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Tour the highlights of Australia’s east coast.
Begin in cosmopolitan Sydney and travel to
the tranquil town of Port Macquarie 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 indulge in
premium wine tasting.
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Arrive in Sydney and travel to the renowned
wine region of Hunter Valley for wine tasting
and a delicious lunch at a local winery. After
lunch, head to picturesque Port Macquarie
and stay overnight at Sails Port Macquarie by
Rydges. (L, 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
Today there is a choice of included excursions.
Join a 4x4 tour to Tamborine Mountain to
explore the rainforest, take a boat trip to learn
about crab fishing, or gain 360-degree views
from the iconic Q1 building. (B)
Travel north for a short tour of Brisbane
and then visit Australia Zoo, an organisation
founded by the late Steve Irwin with an
emphasis on the conservation of native
animals. Finish the day at Noosa and stay 2
nights at The Sebel Noosa. This evening,
enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)
Day at leisure in Noosa, with an optional boat
ride in the Noosa Everglades. (B)
Take a ferry to Fraser Island, then explore
on a 4x4 tour visiting Lake McKenzie and the
rainforest near Central Station. Afterwards,
travel to Hervey Bay and stay overnight at
Mantra Hervey Bay. (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)
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 Hilton 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 tour 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 2019. 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 tour consultant.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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