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Melbourne, Australia's most livable city with its laneways and arcades and Little Penguins coming to shore each evening on Phillip Island. A short flight over the Tasman Sea takes you to Tasmania and its capital, Hobart and the World Heritage Listed Port Arthur historic site. Finish your trip with the stunning harbor city of Sydney.

Inclusions:

  • Roundtrip International Virgin Australia flights Coach Class from Los Angeles
  • Virgin Australia Internal coach class Australia flights – Melbourne - Hobart - Sydney
  • 3 nights Melbourne at the 4.5* Crown Metropol – Luxe King Room
  • Half Day Laneways & Arcades Walking Tour
  • Full Day Phillip Island Penguin Parade Ultimate Eco Tour
  • 3 Nights at the 4* Zero Davey Boutique Apartments in a Deluxe Davey Studio
  • Walking tour of Hobart
  • Full day tour to Port Arthur & Tassie Devils
  • 1 Night at the 4* Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney, Town Hall
  • Airport shuttle transfers Melbourne, Hobart & Sydney
  • All hotel & airport taxes
  • 24-hour local support whilst traveling from our affiliate office in Sydney

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Depart Los Angeles non-stop to Melbourne 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.

Day 2 - Cross International Dateline

Day 3 - Arrive Melbourne
On arrival into Melbourne you will be transferred to the Crown Metropol by shuttle service. Enjoy 3 nights in exciting Melbourne – named the world’s most livable city for the sixth consecutive year.

ACCOMMODATION - Crown Metropol offers fresh, vibrant, modern and stylish accommodation. From the moment you take in the hotel's elegant form and enter the uniquely designed reception area, you will feel a sense of peace and calm that makes every visit to Crown Metropol a welcome escape from day-to-day life. Crown Metropol is conveniently located adjacent to the Crown Entertainment Complex, home to a 24 hour casino, more than 50 restaurants, cinemas, luxury and general fashion shopping and entertainment.

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image: Crown Metropol

Day 4 - Melbourne - Lanes & Arcades tour
This morning Indulge with a casual small group guided walking tour through Melbourne's lanes and arcades in small groups to engage in the life of this city which many miss. Discover local designers and specialty retailers, tiny cafes and more. A little history and attention to amazing architecture will inspire locals and visitors alike. Get orientated and return to those places you like best in the afternoon, at your leisure.

Day 5 - Melbourne - Phillip Island
Late morning depart Melbourne on your small group tour for Phillip Island. Get up close and personal with the friendly residents of Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies, have your photo taken with a koala (small fee applies) and learn about the conservation of these amazing animals. This Eco-certified sanctuary showcases the famous and endangered faces of Australias wildlife, including the southern bettong, eastern quolls and rare fluffy gliders. From here we travel to historic Churchill Island, where you will see sheep shearing and working dogs in action. On Phillip Island we visit the stunning Cape Woolamai surf beach, see the Nobbies and Seal Rocks before arriving at the Penguin Parade where you will view the penguins from the "Penguins Plus" viewing platform; Home to Victorias largest colony of little penguins, Summerland Beach provides the backdrop to the world famous Penguin Parade. Watch as hundreds of little penguins make their way across the beach and return to their sand dune burrows.

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image: Visions of Victoria

Day 6 - Melbourne - Hobart, Tasmania.
You will be collected and transferred by shuttle service to Melbourne airport. Fly from Melbourne to Hobart, Tasmania. Transfer by shuttle service to accommodation.

Hobart and the surrounding area offer a fantastic contrast. Cruise the Derwent river, sip coffee under the sun umbrellas of Salamanca Square or soak up the seafaring vibe of Hobart’s first suburb, Battery Point. Just 20 minutes from Hobart’s 19th century sandstone warehouses lies windswept Mount Wellington. A little further to the south-east, wind past the Coal Valley’s cool-climate wineries to the historic towns of Huonville and Richmond. In the coastal hamlet of Kettering, you can take a car ferry to Bruny Island or a wildlife cruise past crags, caves and sea cliffs. From crescent-shaped Cockle Creek, you can sense the World Heritage-listed wilderness of Southwest National Park even if you never step beyond the beach. Learn about life as a mid-19th century prisoner at the Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula.

ACCOMMODATION - Hobart's newest.....hippest.....waterfront Boutique Apartments - Zero Davey is located on Sullivans Cove, on Hobart's picturesque waterfront. Perfectly designed for exploring Hobart & the Tasman Peninsula.

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image: Zero Davey

Day 7 - Walking tour of Hobart
Discover Hobart by foot and hear the fascinating stories of how Tasmania's capital city was established and how it became the vibrant waterfront city it now is. Your local guide will identify the heritage listed buildings and tell the stories of the many characters and issues that were major influences in the early days of Hobart. Tour concludes at Hobart Travel Centre, approximately 1.5 hour after departure.

Day 8 - Port Arthur Historic Site and Tasmanian Devils
After a short drive to the Tasman Peninsula, visit some of the highest sea cliffs in Australia, with stops at the Tasman Arch, the Devils Kitchen and the amazing Waterfall Bay. Continue down the Devil Conservation Park, where you can witness the Devils feeding, followed by the excellent Kings of the Wind free flight bird show. The afternoon is spent at Port Arthur Historic Site. Explore the site, feel the isolation of the convicts, discover the grim and violent history. Enjoy an afternoon of discovery with plenty of time to explore ruins and spooky corners. The afternoon includes a guided walking tour and a short harbor cruise. Finish the day with spectacular views from a local Hobart lookout and a stroll through Tassie's prettiest historic village Richmond; with Australia's oldest bridge, hand built by convicts.

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image: Tourism Tasmania

Day 9 - Hobart to Sydney
This morning you will be transferred by shuttle service to Hobart airport. Arrive 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.

On arrival into Sydney you will be transferred by shuttle service to the Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Town Hall

Consider adding on 2 extra nights in Sydney for an amazing added value cost of $150 per person (valid for stays April - Mid October. Certain blackout dates apply)

ACCOMMODATION - Stay at the Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Town Hall. A 4-minute walk from the Town Hall train station, this polished redbrick hotel is a 9-minute walk from Sydney Tower and a 10-minute walk from Darling Harbour. The bright, contemporary apartments, ranging from studios to 2-bedroom units, include WiFi and kitchenettes, as well as balconies, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. Upgraded units add washer/dryers and full kitchens. The casual cafe/bar serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Other amenities include an indoor heated pool, a gym and a sauna

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image: Tourism Australia

Day 10 - Depart Sydney
This morning you will be transferred by shuttle service to Sydney International airport. Fly to Los Angeles with Virgin Australia..

 

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Single supplement from $700 - depending on travel date, please ask an Aspire consultant for an exact quote

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 are outside of the above date bands.

Additional departure gateways & pricing 
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Terms & Conditions:

$2249pp Package from pricing is based on double occupancy (2 people sharing a room) for travel Monday - Thursday 01 April – 21 June & 24 July - 17 September 2018 for purchase by 15 March 2018; $60pp air supplement applies each way for travel on Friday to Sundays. $40pp supplement applies for a Saturday night stay at the Crown Metropol Melbourne. Blackout dates apply on accommodation & touring offers. Add-on fares are available from other cities. 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.