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Value East Coast Discovery: Gold Coast to Cairns

Duration
11 Days
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US$ 3,172

Travel Australia’s beautiful east coast and explore its tropical wildlife and landscape. Start at the surfers’ hub of the Gold Coast, then head north through the laidback Sunshine Coast and Rockhampton before reaching Cairns and the incredible natural wonder of the Great Barrier Reef.


This 11-day tour takes you from Australia’s Gold Coast up to tropical Cairns in the north of Queensland.

Your exploration of Australia’s picturesque coastline begins on the Gold Coast, just outside Brisbane. This gorgeous stretch of beach is known as Surfers Paradise, attracting surfers, backpackers, and any folks wanting to cut loose and party at the mega-clubs that line the coast. Head north to the Sunshine Coast to find a more laidback 50-kilometre stretch of beaches and tropical hinterland. Aside from the beaches, Australia Zoo is the most popular attraction here. Run by the family of the late Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, Australia Zoo educates visitors about animal conservation and the exotic wildlife of Australia. Watch a live crocodile feeding and get up close and personal with a wide variety of animals, from koalas to snakes.

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. Then hit up Rockhampton or “Rocky,” known as the beef capital of Australia as the surrounding 250 kilometres are home to more than 2.5 million cattle. This is the ideal spot to dine on a nice Australian porterhouse steak, but the city is also full of charming Victorian architecture and remnants of the 19th century copper mining boom.

North of Rockhampton you’ll find the Whitsundays, a charming collection of islands on the Great Barrier Reef. A stay on Daydream Island will allow you to explore this coastline and the popular resorts that define it. Then head up to Mission Beach, which brilliantly combines tropical rainforest with the exotic coastline of the Coral Sea.

Pass through the Atherton Tablelands on your way to the Kuranda Rainforest. Ride the Skyrail up the mountain for a bird’s eye view of the rainforest and take a “Dreamtime Walk” with the local Pamagirri people before entering Cairns. While Cairns is primarily the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, it also boasts an incredible tropical atmosphere. In the city, shop the promenade before taking a dip in the massive saltwater lagoon. After sampling the city, head out on a boat to explore the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system on the planet and home to over 1,500 species of fish. Snorkel or dive to explore the diverse sea life and spot everything from dolphins to jellyfish to sea turtles.

End your Australian vacation with a visit to Port Douglas to the north of Cairns. This smart resort town attracts both backpackers and yacht tourists, and is the perfect spot for a final exploration of reefs and rainforests on your Australian adventure.

This exploration of colourful Queensland will dazzle you with Australia’s tropical wonders.


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,172

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Day 1

Gold Coast

Arrive on the Gold Coast and transfer to the hotel.
The day is at your leisure to explore beautiful Surfers Paradise. Perhaps wander downtown or walk along the golden sands of Surfers Paradise Beach.

Duration1 Night
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Mantra on View Hotel

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    Mantra on View Hotel



    Located in the heart of Australia's most popular resort destination and just 500 metres from magnificent Surfers Paradise beach, the hotel offers spacious rooms and suites all with balconies with sweeping views of the city, beach and meandering river. The hotel features a gymnasium, spa ...

    Located in the heart of Australia's most popular resort destination and just 500 metres from magnificent Surfers Paradise beach, the hotel offers spacious rooms and suites all with balconies with sweeping views of the city, beach and meandering river. The hotel features a gymnasium, spa facilities, tour desk, business centre, tennis courts, spas, swimming pools, restaurant, bar, beauty salon, concierge and much more.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Day Spa
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Porter Service
    • Restaurant
    • Swimming Pool
    • Tennis Court
    • Tour Desk

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Day 2

Gold Coast, Australia Zoo, Noosa

Depart Surfers Paradise and head to the Sunshine Coast to visit Australia Zoo, made famous by the late Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin. Continue to Noosa for the night.

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Duration1 Night
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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 3

Noosa, Fraser Island

Spend some time this morning exploring Noosa before travelling north to beautiful World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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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.

