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  • 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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In Cairns cruise the Great Barrier Reef, and explore Hamilton Island and the Whitsundays. Relax in Fraser Island and Noosa before travelling the coastline of Eastern Australia to the Gold Coast and Port Macquaire. Finish in Sydney after a day in the Hunter Valley.

Itinerary

1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018 ?
Day 1-2
Welcome to Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef
Day 1: Welcome to Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef

Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an orientation tour of the laid back tropical city. This evening get to know each other over a drink and delicious meal featuring fresh seasonal produce at a local restaurant.

Day 2: The Great Barrier Reef

cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. The world heritage listed reef is the only living organism you can see from the moon. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkelling and view this natural living wonder upclose (equipment provided) and view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and the semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a delicious tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns in the late afternoon. You have a free evening to do as you choose. Why not take a stroll along the esplanade and check out the Cairns Night Markets.

Hotel: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 1: Dinner. Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3
Cairns – Mission Beach

This morning travel through the high tropical plateau known as the Atherton Tablelands to Kuranda for a chance to explore ‘the village in the rainforest’. Continue to the Atherton Tablelands where lush rainforests, waterfalls and lakes abound. Visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the famous Curtain Fig Tree. Keep an eye out for the spectacular Ulysses Butterfly! There will be time to take a walk along the shore and feel the golden sand between your toes when you arrive in Mission Beach this afternoon.

Hotel: Castaways Resort & Spa

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Travel down the coast towards tonight’s stopover in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef on spectacular Hamilton Island. You’ll visit Townsville, where there’s time for a stroll along the Strand, then travel to Airlie Beach to catch the ferry to the island, one of 74 tropical islands that make up the Whitsundays. You’ll be surrounded by pristine beaches and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life.

Day 5: Hamilton Island

This morning you’ll cruise to spectacular Whitehaven Beach, voted the number one beach in Australia! Take a walk and feel the sand between your toes and if you’re up to it, take a walk to Hill’s Inlet for views over the Whitsunday islands and sparkling waters. This afternoon is yours to relax in paradise.

Hotel: Reef View Hotel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 4: Breakfast, Dinner. Day 5: Breakfast

Day 6
Hamilton Island – Rockhampton

Return to the mainland and travel south through Mackay, Australia’s sugar capital, to Sarina for a guided tour through a miniature sugar mill. On your tour you’ll get a peek into sugar cane processing and witness sugar processing and distilling equipment in action. Afterwards you can taste some of the products made on site before sitting down to a light lunch. Continue to Rockhampton, Australia’s beef capital. Your night is free so why not try some local beef at one of the town’s steakhouses.

Hotel: Quality Hotel Regent, Rockhampton

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7
Rockhampton – Hervey Bay

Cross the Tropic of Capricorn and stop at Langmorn Station, a fully operational cattle station. A member of the Creed family will treat you to a guided tour of the property including their original family homestead, built in 1873. Enjoy morning tea in the garden in the company of the pet kangaroo! Continue to Hervey Bay, gateway to Fraser Island.

Hotel: Mantra Hervey Bay

Included Meals: Breakfast

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

A day of discovery lies ahead as you cross by ferry to explore the wonders of World Heritage listed Fraser Island. Visit Lake McKenzie, ringed with magnificent white sandy beaches. Walk through the ancient rainforest at Central Station with its huge satiny, scribbly gum and kauri trees. Enjoy lunch before your 4WD tour takes you to the coloured sands of Rainbow Beach (tidal) and beyond on to the Sunshine Coast resort town of Noosa. This evening choose one of the town’s eateries and dine on inspiring local delights.

Day 9: Noosa

Take time out to discover Noosa for yourself. Swim at Noosa Main Beach or venture a little further with an easy, spectacular walk along the headland through 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. You’ll love the dark waterways and myriad of wildlife along the Noosa River – it’s truly spectacular! This evening relax and enjoy dinner at Noosa Surf lifesaving Club with views over the beach.

Hotel: The Sebel Resort Noosa, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 8: Breakfast, Lunch. Day 9: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Visit Australia Zoo, made world famous by the Crocodile Hunter, the late Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin and Bindi. Enjoy a sneak peek into the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and see how AAT Kings works with the Wildlife Warriors to support the koala rehabilitation project at the hospital, the country’s largest and busiest wildlife facility. Catch a show in the world famous Crocoseum and wander through the zoo’s fascinating grounds. It’s bound to be a wildlife experience you’ll never forget. Later, you travel to Brisbane for a sightseeing tour then continue to the Gold Coast. Tonight is free for you to dine at one of the many restaurants and cafés.

Day 11: Gold Coast

Today is free for you to do as you please. You may like to take an optional experience to the Gold Coast Hinterland to visit Mt. Tamborine village and discover the surrounding rainforest, or simply relax and unwind with a stroll along famous Surfers Paradise Beach.

