This package provides a diverse and exciting range of activities to take in all of the great experiences Australia has to offer! Start your Australian journey in cosmopolitan Sydney and enjoy the city's beautiful harbour. For a change of pace, head north to Tropical North Queensland, where the rainforest meets the reef. After learning the local culture on an authentic Aboriginal Dreamtime Walk and snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, continue your Australian adventure in the multicultural city of Melbourne. With hundreds of unique activities right on the doorstep of Melbourne - you're sure to have a one of a kind experience.
- Virgin Australia flights from Los Angeles – Sydney – Cairns – Melbourne – Los Angeles. (Domestic US flights can be added at an additional cost.)
- Seat in coach airport shuttle transfers
- 4 nights Sydney at the Pier One Sydney Harbour - Heritage King Room
- Half day small group city sights of Sydney
- Sydney Harbour morning story cruise
- 2 nights at the 5 Star Silky Oaks Lodge & Healing Waters Spa in a Treehouse. Inclusions: Daily breakfast and all other complimentary Lodge inclusions. Ask an Aspire expert for the Silky Oaks Spa!
- Mossman Gorge & Aboriginal
Dreamtime Walking tour
- 4 nights Port Douglas at the 4.5* Shantara Resort & Spa in a Studio room
- Full Day Wavedancer Low Isles Reef snorkeling tour including lunch
- 4 nights 4.5* The Blackman, Melbourne in a Studio Suite Balcony
- Phillip Island Penguin Parade Ultimate Eco Tour
- Full day Great Ocean Road classic tour
- All taxes & fuel surcharges
Day 1 - Depart US
Flights on award winning Virgin Australia airlines to Brisbane or Sydney, on to Cairns, down to Sydney then back home again. Our price includes options in Economy, Premium Economy and Business class – you choose!
Day 2 - Cross International Dateline
Day 3 -
Seat in coach transfer from from Sydney International Airport to accommodation.
ACCOMMODATION - Stay 4 nights at the Pier One Sydney Harbour, located alongside the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and offers breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour. Pier One Sydney Harbour is Sydney's first over-water hotel. The hotel offers a special blend of early twentieth century federation architecture enhanced by a chic, contemporary interior design. Travellers can choose from spacious well appointed guestrooms and suites, many featuring magnificent views of Walsh Bay and Sydney Harbour
Day 4 - Sydney - Half
Day City Sights tour
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 & Mrs Macquaries Point for unsurpassed views of the Harbour Bridge & Opera House.
Day 5 -
Explore Sydney Harbour
This morning, board your Captain Cook Cruises vessel from Darling Harbour to commence a morning cruise around Sydney Harbour. Travel aboard a 25 meter motorized Rocket Ferry vessel and enjoy a fun and easy way to explore Sydney including commentary from your Captain. Sit back, relax and discover the stories of Sydney Harbour under the spell of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. This sightseeing cruise includes a fun and personalized commentary of the sights, people, land, history and development of the world's most beautiful harbour city. Coffee, tea and biscuits are included.
Day 6 -
Self explore Sydney or consider adding a tour (additional cost):
- 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.
- 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.
- Hunter Valley Wine Tour
Relax and enjoy fabulous food and wine in Australia's oldest wine growing region. Located just two hours north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley combines world renowned wines, gourmet produce and stunning countryside. The flexible itinerary gives you access to a range of boutique wineries and the opportunity to meet the wine makers. Take a behind-the-scenes tour at one of the wineries, then enjoy a gourmet lunch at one of the Hunter's best restaurants.
Day 7 - Fly Sydney to Cairns - Silky Oaks Lodge
Transfer to Sydney airport and enjoy your flight to Cairns. Upon arrival in Cairns you will transferred to Silky Oaks Wilderness Lodge.
ACCOMMODATION - Experience 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. The Lodge blends casual and contemporary design, amongst the most tranquil surrounds. 50 Treehouses and Riverhouses each feature wide verandahs and spa baths. You will spend two nights at this superbly situated lodge. Included in your stay – daily breakfast and two course a la carte dinner each. Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime guided walk through Mossman Gorge. Afternoon Tea for Two in the Jungle Perch or riverside. Canoeing & snorkelling on the Mossman River, bicycles, tennis and courtesy transfer service to and from Port Douglas scheduled daily.
Day 8 -
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
Day 9 -
Silky Oaks Lodge - Shantara Resort & Spa, Port
Transfer from Silky Oaks to Port Douglas. You will spend the next four nights at the Shantara Resort & Spa, a contemporary, small boutique, resort-style complex offering up-market apartment accommodation.
