East Coast Islands and Rainforest

13 Day Guided Vacation | Sydney to Cairns

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East Coast Islands and Rainforest

13 Day Guided Vacation | Sydney to Cairns

East Coast Islands & Rainforest

13 Day Guided Vacation

Sydney to Cairns

Explore the epic coastline of Eastern Australia on a journey that takes you from buzzy cosmopolitan Sydney to tranquil Port Macquarie and the glitzy Gold Coast. Cruise to pristine Fraser Island and exquisite Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays, and head to tropical Cairns to discover the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef. There are hinterland experiences too – you’ll taste premium wines in the Hunter Valley and tour a remote Rockhampton cattle station.

  • 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 with free time in the holiday town of Noosa
  • Take an exciting 4WD tour on Fraser Island
  • Taste local produce at the Ohana Exotic Fruit Orchard
  • Experience life on Langmorn Station, a working cattle property
  • 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
  • Tropical paradise Hamilton Island
  • Cruise to spectacular Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays
  • Relax in idyllic Mission Beach
  • Stop at Millaa Millaa Falls & the Curtain Fig Tree
  • Skirt across the treetops on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
  • 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

As this holiday departs at 7.30am from Rydges Sydney Central, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

Leave Sydney today bound for the renowned Hunter Valley. One of Australia’s major wine regions, its viticultural history dates back to the early 1800s. It’s known for varietals such as Semillon and Shiraz, and is home to numerous wineries, including world-renowned brands and family-run boutique operations. Visit a vineyard to enjoy an exclusive wine- tasting, and get to know your fellow travellers over lunch. Continue north to the seaside town of Port Macquarie. Best-known for its extensive beaches and waterways, Port Macquarie is also emerging as a vibrant cultural hub with many art galleries. It is also rich in convict history.

Hotel: Waters Edge, Port Macquarie

Included Meals: Lunch and dinner with wine

Travel on this morning to Cape Byron Lighthouse to experience superb views over the Pacific Ocean. Standing on a rocky headland with a precipitous cliff on the east side, and a sheer hundred-metre drop to the waters below, Cape Byron Lighthouse is the easternmost point in Australia. At the right time of year you may spot migrating whales breaching not far offshore. A scenic coastal drive this afternoon takes you to the legendary holiday destination of the Gold Coast, famed for its long sandy beaches, elaborate system of inland canals and waterways, and world-class surf breaks. Settle in for your two-night stay.

Hotel: Novotel Surfers Paradise, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

Included ChoiceToday choose one from a selection of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Take the 4WD track through the Gold Coast Hinterland and magnificent rainforests to Tamborine Mountain. Or a boat trip to try your hand at crab fishing or ‘pumping yabbies’, a truly unique and local experience. You may prefer to be 270 metres in the air on the SkyPoint Climb at the iconic Q1 building.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Head north this morning, stopping in Brisbane for a short orientation tour of the vibrant state capital, then continue to 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. Your final destination today is the beachside resort town of Noosa. Although reports of the area can be traced back to Captain Cook’s voyages in May 1770, European settlement in the region did not proceed for almost a century. Unfortunately much of the culture and presence of the traditional owners of the Noosa district has been lost during the short period of white settlement, but there are still subtle reminders, such as ‘canoe trees’, middens and stone carvings. Join your fellow travellers for dinner this evening at a local restaurant.

Hotel: The Sebel Resort Noosa, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Take time out today to discover Noosa for yourself. Swim in the clear waters of Main Beach, or venture a little further afield on an easy walk along the spectacular headland to Noosa National Park. The Park itself offers many walking tracks affording stunning coastal views and is home to several rare and threatened species. If you’re feeling adventurous, you may like to hire a stand-up paddle-board or take a boat ride on the mysterious and tranquil mirrored waters of the Noosa Everglades, one of Australia’s most beautiful wilderness areas. The shaded waterways and abundant wildlife along the Noosa River will surprise and delight you. This evening, stroll along Hastings Street and dine in one of its many eateries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Today cross the Great Sandy Strait by ferry to explore the wonders of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. Its striking blue freshwater lakes, crystalline creeks, giant dunes and lush rainforests combine to create a unique, enigmatic environment. See Lake McKenzie, a perched lake ringed with magnificent white sandy beaches, and walk through the ancient rainforest at Central Station with its towering scribbly gum and kauri trees. Wildlife authorities recognise that Fraser Island dingoes may become the purest strain of dingo on the eastern Australian seaboard and perhaps Australia-wide. Enjoy lunch before travelling on to Hervey Bay, where in spring around 7,000 humpback whales and their new calves choose to rest and play in the calm and safe waters before they head back to the Antarctic.

