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, cruise Sydney Harbour and take in the stunning Sydney Opera House or head out to the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains only two hours outside of Sydney. A short few hours flight takes you to Hamilton Island where you will board a luxury yacht bound for Hayman Island - perfect for couples and famillies alike, this Island by the Great Barrier Reef is a true Queensland escape. Complete your time in Australia with the soothing sights and sounds of the rainforest at Silky Oaks Lodge & Healing Waters Spa, nestled on the edge of the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park.
- Round-trip International Economy airfare from Los Angeles
- Add-on airfares available from other cities
- Internal Australia flights
- Private car service transfers in Cairns and small vehicle shuttle transfers in Sydney
- 4 Nights in Sydney - InterContinental Sydney in superior cityside room
- Half day Sydney city sights small group tour
- Half Day Sydney Harbour Cruise luxury small ship Cruise including sumptuous lunch
- Blue Mountains small group Day Tour including lunch
- 4 nights Hayman Island in Hayman Lagoon room including full breakfast daily
- Round-trip launch transfers to Hayman Island
- 2 nights Silky Oaks Lodge in a garden studio including full breakfast daily
- 1 Night Shangri La Cairns in a superior room
Day 1 - Depart
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Day 2 - Cross International Date Line
Day 3 - Arrive
Blessed with a temperate climate, Sydney is Australia’s favorite city with the world’s most beautiful harbor. You will be transferred by small vehicle shuttle to the Sydney Intercontinental. You will spend four nights at this superbly situated hotel.
Rising majestically behind the 1851 Treasury Building’s sandstone façade, now a listed heritage building right in the heart of Sydney. The Intercontinental offers panoramic views over the entire city, and all rooms are tastefully furnished with the attention to detail expected of this internationally renowned, five star hotel group. Walk out of the lobby and straight into Sydney’s Royal Botanical Gardens, literally across the street, marvel at the latest exhibition in the Art Gallery of New South Wales or stroll down to the famous Sydney Opera House. All of these attractions and more are within easy walking distance of the hotel. In house facilities include a fully equipped gym and heated indoor swimming pool.
Day 4 - Sydney -
Half Day City Sights tour / Half Day Harbour
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel for your small group Panoramic Sydney Sights tour. Commence a morning 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 and Mrs Macquarie's Point for unsurpassed views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
At the conclusion of your tour the driver will drop you at the Commissioners Steps, Circular Quay, the departure point for your luxury 4 hour small boat Sydney harbour cruise experience.
Be engulfed by the beauty of Sydney as you 'cruise like a local'
aboard Calypso, a 52 foot motor yacht. Cruise the foreshores of
Sydney Harbour past world famous, iconic landmarks including the
Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House before dropping anchor in
a secluded cove to enjoy lunch. Then there is the opportunity to go
for a swim, row into the beach, try your luck at fishing or just
Day 5 - Sydney - Small
Group Blue Mountains Day Tour
A Diamond Tours vehicle will pick you up from your hotel to commence a full day Blue Mountains tour. Before heading west, enjoy some of the sites of the Sydney Central Business District. Once out of Sydney we’ll visit Canada Bay area before arriving in the heart of the Blue Mountains. Enjoy morning tea at the Conservation Hut at Wentworth Falls. Arrive at Scenic World and join the Blue Mountains rides - Scenic Railway, Cableway and Skyway (own expense). Experience the Scenic Skyway and the thrill of walking on air with a see-through glass floor showing views of the valley 200 metres below. Or dare yourself to ride the steepest railway, with an incline of 52 degrees. After enjoying a stroll through the ancient rainforest, ride the Scenic Cableway and see spectacular views of the Three Sisters and vast expanse of the Jamison Valley, then visit Echo Point for the closest and best view of the Three Sisters. Travel through the quaint village of Leura on the way to Sublime Point for picturesque views of the Jamison Valley. Enjoy lunch then return to Sydney via Featherdale Wildlife Park where you can encounter Australian native animals. Cuddle up to a Koala or feed the baby Wallabies. Last stop is Cabarita (Inner West) to board the Rivercat ferry for a relaxing cruise to Circular Quay, and view the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Tour concludes at approximately 5.15pm at Circular Quay.
Image: Tourism Australia
Day 6 - Sydney at your leisure
Day 7 -
Fly Sydney - Hamilton Island and launch to Hayman Island,
Great Barrier Reef
You will be transferred by small vehicle shuttle to the Sydney airport. Fly Sydney to Hamilton Island and connection to luxury boat launch from Hamilton Island to Hayman Island. You will spend four nights on Hayman Island.
Hayman Island, in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef presents astonishing natural beauty, restorative peace, indulgence and adventure. Australia’s iconic private island resort opening July 2014 is located off the coast of Queensland, nestled at the northernmost point of the Whitsunday archipelago, beyond verdant cliffs reaching into endless sky. Within this private island resort, stylish elegance reflects the harmony of nature with beautifully appointed accommodation set against the backdrop of the Coral Sea. Discover endless opportunities to delight the senses in a place where the beauty of nature inspires each day. Restaurants and bars have rare character, with imaginative cuisines and fantastic vintages from the region and around the world. World-class chefs create the perfect ambiance with mouth-watering flavours, from a tasting menu surrounded by the rainforest grove to laidback grills beside the pool.
Days 8 - 10
- Hayman Island
With direct access to the Great Barrier Reef and world-famous Whitehaven Beach, exhilarating helicopter and seaplane tours, diving, snorkelling and fishing adventures are the gateway to the natural riches of the reef. Marvel at the shades of a thousand different shimmering fish – like the yellow tailed fusiliers that brush close enough to touch your eyelids. Water sports include water-skiing, kayaking, catamaran sailing, windsurfing and paddle skiing.
The Spa offers an immersion of total tranquillity with indulgent treatments, while wellness facilities include a state-of-the-art fitness centre.
Within this private island resort, stylish elegance
reflects the harmony of nature with beautifully appointed
accommodation set against the backdrop of the Coral Sea. Discover
endless opportunities to delight the senses in a place where the
beauty of nature inspires each day.
Image: Hayman Island
- Fly Hamilton Island to Cairns - Silky Oaks,
Board the luxury boat launch from Hayman Island to Hamilton Island and connect with flight to Cairns.
Upon arrival in Cairns you will privately transferred to Silky Oaks Wilderness Lodge where you will spend the next two nights. Included in your stay – full buffet breakfast, selected guided rainforest walks, canoeing & snorkeling on the Mossman River, bicycles, tennis and Courtesy transfer service to and from Port Douglas scheduled daily.
Experience the ancient wonders of the Daintree at the lodge, an oasis of elegance and beauty, nestled on the edge of a World Heritage-listed wilderness. With contemporary design and casual sophistication surrounded by the sights and sounds of the rainforest, the Lodge features resort style amenities including a premier restaurant, swimming pool, tennis court and a healing day spa.
- Silky Oaks Lodge
Enjoy a full day of activities or leisure at the Lodge. Please ask an Aspire expert for the Silky Oaks Spa Menu.
Image: Silky Oaks
Day 13 - Depart Silky Oaks -
This afternoon transfer from Silky Oaks to Cairns and spend your last night in Australia at the Shangri La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns. Enjoy an evening in Cairns in the centrally located Shangri La The Marina, superbly positioned within the cosmopolitan Pier shopping complex, overlooking the Marlin Marina and the Coral Sea.
Day 14 - Depart Cairns for
Early morning transfer to Cairns airport to flights to US (via Brisbane or Sydney)
* 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.