East Coast Islands & Rainforests

East Coast Islands & Rainforests

12 Days Starting in Sydney, New South Wales and ending in Cairns, Queensland

Visiting: Sydney, Coffs Harbour, Cape Byron Lighthouse, Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise, Mt. Tamborine, Hervey Bay, K'gari (Fraser Island), 75 Mile Beach, Pinnacles, Eli Creek, Maheno shipwreck, Lake McKenzie, Central Station, Wanggoolba Creek, Langmorn Station, Rockhampton, Tropic of Capricorn, Sarina, Airlie Beach, Coral Sea, Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach, Cairns, Cairns Esplanade, Atherton Tablelands, Curtain Fig Tree, Millaa Millaa, Kuranda, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Barron Gorge National Park, Great Barrier Reef

Tour operator:

AAT Kings

Tour code:

QSC24

Physical rating:

Low level of fitness required.

Age range:

16-

Activities:

Sightseeing, Snorkeling

From:
$5140
$4395 (USD) Operator discount: -$514 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$231 -15%

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Tour Overview

Queensland is the only place in the world where two World Heritage Sites meet. And you get to see their convergence on this east coast Australia trip, which tours from Sydney all the way to Cairns. From a Great Barrier Reef tour to the Wet Tropics rainforest, from K’gari (Fraser) Island tour to the Gold and Coffs Coasts tour, get set for a parade of postcard-worthy attractions.

Highlights

  • Flexible Vacations

  • Iconic Sites

  • Sustainable Travel

  • Natural Wonders

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Sydney - Coffs Harbour
Location: Sydney, Coffs Harbour
Accommodation Name: BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort

As much as you’ll want to linger in Sydney, Coffs Harbour is calling. On the mid-North Coast of New South Wales, this pocket of paradise has some of the state’s most impressive beaches, not to mention the glorious national parkland that surrounds. Follow the breeze (and lead of locals) to the beach for a dazzling end of day, before a Welcome Dinner with your fellow adventure seekers.

Day 2 : Coffs Harbour - Gold Coast
Location: Cape Byron Lighthouse, Byron Bay, Gold Coast
Accommodation Name: Novotel Surfers Paradise

Australia’s most easterly point is the stuff that postcards were made for, as you’ll discover when you reach the Cape Byron Lighthouse, standing proud over the Pacific Ocean. Dolphins are a common sight year round, and they’re joined by whales during migration. For lunch, we can point you in the direction of a tasty Byron Bay fish-and-chip shop – order a haul to eat with your feet in the sand. Which you’re going to see plenty of at your next destination.

Day 3 : Gold Coast Free Time
Location: Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise, Mt. Tamborine
Accommodation Name: Novotel Surfers Paradise

Your base in Surfers Paradise is the heart of the Gold Coast, a city that really does sparkle. Today you might choose to explore beaches (there are too many to count), lingering in light-filled cafés and restaurants. Or enlist in a Gold Coast tour to see another side of the ‘Goldie’ in the Mt. Tamborine hinterland – a hub for creatives and foodies. The city also breaks records for its extensive network of canals, which you might opt to explore on a leisurely cruise.

Day 4 : Gold Coast - K'gari (Fraser Island)
Location: Gold Coast, Hervey Bay, K'gari (Fraser Island)
Accommodation Name: Kingfisher Bay Resort

Follow the waves north to Hervey Bay, the gateway to K’gari (Fraser Island). The ferry ride across the strait is a highlight, particularly during whale migration when these gentle giants come to the calm, protected waters to calve. Landing on K’gari, expect to see a lot of sand. This is, after all, the world’s largest sand island, and the only place in the world where rainforest grows from the sand.

Day 5 : K'gari (Fraser Island)
Location: K'gari (Fraser Island), 75 Mile Beach, Pinnacles, Eli Creek, Maheno shipwreck, Lake McKenzie, Central Station, Wanggoolba Creek
Accommodation Name: Kingfisher Bay Resort

The island also has a really long sand highway, which you’ll get to zip along on a 4WD tour across 75 Mile Beach, all the way up the east coast to the Pinnacles Coloured Sands, calm Eli Creek and the Maheno shipwreck, which offers quite the photo opportunity. Just when you thought the island couldn’t get any prettier, Lake McKenzie appears on the horizon, this dazzling patch of blue formed only with rainwater. It’s a hard act to follow, but the ancient rainforest at Central Station and Wanggoolba Creek lives up to the challenge with its huge satiny, scribbly gum and kauri trees.

Day 6 : K'gari (Fraser Island) - Rockhampton
Location: K'gari (Fraser Island), Langmorn Station, Rockhampton, Tropic of Capricorn
Accommodation Name: Quality Hotel Regent, Rockhampton

Back on the mainland you’re in Queensland’s cattle country. Case in point Langmorn Station, where the Creed family will welcome you with afternoon tea and a tour of the immense (and historic) cattle property – the original family homestead was built in 1873. The Creeds will regale you with stories about life on the land. The theme continues as you cross the Tropic of Capricorn to arrive in Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia. See if it deserves its title sampling some of the town’s restaurants. Ask us for tips.

Day 7 : Rockhampton - Airlie Beach
Location: Rockhampton, Sarina, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays
Accommodation Name: Mantra Club Croc

Another town with an impressive title is Sarina, Australia’s sugar capital. If you’ve ever wanted to know how sugar cane is processed and distilled, you’ll find the guided tour at the Sarina Sugar Shed a sweet addition to the itinerary. And yes, you get to sample the wares. Continue, on a high, along the east coast to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsundays. Life moves at a leisurely pace here. Fall into step and take things slow tonight.