Hotel: Mantra Hervey Bay

Included Meals: Breakfast and lunch

After breakfast, your first stop is Ohana Exotic Fruit Orchard for a guided tour and the opportunity to try some local flavours and produce. Later, leave Hervey Bay and travel to Langmorn Station, an 11,000 hectare Red Brahman cattle property located in a scenic coastal valley. A member of the Creed family, whose forebears built the heritage-listed homestead in 1873, will lead you on a guided tour of the station. Enjoy afternoon tea in the garden in the company of the family’s friendly pet kangaroo before travelling on, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn as you arrive in Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia. Rockhampton’s charming historical architecture has captured the hearts of visitors for many decades. Founded in 1853, the city is home to heritage post offices, majestic cathedrals and quaint homes. A stroll along historic Quay Street tonight could provide the perfect opportunity to sample some local beef at one of the city’s steakhouses.

Hotel: Quality Hotel Regent, Rockhampton

Included Meals: Breakfast

Travel north to the sugar town of Sarina today for a guided tour of a unique miniature sugar mill and distillery. There’ll be an opportunity to taste some of the products made on site before you enjoy a light lunch. Travel though Airlie Beach then on 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, spectacular Hamilton Island boasts pristine beaches and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life. The island is vehicle- free, and home to large populations of koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and kookaburras.

Hotel: Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner with wine

Cruise to spectacular Whitehaven Beach, regarded by many as the best beach in Australia. Wander in peace along its seven 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.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Take the ferry back to the mainland this morning and continue north along the Bruce Highway, stopping off in the coastal town of Townsville with time for a stroll along its handsome, endless esplanade, an ideal viewing platform to tropical Magnetic Island offshore. Your final destination today is Mission Beach, a seaside town with World Heritage rainforest on one side and the Great Barrier Reef on the other. There are no chain stores or traffic lights in Mission Beach – you’ll slow down and enjoy the simple life here. Your accommodation offers superb views over the Coral Sea.

Hotel: Castaways Resort & Spa, Mission Beach

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Before departing, wander along the shores of Mission Beach, with glorious views to Dunk and Bedarra Islands. Then set out on today’s journey to the tropical plateau of the Atherton Tablelands, where lush rainforests, spectacular waterfalls and peaceful lakes abound. Visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the heritage-listed 500-year-old Curtain Fig Tree, and keep an eye out for the magnificent Ulysses butterfly. Spend some free time in Kuranda, the ‘Village in the Rainforest’. Initially people came here to admire the mighty Barron Falls, while artisans were attracted to the region’s natural beauty and decided to call it home, creating a vibrant arts and crafts culture. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the local markets, before travelling on to Cairns via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Your six-person gondola will glide just metres above the canopy providing spectacular views of the rainforest, the Coral Sea, the Cairns Highlands and the city of Cairns itself.

Hotel: Hilton Hotel Cairns, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

Board a sleek, high-speed catamaran today and cruise out to the iconic 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) to view this natural living wonder at rst hand, or view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on board before you return to Cairns in the late afternoon. Be my guest dining experienceThis evening you’re in for a real treat – join a local family in their home in Cairns for a Be My Guest Aussie BBQ dinner. Spend a leisurely evening enjoying an informal chat with the family and learning about life in the tropics. The open, warm and friendly nature of Australians will be there in abundance.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and Be My Guest dinner

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

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

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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Nestled amidst the beautiful beaches and thriving shopping, dining and nightlife of Australia’s Gold Coast, Novotel 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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation 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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
  • Mini Bar
  • 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 & Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

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. The excursions can be booked on tour through your Travel Director.

Adult Price: AUD 214.00

Cape Tribulation Day Tour (CTR)

Travel in air-conditioned comfort in your luxury purpose-built vehicle to Cape Tribulation, through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Included is a driver/guided tour & morning tea at the Mossman Gorge Centre, delicious tropical lunch set amongst the rainforest, and a walk on famous Cape Tribulation Beach.

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

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Adult Price: AUD 164.00

Kuranda Skyrail and Scenic Railway (KQS)

Join your luxury Down Under Tours coach for the journey to Caravonica Lakes. Here you join Skyrail and marvel at the technology that has created the World's Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience. Stop at Barron Falls Station and learn more about this amazing Eco-system at the CSIRO Interpretive Centre. View the Barron Falls or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the rainforest boardwalk. On arrival in Kuranda, the Village is yours to explore. The vibrant and colourful Heritage markets take place daily. Your return to Cairns is aboard the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail. Winding around curves, across bridges and through hand-hewn tunnels this amazing engineering feat is a tribute to our pioneers. Spectacular scenery is the order of the day before arriving at historic Freshwater Station, where you will board your coach back to your accommodation.

