East Coast Islands and Rainforest

12 Nights from €5,069 Including Flights

Overview

Australia’s east coast is home to some of its most famous names and a wealth of awe-inspiring attractions. This 12-night guided tour takes you on an unforgettable journey to some of these inspiring locations, beginning in Sydney and ending in Cairns. Along the way you will be treated to visits to such destinations as the Gold Coast, Noosa, Fraser Island, Hamilton Island and the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. (AA - QSC)

Please note: This tour begins early morning (7:30am) therefore, it may be necessary to book an extra night accommodation pre tour.

Highlights:

  • Experience the beauty of the famed Gold Coast
  • Relax and admire the scenery in Noosa
  • Take a trip to Fraser Island and explore on a 4WD tour
  • Take a dip in the stunning Lake McKenzie, ringed by beautiful beaches
  • Visit stunning Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays
  • Go snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef

Whats included?
  • Flights & taxes
  • Internal travel
  • 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Sights and excursions
  • Tour guide throughout
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Day 1 (for travel until 31 Mar 20)

Sydney - Port Macquire

Welcome to Sydney! Travel today to Hunter Valley for an exclusive wine tasting and get to know you fellow travellers over a delicious lunch at a local winery.

Continue North to Port Macquarie. In the evening, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner with your tour guide and fellow travellers.

Overnight: Waters Edge, Port Macquarie (Lunch and dinner with wine included)

Day 2-3

Gold Coast

Journey to Cape Byron Lighthouse to admire the phenomenal views from Australia’s most eastern point then visit Byron Bay for lunch and some free time. Afterwards, follow the Tweed River Valley to the famous Gold Coast where you’ll have the evening free to dine at one of the restaurants or cafés this area has to offer. Here is where you'll spend the next 2 nights.

Have free time to explore the stunning Gold Coast Hinterland to discover the rainforest and village of Mt. Tamborine, or simply relax and take a stroll on the Surfers Paradise Beach.

Overnight: Novotel Surfers Paradise (Two breakfasts included)

Day 4-5

Noosa

Make your way to Brisbane for a city tour and some free time before a visit to Australia Zoo, made by the famous crocodile hunter - Steve Irwin and his family. There will be time for a sneak peek of the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, as well as chance to see a vast array of animals. This is a must for wildlife lovers, with really amazing experiences and exciting education opportunities. Later travel to the town of Noosa to enjoy a dinner with a beach view.

Spend the day enjoying Noosa – go swimming at Noosa Main Beach, take a scenic walk along the headland through Noosa National Park or take a boat ride through the everglades. This area has it all – beautiful beaches, wetlands, mangroves, and stunning flora and fauna.

Overnight: The Sebel Resort Noosa (Two breakfasts and one dinner with wine included)

Day 6

Hervey Bay

Take a 4WD tour of Rainbow Beach before heading by ferry or barge to Fraser Island. There will be the opportunity to walk through the ancient rainforest at Central Station which is filled with gum and kauri trees, before visiting Lake McKenzie – a stunning area edged by white sand beaches. There will be a BBQ lunch before you make your way back to the mainland for your overnight stay in Hervey Bay.

Overnight: Mantra Hervey Bay (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 7

Rockhampton

Today sees you journey to historic Rockhampton, stopping along the way at Langmorn Station which is a fully operational cattle station. Afternoon tea will be served (in the company of the pet kangaroo!) at the homestead, a restored ‘Queenslander’ built in 1873. Cross the Tropic of Capricorn and continue on to Rockhampton on the Fitzroy River.

Overnight: Quality Hotel Regent, Rockhampton (Breakfast included)

Day 8-9

Hamilton Island

Make your way through Mackay and on to Airlie Beach which is the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. Take a guided tour through a miniature sugar mill along the way to discover the processes of the sugar cane, you'll have the chance to taste some of the products before sitting down to a light lunch here. Once you’ve arrived at Airlie Beach you’ll take a ferry across Hamilton Island – situated in the heart of the stunning Great Barrier Reef.

