Begin your Australian experience at qualia, nestled neatly into the northern tip of Hamilton Island and surrounded by the unsurpassed beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. Its distinctive Australian style, combined with a secluded location and intuitive service, makes it a world class resort and an Aspire Down Under favorite. Onward to Silky Oaks in the Daintree Reinforest. Spectacularly situated on the Mossman Gorge River, this eco luxury lodge is the ideal location to appreciate the natural tropical environment with Garden Treehouse accommodation, all with individual and personalized touches. Finally, experience all Sydney has to offer - discover the harbor, the city's historic enclaves, restaurants and cafes, beaches, museums and art galleries. For the ultimate Sydney experience, take in the views from the Shangri La hotel, the perfect location and your Sydney home for four nights.
- Round-trip International Economy airfare from Los Angeles
- Add-on airfares available from other cities
- Internal Australia flights
- Private car service airport transfers
- 2 nights at the 5 Star Silky Oaks Lodge & Healing Waters
Spa in a Treehouse
Inclusions: 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. All other complimentary Lodge inclusions
- 4 nights Leeward Pavillon (no personal plunge pool, ask about
Windward Pavillon upgrade with plunge pool)
(Inclusions: Full breakfast at The Long Pavilion, VIP Hamilton Island airport or marina to hotel return transfers, 1 golf buggy (2 seater for Leeward Pavilions) and use of non motorized water sports including catamarans, sailboards, paddleboards and snorkelling gear.)
- 4 nights at the 5 Star Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney in a Deluxe Opera View Room
- ** Sightseeing options and packages are available **
Day 1 - Depart US
Day 2 - Cross International Date Line
Day 3 -
Arrive Hamilton Island
Connect Sydney or Brisbane for your flight to Hamilton Island.
qualia, pronounced Kwah • lee • ah, is a unique Australian expression of world-class luxury, situated on the secluded northern-most tip of Hamilton Island. This resort immerses you in a relaxed atmosphere, offering personalized and intuitive service. You will spend four nights at this superbly situated getaway. It's distinctive Australian style combined with a secluded location and intuitive service, makes it a world class resort. Find yourself in a true sanctuary where everything has been meticulously considered so it relaxes the mind, yet completely spoils the senses. qualia is a truly special place where everything has been meticulously considered to relax the mind yet completely spoil the senses. It’s what we refer to as the ‘qualia effect’.
Full breakfast at The Long Pavilion or Pebble Beach restaurants, all non-alcoholic beverages within qualia (including mini bar) at all time, VIP Hamilton Island airport or marina to hotel return transfers, 1 golf buggy and use of non motorised water sports including catamarans, sailboards, paddleboards and snorkelling gear.
ACCOMMODATION - 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 and timber details, a subtle colour palette and stylish decor, create a uniquely relaxed beach house ambience. Elegantly designed and beautifully furnished, the one-bedroom Leeward Pavilions have a private sundeck with eucalypts framing the ocean vistas. Furnished with comfortable sun lounges, the sundeck also has outdoor seating for enjoying the sun-dappled views over Hamilton Island and the Coral Sea.
Upgrade to a Windward Pavilion from $925 per person
UPGRADE - qualia’s north-facing Windward Pavilions each complete with its own 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 have a sunny northern aspect and provide four times the living space of a standard hotel room.
Days 4 - 6 -
At Leisure to relax and indulge at qualia.
Day 7 -
Hamilton Island to Cairns
Upon arrival in Cairns you will privately transferred to Silky Oaks Wilderness 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.
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.
Day 8 -
Silky Oaks Lodge
Relax and explore Silky Oaks Lodge. Please ask an Aspire expert for the Silky Oaks Spa Menu.
Day 9 - Silky Oaks
Lodge - Sydney
Private transfer from Silky Oaks to Cairns airport and you flight to Sydney
Blessed with a temperate climate, Sydney is Australia’s favorite city with the world’s most beautiful harbor. On arrival you will be met by your private chauffeur who will assist with your private transfer to the Shangri La Sydney. You will spend four nights at this superbly situated hotel.
ACCOMMODATION - A luxury stay in the heart of The Rocks awaits you at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney. Within a 20-minute stroll, you'll find popular places like Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, and Circular Quay. Highlights at this romantic hotel include a full-service spa, a restaurant, and an indoor swimming pool.
- 12 - Sydney
Explore Sydney at your leisure or consider adding one of our boutique tour options, please speak with an Aspire expert.
Day 13 - Depart
Private car transfer to Sydney International airport and your return flight to US.
- Note: Daily departures, this package is an independent itinerary with flexible departures (not a group tour)
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.
Add on airfares are available from most major airports – please ask an Aspire consultant for a quote
- Upgrade to premium economy from $1,100 per person each way*
- Upgrade to business class from $4,000 per person each way* Can take the upgrade one way or round trip and combine premium/business classes on 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 only be available on some flights. Hotels are subject to availability. All prices reflect discounts for purchases made by check/wire; please see the 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).