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Essence of Queensland

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12 Days
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US$ 2,071

FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: This really is the best of Queensland - explore the wonders of the Sunshine State. Enjoy the dazzling Gold Coast, hand feed wild dolphins, relax in Noosa before you dive in and experience the wondrous ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef and tropical rainforests.


This 12-day trip invites you to explore all that makes Southeast Queensland one of Australia’s most popular vacation spots before flying north for an unforgettable encounter with the Great Barrier Reef.

Arrive on Queensland’s beautiful Gold Coast and take an extra full day to relax. Enjoy the famous surf beaches, great Gold Coast shopping, or one of the Coast’s world-class theme parks or family attractions. Then transfer to Tangalooma Island Resort. Located just off the coast of Brisbane, Tangalooma offers you the opportunity to hand-feed wild dolphins at dusk. Then enjoy a full day snorkelling or diving the Tangalooma wrecks, churning up the sand on a thrilling quad bike track, or embarking on one of the resort’s many excursions or day activities before returning to Brisbane.

Brisbane is Queensland’s capital and one of the fastest-growing cities in Australia. Your guide will take you to explore the best of the city, including Mt Coot-tha lookout. Get ready for a guided tour through the world’s first koala sanctuary, where you’ll have the chance to hand-feed kangaroos and lorikeets or even pet a snake if you’re feeling brave. You’ll see Aussie favourites including the platypus, and the Tasmanian devil, and have the chance to hold a koala if you wish (own acct). Finish your day at Southbank Parklands and the Storey Bridge, with fantastic views over the Brisbane River and CBD.

Ready for Southeast Queensland’s more relaxed coast? Travel to beautiful Noosa for two glorious days doing as much or as little as you like. Enjoy the laid-back beaches of the Sunshine Coast, head into the hinterland for shopping, bushwalking, and tasty treats, or try your hand at a range of watersports nearby. Then bid farewell to Southeast Queensland and fly to beautiful Port Douglas, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Board your cruise for a full day on the reef, snorkelling, diving, or exploring by submersible sub. Then take another day to explore the world’s oldest rainforest, the Daintree. Discover the rich Aboriginal heritage of this region, and enjoy a barbecue lunch with the chance to feed wallabies before returning to Port Douglas.


 

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Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,071

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Day 1

Gold Coast Airport to Gold Coast Hotels

Duration1 Hour

Mantra Legends Surfers Paradise

Mantra Legends Surfers Paradise is situated in the heart of Surfers Paradise, the ultimate Gold Coast location. This newly refurbished hotel provides premium holiday accommodation 100m from the pristine beach making it the ideal base for families, couples or business travelers to the Coast. Premium shopping outlets and fine dining restaurants are just a short walk down the bustling city street and Surfers Paradise's famous nightlife scene is a mere five minute walk. The studio have fresh surrounds and kitchenette facilities including microwave, two cooker stove top, dishwasher and mini bar fridge. All rooms feature a private balcony with ocean, city skyline or canal/river views and feature; air-conditioning, cable TV, hair dryer, tea & coffee making facilities, microwave, toaster, ironing facilities and wireless internet.

Meal Plan Room Only + Daily Service
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Mantra Legends Surfers Paradise

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    Mantra Legends Surfers Paradise



    Mantra Legends Surfers Paradise is situated in the heart of Surfers Paradise, the ultimate Gold Coast location. This newly refurbished hotel provides premium holiday accommodation 100m from the pristine beach making it the ideal base for families, couples or business travelers to the Coast. Premium …

    Mantra Legends Surfers Paradise is situated in the heart of Surfers Paradise, the ultimate Gold Coast location. This newly refurbished hotel provides premium holiday accommodation 100m from the pristine beach making it the ideal base for families, couples or business travelers to the Coast. Premium shopping outlets and fine dining restaurants are just a short walk down the bustling city street and Surfers Paradise's famous nightlife scene is a mere five minute walk. The studio have fresh surrounds and kitchenette facilities including microwave, two cooker stove top, dishwasher and mini bar fridge. All rooms feature a private balcony with ocean, city skyline or canal/river views and feature; air-conditioning, cable TV, hair dryer, tea & coffee making facilities, microwave, toaster, ironing facilities and wireless internet.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna

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Day 2

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 3

Gold Coast City Hotels to Holt Street Wharf

Duration3 Hours

Holt Street Wharf to Tangalooma Island Resort

Duration75 Minutes

Tangalooma Island Resort

Tangalooma Island Resort is located on Moreton Island and is surrounded by crystal clear water and set amongst the beauty of Queensland's Moreton Bay. The resort is a perfect destination for guests seeking a unique adventure, educational or nature based experience. The star attraction at the resort is the unique activity of hand feeding a pod of wild bottlenose dolphins. There are five beach front accommodation styles, each set amidst luscious landscaped gardens and natural bush land.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Tangalooma Island Resort

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    Tangalooma Island Resort



