Roam through charming Adelaide, nestled right in South Australia's world famous wine region. Spend two days on Kangaroo Island, Australia's zoo without fences, and come face to face with wildlife in it's own habitat. Venture north to the rainforest and reef of Northern Queensland before finishing your Australian adventure in Cosmopolitan Sydney.
- Roundtrip Economy Class Airfare on Qantas Airways from Los Angeles (Domestic US flights can be added at an additional cost.)
- Seat in coach airport shuttle transfers
- 2 nights Adelaide at the 4.5* Majestic Roof Garden, Adelaide
- Full day small group 4WD touring from Adelaide across the Flerieu Peninsula
- Ferry transfer to Kangaroo Island
- 2 nights Kangaroo Island in 4* Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge in a deluxe waterview room including breakfast & dinner daily
- Two full days small group 4WD touring of Kangaroo Island including lunch, selected beverages & admission fees
- Kangaroo Island - Adelaide flight
- 4 nights Port Douglas at the 4.5* Shantara Resort & Spa in a Studio room
- Full Day Quicksilver Outer Great Barrier Reef snorkeling tour including lunch
- Half Day Mossman Gorge & Aboriginal Dreamtime Walking tour
- 4 nights Sydney at the 5* Pier One Sydney Harbour in a Heritage King Room
From 1 Apr 17, 5* Amora Jamison in a Deluxe King Room
- Half day small group city sights of Sydney
- Sydney Harbour morning tea cruise
- All taxes & fuel surcharges
Day 1 - Depart Los Angeles for Sydney with Qantas
Qantas is the number one way to travel to Australia and your vacation begins the second you step onboard a Qantas flight with Australia just a movie, meal, sleep away. With over 95 years of experience in long haul travel, Qantas strives to ensure every passenger in every cabin has the most comfortable and authentic experience. Qantas offers direct service from Los Angeles, San Francisco (add $250), Dallas Fort Worth (add $220) & New York JFK (add $200) - add on fares with American Airlines available from other cities.
The Qantas onboard experience has a class for every passenger from First suites, Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins and offers the best in comfort, Australian food and wine, amenities and exceptional service. All cabins experience the latest in inflight entertainment and technology including premium content from HBO, new movie releases, TV programs and an extensive music library with over 1500 entertainment choices. All passengers also receive amenity kits so passengers can freshen up during their long haul journey.
- Upgrade to premium economy from $440 per person each way
- Upgrade to business class from $2,300 per person each way
- Upgrade to a First Class suite from $6,900 per person each way
- Can take the upgrade one way or roundtrip and combine economy/premium/business/first classes on the same ticket
Day 2 - Cross International Dateline
Day 3 - Arrive Adelaide
Upon arrival in Adelaide private car transfer to accommodation.
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, and many of the state’s regions within two hours drive away. Enjoy a day at leisure and take in everything that Adelaide has to offer.
ACCOMMODATION - The award-winning 4.5-star Majestic Roof Garden Hotel is only a short distance from the bars, restaurants and shopping of Rundle Street. Guests have access to the rooftop garden with panoramic city views.
Day 4 - Road to Kangaroo Island
Our road to KI is an unexpected delight a genuine adventure embracing premium local food and wine, exhilarating off-road tracks through pristine national parks, wildlife sightings, a delicious outdoor lunch and a sensational beach drive. By using our exclusive route with access to locations not available to other operators, this tour offers visitors a unique opportunity to discover the hidden gems of the richly endowed Fleurieu Peninsula. The road finishes at Cape Jervis in good time for the afternoon Sealink ferry to Kangaroo Island some 14 km across the water. On the way to the Cape experience a spectacular ocean beach drive, sample some of McLaren Vale's acclaimed Shiraz at a quirky cellar door, and learn about the history and geology of this ancient peninsula before embarking for South Australia's own Galapagos Island. On arrival on to Kangaroo Island you will be met and transferred to the township of American River & your accommodation for the next two nights, Kangaroo Island Lodge where you will enjoy a relaxing dinner (included in your package).
Day 5 - Kangaroo Island
An Exceptional Kangaroo Island vehicle will pick you up from your hotel to commence a full day KI Adventure Island Life 4WD tour. Stroll through a eucalypt forest spotting koalas snoozing overhead. Travel through some of the Island's best farming country to the North Coast. Visit the habitat of the world's rarest cockatoo and seek out wallabies and kangaroos in the wild. Enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch in a bush setting, accompanied by South Australian wines, beer or soft drinks. After lunch, visit Seal Bay where you can walk amongst the Australian Sea Lions with your guide on a beautiful sandy beach, and learn about their unique breeding biology. The afternoon is spent exploring more of the south east region of the island before being transferred back to your accommodation for dinner.
