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Sydney: East Coast, Islands and Rainforest: Guided Vacation

12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,305

MODERATE | ESCORTED COACH TOUR: Embark on a 12-day group coach tour with an experienced travel director and driver. Make your way from Sydney to Coffs Harbour, Surfer’s Paradise, the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island, Rockhampton, Airlie Beach, the Whitsunday Islands, and Cairns. Discover the countless beaches, waterfalls, rainforests, islands, and local wildlife that make Australia’s East Coast a must-visit destination.

Discover the natural wonders of Australia’s beautiful east coast on this 12-day group coach vacation. Make your way from Sydney to Coffs Harbour and relax at some of the most impressive beaches in New South Wales before travelling to the Gold Coast. Admire the dolphins and whales swimming in the Pacific Ocean from the top of the Cape Byron Lighthouse.

Continue north to the aptly named Surfer’s Paradise and surf at one of the many local beaches before indulging in the many surrounding cafes and restaurants. Travel through Hervey Bay to Fraser Island and marvel at the whales accompanying your ferry ride to the largest sand island in the world. Embark on a 4WD tour along the 75 Mile Beach and visit the Pinnacles dunes, Eli Lake, and the SS Maheno shipwreck, resting on the shore since 1935. Visit the beautiful blue McKenzie Lake and Wangggoolba Creek before returning to the mainland.

The Creed family at Langmorn Station, a 150-year-old cattle farm and standing homestead, will welcome you as they share stories of their historic cattle property. Enjoy a dinner in Rockhampton, Australia’s beef capital, before departing to Sarina, Australia’s sugar capital. Enjoy a tranquil two-night stay in Airlie Beach before choosing between a morning helicopter tour of the Whitsunday Islands and Heart Reef or a catamaran ride to the squeaky sands at Whitehaven Beach.

Finish your East Coast Australia vacation with a three-night stay in Cairns. Travel to the tropical Atherton Tablelands and visit the heritage-listed Curtain Fig Tree and Millaa Millaa Falls. Shop for Aboriginal artifacts, leather goods, and jewelry at the Kuranda Markets before riding the Skyrail Cableway over the canopy of Barron Gorge National Park. Immerse yourself in the Great Barrier Reef’s rich colours and wildlife from a speedy catamaran tour, a snorkelling tour among sea turtles, coral, and incredible fish, or from an underwater observatory and glass-bottom boat to cap off your trip to Australia.


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12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,305

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Day 1

Sydney - Coffs Harbour

As much as you’ll want to linger in Australia’s largest city, this tour from Sydney begins on a high – Coffs Harbour is calling. On the mid-North Coast of New South Wales, this pocket of paradise has some of the state’s most impressive beaches, not to mention the glorious national parkland that surrounds. Follow the breeze (and lead of locals) to the beach for a dazzling end of day, before meeting your fellow adventure-seekers and Travel Director over dinner. 


AccommodationBreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 2

Coffs Harbour - Gold Coast

Fittingly, your east coast Australia tour takes you to the country’s most easterly point. It’s the stuff that postcards were made for, as you’ll discover when you reach the Cape Byron Lighthouse, standing proud over the Pacific Ocean. Dolphins are a common sight year round, and they’re joined by whales during migration. For lunch, we can point you in the direction of a tasty Byron Bay fish-and-chip shop – order a haul to eat with your feet in the sand. Which you’re going to see plenty of at your next destination.


AccommodationNovotel Surfers Paradise

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Day 3

Gold Coast

Your base in Surfers Paradise is the heart of the Gold Coast, a city that really does sparkle. Today you might choose to explore beaches (there are too many to count), lingering in light-filled cafés and restaurants. Or enlist in a Gold Coast tour to see another side of the ‘Goldie’ in the Mt. Tamborine hinterland – a hub for creatives and foodies. The city also breaks records for its extensive network of canals, which you might opt to explore on a leisurely cruise.  

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Gold Coast - K'gari (Fraser Island)

Follow the waves north to Hervey Bay, the gateway to World Heritage-Listed K’gari (Fraser Island). The ferry ride across the strait is a highlight, particularly during whale migration when these gentle giants come to the calm, protected waters to calve. Landing on K’gari, expect to see a lot of sand. This is, after all, the world’s largest sand island, and the only place in the world where rainforest grows from the sand.  


Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights

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.


