Cities & Outback - Sydney, Ayers Rock, Kings Canyon, Alice Springs & Melbourne from $3,799 per person

See Australia's diverse yet equally breathtaking cities and natural wonders with cosmopolitan Sydney, the Red Centre at Uluru, Kings Canyon, and Alice Springs & then onto Melbourne. Experience the stunning harbor city of Sydney with its spectacular Harbour Bridge and Opera House, see the stunning sunrise over Ayers Rock, a special dinner under the stars with a night at the Field Of Light, the breathtaking Kings Canyon, the famous Alice Springs Kangaroo Sanctuary, explore the labyrinth of laneways which are the heart of Melbourne’s café culture and meet unique Australian wildlife on Phillip Island.

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip International Economy Class Flights to Sydney & return from Melbourne
  • Internal Australia flights
  • Three nights accommodation in Sydney at 4* Parkroyal Darling Harbour Hotel
  • Half-day Sydney Sightseeing small group tour
  • Sydney Opera House Tour
  • Sydney Harbour Hop on/Hop Off Cruise
  • One-night accommodation at Ayers Rock at the 3.5* The Lost Camel Hotel
  • A Night at Field of Light Tour
  • Uluru Sunrise small group tour
  • Coach transfer Ayers Rock to Kings Canyon
  • One night Kings Canyon accommodation at 3.5* Discovery Kings Canyon
  • Light Towers Sunset Experience
  • Kings Canyon Morning Tour
  • Coach transfer Kings Canyon to Alice Springs
  • Two nights accommodation in Alice Springs at 4* Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters Hotel
  • Alice Springs Kangaroo Sanctuary Tour
  • Three nights accommodation in Melbourne at 4.5* Pan Pacific Melbourne
  • Half-day Melbourne Walking tour
  • Full-day Phillip Island small group tour
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges

Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart US
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Day 2 - Cross International Date Line

Day 3 - Arrive Sydney
Welcome to Australia! On arrival you will be met by your driver for a car service transfer to the Parkroyal Darling Harbour hotel for your three nights stay.

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.

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ACCOMMODATION -The Parkroyal Darling Harbour is located on the city-side of Darling Harbour, a short distance from the restaurants and bars of Darling Quarter and 2 kilometers from Circular Quay. The spacious guest rooms and suites are contemporary, with a cityscape or Darling Harbour view.

Day 4- Sydney – Half Day City Sights tour
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel for your small group Panoramic Sydney tour. Visit the historic Rocks area and hear about early convict history. Enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. See the city's shopping heart, Queen Victoria Building, and Sydney Tower. Visit Sydney's trendy Oxford Street district and travel through Paddington with its terrace houses before arriving at the Pacific Ocean. See the magnificent coast cliff walk around Tamarama and Bronte. Travel on to famous Bondi Beach and visit the beachfront promenade with time to enjoy a coffee or cool drink (at your own cost). See Aussie lifesavers and Sydney's best panoramic view at Dover Heights. Return to Sydney via Double Bay, Kings Cross, and Mrs. Macquarie's Point for a final magical viewpoint over the harbour before returning to the city center. Tour concludes at Darling Harbour or Circular Quay.

Day 5 - Sydney – Explore Sydney

Explore Sydney harbor onboard the Hop on Hop Off Sydney Harbour Explorer. Travel aboard a 25-meter motorized Rocket Ferry vessel and enjoy a fun and easy way to explore Sydney, including commentary on selected routes. Then, sit back and relax as your vessel cruises around Sydney Harbour and stops at six harbourside attractions, including Circular Quay, Manly, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Shark Island, and Darling Harbour. Then, hop off and reboard as many times as you wish as you explore the best of Sydney!

This afternoon enjoy a one hour guided tour of the Sydney Opera House. The Sydney Opera House is one of the world's most recognizable landmarks, and this is your chance to truly get up close. Run your hands over the world-famous shell tiles, take a seat 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 each year.

Day 6 - Fly Sydney to Ayers Rock 
This morning you will be transferred by private car service to Sydney Airport.Fly Sydney to Ayers Rock. On arrival, take the courtesy shuttle to the Ayers Rock Resort.

