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Queensland Splendour

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Journey through Queensland to sample its diverse landscape and vibrant local life. Surf the beaches of the Sunshine Coast, hike the sand dunes of Fraser Island and dive into the wondrous ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef.


This 8-day tour takes you from the beaches of the Sunshine Coast north to the tropical rainforests around Port Douglas.

Begin your tour in Brisbane and head one hour north to the Sunshine Coast. The Sunshine Coast is one of the best places in Australia to take the local pulse. It comprises 50 kilometres of white-sand beaches and verdant hinterland. Catch a wave at the surf beaches of the Noosa Heads or take the local pulse in the region’s many pubs. Visit the Caloundra County & Farmers Market to sample the region’s produce and seafood or golf on world-class golf courses at Mount Coolum or Palmer Resort Coolum, the home of the PGA Championship in Australia. The Sunshine Coast is an ideal spot to while away the hours of a sunny afternoon on an Australian vacation.

North of the Sunshine Coast is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fraser Island. Part of Great Sandy National Park, Fraser Island is like a natural theme park for outdoor adventurers. Ride an ATV across the stretches of Seventy Five Mile Beach. Hike the massive sand dunes or snorkel the water searching for manta rays or dolphins. Take full advantage of the island’s exotic mix of landscapes.

After Fraser Island, head into the north of Queensland to Port Douglas via Cairns. Cairns might by the tourist centre of northern Queensland, but Port Douglas has it beat in terms of charm. A smart little resort town that attracts both backpackers and yacht tourists, Port Douglas is perfectly situated for exploring the surrounding reefs and rainforests that make northern Queensland so spectacular. Relax on Four Mile Beach or kitesurf in the waters off the port.

From Port Douglas, take a cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system. Snorkel beneath the waves for an up-close view of the reef’s amazing sea life. Afterwards, take an excursion to Daintree Rainforest. Cruise down the Daintree River and hike Alexandra Range for a panoramic view of the jungle. At Cape Tribulation, dip into the crystal clear streams of Emmagen Creek or stroll along the beach.

This tour through Queensland showcases the local rhythms and wondrous landscape of eastern Australia.


 

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Prices From:
US$ 1,099

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Day 1

Arrive Brisbane

On arrival in Brisbane today you will be met and transferred to your accommodation on the Sunshine Coast,  the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Oaks Oasis

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    Oaks Oasis



    Fully refurbished and perfectly positioned just a short walk from the sparkling waters of Golden Beach and now boasting a brand new onsite water play park, Oaks Oasis is an ideal Caloundra accommodation choice for families, couples and groups alike. The extensive range of accommodation ...

    Fully refurbished and perfectly positioned just a short walk from the sparkling waters of Golden Beach and now boasting a brand new onsite water play park, Oaks Oasis is an ideal Caloundra accommodation choice for families, couples and groups alike. The extensive range of accommodation options, including newly refurbished hotel, studio, one and two bedroom apartments, and two and three bedroom villas, are equipped with everything you needed to enjoy a Sunshine Coast holiday, such as reverse cycle air conditioning, cable TV, Wi-Fi internet access, large open plan living areas and with all hotel rooms have a kitchen or kitchenette.

    Facilities

    • Babysitting Service
    • Bar
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Disabled Facilities
    • Golf
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Spa/Jacuzzi
    • Swimming Pool
    • Tennis Court
    • Tour Desk

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Day 2

Day at Leisure on the Sunshine Coast

Day at leisure on the Sunshine Coast. Just one hour north of Brisbane in Queensland is the region known as the Sunshine Coast. An important tourist centre, it consists of a 50 kilometre/30 mile stretch of unbroken beaches and a diverse and scenic hinterland. The Sunshine Coast offers you the natural beauty of white sandy beaches plus attractive scenery including tropical rainforests.

Some of the attractions on the coast here are Steve Irwin’s Zoo (also known as the Australia Zoo), the Ginger Factory with its historic train rides and the Mooloolaba canals cruise through the waterways and rivers. One of the most important resorts is the stylish and popular Noosa on the coast known as the home of the Australian rich and famous. It offers everything a visitor could want with pristine beaches, lush background, great dining and many other activities.

In the hinterland one can visit the following national parks, Mapleton Falls with its rainforests, Kindalilla, a refuge for native animal life, Glass House Mountains with its volcanic peaks and Great Sandy located on Fraser Island just off the coast with its dramatic coloured cliffs, rocky headlands and many beautiful lakes.

