Tropical Beaches & Reefs

Tropical Beaches & Reefs

9 Days



Tropical Beaches & Reefs

9 Days Starting in Cairns and ending in Gold Coast

Visiting: Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Wet Tropics of Queensland, Barron Gorge National Park, Kuranda, Atherton Tablelands, Millaa Millaa, Airlie Beach, Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach, Sarina, Rockhampton, Langmorn Station, K’gari (Fraser Island), 75 Mile Beach, Pinnacles, Eli Creek, Maheno shipwreck, Lake McKenzie, Central Station, Wanggoolba Creek, Hervey Bay, Gold Coast

Tour operator:

AAT Kings

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Physical rating:

Low level of fitness required.

Age range:


Trip Styles:



Sightseeing, Snorkeling

$3754 (USD) Operator discount: -$208 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$198

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Tour Overview

On this East Coast Australia tour, prepare yourself for record-breaking attractions: the Great Barrier Reef (the largest of its kind), the Wet Tropics of Queensland (some of the oldest rainforest on the planet), and K’gari (Fraser Island), the largest sand island in the world. All rightly have World Heritage status, and are on your itinerary.


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  • Iconic Sites

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Day 1 : Welcome To Cairns
Location: Cairns
Accommodation Name: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns

Cairns, the gateway to two World Heritage Sites: the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics of Queensland. And you’re about to see both. Take it easy today, because the next few are going to be jam-packed with adventures. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner this evening.

Day 2 : Great Barrier Reef
Location: Great Barrier Reef
Accommodation Name: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns

It’s not quite James Bond, but your high-speed catamaran over the Great Barrier Reef is certainly thrilling. Pause to snorkel over immense fans of coral, a verdant habitat for six of the world’s sea turtles 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 3 : Cairns
Location: Cairns, Wet Tropics of Queensland, Barron Gorge National Park, Kuranda, Atherton Tablelands, Millaa Millaa
Accommodation Name: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns

And now for that second World Heritage Site. Enjoy perspective of the Wet Tropics on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, lifting you above and through the canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park to Kuranda. The Atherton Tablelands awaits, this high tropical plateau a tangle of dense forest – look out for the heritage listed Curtain Fig Tree. And waterfalls, like Millaa Millaa, where enormous iridescent Ulysses butterflies like to dance.

Day 4 : Cairns - Airlie Beach
Location: Airlie Beach
Accommodation Name: Mantra Club Croc

Some days, the journey matters just as much as the destination. Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you travel south through sugar cane fields and rolling green paddocks, all framed by the ocean and rainforest-clad mountains. Stretch your legs en route to Airlie Beach and soak up this steamy part of the state.

Day 5 : Whitsunday Islands Free Time
Location: Whitsunday Islands, Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach
Accommodation Name: Mantra Club Croc

Sand, sun and seriously dreamy vistas are your outlook exploring the Whitsundays, 74 tropical drops of land all ringed by the Coral Sea. There are endless ways to take in 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 6 : Airlie Beach - Rockhampton
Location: Sarina, Rockhampton
Accommodation Name: Quality Hotel Regent, Rockhampton

Your day starts on a natural high as you venture into Sarina, Australia’s sugar capital. Your guided tour takes you behind the scenes of processing and distilling sugar cane at the Sarina Sugar Shed. And yes, you get to sample the wares. You’ll be bouncing off your seat all the way to Rockhampton, another town with a big title: this is the country’s beef capital. See if it deserves its accolade at any of the restaurants that line the streets. Ask us for dining tips.

Day 7 : Rockhampton - K'gari (Fraser Island)
Location: Langmorn Station, K’gari (Fraser Island)
Accommodation Name: Kingfisher Bay Resort

More beef awaits after you cross the Tropic of Capricorn to the Creed family’s Langmorn Station. If you’ve ever wanted to learn about life on the land, this is your chance – the Creeds have endless anecdotes to share over afternoon tea and a tour. Your next destination involves water. Lots of it. The ferry ride to World Heritage listed K’gari (Fraser Island) is a highlight, particularly during whale migration when these gentle giants come to the calm, protected waters to calve. Alight on the world’s largest sand island, and the only place in the world where rainforest grows from the sand.

Day 8 : K'gari (Fraser Island)
Location: 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. Jump in a 4WD and zip along 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 9 : K'gari (Fraser Island) - Farewell From Gold Coast
Location: Hervey Bay, Gold Coast

Back on the mainland, follow the waves of Hervey Bay south to the Gold Coast, where you can be surfing one minute and surrounded by rainforest the next. This is where we say goodbye, but you don’t have to – this sparkling Queensland city has 70 kilometres of coastline to explore.

What's Included

  • Travel Director and Driver

    Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver

  • 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)

  • National Park Fees

    Crater Lake National Park entrance fees (Millaa Millaa Falls)

  • Accommodation

    Centrally located premium hotels

  • Dining

    1 Dinner with Wine, 8 Full Breakfasts, 3 Lunches

  • Flight Information

    Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Cairns Airport, Day 9 – flights to depart after 8.30pm from Gold Coast Airport, Flights are not included in the vacation price, Return airport to hotel transfers are not included in the vacation price

What's Not Included

  • Flights

    Flights are not included in the vacation price

  • Airport Transfers

    Return airport to hotel transfers are not included in the vacation price


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

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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


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


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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Milford Sound , West Coast , Queenstown, Christchurch


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


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


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

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    Up to 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 59 days before tour starts: Forfeit 30% of booking price.

    At 15 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 7 days before tour starts: Forfeit 90% of booking price.

    At 1 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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