East Coast Contrasts

13 Day Guided Vacation | Cairns to Sydney

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$4275

Adult Twin i A person 16 years and over (note a person 16–17 years must be accompanied by a person 18 years and over). All prices are per person, land only.

$5225

Single i A person, who must be 18 years and over, travelling alone, must pay the single room price. All prices are per person, land only.

$3845

Child i A child (5-15 years) must be accompanied by a person 18 years+. Some tours have min. age requirement
Prices above are per person, land only

Duration 13 Day Guided Holiday

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From 1 April 2019

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East Coast Contrasts

13 Day Guided Vacation | Cairns to Sydney

East Coast Contrasts

13 Day Guided Vacation

Cairns to Sydney

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Discover Australia’s superb east coast on a journey that begins in relaxed tropical Cairns and ends when you arrive in Sydney. Snorkel the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, explore the mysterious Undara Lava Tubes, and enjoy genuine outback hospitality on a family-owned cattle property. From pristine beaches to the country-music mecca of Tamworth, this journey will provide memories for a lifetime.

This itinerary is valid from 1 April, 2019.

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Welcome to tropical Cairns, on the pristine east coast of Far North Queensland. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an orientation tour of the laid-back city before getting to know each other over a Welcome Reception and dinner.

Hotel: Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa, 2 nights

Included Meals: Dinner

Board a high-speed catamaran this morning and cruise out to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, the only living organism visible from the moon. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkelling and see this natural wonder up close (equipment provided) or view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and glass-bottomed boat. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on board before you return to Cairns in the late afternoon. Your evening is at leisure.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Depart Cairns this morning and travel inland through the fertile Atherton Tablelands where waterfalls, lakes and lush rainforests abound. You’ll stop in the town of Atherton before visiting Millaa Millaa Falls – keep a lookout for platypus and the brilliant Ulysses butterfly – and the famous Curtain Fig Tree. This evening you’ll enter the Undara Volcanic National Park and experience your first taste of outback hospitality.

Hotel: Undara Lava Lodge

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Rise early for billy tea and a real bush breakfast around the campfire. Then embark on an unforgettable guided tour of the unique Undara Lava Tubes, reputedly the longest in the world, that stand as silent sentinels to the volcanic pre-history of the region.

Hotel: Cattleman's Rest

Included Meals: Breakfast

This afternoon visit Leahton Park, where extraordinary Texas Longhorn cattle have been resident since the 1800s, and enjoy a ‘smoko’ and tour of the property. Then journey on to the charming seaside town of Airlie Beach, gateway to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.

Hotel: Mantra Club Croc, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today is at leisure. You might like to consider an optional experience. Perhaps take the ferry to Hamilton Island, visit famous Whitehaven Beach aboard the Lady Enid, try croc-spotting in the estuaries and wetlands of the Whitsundays or just relax with a book by the pool at your resort.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Australia’s largest underground sapphire mine beckons this morning. Fossick for gems in the tiny village of Rubyvale before heading to Emerald for the evening.

Hotel: Emerald Central Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast

On the way to Agnes Water today you’ll stop for afternoon tea and traditional damper at Langmorn Station, an 11,000-hectare cattle property located in a scenic coastal valley. Your next stop is the historic, quaintly-named township of 1770, a little-known gem on the Queensland coast.

Hotel: Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today is free to enjoy at your own pace. Perhaps take an optional experience and join the Goolimbil ‘Black Cockatoo’ Walkabout Tour to Eurimbula National Park on an amphibious cargo vessel, or take a day-cruise to Lady Musgrave Island, where you may be lucky enough to swim with the local turtles.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Today you’ll visit the Bundaberg Rum Distillery and learn about the history and making of famous ‘Bundy Rum’. Tonight is free for you to dine at one of Brisbane’s many restaurants and cafés.

Hotel: Royal on the Park, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

Explore Brisbane at your leisure today.

Included Meals: Breakfast

This morning at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary you can meet some of the cute, cuddly locals. Then depart Queensland and travel over the border to New South Wales. On the journey south, stop at the Granite Belt Brewery in Stanthorpe for lunch, and perhaps take the opportunity to try the renowned artisan-made beers. Celebrate your holiday at a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and newfound friends.

