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Fly to 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. Fly direct into Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the center of Australia. The sheer size of Uluru/Ayers Rock, the strong sense of spirituality and culture you will find here, means a visit here is an encounter with the very heart of the Australia. Arrive Sydney, blessed with a temperate climate, Sydney is Australia's favorite city with the world's most beautiful harbor. And finally Adelaide, it's surrounding hills renowned for excellent wines paired with local produce and fabulous Kangaroo Island where you will be spoiled with an abundance of unique Australian wildlife in the wild and amazing natural wonders.

Inclusions:

  • Virgin Australia flights from Los Angeles – Cairns – Sydney - Adelaide - Los Angeles
  • Shuttle airport transfers in Cairns & Sydney, car service transfer in Adelaide and complimentary resort shuttle at Uluru
  • 4 nights Port Douglas at the 4.5* Shantara Resort & Spa in a Studio room
  • Full Day Wavedancer Outer Barrier Reef snorkeling tour including lunch
  • Half Day Mossman Gorge & Aboriginal Dreamtime Walking tour
  • 2 nights 4* Desert Gardens Hotel in a standard room
  • SEIT Uluru sunrise highlights tour
  • Sounds of Silence Dinner under the stars
  • Aboriginal Bush Tucker small group tour
  • 4 nights Sydney at the 5* Amora Jamison, Sydney in a deluxe room
  • Half day small group city sights of Sydney
  • Sydney Opera House Tour & Tasting Plate
  • Sydney Harbour hop on/hop off cruise
  • Full day small group tour the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains
  • 3 Nights Adelaide at the 4* Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury in a premier studio
  • Full day small group tour to Kangaroo Island
  • Full day small group wine and food tour to the McLaren Vale
  • All taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Outstanding Dining suggestions

Itinerary 

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Day 1 - Depart Los Angeles (dozens of additional departure cities are also discounted)
Flights on award winning Virgin Australia down to Brisbane or Sydney. Our package price includes flights in coach class with options to upgrade to Premium Economy, Business or first class – you choose!

Day 2 - Cross International Dateline

Day 3 -  Arrive Cairns
On arrival you will be met by Exemplar Transportation for your seat in coach transfer from Cairns airport to Port Douglas (approximately 1 hour).

Stay 4 fabulous nights at Shantara Resort & Spa, located 400 metres to Port Douglas’ famous Four Mile Beach with its palm fringed beach, relax or swim in the warm calm waters. Take a stroll to Macrossan Street (400metres) that offers an array of trendy gourmet restaurants, cafes and boutique shopping to suit all tastes.

With a choice of spacious studio rooms or large comfortable one bedroom self-contained apartments, Shantara is an adult haven, ideal for couples looking for a tranquil, romantic and relaxing getaway.

Day 4 - Great Barrier Reef Day Tour
A Quicksilver coach will pick you up from your hotel for your transfer to Marina Mirage Port Douglas, the departure point of your cruise. At 9.30am board Wavedancer, a 30 metre luxury sailing catamaran to commence a full day cruise to the Low Isles. Journey to this idyllic coral island set in a lagoon on the Great Barrier Reef. You have the opportunity to swim, snorkel, drift through the corals or take a glass bottom boat tour. Lunch is served on board. Join a marine biologist for a guided walk around the island or a guided snorkel tour. Cruise concludes at approximately 4.30pm, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.

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Day 5 - Mossman Gorge & Aboriginal Dreamtime Walk
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

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Day 6 - 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 snorkelling. 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.

  • Wildlife Habitat
    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.

Day 7 - Cairns - Uluru & Sound of Silence Dinner
This morning you will be transferred by seat in coach shuttle to Cairns airport. Fly to Uluru. On arrival you will be transferred by complimentary resort coach transfer to your accommodation.

A magnificent sanctuary of towering ghost gums and flowering native shrubs among the red dunes, Voyages Desert Gardens is a welcoming hotel. Diverse accommodation options include shaded poolside rooms or deluxe rooms with stunning views of Uluru. Located centrally to all resort and touring facilities, you can relax in the comfort of your own private balcony or courtyard, or unwind in the hotel's pool, sipping cocktails from the Bunya bar. It's only a short stroll to the Resorts' numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia's best sunset, with the spectacular play of colours across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert.

This evening your Sounds of Silence experience begins with canapés and chilled sparkling wine served on a viewing platform overlooking the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As the sun sets and darkness falls, listen to the sound of a didgeridoo and join your table for an unforgettable dining experience and an introduction to Aboriginal culture with a traditional dance performance under the outback sky.

As the night sky twinkles to life, help yourself to a bush tucker inspired buffet that incorporates native bush ingredients such as crocodile, kangaroo, barramundi and quandong.

Settle back and listen to our resident star talker decode the southern night sky. Locate the Southern Cross, the signs of the zodiac, the Milky Way, as well as planets and galaxies that are visible due to the exceptional clarity of the atmosphere.

