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East Coast Beaches & Reef


  • Departures
  • Definite Departures
  • Limited Seats
  • Fully Booked/Embarked
  • Airlie Beach

    Airlie Beach

  • Great Barrier Reef

    Great Barrier Reef

  • Kuranda Village

    Kuranda Village

  • Lake McKenzie - Fraser Island

    Lake McKenzie - Fraser Island

  • Hervey Bay

    Hervey Bay

  • Noosa Beach

    Noosa Beach

Tour code: QCS
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This coastal journey begins in tropical Cairns, where you’ll board a high-speed catamaran to travel to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. Australia’s east coast is justly famous for its wide sandy beaches, clear blue waters and enticing offshore islands. You’ll relax during your two-night stay on superb Hamilton Island, and experience a 4WD adventure on unique Fraser Island. The beachside icons of Noosa and the Gold Coast are also on your itinerary.


1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019 ?
Day 1 - 2
Cairns & Great Barrier Reef
Day 1: Welcome to Cairns

Meet your Travel Director for an orientation tour of the tropical city of Cairns. Be my guest dining experienceBecome further acquainted this evening at a Be My Guest BBQ dinner with a local family at their home in Cairns. Spend the evening learning about life in the tropics and soak up warm, friendly Aussie vibes.

Day 2: Great Barrier Reef

Board a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. The World Heritage listed reef is the only living organism that can be seen from the moon. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkelling (equipment provided) or view the spectacular coral and tropical sh from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns in the late afternoon.

Hotel: Hilton Hotel Cairns, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 1: Be My Guest dinner. Day 2: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3
Cairns – Mission Beach

This morning you’ll take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to Kuranda, the ‘village in the rainforest’. Continue to the Atherton Tablelands with rainforests, waterfalls and lakes. Visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the heritage listed 500-year-old Curtain Fig Tree. Arrive in relaxed Mission Beach during the afternoon and take some time before dinner to stroll along the shore.

Hotel: Castaways Resort & Spa, Mission Beach

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 4 - 5
Mission Beach – Hamilton Island
Day 4: Mission Beach – Hamilton Island

Stop in Townsville today, with time for a stroll along the Strand before continuing to Airlie Beach to catch the ferry to Hamilton Island. One of 74 tropical islands that make up the Whitsunday group in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island boasts pristine beaches and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life.

Day 5: Hamilton Island

Cruise this morning to spectacular Whitehaven Beach. Wander in peace along its 7 kilometres of pure white sand, or if you’re feeling energetic, take a walk to Hill’s Inlet for elevated views over the Whitsunday islands and the sparkling waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Back on Hamilton Island, the afternoon is yours in this tropical paradise.

Hotel: Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 4: Breakfast and dinner. Day 5: Breakfast

Day 6
Hamilton Island – Rockhampton

Return to the mainland today and travel to Mackay, Australia’s sugar capital, to the town of Sarina for a guided tour of a unique miniature sugar mill and distillery. Continue to Rockhampton. With a local cattle population of 2.5 million, ‘Rocky’ is often considered Australia’s beef capital.

Hotel: Quality Hotel Regent, Rockhampton

Included Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 7
Rockhampton – Hervey Bay

Cross the Tropic of Capricorn this morning and stop at Langmorn Station, a fully-operational cattle property. A member of the Creed family, whose forebears built the original homestead in 1873, will lead you on a guided tour of the station. Enjoy morning tea in the garden in the company of the family’s friendly pet kangaroo. Afterwards, enjoy a guided tour of the Ohana Exotic Fruit Orchard before travelling on to Hervey Bay, gateway to Fraser Island.

Hotel: Mantra Hervey Bay

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - 9
Hervey Bay – Noosa
Day 8: Hervey Bay – Noosa

Today cross the Great Sandy Strait by ferry to explore World Heritage listed Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. See Lake McKenzie, a freshwater lake ringed with white sandy beaches, and walk through rainforest at Central Station. Enjoy lunch before your 4WD tour takes you to view the coloured sands of Rainbow Beach (tide permitting). Later, travel on to the Sunshine Coast resort town of Noosa.

