East Coast Islands & Rainforest

13 Day Guided Tour from Sydney to Cairns with AAT Kings

Read 10 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on AAT Kings 13 Day East Coast Islands & Rainforest. Explore the epic Eastern Australian coastline on a journey that takes you spectacular Sydney to the glamorous Gold Coast. Cruise to pristine Fraser Island and the Whitsundays,...read more

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1 Sydney – Port Macquarie
Leave Sydney today bound for the renowned Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s major wine regions. Visit a vineyard to enjoy an exclusive wine-tasting, and get to know your fellow travellers over lunch. Continue north to the seaside town of Port Macquarie, renowned for its extensive beaches and waterways. (L/D)
2 Port Macquarie – Gold Coast
Experience superb views over the Pacific Ocean this morning from Cape Byron, the easternmost point in Australia. You may spot migrating whales breaching not far offshore. A scenic coastal drive this afternoon takes you to the legendary holiday destination of the Gold Coast, where you’ll settle in for your two-night stay. (B) Stay: Novotel Surfers Paradise, 2 nights
3 Gold Coast Included Choice
Today choose one from a selection of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Take the 4WD track through the Gold Coast Hinterland, or a boat trip to try your hand at crab fishing. The 270-metre SkyPoint Climb at the iconic Q1 building will tempt the energetic. (B)
4 Gold Coast – Noosa
Head north this morning, stopping in Brisbane for a short orientation tour, then continue to the famous Australia Zoo. Enjoy a sneak peek into the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and see how AAT Kings works with its Wildlife Warriors to support its koala rehabilitation project. Your final destination is the beachside resort town of Noosa, where you’ll join your fellow travellers for dinner at a local restaurant. (B/D) Stay: The Sebel Resort Noosa, 2 nights
5 Noosa
Take time out today to discover Noosa for yourself. Swim in the clear waters of Main Beach, or venture a little further afield on an easy walk along the spectacular headland to Noosa National Park. You may like to hire a stand-up paddle-board or take a boat ride on the mysterious and tranquil waters of the Noosa Everglades. This evening, stroll along Hastings Street and dine in one of its many eateries. (B)
6 Noosa – Hervey Bay
Today you’ll explore the wonders of World Heritage listed Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. Its striking blue freshwater lakes crystalline creeks, giant dunes and lush rainforests combine to create a spectacular environment. Enjoy lunch before travelling on to Hervey Bay, where in spring around 7,000 humpback whales and their new calves rest and play in the calm, safe waters before they head back to the Antarctic. (B/L) Stay: Mantra Hervey Bay
7 Hervey Bay – Rockhampton
Your day begins with a visit to the Ohana Exotic Fruit Orchard. Then you’ll travel to Langmorn Station for a guided tour of the 11,000-hectare cattle property and a Be My Guest afternoon tea. Later, cross the Tropic of Capricorn as you arrive in Rockhampton. A stroll along historic Quay Street tonight could provide the perfect opportunity to sample some local beef at one of the city’s steakhouses. (B) Stay: Quality Hotel Regent, Rockhampton
8 Rockhampton – Hamilton Island
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, and is home to large populations of koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and kookaburras. (B/L/D) Stay: Reef View Hotel, 2 nights
9 Hamilton Island
Today is yours to indulge in your own pleasures – consider some optional experiences. Perhaps cruise to famous Whitehaven Beach or a scenic flight over the iconic Heart Reef. You could visit the island’s wildlife park, home to many species of Australian animals or sit back with a good book by one of the resort’s stunning pools. (B)
10 Hamilton Island – Mission Beach
Take the ferry back to the mainland this morning. Stroll along its handsome esplanade before heading off 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. (B/D) Stay: Castaways Resort & Spa
11 Mission Beach – Cairns
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-year-old 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 via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Your six-person gondola will provide spectacular views of the rainforest and the Coral Sea. (B) Stay: Hilton Hotel Cairns, 2 nights
12 Great Barrier Reef
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 semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on board, before you return in the late afternoon, for a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and newfound friends. (B/L/D)
13 Farewell from Cairns
Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast (B)

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Journey Highlights
  • Enjoy a delicious winery lunch and wine tasting in the Hunter Valley
  • 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 home
  • Included Choice Experiences in the Gold Coast
Trip Inclusions
  • 'Best Buys' Inclusions & Accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)
Included Meals
  • 12 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 4 Lunches
  • 1 Be My Guest afternoon tea
  • 4 Dinners with wine
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
What To Bring
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers in cooler months
Arrival & Departure
  • Day Prior – flights to arrive anytime into Sydney Airport
  • Day 13 – flights to depart anytime from Cairns Airport
Activity Level
  • Low level fitness required
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.

Reviews (10)

13 Day East Coast Islands & Rainforest reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

“Worthwhile ”
- Canada Feb 2017

Great trip overall. Great tour director, Paul Cotterill. Had a fun time visiting the various beach destinations and the in-between sites. I am just disappointed with the Novotel in Cairns where the cleanliness of the pool was not at par and room housekeeping was extremely disappointing (no vacuuming or mopping for three days, tea cups and glasses not washed).

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“Terrific trip!”
- Australia Nov 2015 1 Helpful Vote

Thank you Georgie for once again organising our holiday so successfully. Our bus tour with AAT Kings from Sydney to Cairns was a terrific trip! Our fellow travellers were so friendly and we had a wonderful time together, there were 8 Australians and 20 Internationals. The highlights were the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island, Daydream Island and Mission Beach, to name a few. It was so nice to see another section of our diverse country, we saw a working cattle station, cane fields, banana & pineapple...read more

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“Very satisfied with the journey and with Global Journeys”
- Switzerland Jun 2014

I was very satisfied with the journey and with the services of Global Journeys. Everything was well organized and went very well. The Coach was in an excellent condition, the seats very comfortable and the Driver excellent. The accommodations were in good condition and the daily breakfast-buffets and the included lunches and dinners very nice. If I have the opportunity to travel again to Australia (or somewhere else), I will again use your services.

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“Loved my tour”
- Canada Mar 2014

Loved my tour. Our Tour Guide was outstanding - she was knowledgeable and informative and very friendly. Didn't like all the rules the coach driver sent our way...a bit much. Loved where we went, loved Kirby's assistance at Global Journeys and would recommend this tour to others.

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“Global Journeys and AAT Kings were great”
- Canada Feb 2014

The East Coast Explorer gave us a nice look at this area of Australia. Highlights were Fraser Island and Farm Homestead visit. Mission Beach Castaways resort on the beach was great - wished we could stay an extra day. We also really enjoyed Noosa. The only negative was the Travel Lodge Rockhampton - AC was noisy and the hallway carpet smelled so bad that we had to stop breathing in order to get to our room - think this stop over needs to be replaced. Global Journeys and AAT Kings were great....read more

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