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

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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.

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.)

Adult Price: AUD 48.00 - Dep 1.30pm from Reef Fleet Terminal

Cairns Harbour Afternoon Cruise - 2 hours

With waterways winding through a 300 square kilometre maze of mangroves, expect rich diverse wildlife, stunning scenery and a relaxing cruise with informative commentary from the crew. This is the saltwater crocodile’s natural habitat – with a chance to spot them basking on the muddy banks particularly in the cooler months.
* If your tour ends in Cairns, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: AUD 216.00 (Operates Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday)

Daintree Walkabout (DWA)

After arriving at Mossman Gorge, you will be treated to a guided rainforest walk along private, easy graded tracks, visiting special places and culturally significant sites, past traditional bark shelters and over cool rainforest streams. Your experienced interpretive Indigenous guides demonstrate traditional plant use, identify bush tucker sources, share their dreamtime legends, explain the history of cave paintings and provide an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and their special relationships within this unique tropical environment. After your 1.5hr walk, enjoy tea, damper and question time with guide.  Later enjoy a fascinating hour cruising through this wildlife environment, which is home to birds, tree snakes, unique plants and the estuarine crocodile – a great photo opportunity. Enjoy afternoon tea after your cruise. Lunch included. 

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

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Adult Price: From AUD 95.00 (Operates Wednesday to Saturday)

Dinner and Harbour Cruise on Spirit of Cairns

A Cairns Dinner Cruise is the perfect way to end a perfect day in paradise. Step aboard the luxury catamaran Spirit of Cairns for a 2.5 hour cruise of dining, entertainment, and panoramic mountain and city views. Throughout the evening you cruise the calm water inlet and waterfront precinct of Cairns, whilst enjoying fabulous dining, live music, and (optional!) dancing after dinner.

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

Adult Price: AUD 230.00 + flight levy

Hot Air Cairns - 30 Minute Flight

Enjoy a spectacular balloon flight over the Atherton Tablelands the hot air ballooning capital of the southern hemisphere.

*Additional $30.00 insurance levy to be paid direct to Hot Air Cairns applies.

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

Adult Price: AUD 211.00

Kuranda, Skyrail and Tjapukai Day Tour (KQST)

Visit the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Experience the history, creation and dance theatres where the legends of the dreamtime are brought to life. Ride the Skyrail Cableway above the Barron Gorge National Park to the village of Kuranda, where there is time to stroll through the markets.

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

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Adult Price: AUD 50.00

Ochre Restaurant - 2 Course Dinner

Ochre Restaurant has created a whole new Australian Cuisine utilising the abundant and, until recently, untapped traditional native fruits, berries, game meats and seafood, as well as the best of Australian wines and beers.

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

Adult Price: AUD 83.00

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park - By Day

Watch Indigenous performers bring the world’s oldest living culture to life through traditional dance, art and interactive demonstrations.

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

Adult Price: AUD 144.00

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park - By Night

More than just a dinner and show; Tjapukai by Night takes you on a magical adventure into the legends of Australia’s dreamtime. Here you will enter another world as Australia’s Aboriginal culture is brought to life through a series of award winning performances as you feast on modern cuisine from the Far North.

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

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.

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!

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.

$175 adult

Great Barrier Reef Helicopters

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


Optional Experiences indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars. 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. Please see your Travel Director for a full list of experiences.

What to Bring

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

Fitness Requirements

Dining

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

Flight Information

Day Prior   Flights to arrive anytime into Sydney Airport
Day 13   Flights to depart anytime from Cairns Airport

East Coast Islands & Rainforest

13 Day Guided Vacation

Sydney to Cairns

Early Bird Savings Available

Explore the epic Eastern Australian coastline on a journey that takes you spectacular Sydney to the glamorous Gold Coast. Cruise to pristine Fraser Island and the Whitsundays, and head to tropical Cairns to discover the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef. There are hinterland experiences too – you’ll taste premium wines in the Hunter Valley and tour a remote Rockhampton cattle station.

This itinerary is valid from 1 April 2019.

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Leave Sydney today bound for the renowned Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s major wine regions. Visit a vineyard to enjoy an exclusive wine-tasting, and get to know your fellow travellers over lunch. Continue north to the seaside town of Port Macquarie, renowned for its extensive beaches and waterways.