    • 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 5

K'gari (Fraser Island)

The island also has a really long sand highway, which you’ll get to zip along on a 4WD Fraser Island tour across 75 Mile Beach, all the way up the east coast to the Pinnacles Coloured Sands, calm Eli Creek and the Maheno shipwreck, which offers quite the photo op. Just when you thought the island couldn’t get any prettier, Lake McKenzie appears on the horizon, this dazzling patch of blue formed only with rainwater. It’s a hard act to follow, but the ancient rainforest at Central Station and Wanggoolba Creek lives up to the challenge with its huge satiny, scribbly gum and kauri trees.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 6

K'gari (Fraser Island) - Rockhampton

Back on the mainland you’re in Queensland’s cattle country. Case in point Langmorn Station, where the Creed family will welcome you with afternoon tea and a tour of the immense (and historic) cattle property – the original family homestead was built in 1873. The Creeds will regale you with stories about life on the land. The theme continues as you cross the Tropic of Capricorn to arrive in Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia. See if it deserves its title sampling some of the town’s restaurants. Ask us for tips.  


Accommodation: Quality Hotel Regent

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 7

Rockhampton - Airlie Beach

Another town with an impressive title is Sarina, Australia’s sugar capital. If you’ve ever wanted to know how sugar cane is processed and distilled, you’ll find the guided tour at the Sarina Sugar Shed a sweet addition to the itinerary. And yes, you get to sample the wares. Continue, on a high, along the east coast to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsundays. Life moves at a leisurely pace here. Fall into step and take things slow tonight.  


Accommodation: Mantra Club Croc

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
Day 8

The Whitsunday Islands Free Time

The Whitsunday Islands need little introduction, the 74 tropical drops of land a beguiling union of powdery beaches and rainforest, all ringed by the Coral Sea. There are endless ways to explore this part of the Great Barrier Reef on tour – today, we’re letting you choose. Perhaps rise early for an optional helicopter ride over Heart Reef. Or catch a catamaran to Whitehaven Beach, with sand so high in silica it squeaks underfoot. Decisions, decisions. 

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 9

Airlie Beach - Cairns

After all the excitement of yesterday, today it’s time to relax and enjoy the scenery – more sugar cane fields and rolling green paddocks, all framed by the ocean and rainforest-clad mountains. Stretch your legs en route to Cairns and soak up this steamy part of the state.


Accommodation: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Day 10


The Cairns Esplanade is a hive of activity in the morning, with active locals out before the humidity of the day sets in. Keep pace, before cooling off in the Atherton Tablelands, a high tropical plateau of rainforest, including the heritage-listed Curtain Tree. And waterfalls, like Millaa Millaa Falls, where enormous iridescent Ulysses butterflies like to dance. Explore Kuranda before getting some perspective on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, high above the canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park. 

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 11

The Great Barrier Reef

Just when you thought your outlook couldn’t get any better, your Cairns tour sees you zipping over the Great Barrier Reef on a high-speed catamaran. Snorkel with six of the world’s sea turtles bobbing over fans of coral, as well as so many fish you won’t know where to look. If you prefer to keep your head above water, the marine world can also be glimpsed from an underwater observatory and glass-bottom boat.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12

Farewell from Cairns

A ridiculous number of beaches, world-record breaking rainforest, dreamy islands and even dreamier ocean… it’s going to be hard to say goodbye to this east coast Australia tour. Not to mention your fellow travellers.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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2023: Oct 09; Nov 06; Dec 04
2024: Jan 08; Feb 05; Mar 04


  • 16 meals included (11 Full Buffet Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners including Welcome Dinner & Farewell Dinner)
  • Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver
  • Local Specialists (Guides) at:
  • K'gari (Fraser Island)
  • Langmorn Station
  • Sarina Sugar Shed
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites -- K'gari (Fraser Island), Great Barrier Reef & Wet Tropics of Queensland (Barron Gorge National Park, Skyrail)
  • Centrally located premium hotels
  • Cape Byron Lighthouse Permit & Crater Lake National Park entrance fees (Millaa Millaa Falls)
  • 10 included attractions/experiences
  • For a beach, island and water themed break mixed with regional Australian life
  • Great for those who enjoy watching the changing scenery of nature
  • Enjoy 6 different beach locations along the East Coast
  • It'll be hard to come by an Australian who hasn't spent a family holiday at Surfers Paradise. Discover why as you unwind on the sand and waves
  • Experience the nature and discovery of K'gari
  • Gain insight into Australian rural life with a visit to Langmorn cattle station hosted by the Creed Family
  • Discover the beauty of the Tropical North rainforest
  • Jump from the Rainforest to the Reef and swim amongst the marine life of the Great Barrier Reef


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  • Pre or Post Tour accommodation
  • Meals and Beverages not listed in itinerary
  • Optional Excursions/Tours


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.



4 Dec 2023
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