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East Coast Beaches & Reef

12 Day Guided Vacation | Cairns to Sydney

On this East Coast Australia tour, prepare yourself for record-breaking attractions: The Great Barrier Reef (the largest of its kind), the Wet Tropics of Queensland (some of the oldest rainforest on the planet), and K’gari (Fraser Island), the largest sand island in the world. All rightly have World Heritage status, and are on your itinerary. Along with glorious swathes of sand stretching from Cairns to Sydney.

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Trip Details

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  • • Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver
    • 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites – K’gari (Fraser Island), Great Barrier Reef & Wet Tropics of Queensland (Barron Gorge National Park, Skyrail)
    • Centrally located premium hotels
    • Cape Byron Lighthouse Permit & Crater Lake National Park entrance fees (Millaa Millaa Falls)

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  • • 1 Dinner with Wine
  • • 11 Full Breakfasts
  • • 3 Lunches
  • • 1 Farewell Dinner

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  • Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Cairns Airport
    Day 12 – flights to depart after 9.00pm from Sydney Airport
    Flights are not included in the vacation price
    Return airport to hotel transfers are not included in the vacation price

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  • • Warm layers in cooler months
  • • Camera
  • • Comfortable walking shoes
  • • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • • Water bottle

trip-details-fitness-level-requirementsFitness Requirements

    Low level of fitness required

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Cairns is not only the gateway to Tropical North Queensland, but also the Great Barrier Reef, that enormous swathe of World Heritage-listed coral that hugs the Queensland coast. Take today easy, because the next few are going to be jam-packed with adventures. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner.

  Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns

  Included Meals: Dinner with Wine

Hold onto your hat as you zip over the Great Barrier Reef aboard a high speed catamaran. Pause to snorkel over immense fans of coral, a verdant habitat for six of the world’s sea turtles as well as so many fish you won’t know where to look. If you prefer to keep your head above water, the marine world can also be glimpsed from an underwater observatory and glass-bottom boat.

  Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

From the reef to the rainforest... Enjoy some perspective of the Wet Tropics on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, lifting you above the canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park to Kuranda. The Atherton Tablelands awaits, this high tropical plateau a tangle of dense forest – look out for the heritage-listed Curtain Fig Tree. And waterfalls, like Millaa Millaa, where enormous iridescent Ulysses butterflies like to dance.

 

  Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Some days, the journey matters just as much as the destination. Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you travel south through sugar cane fields and rolling green paddocks, all framed by the ocean and rainforest-clad mountains. Stretch your legs en route to Airlie Beach and soak up this steamy part of the state.

  Hotel: Mantra Club Croc

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Powdery beaches and rainforest unite in the Whitsundays, 74 tropical drops of land all ringed by the Coral Sea. There are endless ways to explore this part of the Great Barrier Reef – today, we’re letting you choose. Perhaps rise early for an optional helicopter ride over Heart Reef. Or catch a catamaran to Whitehaven Beach, with sand so high in silica it squeaks underfoot.

  Hotel: Mantra Club Croc

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Life is sweet in Sarina, Australia’s sugar capital, where your guided tour takes you behind the scenes of processing and distilling sugar cane at the Sarina Sugar Shed. And yes, you get to sample the wares. You’ll be bouncing off your seat all the way to Rockhampton, another town with a big title: this is the country’s beef capital. See if it deserves its accolade at any of the restaurants that line the streets. Ask us for dining tips.

  Hotel: Quality Hotel Regent, Rockhampton

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

More beef awaits after you cross the Tropic of Capricorn, GPS set for Langmorn Station, where the Creed family will welcome you with afternoon tea and a tour of the immense (and historic) cattle property – the original family homestead was built in 1873. The Creeds love nothing more than a good yarn about life on the land. Your next destination involves water. Lots of it. The ferry ride to World Heritage-listed K’gari (Fraser Island) is a highlight, particularly during whale migration when these gentle giants come to the calm, protected waters to calve. Alight on the world’s largest sand island, and the only place in the world where rainforest grows from the sand.

