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Value Grand Australian 13 days from Cairns to Sydney: Value Plus Escorted Vacation

Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,926

Join an extended tour of the Queensland Coast and the Great Barrier Reef and experience tropical resorts, some on the Reef itself. You will discover rainforests and tablelands as well as visit Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo and have time to enjoy swimming, water sports and more.


Start your tour in Cairns where you will stay for the first 2 nights. Cairns is a small city in the tropical north of Queensland and is best known as the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, one of Australia’s most popular destinations. In the city itself, you can go for a stroll along the Promenade and discover the very large saltwater lagoon in the centre of the city. On your first day, travel north to Port Douglas for a tour of this pretty coastal town. Return to Cairns where in the evening, you will have a welcome Aboriginal cultural dinner and performance.

The following morning, have a cruise from Cairns on a fast catamaran to Reef’s Magic platform and enjoy 5 hours amid the colourful coral and marine life with the opportunity to snorkel, walk through the underwater observatory, have a tour on a semi-submerged or glass bottom boat or simply relax on board. The Great Barrier Reef is situated off the coast of Queensland, Australia and is the largest coral reef system in the world, roughly as big in area as Italy, Japan or Germany and half as big as Texas. It is also the only living thing on earth visible from outer space.

The next day, ride the Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to above the treetops to Caravonica Lakes. You will travel over a tropical rainforest canopy and also visit the Atherton Tablelands where you will experience the Millaa Millaa Falls and be amazed at the unusual formations of the Curtain Fig Tree. Later continue to Mission Beach situated in a secluded rainforest for overnight accommodation.

Depart Mission Beach for Townsville where you will have a tour of this tropical city. Afterwards drive south along the Queensland coast to Airlie Beach where you take the ferry to Daydream Island in the Whitsundays for a 2 night stay.

The following day is totally free to do absolutely nothing or snorkel, indulge in one of the many water sports available, have a walk through the tropical jungle to the highest point on the island or pamper yourself at the spa. A half day excursion to Whitehaven Beach is available to explore its crystal clear waters and pristine beach.

The next morning, cruise back to the mainland and travel by road south again to Rockhampton with its wide streets lined with Victorian-style buildings. Rockhampton was a boom town in the 19th Century during the gold and copper mining era. Stay overnight in Rockhampton.

Before departure from Rockhampton, have a tour of the city and its beautiful gardens, some of the best in Australia. Later continue southwards and take the ferry over to Fraser Island where you will stay for 2 nights. Fraser Island is a UNESCO world heritage-listed island and a place of exceptional beauty offering long uninterrupted white beaches flanked by strikingly coloured sand cliffs. Fraser Island is the only place anywhere where tall rainforests are found growing on sand dunes.

To discover this beautiful island, the following morning brings a half-day tour. After that, you have leisure time to perhaps explore the hundreds of walking trails which crisscross the island or immerse yourself in the ancient rainforests or explore the coloured sand cliffs on Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

You head next to Brisbane but before arriving there, visit en route the Australia Zoo made famous by the late Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin and see many native Australian species up close. From Brisbane, continue to the Gold Coast for overnight accommodation at Surfers’ Paradise Beach, an excellent place for shopping with its 14 shopping centres. Along the beachfront, you will find around 120 market stalls offering everything under the sun.

From the Gold Coast, travel to Byron Bay, a pretty seaside town renowned for its numerous surfing beaches. Then continue to Port Macquarie for overnight accommodation.

Eventually arrive in Sydney where you will have a farewell dinner at the Sydney Tower with spectacular views of the city. Stay overnight in Sydney and the next morning have a half day tour to visit iconic landmarks such as the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. After this your tour comes to an end.

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Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,926

Itinerary

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 Highlight Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

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.

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    • 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.

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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.

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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!

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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
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 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.

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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 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.

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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 8

Fraser Island

Located at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island offers a rare and beautiful paradise. The untamed wilderness will entice you from the moment you arrive, providing adventure and excitement, but also a relaxing atmosphere from your base here at the eco-friendly Kingfisher Bay Resort. Discover this beautiful island today with a half-day tour and some time at leisure this afternoon. Slip into island living and perhaps explore the hundreds of walking trails which criss-cross the island. Immerse yourself in the ancient rainforests or explore the coloured sand cliffs on Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Perhaps visit the wreck of the Maheno, a trans-Tasman liner that was driven ashore during a cyclone in 1935.

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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.

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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.

    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

Exploring world-famous Australia Zoo, made famous by the late Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, Australia Zoo features a plethora of wild animals from all corners of the globe. Here, you will be given the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of conservation and see many native Australian species up close. Travel via Brisbane to the Gold Coast, famous for its uninterrupted coastline fringed by vibrant communities and lush wilderness areas. After settling in to your hotel located within the heart of the city, perhaps stroll along the famous soft golden sands of the popular Surfers Paradise Beach, before enjoying the remainder of the evening at leisure.

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Duration2 Nights
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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 11

Gold Coast

After breakfast this morning, spend the day at leisure exploring beautiful Surfers Paradise. Perhaps wander downtown or walk along the golden sands of Surfers Paradise Beach.

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Day 12

Gold Coast, Sydney

Transfer to the Gold Coast airport today for your flight to Sydney. On arrival, you will undertake a city sights tour and see icons such as the Sydney Opera House, before enjoying a spectacular dinner on your evening harbour cruise.

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Duration1 Night
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ParkRoyal Darling Harbour

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    ParkRoyal Darling Harbour



    You'll always be in the centre of the action at the ParkRoyal Darling Harbour hotel, with a convenient location just minutes away from the city's top sights and attractions. The friendly, well-informed hotel associates at the ParkRoyal Darling Harbour, Sydney are always on hand to ...

    You'll always be in the centre of the action at the ParkRoyal Darling Harbour hotel, with a convenient location just minutes away from the city's top sights and attractions. The friendly, well-informed hotel associates at the ParkRoyal Darling Harbour, Sydney are always on hand to share their knowledge of the city's best-kept secrets with you. Explore the neighbourhood and feel the buzz of energy in the bustling Sydney CBD and surrounding areas. Go for a stroll and enjoy the amazing views at Cockle Bay, take in the city's history and culture at The Rocks, or enjoy some retail therapy at Harbourside and Pitt Street Mall. Once you're finished exploring, simply rest and relax in the comfort of the 340 rooms and suites at this premium Sydney hotel.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 13

Depart Sydney

Depart Sydney Spend some leisure time this morning before your transfer to the airport.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Feb 3; Mar 3, 31; May 6; Sep 30; Oct 28; Nov 25; Dec23.

2018: Feb 3; Mar 3.

PRICE INCLUDES:

12 nights accommodation, arrival and departure airport transfers in Australia (directly before and after your tour), luxurious coach travel, dedicated Coach Driver and Tour Director, local expert guides in select locations, sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES

Optional excursions and touring that are available for purchase on tour, travel insurance, items of a personal nature and drinks. Flights are not included.  As experts in airfares to the South Pacific Goway can assist you with the best airfares for your vacation.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share in low season. Seasonal surcharges will apply.  Limited seats and subject to availability.  Single supplements are available on request.  Single guests who are willing to share a room with a fellow traveller (same gender and non smoking) are eligible for twin share rates, ask your Goway Agent for details on the ‘Twin Share Guarantee’ option

 

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