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Value Grand Australia: Escorted Vacation: Sydney to Cairns

Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,335

Australia’s east coast offers some of the country’s most favourite spots. This escorted trip takes you to discover beautiful islands, tropical rainforests, and unique wildlife as you travel from Sydney to Cairns, taking in highlights including Fraser Island, Hamilton Island, and the Great Barrier Reef.


Enjoy a taste of Sydney then see the very best of Queensland’s coast on this 12-day Australia vacation. Soak up the sun on the exciting Gold Coast, enjoy the sands of Fraser and Hamilton Islands, explore the Atherton Tablelands and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef.

With just one day in Sydney, make it count with an easy coach tour to take in the key sights, followed by an unforgettable dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour. It’s the perfect ‘taster’ for a return visit, or to reacquaint you with the city if you’ve been here before. The following day, fly to the beautiful Gold Coast, enjoying two nights with a range of activities at your doorstep, including surf lessons, or trips into the hinterland.

Visit Southeast Queensland’s other great beach region, the Sunshine Coast. Visit Australia Zoo, owned and operated by the family of late ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin, before dining alongside the locals at Noosa Surf Club. The Sunshine Coast is your gateway to Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island and a World Heritage site. Stay at an eco-friendly resort and spend a day exploring sights including Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and perhaps the wreck of the Maheno.

Take the ferry across Harvey Bay, spending a night in Rockhampton as you enter Central Queensland. The crowning jewels of this region are the Whitsunday Islands, and you’ll spend two nights at the most famous of them all, Hamilton Island. Offering idyllic swimming temperatures year round, these islands, at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, contain perfectly unspoiled beaches, including Whitehaven, arguably the most beautiful beach in the country. Snorkel, explore Hamilton Island by buggy, or tee up a round of golf as you enjoy this slice of paradise.

Your next stop is Townsville, gateway to tropical North Queensland, on your way to Cairns. Perfectly positioned between the North Queensland hinterland and the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns offers you the chance to board the Kuranda Scenic Rainforest Cableway for unbeatable views of the region. The following day, embark on a Great Barrier Reef cruise and immerse yourself in the world of the world’s largest underwater eco-system. Your final evening is a unique experience at Tjapukai By Night, where you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner while learning about the local indigenous people in their own words.

On your last day, enjoy a guided tour of Port Douglas, a perfectly relaxed jumping off point for trips to the Great Barrier Reef or the Daintree Rainforest. Transfer to Cairns Airport for your flight home.


 

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Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,335

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Day 1

Arrive Sydney

Be met on arrival in Sydney and transferred to your hotel. Explore on a sightseeing coach tour this afternoon, including the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Tonight is your first included Insider Experience, enjoy a dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour tonight.

Insider Experience
Enjoy a dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour tonight.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

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.

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    • 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 2

Sydney, Gold Coast

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the Gold Coast, famous for its uninterrupted coastline fringed by vibrant communities and lush wilderness areas. After settling in, perhaps explore Surfers Paradise Beach before enjoying the evening at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Voco Gold Coast

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    Voco Gold Coast



    At Voco Gold Coast, get comfy, get social and get relaxed. Stay in rooms that are modern and unstuffy; perfect for robe-wearing lazy mornings with a good espresso and a paper. Gather in restaurants and bars designed for socializing and celebrating. Get out and glide …

    At Voco Gold Coast, get comfy, get social and get relaxed. Stay in rooms that are modern and unstuffy; perfect for robe-wearing lazy mornings with a good espresso and a paper. Gather in restaurants and bars designed for socializing and celebrating. Get out and glide down the coast with ease on the light rail. Blend me-time with us-time at Voco Gold Coast.

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    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Fitness Centre
    • Laundry Service
    • Paid Parking
    • Reception
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool
    • WIFI/High Speed Internet

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Day 3

Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast

Departing the Gold Coast this morning, you'll head north to the Sunshine Coast. Visit the world-renowned Australia Zoo, made famous by the late Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin. Here you will be given the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of conservation and see many native Australian species up close. Continue to the Sunshine Coast and check in to your resort.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Novotel Twin Waters Resort

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    Novotel Twin Waters Resort



    Explore a 4 star beachfront resort set between the ocean and river, positioned as one of the top Sunshine Coast accommodation destinations. Ideal for family friendly holidays, romantic escapes or group getaways with 361 resort rooms, one or two-bedroom suites and overwater lagoon suites offering …

    Explore a 4 star beachfront resort set between the ocean and river, positioned as one of the top Sunshine Coast accommodation destinations. Ideal for family friendly holidays, romantic escapes or group getaways with 361 resort rooms, one or two-bedroom suites and overwater lagoon suites offering accommodation options and an idyllic venue for weddings, conferencing or meetings.

    Facilities

    • Bar-cafe
    • Conference Facilities
    • Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 4

Sunshine Coast, Fraser Island

With some time at leisure this morning, perhaps enjoy the resort or take a stroll along the stunning beachfront. Later, travel to Hervey Bay and join your cruise transfer to Fraser Island. This evening, enjoy dinner in the company of your fellow travellers.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
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.