    Tangalooma Island Resort is located on Moreton Island and is surrounded by crystal clear water and set amongst the beauty of Queensland's Moreton Bay. The resort is a perfect destination for guests seeking a unique adventure, educational or nature based experience. The star attraction at …

    Tangalooma Island Resort is located on Moreton Island and is surrounded by crystal clear water and set amongst the beauty of Queensland's Moreton Bay. The resort is a perfect destination for guests seeking a unique adventure, educational or nature based experience. The star attraction at the resort is the unique activity of hand feeding a pod of wild bottlenose dolphins. There are five beach front accommodation styles, each set amidst luscious landscaped gardens and natural bush land.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 4

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 5

Tangalooma Island Resort to Holt Street Wharf

Duration75 Minutes

Holt Street Wharf to Brisbane Hotel

Duration45 Minutes

Adina Apartment Hotel Anzac Square

Ideally located in Anzac Square building, the Adina Apartment Hotel Anzac Square offers the best of 'old world charm' and modern facilities. It is simply a great location from which to access various nearby landmarks. The hotel provides 130 hotel rooms, as well as 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. It is across the street from the Central Railway Station and is minutes away from the Queen St. Mall and the Treasury Casino.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration2 Nights
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Adina Apartment Hotel Anzac Square

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    Adina Apartment Hotel Anzac Square



    Ideally located in Anzac Square building, the Adina Apartment Hotel Anzac Square offers the best of 'old world charm' and modern facilities. It is simply a great location from which to access various nearby landmarks. The hotel provides 130 hotel rooms, as well as 1 …

    Ideally located in Anzac Square building, the Adina Apartment Hotel Anzac Square offers the best of 'old world charm' and modern facilities. It is simply a great location from which to access various nearby landmarks. The hotel provides 130 hotel rooms, as well as 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. It is across the street from the Central Railway Station and is minutes away from the Queen St. Mall and the Treasury Casino.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Library
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 6

Brisbane City and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Your knowledgeable guide picks you up from your accommodation and heads straight to Mt Coot-tha for stunning views over Brisbane's downtown, across the suburbs and out to the islands. On the way you pass through the beautiful tree-lined inner suburbs with lovely heritage 'Queenslander' homes discussing the region's rich history from English prison to modern metropolis.

Learn about Australia's native fauna and flora on a guided tour through the world's first and largest koala sanctuary, with over 130 koalas at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, one of the "Top 10 Zoos in the World" (AOL). The sanctuary has a large variety of other Aussie wildlife, all in beautiful, natural settings.

Highlights include a variety of birds-of-prey in the popular 'Free-Flight Show', hand-feeding and patting the soft, friendly kangaroos. Popular options include hand-feeding the cheeky, vividly colored rainbow lorikeets and the sheep-dog show as these intelligent animals demonstrate their crowd control skills.

You may even pat or hold one of the beautiful, scaly, 'friendly' snakes in the snake show! A photograph holding an iconic koala is a popular optional extra. Some of the many other animals include crocodiles, Tasmanian devils, eastern water dragons, platypus and wombats.

Enjoy a superb lunch at a venue of your choice from over 50 great restaurants and cafes at the city's Southbank, many with lovely views over the river. After lunch enjoy a walk along the river with lovely views of Brisbane's downtown across the river. Southbank's other attractions include the very popular and unique 'City Beach', surrounding parklands, markets and 60-metre tall 'Wheel of Brisbane' (giant ferris wheel). Brisbane's world-class art galleries and museums are also on offer.

High on the Kangaroo Cliffs enjoy lovely views over the downtown and Botanical Gardens. Watch out for rock climbers at this popular lookout. Cross Brisbane's beautiful Story Bridge and for those who love walking can stroll through the city and botanic gardens with unique 'mangrove walk'.

Duration8 Hours
Day 7

Brisbane Cruise Terminal to Sunshine Coast Hotel (Peregian Beach to Noosa)

Duration2 Hours

Seahaven Noosa Resort

Experience the ultimate beach holiday at Seahaven Noosa Resort, located with direct access to Noosa Main Beach and the world famous Hastings Street with renowned restaurants, cafes and boutique shopping. You can enjoy the very best of Noosa right at your front door.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration2 Nights
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Seahaven Noosa Resort

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    Experience the ultimate beach holiday at Seahaven Noosa Resort, located with direct access to Noosa Main Beach and the world famous Hastings Street with renowned restaurants, cafes and boutique shopping. You can enjoy the very best of Noosa right at your front door.

    Experience the ultimate beach holiday at Seahaven Noosa Resort, located with direct access to Noosa Main Beach and the world famous Hastings Street with renowned restaurants, cafes and boutique shopping. You can enjoy the very best of Noosa right at your front door.

    Facilities

    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 8

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 9

Sunshine Coast Hotel (Peregian beach to Noosa) to Brisbane Airport

Duration2 Hours

Cairns Domestic Airport to Port Douglas

Duration1 Hour

The Meridian at Port Douglas

Meridian Port Douglas is a contemporary boutique resort that offers 33 luxury 4 star apartments in a selection of self catering Studios and One Bedroom Apartments. Meridian is ideal for couples requiring a peaceful and relaxing getaway and is suitable only for mature guests over 16 years of age.