Hotel: Quality Hotel Powerhouse Armidale

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner

Visit country-music mecca Tamworth and the famous Golden Guitar and Collectors Museum on the way to Sydney, where your holiday concludes and you’ll be transferred to Sydney Airport for your onward flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

At Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa you will enjoy private beachfront accommodation or deluxe rainforest accommodation in a beautiful tranquil environment that reflects the very essence of tropical Australia.

    Features

  • Pool
  • Wi-Fi
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Unlike any other hotel or resort, Undara is a wilderness experience totally in contrast to today’s modern accommodation. It’s a place where you can explore natural geological wonders, enjoy the comforts and hospitality of a unique outback setting and where the local wildlife are as abundant as they are at home in their surroundings.
Stay in either restored turn-of the century railway carriages or pioneer hunts.

    Features

  • Toilet facilities
  • Linen
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The Cattleman’s Rest Motel is a tranquil haven for visitors to Queensland's outback town of Charters Towers. After a day of holiday touring or business activities, guests can relax in our swimming pool and barbeque area or enjoy a fine dining experience in our licensed Steakhouse restaurant.

    Features

  • Air-conditioning
  • Swimming Pool
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry facilities (Self-Service)
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Families, couples and groups will find Mantra Club Croc ideally positioned in the coastal town of Airlie Beach, within a five-minute drive of its lively hub. Centrally located on Shute Harbour Road, you’ll be set to experience the best of Queensland’s most popular tourist destinations. Providing a glimpse into the region’s past, Mantra Club Croc’s traditional Queenslander exterior complements its modern interior and boasts a tropical carefree atmosphere throughout. Hotel rooms are refurbished with natural tones reflect the nearby coastline, coupled with modern features to ensure you are relaxed while on vacation.

    Features

  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Air-conditioning
  • LCD TV
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Wi-Fi (additional cost)
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Emerald Central Hotel, located in the heart of the Emerald CBD, is a stylish 4-Star hotel that offers comfortable one and two-bedroom hotel rooms. Guests can relax by the large pool and have a delicious meal and drink at Centro Bar and Grill, our in-house bar and restaurant.

    Features

  • Air-conditioning
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Wi-Fi
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Pool
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Lagoons 1770 Resort and Spa is a complete full service resort experience with a comfortable, quiet and relaxing atmosphere. Lagoons 1770 Resort and Spa, a secluded beach resort experience - relaxed, modern, casual and unique. Located in the Southern Great Barrier Reef destination of Seventeen Seventy

    Features

  • Wi-Fi
  • Pool
  • Kitchenette
  • Air-conditioning
  • TV
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry facilities (Self-Service)
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Perfectly situated next to the City Botanic Gardens and Brisbane River, in the heart of the CBD, Royal on the Park Hotel Brisbane is only a short walk to the Queen Street Mall in the City centre with easy access to Brisbane’s premier entertainment and sporting venues, such as The Gabba, Suncorp Stadium, QPAC and Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre at Southbank.

    Features

  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Air-conditioning
  • Wi-Fi
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Pool
  • Gym facilities
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The Quality Hotel Powerhouse is proud to be Armidale’s only full service, 4.5 star hotel with 55 designer hotel rooms and suites. After completing a multi-million dollar refurbishment, the luxurious rooms feature the latest in technology and comfort with underfloor heating in each bathroom. All rooms are immaculate and serviced daily by our friendly and efficient housekeeping team. The Powerhouse offers stylish accommodation, warm professional service & delicious cuisine at Azka Restaurant, Wine & Tapas Bar, and is a 5 minute walk to restaurants, shops, cafes & bars.

    Features

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • TV
  • Desk & chair
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron / Ironing Board
Need accommodation before or after your tour?

Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Find out more

  • Comfortable Accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers

What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers in cooler months
  • Swimmers & towel (if swimming)

Fitness Requirements

  • Low level of fitness required

Dining

  • 12 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches
  • 4 Dinners
  • 1 Farewell DInner

Flight Information

  • Day 1: Flights to arrive into Cairns before 2pm
  • Day 13: Flights to depart after 8.00pm Domestic or 9.00pm International from Sydney Airport

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