  Hotel: Kingfisher Bay Resort

  Included Meals: Breakfast

The island also has a really long sand highway. Jump in a 4WD and zip along 75 Mile Beach, all the way up the east coast to the Pinnacles Coloured Sands, calm Eli Creek and the Maheno shipwreck, which offers quite the photo op. Just when you thought the island couldn’t get any prettier, Lake McKenzie appears on the horizon, this dazzling patch of blue formed only with rainwater. It’s a hard act to follow, but the ancient rainforest at Central Station and Wanggoolba Creek lives up to the challenge with its huge satiny, scribbly gum and kauri trees.

  Hotel: Kingfisher Bay Resort

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Back on the mainland, follow the waves of Hervey Bay south to the Gold Coast, where you can be surfing one minute and surrounded by rainforest the next. This afternoon, fall into beat with locals and explore the city’s booming food and wine scene. We have a few restaurant favourites…

  Hotel: Novotel Surfers Paradise

  Included Meals: Breakfast

The hardest thing you have to do today is decide which direction to set your compass. Perhaps stay close to your Surfers Paradise base and explore long stretches of sand and achingly cool cafés. The city also breaks records for its extensive network of canals, which you might opt to explore on a leisurely cruise. Or go further afield to see another side of the ‘Goldie’ in the Mt. Tamborine hinterland – a hub for creatives and foodies.

  Hotel: Novotel Surfers Paradise

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Australia’s most easterly point is the stuff that postcards were made for, as you’ll discover when you reach the Cape Byron Lighthouse, standing proud over the Pacific Ocean. Dolphins are a common sight year round, and they’re joined by whales during migration. Keep your eyes peeled all the way to Coffs Harbour on the mid-North Coast of New South Wales. This pocket of paradise has some of the state’s most impressive beaches. Follow the breeze (and lead of locals) to the beach for a dazzling end of day sunset.

  Hotel: BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Your final stretch of East Coast Australia takes you to the ‘Harbour City’, one of the prettiest of its kind anywhere in the world, in our humble opinion. If you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to life on the road, chat to your Travel Director about extending your trip to take in Sydney’s legendary sights.  

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.


East Coast Beaches & Reef

Best Buys

12 Day Guided Vacation

Cairns to Sydney

On this East Coast Australia tour, prepare yourself for record-breaking attractions: The Great Barrier Reef (the largest of its kind), the Wet Tropics of Queensland (some of the oldest rainforest on the planet), and K’gari (Fraser Island), the largest sand island in the world. All rightly have World Heritage status, and are on your itinerary. Along with glorious swathes of sand stretching from Cairns to Sydney.

Highlights

Flexible Vacations

Choose your own adventure on the Gold Coast, where surf and sand meet rainforest hinterland. Hike, swim, refuel, repeat.

Iconic Sites

How many people get to say they visited three World Heritage Sites on a single holiday? You can: K’gari (Fraser Island), the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics of Queensland.

Sustainable Travel

Our Take 3 for the Sea program helps conserve our oceans through small collective efforts of rubbish collection.

Natural Wonders

Some of the world’s oldest tropical rainforest envelops Cairns, this verdant tangle of ferns and palms a natural magnet for native wildlife.

Accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

Optional Experiences

Please note, prices for Optional Experiences are subject to change.

To ensure your holiday is filled with memorable experiences, we have included a range of quality Optional Experiences for you to choose from and partake in, if you wish, during your holiday. The experiences can be booked on tour through your Travel Director.

Evening Glow Worm & Rainforest Experience (Gold Coast)

Adult: $119.00 AUD

Child: $96.00 AUD

Join an unforgettable night in the rainforest after dark! Enjoy a guided walk by torchlight with an expert local guide through the night time rainforest. Along the walk see the nocturnal rainforest inhabitants that are unique to the region and experience the sounds and sights of the rainforest in the evening. Along the rock face, see the glowing lava which is Glow Worms, unique to the Australian east coast.

Evening Glow Worm & Rainforest Experience

Lamington National Park, O'Reilys & Vineyard Tour (Gold Coast )

Adult: $129.00 AUD

Child: 106.00 AUD

This tour provides you with all the best highlights packed beautifully into one fantastic day. A fully guided tour visiting the world’s largest sub-tropical rainforest, the famous O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat and Canungra Valley Vineyard. Experience stunning panoramic views, a canopy treetop walk, wild bird feeding and more on this relaxed journey to 1,000 metres above sea level.

