If you like to be where the
action is, you can’t beat Sydney. A modern, vibrant city with
something for everyone: climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour
Bridge for spectacular views, swim at a famous beach or take
yourself on an exciting shopping expedition.For sheer relaxation,
immerse yourself in the beauty of Cairns, the rainforest and the
Great Barrier Reef. Experience an underwater ecosystem so unique,
it’s almost out of this world.
Escape to beautiful Moreton Bay with a scenic cruise that in just over an hour will bring you to the crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches of Tangalooma Island Resort. Be enchanted by the playful antics of the wild dolphins that visit Tangalooma jetty each night. Hand feed them as they gather at the shore or watch from the jetty, either way the experience is unforgettable!
The capital of the Sunshine State, Brisbane is located on the banks of the Brisbane River and enjoys a subtropical climate year round. During the last decade, the city has matured into a unique blend of historic buildings and sophisticated architecture. Visit the South Bank development, the former site of the 1988 world expo and the Botanical Gardens.
- Round-trip International Economy airfare from Los Angeles
- Add-on airfares available from other cities
- Internal Australia flights
- 4 nights Sydney
- 4 nights Cairns
- 2 nights Tangalooma
- 2 nights Brisbane
- ** Sightseeing options and packages are available **
Day 1 - Depart
Ask about our options with Premium Economy and Business class airfare.
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. Take a stroll through The Rocks, the site of the first European settlement. Don’t miss The Rocks markets held every Saturday & Sunday. Be entertained with great street theatre and music while you browse for Australian arts & crafts. Circular Quay is the gateway to the harbor and the starting point for most of Sydney’s harbor cruises and passenger ferries. Familiarize yourself with the harbor by taking one of the many cruises on offer or jump on a passenger ferry to Taronga Zoo or Manly beach. Sydney’s shopping is second to none with its endless selection of boutiques, markets and malls. Unique Australian specialty shops reside at The Rocks and Darling harbor’s Shopping Centre and a visit to the Queen Victoria Building in the city center is a must. Dining out at one of the many fabulous harbor side restaurants is a must. Fresh produce, great views, inspiring chefs and a multicultural flavor turn a meal into a gastronomic delight.
Days 4 - 6 -
Explore Sydney at your leisure or consider adding one of our boutique tour options (additional cost):
Explore Sydney at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour options - Some of our favorites (additional cost applies):
- Panoramic City Sights Tour
Commence your morning Panoramic Sydney Sights tour with a visit to the historic Rocks area, followed by magnificent views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Visit Sydney's trendy Oxford Street, then travel through elegant Paddington with its Victorian terrace houses before arriving at the Pacific Ocean. See the superb coast cliff walk around Tamarama and Bronte, then travel to famous Bondi Beach. See bronzed Aussie lifesavers and Sydney's best panoramic view at Dover Heights. Return to Sydney via Double Bay, Kings Cross and Mrs Macquaries Point for a final magical viewpoint over the harbour before returning to the city center.
- Hop On, Hop Off Harbour Cruise
Commence your Hop On Hop Off cruise from Darling Harbour and enjoy a fun and easy way to explore Sydney including commentary from your Captain. Sit back and relax as your vessel cruises around Sydney Harbour and stops at harbourside attractions including Darling Harbour, Fort Denison, Garden Island (including admission to the Naval Heritage Museum), Shark Island, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Luna Park, Circular Quay and Manly, where you are able to hop on and off over a 24 hour period. Alternatively stay on board the vessel for an enjoyable 90 minute round trip journey.
- Blue Mountains Day Tour
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.
- Boutique Harbour Lunch Cruise
Depart Circular Quay to commence a scenic lunch cruise. Your personal 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 the company of a small group aboard a 52 foot yacht with swimming, kayaking and fishing, or sit back and relax on the expansive sunbed and do nothing at all. Included is a three course barbecue lunch with local beers and regional wines.
- Taronga Zoo
This small group tour led by an expert guide offers an excellent introduction to Australia's wildlife and brings you close to the animals. There are plenty of photographic opportunities with kangaroos, wallabies, birds, wombats, echidnas and reptiles. Another fantastic offering from Taronga Zoo is Roar & Snore – Sydney’s ultimate sleepover. Nestled on the cliff top edge of Sydney’s stunning harbour, Taronga Roar and Snore’s is the only opportunity to camp overnight with views of Sydney Harbour and the city on one side and lions, leopards and meerkats on the other.
