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Tropical Islands & Rainforest

9 days fr £2,428pp

Brisbane • Noosa • Fraser Island • Hervey Bay • Rockhampton • Hamilton Island • Mission Beach • Cairns • Great Barrier Reef

TOUR DETAILS
Accommodation:
  • Superior fr £2,428pp
Validity (selected dates between):
  • 01/04/2020 - 31/03/2022
Also included:
  • 9 nights BB accommdation
  • 3 lunches & 4 dinners
  • Luxury Coach
  • Travel Director & Driver Guide
  • Airport Transfers
  • Excursions as per itinerary
Not included:
  • International Flights (unless otherwise stated)
  • Domestic flights
  • Optional excursions
  • Meals not in itinerary & drinks
Overview
The perfect blend of memorable sightseeing with plenty of time to relax, this 10-day tour starts out in Brisbane and heads north to Cairns, along the way taking in lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and, of course, the unforgettable Great Barrier Reef. You’ll meet the koalas at Australia Zoo, take a cruise to Whitehaven Beach, voted Australia’s best beach, enjoy delicious local cuisine, and tour the cities of Brisbane and Cairns, as well as having plenty of time at leisure for snorkelling, swimming and sunbathing.
Day 1
Gold Coast to Fraser Island
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.
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Day 2
Fraser Island
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
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Day 3
Fraser Island to Rockhampton
Your first stop this morning is Langmorn Station, a family-run cattle station which dates back to 1873. After a tour you’ll enjoy afternoon tea and get to meet the resident kangaroo. You’ll then cross the Tropic of Capricorn as you continue to Rockhampton, beef capital of Australia where you can try one of the towns fabulous steakhouses
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Day 4
Rockhampton - Hamilton Island
This morning you’ll travel north to Sarina, Australia’s sugar capital, where you’ll tour Sarina Sugar Shed, a working miniature sugar mill. Afterwards you can taste some of the products made on site before sitting down for a light lunch. This afternoon you’ll continue to Airlie Beach, where you’ll catch a ferry to Hamilton Island, one of the 74 tropical islands that make up the Whitsundays, and have a chance to relax and take in the pristine beaches and huge range of coral and marine life.
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Day 5
Hamilton Island
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
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Day 6
Hamilton Island to Mission Beach
This morning you’ll take the ferry back to mainland, then continue north along the Bruce Highway to Townsville. Here you’ll enjoy lunch and can take a stroll along the Strand and enjoy the views to Magnetic Island before continuing to Mission Beach.
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Day 7
Mission Beach to Cairns
This morning you’ll have some time at leisure to enjoy the beautiful golden sands before you depart, travelling through the high tropical plateau known as the Atherton Tablelands, home to lush rainforests, waterfalls and lakes. You’ll visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the famous Curtain Fig Tree and, if you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of the spectacular Ulysses butterfly. You’ll stop in Kuranda village around lunchtime and have some free time to explore the village before taking the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, high above the canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park. Finally, you’ll arrive at your hotel in Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
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Day 8
Great Barrier Reef
This morning you’ll board a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, the only living organism visible from the moon. You’ll have an unmissable opportunity to go snorkelling here, as well as to view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and a semi-submersible craft. You’ll enjoy a tropical buffet lunch, before returning to Cairns in the late afternoon. In the evening, you’ll enjoy a proper Aussie barbie, as a local family invite you to their home.
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Day 9
Farewell from Cairns
Your tour come to an end this morning, as you say goodbye to your fellow travellers in Cairns.
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