Get off the beaten track from East to Western Australia in this exciting 14 night itinerary including the stunning harbor city of Sydney, the Island state of Tasmania before ending in Western Australia’s capital city of Perth. This independent tour is chock full of experiences and fully inclusive of flights, 4-5 star accommodations and small group touring.
- Virgin Australia Economy class flights from Los Angeles (Addons from your local airport available)
- 4 nights Sydney at the 5* Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney
- Half day small group city sights of Sydney
- Sydney Harbour morning small group cruise
- Sydney Opera House tour
- 2 Nights Launceston at the 4* Hotel Grand Chancellor
- Full day small group tour to Cradle Mountain
- 3 Nights Hobart at the 4* Ibis Styles Hobart
- Full Day small group tour to Freycinet National Park & Hobart
- Guided Walking tour of Hobart
- Full day small group tour to Port Arthur & the Tasman Peninsula
- 4 nights Perth at the 5* Crown Metropol in a Luxe King Room
- Lanes & Arcades walking tour of Perth
- Full day Rottnest Island Experience with coach tour or cycle and lodge lunch
- Private car service airport transfers in Sydney, Launceston, Hobart & Perth
Day 1 - Depart
Depart the US for your flight to Perth, connecting via Sydney or Melbourne. Considering upgrading your flight? Consider premium economy from $600 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 -
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 met by your driver and transferred to the Amora Jamison Hotel 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 met by your driver and transferred to the Amora Jamison Hotel Sydney
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 4 -
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 5 -
Explore Sydney Harbour and 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 6 -
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 tour
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 personalised commemorative climber certificate and climber cap
Day 7 -
Sydney to Launceston, Tasmania
Launceston is known as the 'garden city' because of its abundance of well established beautiful public and private gardens. Tasmania's “northern capital” was established in 1806 by free settlers. It has fine Victorian buildings from the 1870s and 1880s and elegant contemporary architecture. The unique attraction of Cataract Gorge is a natural wonder only a 15-minute walk from the city centre, and not far from the J Boag and Son brewery. Cool climate wines and fine dining are the essence of the new Launceston experience and the city is a perfect base from which to explore the surrounding region
Accommodation - Centrally located, Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston is a short walk to Cataract Gorge, City Park, Old Launceston Seaport, Boags Brewery, National Automobile Museum of Tasmania and Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.
Day 8 -
Cradle Mountain National Park tour
Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake offer superb natural beauty, wildlife and Tasmania’s premier day walking opportunities on this tour day designed for the Active traveller. Experience ancient rainforests, alpine heaths, glacial lakes, rugged mountains and close encounters with our local wildlife. With around 5 hours to spend in the National Park we leave our walking itinerary flexible to suit our guests and the weather conditions on the day.
After departing Launceston we enjoy a short stop in Sheffield – The Town of Murals. We continue our journey into the mountains and arrive at Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake. We begin with a series of short walks to Rainforest City and Pencil Pine Falls. From here we can choose from the gentle and iconic Dove Lake Circuit an easy 2 hour walk with amazing mountain views. For the more active, we offer the chance to climb to the loftier heights of Marion’s Lookout. This walk is well rewarded with amazing 360 degree views of the surrounding World Heritage wilderness area.
Cradle Mountain is the backdrop for a truly memorable and not to be missed Tasmanian experience. Return to Launceston after a huge yet unforgettable Cradle Mountain day.
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Day 9 -
Launceston to Freycinet National Park &
Travel from Launceston to Hobart in 1 day via Wineglass Bay & Freycinet National Park. An action packed day tour, with sensational scenery, Great Short Walks and many scenic stops along the way.
Depart Launceston ready for an action-packed day out exploring Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park and the delights & highlights along the way.
Once inside Freycinet National Park we begin a series of walks and exploration of the area. We walk as a group to the Wineglass Bay Lookout, this is a moderate uphill walk of around 45 minutes. Once at the top you are rewarded with that world – famous view of Wineglass Bay and the stunning Freycinet National Park. Enjoy the moment, take in the views and let our guides help you with those sought-after photographs.
From the Lookout you have the option to return to the start of the walk with our tour guide, or for the keen walkers you can choose to spend the rest of your time completing the walk down to Wineglass beach.
