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Value East Coast Discovery: Gold Coast to Cairns

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,756

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$ 3,756

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Day 1

Arrive Cairns, Port Douglas

Be met on arrival in Cairns and head north to the pretty coastal township of Port Douglas for a tour. This patch of tropical paradise is the meeting point of the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Settle in to your room at Pullman Cairns International. Later, enjoy a special Welcome Dinner at Tjapukai by Night. During this Aboriginal cultural dinner and performance you'll discover the spiritual concept known as Dreamtime, take an interactive part in a corroboree, then be guided along a flame-lit pathway to a dinner of local produce.

Meal Plan Dinner
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 2

Great Barrier Reef

Like a Local - cruise from Cairns by fast catamaran to Reef Magic's exclusive activity platform and enjoy five hours amid the colourful coral and marine life. Enjoy the unique chance to snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon, walk through the underwater observatory, join a tour on the semi-submersible or glass bottom boat, or relax on the sun deck of your ship. This is one of the best destinations on the Great Barrier Reef for viewing the unique and vibrant species of coral and fish that call the reef home. On returning ashore later, take some time out to relax at your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Cairns, Atherton Tablelands, Mission Beach

Today, ride the Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and ride above the treetops to Caravonica Lakes. This memorable experience will take you over the World Heritage-listed tropical rainforest canopy, all the while introducing you to one of the world's most botanically diverse areas. Later, visit the beautiful Atherton Tablelands. Experience the serene atmosphere of Millaa Millaa Falls, known to be some of the most photographed falls in Australia, and marvel at the unusual formations of the Curtain Fig Tree. Arrive at your beachfront escape, Castaways Resort & Spa, where the only thing between you and the golden beach is a grassy lawn and a line of coconut palms. Complete with a secluded rainforest swimming area, it won't be long before you discover why Mission Beach has earned its reputation as a haven for rest and relaxation.

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 4

Townsville, Hamilton Island

Travel from Mission Beach to Townsville for a tour of this tropical city. From Airlie Beach, cruise to Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays for a special stay.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

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

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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 5

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 6

Hamilton Island, Rockhampton

This morning, cruise back to the mainland and rejoin your coach for the journey south to Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia. Here, you'll see wide streets lined with Victorian-style buildings - a reminder of the region's 19th-century gold and copper mining boom, and its prosperous cattle industry.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
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 7

Rockhampton, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island

This morning, travel to Hervey Bay while keeping an eye out for marine-life. Then, enjoy a relaxing stay on World Heritage-listed Fraser Island at the eco-friendly Kingfisher Bay Resort.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
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 8

Fraser Island

Enjoy a half-day tour of Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island. This afternoon is yours to relax on the beach or perhaps explore the island's walking tracks.

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Day 9

Fraser Island, Noosa

Today, you'll depart Fraser Island and travel to the beautiful resort town of Noosa for a relaxing one-night stay. Renowned for its stunning natural landscapes and tranquil ambience, spend some time simply enjoying the views. Enjoy dinner at the iconic Noosa Surf Club.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
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.

    Facilities

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

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Day 10

Noosa, Australia Zoo, Gold Coast

Visit Australia Zoo today, made famous by the late Crocodile Hunter, Steven Irwin.

Meal Plan Breakfast
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
    • Tour Desk

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Day 11

Gold Coast

After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night

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DEPARTURES:

2022: To be advised.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 10 nights in premium accommodation in comfortable hotels and stylish resorts
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Directorand an experienced Driver
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach travel
  • Special Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • All airport transfers, sightseeing tours, cruises and entrance fees as specified
  • 17 delicious meals - Enjoy 10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch and 6 Dinners

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.

TB AUSTRALCAI0419CODIS: TQ11R
2 Nov 2020
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