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  • Australia Zoo

    Australia Zoo

  • Brisbane City Views

    Brisbane City Views

  • Great Barrier Reef

    Great Barrier Reef

  • Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island

    Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island

  • Cape Tribulation (Optional Experience)

    Cape Tribulation (Optional Experience)


Tour code: QBC

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Commence your journey with a scenic city tour of Brisbane before embarking on the ultimate wildlife adventure at Australia Zoo. The Sunshine Coast awaits you, with free time in Noosa, followed by a trip to the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island, exploring ancient rainforests and white sandy beaches by 4WD. Hervey Bay is the next stop, renowned for the fully operational cattle farm at Longmorn Station. Cruise to spectacular Whitehaven Beach, voted the best in Australia! Take a walk to feel the sand between your toes and take a walk to a lookout for views over the waters of the Coral Sea. The iconic Great Barrier Reef is next on the itinerary with the opportunity to snorkel with tropical fish before bidding farewell at tropical Cairns.

Itinerary

1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019 ?
Day 1 - 2
Brisbane – Noosa

As this Guided Holiday departs early morning, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

Day 1: Brisbane to Noosa

After a short orientation tour of Brisbane, visit Australia Zoo made famous by the Crocodile Hunter, the late Steve Irwin and his family. 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 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 enjoy dinner at a local restaurant with your fellow travellers and travel director.

Day 2: 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 to Noosa National Park. If you’re feeling adventurous, you may like to 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!

Hotel: The Sebel Resort Noosa, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 1: Dinner with wine. Day 2: Breakfast

Day 3
Noosa – Fraser Island

A day of discovery lies ahead as you cross by ferry to explore the wonders of 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 and lunch

Day 4
Hervey Bay to Rockhampton

This morning stop at Ohana Exotic Fruit Orchard for a guided tour with the opportunity to try some local flavours and produce. Later you’ll stop at Langmorn Station, a fully operational family run cattle station. Take a guided tour of the property including the 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 5 - 6
Rockhampton – Hamilton Island
Day 5: Rockhampton – Hamilton Island

Travel north to the sugar town of Sarina, Australia’s sugar capital, to Sarina Sugar Shed, a working miniature sugar mill. 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 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 6: Hamilton Island

The famous Whitehaven Beach beckons this morning. Cruise aboard a catamaran to this slice of paradise, where you can simply relax on the beach, take a swim, or get involved in some fun beach activities. Back at Hamilton Island the afternoon is yours to indulge in your own pleasures – hire a buggy to explore the island or maybe tee off in paradise against the magnificent backdrop of an azure ocean.

Hotel: Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 5: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner with wine. Day 6: Breakfast

Day 7
Hamilton Island – Mission Beach

This morning you’ll board a ferry back to mainland and continue north along the Bruce Highway to Townsville for a stop at lunchtime 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, Mission Beach

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 8 - 9
Mission Beach – Cairns & Great Barrier Reef
Day 8: 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. 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 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. From Kuranda you will take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway high above the canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park before arriving at your hotel in Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

Day 9: 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. 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. Be my guest dining experienceThis evening you’re in for a real Aussie treat, enjoy a Be My Guest Aussie BBQ dinner with your local hosts in their family home.

Hotel: Hilton Hotel Cairns, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 8: Breakfast. Day 9: Breakfast, lunch and Be My Guest dinner

Day 10
Farewell from Cairns

Your wonderful holiday concludes after breakfast when you bid farewell to your fellow travellers.

Included Meals: Breakfast

10 Day Guided Vacation

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Tour departs from Brisbane and returns to Cairns

Highlights

  • 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

Inclusions

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

Dining

  • 9 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 3 Lunches
  • 1 Be My Guest dinner
  • 3 Dinners with wine

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 Brisbane Airport
Day 10   Flights to depart anytime from Brisbane 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 2018
Early Payment Discount – 5% saving

when you pay in full by 29 June 2018

Pay by 29 Jun 2018   5% saving
 
Kings Club   5% saving
 
2nd vacation discount   2.5% saving
 
Groups (5 people or more)   5% saving
 
Triple share   5% saving

* All savings are per person, apply only to the land component. Conditions apply.

 

Find your applicable discounts as many discounts are combinable. More Information

Quality accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • The Sebel Resort Noosa
    32 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, QLD 4567

    2 nights

    • The Sebel Noosa - Pool Area

    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
  • Mantra Hervey Bay
    Buccaneer Drive, Hervey Bay, QLD 4655

    • Mantra Hervey Bay - Room

    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 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 - Coral Sea View Twin Room

    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

    Mission Beach

    • Castways Resort & Spa Mission Beach - pool

    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
  • Hilton Hotel Cairns
    34 Esplanade, Cairns QLD, 4870

    2 nights

    • Cairns Hilton Hotel at sunset

    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
    • Hair dryer
    • Mini Bar
    • 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 2018 - 31 March 2019

Great Adventures Certified Dive - 40min (Cairns)

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.)

Great Adventures Introductory Dive (Cairns)

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.

Kuranda Skyrail and Scenic Railway (KQS) (Cairns)FIND OUT MORE

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

Cairns Harbour Afternoon Cruise - 2 hours (Cairns)

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

Daintree Walkabout (DWA) (Cairns)FIND OUT MORE

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

Dinner and Harbour Cruise on Spirit of Cairns (Cairns)

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

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.

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

Kuranda, Skyrail and Tjapukai Day Tour (KQST) (Cairns)FIND OUT MORE

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

Ochre Restaurant - 2 Course Dinner (Cairns)

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

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park - By Day (Cairns )

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

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park - By Night (Cairns)

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

Noosa Everglades Lunch Cruise (Noosa)

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.

Noosa River Sunset Cruise (Noosa)

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!

Noosa Everglades Lunch Cruise & Bar-b-canoe (Noosa)

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.

Great Barrier Reef Helicopters (Cairns)

$175 adult

Great Barrier Reef Helicopters

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

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 2018. 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.