Hotel: Sails Port Macquarie by Rydges

Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner with wine

Experience superb views over the Pacific Ocean this morning from Cape Byron, the easternmost point in Australia. You may spot migrating whales breaching not far offshore. A scenic coastal drive this afternoon takes you to the legendary holiday destination of the Gold Coast, where you’ll settle in for your two-night stay.

Hotel: Novotel Surfers Paradise, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

Today choose one from a selection of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Take the 4WD track through the Gold Coast Hinterland, or a boat trip to try your hand at crab fishing. The 270-metre SkyPoint Climb at the iconic Q1 building will tempt the energetic.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Head north this morning, stopping in Brisbane for a short orientation tour, then continue to the famous Australia Zoo. Enjoy a sneak peek into the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and see how AAT Kings works with its Wildlife Warriors to support its koala rehabilitation project. Your final destination is the beachside resort town of Noosa, where you’ll join your fellow travellers for dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: The Sebel Resort Noosa, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Take time out today to discover Noosa for yourself. Swim in the clear waters of Main Beach, or venture a little further afield on an easy walk along the spectacular headland to Noosa National Park. You may like to hire a stand-up paddle-board or take a boat ride on the mysterious and tranquil waters of the Noosa Everglades. This evening, stroll along Hastings Street and dine in one of its many eateries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Today you’ll explore the wonders of World Heritage listed Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. Its striking blue freshwater lakes crystalline creeks, giant dunes and lush rainforests combine to create a spectacular environment. Enjoy lunch before travelling on to Hervey Bay, where in spring around 7,000 humpback whales and their new calves rest and play in the calm, safe waters before they head back to the Antarctic.

Hotel: Mantra Hervey Bay

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Your day begins with a visit to the Ohana Exotic Fruit Orchard. Then you’ll travel to Langmorn Station for a guided tour of the 11,000-hectare cattle property and a Be My Guest afternoon tea. Later, cross the Tropic of Capricorn as you arrive in Rockhampton. A stroll along historic Quay Street tonight could provide the perfect opportunity to sample some local beef at one of the city’s steakhouses.

Hotel: Quality Hotel Regent, Rockhampton

Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest afternoon tea

Travel north to Sarina today for a guided tour of its unique miniature sugar mill and distillery. At Airlie Beach you’ll 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. The spectacular island boasts pristine beaches and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life, and is home to large populations of koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and kookaburras.

Hotel: Reef View Hotel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine

Today is yours to indulge in your own pleasures – consider some optional experiences. Perhaps cruise to famous Whitehaven Beach or a scenic flight over the iconic Heart Reef. You could visit the island’s wildlife park, home to many species of Australian animals or sit back with a good book by one of the resort’s stunning pools.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Take the ferry back to the mainland this morning. Stroll along its handsome esplanade before heading off to the seaside town of Mission Beach, nestled between World Heritage rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Your accommodation offers superb views over the Coral Sea.

Hotel: Castaways Resort & Spa

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Today’s journey takes you to the Atherton Tablelands, with its lush rainforests, spectacular waterfalls and peaceful lakes. Visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the heritage listed 500-year-old Curtain Fig Tree, and keep an eye out for the magnificent Ulysses butterfly. Spend some free time in Kuranda, the ‘village in the rainforest’, before travelling on via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Your six-person gondola will provide spectacular views of the rainforest and the Coral Sea.

Hotel: Hilton Hotel Cairns, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

Board a high-speed catamaran today and cruise out to the iconic Great Barrier Reef, 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 fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on board, before you return in the late afternoon, for a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and newfound friends.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast

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

This coastal beauty has emerged from an extensive refurbishment to reveal 92 stunning guest rooms and suites providing the ultimate Port Macquarie accommodation, with a brand new restaurant & bar now open and a new entrance and waterfront event centre. The stylish and contemporary design of our Port Macquarie resort inspired by its breathtaking bay side location offers guests the chance to retreat, relax and rejuvenate with all the coastal life essentials.

    Features

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

Nestled amidst the beautiful beaches and thriving shopping, dining and nightlife of Australia’s Gold Coast, Novotel 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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation 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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
  • Mini Bar
  • 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

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

What to Bring

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

Fitness Requirements

  • Low level fitness required

Dining

  • 12 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 4 Lunches
  • 1 Be My Guest afternoon tea
  • 4 Dinners with wine
  • 1 Farewell Dinner

Flight Information

  • Day Prior – flights to arrive anytime into Sydney Airport
  • Day 13 – flights to depart anytime from Cairns Airport

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