Tour the highlights of Australia’s East
Coast. Beginning in Cairns, cruise to the
Great Barrier Reef before travelling south
through the tropical Atherton Tablelands.
Enjoy the exquisite white sandy beaches
of the Whitsunday Islands and a fullday
excursion to the wild and beautiful
Fraser Island. Further visits are made to
charming coastal towns and Hunter Valley
wine region before finishing in Sydney.
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Arrive in Cairns and join an orientation tour of
this tropical city. This evening there will be a
welcome dinner hosted by the tour director. Stay
2 nights at Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort. (D)
Join a high-speed catamaran for a full-day
cruise over the Great Barrier Reef. Equipment
is provided to snorkel over the reef, or view the
underwater world from the observatory or semisubmersible
craft. The evening is free to explore
Cairns. (B, L)
This morning travel through the high tropical
plateau to Kuranda and explore this village in
the rainforest. Continue to traverse the Atherton
Tablelands, an area of rainforest, waterfalls and
plateau, with stops at Millaa Millaa Falls and
the Curtain Fig Tree, one of the largest trees in
Tropical North Queensland. Arrive at Mission
Beach in the afternoon with time to walk on
the golden sands. Stay overnight at Castaways
Resort & Spa. (B, D)
Travel along the coast to Airlie beach, with a
stop in Townsville en route. Take the ferry to
Hamilton Island, one of the 74 islands that
make up the Whitsundays and located in the
heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Stay 2 nights at
Reef View Hotel. (B)
This morning join a cruise to spectacular
Whitehaven beach and take a walk to Hill’s Inlet for views over the Whitsunday Islands. This
afternoon is at leisure. (B)
Return to the mainland by ferry and journey
south to Mackay for a guided tour of a
miniature sugar mill in Australia’s sugar capital.
After watching sugar cane production, sample
some of the products on offer followed by a light
lunch. Continue to Rockhampton for a 1-night
stay at Quality Hotel Regent Rockhampton.
Evening at leisure. (B, L)
Cross the Tropic of Capricorn en route to
Langmorn Station, a fully operational cattle
station where you can take morning tea at the
homestead. Afterwards travel to Hervey Bay, the
gateway to Fraser Island, and stay overnight at
Mantra Hervey Bay. (B, D)
Take the ferry to Fraser Island, then explore
on a 4x4 tour visiting Lake McKenzie and the
rainforest near Central Station. Enjoy a barbecue
lunch then return to the mainland for a 2-night
stay at the Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa. (B, L)
Day at leisure in Noosa, with optional boat ride
in the Noosa Everglades. This evening enjoy
dinner at a local restaurant overlooking the
beach. (B, D)
This morning visit Australia Zoo, an organisation
founded by the late Steve Irwin with an
emphasis on the conservation of native animals.
Continue on to Brisbane for a city tour and finish
the day at Gold coast for a 2-night stay at the
Hotel Grand Chancellor. (B)
Today is at leisure with an optional excursion to
the Gold Coast Hinterland to visit the town of
Mount Tamborine and discover the surrounding
rainforest (at own expense). (B)
Journey to Cape Byron lighthouse for views over
the Pacific Ocean from Australia’s eastern-most
point. There may be the opportunity to spot
whales before spending time discovering the
Bohemian vibe of Byron Bay. Continue on to Port
Macquarie and overnight at the Waters Edge (B)
Travel to the well-known wine region of Hunter
Valley for wine tasting and a delicious lunch at
a local winery. Continue on to Sydney in the late
afternoon and transfer to the airport for your
flight home or continue your holiday. (B, L)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a local tour manager from arrival
This tour is based in 4-star
International and internal flights are
not included with this itinerary. For flight options
and prices, please call one of our Australia tour
This tour operates with a maximum
group size of 46 passengers. Passengers may or
may not be Cox & Kings clients.
AAT Kings also
operates a number of touring itineraries in other
parts of Australia, including South Australia, the
Kimberley and Tasmania.
