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$3935

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  • Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island

    Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island

  • Great Barrier Reef

    Great Barrier Reef

  • Great Barrier Reef

    Great Barrier Reef

  • Kuranda Village

    Kuranda Village

  • Kuranda Scenic Railway (Optional Experience)

    Kuranda Scenic Railway (Optional Experience)


Tour code: QSC

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Explore the glittering coastline of Eastern Australia. Travel from Sydney to Port Macquarie and the Gold Coast. From Brisbane it's off to relaxing Noosa and pristine Fraser Island. Tour a Rockhampton cattle station. Explore Hamilton Island and the exquisite Whitsundays, then head to tropical Cairns for a cruise on the Great Barrier Reef.

Itinerary

1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018 ?
Day 1
Sydney – Port Macquarie

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

Welcome to Sydney! Travel to the Hunter Valley for an exclusive wine tasting and get to know your fellow travellers over a delicious lunch at a local winery. Continue north to picturesque seaside Port Macquarie. This evening join your Travel Director for a welcome reception.

Hotel: Waters Edge, Port Macquarie

Included Meals: Lunch

Day 2 - 3
Port Macquarie – Gold Coast
Day 2: Port Macquarie – Gold Coast

Journey to Cape Byron Lighthouse and enjoy superb views over the Pacific Ocean from Australia's eastern-most point. At the right time of year you may be lucky enough to spot migrating whales frolicking off the coast. For lunch we recommend fresh fish and chips on the beach at Byron Bay – there's nothing more Australian! Continue to the famous holiday destination, the Gold Coast, where you'll stay for the next two nights.

Day 3: Gold Coast ‘Free Time’

Today is yours to do as you choose. You may like to take an optional experience to the stunning Gold Coast Hinterland to discover the rainforest and the picturesque village of Mt. Tamborine or just take the opportunity to relax and unwind with a stroll along famous Surfers Paradise beach.

Hotel: Novotel Surfers Paradise, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 2: Breakfast. Day 3: Breakfast.

Day 4 - 5
Gold Coast – Noosa
Day 4: Gold Coast – Noosa

After a short tour of buzzing Brisbane, visit Australia Zoo made famous by the Crocodile Hunter, the late Steve Irwin and his family. 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 one of the many shows and wander through the zoo's fascinating grounds. Later travel to the resort town of Noosa for a relaxing stay. This evening join your fellow travellers for dinner at a restaurant with views over the beach.

Day 5: Noosa ‘Free Time’

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 choose one of the town's eateries and dine on inspiring local delights.

Hotel: The Sebel Resort Noosa, 2 nights

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

Day 6
Noosa – Hervey Bay

A day of discovery lies ahead as you cross by ferry to explore World Heritage listed Fraser Island. Your 4WD tour takes you to the coloured sands of Rainbow Beach (tidal) and beyond. 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 and enjoy a delicious lunch before arriving in Hervey Bay.

Hotel: Mantra Hervey Bay

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7
Hervey Bay – Rockhampton

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 afternoon tea in the garden in the company of the pet kangaroo! Cross the Tropic of Capricorn as you arrive in Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia. 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

Day 8 - 9
Rockhampton – Hamilton Island
Day 8: Rockhampton – Hamilton Island

Travel north to the sugar town of Sarina for a guided tour through a miniature sugar mill. Discover the growing, harvesting and crushing processes of sugar cane. See how it's turned into a tantalising array of handmade and sugar-inspired boutique products. Afterwards you can taste some of the products made on site before sitting down to a light lunch. Continue past Mackay to Airlie Beach to catch a ferry to Hamilton 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 9: Hamilton Island

Take a cruise to explore famous Whitehaven Beach, voted Australia's best! Feel the sand between your toes and if you’re up to it, take a walk to a lookout for views over the beautiful waters and islands of the Coral Sea. This afternoon you’re free to enjoy paradise.

Hotel: Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island, 2 nights

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

Day 10
Hamilton Island – Mission Beach

This morning you'll board a ferry back to the mainland and continue north along the Bruce Highway for a stop at lunchtime in Townsville, when you'll have the opportunity to take a stroll along the Strand with views to Magnetic Island. Your destination for the night is Mission Beach where you'll stay with views over the ocean. Magic.

Hotel: Castaways Resort & Spa

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 - 12
Mission Beach – Cairns – Great Barrier Reef
Day 11: Mission Beach – Cairns

This morning there will be time to take a walk along the shore and feel the golden sand between your toes before you depart Mission Beach. Today you'll travel through the high tropical plateau known as the Atherton Tablelands, where lush rainforests, waterfalls and lakes abound. Visit Millaa Millaa Falls and see the famous Curtain Fig Tree. Keep an eye out for the spectacular Ulysses Butterfly while you're there. Continue to Kuranda where you’ll stop around lunch time. Enjoy some free time to explore 'the village in the rainforest'. You may choose to journey to Cairns on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

Day 12: 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 you can see from the moon. Imagine that! You'll have the opportunity to go snorkelling and view this natural living wonder up-close (equipment provided) and view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and the semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns in the late afternoon. This evening join your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant, where you'll get the opportunity to taste traditional Australian bush flavours.

Hotel: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 11: Breakfast. Day 12: Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner

Day 13
Farewell from Cairns

Your wonderful holiday concludes after breakfast when you bid farewell to your new-found friends.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Don't Miss

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 (12)
  • Lunches (4)
  • Dinners (3)
  • Farewell dinner (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 Prior   Flights to arrive anytime
into Sydney Airport
Day 13   Flights to depart anytime
from Cairns 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:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Reef View Hotel
    12 Resort Dr, Hamilton Island, QLD 4803

    Hamilton Island, 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
  • 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
  • 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

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

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.

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!

Hot Air Cairns - 30 Minute Flight (Cairns)

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.

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park - By Day (Cairns )

Adult Price: AUD 83.00

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park - By Day

Three theatres, a museum, art gallery and a traditional Aboriginal camp combine to give a fascinating glimpse of the rich and ancient culture of the traditional inhabitants. 

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.