Australia’s East Coast

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14 days | Departs year round –
Sydney » Blue Mountains » Gold Coast » Fraser Island » Hamilton Island » Cairns

Explore Australia’s stunning East Coast, travelling from the iconic city of Sydney to beautiful Tropical North Queensland.

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Highlights
  • Visit the coastal town of Coffs Harbour
  • Journey to Cape Byron Lighthouse for superb views from Australia’s eastern-most point
  • Visit a famous holiday destination, the Gold Coast
  • Stop at Australia Zoo, made famous by the Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin
  • Stay at World Heritage listed K’gari / Fraser Island
  • Enjoy a 4WD tour around the island
  • Visit Langmorn Station, a fully operational family run cattle station
  • Explore Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia
  • Discover Sarina’s unique miniature sugar mill and distillery
  • Explore the famous Great Barrier Reef from Hamilton Island
  • Head north to the seaside town of Mission Beach
  • Discover the Atherton Tablelands’ lush rainforests, waterfalls & lakes
  • Visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the heritage listed 500-year old Curtain Fig Tree
  • Travel on the iconic Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Cruise out to the iconic Great Barrier Reef on a high speed catamaran
Inclusions
  • Return flights to Sydney & from Cairns (as required)
  • Luxury coach touring along the East Coast
  • 13 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L) & 3 dinners (D)
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Day 1 – Homeport to Sydney

Your journey begins with a flight to Sydney. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy an evening at leisure to explore the beautiful city of Sydney. We recommend visiting the iconic Sydney Harbour, home to the Sydney Opera House.

❱ Hotel stay: Rydges World Square (2 nights)

Day 2 – Blue Mountains & Jenolan Caves (B)

Sit back and relax as you travel into the amazing Blue Mountains. Stop at the charming village of Leura, one of several villages in the Blue Mountains that perfectly captures the spirit of the region’s fresh mountain air & stunning scenery. Then, travel through the tourist town of Katoomba, the gateway to the region and stop at a spectacular vantage point where you’ll be treated to a view that is awe-inspiring. You’ll also see the imposing Three Sisters, an unusual rock formation that represents three sisters who were turned into stone.

Later, head to the Jenolan Caves where an experienced guide will take you through the oldest known open cave system in the world. The Jenolan Cave system stretches over an enormous 40km of multi-level passages, many still undergoing explorations. There are 9 caves open to visitors, all featuring amazing lighting, underground rivers and limestone formations. You’ll be captivated by Lucas Cave, the largest of the Jenolan Caves with a chamber reaching 54m. Before heading back to the city, take in the beauty of the Blue Lake – a gorgeous sight that is the result of mineral laden water seeping through the limestone caves.

Day 3 – Sydney to Coffs Harbour (BD)

Start discovering the landscapes of Australia’s east coast as you travel northward to the coastal town of Coffs Harbour. From your accommodation nestled amongst sprawling tropical gardens, 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 Welcome Reception and dinner with your Travel Director.

❱ Hotel stay: BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort (1 night)

Day 4 – Coffs Harbour to the Gold Coast (B)

Journey to Cape Byron Lighthouse for superb views from Australia’s eastern-most point over the Pacific Ocean. Afterwards spend time discovering the relaxed bohemian vibe of Byron Bay. For lunch we recommend fresh fish and chips on the beach, there’s nothing more Australian. Continue to the famous holiday destination, the Gold Coast.

❱ Hotel stay: Novotel Surfers Paradise (2 nights)

Day 5 – Gold Coast (B)

Today you have the freedom to enjoy the Gold Coast in your own style. Nature lovers may head to Mt. Tamborine, foodies explore the growing culinary culture or those needing relaxation just stroll down to the sand and salt of Surfers Paradise Beach.

Day 6 – Gold Coast to K’gari / Fraser Island (B)

This morning 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. This afternoon the ferry will take you across to the World Heritage listed K’gari, also known as Fraser Island.

❱ Hotel stay: Kingfisher Bay Resort (2 nights)

Day 7 – K’gari / Fraser Island (BL)

A day of discovery lies ahead as your 4WD tour takes you for a ride around the island’s must-see sites. Visit Lake McKenzie, ringed with magnificent white sandy beaches. Walk through the ancient rainforest at Central Station and Wanggoolba Creek with its huge satiny, scribbly gum and kauri trees. Across the island to 75 Mile Beach, the sand highway will take you up the eastern coast to the Pinnacles Coloured Sands; cooling, calm waters of Eli Creek and the famous sinking Maheno Shipwreck.

Day 8 – Fraser Island to Rockhampton (B)

Visit Langmorn Station, a fully operational family run cattle station. Meet the Creed family and 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 stay: Quality Hotel Regent (1 night)

Day 9 – Rockhampton to Hamilton Island (BL)

Travel north to Sarina today for a guided tour of its unique miniature sugar mill and distillery. At Airlie Beach you’ll catch the ferry to Hamilton Island, one of 74 tropical islands that make up the Whitsunday group in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. The spectacular island boasts pristine beaches and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life.

❱ Hotel stay: Reef View Hotel (2 nights)

Day 10 – Hamilton Island (B)

Today is yours to indulge in your own pleasures – consider an optional experience. Perhaps cruise to famous Whitehaven Beach, take a scenic flight over the iconic Heart Reef or sit back with a good book by one of the resort’s stunning pools.

Day 11 – Hamilton Island to Mission Beach (BD)

Take the ferry back to the mainland this morning, from where you’ll head north to the seaside town of Mission Beach. Nestled between World Heritage rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, your accommodation offers superb views over the Coral Sea.

❱ Hotel stay: Castaway Resort & Spa Mission Beach (1 night)

Day 12 – Mission Beach to Cairns (B)

Today’s journey takes you to the Atherton Tablelands, with its lush rainforests, spectacular waterfalls and peaceful lakes. Visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the heritage listed 500-yearold Curtain Fig Tree, and keep an eye out for the magnificent Ulysses butterfly. Spend some free time in Kuranda, the ‘village in the rainforest’, before travelling on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Your six-person gondola will provide spectacular views of the rainforest and the Coral Sea.

❱ Hotel stay: Pacific Hotel Cairns (2 nights)

Day 13 – Great Barrier Reef (BLD)

Board a high-speed catamaran today and cruise out to the iconic Great Barrier Reef, the only living organism that can be seen from the moon. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkelling (equipment provided) or view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and glass bottom boat. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on board, before you return in the late afternoon for a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends.

Day 14 – Cairns to Homeport (B)

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Cairns Airport in time for your flight home.

Additional information
Departure City

Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Departure

04 Apr 2020, 25 Jul 2020, 19 Sep 2020, 17 Oct 2020, 14 Nov 2020, 09 Jan 2021, 06 Feb 2021, 06 Mar 2021

Terms

The following terms & conditions apply to your booking in addition to our General Booking Terms & Conditions:

  • Flights are included from all departure cities shown as required. These are based on Economy Class group airfares, and are subject to availability at the time of your booking confirmation.
  • The following fees apply for cancellations made once your booking is confirmed:
    After deposit is received – loss of deposit;
    31 to 70 days before departure – 50% of total booking value plus deposit;
    Within 30 days of departure – 100% of total booking value.
    We recommend purchasing travel insurance for your holiday.
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