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East Coast Islands & Rainforest

Group Tour | General interest | Non-exclusive 12 Days & 11 Nights Lead-in price: £3125 Current prices from: £3125

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.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • 4x4 excursion on Fraser Island visiting Lake McKenzie & the rainforest
  • Visit Australia Zoo, which focuses on the conservation of native animals
  • Cruise over the world’s largest coral system
  • Stay in 4-star accommodation
  • Small group size - maximum 46
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Superior Group Tour in brief

Sydney • Coffs Harbour

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)

Day 2: Gold Coast

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 3: Gold Coast

Day at leisure. (B)

Day 4: Fraser Island

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 Resort. (B)

Day 5: Fraser Island

Explore Fraser Island on a 4×4 tour including visits to Lake McKenzie and the rainforest near Central Station. (B, L)

Day 6: Rockhampton

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)

Day 7: Hamilton Island

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)

Day 8: Hamilton Island

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)

Day 9: Mission Beach

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).

Day 10: Cairns

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)

Day 11: Great Barrier Reef

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)

Day 12: Onward travel

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue your holiday. (B)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Flights:

International and internal flights are not included with this itinerary. For flight options and prices, please contact your Cox & Kings travel consultant.

Non-exclusive group tour:

Please note that this tour is operated by AAT Kings on a non-exclusive 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.

Standard tour

This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.

Single supplement

From £805pp

Private & tailor-made travel

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 enquire online.

Superior group tour accommodation

  • Reef View Hotel
    Reef View Hotel

    The Reef View Hotel overlooks Catseye Beach and the reef on the northern side of Hamilton Island. The property offers stunning views over the Whitsunday Islands and is surrounded by landscaped tropical gardens. All rooms are spacious and feature comfortable, modern furnishings in elegant, neutral tones. Every room has a private balcony either overlooking the Coral Sea or gardens.

  • Quality Hotel Regent Rockhampton
    Quality Hotel Regent Rockhampton

    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.

  • Mercure Kingfisher Bay Resort
    Mercure Kingfisher Bay Resort

    The Mercure Kingfisher Bay Resort is located on Fraser Island, among tree-covered dunes on the edge of the calm waters of the Great Sandy Strait. The property prides itself on its eco credentials, having won a number of awards, and offers a range of eco-friendly tours around the world heritage-listed island. The three restaurants offer a range of dining options using local produce to reflect the Aussie bush heritage. Your stay at the property includes a variety of ranger-guided walks, talks and activities. Features: 261 rooms, 3 restaurants, 4 swimming pools, tennis court, spa. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, tea & coffee facilities, hairdryer.

  • Castaways Resort & Spa Mission Beach
    Castaways Resort & Spa Mission Beach

    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.

  • BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort
    BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort

    Situated on the beachfront at Diggers Beach, BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort is just 2km from the town centre. The resort has a variety of accommodation options including hotel rooms and 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom spa villas, all of which include kitchen facilities, modern decor and amenities. Casay on the Beach restaurant has a stunning location overlooking the secluded Diggers Beach and offers a memorable dining experience for lunch and dinner.

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Dates & prices


Main Costs

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • 4-star accommodation
    • Guaranteed departures
    • Experienced travel director &driver guide
    • Arrival & departure transfers
    • Air-conditioned vehicles
    • Maximum of 46 passengers
    •11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

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