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Reef, Islands & Coast (13 Days from Sydney to Cairns): Best Buy Escorted Vacation

Duration
13 Days
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US$ 4,050

Enjoy Australia’s tropical rainforests, white sandy beaches, island resorts and famous sunshine as you travel by luxury coach from Sydney to Cairns on the “Reef, Islands and Coast” tour.


Experience Australia’s beautiful East Coast in style on this 11 or 13 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 11 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
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,050

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Day 1

Sydney to Port Macquarie

Welcome to Sydney! Travel to the Hunter Valley for an exclusive wine tasting and get to know your fellow travellers over a delicious lunch at a local winery. After lunch continue north to picturesque seaside Port Macquarie.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Waters Edge Port Macquarie

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    Waters Edge Port Macquarie



    Perfectly located on the banks of the beautiful Hastings River, Waters Edge Port Macquarie offers quality Port Macquarie accommodation. Waters Edge is one of the few waterfront accommodation locations in Port Macquarie and the only venue that is centrally located between Settlement City and Port ...

    Perfectly located on the banks of the beautiful Hastings River, Waters Edge Port Macquarie offers quality Port Macquarie accommodation. Waters Edge is one of the few waterfront accommodation locations in Port Macquarie and the only venue that is centrally located between Settlement City and Port Central Shopping Centres.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa

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Day 2

Port Macquarie to Gold Coast

Journey to Cape Byron Lighthouse and enjoy superb views from Australia's eastern-most point over the Pacific Ocean. At the right time of year you may be lucky enough to spot migrating whales frolicking off the coast. For lunch we recommend fresh fish and chips on the beach at Byron Bay, there's nothing more Australian! Continue to the famous holiday destination, the Gold Coast where you'll stay for the next two nights.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Novotel Surfers Paradise

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    Novotel Surfers Paradise



    Novotel Surfers Paradise is situated in the heart of Surfers Paradise surrounded by pristine beaches, iconic theme parks and an energetic nightlife. Famous for its sun, surf and sand, the beautiful Surfers Paradise is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Australia. Surfers Paradise ...

    Novotel Surfers Paradise is situated in the heart of Surfers Paradise surrounded by pristine beaches, iconic theme parks and an energetic nightlife.

    Famous for its sun, surf and sand, the beautiful Surfers Paradise is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Australia. Surfers Paradise is the jewel of the Gold Coast and offers a sub-tropical climate and a friendly, fun, vibrant atmosphere. Gold Coast City provides great public transport with Bus, Train, Ferries and Water Taxis.

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Day 3

Gold Coast Free Time

Today is yours to do as you choose. You may like to take an optional experience to the stunning Gold Coast Hinterland to discover the rainforest and the picturesque village of Mt Tamborine or just take the opportunity to relax and unwind with a stroll along famous Surfers Paradise beach.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Day 4

Gold Coast to Noosa

After a short orientation tour of Brisbane, visit Australia Zoo made famous by the Crocodile Hunter, the late Steve Irwin and his family. Enjoy a sneak peek in to 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. Catch one of the many shows and wander through the zoo's fascinating grounds. Later travel to the resort town of Noosa for a relaxing stay. This evening join your fellow travellers for dinner at Noosa Surf Lifesaving Club with views over the beach.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Sebel Noosa

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    Sebel Noosa



    The elegant Sebel Noosa, set in the heart of cosmopolitan Hastings Street, offers location and luxury with an opportunity to enjoy the best Noosa accommodation and Noosa Holidays. Surrounded by world-class restaurants, hotels and up-market fashion boutiques, the Sebel Noosa is less than a minute's ...

    The elegant Sebel Noosa, set in the heart of cosmopolitan Hastings Street, offers location and luxury with an opportunity to enjoy the best Noosa accommodation and Noosa Holidays. Surrounded by world-class restaurants, hotels and up-market fashion boutiques, the Sebel Noosa is less than a minute's walk from Noosa's famed main beach and the beautiful Noosa River.

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    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Library
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)

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Day 5

Noosa Free Time

Take time out to discover Noosa for yourself. Swim at Noosa Main Beach or venture a little further with an easy, spectacular walk along the headland through to Noosa National Park. If you're feelingadventurous, you may like to hire a stand-up paddle board or even take a boat ride through the incredible Noosa Everglades, one of Australia's most beautiful wilderness areas. You'll love the dark waterways and myriad of wildlife along the Noosa River- it's truly spectacular! This evening choose one of the town's eateries and dine on inspiring local delights

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Day 6

Noosa - Fraser Island

A day of discovery lies ahead as you cross by ferry to explore the wonders of World Heritage listed Fraser Island. Your 4WD tour takes you to the coloured sands of Rainbow Beach (tidal) and beyond. Visit Lake McKenzie, ringed with magnificent white sandy beaches. Walk through the ancient rainforest at Central Station with its huge satiny, scribbly gum and kauri trees and enjoy a delicious lunch before arriving in Hervey Bay.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
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Mantra Hervey Bay

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    Mantra Hervey Bay



    There are many reasons to stay and play at Mantra Hervey Bay, overlooking the famous calm waters where migrating humpback whales frolic with their newborns. Guests love it here during whale watching season, plus there are plenty of year-round activities for both young and old. ...

