1 Arrive Sydney
Arrive in Sydney and enjoy a sightseeing tour. Stay: Sydney, PARKROYAL Darling Harbour (D)
Insider Experience: This evening, enjoy uninterrupted city views as you enjoy a Welcome Dinner while cruising Sydney Harbour.
2 Sydney, Gold Coast
Enjoy some leisure time this morning before being transferred to Sydney airport. Fly to the Gold Coast and transfer to the hotel. Stay Two Nights: Gold Coast, Mantra on View (B)
3 Gold Coast
After breakfast this morning, spend the day at leisure exploring Surfers Paradise. Perhaps wander downtown or walk along Surfers Paradise Beach. (B)
4 Gold Coast, Australia Zoo, Noosa
Depart Surfers Paradise and head to the Sunshine Coast. Continue to Noosa for the night where you will enjoy dinner at the iconic Noosa Surf Club. Stay: Sebel Noosa (B/D)
Insider Experience: Visit Australia Zoo, made famous by the late Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin.
5 Noosa, Fraser Island
Spend some time this morning exploring Noosa. Stay Two Nights: Fraser Island, Kingfisher Bay Resort (B/D)
Insider Experience: Travel north to beautiful World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.
6 Fraser Island
Today you’ll discover this beautiful island with a half-day guided tour. Then, with an afternoon at leisure, perhaps visit the historic wreck of the Maheno - a Trans-Tasman liner that was driven ashore during a cyclone in 1932 (own expense). Alternatively, make the most of the island’s many walking tracks, or simply relax on a peaceful stretch of white sand with a good book. (B)
7 Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, Rockhampton
This morning, enjoy a ferry crossing to picturesque Hervey Bay while keeping an eye out for marine life. Rejoin your coach for the journey north, travelling through sugar cane country. Later, arrive in the inland city of Rockhampton, known as the beef capital of Australia, farming more than 2.5 million head of cattle within a 250-kilometre radius of the city. Wide streets and fine Victorian architecture reflect the region’s wealthy 19th-century gold and copper mining boom, as well as the successful cattle industry. Stay: Rockhampton, Central Park Motel (B/D)
8 Rockhampton, Hamilton Island
Travel to Airlie Beach where you’ll board a ferry for your journey through the Whitsunday Islands to Hamilton Island. Stay Two Nights: Hamilton Island, Reef View Hotel (B/D)
Insider Experience: Stay at the picturesque resort of Hamilton Island. In the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, this small island is one of the only inhabited islands in the Whitsundays.
9 Hamilton Island
Today is yours to spend at leisure on spectacular Hamilton Island. Perhaps snorkel off the beach and discover the region’s many species of tropical fish; or simply take the time to relax by one of your resort’s swimming pools. (B)
10 Hamilton Island, Townsville, Mission Beach
Transfer from Hamilton Island to the Port of Airlie and re-board your coach and travel to Townsville. On arrival, enjoy a tour of this tropical city, surrounded by rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Depart Townsville for beautiful Mission Beach. Stay: Mission Beach, Castaways Resort & Spa (B/D)
11 Mission Beach, Atherton Tablelands, Cairns
Rolling green hills, open farmland and tropical rainforest characterise the Atherton Tablelands, which form part of the Great Dividing Range. Surrounded by tranquil rainforest, experience the peaceful oasis of Millaa Millaa Falls. You’ll also visit the Curtain Fig Tree. Continue to Kuranda, then onwards to Cairns. Stay Two Nights: Pullman Cairns International (B)
Insider Experience: At the scenic village of Kuranda, you’ll board the Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
12 Great Barrier Reef
Spend today exploring the Great Barrier Reef. (B/L/D)
Insider Experience: Cruise from Cairns by catamaran to Reef Magic’s exclusive activity platform and enjoy hours amid the colourful coral and marine-life.
13 Port Douglas, Depart Cairns
Drive to Port Douglas for a tour. Later, transfer to the airport. (B)