Day 9: Noosa Free Time

Take time out today to discover Noosa for yourself. Swim in the clear waters of Main Beach, or venture a little further a eld on an easy walk along the spectacular headland to Noosa National Park. If you’re feeling adventurous, you may like to hire a stand-up paddle board or even take a boat ride through the incredible Noosa Everglades, one of Australia’s most beautiful wilderness areas. The shaded waterways and abundant wildlife along the Noosa River will delight you. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: The Sebel Resort Noosa, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 8: Breakfast and lunch. Day 9: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 10 - 11
Noosa – Gold Coast
Day 10: Noosa – Gold Coast

Today visit Australia Zoo, made famous by the late Steve Irwin and his family. Enjoy a sneak peek into the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and see how AAT Kings works with its Wildlife Warriors to support the koala rehabilitation project at the hospital, the country’s largest and busiest wildlife facility. Later, enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Queensland capital Brisbane before travelling on to the iconic Gold Coast, where the evening is free to do as you choose.

Day 11: Gold Coast Included Choice

Included ChoiceToday choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Take a tour inland by 4WD track through the rainforest to Mount Tamborine or a boat trip to try your hand at ‘pumping yabbies’. Or perhaps you’d prefer to be 270 metres in the air at the iconic Q1 building on the SkyPoint Climb. This evening, join the holidaymakers and locals on Cavill Avenue for a taste of Surfers Paradise nightlife.

Hotel: Novotel Surfers Paradise, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 10: Breakfast. Day 11: Breakfast

Day 12
Gold Coast – Port Macquarie

Leave the glitz of the Gold Coast behind today as you journey to Cape Byron Lighthouse for superb views over the Pacific Ocean from Australia’s easternmost point. Afterwards spend time absorbing the relaxed bohemian vibe of Byron Bay. Continue to picturesque seaside Port Macquarie for the evening.

Hotel: Waters Edge, Port Macquarie

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 13
Port Macquarie – Farewell from Sydney

Travel this morning to the premier wine-growing region of the Hunter Valley and enjoy an exclusive wine-tasting and lunch at a vineyard and winery where a specialist will share insights on the local wine industry. Continue to Sydney, where you’ll say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end. 

You may like to pre-book accommodation for tonight in Sydney.

Included Meals: Breakfast and farewell lunch

13 Day Guided Vacation

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Tour departs from Cairns and returns to Sydney

Don't Miss

Criterion Steak House at Rockhampton

Criterion Steak House

When in Rockhampton, a visit to the Criterion Steak House is a must. After all, ‘Rocky’ is the beef capital of Australia! The Criterion opened its doors in 1862 as Rocky’s first hotel and to this day has a roaring trade with locals and visitors alike who come for the atmosphere and the good, honest pub grub. On your free night in Rockhampton, head down for some Aussie hospitality and if you’re up for a challenge, why not try their ‘Challenge Rump’, one kilo of local prime Aussie beef - for the serious beef eater!



  • Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef & see colourful coral
  • Tropical paradise Hamilton Island & Whitehaven Beach
  • Stop at Millaa Millaa Falls in World Heritage listed rainforest
  • Visit Australia Zoo, home of the Irwin family
  • See the cute koalas at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital
  • Let your hair down in the ultimate holiday town of Noosa
  • Take an exciting 4WD tour on Fraser Island
  • Visit a working cattle property, Langmorn Station, and meet the Creed family
  • Stop at the Sarina Sugar Shed for a guided tour and lunch at a miniature sugar mill
  • Stay on Hamilton Island – everyone has a view over the Whitsundays from their balcony
  • Enjoy a delicious winery lunch and wine tasting in the Hunter Valley
  • Enjoy a Be My Guest BBQ dinner with a local family in their Cairns homeBe my guest dining experience
  • Included Choice experiences in Gold CoastIncluded Choice


  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)


  • 12 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 3 Lunches
  • 1 Be My Guest dinner
  • 4 Dinners with wine
  • 1 Farewell Lunch

Flight Information

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.

Day 1   Flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Cairns Airport
Day 13   Flights to depart after 8.00pm from Sydney Airport

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months
  • Swimwear and beach towel

Ways to Save

Departures before 31 March 2019
Kings Club   5% saving
2nd vacation discount   2.5% saving
Groups (5 people or more)   5% saving
Triple share   5% saving

* All savings are per person, apply only to the land component. Conditions apply.


Find your applicable discounts as many discounts are combinable. More Information

Quality accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • Hilton Hotel Cairns
    34 Esplanade, Cairns QLD, 4870

    2 nights

    • Cairns Hilton Hotel at sunset

    The Hilton Cairns hotel boasts a unique tropical setting, enjoying spectacular scenery surrounded by lush gardens. The hotel offers bright accommodation with spacious bathrooms and private balconies with stunning waterfront views of Trinity Inlet, the Cairns Esplanade and blue-green mountains beyond

    • Features
    • Air Conditioning
    • Radio
    • Phone
    • Private balcony
    • Bathrobe
    • Bathroom Amenities
    • Hair Dryer
    • Internet Access
    • Hair dryer
    • Mini Bar
    • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Castaways Resort & Spa
    2 Pacific Parade, Mission Beach, Queensland 4852

    Mission Beach

    • Castways Resort & Spa Mission Beach - pool

    Castaways Resort & Spa is your ultimate beachfront escape in the tropics. Idyllically bound by the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest, Castaways 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 you have found your own tropical little paradise right here! 