Lamington National Park, O'Reilys & Vineyard Tour

Natural Bridge & Sprinbook Waterfalls Tour (Gold Coast)

Adult: $119.00 (AUD)

Child: $96.00 (AUD)

Join an afternoon tour to the World Heritage Rainforests of Springbrook and view 5 stunning waterfalls. Learn about the history, culture and stories of the region on a fully guided rainforest walk to Natural Bridge and stand on the edge of an extinct 23 million year old volcano. Take in the view at lookouts with views across to the Gold Coast, Mt Warning and Green Cauldron of Northern NSW and enjoy light refreshments.

Natural Bridge & Sprinbook Waterfalls Tour

Nautilus Aviation (Cairns)

Adult Price: AUD $199

Take to the sky on a 10-minute scenic flight. You will have the best seat to witness the iconic Great Barrier Reef from above.

Nautilus Aviation

Sunlover Guided Snorkel Safari (Cairns)

Adult Price: AUD $75.00 Child Price: AUD$60.00

>Have marine experts guide you on a personal 35 minute tour exploring areas of the reef not accessible by others, highlighting brilliant corals and fascinating marine life. Our marine naturalist has a large rubber ring that you can hold on to, making it great for non-swimmers and those who aren't confident to snorkel alone, as well as those who want an in depth experience of the outer reef.

Sunlover Guided Snorkel Safari

Sunlover Introductory Dive (Cairns)

Adult Price: AUD $210.00

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.

Sunlover Introductory Dive

Whitehaven & Hill Inlet, Chill & Grill (Whitsundays)

Adult Price: AUD $263.00 Child Price: AUD $152.00

Spend the whole day experiencing the wonders of the magnificent Whitehaven Beach. Following the cruise over, your day on the whitest of sands commences on the southern end of the beach. The crew will advise of the day's activities available including a trip to Hill Inlet at the northern end of the beach, walking tours and paddle boarding. Your trip includes morning and afternoon tea plus a gourmet burger with side salads served on the beach.

Whitehaven & Hill Inlet, Chill & Grill

Whitehaven Beach - Half Day Cruise (Whitsundays)

Adult: $120.00 (AUD)

Child: $47.00 (AUD)

The whitest sand in the Whitsundays is found on the magical Whitehaven Beach. This half day tour has you boarding a high speed catamaran directly to Whitehaven Beach where you will have time to explore, swim and relax. Morning departure, including morning tea. 

Whitehaven Beach - Half Day Cruise

Aquaduck City & River Tour (Gold Coast)

Adult: $50.00
Child: $40.00

Be amazed as the Aquaduck starts to say quack quack like a duck and instantly transforms into a boat and your Gold Coast river cruise begins. The Aquaduck has a unique seating layout offering you more room to stand and move around once we are on the water, along with great views. The Gold Coast is a beautiful part of Australia, and your tour aboard the Aquaduck allows you to see more than you would on even the longest boat cruises. Cruise past the glitzy waterfront mansions of the rich and famous and take in the spectacular views of the Gold Coast canals and Broadwater with its famous sights and natural wildlife.

Aquaduck City & River Tour

SeaWalker Helmet Dive (Cairns)

Adult: $210.00 (AUD)

 

For an amazing underwater walking experience, let Seawalker’s expert guides show you wonders of the reef as you stroll along Green Island lagoon’s sea floor. There’s no equipment to operate, non-swimmers welcome and you don’t even have to get your hair wet! It’s a great opportunity for those who don’t scuba dive or snorkel to see the reef from a different perspective.

SeaWalker Helmet Dive

The Tastes of Tamborine Mountain (Gold Coast)

Adult: $229.00 AUD
Child: $206.00 AUD

This is a Tamborine Mountain tour like no other. Experience Tamborine through the eyes of a local with a guided walk through the rainforest, taste locally grown produce at lunch and try the region’s best coffees and spirits. Meet passionate local producers, buy handmade art and crafts then take in the waterfalls and lookouts of the Gold Coast’s most famous mountain top village. Whilst on the tour our local guide will tell the stories of the local people, history of the region, show you their favourite spots and share their knowledge on the rainforest’s unique flora and fauna.

The Tastes of Tamborine Mountain
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