If you’re looking for the ultimate in relaxation down under, Hamilton Island is for you. As the premier resort island in the Whitsunday group of 74 islands, Hamilton Island is just 10 miles from the Queensland coast, but a world away from the everyday. Fringed by coral in the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island sits on the eastern edge of the Reef and located just south of the brilliant white sands of renowned Whitehaven Beach.
Tucked away in an exclusive precinct on Hamilton Island’s northern-most tip, qualia’s private pavilions look onto the Coral Sea and the surrounding Whitsunday Islands. qualia's distinctive style combined with its sun-drenched location and intuitive service makes it a luxurious resort on world-class standards. It's a truly special place where everything has been meticulously considered to relax the mind and completely spoil the senses.
For a contrasting but equally spectacular experience, say farewell to island life and away from the ordinary for an amazingly authentic Australian countryside experience. Stunningly situated on a mountaintop in Queensland’s Scenic Rim, Spicers Peak Lodge is as far from the pressure of everyday life as it’s possible to be. Let your cares melt away in elegant suites and private lodges, enjoy an award-winning gourmet experience, unwind in Spa Anise or choose from a host of invigorating outdoor activities. Here, in Australia’s highest non-alpine lodge, relaxation and revitalization come naturally.
- Roundtrip International Economy Class flights from Los Angeles (domestic US flights can be added at an additional cost)
- Domestic Australia flights
- 4 nights Hamilton Island at the 5* qualia – Leeward
Inclusions: A la carte breakfast at Long Pavilion Restaurant daily, non-alcoholic beverages, use of a golf buggy for the duration of your stay, VIP chauffeur service around Hamilton Island, use of non-motorized watercraft
- 3 days medium size automatic transmission car rental
- 3 nights at the 5* Spicers Peak Lodge – Lodge Suite
Inclusions: - Full breakfast daily, arrival lunch, pre-dinner canapes and cocktails, five course degustation dinner including matching wines and beverages, guided bush walk experience
- VIP return transfers from Hamilton Island Airport/Marina to qualia
- All taxes & fuel surcharges
Day 1 - Depart US
Ask about our options with Premium Economy and Business class airfare.
Day 2 - Cross International Date Line
Day 3 - Arrive 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’.
Inclusions: 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.
Want to Upgrade ? Windward Pavilion from $925 per person
UPGRADED ACCOMMODATION - 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 - qualia
At Leisure to relax and indulge at qualia.
Day 7 - Depart qualia,
Hamilton Island to Spicers Peak Lodge
VIP buggy transfer to Hamilton Island Airport and your short flight to Brisbane. On arrival into Brisbane collect your rental vehicle and self drive to Spicers Peak Lodge (approx 2hrs).
ACCOMMODATION - Stunningly situated on a mountaintop in Queensland’s Scenic Rim, Spicers Peak Lodge is as far from the pressure of everyday life as it’s possible to be. Let your cares melt away in our elegant suites and private lodges, enjoy an award-winning gourmet experience, unwind in Spa Anise or choose from a host of invigorating outdoor activities. Here, in Australia’s highest non-alpine lodge, relaxation and revitalization come naturally.
Days 8-9 - Spicers Peak
Spicers Peak Lodge is the perfect place to relax and de-stress but it’s also a great place to re-energise and reconnect with nature. There are plenty of complimentary on property activities as well as guided activities and Spa Anise. Some of the guided activities (additional cost):
- 4WD Ridgetop Discovery Tour approx 2hrs
Explore high country 4WD tracks as your guide interprets the surrounding environment, wildlife and history. Discover a stunning look out at the end of the ridge and enjoy complimentary refreshments as you take in the view. Available for morning, midday and sunset journeys.
- 4WD Spicers Gap Tour approx 4hrs
This is a journey by 4WD across the property to link up with Old Spicers Gap Rd via our own private 4WD tracks. Take a short walk to Governors Chair Lookout through World Heritage Listed Main Range National Park and lean more of the Gap stories and Alan Cunningham. Along the way enjoy refreshments in some less frequented scenic locations.
- Spicers Peak Guided Hike approx 5hrs
Take our private trails across a mountain saddle through the eucalypt forest of Cedar Mountain to the lush rainforest of Spicers Peak Mountain in Main Range National Park.
- Bellbird Clearing Guided Hike approx
Follow the creek line to Bellbird Clearing and sight an array of beautiful birdlife on the way, maybe catch a glimpse of the threatened Glossy Black Cockatoo.
- Ryan’s Ridge Guided Hike approx
Hike along a mountain spine to incredible views of the western valley at Ryan’s Lookout, known locally as ‘the seven peaks of hell’.
- Downhill Guided Mountain Bike Tour approx
Enjoy a thrilling Guided Mountain Bike Ride through eucalypt forest and home to the elusive resident brumbies. Then relax at each creek crossing with the sound of bellbirds echoing through the trees.
Day 10 - Depart
Return your rental vehicle to Brisbane International airport and your return flight to US.
- Note: Daily departures, this package is an independent itinerary with flexible departures (not a group tour)
- Single Supplement: From $749
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.
- Internal flights from Sydney – Cairns round trip
- 4 nights Port Douglas at the 4.5* Shantara Resort & Spa in a Studio room
- Full Day Silversonic Outer Barrier Reef tour including lunch
- Half Day Mossman Gorge & Aboriginal Dreamtime Walking tour
- Shuttle transfers Cairns to Port Douglas round trip
- Flight from Sydney to Melbourne
- 3 nights accommodation 5* at Crown Metropol Melbourne in City Luxe Room
- Lanes and Arcades walking Tour
- Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour
- Internal Australia flight to/from Sydney
- 4 nights accommodation at the 5* Amora Jamison Hotel Sydney
- Half day small group city sights of Sydney
- Sydney Harbour morning tea cruise
- Sydney Opera House tour
- Full day small group tour to the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains
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).