East Coast Islands and Rainforest

12 nights from €5,149 per person 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)

Please note: This tour begins early morning (7:30am) therefore, you will need to book at least an extra night's 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 Airlie Beach and take an optional Catamaran Cruise of the Whitsundays
  • Go snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef

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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

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

Take in the landscape of rolling hills, surrounding mountain peaks and the coastline of the Sunshine Coast before arriving for a relaxed coastal vibe at Hervey Bay. This afternoon the ferry will take you across to the World Heritage Listed K’gari, also known as Fraser Island. Ground yourself back in nature on this sand island, your home for the next two nights.

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

The morning ferry will take you back to the mainland where it’s back on the coach and travelling through cattle country to Langmorn Station, a fully operational family run cattle station. Meet the Creed family and take a guided tour of the property including the original family homestead, built in 1873. Enjoy afternoon tea in the garden while you hear about the history of the station and what it is like to live and grow up on a cattle station! Cross the Tropic of Capricorn as you arrive in Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia! Your night is free so why not try some local beef at one of the town’s steakhouses.

Overnight: Quality Hotel Regent (Breakfast included)

Day 7

Rockhampton – Airlie Beach

Travel north to the sugar town of Sarina, Australia’s sugar capital, to Sarina Sugar Shed, a working miniature sugar mill. On your tour you’ll get a peak into sugar cane processing and witness fully functioning sugar processing and distilling equipment in action. Afterwards you can taste some of the products made on site before sitting down for a light lunch. Continue to Airlie Beach, the gateway hub to the Whitsundays. Spend the next two nights in this vibrant coastal town where you will have free time to explore at your own pace.

Overnight: Reef View Hotel (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 8

Airlie Beach free time

The Whitsunday Islands are a collection of 74 tropical islands with white sandy beaches and dense rainforest surrounded by The Great Barrier Reef. This tropical oasis offers numerous activities for all budgets and interests. With so many bucket list reasons to get up early, why not take an optional helicopter ride over Heart Reef or perhaps the famous Whitehaven Beach beckons. Take an optional cruise aboard a catamaran to this slice of paradise, where you can simply relax on the beach, take a swim, or get involved in some fun beach activities.

Overnight: Reef View Hotel (Breakfast included)

Day 9

Airlie Beach – Cairns

Today we head north to Cairns along the Bruce Highway. Relax and take in the scenery as we travel through sugar cane fields and large farming lands with the ocean to one side and lush rainforests and mountains on the other. We’ll make a stop along the way at a town where you can soak up the relaxed lifestyle that tropical North Queensland has to offer.

Overnight: Double Tree by Hilton Cairns (Breakfast included)

Day 10

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: Double Tree by Hilton 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: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel 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)

  • International & Domestic Flights
  • Internal travel by luxury coach, ferry & catamaran cruise
  • Hotels (11 nights)
  • 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners included
  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites – K’gari (Fraser Island), Great Barrier Reef & Wet Tropics of Queensland (Barron Gorge National Park, Skyrail)
  • Travel Director throughout, Driver Guide and Local Guides

2022 Local Departure Dates: ask us for latest available dates

2023 Local Departure Dates: ask us for latest available dates

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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