East Coast Beaches and Reef

Sydney
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On this East Coast Australia tour, prepare yourself for record-breaking attractions: The Great Barrier Reef (the largest of its kind), the Wet Tropics of Queensland (some of the oldest rainforest on the planet), and K’gari (Fraser Island), the largest sand island in the world. All rightly have World Heritage status, and are on your itinerary. Along with glorious swathes of sand stretching from Cairns to Sydney.

Availability

From 15/11/2024 to 25/03/2025

Departure dates & prices

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  • Nov Fri 15 2024 to Nov Tue 26 2024
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    $6,035*
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    $5,699*
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  • Jan Fri 17 2025 to Jan Tue 28 2025
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    $6,910*
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    $6,910*
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  • Feb Fri 14 2025 to Feb Tue 25 2025
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    $6,910*

What's included

Highlights.
On the Gold Coast, surf and sand meet rainforest hinterland.
Choose your own adventure, whether that’s a hike, swim, restaurant-hopping or padding along the sand.
When you’re in the Whitsundays, time seems to slow.
Which gives you ample opportunities to explore, on a catamaran, with a snorkel strapped on or from the air.
12 days, three World Heritage Sites, one epic holiday.
Visit K’gari (Fraser Island), the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics of Queensland.
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Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and DriverLocal Specialists (Guides)Centrally located premium hotels.
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Itinerary

  • Day 1 Your Queensland tour begins in Cairns, which is not only the gateway to Tropical North Queensland, but also the Great Barrier Reef, that enormous swathe of World Heritage-listed coral that hugs the Queensland coast. Take today easy, because the next few of your East Coast Australia trip are going to be jam-packed with adventures.
  • Day 2 Hold onto your hat as you zip out on your Great Barrier Reef tour aboard a high-speed catamaran. Pause to snorkel over immense fans of coral, a verdant habitat for six of the world's sea turtles as well as so many fish you won't know where to look. If you prefer to keep your head above water, the marine world can also be glimpsed from an underwater observatory and glass-bottom boat.
  • Day 3 From the reef to the rainforest... Enjoy some perspective of the Wet Tropics on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, lifting you above the canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park to Kuranda. The Atherton Tablelands awaits, this high tropical plateau a tangle of dense forest - look out for the heritage-listed Curtain Fig Tree - where waterfalls drop from high escarpments. Millaa Millaa Falls is among the most dramatic, a natural magnet for iridescent Ulysses butterflies.
  • Day 4 Some days, the journey matters just as much as the destination. Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you travel south through sugar cane fields and rolling green paddocks, all framed by the ocean and rainforest-clad mountains. Stretch your legs en route to Airlie Beach and soak up this steamy part of the state.
  • Day 5 Powdery beaches and rainforest unite in the Whitsundays, 74 tropical drops of land all ringed by the Coral Sea. There are endless ways to explore this part of the Great Barrier Reef on tour - today, we're letting you choose. Perhaps rise early for an optional helicopter ride over Heart Reef. Or catch a catamaran to Whitehaven Beach, with sand so high in silica it squeaks underfoot.
  • Day 6 Life is sweet in Sarina, Australia's sugar capital, where your guided tour takes you behind the scenes of processing and distilling sugar cane at the Sarina Sugar Shed. And yes, you get to sample the wares. You'll be bouncing off your seat all the way to Rockhampton, another town with a big title: this is the country's beef capital. See if it deserves its accolade at any of the restaurants that line the streets. Ask us for dining tips.
  • Day 7 More beef awaits after you cross the Tropic of Capricorn, GPS set for Langmorn Station, where the Creed family will welcome you with afternoon tea and a tour of the immense (and historic) cattle property - the original family homestead was built in 1873. The Creeds love nothing more than a good yarn about life on the land. Your next destination involves water. Lots of it. The ferry ride to World Heritage-listed K'gari (Fraser Island) is a highlight, particularly during whale migration when these gentle giants come to the calm, protected waters to calve. Alight on the world's largest sand island, and the only place in the world where rainforest grows from the sand.
  • Day 8 The island also has a really long sand highway. Jump in a 4WD on your Fraser Island tour and skid along 75 Mile Beach, all the way up the east coast to the Pinnacles Coloured Sands, calm Eli Creek and the Maheno shipwreck, which offers quite the photo opportunity. Just when you thought the island couldn't get any prettier, Lake McKenzie appears on the horizon, this dazzling patch of blue formed only with rainwater. It's a hard act to follow, but the ancient rainforest at Central Station and Wanggoolba Creek lives up to the challenge with its huge satiny, scribbly gum and kauri trees.
  • Day 9 Back on the mainland, follow the waves of Hervey Bay south to the Gold Coast, where you can be surfing one minute and surrounded by rainforest the next. This afternoon, fall into beat with locals and explore the city's booming food and wine scene. We have a few restaurant favourites...
  • Day 10 The hardest thing you have to do today is decide which direction to set your Queensland trip compass. Perhaps stay close to your Surfers Paradise base and explore long stretches of sand and achingly cool caf?s. The city also breaks records for its extensive network of canals, which you might opt to explore on a leisurely cruise. Or go further afield to see another side of the 'Goldie' in the Mt. Tamborine hinterland - a hub for creatives and foodies.
  • Day 11 Journey from the Gold Coast to the beach side town of Byron Bay. From Cape Byron Lighthouse enjoy superb views from Australia's eastern-most point over the Pacific Ocean. At the right time of year, you may be lucky enough to spot migrating whales frolicking off the coast. Travel South to the Mid North Coast of New South Wales to Coffs Harbour. Experience your last evening of Australian nature at your accommodation nestled amongst sprawling tropical gardens in Coffs Harbour. You'll have the opportunity to wander down to Little Diggers Beach and Diggers Head. Enjoy the early evening sea breeze just like the locals do! Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with your travelling friends.
  • Day 12 Your final stretch of your East Coast Australia tour takes you to the 'Harbour City', one of the prettiest of its kind anywhere in the world, in our humble opinion. If you're not quite ready to say goodbye to life on the road, chat to your Travel Director about extending your trip to take in Sydney's legendary sights.
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