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Day 7 - Fly Sydney -
Cairns is the colorful capital of Tropical North Queensland and the major gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. The city is a gateway to an amazing selection of touring options encompassing the Reef, the Outback and the Rainforest. Take the Skyrail gondola to the market town of Kuranda and return to Cairns via the Kuranda scenic railway through lush rainforest. A visit to the Tjupukai Aboriginal Park is a must to learn of the local Aboriginal tribes and culture. The exclusive resort of Palm Cove lies 20 minutes north of Cairns, with hotels set on an esplanade behind a pristine palm fringed beach. An hour north of Cairns brings you to Port Douglas, the closest town to the Great Barrier Reef with Rainforest clad mountains sweeping down to sparkling sandy beaches.
Days 8 - 10 -
Explore Cairns at your leisure or consider adding one of our boutique tour options (additional cost)
- Kuranda, Scenic Rail, Skyrail &
Transfer to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park where you will be greeted by an indigenous guide who will escort you through the park to discover this ancient culture through theatres, stage shows and demonstrations. At 12noon board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and glide above the rainforest canopy to Kuranda with stops along the way at Red Peak Station and Barron Falls Station. On arrival there is free time to explore the Village in the Rainforest, and its many attractions, including the Heritage Markets which operates daily, the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary or Kuranda Koala Gardens (own expense). Enjoy lunch at one of the many cafes (own expense). At 3.30pm board the Kuranda Scenic Railway to Cairns, and enjoy spectacular views as the train travels through 15 hand cut tunnels and past spectacular waterfalls. Stop at Barron Gorge to view the falls before arriving at Freshwater Station.
- Half Day Barron River White Water
For an action packed afternoon of fun and adventure, raft your way through the World Heritage Listed rainforest of the stunning Barron Gorge! After being collected from your accommodation, travel to our put-in spot where you will meet your Guide and fellow paddlers and receive a safety briefing before hitting the water. The rapids on the Barron River are grade 2 - 3 which means they're ideal for first timers or anyone wanting a couple of hours of fun. Experience is not necessary, just a sense of adventure!
- Ocean Free Sail to Green Island
Sail to an exclusive mooring on Pinnacle Reef, just 1km offshore from Green Island. This Marine Park Reserve is protected from fishing and has an abundant range of marine life. Enjoy a swim, snorkel, scuba dive (additional cost) or just relax. Transfers to Green Island are available throughout the day, to explore the walking tracks and rainforest - the amount of time spent between the island and the boat is your choice.
- Half Day Horse Riding
Right after your safety lesson your tour will commence through bushland surrounding Blazing Saddles. Wander through the Native Australian rainforest and surrounding trail where you will see spectacular lookouts over Palm Cove, islands and beaches.
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Day 11 - Fly Cairns -
Brisbane - ferry to Tangalooma Dolphin Resort
Arrive Brisbane and take a taxi transfer to the launch. Escape to beautiful Moreton Bay with a scenic cruise that in just over an hour will bring you to the crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches of Tangalooma Island Resort. Tangalooma's wide range of resort facilities caters for everyone and offers guests of all ages the perfect destination for unique adventure, education, or nature based experiences in a truly relaxed environment. From sun up to sun down Tangalooma is a haven for those who want to relax and have fun, and with over 80 activities on offer there is something for everyone to enjoy. But the highlight of any stay at the resort is the opportunity to closely interact with nature. Be enchanted by the playful antics of the wild dolphins that visit Tangalooma jetty each night. Echo, Nari and the rest of the family are always full of chatter and love to show off. Hand feed them as they gather at the shore or watch from the jetty, either way the experience is unforgettable!
Day 12 -
Tangalooma Dolphin Resort
With over 80 activities on offer, more than half are FREE and the toughest decision will be which to choose first! Our favorites include whale watching, Quad biking and sand tobogganing.
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Day 13 - Tangalooma
Dolphin Resort - Brisbane
Return on the launch to Brisbane. The capital of the Sunshine State, is located on the banks of the Brisbane River and enjoys a subtropical climate year round. During the last decade, the city has matured into a unique blend of historic buildings and sophisticated architecture. To cuddle a Koala, take a cruise along the Brisbane River to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Visit the South Bank development, the former site of the 1988 world expo and the Botanical Gardens.
Day 14 -
Explore Brisbane at your leisure
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Day 15 - Depart for US
||Now-31 March 2019|
* 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.