    • Features
    • Free wireless internet access
    • Flat Screen TV
    • Foxtel
    • Clock radio
    • Direct Dial Telephone
    • Air-conditioning
    • Refrigerator
    • Hairdryer
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Reef View Hotel
    12 Resort Dr, Hamilton Island, QLD 4803

    Hamilton Island, 2 nights

    • Reef View Hotel - Coral Sea View Twin Room

    With large, comfortable, modern rooms, the Reef View Hotel offers a perfect getaway for couples, families or groups of friends. Spacious, comfortable and with most rooms boasting incredible sea views, the Reef View Hotel offers stylish and family-friendly Hamilton Island accommodation.

    • Features
    • Private balcony
    • Air-conditioning
    • Ceiling fan
    • Clock Radio
    • Ensuite
    • Bathtub and shower
    • In-room safe
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Phone
    • Refrigerator
    • In-room Movies (fee applies)
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Room service
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • TV
    • iPod connectivity
  • Quality Hotel Regent, Rockhampton
    192 Bolsover St Rockhampton, QLD, 4700

    • Quality Hotel Regent Rockhampton - Exterior

    The 1914 Historical Heritage Listed TAFE College has been converted into a 4 1/2 Star 49 room hotel with conference and licensed restaurant facilities. The Quality Regent Hotel Rockhampton is part of the Choice group of quality hotels and offers superior accommodation and professional functions facilities in a premier position in the CBD. It is situated within walking distance to shops, businesses, restaurants and waterfront. Airport and Rail - only minutes drive away. We will cater to our guests every need to ensure their stay is most enjoyable.

    • Features
    • Guest Laundry
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming Pool
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Refrigerator
    • Room service
  • Mantra Hervey Bay
    Buccaneer Drive, Hervey Bay, QLD 4655

    • Mantra Hervey Bay - Room

    Mantra Hervey Bay makes a perfect base for sightseeing. Overlooking the famous calm waters where migrating humpback whales frolic with their newborns during Hervey Bay whale watching season. Fantastic dining and shopping options just a short walk away.

    • Features
    • Air-conditioning
    • Heater
    • Flat Screen TV
    • In-house movies
    • ISD/STD phone
    • Ensuite
    • Hairdryer
    • Foxtel
    • CD player
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Clock Radio
    • Refrigerator
    • Private balcony
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Gym facilities
    • Business Facilities
  • The Sebel Resort Noosa
    32 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, QLD 4567

    2 nights

    • The Sebel Noosa - Pool Area

    Located in the heart of cosmopolitan Hastings Street, The Sebel Noosa is surrounded by world class restaurants, cafés and upmarket fashion boutiques just moments from Noosa's Main Beach and the beautiful Noosa River. Perfect for couples or families, the one and two bedroom apartments feature spacious living and dining areas, separate bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen, laundry and spa bath. Unwind on the private furnished balcony or bask on the beach and experience the best in luxury and lifestyle.

    • Features
    • Wi-Fi
    • Swimming Pool
    • Air-conditioning
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • TV
    • DVD players
    • Kitchen Facilities
  • Novotel Surfers Paradise
    Cnr Hanlan St and Surfers Paradise Blvd

    2 nights

    • Novotel Surfers Paradise - Standard Room

    Nestled amidst the beautiful beaches and thriving shopping, dining and nightlife of Australia’s Gold Coast, Hotel Grand Chancellor Surfers Paradise is ideally situated, just minutes from the surf.

    • Features
    • Wi-Fi
    • Air Conditioning
    • Hair Dryer
    • Ensuite
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Balcony or Terrace
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Heater
    • Alarm Clock
    • TV
    • Gym facilities
    • Swimming Pool
  • Waters Edge, Port Macquarie
    1 Buller St, Port Macquarie NSW 2444

    • Waters Edge - Swimming Pool

    Waters Edge Port Macquarie offers a relaxing environment on the picturesque waters edge of the Hastings River. Waters Edge Port Macquarie is also only a short stroll away from breathtaking beaches, shopping areas and tourist outlets.

