13 Day Cairns to Sydney East Coast Escape

13 Day Cairns to Sydney East Coast Escape

Enjoy a 4WD tour on Fraser Island, Byron Bay, Daydream Island, Atherton Tablelands, the Great Barrier Reef & Cairns

Tour 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
  • Indulge in an Aussie BBQ lunch
  • Explore Fraser Island by 4WD
  • Relax on the beaches of Noosa
  • Visit the koalas in Australia Zoos Wildlife Hospital
  • Check out amazing wildlife at Australia Zoo
  • Explore Brisbane
  • Discover bohemian Byron Bay
  • Visit Cape Byron Lighthouse on the most eastern point of Australia
  • Dine on Sydney's harbourfront

Tour Info

Code AK-QCS
Style
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Duration 13 Days
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Note

Tour available from 18th May.

Vehicle Premium Coach
Suitability Open Age
Start Cairns @ 02.00 pm
Finish Sydney @ 10.00 am
Travel Insurance Required

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.

ncluded Meals: Dinner

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.

Hotel: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort, Cairns, 2 nights.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

This morning travel through the high tropical plateau known as the Atherton Tablelands, where lush rainforests, waterfalls and lakes abound. You'll visit Lake Barrine to take a serene cruise on the calm waters and get up close to 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.

Hotel: Castaways Resort & Spa, Mission Beach.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

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!

Included Meals: Breakfast

Today in paradise, it's time to let your hair down and relax. You may like to take a cruise to famous Whitehaven Beach or even strap on a snorkel and mask to spot turtles and other marine life on the fringing reef. You could choose to discover native Australian animals at the island's wildlife park or grab a bite to eat at one of the island's restaurant and watch the world go by. Whatever you do, at some stage, grab a good book and sit back and relax by the resort pool.

Hotel: Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island, 2 nights.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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.

Hotel: Quality Hotel Regent, Rockhampton

Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

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.

Hotel: Mantra Hervey Bay

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

- Fraser Island - Noosa

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.

Hotel: Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa, Noosa, 2 nights.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

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 choose one of the town's eateries and dine on inspiring local delights.

Hotel: Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa, Noosa

Included Meals: Breakfast

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 then continue to the Gold Coast. Tonight is free for you to dine at one of the many restaurants and cafés.

Hotel: Vibe Hotel Gold Coast

Included Meals: Breakfast

Journey to Cape Byron Lighthouse and enjoy superb views from Australia's eastern-most point over the Pacific Ocean. At the right time of year you may be lucky enough to spot migrating whales frolicking off the coast. Afterwards spend time discovering the relaxed bohemian vibe of Byron Bay. For lunch we recommend fresh fish and chips on the beach, there's nothing more Australian! Continue to beachside Coffs Harbour.

Hotel: Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

You'll visit the picturesque seaside Port Macquarie on the way to Sydney. Why not grab yourself a take away coffee and stroll along the waterfront in the sun. On arrival in Sydney you'll have the chance to freshen up before you join your fellow travellers at Darling Harbour to enjoy a delicious meal overlooking the harbour city's famous waterfront. Dine on fresh seasonal produce, when you indulge in a selection of signature dishes that are bound to create a memorable dining experience on your last evening on holiday.

Hotel: Vibe Hotel Sydney

Included Meals: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

Say goodbye to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end after breakfast.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Inclusions

  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

Accommodation

  • Twin share rooms with private facilities in centrally located hotels

Dining Inclusions

  • Full buffet breakfasts (12)
  • Lunches (3)
  • Dinners (5)
  • Farewell dinner (1)

Flight Information

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.

  • Day 1Flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Cairns
  • Day 13Flights to depart anytime from Sydney

Optional

  • Spectacular SydneyTravel through the historic Rocks area, cross Sydney Harbour Bridge and stroll along picturesque Manly Beach. Enjoy spectacular views of the harbour from special vantage points. Learn about Sydney’s world renowned city sights: the Harbour Bridge, the sails of the Opera House and Darling Harbour. Walk along Bondi Beach, see the exclusive suburb of Double Bay and popular Paddington. Add a lunch cruise of Sydney Harbour to view icons from the water.