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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 5

Fraser Island

Located at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island is a rare and inviting paradise. The untamed wilderness will thrill you from the moment you arrive. Discover the island today with a half-day tour then enjoy 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 liner driven ashore during a cyclone in 1935 (own expense).

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Day 6

Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, Rockhampton

A morning ferry takes you across Hervey Bay, where you will discover why this special place is often referred to as the jewel in Queensland's crown. The journey concludes back on the mainland where you will rejoin your coach to continue heading north. Travel through sugarcane country, crossing some of the many narrow-gauge railway lines that transport sugarcane from the field to processing plants in town, an iconic sight of rural Queensland. Later, arrive in the inland city of Rockhampton.

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, Hamilton Island

Explore the charming historical town of Rockhampton, known as the gateway to the coast and the Outback. Founded in 1853, the city is home to historic heritage architecture and a rich, fascinating history. Then, travel to Airlie Beach, the gateway to Queensland's Whitsunday Islands. Here you will join a ferry through the sparkling Whitsundays to Hamilton Island. Enjoy dinner later this evening at your hotel.

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

    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 8

Hamilton Island

You have the entire day at leisure to do as little or as much as you like. Perhaps snorkel off the beach; enjoy a round of golf or hire a buggy to explore this island paradise (all at own expense).

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 9

Hamilton Island, Townsville, Mission Beach

Take a ferry from Hamilton Island to the Australian mainland and the Port of Airlie, and travel onwards to Townsville to enjoy a tour of the city. Continue north to Mission Beach, where the Wet Tropics Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef. Arrive at your beachfront escape, Castaways Resort & Spa and settle in and perhaps take a walk on the beach, through the village, or relax poolside.

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Duration1 Night
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Castaways Resort and Spa Mission Beach

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    Castaways Resort and Spa Mission Beach



    Castaways Mission Beach accommodation is an ultimate beachfront escape in the tropics. Idyllically bound by the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest, the resort is the perfect destination for couples, families or groups of friends. Positioned absolute beachfront with direct access to …

    Castaways Mission Beach accommodation is an ultimate beachfront escape in the tropics. Idyllically bound by the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest, the resort is the perfect destination for couples, families or groups of friends. Positioned absolute beachfront with direct access to the 14 km long beautiful, white sandy beach, guests have found their own tropical little paradise right here!

    Castaways Resort and Spa offers a wide range of accommodation, with 47 luxury Beachfront rooms and self-contained apartments, a private Beachside Villa, 18 lush Rainforest rooms and a Luxury 3 Bedroom Apartment spread over three centrally-located properties.

    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 10

Mission Beach, Atherton Tablelands, Cairns

As you continue your journey north, discover the lush Atherton Tablelands and the Waterfalls Circuit, including magnificent Millaa Millaa Falls. As you journey towards Cairns stop at the Curtain Fig Tree. Next is another included Insider Experience. Board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway in Kuranda and ride above the treetops to Caravonica Lakes. Arriving in Cairns this afternoon check in to your hotel.

Insider Experience
Board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway in Kuranda and ride above the treetops to Caravonica Lakes.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Bailey, A Crystalbrook Resort

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    Bailey, A Crystalbrook Resort


    Modern, innovative and with an appreciation for the arts, Bailey celebrates originality and individuality. Stay at Bailey, a luxury hotel in Cairns, Queensland, and take time to get lost in the details. To question and explore. Art. Conversations. Places. Do things your way.

    Modern, innovative and with an appreciation for the arts, Bailey celebrates originality and individuality. Stay at Bailey, a luxury hotel in Cairns, Queensland, and take time to get lost in the details. To question and explore. Art. Conversations. Places. Do things your way.

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Day 11

Cairns, Great Barrier Reef

Cruise from Cairns by fast catamaran to Reef Magic's exclusive activity platform on the Great Barrier Reef and enjoy five hours amid the coral and marine life.
During an Indigenous cultural dinner and performance, you will discover the spiritual concept known as the Dreamtime, witness a corroboree, then be guided along a flame-lit pathway to a dinner of local produce. Back in Cairns tonight after a trip to the Great Barrier Reef, enjoy a special Farewell Dinner at Tjapukai By Night.

Insider Experiences
Cruise from Cairns by fast catamaran to Reef Magic's exclusive activity platform on the Great Barrier Reef and enjoy five hours amid the coral and marine life.
During an Indigenous cultural dinner and performance, you will discover the spiritual concept known as the Dreamtime, witness a corroboree, then be guided along a flame-lit pathway to a dinner of local produce.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12

Port Douglas, Depart Cairns

Drive to the pretty coastal township of Port Douglas for a guided tour. Return to Cairns and be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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DEPARTURES:

2020:
From Sydney: Sep 6; Oct 4; Nov 1
2021:
From Sydney: Jan 10; Feb 7; Mar 7

 

BOLD indicates Guaranteed Departure

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 11 nights in premium accommodation in comfortable hotels and stylish resorts
  • Tour Director and an experienced Driver
  • 20 delicious meals - 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 7 dinners
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach travel
  • Special Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • All airport transfers, sightseeing, tours, cruises and entrance fees as specified

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • Optional excursions and touring that are available for purchase on tour
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks
  • Flights (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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