Day 6 - Kangaroo Island - Adelaide
An Exceptional Kangaroo Island vehicle will pick you up from your hotel to commence your second day of touring on the Island, today focusing on the Flinders Chase area. Flinders Chase National Park provides a breeding habitat for the rare Cape Barren Goose and is also home to a wide variety of wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, possums, goannas, echidnas, koalas, platypus and a myriad of bird species. Visit Remarkable Rocks, huge natural granite sculptures, Admirals Arch a spectacular coastal grotto and a New Zealand fur seal colony before enjoying an elegant picnic lunch in the bush. In the afternoon sample more of Kangaroo Island, before being set down at Kingscote Airport for the return flight to Adelaide. Tour concludes at approximately 6:00pm at Adelaide Airport. On arrival into Adelaide you will be transferred to the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel for your overnight stay.
Day 7 - Adelaide - Cairns, Port Douglas
This morning you will be collected for your private car transfer to Adelaide airport. Depart Adelaide on your flight to Cairns. On arrival in Cairns, you will met by your seat in coach transfer driver and transferred along the stunning coastal drive to the beach town of Port Douglas, and your accommodation for the next four nights, Shantara Resort & Spa. Port Douglas is the gateway to the World Heritage wonders of Tropical North Queensland. It is the closest mainland port to the Great Barrier Reef and only a short drive into the heart of the Wet Tropics rainforest at Daintree and Cape Tribulation
ACCOMMODATION - Arrive at Shantara Resort Port Douglas and be greeted by the relaxed and tranquil environment. The courtyard’s two lagoon style swimming pools cleverly encircle the apartment courtyard to provide ground level apartments with poolside access. Shantara is an Adults only retreat with Boutique Holiday Apartments suited for couples or the independent traveler looking for tranquility. The studio rooms have kitchenettes and are perfect for the shorter stay, all rooms have an outdoor balcony facing one of the pools.
Day 8 - Great Barrier Reef Day Tour
Travel in air-conditioned comfort to a spacious reef activity platform moored in protective lagoons at the renowned Agincourt Reef, on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Quicksilver has facilities to enable both swimmers and non-swimmers to experience this stunning reef world. Explore the reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible, the underwater observatory or by snorkeling. A range of optional activities are available including up to two dives for certified divers, and novices can experience the magic of scuba with a qualified dive instructor or an Oceanwalker helmet dive. Also available are guided snorkeling tours with a marine biologist and scenic helicopter flights over the reef (all optional activities at own expense). Enjoy lunch on board.
Day 9 - Mossman Gorge & Aboriginal Dreamtime Walk
Travel north along the scenic coastal road to arrive at Mossman Gorge Centre and enjoy an Indigenous presentation by the traditional owners of the gorge, the Kuku Yalanji people before boarding the eco shuttle for the transfer into Mossman Gorge. Your guide will take you on a walk sharing their knowledge of this enchanting rainforest environment. Learn about the fascinating secrets of one of the world's oldest rainforests. Upon conclusion of the cruise, commence the return journey to Port Douglas
Day 10 - Port Douglas
Explore Tropical North Queensland at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour options - Some of our favorites (additional cost applies) :
Silversonic Outer Barrier Reef
Silversonic is a 29 metre luxury catamaran custom designed for small groups of adventure minded people to revel in the thrill of diving and snorkeling. With over five hours to explore the delights of this underwater world, visit 3 different outer reef locations at Agincourt Reef on the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef.
Kuranda, Rail, Skyrail & Tjapukai
Kuranda Scenic Rail to Kuranda, Barron River & Stoney Creek Falls, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park which includes indigenous guide , entrance to all Theatres, the famous Tjapukai Dancers, boomerang/spear throwing & bush medicine.
The award-winning Wildlife Habitat is Australia’s leading immersion exhibit - an open and interactive environment for guests and animals to mingle in a spacious and natural setting. Visitors wander along elevated boardwalks, observing up close a huge range of flora and fauna as birds fly and roam freely. The original Breakfast with the Birds has been a visitor must do for two decades. Guests are immersed within the Wetlands environment whilst enjoying the cacophony of sounds and colors of Wildlife as they wander freely amongst the guests and are treated to a fantastic tropical breakfast buffet.
Daintree Rainforest Jungle Surf
Rainforest has more strata than any other terrestrial ecosystem, and can only be truly appreciated by getting up into the canopy. With its low-impact system of platforms and cables, Jungle Surfing offers unparalleled access to the heart of the Daintree from the bustling forest floor to the giants that tower above the canopy.
Day 11 - Cairns - Sydney
This morning you will be collected for your seat in coach transfer to Cairns airport. Upon arrival, seat in coach transfer from Sydney International Airport to Amora Jamison Sydney.
ACCOMMODATION - Stay 4 nights in the Heart of Sydney This award-winning 5-star luxury hotel in the heart of Sydney features stylish accommodations, along with 2 restaurants, 2 bars, a day spa, swimming pool, fitness center and business center. Amora Jamison Sydney is just a 10-minute walk from Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and The Rocks.