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. Private decks with tropical landscaping provides the perfect place to idyll with a drink. Balconies on higher floor provide an excellent vantage point of the pool without interrupting the privacy of ground floor guests.
- 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.
Days 11 & 12 - Port
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.
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.
- Cairns - Melbourne
This morning you will be transferred by seat in coach shuttle to Cairns airport. Fly Cairns to Melbourne. Upon arrival in Melbourne seat in coach transfer to accommodation.
ACCOMMODATION - Built within and above the historic Airlie Mansion, this property offers an edgy, boutique interior which features the works of one of Australia's most celebrated artists, Charles Blackman. The hotel also employs an in-house art curator who runs tours of the property for guests, providing insights into Blackman's art.
- Phillip Island Ultimate Ecotour
Get up close and personal with the friendly residents of Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, where you learn about the conservation of these loveable native animals. The eco certified sanctuary also showcases some lesser known but equally adorable endangered species including the Southern Bettong, Eastern Quolls and rare Fluffy Gliders. Visit historic Churchill Island and see sheep shearing in action, with time to explore the historic buildings. Next, visit the Koala Conservation Centre to see koalas in their natural environment. Take a stroll along the boardwalks at the Nobbies and Seal Rock Centre, before arriving at Summerland beach for the nightly penguin parade. Home to Victoria's largest colony of little penguins, Summerland beach provides a spectacular backdrop to the world famous penguin parade. Watch as hundreds of little penguins make their way across the beach and go home for the night.
- Great Ocean Road
Depart Melbourne and travel west to the start of the Great Ocean Road passing through the coastal towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay with stops along the way to take in the breathtaking views. Journey through the luscious surrounds of the Otway ranges and some of the tallest eucalyptus trees in Australia. Arrive at the iconic Cape Otway Lighthouse, mainland Australia's oldest surviving lighthouse and enjoy views over the Southern Ocean and Bass Strait from the lighthouse, then enjoy an Aussie BBQ lunch. After lunch discover the Shipwreck Coast, stroll along the historic beaches and see Loch Ard Gorge. Arrive at the 12 Apostles and descend the Gibsons Steps where you will be dwarfed by the high cliff line and these enormous offshore stacks.
Explore Melbourne at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour options - some of our favorites (additional cost applies):
Explore Melbourne at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour options - some of our favorites (additional cost applies):
- Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight with Champagne
Your pilot will give you a short briefing. You will then be transported to the launch site where you may help with the launch, or stand back and take pictures. Then away we go, drifting gently over the city of Melbourne in our beautiful balloon. Your flight will last for approximately one hour. After we make our final landing and pack the balloon away, we will head back to the Pullman on the Park for a full buffet champagne breakfast.
- Melbourne River Cruise
This evening, enjoy a delightful river cruise, taking in all the sights of Melbourne. This combined River Gardens and The Port and Docklands cruise allows you to discover all of Melbourne's river attractions including Southgate, The Victorian Arts Centre, historical docklands, river gardens, shipping port, Sporting Precinct and panoramic city skyline. Discover the routes of the early settlers with this historical look at our famous Yarra River and surrounds. Experience the history of the Southern Hemisphere's largest port and relive it's involvement in Melbourne's settlement. Cruising up river is a rare chance to view wonderful scenic river gardens and Herring Island. The river passes one of the world's great Botanic Gardens, as well as the landscaped river banks and Melbourne's famous Sporting Precinct.
- Colonial Tramcar dinner
A delightful innovative approach to dining in the first travelling Tramcar Restaurants in the world. As the glossy, burgundy trams cruise the scenic streets of Melbourne, diners enjoy a seasonal menu, quality Australian wines or a selection of beverages from a fully stocked bar.
- Yarra Valley Wine Experience
Learn how to swirl, sniff and slurp, then you’ll be ready to taste some of the Yarra's best wines, Yering Station’s award winning classic Australian wine, Rochford Wines with traditional wine making methods in their cellar door and French Champagne company Moet & Chandon's Australian production house -Domaine Chandon.
- Depart Melbourne (via Sydney or Brisbane)
Transfer by seat in coach shuttle from The Blackman to Melbourne airport for your return flight to the US.
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Optional Activities, Extensions or Add-Ons & pricing:
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Starting from pricing is valid for departures until 30 November 2016 for purchase by 31 July 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.