11 Days Gold Coast to Cairns Suntanner

11 Days Gold Coast to Cairns Suntanner

11 amazing days in tropical Queens Land Plus Overnight sailing in the Whitsundays Travel between the sun-seekers' Mecca that is Surfers Paradise and the tropical hotspot of Cairns. Touring Australia's stunning East Coast makes for a ton of breathtaking scenery and memorable moments to experience along the way!

Tour Highlights

  • Brisbane City River Cruise
  • Full-day 4WD experience on Fraser Island
  • Authentic farm stay experience at Myella Farm
  • Overnight sailing in the Whitsunday Islands
  • Visit to stunning Whitehaven Beach
  • Two nights on a tropical island
  • Aboriginal Experience at Emu Park

Tour Info

Code TD-AAISGC
Style
  • Adventure Tour
Duration 11 Days
Price From $2295
Departures

Selected Days Apr 2013 - Mar 2014

Months

Dates

June

18, 25

July

16

August

13, 20

September

10, 17

October

08, 15, 22

November

05, 12, 19

December

03, 10, 17, 31

January

07, 14, 28

February

04, 11, 25

March

04, 11, 25

Vehicle Modern Air-conditioned Vehicle
Suitability 18-39 Years
Start Gold Coast @ 12.00 pm
Finish Cairns @ 05.00 pm
Travel Insurance Required

** There are no hotel pick up meet us on Vibe Hotel

All that glitters is the Gold Coast - a city that's as much about beaches and theme parks as it is bars and bronzed bodies. Catch some sun rays in Surfers Paradise before stepping onto Cavill Ave - the GC equivalent of The Strip - to round off your trip in style.

Meals:

Did you know:

-The Gold Coast is home to the largest professional lifeguard service in the southern hemisphere.

-While the rest of the world is dreaming of a white Christmas, all Australians know 'tis the time to eat prawns on the beach.

***We ask that you have packed a small overnight bag to take to Fraser Island with you as luggage space is limited. Pack items like swimmers, beach towel, chargers, hat, sunscreen, camera, jacket, toiletries, sandals/flip flops and casual clothes for 2 days.***

Next stop: BrisVegas (aka Brisbane). Don't let its namesake fool you - there are no late-night wedding chapels in the sunshine state capital. Get your bearings on a walking tour of the city centre, before burning up the highway to catch a ferry bound for Fraser - the island with the longest beach in Queensland. (75 Miles - 120kms).

Included today:

-Brisbane City walking tour

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

Did you know:

-Fraser Island is the largest island to be made entirely of sand, and the only place on earth where rainforest grows on sand.

Fraser is literally one huge pile of sand - as if someone dropped the Sahara Desert into the Pacific Ocean and scattered it with dingoes and rainforests. Four-wheel-drive along the beach highway to mingle with the Pinnacles Coloured Sands (considered a place of good luck for the Indigenous Butchulla women), Eli Creek and the Maheno Shipwreck before testing out your stand up paddling skills on the crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie.

Included today:

-Fraser Island 4WD tour

-Lake MacKenzie

-Central Station

-Coloured Sands

-Maheno Shipwreck

-Eli Creek

Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

Optional activities:

-Scenic Flights from the beach

Did you know:

- Fraser Island is so named due to Elizabeth Fraser and her shipwreck survival story. Basically: she was a tough lady who braved and survived childbirth in a lifeboat, subsequent loss of her child, becoming widowed and captured by the island's inhabitants.

This afternoon enjoy an authentic outback experience at a 2,500-acre cattle station. Embrace your inner cowboy and prepare yourself for an adventure-packed afternoon of horse riding, motor biking and cow milking. Or go walkabout on a real Aussie farm to find that right spot for the perfect outback sunset. Enjoy a hearty home cooked farm style dinner before you take to whip cracking and lassoing.

Included today:

-Farm sunset

Meals: Breakfast, dinner.

Optionals:

-Horse riding

-Motorbike lesson

Did you know:

-Gumby gumby, a local plant to Myella is often dried and consumed with tea as some locals believe it is an effective cancer cure.

-Station = Australian term for a large farm. Equivalent to an Amerian ranch.

-Countries situated between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn experience a phenonemon known as Lahaina noon - where the sun is directly overhead and buildings do not cast shadows.

Trade the bush for the beach via Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia. Take a selfie as you pass by the Tropic of Capricorn. Take to the life of a cowboy like a horse to oats with an adventure-packed morning of horse riding and motor biking. Or get your boots dirty, milk your first cow, or go walkabout on a real Aussie farm. Then leave the campfire to follow in the footsteps of Captain Cook as we head back to the coast for Emu Park. Enjoy the Aboriginal experience where you get to learn about totems and artefacts, see some traditional dancing, try your hand at boomerang throwing and make some artwork to take home.

Included today:

-Aboriginal Experience and artefact souvenir

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Optional activities:

-Horse riding

-Motorbike lesson

Did you know:

-The only way you can keep rabbits in Queensland is if you have a magician's permit. Now that's pulling a rabbit out of a hat.

-Cane toads were introduced to Australia to get rid of another pest, the cane beetle. It was later discovered this is the only thing they do not eat. The cane toad is now a national pest. Unlucky.

***We ask that you have packed a small overnight bag to take onboard with you as space is limited. Pack items like swimmers, beach towel, chargers, hat, sunscreen, camera, jacket, toiletries, sandals/flip flops and casual clothes for 3 days.***

Feeling like you need more air in your hair? Leave the bus and board your own private yacht for our overnight sailing trip in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. Normally a toy for the rich and famous, today it's all yours to learn the ropes while sailing in paradise. More of a land-lover? Take the diva option and let the crew do the work whilst you feast, swim and snorkel.

