East Coast Islands & Rainforest

East Coast Islands & Rainforest

Start: Sydney Finish: Cairns

Visiting: Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast, Fraser Island, Rockhampton, Hamilton Island, Mission Beach, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef

Duration: 11 Nights

Tour code: QSCMF22

Tour operator: AAT Kings

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Tour Overview

Explore the epic Eastern Australian coastline on a journey that takes you from spectacular Sydney to the glamorous Gold Coast. Cruise to pristine Fraser Island and the Whitsundays, and head to tropical Cairns to discover the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef. There are hinterland experiences too – you’ll taste premium wines in the Hunter Valley and tour a remote Rockhampton cattle station.


  • iconPrivate look into the AAT Kings supported Koala rehabilitation hospital at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital
  • iconFull day tour of K’gari (Fraser Island)
  • iconExclusive tour and afternoon tea at a working cattle station with the Creed Family
  • iconTake in the Millaa Millaa Falls lookout and Curtain Fig Tree
  • iconGuided Tour of Sarina Sugar Shed
  • iconFree time to soak up the rainforest village of Kuranda
  • iconJourney over the UNESCO World Heritage listed rainforest with Skyrail
  • iconDive into the ocean of the Great Barrier Reef


icon Day 1: Sydney – Coffs Harbour

Location: Coffs Harbour

Accommodation: BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort

Start discovering the landscapes of Australia’s east coast as you travel northward to the coastal town of Coffs Harbour. From your accommodation nestled amongst sprawling tropical gardens, 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 Welcome Reception and dinner with your Travel Director.

icon Day 2: Coffs Harbour – Gold Coast

Location: Gold Coast

Accommodation: Novotel Surfers Paradise

Journey to Cape Byron Lighthouse for superb views from Australia’s eastern-most point over the Pacific Ocean. 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 the famous holiday destination, the Gold Coast.

icon Day 3: Gold Coast Free Time

Location: Gold Coast

Today you have the freedom to enjoy the Gold Coast in your own style. 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. Ask our team about starting this holiday on the��Gold Coast the morning of Day 4 (Code: QGC).

icon Day 4: Gold Coast – K’gari (Fraser Island)

Location: Fraser Island

Accommodation: Kingfisher Bay Resort

Enjoy a sneak peek into the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. 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.

icon Day 5: K’gari (Fraser Island)

Location: 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.

icon Day 6: K’gari (Fraser Island) – Rockhampton

Location: Rockhampton

Accommodation: Quality Hotel Regent, Rockhampton

Visit 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 afternoon tea in the garden in the company of the pet kangaroo! Cross the Tropic of Capricorn as you arrive in Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia. Your night is free so why not try some local beef at one of the town's steakhouses.

icon Day 7: Rockhampton – Hamilton Island

Location: Hamilton Island

Accommodation: Reef View Hotel

Travel north to Sarina today for a guided tour of its unique miniature sugar mill and distillery. At Airlie Beach you’ll catch the ferry to Hamilton Island, one of 74 islands that make up the Whitsunday group in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. The spectacular island boasts pristine beaches and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life.

icon Day 8: Hamilton Island Free Time

Location: 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.

icon Day 9: Hamilton Island – Mission Beach

Location: Mission Beach

Accommodation: Castaways Resort & Spa

Take the ferry back to the mainland this morning, from where you'll head north to the seaside town of Mission Beach. Nestled between World Heritage rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, your accommodation offers superb views over the Coral Sea.

icon Day 10: Mission Beach – Cairns

Location: Cairns

Accommodation: Pacific Hotel Cairns

Today’s journey takes you to the Atherton Tablelands, with its lush rainforests, spectacular waterfalls and peaceful lakes. Visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the heritage listed 500-yearold Curtain Fig Tree, and keep an eye out for the magnificent Ulysses butterfly. Spend some free time in Kuranda, the ‘village in the rainforest’, before travelling on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Your six-person gondola will provide spectacular views of the rainforest and the Coral Sea.

icon Day 11: Great Barrier Reef

Location: Great Barrier Reef

Board a high-speed catamaran today and cruise out to the iconic Great Barrier Reef, the only living organism that can be seen from the moon. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkelling (equipment provided) or view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and glass bottom boat. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on board, before you return in the late afternoon for a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends.

icon Day 12: Farewell from Cairns

Location: Cairns

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

What's Included

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    Quality accommodation

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    Travel by luxury coach

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    Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

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    Airport transfers (see flight information below)

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