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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. For the ultimate Sydney experience, enjoy the ease of the Shangri La Sydney with its fantastic location. One thing’s for certain - you’ll run out of time before you run out of things to see and do in Sydney.

Situated on Hamilton Island's sun-drenched northern-most tip with breathtaking views of the surrounding Whitsunday Islands and tranquil Coral Sea, qualia’s unique design combines a sense of space, openness and harmony that draws the outside in. Set amongst native Eucalypts, the 60 luxurious pavilions are an indulgent space to unwind in, with either a sundeck or private infinity edge plunge pool. It's distinctive Australian style combined with a secluded location and intuitive service, makes it a world class resort. 'qualia' is deliberately spelled with a lower case 'q' as it is a reflection of the relaxed, understated nature of this property. Hamilton Island is one of 74 tropical islands in the Coral Sea between the Queensland coast and the Great Barrier Reef. The largest inhabited island in the Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island is on the same latitude in the southern hemisphere as Honolulu in the north with an average of 81F temperatures year round.


  • Round-trip International Economy airfare from Los Angeles
  • Add-on airfares available from other cities
  • Internal Australia flights
  • Private car service airport transfers in Sydney & Brisbane
  • 4 nights at the 5 Star Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney in a Deluxe Darling Harbour View Room
  • 5 nights Leeward Pavillon (no personal plunge pool, ask about Windward Pavillon upgrade with plunge pool)
    (Inclusions: Full breakfast at The Long Pavilion, VIP Hamilton Island airport or marina to hotel return transfers, 1 golf buggy (2 seater for Leeward Pavilions) and use of non motorized water sports including catamarans, sailboards, paddleboards and snorkelling gear.)
  • 1 night Quay West Brisbane
  • ** Sightseeing options and packages are available **


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Day 1 - Depart US
Ask about our options with Premium Economy and Business class airfare.

Day 2 - Cross International Date Line

Day 3 - Arrive Sydney
Blessed with a temperate climate, Sydney is Australia’s favorite city with the world’s most beautiful harbor. On arrival you will be met by your private chauffeur who will assist with your private transfer to the Shangri La Sydney. You will spend four nights at this superbly situated hotel.

A luxury stay in the heart of The Rocks awaits you at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney. Within a 20-minute stroll, you'll find popular places like Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, and Circular Quay. Highlights at this romantic hotel include a full-service spa, a restaurant, and an indoor swimming pool.

Days 4 - 6 - Sydney
Explore Sydney at your leisure or consider adding one of our boutique tour options, see our e-brochure or speak with an Aspire expert.


Image: Tourism Australia

Day 7 - Fly Sydney to Hamilton Island - qualia
Private car service transfer to Sydney airport and your flight to Hamilton Island.

qualia, pronounced Kwah • lee • ah, is a unique Australian expression of world-class luxury, situated on the secluded northern-most tip of Hamilton Island. This resort immerses you in a relaxed atmosphere, offering personalized and intuitive service. You will spend four nights at this superbly situated getaway. It's distinctive Australian style combined with a secluded location and intuitive service, makes it a world class resort. Find yourself in a true sanctuary where everything has been meticulously considered so it relaxes the mind, yet completely spoils the senses. qualia is a truly special place where everything has been meticulously considered to relax the mind yet completely spoil the senses. It’s what we refer to as the ‘qualia effect’.

Inclusions for qualia:
Full breakfast at The Long Pavilion or Pebble Beach restaurants, all non-alcoholic beverages within qualia (including mini bar) at all time, VIP Hamilton Island airport or marina to hotel return transfers, 1 golf buggy and use of non motorised water sports including catamarans, sailboards, paddleboards and snorkelling gear.


Image: Hamilton Island

Southwest-facing, the freestanding Leeward Pavilions provide Hamilton Island luxury accommodation in Australian tropical island style. Louvers allow the sea breeze to flow through, and the comfortable lounge area leads to a private sundeck shaded by Eucalypts. Cool polished floors and timber details, a subtle colour palette and stylish decor, create a uniquely relaxed beach house ambience. Elegantly designed and beautifully furnished, the one-bedroom Leeward Pavilions have a private sundeck with eucalypts framing the ocean vistas. Furnished with comfortable sun lounges, the sundeck also has outdoor seating for enjoying the sun-dappled views over Hamilton Island and the Coral Sea.

Upgrade to a Windward Pavilion from $925 per person


Image: Hamilton Island

qualia’s north-facing Windward Pavilions each complete with its own private plunge pool, provide flawless design, soothing decor and expansive Coral Sea and Whitsunday Island views. Shaded by Eucalypts, the Windward Pavilions’ breezy louver windows, polished timber floors and floor-to-ceiling glass provide a uniquely Australian hideaway. Wake to the breathtaking views of the Coral Sea outside your window, then step from the beautifully appointed living room onto the north-facing sundeck to bathe in the private infinity-edged pool. Freestanding and spacious, with expansive waterfront views, the Hamilton Island luxury accommodation provided by the Windward Pavilions at qualia have a sunny northern aspect and provide four times the living space of a standard hotel room.

Days 8 - 11 - qualia
At Leisure to relax and indulge at qualia.


Image: Hamilton Island

Day 12 - Depart qualia, Hamilton Island to Brisbane
VIP buggy transfer to Hamilton Island Airport and your short flight to Brisbane. On arrival into Brisbane meet your driver for private car transfer to the Quay West Brisbane and enjoy your last afternoon and evening in Australia with a walk and stroll along the Brisbane river and parks.

Day 13 - Depart Brisbane
Private car transfer to Brisbane International lairport and your return flight to US. 


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Package from pricing are per person based on double occupancy departures from Los Angeles. Add-on fares are available from other cities. Certain black out 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.