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Tour the highlights of Australia’s east coast.
Begin in cosmopolitan Sydney and travel to
the coastal town of Coffs Harbour before
reaching the glamour of Gold Coast. Enjoy the
pristine landscapes of both Fraser Island and
Hamilton Island, then finish in tropical Cairns
to explore the world-renowned Great Barrier
Reef. Along the way, explore rainforests, visit
a remote cattle station and stop at Australia's
sugar capital, Sarina.
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Arrive in Sydney and travel north to the coastal
town of Coffs Harbour. Enjoy a welcome
dinner tonight and stay overnight at BreakFree
Aanuka Beach Resort. (D)
Journey to Cape Byron lighthouse for views
over the Pacific Ocean from Australia’s
easternmost point. There may be the opportunity to spot whales before spending
time discovering the bohemian vibe of Byron
Bay. Continue to Gold Coast for a 2-night stay
at the Novotel Surfers Paradise. (B)
Day at leisure. (B)
This morning visit Australia Zoo, an
organisation founded by the late Steve Irwin
with an emphasis on the conservation of native
animals. This afternoon take the ferry to Fraser
Island and stay 2 nights at Kingfisher Bay
Explore Fraser Island on a 4x4 tour including
visits to Lake McKenzie and the rainforest near
Central Station. (B, L)
Sample some local produce at Ohana fruit
orchard and stop at Langmorn Station, a fully
operational cattle station where you will enjoy
afternoon tea at the homestead. Continue
to Rockhampton for a 1-night stay at Quality
Hotel Regent Rockhampton with the evening
at leisure. (B)
The first stop of the day will be at Sarina,
Australia’s sugar capital. Take a guided tour of
a miniature sugar mill and after watching sugar
cane production, sample some of the products
on offer, followed by a light lunch. Travel to Airlie Beach and 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, L)
Today is at leisure, with an optional cruise to
spectacular Whitehaven Beach where you can
take a walk to Hill’s Inlet for views over the
Whitsunday Islands. (B)
This morning board a ferry back to the
mainland and follow the Bruce Highway to
Mission Beach. Stay overnight at Castaways
Resort & Spa, which offers scenic views over
the ocean. (B, D)
Take time this morning to walk on the golden
sands before traveling through the high
tropical plateau known as Atherton Tablelands,
an area of rainforest, waterfalls and plateaux,
with stops at Millaa Millaa Falls and the Curtain
Fig Tree, one of the largest trees in Tropical
North Queensland. Stop at Kuranda to explore
this village in the rainforest and take the
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway over Barron Gorge
National Park. Arrive in Cairns and spend 2
nights at Pacific Hotel Cairns. (B)
Board 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 semi-submersible craft.
The evening is free to explore Cairns, with a
farewell dinner. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your
flight home or continue your holiday. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
International and internal flights
are not included with this itinerary. For flight
options and prices, please contact your
Cox & Kings travel consultant.
Please note that
this tour is operated by AAT Kings on a nonexclusive
basis. Therefore passengers may or
may not be Cox & Kings clients.
Please note the itinerary is
provisional and subject to change. Itinerary
and departure dates may change from
1 October 2020. AAT Kings also operates
a number of touring itineraries in other
parts of Australia including South Australia,
the Kimberley and Tasmania. For more
information and prices, please contact your
Cox & Kings travel consultant.
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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RAI2020: 11 Nights
Located in Northern Queensland, Cairns is one of the main gateways to the Great Barrier...