Perth City, Western Australia
By Aspire Down Under
You'll love Australia's westernmost capital city, Perth, which sits on the Swan River, framed by Indian Ocean beaches and Swan Valley vineyards. Continue east to the Sunshine State's capital city of Brisbane, located on the banks of the Brisbane River and enjoys a subtropical climate year-round. From Brisbane travel to the largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island where you will experience rainforest, pristine lakes and stunning beaches.
- 4 nights in Perth at 4.5-star Crown Metropol
- Guided walking tour of Perth
- Full day Pinnacles Desert 4WD adventure
- Full day Rottnest Island experience
- 3 nights in Brisbane at 5-star Stamford Plaza
- Sightseeing boat tour of Brisbane
- Full day tour to Australia Zoo
- 2 nights at Kingfisher Bay Fraser Island
- Full day 4WD tour of Fraser Island
- Car service airport transfers in Perth and Brisbane and coach transfer from Brisbane to Hervey Bay
- Stay 4/pay 3 nights at Crown Metropol Perth
- Stay 3/pay 2 nights at Stamford Plaza Brisbane
Package duration: 9 nights
Price: USD $1,799
Book by: 07/31/2018
Travel from: 04/01/2018
Travel by: 09/30/2018
Day 1: Arrive Perth
Welcome to Perth! Upon arrival, you will be transferred by car service to Crown Metropol Perth- a leading luxury hotel located five minutes from the Perth city center. Located at Burswood Entertainment Complex and beside the magnificent Swan River, Crown Metropol Perth is set in 100 hectares of superbly landscaped gardens and secluded parklands. The complex includes a fabulous selection of seven restaurants, eight bars, heated indoor and tropical outdoor pools, 24-hour health/fitness center, tennis courts and a world-class 18-hole golf course are just a few amenities located within the complex grounds.
Day 2: Arcades and Laneways Perth City Walking Tour
Join your "Two Feet and A Heartbeat Walking Tours" at Perth Town Hall, on the corner of Barrack and Hay Street to commence a 2-hour Arcades and Laneways Tour. On this tour, explore more than 2.5km of arcades and various lesser known laneways throughout the city. Due to Perth's warm climate, the city center was built with many arcades to keep shoppers shaded and cool. Through churches, shopping malls and public areas, these arcades and laneways provide interesting routes for locals to navigate through the city center. Art deco, ultra-modern and even faux-Tudor, these are wonderful parts of the city that you will visit on this tour and learn of their origins and impact on the city. In recent years, some forgotten and under-utilized laneways in Perth have been given a new lease on life. Through government investment, the establishment small bars and cafes, pop-up cultural events and a proliferation of street art, these once ignored places are now hip and happening. It is very easy to spend a couple of leisurely hours exploring these hidden yet bustling vibrant elements of life in Perth. With plenty of opportunities to grab a coffee on the go, have a tasty treat, or find some awesome places to come back to after the tour, your friendly guide will help set you up for an enjoyable adventure through the lesser known parts of Perth. Tour concludes at approximately 4:00 PM in the central city area of Perth.
Day 3: Pinnacles Desert 4WD Adventure
A Luxury Outback Tours vehicle will pick up you from your hotel to commence a full-day Pinnacles Tour. First visit is the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Interpretive Centre, then drive into the Pinnacles Desert and travel the four-kilometer trail for a unique experience to walk among this stunning phenomenon. The Pinnacles Desert is made up of thousands of limestone pillars, resembling an ancient ruin. After lunch at Cervantes, visit Thirsty Point to see pristine white beaches and sparkling aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean. Go for a walk along the beach. Enjoy a visit to Lake Thetis to view Stromatolites, which are one of the earliest forms of life to evolve on our planet another of nature's wonders. The tour returns to Perth in the late afternoon.
Day 4: Rottnest Island Experience
You will board your vessel in Northport to commence a full-day Discover Rottnest tour. Cruise to Rottnest Island and receive a guided introduction walk, then enjoy cycling around the island at your own pace to discover the beauty and tranquility of Rottnest. Enjoy lunch at Rottnest Lodge, followed by free time at your leisure before boarding the ferry to depart the island and cruise back to Northport. Once you return to Perth after finishing the day exploring Rottnest Island, consider an evening of Hopman Cup tennis matches where it will be Switzerland against France at the Perth Arena.
