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Reef, Islands & Coast: The Gold Coast to Cairns

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,700

Venture by luxury coach from The Gold Coast to Cairns visiting famed sights from the Gold Coast to Hervey Bay, Rockhampton to Daydream Island and Mission Beach to the iconic Great Barrier Reef.


Experience Australia’s beautiful East Coast in style on this 9 day, fully escorted tour, departing either Sydney or Brisbane, bound for tropical Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.

Set off along the picturesque New South Wales coast bound for Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay. This is the eastern tip of Australia, and lures visitors with its spectacular coastal views and famously laid back, alternative lifestyle. Cross the border into Queensland and discover the Gold Coast, where breathtaking beaches, world class theme parks and a wealth of dining, shopping and entertainment options combine to create one of Australia’s favourite holiday spots.

Our 9 day guests join us in Brisbane for the trip to Noosa. There is free time here for a beach swim, a trek through pristine national park, or a boat ride through the Noosa Everglades. Further north, Fraser Island’s traditional Aboriginal owners called it K’gari, meaning paradise. A guided 4WD Safari will take you to see many of the island’s shipwrecks, lush forest areas and famous coloured sands.

Spend a full day at leisure exploring Daydream Island, part of Queensland’s famous Whitsundays, where you’ll have access to forest walks, snorkeling on the reef and Daydream Rejuvenation Spa. Back on the mainland, it’s on to Mission Beach and Billabong Sanctuary for the chance to interact with some of Australia’s native animals, including koalas, wombats and (from a safe distance) saltwater crocodiles.

Cairns is your gateway to tropical north Queensland, and a perfect base for exploring Atherton Tablelands. Wander World Heritage rainforest at tree-top level on the Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway. See Millaa Millaa Falls and Curtain Fig Tree, then enjoy a barbecue dinner at a private, Federation-style mansion. A high speed catamaran ride takes you to the Great Barrier Reef, home to over 1200 species of fish and 500 species of coral. See them through the windows of a semi-submersible craft, or go snorkeling for a closer look.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,700

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Day 1

Gold Coast - K'gari (Fraser Island)

This morning visit Australia Zoo made famous by the Crocodile Hunter, the late Steve Irwin and his family. Enjoy a sneak peek into the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and see how AAT Kings works with the Wildlife Warriors to support the koala rehabilitation project at the hospital, the country's largest and busiest wildlife facility. This afternoon the ferry will take you across to the World Heritage listed K'gari, also known as Fraser Island.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Kingfisher Bay Resort Fraser Island

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    Kingfisher Bay Resort Fraser Island



    Queensland's Fraser Island offers up an ever-changing dune scape as the worlds largest sand island. This World Heritage-listed national park, which sits within the Great Sandy Biosphere and adjoins the Great Sandy Marine Park, offers a unique blend of action and adventure versus relaxation and …

    Queensland's Fraser Island offers up an ever-changing dune scape as the worlds largest sand island. This World Heritage-listed national park, which sits within the Great Sandy Biosphere and adjoins the Great Sandy Marine Park, offers a unique blend of action and adventure versus relaxation and total immersion in nature. The natural diversity of this island paradise - sub-tropical rainforest, stunning dune lakes, arid dunes, fresh-water creeks and the seaside - makes it a must-see on any Australian east coast itinerary.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Fishing Facilities
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

K'gari (Fraser Island)

A day of discovery lies ahead as your 4WD tour takes you for a ride around the island's must-see sites. Visit Lake McKenzie, ringed with magnificent white sandy beaches. Walk through the ancient rainforest at Central Station and Wanggoolba Creek with its huge satiny, scribbly gum and kauri trees. Across the island to 75 Mile Beach, the sand highway will take you up the eastern coast to the Pinnacles Coloured Sands; cooling, calm waters of Eli Creek and the famous sinking Maheno Shipwreck.

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Day 3

K'gari (Fraser Island) - Rockhampton

Visit 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 in the company of the pet kangaroo! 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Quality Hotel Regent Rockhampton

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    Quality Hotel Regent Rockhampton



    The Quality Hotel Regent Rockhampton is located in the downtown area of Rockhampton and is a lovely heritage building converted to a hotel. Facilities include a restaurant and free WIFI internet. The hotel offers 49 rooms is situated within walking distance to shops, businesses, restaurants …

    The Quality Hotel Regent Rockhampton is located in the downtown area of Rockhampton and is a lovely heritage building converted to a hotel. Facilities include a restaurant and free WIFI internet. The hotel offers 49 rooms is situated within walking distance to shops, businesses, restaurants and the Rockhampton waterfront with the airport and railway station only minutes drive away.