Located just 20 metres from a 14-km stretch of white sand beach, Castaways Resort & Spa Mission Beach has uninterupted views of the Coral Sea and Dunk island. The property has spacious rooms surrounded by lush rainforest gardens and the restaurant serves seasonal cuisine and a range of cocktails in an alfresco setting.
Features: 48 rooms, 3 outdoor pools, fitness centre, 3 bars, restaurant, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Television, hairdryer, air conditioning, coffee & tea...
The 3 star Mantra Hervey Bay is located in the marina precinct of Hervey Bay. The 153 guestrooms comprise traditional hotel rooms and self-contained 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. All room types include a private balcony overlooking the marina. Facilities include a swimming pool, sauna, gym and two...
Centrally located just a short walk from the shops, restaurants and waterfront in Cairns, the Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort is a comfortable 4-star hotel. The 314 rooms are bright and spacious and each has a balcony.
Features: 314 rooms, outdoor swimming pool, restaurant, bar, terrace, gym, parking.
Room amenities: Balcony or terrace, air conditioning, work desk, safe, minibar, television, tea & coffee facilities.
From mid August 2015, construction of the new Cairns Aquarium will commence on the land adjacent to Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort which is expected to be completed by 30 June 2016. Foundation work for the new attraction is expected to take approximately 6 weeks (until end September/early October 2015) followed by general construction of the low rise building. Some noise work will be necessary, especially in the initial stage, however the hotel will endeavour to accommodat...
Novotel Surfers Paradise is situated in the heart of Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, conveniently located just a 150-metre walk to the beach. The hotel offers an extensive range of state-of-the-art guestrooms and leisure facilities. The restaurant serves a buffet breakfast and seafood dinner buffet.
Features: 408 rooms, pool, fitness centre, bar, restaurant, Wi-Fi, currency exchange.
Room amenities: Television, hairdryer, coffee & tea facilities, air...
Located within the heart of Rockhampton, the Quality Hotel Regent Rockhampton is a converted 1814 heritage building. The property has a good range of facilities including a restaurant, an outdoor picnic area, outdoor parking spaces and a laundry service. This is a good base from which to explore the local area with many restaurants and shops within walking distance.
Features: 49 rooms, restaurant, outdoor pool, coffee shop, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Television, coffee/tea facilities, hairdryer, air...
Located on Hamilton Island in the heart of the Whitsundays, the Hamilton Island Resort is an ideal base for visiting the Great Barrier Reef. Accommodation at the resort ranges from 3- to 5-star. The 5-star Reef View Hotel is located next to the Convention Centre and boasts 382 rooms and suites. All rooms are spacious and feature a private balcony either overlooking the Coral Sea or landscaped gardens. Facilities for Reef View Hotel guests include a swimming pool, pool terrace restaurant, the Reef Lounge, gym, spa and...
Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa is located between the Noosa river and Hastings Street. Stylish boutiques, galleries, alfresco dining, and Noosa's Laguna Bay are a short walk away. The 175 spacious rooms, apartments and suites each have a private balcony and spa bath. Facilites at the property include an outdoor swimming pool, spa, gym, restaurant and abar.
Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa will commence a refurbishment on 25 February 2013, which is expected to be completed by 30 August 2013. The hotel will refurbish the restaurant, guestrooms and corridors. Cato's Restaurant will be closed for refurbishment from 25 February and is expected to re-open on 13 May 2013. During this time, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be available in the River Lounge and the Laguna Rooms. Guestrooms, including bathrooms, and guest corridors will have a full refurbishment. The resort consists of two...
Located on the banks of Hastings river in the heart of Port Macquarie, Waters Edge Port Macquarie is a short walk away from the beaches and many shops, with most rooms offering river views. The restaurant serves a seasonal menu in both and indoor and outdoor settings.
Features: 61 rooms, outdoor pool, bar, restaurant, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Television, hairdryer, coffee & tea facilities, air...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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