Brisbane, Hamilton Island, Daintree Rainforest & Sydney Luxury Package from $10,999 per person including Flights

In 15 Days, experience the sunshine city of Brisbane, the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef and Hamilton Island, the Daintree Rainforest, and the stunning harbor city of Sydney on this independent trip, fully inclusive of flights, 5* luxury accommodations, transfers, and hand-picked selection of private and small group touring. Experiences abound with incredible cities, wildlife encounters, natural wonders, and stunning architecture delivered by Australia’s best guides. Itinerary customization and Air Upgrade options for Premium & business class are available.

Inclusions

  • Round-trip International Economy airfare from Los Angeles
  • Add-on airfares available from other cities
  • Internal Australia flights
  • 2 Nights at the 5* Crystalbrook Vincent
  • Half Day Brisbane City & Lone Pine private tour
  • 4 nights at 5* qualia in a Leeward Pavilion
  • Scenic helicopter tour to the exclusive Heart of the Reef
  • 3 nights at 5* Silky Oaks Lodge
  • Full-Day Private Daintree Rainforest Tour
  • 3 Nights at 5* Crown Sydney
  • Half-day private Sydney Tour
  • Sydney Harbour Cruise Tour
  • Sydney Opera House Tour
  • Private car service airport transfers
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges

Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart US

Day 2 - Cross International Date Line

Day 3 - Arrive Brisbane
Welcome to Australia! On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

The river city of Brisbane is a modern and diverse sub-tropical metropolis. As Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane offers visitors a stimulating city experience in a warm, friendly, and relaxed environment. Brisbane is Australia’s third-largest city, home to nearly two million culturally diverse people. Visitors can enjoy the temperate year-round climate at one of the city’s many outdoor areas, including the South Bank River Parklands, and exciting touring options in the nearby Scenic Rim, Moreton Bay Islands, Australia Zoo, and Sunshine & Gold Coasts..

Accommodation- Crystalbrook Vincent features 166 suites, a rooftop pool and bar, a gymnasium, and four food and beverage outlets with custom contemporary furnishings & original artwork. A seamless combination of art, design, and functionality, the hotel is ideally located by the new Howard St Wharves and the Brisbane River.

Day 4 - Brisbane City Tour & Lone Pine half-day private tour
Begin your 4-hour tour by hand-feeding kangaroos and seeing over 100 koalas and hundreds of other unique Aussie wildlife in the world’s oldest and largest koala sanctuary. Then, see why ‘Brissy’ is the best city to live in, with an energetic outdoor culture based around some of the world’s best riverside parklands, winding rivers, stunning lookouts, unique ‘Queenslander’ architecture, and ‘city beach.’ See and learn how Brisbane evolved from convict goal to the lifestyle capital of the world, approaching 2.5 million and host of the 2032 Olympics.

Day 5 - Brisbane to qualia, Hamilton Island
Transfer to Brisbane airport & fly to Hamilton Island, the heart of the Whitsundays. You will be met on arrival and transferred to qualia for a four-night stay.

Nestled amongst the Whitsunday Islands at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island is located amidst pristine surroundings and a gateway to Whitsunday gems, including Heart Reef, Hill Inlet, and Whitehaven Beach.

Accommodation- qualia is embedded on 30 acres of tropical garden landscape on the northernmost tip of Hamilton Island. The private individual pavilions offer state-of-the-art amenities, stunning ocean views, and a private plunge pool or sun deck. The resort features two fine-dining restaurants, a guest library, and a day spa.

Your stay at qualia includes round trip airport transfers, full breakfast daily, dinner on one evening, all non-alcoholic beverages at qualia, a Journey to the Heart Reef helicopter tour, a golf buggy for the duration of stay, a chauffeur service around Hamilton Island, and use of non-motorized watercraft.

Southwest-facing, the freestanding Leeward Pavilions provide Hamilton Island luxury accommodation in Australian tropical island style. Louvers allow the sea breeze to flow through, and the comfortable lounge area leads to a private sundeck shaded by Eucalypts. Cool polished floors, timber details, a subtle color palette, and stylish decor create a uniquely relaxed beach house ambiance. Elegantly designed and beautifully furnished, the one-bedroom Leeward Pavilions have a private sundeck with eucalypts framing the ocean vistas. Equipped with comfortable sun lounges, the deck has outdoor seating for enjoying the sun-dappled views over Hamilton Island and the Coral Sea.

