East Coast Beaches and Reef

East Coast Beaches and Reef

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12 Days
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East Coast Beaches and Reef

12 Days Starting in Cairns and ending in Sydney

Visiting:

Cairns

,

The Great Barrier Reef

,

Cairns 

,

Airlie Beach 

,

Rockhampton

,

Fraser Island

,

Gold Coast

,

Coffs Harbour

,

Sydney

Tour operator:

AAT Kings

Tour code:

QCS23

From:

$5465 (USD)


  • 100% Guaranteed Refunds
  • Free Amendments/Cancellation
  • Balance due 60 days before departure

Tour Overview

Sun, sand, surf and seafood – what’s not to like about Australia’s Northeast Coast? Here, two World Heritage Sites meet: the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics of Queensland, with Cairns the gateway to both. When you set out on this Cairns to Sydney tour, you’ll experience blissful beaches, record-breaking islands, and outback adventures on remote stations, with downtime to wine and dine in restaurants through the Gold Coast and Byron Bay.

Highlights

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    Dive into the ocean of the Great Barrier Reef Journey over the UNESCO World Heritage listed rainforest with Skyrail

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    Take in the Millaa Millaa Falls lookout and Curtain Fig Tree

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    Free time to soak up the rainforest village of Kuranda

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    Guided tour of Sarina Sugar Shed

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    Exclusive tour and afternoon tea at a working cattlstation with the Creed Family

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    Full day tour of K’gari (Fraser Island)

Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Welcome to Cairns

Location:

  Cairns


Accommodation:

  DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns


Welcome to Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef! Take your time to settle into the warm weather and relaxed vibe of the tropical north. Tonight, you’ll meet your newfound friends whilst enjoying a welcome dinner at a Cairns Harbour restaurant.

icon Day 2: The Great Barrier Reef

Location:

  The Great Barrier Reef


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 glass bottom boat. Enjoy a delicious tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns in the late afternoon.

icon Day 3: Cairns 

Location:

  Cairns 


From the Reef yesterday, to the Rainforest today! You’ll be dropped off at Smithton for your peaceful Skyrail Rainforest Cableway journey across the canopy of Barron Gorge National Park. You’ll disembark at the Rainforest village of Kuranda with free time to explore. Your journey continues through the Atherton Tablelands, where lush rainforest, waterfalls and lakes abound. Visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the famous Curtain Fig Tree making sure to keep an eye out for the spectacular Ulysses Butterfly.

icon Day 4: Cairns – Airlie Beach 

Location:

  Airlie Beach 


Accommodation:

  Mantra Club Croc


Today we head south along the Bruce Highway. Relax and take in the scenery as we travel through sugar cane fields and large farming lands with the ocean to one side and lush rainforests and mountains on the other. We’ll make a stop along the way at a town where you can soak up the relaxed lifestyle that tropical North Queensland has to offer. Continue to Airlie Beach, the gateway hub to the Whitsundays. Spend the next two nights in this vibrant coastal town where you will have free time to explore at your own pace.

icon Day 5: Airlie Beach Free Time

Location:

  Whitsunday Islands


The Whitsunday Islands are a collection of 74 tropical islands with white sandy beaches and dense rainforest surrounded by The Great Barrier Reef. This tropical oasis offers numerous activities for all budgets and interests. With so many bucket list reasons to get up early, why not take an optional helicopter ride over Heart Reef or perhaps the famous Whitehaven Beach beckons. Take an optional cruise aboard a catamaran to this slice of paradise, where you can simply relax on the beach, take a swim, or get involved in some fun beach activities.

icon Day 6: Airlie Beach – Rockhampton

Location:

  Rockhampton


Accommodation:

  Quality Hotel Regent, Rockhampton


This morning we continue south to Australia’s sugar capital Sarina. Thought you knew sugar? Sarina Sugar Shed is a working miniature sugar mill where you’ll get a peak into the sugar cane industry. 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. Balance out that sugar high this evening with some protein in the beef capital of Australia, Rockhampton. Your night is free so why not try some local beef at an Aussie pub or go the modern route at the newly built Pier restaurant.

icon Day 7: Rockhampton – K’gari (Fraser Island)

Location:

  Fraser Island


Accommodation:

  Kingfisher Bay Resort


You’ll cross the Tropic of Capricorn this morning on the drive out of Rockhampton however we’re not quite leaving the beef behind yet. This morning, you’ll experience some true Australian hospitality and farming life at Langmorn Station, a fully operational family run cattle station. Meet the Creed family and take a guided tour of the property including the original family homestead, built in 1873. Enjoy morning tea in the garden in the company of the pet kangaroo! This afternoon a ferry will take you across to the World Heritage Listed K’gari, also known as Fraser Island. Ground yourself back in nature on this sand island, your home for the next two nights.

icon Day 8: K’gari (Fraser Island)

Location:

  Fraser Island


A day of discovery lies ahead as your 4WD tour takes you for a bumpy 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.

icon Day 9: K’gari (Fraser Island) – Gold Coast

Location:

  Gold Coast


Accommodation:

  Novotel Surfers Paradise


It’s back to the mainland this morning aboard your return ferry. We continue to travel south taking in the landscape of rolling hills, surrounding mountain peaks and coastline of the Sunshine Coast before we arrive at the vibrant Gold Coast where you can explore one of Australia’s favourite holiday destinations at your own pace.

icon Day 10: Gold Coast Free Time

Location:

  Gold Coast


Today you have the freedom to enjoy the Gold Coast in your own style with optional activities to choose from. Nature lovers may head to Mt Tamborine, foodies explore the growing culinary culture or those needing relaxation just stroll down to the sand and salt of Surfers Paradise Beach.

icon Day 11: Gold Coast – Coffs Harbour

Location:

  Coffs Harbour


Accommodation:

  BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort


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. Experience your last evening of Australian nature at your accommodation nestled amongst sprawling tropical gardens in Coffs Harbour. You’ll have the opportunity to wander down to Little Diggers Beach and Diggers Head. Enjoy the early evening sea breeze just like the locals do! Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with your travelling friends.

icon Day 12: Coffs Harbour – Sydney

Location:

  Sydney


Memorise the Australian landscape with your last day traversing the east coast. This evening you’ll arrive to the buzzing hub of Sydney where this trip ends however hopefully your journey continues! We recommend an extra few day to catch the wonder of this harbour city. Have a chat with your Tour Director for some recommendations and perhaps spend some more time with your travelling friends.

What's Included

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    Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver

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    Local Specialists (Guides)

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    Centrally located premium hotels

Dates & Availability

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Friday

Feb 16, 2024

Tuesday

Feb 27, 2024
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$5465 (USD)
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Friday

Mar 15, 2024

Tuesday

Mar 26, 2024
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$5465 (USD)

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East Coast Beaches and Reef

12 Days Starting in Cairns and ending in Sydney

Visiting:

Cairns

,

The Great Barrier Reef

,

Cairns 

,

Airlie Beach 

,

Rockhampton

,

Fraser Island

,

Gold Coast

,

Coffs Harbour

,

Sydney

Tour operator:

AAT Kings

Tour code:

QCS23

From:

$5465 (USD)


  • 100% Guaranteed Refunds
  • Free Amendments/Cancellation
  • Balance due 60 days before departure

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