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Tropical Islands and Rainforest

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From 1 April 2017

$3675 adult twin $4570 single $3305 child

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From 1 April 2018

$3795 adult twin $4705 single $3425 child

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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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Experience the pristine coastline of Queensland on your Tropical Islands and Rainforest guided holiday. Starting in Brisbane you’ll head to Australia Zoo for an unforgettable wildlife experience. Continue to the resort town of Noosa, with time to unwind. Next up explore the largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island. An ancient rainforest awaits you at Hervey Bay, followed by a visit to a fully operational cattle station in Rockhampton. Free time to relax in a tropical island paradise in the heart of the Whitsundays before heading to tropical Cairns, where a cruise to the spectacular Great Barrier Reef will top off your holiday!


1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017 ?
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 - Noosa

Welcome to Brisbane!  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. It’s bound to be a wildlife experience you’ll never forget. Later travel to the resort town of Noosa for a relaxing stay.

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 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 2: Breakfast

Day 3
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, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4
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 5-6
Rockhampton - Hamilton Island
Day 5: Rockhampton - Hamilton Island

Travel North to the sugar town of 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 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 6: 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 5: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 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

Day 8-10
Mission Beach - Cairns
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 Mission Beach. Today you’ll travel through the high tropical plateau known as the Atherton Tablelands, where lush rainforests, waterfalls and lakes abound. First up 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 morning tea. Delish! Next up visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the famous Curtain Fig Tree. Keep an eye out for the spectacular Ulysses Butterfly while you’re there. Before heading to Cairns for three take a serene cruise on Lake Barrine. 

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.  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.

Day 10: Cairns Free Time

Today is free for you to do as you please. It’s time to let your hair down before your holiday comes to an end. You may choose to take an iconic rail journey on board Kuranda Scenic Railway to the village in the rainforest, Kuranda, or even explore a world of rich culture and traditions at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. If you just want to relax, lay by your resort’s pool or even take a walk down to a local cafe and watch the world go by. This evening join your Travel Director and companions for a Farewell Dinner. Share a few laughs over a drink or two and a delicious meal created with fresh seasonal produce.

Hotel: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort, 3 nights.

Included Meals: Day 8: Breakfast. Day 9: Breakfast and Lunch. Day 10: Breakfast and Farewell dinner

Day 11
Farewell from Cairns

Your wonderful holiday comes to an end after breakfast when you bid farewell to your new found friends.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

During your visit to 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.


  • Cruise and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Check out amazing wildlife at Australia Zoo
  • Visit the koalas in Australia Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital
  • Relax in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast
  • Explore Fraser Island by 4WD
  • Swim in Lake McKenzie
  • Discover farm life at Langmorn Station with homemade afternoon tea
  • Experience island life on Hamilton Island and explore the Whitsundays
  • Stroll along spectacular Mission Beach
  • Indulge in morning tea at Mungalli Creek Dairy
  • Visit Millaa Millaa Falls
  • Cruise on Lake Barrine


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


  • Full buffet breakfasts (10)
  • Lunches (3)
  • 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 Brisbane
Day 11   Flights to depart anytime from Cairns

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 14 April 2017    Save up to 10%
Pay by 02 June 2017    Save up to 7.5%
Pay by 31 July 2017    Save up to 5%
Kings Club early payment discount
Pay by 14 April 2017    Save up to 15%
Pay by 02 June 2017    Save up to 12.5%
Pay by 31 July 2017    Save up to 10%
Triple share    Save up to 5%
Kings Club    Save up to 5%

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:

  • 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
  • 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

    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
  • Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
    122 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD 4870

    3 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 2016 - 31 March 2017

Noosa Everglades BBQ Lunch Cruise - Do not use No pricing on 17/18 doc (Noosa)

$110 adult

Noosa Everglades BBQ Lunch Cruise - Do not use No pricing on 17/18 doc

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.

Cape Tribulation Day Tour (CTR) (Cairns)

$203 adult

Cape Tribulation Day Tour (CTR)

Travel through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Included is a guided tour and morning tea at the Mossman Gorge Centre, delicious tropical lunch set amongst the rainforest and a walk on famous Cape Tribulation Beach. Enjoy a cruise on the Daintree River before returning to your hotel.
*Post tour bookings only.

Hot Air Cairns - 30 or 60 Minute Flight (Cairns)

From AUD$230 Adult + $30 flight levy - 30 min flight

Hot Air Cairns - 30 or 60 Minute Flight

Enjoy a spectacular balloon flight over the Atherton Tablelands - the hot air ballooning capital of the southern hemisphere! See kangaroos and enjoy some of the most reliable and best priced ballooning in the world.

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

AUD$211 Adult

Kuranda, Skyrail and Tjapukai Day Tour

Visit the award winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Journey on the Skyrail Cableway which takes you above the rainforest canopy to the village of Kuranda. Stroll through the famous Kuranda markets. Board the Kuranda Railway for a breathtaking journey to Freshwater Station.

GBR - Outer Reef Scenic Flight (Cairns)

$175 adult

GBR - Outer Reef Scenic Flight

Complete your reef experience by joining a reef scenic flight to view the majestic coral formations from the air.

Great Adventures - Introductory Dive (Cairns)

$162 adult

Great Adventures - Introductory Dive

No experience is necessary to take a fully supervised introductory dive and explore the reef and its amazing marine life. Snorkel tours are a great way to maximise your experience on the Great Barrier Reef with many magnificent sites to capture the excitement. Note: Age and medical restrictions may apply to diving.

Great Adventures - 40min Certified Dive (Cairns)

$114 adult

Great Adventures - 40min Certified Dive

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.)

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park - By Day (Cairns )

From AUD$83 Adult

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. 

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park - By Night (Cairns)

From AUD$144 Adult

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park - By Night

Journey into dreamtime legend and discover the magic of Australia’s ancient indigenous culture. Immerse yourself in the traditions of Tjapukai ‘the people of the rainforest’ through traditional and contemporary cultural performances. Tour includes a welcome drink and face painting upon arrival to ‘initiate’ you into the Tjapukai tribe, solemn didgeridoo blessing, cultural performances, lake-side fire making ceremony and an international buffet dinner.

Cruise Whitsundays - Whitehaven Beach Day Cruises (Hamilton Island)

AUD$99 Adult – Half Day Cruise
AUD$220 Adult – Adventure Full Day Cruise

Cruise Whitsundays - Whitehaven Beach Day Cruises

The half day out allows you to spend some time exploring the wonders of Whitehaven Beach.
The full 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!


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 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.