Upgrade to a Windward Pavilion from $1,400 per person:

qualia’s north-facing Windward Pavilions, each complete with its private plunge pool, provide flawless design, soothing decor, and expansive Coral Sea and Whitsunday Island views. Shaded by Eucalypts, the Windward Pavilions’ breezy louver windows, polished timber floors, and floor-to-ceiling glass provide a uniquely Australian hideaway. Wake to the breathtaking views of the Coral Sea outside your window, then step from the beautifully appointed living room onto the north-facing sundeck to bathe in the private infinity-edged pool. Freestanding and spacious, with expansive waterfront views, the Hamilton Island luxury accommodation provided by the Windward Pavilions at qualia has a sunny northern aspect and provides four times the living space of a standard hotel room.

Day 6 - Journey to Heart Reef
Experience the ultimate Great Barrier Reef adventure with a helicopter fight to iconic Heart Island.

This ultimate Great Barrier Reef adventure includes a 30-minute return helicopter flight over Whitehaven Beach and the islands. Land on the Heart Island helipad and spend 90 minutes exploring the incredible lagoon, snorkeling and a boat ride around Heart Reef.

Days 7-8 qualia
With over 55 different activities available, Hamilton Island has a wide variety of pursuits, including scenic flights, target sports, game fishing, bushwalking, waterskiing, parasailing, and more. The qualia fleet provides a range of activities designed specifically for qualia guests, including helicopter tours and private boat charters that offer access to beautiful beaches, the Great Barrier Reef, and Whitsunday's Islands. The Fitness Centre has state-of-the-art equipment, including four treadmills, three cross trainers, and resistance machines. It also boasts stunning views of the Whitsundays, the perfect backdrop to any workout.

Day 9 - Hamilton Island to Cairns
Fly to Cairns via Brisbane & transfer to the World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest and Silky Oaks Wilderness Lodge for three nights.

Accommodation - Neighboring the World Heritage-listed wilderness of the Daintree National Park and set along the banks of the gently flowing Mossman River, Silky Oaks Lodge provides a stylish rainforest escape. With intimate guest suites, the lodge also offers activities, including river snorkeling and guided walks, the lodge's own Healing Waters Spa, and easy access to Port Douglas and the Great Barrier Reef. The luxury treehouse guest rooms feature contemporary furnishings, local timbers, custom furnishings by Australian designers, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a daybed and balcony.

Silky Oaks includes tropical breakfast, evening drinks, and snacks, dinner in the Treehouse Restaurant with matched wines, a selected in-suite bar with a selection of local treats and beverages (replenished daily), daily morning open-air yoga, exclusive access to Fig Tree Rapids walking trails, 1 x return shuttle to Port Douglas per day (subject to availability), use of lodge facilities including snorkels, paddleboards, and bike hire.

Day 10 Private Daintree Tour
Travels to the Daintree River for a cruise on a solar electric boat with zero environmental impact; there is a very high success rate in spotting crocodiles, excellent bird-watching opportunities, and other wildlife possibilities such as snakes, frogs, fish, and bats. Continue from the north side of the Daintree River up to the Heritage Lodge for lunch and an optional swim. Arrive at Cape Tribulation Beach and the famously known coastline “where the rainforest meets the reef.” Renowned for its scenic landscape and remote beaches, spend time exploring the natural assets of this area. The Daintree is a World Heritage Area of ancient tropical rainforest spanning 120,000 hectares, making it the most significant portion of tropical rainforest in Australia. Walk the quiet, raised platform at Jindalba Boardwalk to witness the National Park's complex ecosystems, natural scenery, and endemic wildlife.

Day 11 – Silky Oaks at leisure

At leisure to enjoy Silky Oaks or consider a guided Aboriginal Dreamtime walk at the nearby Mossman Gorge or another tour to the Great Barrier Reef from nearby Port Douglas

Day 12 - Silky Oaks to Sydney
Transfer to Cairns Airport & Fly to Sydney & transfer to the Crown Towers on arrival for your three-night stay.

Soak up Sydney’s gorgeous harbour, seductive outdoor lifestyle, and outstanding natural beauty. Cruise under the Sydney Harbour Bridge or wave at the Opera House as you ride a ferry across the harbour to Manly. Learn to surf at Bondi Beach or swim in the calm waters of Coogee. Lose yourself in the cobblestone cul-de-sacs of The Rocks or the markets, boutiques, cafes, and pubs of Paddington. As well as a world-famous harbour and more than 70 sparkling beaches, Sydney offers fabulous food, festivals, and 24/7 fun.