    • Features
    • Phone
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Flat Screen TV
    • Air-conditioning
    • Ensuite
    • Hair Dryer
    • Laundry facilities (Self-Service)
    • Wi-Fi
    • Alarm Clock
    • Iron / Ironing Board

Experience more on your holiday

To ensure your holiday is filled with memorable experiences, we have included a range of quality Optional Excursions for you to choose from and partake in, if you wish, during your holiday. We understand that everyone is an individual, and have therefore allowed some free time for you to experience different types of touring. These have not been included in the tour fare as we realise they may not appeal to all people. Our selection of optional excursions include scenic flights, helicopter rides, cruises, dinners, ballooning, fishing trips, four wheel drive tours, cultural experiences, and even camel riding.

Experiences available between 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019

Captain Cook Cruises Captain's Dinner (Sydney)

Adult Price: AUD $149 (Nov-Mar) | AUD $159 (Apr-Oct)

Captain Cook Cruises Captain's Dinner

Cruise, dine and dance aboard Sydney’s flagship MV Sydney 2000. This is a most popular Dinner Cruise and a must for special occasions, visitors to Sydney or for those who love a great night out.

* If your tour ends in Sydney, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Great Adventures Certified Dive - 40min (Cairns)

Adult Price: AUD 119.00 - 1 Certified Scuba Dive

Great Adventures Certified Dive - 40min

If you already have a dive certification, we will provide an experienced dive guide to ensure maximum enjoyment and safety and guide you to the best sites. Proof of certification is required C-card / log book. (Certified diving is subject to availability on the day of travel.)

Great Adventures Introductory Dive (Cairns)

Adult Price: AUD 167.00

Great Adventures Introductory Dive

For an underwater adventure to remember, experience an introductory dive! It’s fun and no experience is necessary to take a fully supervised introductory dive. Professional and experienced instructors will guide you through every aspect of your dive, allowing you to have a relaxed, enjoyable experience.

Noosa Everglades Lunch Cruise (Noosa)

Adult Price: AUD 120.00

Experience one of Australia’s most magnificent wilderness areas with its intriguing waterways and myriad of wildlife on a Noosa Everglades Discovery. Float through ancient landscapes, mirrored waterways and sub-tropical rainforest on an interpretive guided cruise through the Noosa Everglades on a purpose built vessel. You’ll enjoy an included morning tea of freshly baked scones with tea and coffee and a delicious BBQ lunch of Sirloin Steak, Barramundi or Vegetable Frittata.

Noosa River Sunset Cruise (Noosa)

Adult Price: AUD 28.00 (Operates Wednesday to Saturday)

Noosa River Sunset Cruise

What a way to end the day! Sit back, relax and experience Noosa coming alive at sunset. Revel in the amazing sights and sounds of nature as you cruise the river and the beautiful hidden waterways of the Noosa Sound Canals. The photo opportunities can be breath taking and you're welcome to bring your own beverages and snacks on board with glassware and ice buckets provided!

Noosa Everglades Lunch Cruise & Bar-b-canoe (Noosa)

Adult Price: AUD 135.00

Experience one of Australia’s most magnificent wilderness areas with its intriguing waterways and myriad of wildlife on a Noosa Everglades Discovery River Cruise. After a delicious morning tea you'll paddle upstream in your classic Canadian style canoe through ancient landscapes, mirrored waterways and sub-tropical rainforest to rejoin your tour group for a BBQ lunch of delicious Sirloin Steak, Barramundi or Vegetable Frittata. Enjoy a leisurely river cruise with your tour group back to Noosa.

Sydney Tower Restaurant Dinner (Sydney)

Adult Price: AUD 75.00

Sydney Tower Restaurant Dinner

Enjoy a memorable evening perched high above the city with uninterrupted panoramic views. This delicious buffet dinner includes over 40 freshly prepared dishes, from a range of cuisines including Australian, Chinese, Italian, Vietnamese and a selection of fresh seafood.

* If your tour ends in Sydney, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Great Barrier Reef Helicopters (Cairns)

$175 adult

Great Barrier Reef Helicopters

Take a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef - spectacular!


The excursions can be booked through your Travel Director. You will be asked during the early part of your tour to name those that you may wish to join, as advance reservations are often necessary. Please note that occasionally weather or seasonal conditions may not permit their operation. Some also depend on a minimum number of participants and suitable time being available.


Prices indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars

Prices are valid from 1 April 2018. Optional experience pricing is indicated in Australian dollars or New Zealand dollars depending on the country of operation and may be subject to change. Please note that reduced rates for pensioners or children may apply on some tours. Prices are inclusive of GST.