Hotel: Novotel Surfers Paradise, 2 nights

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

Day 12
Gold Coast – Port Macquarie

Journey to Cape Byron Lighthouse and enjoy superb views from Australia’s eastern-most point over the Pacific Ocean. At the right time of year you may be lucky enough to spot migrating whales frolicking off the coast. Afterwards spend time discovering the relaxed bohemian vibe of Byron Bay. Continue to picturesque seaside Port Macquarie for the evening.

Hotel: Waters Edge, Port Macquarie

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 13
Port Macquarie – Sydney

Travel to the premier wine producing region of the Hunter Valley to enjoy exclusive tastings at McGuigan Wines, plus a farewell lunch at another local winery. Learn about the wine industry from a local expert, before continuing to Sydney where your holiday concludes in the late afternoon.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Lunch

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Criterion Hotel in Rockhampton at night

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!

Highlights

  • Tropical paradise Hamilton Island and Whitehaven Beach
  • Enjoy a delicious winery lunch and wine tasting in the Hunter Valley
  • 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
  • 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
  • Stop at Millaa Millaa Falls and the Curtain Fig Tree
  • Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Inclusions

  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

Dining

  • Full buffet breakfasts (11)
  • Lunches (3)
  • Dinners (4)
  • Farewell Lunch (1)

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 from 1 April 2017
Early payment discount
Pay by 14 April 2017    Save up to $440
Pay by 02 June 2017    Save up to $330
Pay by 31 July 2017    Save up to $220
 
Kings Club early payment discount
Pay by 14 April 2017    Save up to $660
Pay by 02 June 2017    Save up to $550
Pay by 31 July 2017    Save up to $440
 
Triple share    Save up to $220
Kings Club    Save up to $220

All savings are per person.

Quality accommodation

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

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
    122 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD 4870

    2 nights

    • Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort - Bar
    • Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort - Exterior
    • Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort - Room
    • Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort - Pool
    • Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort - Lobby

    Centrally located in the heart of Cairns the multi award winning Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort is situated on 5 acres of tropical gardens and has the largest lagoon style pool in the City Centre, complete with its own white sandy beach and swim up bar. Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort is within walking distance of the Esplanade, Reef Terminal & Marina, Night Markets and Reef Casino.

    • Features
    • 220/240 V AC
    • Air-conditioning
    • In-room safe
    • Radio
    • Work Desk
    • Satellite/cable colour TV
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Direct Dial Telephone
    • Manual temperature control
    • Iron
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Bathtub and shower
    • Hairdryer
    • Operator wake up call
    • Automatic wake up call
    • Alarm Clock
    • Private balcony
  • Castaways Resort & Spa
    2 Pacific Parade, Mission Beach, Queensland 4852

    • Castways Resort & Spa Mission Beach - exterior
    • Castways Resort & Spa Mission Beach - sunset
    • Castways Resort & Spa Mission Beach - pool
    • Castways Resort & Spa Mission Beach
    • Castways Resort & Spa Mission Beach - pool
    • Castways Resort & Spa Mission Beach - room

    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

    2 nights

    • Reef View Hotel - Balcony
    • Reef View Hotel - Coral Sea View Twin Room
    • Reef View Hotel - Coral Sea View Twin Room
    • Reef View Hotel

    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 Rockhamton - Room
    • Quality Hotel Regent Rockhampton - Exterior
    • Quality Hotel Regent - Rockhampton
    • 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 - Exterior
    • Mantra Hervey Bay - Exterior and Pool

    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
    • The Sebel Noosa - Pool Area
    • The Sebel Resort Noosa - pool area
    • The Sebel Resort Noosa - room

    A stay at The Sebel Resort Noosa places you in the heart of Noosa Heads, steps from Noosa Beach and close to Noosa Marina.

  • Novotel Surfers Paradise
    Cnr Hanlan St and Surfers Paradise Blvd

    2 nights

    • Hotel Grand Chancellor - Standard Room
    • Hotel Grand Chancellor - Reception
    • Hotel Grand Chancellor - Swimming Pool

    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 - Standard Room
    • Waters Edge - Lobby
    • Waters Edge - Swimming Pool
    • Waters Edge - Terrace
    • Waters Edge - Deck Area

    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 2017 - 31 March 2018

Great Adventures Certified Dive - 40min (Cairns)

Adult Price: AUD 116.00 - 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 164.00

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.

Great Barrier Reef Helicopters (Cairns)

Adult Price: AUD 179.00

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

Noosa Everglades Lunch Cruise (Noosa)

Adult Price: AUD 110.00

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.

Bookings

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

Prices indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars

Prices are valid from 1 April 2017. 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.