    Facilities

    • Cafe
    • Computer Station
    • Elevator
    • Free Newspapers in Lobby
    • Guest Laundry
    • No Smoking Hotel
    • Outdoor Parking
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Picnic Area

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Day 4

Rockhampton - Hamilton Island

Travel north to Sarina today for a guided tour of its unique miniature sugar mill and distillery. At Airlie Beach you'll catch the ferry to Hamilton Island, one of 74 tropical islands that make up the Whitsunday group in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. The spectacular island boasts pristine beaches and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
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Hamilton Island Reef View Hotel

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    Hamilton Island Reef View Hotel



    The 4-Star Reef View Hotel features extremely spacious, well-appointed rooms, offering the perfect getaway for couples, families or groups of friends. All rooms feature a private balcony overlooking either landscaped gardens or the breathtaking vista of the Coral Sea. The hotel has its own swimming …

    The 4-Star Reef View Hotel features extremely spacious, well-appointed rooms, offering the perfect getaway for couples, families or groups of friends. All rooms feature a private balcony overlooking either landscaped gardens or the breathtaking vista of the Coral Sea. The hotel has its own swimming pool, lounge, restaurant, concierge and tour desk, complimentary guest access to the Hamilton Island Sports Club and use of non-motorised watersports

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 5

Hamilton Island Free Time

Today is yours to indulge in your own pleasures - consider an optional experience. Perhaps cruise to famous Whitehaven Beach, take a scenic flight over the iconic Heart Reef or sit back with a good book by one of the resort's stunning pools.

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Day 6

Hamilton Island - Mission Beach

Take the ferry back to the mainland this morning, from where you'll head north to the seaside town of Mission Beach. Nestled between World Heritage rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, your accommodation offers superb views over the Coral Sea.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Castaways Resort and Spa Mission Beach

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    Castaways Resort and Spa Mission Beach



    Castaways Mission Beach accommodation is an ultimate beachfront escape in the tropics. Idyllically bound by the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest, the resort is the perfect destination for couples, families or groups of friends. Positioned absolute beachfront with direct access to …

    Castaways Mission Beach accommodation is an ultimate beachfront escape in the tropics. Idyllically bound by the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest, the resort is the perfect destination for couples, families or groups of friends. Positioned absolute beachfront with direct access to the 14 km long beautiful, white sandy beach, guests have found their own tropical little paradise right here!

    Castaways Resort and Spa offers a wide range of accommodation, with 47 luxury Beachfront rooms and self-contained apartments, a private Beachside Villa, 18 lush Rainforest rooms and a Luxury 3 Bedroom Apartment spread over three centrally-located properties.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 7

Mission Beach - Cairns

Today's journey takes you to the Atherton Tablelands, with its lush rainforests, spectacular waterfalls and peaceful lakes. Visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the heritage listed 500-yearold Curtain Fig Tree, and keep an eye out for the magnificent Ulysses butterfly. Spend some free time in Kuranda, the 'village in the rainforest', before travelling on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Your six-person gondola will provide spectacular views of the rainforest and the Coral Sea.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Pacific Hotel Cairns

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    Pacific Hotel Cairns



    The Pacific Hotel Cairns boasts a magnificent location, personalised service and award winning hospitality. Contemporary, and with a tropical ambiance, befitting a bygone era, an era when great service and friendly hospitality were the rule rather than the exception. Spacious rooms all offer balconies. Enjoy …

    The Pacific Hotel Cairns boasts a magnificent location, personalised service and award winning hospitality. Contemporary, and with a tropical ambiance, befitting a bygone era, an era when great service and friendly hospitality were the rule rather than the exception. Spacious rooms all offer balconies. Enjoy the onsite restaurant and bar, outdoor pool and complimentary WIFI throughout the hotel.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 8

Great Barrier Reef

Board a high-speed catamaran today and cruise out to the iconic Great Barrier Reef, the only living organism that can be seen from the moon. You'll have the opportunity to go snorkeling (equipment provided) or view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and glass bottom boat. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on board, before you return in the late afternoon for a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Farewell from Cairns

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

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DEPARTURES:

From The Gold Coast
2020: Sep 23; Oct 21; Nov 18 Dec 16
2021: Apr 8; Jun 10; Jul 15; Sep 16; Oct 14; Nov 11; Dec 9

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • Tour by luxury air conditioned coach with 2 door access, restroom, seatbelts, reclining seats, panoramic windows
  • Professionally Escorted Tour with an experienced, professional Tour Director and Tour Driver
  • Welcome drink
  • Sightseeing as outlined.
  • All purpose travel wallet and map
  • Hotel porterage included
  • 9 Breakfast, 3 Lunch and 2 Dinner

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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