Uluru (Ayers Rock), in the heart of the Red Center, has a desert climate - mostly dry, with brilliant blue skies all year. It is a World Heritage Area, managed jointly by the Aboriginal traditional owners and the Australian Nature Conservation Agency. You will spend one night at the Ayers Rock Resort. The resort is a short stroll to numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia's best sunset, with the spectacular play of colors across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert

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ACCOMMODATION - Contemporary, studio-style accommodation, The Lost Camel features 99 guest rooms decorated in bright colors and crisp, clean whites. Stylishly framed photographs based on Aboriginal themes adorn the walls to enhance this hotel's modern ethos. The lobby features modern furnishings, bright open spaces, and an intimate bar, and the resort offers a swimming pool and deck

This evening enjoy a “Night at the Field of Light” dinner tour. With Uluru as the backdrop, enjoy canapés and chilled sparkling wine and drinks to the sounds of a didgeridoo and indigenous dance performance as the sun slowly sets. As darkness gradually falls and the colored lights of the 50,000 glass spheres come to life, you are invited to join your fellow travelers at the dinner table for a special three-course bush tucker-inspired menu. During the night, a local astronomer will introduce the night sky. A knowledgeable guide will provide insights and background to the monumental installation, and guests are invited to immerse themselves and walk through the Field of Light.

Day 7 – Uluru Sunrise Tour and on to Kings Canyon
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel for your Sunrise Tour. As you travel towards Uluru where its vast shape rises from the sand dunes in the early dawn light highlighting its presence in this country. Your guide will take you to a special location with uninterrupted views to watch the sunrise over this amazing monolith. Enjoy a picnic breakfast before experiencing the highlights of Uluru. Your guide will walk you to Mutitjulu Waterhole, where you will learn the Creation stories of Liru (venomous snake) and Kuniya (python). Then drive around the base of Uluru, hearing the cultural stories of the Mala people before returning to the resort.

In the afternoon, board your coach transfer to Kings Canyon. Travel through desert scenery, visit Curtin Springs, and view Atila (Mt. Conner). After turning off the Lasseter Highway and onto Luritja Road, your Driver Guide will provide commentary about the history of the surrounding cattle stations. Arrive at Discovery Kings Canyon Resort before dusk. You will spend 1 night in Watarrka National Park, best known as the home of Kings Canyon, a mighty chasm cleaving the earth to a depth of 270 meters.

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ACCOMMODATION – Overnight at the Kings Canyon Resort. The sensitively designed resort is just seven kilometers from Watarrka National Park and is the perfect oasis from which to explore the natural wonders of Kings Canyon. While great lengths have been taken to ensure that this resort has minimal impact on its surroundings, a deluxe spa room, a standard room, all offer you sanctuary from the rugged desert night

After arriving in Kings Canyon, join your Light Towers at Sunset Experience. This 1.5 hour experience takes place in the golden glow of sunset. From the butterfly mind of internationally renowned light and sound artist Bruce Munro, Light-Towers, consists of 69 two-meter towers of light, which change color in response to a celestial soundscape by Orlando Gough. A local guide will greet and introduce you to the Light Towers at Lurijta Lookout before following a lit path into the field of red earth where the Light Towers experience takes place. Awaken your senses to the mystery of the outback as you wander among the Light Towers’ maze of sound and light—an enchanting way to light up your evening.

Day 8 – Kings Canyon Morning Tour and Transfer to Alice Springs
This morning, join your scenic climb tour. Located in the heart of Watarrka National Park, it lies in an ancient Australian landscape that is sacred ground for the Ulpanyali and Lilla people. The Rim Walk is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The climb up a 100-meter cliff face reveals views of sandstone walls, grottos, chasms, and cliffs. Or, for something more relaxing, set off on a two-kilometer stroll along the creek bed leading to impressive canyon rim views.

This afternoon, travel from Kings Canyon to Alice Springs on a luxury coach transfer with informative commentary from your Driver Guide along the way. Spend 2 nights in Alice Springs, located just 200 kilometers from the geographical center of Australia, the outback town affectionately known as ‘Alice.’