    There are many reasons to stay and play at Mantra Hervey Bay, overlooking the famous calm waters where migrating humpback whales frolic with their newborns. Guests love it here during whale watching season, plus there are plenty of year-round activities for both young and old. From fishing, diving and 4WD tours to day trips to Fraser Island or Lady Elliott Island, Mantra Hervey Bay makes a perfect base for sightseeing. The resort is also a great place to unwind, with an outdoor heated lagoon pool, children's pool and absolute waterfront access to the Urangan Marina. Fantastic dining and shopping options are just a short walk away.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Medical Services
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Spa

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Day 7

Hervey Bay to Rockhampton

Stop at Langmorn Station, a fully operational cattle station. A member of the Creed family will treat you to a guided tour of the property including their 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.

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Duration1 Night
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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 8

Rockhampton to Hamilton Island

Travel North to the sugar town of Sarina for a guided tour through a miniature sugar mill and lunch! On your tour you'll get a peak in to 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 past Mackay to Airlie Beach to catch a ferry to Hamilton Island one of 74 tropical islands that make up the Whitsundays. You'll be surrounded by pristine beaches, and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life.

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

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    Hamilton Island Reef View Hotel



    The 386 room Hamilton Island Reef View Hotel is a wonderful destination for families, groups, couples and singles. It is a perfect place for those seeking an escape from the mainland life. Guests can enjoy a refreshing swim in the private outdoor lap pool along ...

    The 386 room Hamilton Island Reef View Hotel is a wonderful destination for families, groups, couples and singles. It is a perfect place for those seeking an escape from the mainland life. Guests can enjoy a refreshing swim in the private outdoor lap pool along with full use of Hamilton Island's 6 other swimming pools, tennis and squash courts, water-sports, fully equipped gymnasium and much more.

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    • 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 9

Hamilton Island

Take a cruise to explore famous Whitehaven Beach, voted Australia's best! Feel the sand between your toes and if you're up to it, take a walk to a lookout for views over the beautiful waters and islands of the Coral Sea. This afternoon you're free to enjoy paradise.

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Day 10

Hamilton Island to Mission Beach

This morning you'll board a ferry back to mainland and continue north along the Bruce Highway to Townsville for a stop at lunchtime when you'll have the opportunity to take a stroll along the Strand with views to Magnetic Island. Your destination for the night is Mission Beach where you'll stay with views over the ocean.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Castaways on Mission Beach

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    Castaways on Mission Beach



    Castaways on Mission Beach is your ultimate beachfront escape in the tropics. Idyllically bound by the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Rainforest, the resort is the perfect destination for couples, families or groups of friends. Resort features include a restaurant and cocktail bar, day ...

    Castaways on Mission Beach is your ultimate beachfront escape in the tropics. Idyllically bound by the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Rainforest, the resort is the perfect destination for couples, families or groups of friends. Resort features include a restaurant and cocktail bar, day spa and a beautiful swimming pool with ocean views. With direct access to a 14 km long white sandy beach, Castaways on Mission Beach is your perfect choice!

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    • 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 11

Mission Beach to Cairns

This morning there will be time to take a walk along the shore and feel the golden sand between your toes before you depart Mission Beach. Today you'll travel through the high tropical plateau known as the Atherton Tablelands, where lush rainforests, waterfalls and lakes abound. Visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the famous Curtain Fig Tree. Keep an eye out for the spectacular Ulysses Butterfly while you're there. Continue to Kuranda where you'll stop around lunch time. Enjoy some free time to explore the village in the rainforest. You may like to journey to Cairns on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

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Duration2 Nights
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Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

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    Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort



    Located in the city centre, the 314 room Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort is just 5 minutes walking distance to Reef Fleet Terminal and the popular Night Markets. The resort is set in two hectares of tropical, landscaped grounds featuring a large free-form lagoon pool and ...

    Located in the city centre, the 314 room Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort is just 5 minutes walking distance to Reef Fleet Terminal and the popular Night Markets. The resort is set in two hectares of tropical, landscaped grounds featuring a large free-form lagoon pool and cabana. Each guest room has a balcony overlooking the gardens or across the city.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Swim-up Bar

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Day 12

The Great Barrier Reef

Board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. The world heritage listed reef is the only living organism you can see from the moon. Imagine that! You'll have the opportunity to go snorkelling and view this natural living wonder up- close (equipment provided) and view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and the semi- submersible craft. Enjoy a delicious tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns in the late afternoon. This evening join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant where you'll get the opportunity to taste traditional Australian bush flavours.

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Day 13

Farewell from Cairns

Your wonderful holiday concludes after breakfast when you bid farewell to your new found friends.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Feb 07; Mar 7; Apr 3; May 1, 29; Jun 26; Jul 24; Aug 21; Sep 18; Oct 16; Nov 13; Dec 11.

2018: Jan 08; Feb 05; Mar 05; Apr 02, 30; May 28; Jun 05; Jul 23; Aug 20; Sep 17; Oct 15; Nov 12; Dec 10.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 12 nights' accommodation
  • Tour by luxury air conditioned coach
  • Experienced, professional Tour Director and Tour Driver
  • Welcome drink
  • All purpose travel wallet and map
  • Airport transfers
  • Hotel porterage included
  • Touring as outlined in itinerary

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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