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    • 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 4

Fraser Island

Today you’ll discover this beautiful island with a half-day guided tour. Then, with an afternoon at leisure, perhaps visit the historic wreck of the Maheno - a Trans-Tasman liner that was driven ashore during a cyclone in 1932. Alternatively, make the most of the island’s many walking tracks, or simply relax on a peaceful stretch of white sand with a good book.

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Day 5

Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, Rockhampton

This morning, enjoy a ferry crossing to picturesque Hervey Bay while keeping an eye out for marine-life. Rejoin your coach for the journey north, travelling through sugar cane country. Later, arrive in the inland city of Rockhampton, known as the beef capital of Australia, farming more than 2.5 million head of cattle within a 250-kilometre radius of the city. Wide streets and fine Victorian architecture reflect the region's wealthy 19th-century gold and copper mining boom, as well as the successful cattle industry.

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Duration1 Night
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Central Park Motel Rockhampton

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    Central Park Motel Rockhampton



    Comfortable and spacious, Central Park Motel is located in the centre of town making it the perfect place to stay when visiting Rockhampton.

    Comfortable and spacious, Central Park Motel is located in the centre of town making it the perfect place to stay when visiting Rockhampton.

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    • Restaurant

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Day 6

Rockhampton, Hamilton Island

Travel to Airlie Beach where you'll board a ferry for your journey through the Whitsunday Islands for a stay at the picturesque resort of Hamilton Island. In the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island features brilliant white beaches, coral and marine life as well as natural bushland with a variety of native animals and birds.

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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.

    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 7

Hamilton Island

Today is yours to spend at leisure on spectacular Hamilton Island. Perhaps snorkel off the beach and discover the region's many species of tropical fish; explore the walking trails through the bushland; or simply take the time to relax by one of the resort's swimming pools. Alternatively, embark on a half-day excursion to Whitehaven Beach, regarded as one of Australia's most stunning beaches (own expense).

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Day 8

Hamilton Island, Townsville, Mission Beach

Transfer from Hamilton Island to Port of Airlie and re-board your coach and travel to Townsville. On arrival, enjoy a tour of this tropical city, surrounded by rainforest and the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. Depart Townsville for beautiful Mission Beach.

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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!

    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 9

Mission Beach, Atherton Tablelands, Cairns

Rolling green hills, open farmland and tropical rainforest characterise the Atherton Tablelands, which form part of the Great Dividing Range. Surrounded by tranquil rainforest, experience the peaceful oasis of Millaa Millaa Falls. You'll also visit the Curtain Fig Tree, a unique example of nature’s unpredictability and wonder. Later, at the scenic village of Kuranda, you'll board the Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Arrive in Cairns this afternoon and enjoy views of the lush mountain-scape from your spacious room at the Pullman Cairns International.

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Duration2 Nights
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Pullman Cairns International

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    Pullman Cairns International



    Pullman Cairns International is an upscale hotel, perfectly located in the centre of tropical Cairns. Overlooking Cairns Harbour and the lush mountain hinterland, this 321 room hotel is spectacularly positioned to take advantage of all the city has to offer.

    Pullman Cairns International is an upscale hotel, perfectly located in the centre of tropical Cairns. Overlooking Cairns Harbour and the lush mountain hinterland, this 321 room hotel is spectacularly positioned to take advantage of all the city has to offer.

    Facilities

    • Concierge
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 10

Great Barrier Reef

Cruise from Cairns by catamaran to Reef Magic's exclusive activity platform and enjoy hours amid the colourful coral and marine-life. Later, enjoy a special Farewell Dinner at Tjapukai by Night. Discover Dreamtime stories and take part in a corroboree.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 11

Port Douglas

Depart Cairns Drive to Port Douglas for a tour. Later, transfer to the airport.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Apr 25; Sep 19*; Oct 17*; Nov 14; Dec 12

2018: Jan 23*; Feb 20*; Mar 20

* Guaranteed Departures. 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Nightly Accommodation
  • Touring as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Air connections to and within Australia
  • 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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