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ACCOMMODATION - Situated at the foot of the MacDonnell Ranges and backing onto the Alice Springs Golf Course, this hotel offers contemporary and stylish accommodation. Rooms have a spacious and bright aspect, with each room offering a private balcony or courtyard showcasing magnificent views of Central Australia.

Day 9 – Alice Springs Optional Tours and Kangaroo Sanctuary
Framed by the MacDonnell Ranges and an intense desert landscape, the township of Alice Springs is Australia’s most famous outback town. Afghan cameleers, flying doctors, outback explorers, a rich cast of characters, and the towns’ isolation have created an unrivaled community identity and a wealth of exciting events and sights. The desert climate and landscape of ‘the Alice’ allows for various adventurous activities, and today, choose between a sunrise Outback Balloon ride, a visit to Desert Park, or a walk to the nearby Botanical Gardens (additional costs apply for touring).

You will be transferred to the Kangaroo Sanctuary for a guided sunset tour this afternoon. The Kangaroo Sanctuary is the home of Brolga and his kangaroo family, as seen on ‘Kangaroo Dundee’ BBC and National Geographic TV series. Experience a guided walk through The Sanctuary’s wildlife reserve, meet the kangaroos up close, and even hold a baby kangaroo commonly called a ‘joey.’ An unforgettable experience and, without a doubt, one of the best wildlife experiences in Australia!

Day 10 – Alice Springs to Melbourne
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Alice Springs airport by shuttle service for your flight to Melbourne. On arrival in Melbourne, transfer to the Pan Pacific Hotel by car service for your three-night stay.

There is a lot to love about Melbourne - just ask the locals. This sophisticated world city in the southeast corner of mainland Australia inspires a deep passion in those who live there. Ranked as one of the world’s most livable cities, Melbourne is famous for its vibrant energy, restaurants, fashion boutiques, café filled laneways, cool bars, unbeatable galleries, spacious parks, and village-like inner suburbs, each with its unique character. Melbourne is less than 200 years old and never sits still. Modern, cutting-edge designs add to the fascinating mix of heritage architecture and ensure the skyline is constantly changing.

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ACCOMMODATION - Shouldered by the Yarra River and in the heart of the South Wharf precinct, Pan Pacific Melbourne provides a riverside experience and a new perspective of Melbourne. Guest rooms are spacious private sanctuaries. Full-length windows infuse each room with light and provide stunning skyline views.

Day 11- Melbourne - Lanes & Arcades tour
This morning Indulge with a small casual group guided walking tour through Melbourne's lanes and arcades in small groups to engage in the life of this city, which many miss. Discover local designers and specialty retailers, tiny cafes, and more. A little history and attention to amazing architecture will inspire locals and visitors alike. Get orientated and return to those places you like best in the afternoon, at your leisure.

Day 12- Melbourne – Phillip Island Tour
Your 8-hour animal adventure will start with a visit to Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park, where you will have time to take photos and have close encounters with animals like kangaroos, wombats, and echidnas. Head to Phillip Island and Woolamai Surf Beach to glimpse the awesome waves and die-hard surfers. Cross the island to reach the dramatic west coast and the Nobbies, where you will be awe-struck by the crashing waves. Finally, it’s time for the main event, the Penguin Parade. There is a reason that this is one of Australia’s top attractions, and the little penguins will not disappoint! You will sit on the protective platform to see possibly hundreds of little penguins waddling onto the beach. Be a witness to this magical procession – it is a treat never forgotten.

Day 13 - Depart Melbourne
This morning you will be transferred by car service to Melbourne International Airport. Bid farewell to Australia as you depart Melbourne for your flight to the US, arriving the same day.

 

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Costing Per Person starting from $3,799 per person

  • Note: Daily departures, this package is an independent itinerary with flexible departures (not a group tour)
  • Single Supplement: From $1,299

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Upgrade Options

  • Upgrade to premium economy from $1,100 per person each way*
  • Upgrade to business class from $4,000 per person each way*
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* 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).

 

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