See the diverse yet equally breathtaking cities and natural wonders that Australia has to offer with cosmopolitan Sydney, the red center at Uluru & then onto Cairns and journey an hour north to Port Douglas, the gateway to an amazing selection of touring options encompassing the Reef, the Outback and the Rainforest.
- Roundtrip Economy Class Airfare on Qantas Airways from Los Angeles (Domestic US flights can be added at an additional cost.)
- Shuttle airport transfers in Sydney & Cairns and complimentary resort shuttle at Uluru
- 4 nights Sydney at the 5* Pier
One Sydney Harbour in a Heritage King Room
From 1 Apr 17, 5* Amora Jamison in a Deluxe King Room
- Half day small group city sights of Sydney
- Sydney Harbour morning tea cruise
- Full day small group tour to the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains
- 2 nights Uluru at the 5* Sails in the Desert - Superior Room
- Admission to limited time "Field of Light" art installation - discuss additional "Field of Light" touring options with an Aspire Expert
- Sunrise Uluru Highlights tour
- 4 nights Port Douglas at the 4.5* Shantara Resort & Spa - Studio pool view room
- Full Day Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef tour including lunch
- Half Day Mossman Gorge & Aboriginal Dreamtime Walking tour
- All taxes & fuel surcharges
Day 1 - Depart Los Angeles for Sydney with
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 (add $250), Dallas Fort Worth (add $220) & New York JFK (add $200) - 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. All passengers also receive amenity kits so passengers can freshen up during their long haul journey.
Day 2 - Cross International Dateline
Day 3 - Arrive
Blessed with a temperate climate, Sydney is Australia’s favorite city with the world’s most beautiful harbor. Upon arrival, seat in coach transfer from Sydney International Airport to Pier One Sydney Harbour.
ACCOMMODATION - A luxury stay in the heart of Dawes Point awaits you at Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection. Within steps you'll find Sydney Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay within a 10-minute stroll.
Day 4 - Sydney - Half Day City Sights
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel for your small group Panoramic Sydney Sights tour. Visit the historic Rocks area (Old Town of Sydney) and hear of the early convict history. Enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House, see Sydney Harbour Bridge and the shopping heart of the city including the Queen Victoria Building and Sydney Tower. Visit Sydney's trendy district, Oxford Street and elegant Paddington with its terrace houses. Arrive at the famous beaches - see Tamarama, Bronte and stop at the Bondi beachfront to stroll and enjoy a morning coffee or tea (at own expense). See surfers, famous Aussie lifesavers and Sydney's most spectacular panoramic viewpoint. Return to Sydney via Sydney Heads lookout, Watsons Bay, Kings Cross & Mrs Macquaries Point for unsurpassed views of the Harbour Bridge & Opera House
Day 5 - Sydney - Harbor morning tea
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.
Day 6 - Sydney - Blue Mountains Day
Visit Scenic World and dare yourself to ride the steepest Railway in the world with spectacular views of the Three Sisters and the Valley. Go through the quaint village of Leura showing the beautiful stores, houses and gardens along the way to Reids Plateau. A picturesque view of the Jamison Valley, taking in the rear view of the Three Sisters away from the crowds. Return to Sydney by way of Featherdale Wildlife Park, with a chance to cuddle up to a koala or feed the baby wallabies. Your trip to Sydney is not complete without a cruise on Parramatta River to Sydney Harbour Circular Quay.
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Day 7 - Sydney - Ayers
Depart Sydney for Ayers Rock and take the courtesy shuttle transfer on arrival to the Desert Garden hotel - your base for two nights.
Uluru (Ayers Rock), in the heart of the Red Center, has a desert climate - mostly dry, with brilliant blue skies all year. It is a World Heritage Area, managed jointly by the Aboriginal traditional owners and the Australian Nature Conservation Agency. You will spend two nights at the centrally Desert Garden Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort. The resort is a short stroll to numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia's best sunset, with the spectacular play of colors across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert.