Day 8 : Whitsunday Islands Free Time
Location: Whitsunday Islands, Coral Sea, Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach
Accommodation Name: Mantra Club Croc

The Whitsunday Islands need little introduction, the 74 tropical drops of land a beguiling union of powdery beaches and rainforest, all ringed by the Coral Sea. There are endless ways to explore this part of the Great Barrier Reef – today, we’re letting you choose. Perhaps rise early for an optional helicopter ride over Heart Reef. Or catch a catamaran to Whitehaven Beach, with sand so high in silica it squeaks underfoot.

Day 9 : Airlie Beach - Cairns
Location: Airlie Beach, Cairns
Accommodation Name: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns

After all the excitement of yesterday, today it’s time to relax and enjoy the scenery – more sugar cane fields and rolling green paddocks, all framed by the ocean and rainforest-clad mountains. Stretch your legs en route to Cairns and soak up this steamy part of the state.

Day 10 : Cairns
Location: Cairns Esplanade, Atherton Tablelands, Curtain Fig Tree, Millaa Millaa, Kuranda, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Barron Gorge National Park
Accommodation Name: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns

The Cairns Esplanade is a hive of activity in the morning, with active locals out before the humidity of the day sets in. Keep pace, before cooling off in the Atherton Tablelands, a high tropical plateau of rainforest, including the heritage listed Curtain Fig Tree. And waterfalls, like Millaa Millaa, where enormous iridescent Ulysses butterflies like to dance. Explore Kuranda before getting some perspective on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, through and high above the canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park.

Day 11 : Great Barrier Reef
Location: Great Barrier Reef
Accommodation Name: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns

Just when you thought your outlook couldn’t get any better, you’re zipping over the Great Barrier Reef on a high-speed catamaran. Snorkel with six of the world’s sea turtles bobbing over fans of coral, as well as so many fish you won’t know where to look. If you prefer to keep your head above water, the marine world can also be glimpsed from an underwater observatory and glass-bottom boat.

Day 12 : Farewell From Cairns
Location: Cairns

A ridiculous number of beaches, world-record breaking rainforest, dreamy islands and even dreamier ocean… it’s going to be hard to say goodbye to this backdrop. Not to mention your fellow travellers.

What's Included

  • Travel Director and Driver

    Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver

  • Accommodation

    Centrally located premium hotels

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites

    3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites – K’gari (Fraser Island), Great Barrier Reef & Wet Tropics of Queensland (Barron Gorge National Park, Skyrail)

  • Entrance Fees

    Cape Byron Lighthouse Permit & Crater Lake National Park entrance fees (Millaa Millaa Falls)

  • Dining

    1 Dinner, 11 Full Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 1 Farewell Dinner

What's Not Included

  • Flights

    Flights are not included in the holiday price.

  • Airport Transfers

    Return airport to hotel transfers are not included in the holiday price.

Accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort. The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes: BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort, Novotel Surfers Paradise, Kingfisher Bay Resort, Quality Hotel Regent, Rockhampton, Mantra Club Croc, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns.

Mode of Transport

Day prior – flights to arrive anytime into Sydney Airport. Day 12 – flights to depart anytime from Cairns Airport. Flights are not included in the holiday price. Return airport to hotel transfers are not included in the holiday price.

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  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a holiday with us is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    It is important to adhere to departure times while on tour for the comfort of everyone on-board, and to make sure no one misses out on the planned experiences. The coach will not be able to wait for you, and in some instances, if you miss a departure time you will need to make your own way to the next destination to re-join the tour.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    AAT Kings operated Guided Holidays have competitive single supplement rates available if you prefer to confirm your own room. Or we can match you to share with a guest of the same gender at no extra cost. If we fail to match you, we will accommodate you in a single room at no extra cost.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Over 100 years

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    We will email your documents to you approximately four weeks before your departure date provided you have completed your pre trip registration using the My Travel Portal. If you’ve booked through a travel agent, your documents will be emailed directly to your agent.

Reviews of this Operator

Ann Purcell  

Well worth the money

24-Feb-2023

Absolutely wonderful trip. Tastes of southern Australia. Hotels were good quality. Sightseeing was amazing. Manuela our travel director was lovely. A great trip all round

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Lynda Whittingham  

Particularly loved QUEENSTOWN (jet boat) and plane ride over Mt Cook

18-Feb-2023

Great guide “Dexter” who was pleasant and knowledgeable, skilled and pleasant driver, Aaron, interesting activities, and comfortable hotels in good locations. I have been on organized bus trips in different countries and this company stands out. I would travel with them again. Read less

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Trusted Customer  

Milford Sound , West Coast , Queenstown, Christchurch

22-Feb-2023

The most professional tour group i have ever travelled with. Both tour director (Hope) & driver (Dave) had extensive knowledge of NZ. Highly recommended.

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Keith Jones  

Christchurch, Milford Sound and the Franz Joseph Railway journey

02-Mar-2023

Very professional service throughout. Friendly experienced tour guide imparting excellent knowledge and local anecdotes. Friendly professional driver enhanced the overall pleasure. Excellent hotels throughout the holiday.

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Allison Cooper  

Wonderful experience, highlight had to be Uluru so spiritual and beautiful

22-Feb-2023

Very professional. Excellent travel director very knowledgeable and a lovely guy. Amazing experience seeing do many great places.

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