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This 13-day tour visits Australia's East Coast most beautiful and iconic sites where the rainforest meets the reef and all the beautiful beaches in-between!
Starting with the majestic, awe-inspiring Great Barrier Reef to the tropical lush rainforests of the Atherton Tablelands and the dreamy, pristine sandy beaches of the Whitsunday Islands.
Traveling along the stunning coast of Queensland, you'll discover untouched natural beauty, sun-drenched beaches, unspoiled national parks and idyllic, tranquil islands – all home to a plethora of wildlife!
Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
Stay in 4-star accommodation throughout
Cruise over the world’s largest coral system
Relax on the beaches of the Whitsunday Islands
Explore Fraser Island on a 4x4 excursion
Wine tasting and lunch in Hunter Valley
Day 1: Cairns
The gateway to the mighty Great Barrier Reef, join a tour to soak up the laid-back tropical ambience of this stylish city. In the evening, get to know your fellow travellers with a delicious welcome dinner hosted by the tour director. Stay at the Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort for 2 nights. Meals Included: Dinner.
Day 2: Great Barrier Reef Cruise
One of the highlights of the trip, a full-day cruise over Australia's greatest natural wonder, the Great Barrier Reef. The world's largest coral reef, you'll be in awe of its breath-taking beauty as you snorkel beneath its beautiful waters or spot the myriad colourful marine life with a view from a semi-submersible. Spend the evening at leisure to further explore Cairns. Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch.
Day 3 Atherton Tablelands • To Mission Beach
Navigate through the tropical Atherton Tablelands, where the rainforest meets the reef. Home to stunning waterfalls, diverse wildlife and historical villages. Enjoy a cruise on the enhancing fresh-water Lake Barrine and cool down in the Millaa Millaa falls, the most beautiful and iconic waterfall of the Atherton region. Stop off for some refreshments with afternoon tea at Mungalli family-run diary. In the afternoon, arrive at Mission Beach, an idyllic beachside town surrounded by golden sands and lush tropical rainforest. Stay at Castaways Resort & Spa overnight. Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner.
Day 4 To Hamilton Island
Travel along the coast to Airlie Beach, right in the heart of the dreamy Whitsundays region and the largest town on the Whitsunday coast. Stop en-route to Townsville to explore its excellent museums and aquarium before catching the ferry to Hamilton Island.
Day 5: Hamilton Island
Perfectly placed right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, amongst the Whitsunday Islands, enjoy free time relaxing on this tranquil island retreat. Swim with the colourful marine life or choose to kick back on the coral-fringed beaches. Due to its protected national and marine park status, you may even spot a turtle or two! Meals Included: Breakfast.
Day 6 Mackay • To Rockhampton
After returning to the mainland by ferry, journey south to Mackay, known for its vibrant art deco buildings and palm-tree lined streets. Take a guided tour of a miniature sugar mill, watch sugar cane production and sample some of the sweet products on offer. Continue to the charming city of Rockhampton for an evening at leisure exploring its historical architecture and national parks before an overnight stay at Quality Hotel Regent Rockhampton. Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch.
Day 7: To Hervey Bay
Cross the Tropic of Capricorn (the dividing line between the world's northern and southern hemisphere) en route to Langmorn Station. A working cattle station, you'll get a taste of day-to-day life on a working family farm. Enjoy great country hospitality with a homestead on this scenic valley station. Afterwards, travel to Hervey Bay. Hailed as the “Jewel in Queensland's crown”, this beautiful coastal city is famed for its calm blue waters, long sandy beaches and observing humpback whales. End your day with an overnight stay at Mantra Hervey Bay. Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner.
Day 8 Fraser Island • To Noosa
Take the ferry to Fraser Island, the world's largest sand islands and World Heritage site. A plethora of untouched natural beauty to discover from the sand-coloured rugged cliffs to the untamed lush rainforests that surround the endless stretches of pristine beaches. Explore the island on a 4WD tour, visiting the iconic freshwater Lake McKenzie. Enjoy an authentic Australian Barbeque before returning to the mainland for a stay at the Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa. Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch.
Day 9: Noosa
A picture-perfect tropical oasis where nature is greeted with laid-back elegance. Imagine boutique shops and al-fresco dining surrounded by unspoilt national parks. Enjoy a day at leisure relaxing on the soft, white sun-drenched beaches or hiking to a mountain lookout. Or maybe for the adventurous, take an optional boat ride to the Noosa Everglades for an eco-discovery tour of the lush wetlands and crystal lakes. Meals Included: Breakfast.
Day 10 Brisbane • To Gold Coast
In the morning visit the Australia Zoo. Home of the Crocodile Hunter, this 100-acre zoo was founded by the late Steve Irwin and is dedicated to the conservation of Australia's most endangered species. Get ready for exciting wildlife shows, adventures and animal encounters with kangaroos, koalas, wombats, crocodiles and more! In the afternoon continue on to Brisbane for a city tour of Queensland's sunny capital. End the day with a night's stay at the Vibe Hotel. Meals Included: Breakfast.
Day 11 Byron Bay • To Coffs Harbour
Next stop, Cape Byron Lighthouse which sits at the easternmost point of the whole mainland of Australia. Enjoy unrivalled, panoramic views across the stunning coast. Enjoy free time exploring the famous, laid-back beach town of Bryon Bay, whether it's relaxing on the white sandy beaches or trying out its world-famous surf! On arrival at the beautiful coastal town of Coffs Harbour, stay overnight at Opal Cove Resort. Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner.
Day 12 Port Macquarie • To Sydney
Travel to Sydney along the picturesque East Coast with a stop at Port Macquarie. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and Hasting River, this scenic coastal village is surrounded by stunning natural landscapes, rugged headlands and serene beaches. On arrival at Sydney enjoy a delicious meal overlooking the majestic harbour before your overnight stay at the Vibe Hotel. Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner.
Day 13 Onward travel
Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue your Australian adventure.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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