ACCOMMODATION - Named after the soaring white sails that crown its roof, Voyages Sails in the Desert is the premium hotel at Voyages Ayers Rock Resort. Relax in spacious, beautifully appointed rooms, enjoy cocktails by the pool, or stroll through the hotel's acclaimed Mulgara Gallery.
Admission to limited time "Field of Light" art installation included. Delve into the experiential artwork in a number of different ways with the Field of Light Pass which includes return coach transfers to the remote site with ample time to experience the installation. Consider additional "Field of Light" tour options to enhance your experience (additional cost applies):
- Night at Field of Light
A Night at Field of Light' experience begins with a convenient hotel pick-up and transfer to the remote desert location with majestic views of Uluru. With Uluru as the backdrop, guests enjoy canapés and chilled sparkling wine to the sounds of a didgeridoo as the sun slowly sets. As darkness gradually falls and the coloured lights of the 50,000 glass spheres come to life guests enjoy local Indigenous performance, welcoming them to this unique country, before being invited to join their fellow travelers at their dinner table for a special three-course bush tucker inspired buffet menu. A knowledgeable guide will provide insights and background to the monumental installation and guests are invited to immerse themselves and walk through Field of Light. After dinner guests are welcomed back at the dune viewing area to enjoy a sweet treat, hot chocolate or port whilst viewing the illuminated installation in the darkness.
- Night at Field of Light by Camel
A Night at Field of Light' experience begins with a convenient hotel pick-up and transfer to the remote desert location with majestic views of Uluru. With Uluru as the backdrop, guests enjoy canapés and chilled sparkling wine to the sounds of a didgeridoo as the sun slowly sets. As darkness gradually falls and the coloured lights of the 50,000 glass spheres come to life guests enjoy local Indigenous performance, welcoming them to this unique country, before being invited to join their fellow travelers at their dinner table for a special three-course bush tucker inspired buffet menu. A knowledgeable guide will provide insights and background to the monumental installation and guests are invited to immerse themselves and walk through Field of Light. After dinner guests are welcomed back at the dune viewing area to enjoy a sweet treat, hot chocolate or port whilst viewing the illuminated installation in the darkness
- Sound of Silence
Entered into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, Sounds of Silence offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into four magical hours. An unforgettable evening, eating beautifully prepared food under the sparkling outback sky. The journey begins on a lone sand dune. A meandering path takes participants to an uninterrupted, 360 degree view of this vast landscape. In front is the fabled Uluru; behind are the domes of Kata Tjuta and, possibly the most spectacular sunset you have ever seen. Here enjoy sparkling wine and a selection of delectable canapes. As the sun sets in a blaze of reds and oranges, and well into the starlit night, feast on a gourmet barbecue buffet of authentic Australian delicacies including barramundi, kangaroo, emu, crocodile, bush salads and classic desserts, complemented by some of Australia's finest wines. Attention then turns to some of the world's best stargazing, as the resident astronomer takes diners on an unforgettable tour of the spectacular southern night sky. As dinner winds down, select from a choice of tea, coffee or port. In winter, guests gather around a campfire to savor a special treat of hot mulled wine.
Day 8 - Ayers Rock - Uluru Sunrise
Travel towards Uluru, where its vast shape rises from the sand dunes in the early dawn light highlighting its presence in this country. Stop at a special location to watch the sun rise over this amazing monolith and enjoy a picnic breakfast. Travel to Mutitjulu Waterhole where you will learn the Creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (python). Then drive around the base of Uluru hearing the cultural stories of the Mala people before returning to the resort.
Day 9 - Ayers Rock to Cairns, transfer
to Port Douglas
Fly to tropical North Queensland. Transfer by seat in coach an hour north of Cairns to Port Douglas, the closest town to the Great Barrier Reef with Rainforest clad mountains sweeping down to sparkling sandy beaches.
