this Fremantle walking tour is no boring history lesson, but rather takes a non-traditional route, discovering the factual, anecdotal, and downright fascinating, all as you wander Freo's vibrant cappuccino strip, boat harbors and beyond. Renowned for its well-preserved architectural heritage, including colonial buildings and one of the most notorious prisons in the British Empire, Fremantle Prison, the locals here were as hard as nails; salty sea dogs who rubbed shoulders with newly-arrived immigrants to create a city full of characters some of whose stories you'll be amazed to hear from your local guide! Once home to whaling stations and mass immigration, Freo is now a charming little city which is celebrated for its variety of restaurants and multicultural history. On this Fremantle tour in Perth, you'll hear of so many local stories, such as Irish prisoners escaping, comical British bushrangers, Freo's impact as a port during World War II, and the shameful expulsion of aboriginals to Rottnest Island.

At the conclusion of your tour consider making a trip to the Freemantle Brewery - Grab a Pale Ale & a pizza and soak in the brewery atmosphere or wander out into the backyard and enjoy your beer and nosh in the sunshine. Not sure what style of beer is for you? Come hang in the Brewhouse and take a walk through the range of beers guided by a certified Hophead.

Board the Captain Cook cruise back to Perth - Take in the wonderful sights that can only be viewed from the river. Relax in air-conditioned comfort to take a stroll out on the spacious open decks. Unlimited tea and coffee is served as your Captain points out all the sights including the restored Swan Brewery, Kings Park, Royal Perth Yacht Club, the magnificent homes overlooking the water and Fremantle’s busy harbor.

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Day 11 - Pinnacles Desert 4WD adventure
Today enjoy a full day Pinnacles Tour. First visit is the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Interpretive Centre, then drive into the Pinnacles Desert and travel the four-kilometer trail for a unique experience to walk among this stunning phenomenon. The Pinnacles Desert is made up of thousands of limestone pillars, resembling an ancient ruin. After lunch at Cervantes, visit Thirsty Point to see pristine white beaches and sparkling aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean. Go for a walk along the beach. Enjoy a visit to Lake Thetis to view Stromatolites, which are one of the earliest forms of life to evolve on our planet another of nature's wonders.

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Day 12 - Rottnest Island Experience
Transfer to Hillarys Boat Harbour, the departure point of your tour. Board your vessel to commence a Rottnest Grand Island Package tour. This 3.5-hour all-inclusive bus tour visits all of Rottnest's must-see locations including the Wadjemup Lighthouse, Henrietta Rocks, Oliver Hill Gun Fortification and Tunnels, and the majestic lookout point at the rugged Cathedral Rocks and Cape Vlamingh - all ending in a unique historical train ride. All major habitats are covered on this amazing tour, including Rottnest's cultural and historical heritage ranging from Maritime and Military history right up to future developments.

Rottnest Island is lined with 83 of the most beautiful bays and beaches you will ever see, but what it’s really known for is being home to the happiest animal in the world. Quokkas are small marsupials, much like a very tiny kangaroo. Thousands of quokkas call Rottnest their island home and pose for the perfect picture. You’ll also spot dolphins and seals year-round, plus humpback whales from September to December.

The best way to see Rottnest is by bike – there are no cars on the island. It’s the perfect day trip from Perth and don’t forget a #QuokkaSelfie is free!

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Day 13 – Perth back to the US
This morning you will be transferred to Perth Airport for your Qantas flight back to the US or onward destination

 

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Costing  
Now – 10 Dec 2018 01 Feb – 28 Jun & 24 Jul – 17 Sep $4,999

Note: Daily departures, this package is an independent itinerary with flexible departures (not a group tour), the above costs apply for travel within each date band when you depart & return within these dates, ask an Aspire Down Under consultant for a quote when your travel dates cross over the date bands.
Single Supplement: From $749
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 International Economy
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

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Upgrade Options
For upgrade costs to Premium Economy, Business or First class please ask as Aspire Expert.

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International Premium Economy Class from $700 per person each way

Relax and enjoy your journey in a private cabin of between 32 and 40 seats. With more space and dedicated flight attendants, you’ll experience personalized service in an exclusive environment.

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International Business Class from $2,000 per person each way

Whether you’re relaxing, working, being entertained or sleeping, fly in contemporary comfort. Enjoy a new level of intelligent seating with the award-winning Skybed.* Once you’ve made use of the extensive storage space, shift your seat into a position that suits you, using a wide range of seat adjustments

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International First Class suite from $6,900 per person each way

As a Qantas First customer, you'll experience a journey of unsurpassed luxury. A Concierge and First Host are ready to assist you with your travel needs. Experience a new level of inflight comfort as you stretch out in your fully flat, extra-wide bed.

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Conditions

$4999pp Package from pricing is based on double occupancy (2 people sharing a room) for travel Monday - Thursday for purchase by 28 February 2019. $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.