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Tropical Islands & Rainforest

10 days fr £2,803pp

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

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A 10 day guided holiday taking in northern Queensland's coastal highlights. Includes a scenic city tour of Brisbane, a visit to Australia Zoo, UNESCO listed Fraser Island and a Whitsundays cruise to Whitehaven Beach. Finish your trip in the tropical north and snorkel The Great Barrier Reef. Flights are with Qantas.

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9 nights from £2,995pp (incl flights)
Valid 01/05/2020 - 30/06/2020
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TOUR DETAILS
Accommodation:
  • Superior fr £2,803pp
Validity (selected dates between):
  • 01/04/2019 - 31/03/2020
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
Brisbane, Noosa
Your adventure begins with a short tour of Brisbane, and a visit to Australia Zoo, made famous by the late Steve Irwin. Here you’ll visit the zoo’s Wildlife Hospital to learn more about the koala rehabilitation project, and have time to wander through the zoo’s grounds. Afterwards, you’ll travel to the resort town of Noosa, where you’ll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant with your fellow travellers and travel director.
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Day 2
Noosa
You have a day at leisure today to relax at Noosa Main Beach, or perhaps enjoy a scenic walk along the headland to Noosa National Park. Other options include a boat ride through the Noosa Everglades, renowned as one of Australia’s most beautiful wilderness areas and home to an unforgettable variety of wildlife.
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Day 3
Noosa to Fraser Island
Today you’ll catch the ferry to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, where you’ll take a 4WD tour to explore the coloured sands of Rainbow Beach, as well as the gorgeous white-sand beaches that surround Lake McKenzie. You’ll walk through the ancient rainforest at Central Station and enjoy a delicious lunch before continuing to Hervey Bay.
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Day 4
Hervey Bay to Rockhampton
Your first stop this morning is at Ohana Exotic Fruit Orchard, where you’ll take a guided tour and have the chance to sample some of the produce. Afterwards you’ll head to 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.
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Day 5
Rockhampton
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 6
Rockhampton to Hamilton Island
This morning you’re off to Whitehaven Beach, where you can take a catamaran cruise or simply relax on the beach. Afterwards, you have the afternoon at leisure back at Hamilton Island. You could hire a buggy to explore the island or enjoy a round of golf in a supremely beautiful setting.
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Day 7
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 8
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 9
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 10
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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