Take a cruise to famous Whitehaven Beach and take a walk to lookout for the views over the waters and islands of the Coral Sea. Spend the afternoon at leisure on Hamilton Island where you can explore the bays, beaches and islands. If you’re feeling active, there are some more energetic activities available including a rainforest walk, tennis and volleyball, or snorkelling and kayaking. But this is the perfect place to unwind if you just want to relax by the pool and make the most of the spa.

Overnight: Reef View Hotel (Two breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner with wine included)

Day 10

Mission Beach

Return to the mainland in the morning as you make your way further along your journey, stopping along the way for lunch in Townsville which overlooks Magnetic Island for a relaxed stroll along the Strand. You'll end in Mission Beach where you'll be staying the night with views of the Ocean.

Overnight: Castaways Resort & Spa (Breakfast and dinner with wine included)

Day 11

Cairns

Enjoy a gentle stroll on the beach in the morning before leaving to discover the tropical mountain retreat of Kuranda. Visit the Millaa Millaa Falls and the famous Curtain Fig Tree along the way and once in Kuranda wander the heritage markets and art galleries of the village in the 'rainforest'. Next choose either a coach to the next destination or a journey on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway which takes you above the rainforest over Barron Gorge National Park.

Overnight: Hilton Hotel Cairns (Breakfast included)

Day 12

Great Barrier Reef

Board a high-speed catamaran in the morning to cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef where you’ll be enjoy a reef education presentation and the opportunity to view the coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory. Go snorkelling afterwards to view this underwater landscape up close before being treated to a tropical buffet lunch. After lunch, make your return journey to Cairns and celebrate your trip in the evening with a farewell dinner with your group.

Overnight: Hilton Hotel Cairns (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 13

Cairns

This is the final day of the trip – make your way to Cairns Airport for your departing flight.

(Breakfast included)

Day 1 (for travel after 1 Apr 20)

Sydney – Coffs Harbour

Welcome to Sydney! Discover the landscapes of the east coast as you travel northward to the costal town of Coffs Harbour. Known for its beaches and take time to explore Little Diggers Beach and Diggers Head, enjoy the early evening sea breeze like the locals. In the evening, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner with your tour guide and fellow travellers.

Overnight: BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort (Dinner included)

Day 2-3

Gold Coast

Journey to Cape Byron Lighthouse to admire the phenomenal views from Australia’s most eastern point then visit Byron Bay for lunch and some free time. Afterwards, follow the Tweed River Valley to the famous Gold Coast where you’ll have the evening free to dine at one of the restaurants or cafés this area has to offer. Here is where you'll spend the next 2 nights.

Have free time to explore the stunning Gold Coast Hinterland to discover the rainforest and village of Mt. Tamborine, or simply relax and take a stroll on the Surfers Paradise Beach.

Overnight: Novotel Surfers Paradise (Two breakfasts included)

Day 4

Fraser Island

This morning visit Australia Zoo, made by the famous crocodile hunter - Steve Irwin and his family. There will be time for a sneak peek of the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, as well as chance to see a vast array of animals. This is a must for wildlife lovers, with really amazing experiences and exciting education opportunities. Later take the ferry across to the World Heritage listed K’gari, also known as Fraser Island.

Overnight: Kingfisher Bay Resort (Breakfast included)

Day 5

Fraser Island

Spend the day discovering Fraser Island by a 4WD tour which takes you for a ride around the island’s must-see sites. Visit Lake McKenzie, ringed with stunning white sandy beaches, walk through the ancient rainforest at Central Station and Wanggoolba Creek which features huge satiny, scribbly gum and kauri trees. Travel up the sand highway on the eastern coast to the Pinnacles Coloured Sands; cooling, calm waters of Eli creek and the famous sinking Maheno Shipwreck.