Day 5: Depart Perth and Fly to Brisbane
This morning, it's time to say farewell to Perth. You will be transferred by car service to Perth airport and fly to Brisbane. The capital of the Sunshine State is located on the banks of the Brisbane River and enjoys a subtropical climate year-round. During the last decade, the city has matured into a unique blend of historic buildings and sophisticated architecture. To cuddle a koala, take a cruise along the Brisbane River to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Visit the South Bank development, the former site of the 1988 world expo and the Botanical Gardens. Upon arrival, you will be transferred by car service to the Stamford Plaza Brisbane.
Accommodation: The Stamford Plaza Brisbane is one of the city's most prestigious 5-star accommodation nestled between the banks of the Brisbane River and the Botanic Gardens. This accommodation boats its luxurious 252 self-appointed rooms which offer spectacular views of the Brisbane River, Story Bridge, Kangaroo Point cliffs or the Botanic Gardens.
Day 6: Brisbane River Cruise
Board your River City Cruises vessel to commence a 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise. Travel aboard MV Neptune, a classic timber cruiser built in 1966. Cruise beneath the Captain Cook Bridge, following the curve of the river as it rounds the Botanical Gardens. Glide past the Central Business District where prestige office and multi-million-dollar apartments occupy some of the most sought-after river front sites in the city. Travelling beneath the city's landmark Story Bridge, the cruise rounds Kangaroo Point and continues downstream to Newstead where the Breakfast Creek enters the river. Informative and entertaining commentary is included in the tour.
Day 7: Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo
Enjoy the scenic trip to Australia Zoo on the famous Sunshine Coast, home of the Crocodile Hunter. Australia Zoo is a must-see holiday highlight for Australians and international visitors alike with more than 1,200 animals from around the globe, daily shows and a state of the art, wildlife preservation and conservation hospital.
Day 8: Brisbane to Fraser Island
Depart Brisbane by coach transfer to Hervey Bay. Upon arrival take the ferry to Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world. The World Heritage-listed Island is a place of exceptional beauty, with its long uninterrupted white beaches flanked by strikingly colored sand cliffs, its majestic tall rainforests and numerous freshwater lakes of crystal clear waters. Upon arrival onto Fraser Island you will be transferred to Kingfisher Bay Resort.
Accommodation: Kingfisher Bay Resort complete with mirror lakes and waterholes, blends seamlessly with the island's sensitive eco system. All the accommodation has been designed to minimize any effects on the natural environment, conserve energy and minimize waste. Native bird and wildlife are easily spotted from the walkways, private hotel verandas or outdoor pools. The interpretive rangers are locals who are passionate about Fraser Island and are happy to share their knowledge.
Day 9: Fraser Island 4WD Tour
Commence a full day ranger-guided 4WD eco tour. Learn about the natural and cultural history of Fraser Island and have the opportunity to swim in the crystal clear, blue waters of Lake McKenzie, the island's most beautiful lake. Lunch is served at Eurong Beach Resort. From Central Station, walk along the banks of Wanggoolba Creek, as it flows through the rainforest. Drive along spectacular Seventy-Five Mile beach and stop to swim in the fresh waters of Eli Creek. This swift-flowing creek, the largest on The Eastern Beach, spills 80 mega liters of fresh water into the ocean every day. Visit the wreck of the Maheno and marvel at the colored sands of the Pinnacles. See an ancient forest being uncovered as Stonetool Sand Blow moves across the island.
Day 10: Fraser Island to Hervey Bay
Depart Fraser Island by launch to Hervey Bay and transfer to the airport for your onward flight to your next destination within Australia.
Terms & Conditions:
*Package from pricing is based on double occupancy (2 people sharing a room) for travel 01 February – 30 November 2018, for purchase by 31 July 2018. Certain blackout dates apply on the accommodation and tour value add offers check with your Aspire consultant. Hotels are subject to availability. Air travel not included in package cost – ask an Aspire consultant for current special airfares. 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.