Day 3

Fraser Island Excursion

Jump aboard a purpose-built 4WD "Warrior" and experience a great value tour of World Heritage Listed Fraser Island. Your experienced and knowledgeable guide will provide you with informative and fun commentary in air-conditioned comfort. First, over to Fraser Island to travel along the spectacular Seventy Five Mile Beach. Explore the natural beauty of this magnificent wilderness with a guided rainforest walk, then continue on through Pile Valley at your own pace. Next enjoy an authentic Aussie lunch followed by a refreshing swim in Lake McKenzie, topping off a perfect day of discovery on the World's largest sand island.

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Day 4

Fly to Tropical North Queensland

You will be transferred today back to the airport in Brisbane for your flight to Cairns (airfare not included), on arrival in Cairns you will be met and transferred to Port Douglas, this one hour transfer showcases some of the spectacular coastal scenery tropical North Queensland is famous for.  On arrival the remainder of the day is at leisure.

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The Meridian at Port Douglas

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    The Meridian at Port Douglas



    The Meridian at Port Douglas is located walking distance to the 3 icons of Port Douglas, 200 meters from 4 Mile Beach, 100 metres from Macrossan Street where you can find over 50 restaurants, shops and a supermarket, 400 meters to the Marina Mirage, where ...

    The Meridian at Port Douglas is located walking distance to the 3 icons of Port Douglas, 200 meters from 4 Mile Beach, 100 metres from Macrossan Street where you can find over 50 restaurants, shops and a supermarket, 400 meters to the Marina Mirage, where boats depart daily to the Great Barrier Reef.

    Facilities

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

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Day 5

Great Barrier Reef Cruise

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.

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Day 6

Day at leisure in Port Douglas

Located on beautiful Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas offers a “village by the sea” atmosphere.  Enjoy a day at leisure in this lovely little town, walk the streets, enjoy a relaxing meal and laze on the beach, there is a plethora of touring options also available to you.

Day 7

Cape Tribulation, Daintree Rainforest Excursion

our naturalist guide will meet you at your accommodation and, after introductions, you will drive north along the scenic route to Mossman. Lush farmland contrasts with seascape, as you approach the majestic Daintree River. There will be time for a short morning tea break then it's "all aboard" for an informative river cruise. Ascend the Alexandra Range and pause for a panoramic view of World Heritage-listed tropical rainforest merging with the azure colours of the Coral Sea. Experience the rainforest intimately on the elevated National Park Boardwalk. A delicious barbecue lunch with freshly prepared salads is served while you have the opportunity to hand feed a kangaroo and enjoy a cold drink from the bar. At Cape Tribulation Beach stroll along the beach or up to the photographers platform for a great photo opportunity. Continue north to Emmagen Creek where you have the chance to swim in a crystal clear freshwater stream. Enjoy Billy Tea and damper and tropical fruit tasting before commencing your homeward journey, somewhat wiser, after your "Total Rainforest Experience".

Day 8

Depart Port Douglas

You will be transferred today to Cairns airport to connect with your onward travel arrangements.

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DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

Date Land Only
1 - 13 Apr; 12 Nov - 7 Dec '17;
26 Jan - 29 Mar '18
$ 1,239
18 Apr - 13 May '17 $ 1,099
14 May - 22 Jun '17 $ 1,129
23 Jun - 15 Sep '17 $ 1,169
3 - 21 Oct '17 $ 1,319
22 Oct - 11 Nov '17 $ 1,279

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival coach transfer from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast
  • Accommodation at Oaks Oasis in Caloundra for 3 nights
  • Fraser Island Day Tour
  • Departure transfer Sunshine Coast to Brisbane
  • Arrival coach transfer from Cairns to Port Douglas
  • Accommodation at Le Meridien Port Douglas for 4 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, items of a personal nature and drinks. Limited seats, subject to availability

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share and are land only – airfares are not included.  Blackout dates apply – On the Sunshine Coast the  Oaks Oasis is not available : 14-17 Apr, 28 Apr - 1 May, 16 Sep - 8 Oct, 8 Dec - 25 Jan, additionally a surcharge will apply for any stays 18-19 Aug, 8 - 10 Sep.  If you travel dates fall over these periods we are happy to customise a vacation package using alternative hotels.

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