Wineglass Bay Beach Walk – This is a 2.5 hr return walk and adequate fitness is required. Our tour has ample time for you to do the full walk to Wineglass Bay Beach and return. Once on the beach you can enjoy your lunch in this stunning setting, jump in the pristine waters for a swim, or wander along the white sands. This is one of the most rewarding walks in Tasmania to a stunning location. Continue on to Hobart where you will be dropped at your hotel for your 3 nights stay
ACCOMMODATION - Ibis Styles Hobart is centrally located in the heart of vibrant Hobart. The hotel comprises a fitness centre, indoor swimming pool and restaurant featuring Asian street food with a cheeky modern twist. This playfully design hotel is centrally located and just a short walk from the famous Salamanca market
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.
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- 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.
This afternoon continue your exploration of Hobart. Consider taking the ferry to MONA (additional cost) - The Museum of Old and New Art is Australia's largest privately owned gallery and museum. Showcasing the diverse collection of its owner, Tasmanian gambler and maths nerd David Walsh, Mona exhibits everything from ancient Egyptian funerary objects to modernist masterpieces. The Mona site, perched on the banks of the River Derwent is also home to the Moorilla winery and vineyard.
- Port Arthur Historic Site and Tasmanian
Enjoy a fun and action-packed day out on the Tasman Peninsula. Explore, discover and learn as you enjoy a variety of activities, walks, sightseeing, history, Tassie Devil Feeding, chocolate tasting and much more!
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.
Image: Tourism Tasmania
- Hobart to Perth
Board your Virgin Australia non-stop flight to Perth, the capital of Western Australia. Welcome to Perth! 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.
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Day 13 - Arcades &
Laneways Perth city walking tour
This morning at your leisure make your way into the Perth city center and make your way to Elizabeth Quay - Celebrating Perth’s love affair with the Swan River, Elizabeth Quay has transformed the foreshore into a free playground for all ages to enjoy the city’s active lifestyle, abundant sunshine, amazing views, alfresco dining, outdoor markets and lively festival scene. Walk the riverside trail and explore the one and half hectares of inlet, island, landscaped gardens and public art via the striking arched suspension bridge and promenade circuit.
This afternoon join your Two Feet and A Heartbeat Walking Tours at Perth Town Hall, on corner of Barrack and Hay street to commence a 2 Hour Arcades and Laneways Tour. On this tour explore the more than 2.5km of arcades and various lesser known laneways throughout the city. Due to Perth's warm climate, the city centre was built with many arcades to keep shoppers shaded and cool. Through churches, shopping malls and public areas, these arcades and laneways provide interesting routes for locals to navigate through the city centre. Art Deco, ultra modern and even faux-Tudor, these are wonderful parts of the city that you will visit on this tour and learn of their origins and impact on the city. In recent years, some forgotten and under utilized laneways in Perth have been given a new lease on life. Through Government investment, the establishment small bars and cafes, pop-up cultural events and a proliferation of street art, these once ignored places are now hip and happening. It is very easy to spend a couple of leisurely hours exploring these hidden yet bustling/vibrant elements of life in Perth. With plenty of opportunities to grab a coffee on the go, have a tasty treat, or find some awesome places to come back to after the tour, your friendly guide will help set you up for an enjoyable adventure through the lesser known parts of Perth. Tour concludes at approximately 4:00pm, in the central city area of Perth.
Day 14 - Rottnest
You will board your vessel in Northport to commence a full day Discover Rottnest tour. Cruise to Rottnest Island and receive a guided introduction walk, then enjoy cycling around the island at your own pace or take a guided coach tour to discover the beauty and tranquility of Rottnest. Enjoy lunch at Rottnest Lodge, followed by free time at your leisure before boarding the ferry to depart the island and cruise back to Northport.
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. One of the best ways 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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- Perth at leisure: Recommend Freemantle for the
Explore Perth at your own leisure today or considering adding one of our recommended touring experiences (additional cost applies):
- Pinnacles Desert 4WD adventure
A Luxury Outback Tours vehicle will pick up you from your hotel to commence 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.
- Margaret River Food & Wine tour
Visit four wineries, including private wine tasting at the renowned Vasse Felix, the region's founding wine estate.At Leeuwin Estate savour their 'Wine and Food Flight' an intimate and informal fine matching experience. Enjoy a selection of five iconic Leeuwin Estate Art Series wine flights, each served with a canapé of seasonal fresh produce. Lunch at Watershed Premium Wines; one of the most stunning wineries of the region. The restaurant has expansive views over the vineyard, and the sumptuous food is all sourced locally.
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- Depart Perth
This morning, it’s time to say farewell to Perth. You will be transferred by car service to Perth airport. Depart Perth for your return flight home or to your next destination within Australia.
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12-31 January 2020
|01 October -
1 February - March 28 2020
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.
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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. $40 per person supplement applies for a Saturday night at the Crown Metropol Hotel Melbourne. 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.