Day 12 - Sydney - Half Day City Sights tour
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel for your small group Panoramic Sydney Sights tour. Visit the historic Rocks area (Old Town of Sydney) and hear of the early convict history. Enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House, see Sydney Harbour Bridge and the shopping heart of the city including the Queen Victoria Building and Sydney Tower. Visit Sydney's trendy district, Oxford Street and elegant Paddington with its terrace houses. Arrive at the famous beaches - see Tamarama, Bronte and stop at the Bondi beachfront to stroll and enjoy a morning coffee or tea (at own expense). See surfers, famous Aussie lifesavers and Sydney's most spectacular panoramic viewpoint. Return to Sydney via Sydney Heads lookout, Watsons Bay, Kings Cross & Mrs Macquaries Point for unsurpassed views of the Harbour Bridge & Opera House.
Day 13 - Sydney - Morning harbor tea cruise
This morning, enjoy the company of a small group aboard a 52 foot motor yacht. Your captain and host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour and its foreshore as you take in the sights of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the bays and coves of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy a light morning tea with coffee, tea, juice and water.
Day 14 - Sydney
At your leisure or consider adding a tour (additional cost). some of our favorites:
- Blue Mountains Day Tour
Visit Scenic World and dare yourself to ride the steepest Railway in the world with spectacular views of the Three Sisters and the Valley. Go through the quaint village of Leura showing the beautiful stores, houses and gardens along the way to Reids Plateau. A picturesque view of the Jamison Valley, taking in the rear view of the Three Sisters away from the crowds. Return to Sydney by way of Featherdale Wildlife Park, with a chance to cuddle up to a koala or feed the baby wallabies. Your trip to Sydney is not complete without a cruise on Parramatta River to Sydney Harbour Circular Quay.
- Taronga Zoo
This small group tour led by an expert guide offers an excellent introduction to Australia's wildlife and brings you close to the animals. There are plenty of photographic opportunities with kangaroos, wallabies, birds, wombats, echidnas and reptiles. Another fantastic offering from Taronga Zoo is Roar & Snore – Sydney’s ultimate sleepover. Nestled on the cliff top edge of Sydney’s stunning harbour, Taronga Roar and Snore’s is the only opportunity to camp overnight with views of Sydney Harbour and the city on one side and lions, leopards and meerkats on the other.
- Hunter Valley Wine Tour
Relax and enjoy fabulous food and wine in Australia's oldest wine growing region. Located just two hours north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley combines world renowned wines, gourmet produce and stunning countryside. The flexible itinerary gives you access to a range of boutique wineries and the opportunity to meet the wine makers. Take a behind-the-scenes tour at one of the wineries, then enjoy a gourmet lunch at one of the Hunter's best restaurants.
Day 15 - Depart Sydney
Additional departure gateways & pricing
Qantas offers non-stop service to Australia from Los Angeles, San Francisco (add $250 per person), Dallas Fort Worth (add $220 per person) & New York's JFK (add $200 per person). Addon fares are available from all major US cities - ask an Aspire consultant for a quote from your local airport.
Your Seat - An ergonomically designed, slimline seats with built-in lumbar support for your comfort. The adjustable headrest and seat recline are sure to keep you comfortable for the duration of your journey. Onboard the A380s and refurbished B747s the seats offer softer cushioning, a netted footrest and more legroom for additional comfort on longer journeys
On Board Dining - On selected international flights, you’ll be treated to a continuous refreshment service every 60-90 minutes and, to add variety, a third main meal option for long haul flights. On the A380s and refurbished B747s you’ll find a self-serve snack bar.
Entertainment - personal on-demand, in-flight entertainment system* throughout your journey. Access over 1500 options using your in-seat control or touch screen monitor. Options include a variety of movies, TV programs, CD playlists, moving maps, interactive games and radio channels.
Amenities - Complimentary comfort kit to help you stay refreshed. Your handy zip lock pouch contains eyeshades, toothbrush and toothpaste. Socks are available on request. Enjoy a soft blanket and cotton pillow to keep you cozy throughout your flight
For upgrade costs to Premium Economy, Business or First class please ask as Aspire Expert.
Terms & Conditions:
Starting from pricing is valid for departures 01 February – 22 March July 2017 for purchase by 31 January 2017. Ask an Aspire Down Under consultant for pricing for departures 23 March - 31 August. Prices are per person based on double occupancy departures from Los Angeles - add $200 to depart on the Qantas from JFK or $220 to depart on Qantas from Dallas Fort Worth. Add-on fares are available from other cities. 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 cash/wire transfer/check, please see terms and conditions for credit card payments. There are no discounts for payment made by credit cards. Cancellation penalties and other restrictions apply.