ACCOMMODATION - Arrive at Shantara Resort Port Douglas and be greeted by the relaxed and tranquil environment. The courtyard’s two lagoon style swimming pools cleverly encircle the apartment courtyard to provide ground level apartments with poolside access. Shantara is an Adults only retreat with Boutique Holiday Apartments suited for couples or the independent traveler looking for tranquility. The studio rooms have kitchenettes and are perfect for the shorter stay, all rooms have an outdoor balcony facing one of the pools
Day 10 - Port Douglas - Great Barrier
Board your Quicksilver vessel at Marina Mirage Port Douglas to commence a full day cruise. Travel aboard Quicksilver's 45.5 metre high speed wave piercing catamaran in air-conditioned comfort to a spacious reef activity platform moored in protective lagoons at the renowned Agincourt Reef, on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Quicksilver has facilities to enable both swimmers and non-swimmers to experience this stunning reef world. Explore the reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible, the underwater observatory or by snorkeling. A range of optional activities are available including up to two dives for certified divers, and novices can experience the magic of scuba with a qualified dive instructor or an Oceanwalker helmet dive. Also available are guided snorkeling tours with a marine biologist and scenic helicopter flights over the reef (all optional activities at own expense). Enjoy lunch on board. Cruise concludes at approximately 4.30pm, at Marina Mirage Port Douglas
- Port Douglas - Mossman Gorge & Aboriginal Dreamtime
Travel north along the scenic coastal road to arrive at Mossman Gorge Centre and enjoy an Indigenous presentation by the traditional owners of the gorge, the Kuku Yalanji people before boarding the eco shuttle for the transfer into Mossman Gorge. Your guide will take you on a walk sharing their knowledge of this enchanting rainforest environment. Learn about the fascinating secrets of one of the world's oldest rainforests. Upon conclusion of the cruise, commence the return journey to Port Douglas
- Port Douglas
Explore Tropical North Queensland at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour options - Some of our favorites (additional cost applies) :
Silversonic Outer Barrier Reef
Silversonic is a 29 metre luxury catamaran custom designed for small groups of adventure minded people to revel in the thrill of diving and snorkeling. With over five hours to explore the delights of this underwater world, visit 3 different outer reef locations at Agincourt Reef on the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef.
Kuranda, Rail, Skyrail & Tjapukai
Kuranda Scenic Rail to Kuranda, Barron River & Stoney Creek Falls, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park which includes indigenous guide, entrance to all Theatres, the famous Tjapukai Dancers, boomerang/spear throwing & bush medicine.
The award-winning Wildlife Habitat is Australia’s leading immersion exhibit - an open and interactive environment for guests and animals to mingle in a spacious and natural setting. Visitors wander along elevated boardwalks, observing up close a huge range of flora and fauna as birds fly and roam freely. The original Breakfast with the Birds has been a visitor must do for two decades. Guests are immersed within the Wetlands environment whilst enjoying the cacophony of sounds and colors of Wildlife as they wander freely amongst the guests and are treated to a fantastic tropical breakfast buffet.
Daintree Rainforest Jungle Surf
Rainforest has more strata than any other terrestrial ecosystem, and can only be truly appreciated by getting up into the canopy. With its low-impact system of platforms and cables, Jungle Surfing offers unparalleled access to the heart of the Daintree from the bustling forest floor to the giants that tower above the canopy.
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Day 13 - Transfer to Cairns, depart
Transfer by seat in coach to Cairns airport and your flights home.
Additional departure gateways & pricing
Qantas offers non-stop service to Australia from Los Angeles, San Francisco (add $250 per person), Dallas Fort Worth (add $220 per person) & New York's JFK (add $200 per person). Addon fares are available from all major US cities - ask an Aspire consultant for a quote from your local airport.
On Board Qantas
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
* Starting from pricing is valid for departures until 31 March 2019 for purchase by 31 December 2018. Prices 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.