Overnight: Kingfisher Bay Resort (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 6

Fraser Island – Rockhampton

Visit Langmorn Station, a fully operational family run cattle station. Meet the Creed family and embark on a guided tour of the property including the family homestead which was built in 1873. Enjoy afternoon tea in the garden with their pet kangaroo before crossing the Tropic of Capricorn into Rockhampton, known as the beef capital of Australia. Enjoy your evening at leisure, perhaps try some local beef at one of the town’s steakhouses.

Overnight: Quality Hotel Regent (Breakfast included)

Day 7

Rockhampton – Hamilton Island

Make your way through Mackay and on to Airlie Beach which is the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. Take a guided tour through a miniature sugar mill along the way to discover the processes of the sugar cane, you'll have the chance to taste some of the products before sitting down to a light lunch here. Once you’ve arrived at Airlie Beach, you’ll take a ferry across Hamilton Island – situated in the heart of the stunning Great Barrier Reef. This spectacular island boats pristine beaches and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life.

Overnight: Reef View Hotel (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 8

Hamilton Island

Spend the day at leisure on Hamilton Island where you can explore the bays, beaches and islands. Perhaps cruise to the famous Whitehaven Beach, fly over the iconic Heart Reef or simply unwind and relax by the pool or make the most of the spa.

Overnight: Reef View Hotel (Breakfast included)

Day 9

Hamilton Island – Mission Beach

Return to the mainland this morning where you will then head north to the seaside town of Mission Beach. Nestled between a World Heritage rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, your hotel for the night offers superb ocean views.

Overnight: Castaway Resort & Spa (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 10

Mission Beach – Cairns

Today travel to the Atherton Tablelands the offers lush rainforests, spectacular waterfalls and peaceful lakes. Visit the Millaa Millaa Falls and the famous Curtain Fig Tree followed by some free time in Kuranda, the “village in the rainforest” before travelling on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

Overnight: Pacific Hotel Cairns (Breakfast included)

Day 11

Great Barrier Reef

Board a high-speed catamaran in the morning to cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef where you’ll be enjoying a reef education presentation and the opportunity to view the coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory. Go snorkelling afterwards to view this underwater landscape up close before being treated to a tropical buffet lunch onboard. Afterwards make your return journey to Cairns and celebrate your trip in the evening with a farewell dinner with your group.

Overnight: Pacific Hotel Cairns (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 12

Cairns

This is the final day of the trip – make your way to Cairns Airport for your departing flight.

(Breakfast included)

For travel until 31 Mar 20:

  • International & Domestic Flights
  • Internal travel by luxury coach, ferry & catamaran cruise
  • Airport return transfers
  • Hotels (12 nights)
  • 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners included
  • Cruise and snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef; Visit Cape Byron Lighthouse; Visit Australia Zoo and its wildlife hospital; Visit Noosa and Fraser Island; Swim in Lake McKenzie; Experience farm life at Langmorn Station with homemade afternoon tea; Wander along Mission Beach; Visit the village in the rainforest – Kuranda
  • Travel Director throughout, Driver Guide and Local Guides

For travel after 1 Apr 20:

  • International & Domestic Flights
  • Internal travel by luxury coach, ferry & catamaran cruise
  • Airport return transfers
  • Hotels (11 nights)
  • 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners included
  • Cruise and snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef; Visit Cape Byron Lighthouse; Visit Australia Zoo and its wildlife hospital; Visit Coffs Harbour and Fraser Island; Swim in Lake McKenzie; Experience farm life at Langmorn Station with homemade afternoon tea; Wander along Mission Beach; Visit the village in the rainforest.
  • Travel Director throughout, Driver Guide and Local Guides

2019 Local Departure Dates: 10 Nov

2020 Local Departure Dates: 5 Jan, 2 Feb, 1 Mar, 27 Jul, 21 Sep, 19 Oct, 16 Nov

There may be other departure dates depending upon demand - please enquire

We recommend you take...

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months
  • Swimwear and beach towel
     
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