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$3675 adult twin $4570 single $3305 child

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  • Get up close and personal with animals at Australia Zoo

    Get up close and personal with animals at Australia Zoo

  • Cairns Esplanade

    Cairns Esplanade

  • Airlie Beach

    Airlie Beach

  • Great Barrier Reef

    Great Barrier Reef

  • Tropical Millaa Millaa Falls

    Tropical Millaa Millaa Falls


Tour code: QCB

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Welcome to Cairns where your holiday begins with a ‘meet and greet’ with your fellow guests and Travel Director. The iconic Great Barrier Reef awaits you, with the opportunity to snorkel with tropical fish or enjoy the stunning sight from the underwater observatory, followed by a tropical buffet lunch. Mission Beach is the next stop, with its warm golden sand. A Whitsundays tropical island paradise offers free time for you to choose your own adventure, with rainforest walks, kayaking or tennis among your options. Rockhampton and Hervey Bay offer more stunning scenery before arriving at the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island. Australia Zoo will provide you with an unforgettable wildlife experience before your holiday ends in Brisbane.

Itinerary

1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017 ?
Day 1-2
Welcome to Cairns
Day 1: Welcome to Cairns

Welcome to Cairns! 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: 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 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 Market.

Hotel: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort, 2 nights.

Included Meals: Day 1: Dinner. Day 2: Breakast and Lunch

Day 3
Cairns to Mission Beach

 This morning travel through the high tropical plateau known as the Atherton Tablelands, where lush rainforests, waterfalls and lakes abound. You’ll visit Lake Barrine and enjoy a serene cruise that will have you up close to one of the most complex rainforests in the world.  Next up visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the famous Curtain Fig Tree. Keep an eye out for the spectacular Ulysses Butterfly! Before heading back to the coast, stop at Mungalli Creek Dairy. The dairy was established by the Watson family who believe that it’s vital that food be produced as naturally as possible. You’ll get the chance to taste their biodynamic cheese and yogurt and sit down to a delicious afternoon tea. 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, Mission Beach

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4-5
Mission Beach to Hamilton Island
Day 4: Mission Beach to 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 Free Time

Today in paradise, it's time to let your hair down and relax. You may like to take a cruise to famous Whitehaven Beach or even strap on a snorkel and mask to spot turtles and other marine life on the fringing reef. You could choose to discover native Australian animals at the island’s wildlife park or grab a bite to eat at one of the island’s restaurant and watch the world go by. Whatever you do, at some stage, grab a good book and sit back and relax by the resort pool.

Hotel: Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island, 2 nights.

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

Day 6
Hamilton Island to 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 and lunch! On your tour you’ll get a peak in to sugar cane processing and witness fully functioning sugar processing and distilling equipment in action. Afterwards you can taste some of the products made on site before sitting down for 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 and Lunch

Day 7
Rockhampton to 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 and Dinner

Day 8-9
Fraser Island to Noosa
Day 8: Fraser Island

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.

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 to 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: Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa, 2 nights.

Included Meals: Day 8: Breakfast and Lunch. Day 9: Breakfast

Day 10
Farewell from Brisbane

Visit Australia Zoo, made famous by the Crocodile Hunter, the late Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin and Bindi. Enjoy a sneak peek in to 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. Following the tour your holiday comes to an end and you will be transferred to the airport.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Black and green butterfly on woman's shoulder in the Butterfly Sanctuary

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

If you have time to visit Kuranda on this holiday, why not call in at the Butterfly Sanctuary, the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in Australia - a wildlife park in the heart of Kuranda Village. The sanctuary is home to over 1,500 magnificent tropical butterflies that are hand-reared on the premises. All are local rainforest species, including an iconic Kuranda butterfly, the electric blue Ulysses Butterfly, and the majestic fluoro green and yellow Cairns Birdwing. The aviary, set in the midst of Kuranda rainforest, was opened in 1987 and has been visited by over a million people since. You can take a guided tour through the aviary and laboratory, detailing a butterfly's life cycle and behaviour.

Highlights

  • Cruise on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Snorkel with tropical fish
  • Cruise on Lake Barrine
  • See beautiful Millaa Millaa Falls
  • Indulge at Mungalli Creek Dairy
  • Play a game of cricket on Mission Beach
  • Stop for lunch in Townsville
  • Explore the Whitsundays
  • Experience island life on Hamilton Island
  • Explore Langmorn Station and enjoy homemade morning tea
  • Swim in Lake McKenzie
  • Explore Fraser Island by 4WD
  • Relax on the beaches of Noosa
  • Visit the koalas in Australia Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital
  • Check out amazing wildlife at Australia Zoo
  • Explore Brisbane

Inclusions

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

Dining

  • Full buffet breakfasts (9)
  • Lunches (3)
  • Dinners (4)

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

Day 10

 

Flights to depart after 5:00pm from Brisbane

Flights are not included in the holiday price

What to bring

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

Ways to Save

Early payment discount
Pay by 31 Jan 2016     Save up to $360
Pay by 31 Mar 2016     Save up to $180
 
Kings Club early payment discount
Pay by 31 Jan 2016     Save up to $540
Pay by 31 Mar 2016     Save up to $360
 
Triple share     Save up to $180
Kings Club     Save up to $180

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

    Mission Beach

    • 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

    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
  • 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
  • Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa
    14-16 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, Queensland, 4567

    2 nights.

    • Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa - Pool
    • Sheraton Noosa - Bar Area
    • Sheraton Noosa - River Studio

    Located in the heart of Hastings Street, Noosa's only 5 star deluxe hotel boasts 176 studios, suites and villas. Discover a world of shopping, dining and playing right on your doorstep, take time out and indulge in a little spa therapy, or spend a day visiting Noosa's pristine beaches. Wander through ancient national parks and cruise Noosa's beautiful waterways or simply relax poolside with your favourite drink. It's all here...

    • Features
    • Flat Screen TV
    • Wi-Fi
    • Ensuite
    • Spa bath
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Air Conditioning
    • In-room safe
    • Refrigerator
    • 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 2016 - 31 March 2017

Whitehaven Beach Adventure Full Day Cruise (Hamilton Island)

$235 adult

Whitehaven Beach Adventure Full Day Cruise

This day cruise allows you to spend more time exploring the wonders of Whitehaven Beach that any other cruise. Walk up to the Hill Inlet lookout, chill out on Whitehaven Beach and go exploring. What an amazing day out!

Noosa Everglades BBQ Lunch Cruise (Noosa)

$110 adult

Noosa Everglades BBQ Lunch Cruise

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 2016. 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.