Happy kids mean happy parents. Delight in discovering Sydney, take a family surf lesson or see the koalas en route to the blue mountains. Fly to Maroochydore and relax on the sunshine coast with it's vast sandy beaches and authentic Australian holiday vibe, visit iconic Australia Zoo and a short drive takes you back to the Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise. Famed for its long sandy beaches, surfing and elaborate system of inland canals and waterways. It's also home to the Dreamworld, Sea World and Wet&Wild theme parks. Inland, hiking trails crisscross Lamington National Park's mountain ridges and valleys, home to rare birds and rainforest
- Round-trip International Economy airfare from Los Angeles
- Add-on airfares available from other cities
- Internal Australia flights
- 4 nights accommodation Sydney in your choice of 3/4/5 Star hotels
- 6 Days Car Rental, collect Maroochydore, return Brisbane
- 3 nights accommodation Sunshine Coast in your choice of 3/4/5 Star hotels
- Entry to Australia Zoo
- 3 nights accommodation Gold Coast in your choice of 3/4/5 Star hotels
- Airport transfers in a seat in coach basis
- ** 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 - Arrive
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 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 -
Sunshine Coast (Maroochydore)
Collect your rental vehicle. Maroochydore is at the very centre of the Sunshine Coast, with Caloundra to the south and Noosa to the north. As the major commercial area of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore has still retained the charm of the seaside town at the heart of the beautiful Sunshine Coast.
Day 8 - Australia
Whether you’re snuggling up to baby koalas or feeding bouncing kangaroos, the Australia Zoo—home of the world-famous Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin—delivers a wildlife experience unlike any other.
The popular Bindi’s Bootcamp lets excited kids burn off energy while testing their wilderness skills, and the Tiger Temple puts travelers right up close to the Sumatran felines. There’s even an African savannah complete with rhinos, giraffes and cheetahs, too. Guests can participate in a Birds of Prey experience, or get up close with Outback favorites like the dingo, tortoise, wombat and lemur.
Conservation is key at Australia Zoo, with endangered species breeding programs, field study and habitat preservation. The zoo is managed by Irwin’s family members, whose personalities are a major part of the zoo's continuing attraction for visitors. Whether it's wandering through the exhibits, taking a tour, or settling in for one of the zoo’s spectacular shows, there’s plenty for families to do, see and explore at the Australia Zoo.
Day 9 - Sunshine
Explore the Sunshine Coast at your leisure
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Day 10 - Sunshine Coast
- Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
Transfer to Surefrs Paradise, Gold Coast. The Gold Coast is a metropolitan region south of Brisbane on Australia’s east coast, famed for its long sandy beaches, surfing and elaborate system of inland canals and waterways. It’s also home to the Dreamworld, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild theme parks. Inland, hiking trails crisscross Lamington National Park’s mountain ridges and valleys, home to rare birds and rainforest.
Days 11 - 12 - Surfers
Paradise, Gold Coast
Explore Surfers Paradise at your leisure or visit one of the theme parks such as Warner Bros Movie World, Dreamworld, Sea World and Wet&Wild. Or head inland to the hiking trails that crisscross the Lamington National Park's mountain ridges and valleys, home to rare birds and rainforest.
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Day 13 - Depart
Brisbane for US
Return your rental vehicle to Brisbane airport.
||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.