Tropical Beaches and Reef

Tropical Beaches and Reef

Tropical Beaches and Reef

Start: Cairns Finish: Gold Coast

Visiting: Cairns, The Great Barrier Reef, Cairns , Airlie Beach , Rockhampton, Fraser Island, Gold Coast


Duration: 8 Nights

Tour code: QCG22

Tour operator: AAT Kings


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Tour Overview

Australia enjoys its share of postcard-worthy beaches; you’ll experience many on this sun-kissed Cairns to Gold Coast tour. Perhaps palm-lined Mission Beach, deserted stretches of sand glimpsed on a Great Barrier Reef cruise, secluded coves on Hamilton Island, or powdery swathes across Fraser Island. It’s your chance to experience multiple World Heritage Sites and world-record breaking attractions, all in one.

Highlights

  • iconPrivate look into the AAT Kings supported Koala rehabilitation hospital at Australia Zoo
  • iconEntry to Australia Zoo
  • iconFull day tour of K’gari (Fraser Island)
  • iconExclusive tour and afternoon tea at a working cattle station with the Creed Family
  • iconGuided Tour of Sarina Sugar Shed
  • iconTake in the Millaa Millaa Falls lookout and Curtain Fig Tree
  • 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
  • iconTake in the Millaa Millaa Falls lookout & Curtain Fig Tree

Itinerary

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 to 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 and the Whitsunday Islands

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 to Rockhampton

Location: Rockhampton

Accommodation: Quality Hotel Regent, Rockhampton

This morning you’ll 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 to 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) to Gold Coast

Location: Gold Coast

It’s back to the mainland this morning aboard your return ferry. Take in the landscape of rolling hills, surrounding mountain peaks and coastline of the Sunshine Coast before arriving at the vibrant Gold Coast where your tour ends upon arrival this evening.

What's Included

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    Comfortable accommodation

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    Travel in 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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    Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver

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    3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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    Centrally located premium hotels

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