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Day 8 - Uluru - Sunrise & Bush Tucker tours
A SEIT Outback Australia vehicle will pick you up from your hotel to commence an Uluru Highlights tour. 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. Tour concludes approximately 3 hours after commencement, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.

This afternoon a SEIT Outback Australia vehicle will pick you up from your hotel to commence a Bush Tucker tour. With your Aboriginal guide, drive a short distance from the resort where you will have the opportunity to discover the importance of traditional bush food to the people of Central Australia. Walk through country and learn how the local people lived in such a hot desert climate surviving on a variety of bush plants and animals. Taste a selection of the bush foods, grind native seeds and have the opportunity to talk with your Aboriginal guide about desert life. Tour concludes approximately 2 hours after commencement, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.

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Day 9 - Uluru - Sydney
This morning at leisure. At lunchtime you will be transferred by complimentary resort coach transfer to Uluru airport. Fly to Sydney. Upon arrival you will be transferred by seat in coach to your 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 10 - Sydney - Half Day City Sights tour
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.

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Day 11 - Explore Sydney Harbour & Opera House
This morning board your Captain Cook Cruises vessel at No 6 jetty, Circular Quay to commence a Hop On Hop Off cruise. Travel aboard a 25 metre motorised Rocket Ferry vessel 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, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Luna Park and Circular Quay, 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

This afternoon experience a delicious tour and tasting plate package that combines The Sydney Opera House Tour with world-class delicious alfresco dining at Opera Kitchen. Begin your journey by exploring underneath the sails with a spectacular Sydney Opera House Tour taking you inside one of the world’s greatest buildings of all time. You will see inside the theatres, discover the stories, history and magic of the House and learn of how architect Jorn Utzon’s heritage-listed masterpiece came to life. You can also decide when to take your Opera Kitchen three-tier gourmet Tasting Plate or Bento Tower, before or after your tour as lunch or return for dinner at dusk or a late supper. There’s nothing more to do than sit back at Sydney’s newest dining spot and indulge in our famous oysters, mini wagyu burgers, or fresh sushi and sashimi on the Bento Tower and soak in the Sydney Harbour views. Opera Kitchen is home to Sydney’s best chefs, food artisans and producers that will tantalise your tastebuds and leave you spoilt for choice.

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Day 12 - Blue Mountains small group day tour including lunch
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.

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Day 13 - Sydney - Adelaide
This morning you will be transferred by shuttle to Sydney airport. Fly to Adelaide. On arrival you will be transferred by car service to accommodation.

Enjoying a prominent position on Victoria Square, Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury is widely considered to be one of Australia’s most historically important buildings. The hotel complements heritage-listed architecture, historic charm and unique event spaces, with modern comforts and facilities. Stay in one of our 80 guest rooms, including studios and one or two bedroom apartment

Day 14 - Kangaroo Island Day Tour
This morning you make your way to the Regional Express counter at Adelaide Domestic Airport, and board your flight to Kangaroo Island. Upon arrival, an Exceptional Kangaroo Island vehicle will pick you up from the airport to commence a full day KI Adventure Island Life 4WD tour. Stroll through a eucalypt forest spotting koalas snoozing overhead. Travel through some of the Island's best farming country to the North Coast. Visit the habitat of the world's rarest cockatoo and seek out wallabies and kangaroos in the wild. After lunch, visit Seal Bay where you can walk amongst the Australian Sea Lions with your guide. Explore more of the island before departing on a return flight to Adelaide. Tour concludes at approximately 7.00pm at Adelaide Airport.

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Day 15 - McLaren Vale Wine Tour
An Off Piste 4WD Tours vehicle will pick you up from your hotel to commence a full day Fork and Grape tour. Off Piste 4WD Tours and McLaren Vale award winning restaurant, The Elbow Room have joined forces to offer this exclusive 4WD food adventure, taking you on an exploration of all the senses. Journey where others don't visiting the hidden and unknown beauty of Fleurieu Peninsula's cherished McLaren Vale wine region, then experience a seven-course Chef's Selection food sensation. Drive along the magnificent Silversands beach right next to the crashing waves of the southern ocean, and have the opportunity to see native wildlife amongst pristine Aussie bushland. Tour concludes at approximately 5.30pm, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.

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Day 16 - Depart Adelaide
This morning you will be collected for your car service transfer to Adelaide airport. Depart Adelaide on your Virgin Australia flight back to Los Angeles (via Sydney or Brisbane)

 

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  • Upgrade to premium economy from $600 per person each way
  • Upgrade to business class from $2,300 per person each way
  • Can take the upgrade one way or round trip and combine premium/business classes on same ticket

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Starting from pricing is valid for departures until 31 March 2017 for purchase by 31 December 2016. 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.