In 12 Days, experience the wilderness and wildlife of Adelaide & the Eyre Peninsula, the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne, and the Island state of Tasmania and its historic capital, Hobart, on this independent trip, fully inclusive of flights, accommodations, transfers, and small group tours. 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.;
- Roundtrip International Qantas Economy Class Flights from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Chicago or New York JFK (domestic US flights can be added at an additional cost)
- Internal Australia flights
- 2 nights’ accommodation in Adelaide at 4.5* Majestic Roof Garden Hotel
- Full-day small group tour to Maclaren Vale & the Iconic D’Arenberg Cube
- 2 Days/1 night Port Lincoln & Coffin Bay Nature & wildlife small group tour
- 3 nights in Melbourne at the 4.5* Pan Pacific Melbourne
- Half-Day Laneways & Arcades small group walking tour
- Full Day French & Phillip Islands small group tour
- 3 Nights Hobart at the 5* Henry Jones Hotel
- Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary evening private feeding tour
- Full-day Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur nature cruise & tour
- Full-day Freycinet National Park tour
- Private car service transfers in Adelaide, Melbourne & Hobart
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
Day 1 - Depart US
Depart from one of the many gateways with direct flights to Adelaide – Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Chicago & New York JFK (connecting flights from other local flights available). Ask about our options with Premium Economy and Business class airfare.
Day 2 - Cross International Date Line
Day 3 -
South Australia’s capital city, Adelaide, is a vibrant hub buzzing with life, boasting great food and wine at more than 700 restaurants, cafes, and pubs, great retail therapy in Rundle Mall, and the “cultural boulevard” of North Terrace. It is home to some of Australia’s best museums and the South Australian Art Gallery. Everything is so close in Adelaide, with the beach just 20 minutes by tram from the city center. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure and take in everything Adelaide offers.
ACCOMMODATION - The award-winning 4* Majestic Roof Garden Hotel is only a short distance from Rundle Street's bars, restaurants, and shopping. Guests have access to the rooftop garden with panoramic city views.
Day 4 -
Maclaren Vale & D’Arenberg Cube Wine
The jewel in the south, just 45 minutes from Adelaide, McLaren Vale wine region is a true gem with its unique location nestled between the rolling hills of the Mt Lofty Ranges and the stunning coastline of the Gulf of St Vincent. Classic Shiraz country, but many winemakers are now venturing into a wide range of different varietals. Your small-group tour takes the road less traveled, giving you access to some of the region’s hidden secrets alongside world-renown wineries such as Wirra Wirra and d’Arenberg. A delicious platter lunch at a winery is included, as well as stops at local chocolate producers for that sweet end to the day!
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5-6 – Port Lincoln and Coffin Bay Nature and Wildlife
This morning fly to Port Lincoln where you will be met on arrival by your tour leader and commence your 2-day small group tour. The Eyre Peninsula is a beautiful, untamed region of Australia boasting some of the country's best seafood, scenic locations, and native wildlife. Fully guided over 2 days, you will experience: the most spectacular coastal scenery in South Australia ranging from ancient cliffs to stunning, long footprint-free beaches bordered by massive sand dunes, pristine and clear waters of the Southern Ocean and untouched natural beauty through the Port Lincoln and Coffin Bay National Parks, hand feeding the native animals such as Kangaroos, Koala, Emu, and native birds, amazing, fresh seafood from local fisherman including guided tours of the Fresh Fish Factory and Coffin Bay Pure Oysters processing shed, see the Southern Hemispheres largest fishing fleet at work and unloading their catch, clifftop treks, beach comb or hike to spectacular views of Stamford Hill, education, history, and entertainment. Overnight accommodation is included at the Port Lincoln Hotel.
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The tour concludes at 5 pm on Day 6, where you will board your early evening back to Adelaide and connect to Melbourne.
On arrival in Melbourne, you will be met by your driver and transferred by car service to your hotel. Enjoy 3 nights in exciting Melbourne – named the world’s most livable city for the sixth consecutive year.
ACCOMMODATION - Shouldered by the Yarra River and in the heart of the South Wharf precinct, Pan Pacific Melbourne provides a riverside experience and shows a new perspective of Melbourne. Guest rooms are spacious private sanctuaries. Full-length windows infuse each room with light and provide stunning skyline views.
Wander through Melbourne’s labyrinth of connecting laneways and arcades, intimate spaces, and mystery, as well as home to many of Melbourne’s bar, dining, and shopping secrets. Melbourne also has a strong cultural and intellectual heritage. With a range of galleries and museums, the city provides a canvas for artistic expression – the laneways are home to constantly changing street art. Melburnians love a party, with the year-round calendar of events offering something for everyone, seeing live music, going to a football match, or joining in at a festival! Melbourne’s multicultural population contributes to the city’s unique atmosphere – and, more importantly, the city’s incredible dining scene. With vibrant energy and unique offerings, Melbourne’s lifestyle will surely find something for all visitors to enjoy.