Accommodation - Crown Towers Sydney is located within the bustling Barangaroo Precinct and rises 275 meters above the Precinct. It offers unparalleled luxury accommodation and perfectly framed views of Sydney’s skyline. The sculptural form of the building is reminiscent of three petals twisting together towards the sky. The distinct shape of the property ensures each room is connected to the beautiful surroundings of Sydney’s landscape. Each room heralds sophisticated, modern décor and captures the essence of the gorgeous and unique harbourside setting.

Day 13 – Sydney – Half-Day Private City Sights Tour
Begin your private tour in The Rocks to learn about the settling of Sydney, colonial convict history, and the modern, financially focused skyscrapers. Visit Macquarie Street and Mrs. Macquarie's Chair, where some of Sydney's most historic sites and buildings are located, and prime views of Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Take a break at Watsons Bay and The Gap at the entrance of Sydney Harbour – one of Sydney's most captivating Panoramic Views. Enjoy a morning tea, coffee, or hot chocolate with Tim Tams at this stunning harbour-side location. Then, traveling through Dover Heights, move on to the famous Bondi Beach, where you can stroll along the beach promenade and see bronzed Aussie lifesavers—returning to the city via Tamarama and Bronte beaches, Bondi Junction, Centennial Park, Paddington, Darlinghurst, and China-Town. Drive past the restored finger wharves of Walsh Bay and, driving directly underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge, finish the tour back in the old town of The Rocks near Circular Quay.

 

Day 14 – Explore Sydney Harbour
Board your small boat Sydney Harbour shared cruise with a maximum of ten guests (private options available). This 2.5-hour tour is the perfect way to discover the unique architecture, history, and nature of Sydney Harbour. The boat brings a touch of the Italian Riveria to Sydney, with 500 horsepower twin outboards and a retractable sunroof. Explore Sydney's authentic 'living and working harbour,' from iconic city landmarks & opulent waterfront suburbs to secluded national park waterways and beaches, home to Sydney's resident penguin and seal colonies

Enjoy a one-hour guided shared tour of the Sydney Opera House this afternoon. The Sydney Opera House is one of the world's most recognizable landmarks, and this is your chance to get up close truly. Run your hands over the world-famous shell tiles, sit in the elegant custom-made white birch timber chairs, and marvel at the vaulted ceilings. Next, visit areas off-limits to the public and capture photographs from rare vantage points. Finally, explore theatres and foyers where more than 1600 concerts, operas, dramas, and ballets occur yearly.

 

Day 15 – Depart Sydney
This morning you will be transferred by car to Sydney International Airport. Bid farewell to Australia as you depart Sydney for your flight to the US, arriving the same day.

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Costing Per Person starting from $10,999 per person

  • Note: Daily departures, this package is an independent itinerary with flexible departures (not a group tour)

Australian Entry Requirements

Before committing to a trip, please ensure you have a valid passport. Australia welcomes US travelers with an approved Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to enter Australia.

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Additional departure gateways & pricing

Add on airfares are available from most major airports – please ask an Aspire consultant for a quote

Upgrade Options

  • Upgrade to premium economy from $900 per person each way*
  • Upgrade to business class from $2,700 per person each way*
  • You can take the upgrade one way or round trip and combine premium/business classes on the same ticket

* Upgrade from pricing based on Sunday through Wednesday departures from Los Angeles - ask an Aspire consultant for the upgrade fee from other departure points and travel Thursday through Saturday.

 

 

Terms & Conditions:

The package from pricing is based on double occupancy (2 people sharing a room) for low-season stays for travel Sundays through Wednesdays from Los Angeles. A $50 air supplement applies each way for international travel from Thursday to Saturday. Add-on fares are available from other cities. Specific blackout dates apply to the accommodation and tour value add offers. 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 check/wire; please see terms and conditions for credit card payments. Cancellation penalties and other restrictions apply.

To guarantee the package price & purchase the airline tickets, full payment is due at the time of booking. The purchase of travel Insurance is highly recommended for travel to Australia. Aspire Down Under partners with CSA Travel Protection. Travel insurance covers cancellation penalties under the cancellation benefit should you test positive for COVID-19 immediately before traveling to Australia. In the unlikely event your scheduled travel date is impacted by Australian government entry restrictions, Aspire Down Under will permit a change of travel dates within 12 months from your original booking date without any fees or penalties (the applicable price of the new trip itinerary will apply).

 

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