Included today:

-Overnight sailing

Please note that the twin / double / or single upgrade is not applicable to the Overnight Sailing in the Whitsunday Islands. This has not been included in when upgrade rates were calculated.

Meals: Breakfast, dinner.

Did you know:

-Whitehaven Beach sand contains 98% pure silica, giving the beach its blinding white colour. The sand does not retain heat making it easy to walk on barefoot on a summer's day, and is great for polishing jewellery. Is there anything this sand DOESN'T do.

-Of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays, only 8 are inhabited. 66 are completely deserted. Milestone birthday present?

-The heart-shaped island used in Queensland advertising is REAL. Heart Reef, as it is named, is a natural coral formation off the Whitsunday coast.

-A week into his reign as "island sitter" and winner of the Best Job in the World competition, Ben Southall was stung by an irukandji jellyfish. One of the most venomous jellyfish in existence.

Keep those sunglasses on as the blinding white sands of Whitehaven stretch before you like a 7km sea of diamonds and swim with the resident Maori Wrasse at Blue Pearl Bay. Back on board, keep adrift of your seafaring skills by helping to set the sails or steer at the helm as we set course for land and two nights at Daydream Island Resort.

Included today:

-Whitehaven Beach

-Snorkeling

-Whitsunday sailing

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Did you know:

-Daydream Island is a sailing enthusiast's mecca, with its outdoor aquarium hosting 80 different types of sea life and 50 varying corals.

-The average water temperature in The Whitsundays is 26C. #perrrrfection.

-Captain Cook first sailed through the Whitsundays in 1770 on the second Sunday of Easter, and hence named the area after the day he discovered it. #themoreyouknow

Did someone say buffet breakfast? (Over) indulge, recharge and relax with water sports, beach volleyball and fish feeding right off the jetty. Appropriately named, Daydream Island has walking tracks, palm trees and secluded beaches. In keeping with tradition, a looong list of activities has been provided ranging from watersports to mini golf and tennis. Grab a cocktail from the swim up pool bar then make a date with a hammock and get in your happy place overlooking the pools.

Included today:

-Non-motorised activities

-Bush walking

Meals: Breakfast.

Optional activities:

-Island motor sports

-Day spa

-Living reef tours

Today we pull into Cairns - gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. You'll soon forget you're not on a yacht anymore. The night is yours, so take a stroll along the esplanade, join a free zumba class, or jump straight into the hedonistic delights of Cairns' backpacker bars.

Included today:

-Big Mango

Meals: Breakfast.

Did you know:

-The world's most fierce and sassy bird, the cassowary, resides in Cairns. Best not to get all up in its feathered grill if you see one.

-The city was officially founded in 1876 after the discovery of gold brought on a mining rush. Today it's pearls, sugar cane and fish. Not as good as gold.

-A species of small snail residing in tropical North Queensland was named in honour of Steve Irwin, as Crikey steveirwini.

Just like a double-shot macchiato in the morning, two days in Cairns will get your heart started. Find yourself paddling the rapids of the Tully River, zip lining over a crocodile or getting an aerial view of the tropics by plummeting towards it. If heights aren't your thing, try a Daintree day trip, horse riding, a reef day trip or quad biking - phew, we're exhausted.

Meals: Breakfast.

Optional activities:

-White Water Rafting

-Great Barrier Reef Day Trip

-Horse Riding

-Quad Biking

-Skydiving

-Bungy Jumping

-Daintree National Park Day Trip

-Zip lining

-Hot Air Ballooning

Did you know:

-The city was officially founded in 1876 after the discovery of gold brought on a mining rush. Today it's pearls, sugar cane and fish. Not as good as gold.

-Cairns plays host to the world's longest single day mail delivery. The run takes over 9 hours to complete and spans 1450 km flying between Cairns and Cape York. And you get impatient waiting for that Asos package after 5 days.

-The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest living organism and covers 2,300 kilometres of Australia's coastline. It's also home to six of the world's seven sea turtle species. Win.

Like the thought of spending a whole day exploring the only place in the world nestled between two World Heritage areas? Go on then. Ramp up the adventure with hot air ballooning, horse riding, bungy jumping, rafting and all those things on your tick list. Save time for a snorkelling or scuba trip to the Great Barrier Reef and take home that elusive selfie with a photobombing fish.

*Pre-book your Great Barrier Reef day-trip at the time of booking to secure your spot.

Meals: Breakfast.

Optional activities:

-White Water Rafting

-Great Barrier Reef Day Trip

-Horse Riding

-Quad Biking

-Skydiving

-Bungy Jumping

-Daintree National Park Day Trip

-Zip lining

-Hot Air Ballooning

Did you know:

-The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest living organism and covers 2,300 kilometres of Australia's coastline. It's also home to six of the world's seven sea turtle species. Win.

Included

  • 10 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D)
  • 9 nights in hotels, lodges and cabins
  • 1 night 'liveaboard' sailing
  • Escorted services of a fully trained Trip Leader and Driver 
  • Transport Modern air-conditioned vehicles with free wifi.

Note 

  • Accommodation - Quad Share
  • Group Size - Average 24, maximum 36
  • Transport Modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • This trip is for active 18-39 year old.
  • Departure point - Vibe hotel and end point Hide Hotel
  • Travel Insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers on all trips.
  • A luggage limit of 20kgs applies
  • Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, traditional owner and national park requirements.  
  • pick up - Vibe Hotel  and Drop off at Hide Hotel