10 Day Tropical Beaches & Reef

AAT Kings Guided Tour starting in Cairns and finishing in Brisbane

Read 3 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on AAT Kings's 10 Day Tropical Beaches & Reef. Start your journey in tropical Cairns before boarding a high speed catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef. Swim at Mission Beach and stay at Hamilton Island. You'll also explore a cattle...read more
Operator: AAT Kings
Type: Guided Tour (Affordable)
Style: Best Buys
Max Group Size: 49
Duration: 10 Days
From: Cairns to Brisbane
Tour Code: QCB
Visits: Australia
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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. Stay: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort (2 nights) (D)
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. (L)
Cairns to Mission Beach
This morning travel to Kuranda and enjoy some free time to explore 'the village in the rainforest'. 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. Stay: Castaways Resort & Spa, Mission Beach (B/D)
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! Stay: Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island (2 nights) (B/D)
Hamilton Island
Take a cruise to explore famous Whitehaven Beach, voted Australia's best! Feel the sand between your toes and if you're up to it, take a walk to a lookout for views over the beautiful waters and islands of the Coral Sea. This afternoon you're free to enjoy paradise. (B)
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. Stay: Quality Hotel Regent, Rockhampton (B/L)
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. Stay: Mantra Hervey Bay (B/D)
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. Stay: The Sebel Resort Noosa (2 nights) (B/L)
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 join your fellow travellers for dinner at a restaurant with views over the beach. (B/D)
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. (B)
AAT Kings Inclusions
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Journey 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
Trip Inclusions
  • 'Best Buys' Inclusions & Accommodation
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Tour by luxury air-conditioned coach with 2-door access, restroom, seatbelts, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)
Included Meals
  • Full buffet breakfasts (9)
  • Lunches (3)
  • Dinners (4)
Arrival & Departure
  • Day 1 : Flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Cairns
  • Day 10 : Flights to depart after 5:00pm from Brisbane
Trip Notes
  • Due to seasonal conditions, this itinerary may change without notice.
  • Disruptions to itinerary may occur.
AAT Kings
AAT Kings Reviews: (380)
Tours on Sale: 62
Accommodation: 3.5-4.5 Star
Average Age: 55-60+ years
Types: Coach Tours & Short Breaks
Max Group Size(s): 49 & 20
Budget: Premium & Low Cost
Destinations: Australia, New Zealand
Reviews (3)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Tropical Beaches & Reef with AAT Kings.
NZ, New Zealand
Oct 2015
1 Trip
“No doubt we will visit again”
Booking With Global Journeys
This was our first guided tour in Australia and we fully enjoyed not just the beautiful coastal towns but also the forest and islands we visited. The tour was organised very well to take care of everybody's travel plan from the first day of arrival to the last day of departure. We met many interested people (there were 40 people in our group), some of them spent up to four months travelling in Australia. it was a great holiday. No doubt we will have another visit in the near future to see other parts of the country.
United Kingdom
Dec 2013
1 Trip
“Excellent guide and bus driver”
Booking With Global Journeys
Really enjoyed the tour. Excellent guide and bus driver. The accommodation was first class, with one exception, in Rockhampton. We would recommend the tour to friends.
New Zealand
Aug 2013
1 Trip
“An amazing experience”
Booking With Global Journeys
An amazing experience, and to think it is really on our doorstep. No need to travel to the other side of the world to see the wonders when a tour such as this has one reeling in the sights, colours and surroundings that leave the traveller in awe. Words fail to express the feelings of privilege, pleasure and yes responsibilities to protect the rain forests, wildlife and the incredible Great Barrier Reef. Thank you for the opportunity, we will always be so grateful. Tour Director, Bus Driver and fellow travellers all united into one tremendous trip. Cannot thank you enough.
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