The resorts central feature is the heated lagoon style pool with a sundeck, large BBQ area all set amongst lush tropical gardens. Meridian is a true haven for adults only looking for an escape, in the heart of vibrant Port Douglas. Rooms are not serviced daily (daily housekeeping for an additional fee is available).

Meal Plan Room Only - Weekly Service
Duration3 Nights
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The Meridian at Port Douglas

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    The Meridian at Port Douglas



    Meridian Port Douglas is a contemporary boutique resort that offers 33 luxury 4 star apartments in a selection of self catering Studios and One Bedroom Apartments. Meridian is ideal for couples requiring a peaceful and relaxing getaway and is suitable only for mature guests over …

    Meridian Port Douglas is a contemporary boutique resort that offers 33 luxury 4 star apartments in a selection of self catering Studios and One Bedroom Apartments. Meridian is ideal for couples requiring a peaceful and relaxing getaway and is suitable only for mature guests over 16 years of age.

    The resorts central feature is the heated lagoon style pool with a sundeck, large BBQ area all set amongst lush tropical gardens. Meridian is a true haven for adults only looking for an escape, in the heart of vibrant Port Douglas. Rooms are not serviced daily (daily housekeeping for an additional fee is available).

    Facilities

    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 10

Quicksilver Cruises Outer Barrier Reef Cruise ex Wharf

For an experience of a lifetime, Quicksilver's wave-piercing catamarans and friendly crew will take you to a reef at the very edge of Australia's Continental Shelf, to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance.

Agincourt Reef is a magnificent ribbon reef, where you can experience firsthand the magic that is the Great Barrier Reef. Choose to dive, snorkel, or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-sub, only one-metre underwater. Watch the fish feeding from a unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory, or fly in a helicopter over the reef (at an extra cost). Whichever way you choose; you'll bring home a lifetime of memories from this living natural wonder.

Duration7 Hours
Day 11

Cape Tribulation Daintree ex Port Douglas

Your naturalist guide will meet you at your accommodation and after introductions all round we then drive north along the scenic route via Mossman to Cape Tribulation.

Lush farmland contrasts with seascape as we approach the majestic Daintree River. Time for a short morning tea break then its 'all aboard' for an informative river cruise. Relax and enjoy the splendour only the Daintree can offer as you learn of Estuarine Crocodiles, mangrove forests and wildlife, this is nature at its best!

We ascend the Alexandra Range and pause for a panoramic view of World Heritage Tropical Rainforest merging with the azure colours of the Coral Sea. Experience the rainforest intimately on our elevated National Park Boardwalk. Accurate interpretations of flora and fauna will be given with ample time for photographs and questions as we search for the elusive, rare and totally unique Southern Cassowary and other wildlife species within this habitat.

A delicious barbecue lunch with freshly prepared salads (dietary requirements catered for with prior notice) is served while you can hand feed Wallabies and enjoy a cold drink from the bar (own cost). Our tour does a little more, it takes you beyond Cape Tribulation along 7klms of the 4WD Bloomfield Track too pristine Emmagen Creek and time for a refreshing rainforest fresh water swim. Seek fish and turtles in the creek, butterflies and exotic birds in the trees and indulge in a taste testing of tropical fruit, a cup of traditional Billy Tea, and damper all of which enhance the tranquil surroundings.

At Cape Tribulation Beach, there is a little time to stroll along the beach and boardwalk to the photographers' platform overlooking the mountains and coast where the 'Rainforest meets the Reef. (There is no swimming at Cape Tribulation Beach due to dangerous Hazards)

After a short afternoon refreshment stop at the Daintree Ice-creamery (own cost), we cross the Daintree River by cable ferry and begin our homeward journey somewhat wiser for our 'Total Rainforest Experience'.

Duration8 Hours
Day 12

Port Douglas to Cairns Domestic Airport

Duration1 Hour

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival coach transfer from Gold Coast Airport to Gold Coast accommodation
  • Accommodation at the Mantra Legends Gold Coast for 2 nights
  • Transfer from Mantra Legends to Tangalooma Island Resort (Coach and Ferry)
  • Accommodation at Tangalooma Island Resort for 2 nights
  • Sunset Wild Dolphin Feeding at Tangalooma
  • Transfer from Tangalooma Island Resort to Brisbane Hotel (Ferry & Coach)
  • Accommodation for 2 nights at the Grand Chancellor Brisbane
  • Shared Brisbane City and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary daytour
  • Transfer from Brisbane to Noosa
  • Accommodation at Seahaven Noosa for 2 nights
  • Departure transfer Sunshine Coast to Brisbane
  • Arrival coach transfer from Cairns to Port Douglas
  • Accommodation at Le Meridien Port Douglas for 3 nights
  • Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest Day Tour
  • Quicksilver Outer Great Barrier Reef Tour
  • Departure transfer from Port Douglas to Cairns

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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