Melbourne - Lanes & Arcades tour
This afternoon, indulge in a casual small 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 unique architecture will inspire locals and visitors alike. Get orientated and return to those places you like best in the afternoon, at your leisure.
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Day 8 -
French Island & Phillip Island Expedition
On this extended full-day tour, escape to a treasure trove of nature and wildlife, hidden spots, and remote destinations. Island hop aboard a fast catamaran from the mainland and visit two extraordinary islands. Discover the remote and ‘off-grid’ French Island on a guided tour in a unique 4WD vehicle. Go off-road through the natural wilderness, encounter koalas, stroll the volcanic coastline, and stop at spectacular lookout spots. The next ferry stop is the Cowes seaside village before heading to the Nobbies. Wander the dramatic headland via a boardwalk, see the blowhole, the Southern Ocean swells, and seabird life. Finish the day at sunset with the Penguin Parade. Watch hundreds of little penguins waddle up the beach to their burrows and chicks.
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– Fly Melbourne to Hobart
This morning you will be transferred to Melbourne airport to fly to Hobart. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for your 3 nights stay.
ACCOMMODATION - The Henry Jones, an art deco hotel located on Hobart’s waterfront on an old jam factory site, dates back to 1804. The hotel is furnished with over 300 artworks and an ever-changing exhibition created to present itself as a fusion of art, heritage, tradition, and nature. The hotel houses rooms and suites all uniquely different and furnished with the hotel’s history and contemporary art at the forefront of each space.
With the River Derwent at its heart and Mount Wellington rising above it, in Hobart, the tranquility of a city from a bygone era coexists with the vibrancy of a pocket-sized modern metropolis. The city's European beginnings are evident everywhere, from quaint settlers' cottages to the lofty porches of colonial mansions. Once bustling with whalers and entrepreneurs, 19th-century sandstone warehouses now serve as dockside cafes, artist’s studios, and restaurants, where visitors can enjoy excellent cuisine and fine wines.
Late afternoon, you will be transferred to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary for your private evening tour.
Bonorong Park was established in 1981 as a sanctuary for injured and orphaned wildlife. Owner Greg Irons has had a lifetime passion for animal rehabilitation and releasing animals back into the wild. The Bonorong Night Tour is a feeding tour with a private guide. Every participant has plenty of opportunity to interact with the critters. You will enter our animals’ world and experience hand-feeding weird and beautiful creatures like Eastern quolls, tawny frogmouths, and sugar gliders. You will also help give the Tassie devils their dinner. First, it’s dinner time for the daylight dwellers, and then the nocturnal animals get their breakfast. A particular highlight is meeting the mob of friendly Forester kangaroos. You will also meet some incredible survivors, as many animals are recovering from injury or are orphans. Your guide will show you how you are helping Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary get them back into the wild. It will be a journey of incredible (and often very moving) fun.
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- Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur tour
Spend your day enjoying this tour of the Tasman Peninsula. Enjoy a 3-hour Wilderness Cruise, where you will cruise beneath the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere and explore the deep-sea caves and archways along the coast. Come face to face with wildlife, including seals, dolphins, whales, and sea birds. After the cruise, you will enjoy 3 hours at the Port Arthur Historic Site, including lunch and time to explore.
- Freycinet National Park tour
This small group tour travels through the seaside towns of Orford and Swansea as you make your way along the East Coast of Tasmania, heading towards Freycinet National Park. Stop at Spiky Bridge, a convict-built bridge, and picturesque Spiky Beach. Then, walk to the Wineglass Bay Lookout. At the top, take in the rewarding and world famous view after your walk uphill. From the Lookout you have the option to return to the start of the walk with your guide, or for the keen walkers you can choose to spend the rest of your time completing the walk down to Wineglass beach. Feel the famous sand between your toes, enjoy a lunch break or swim in this beautiful setting. If you choose to travel with the guide, you will explore more of the National Park and visit Honeymoon Bay, Sleepy Bay, the Cape Tourville lookout, and the Great Short Walk. After 4–5 hours at Freycinet National Park, begin the trip back to Hobart. Stop at the Freycinet Marine Farm and Kate’s famous Berry Farm.
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- Depart Hobart
This morning, you will be transferred to Hobart Airport. Bid farewell to Australia as you depart Hobart for your flight to the US or continue on your Australian adventure.
- Note: Daily departures, this package is an independent itinerary with flexible departures (not a group tour)
- Single Supplement: From $1,799
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 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.