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East Coast Islands & Rainforest

Operated by: Trafalgar

13 Days from $5,050 per person

Countries Visited

Australia

Locations Visited

Sydney, Port Macquarie, Gold Coast, Noosa, Hervey Bay, Rockhampton, Hamilto… more Sydney, Port Macquarie, Gold Coast, Noosa, Hervey Bay, Rockhampton, Hamilton Island, Mission Beach, Cairns
  1. Day 1 Sydney - Port Macquarie

    Australia's original wine country beckons this morning. Depart Sydney, bound for Hunter Valley where a Welcome Reception at a winery followed by lunch awaits before you continue north to Port Macquarie.

    meals Welcome Reception, Lunch, Dinner with wine
    hotel Sails Port Macquarie by Rydges
  2. Day 2 Port Macquarie - Gold Coast (2 nights)

    Connect with the laidback vibe of Byron Bay and admire view over the Pacific as you stand on Australia's easternmost point, Cape Byron. Keep a keen eye out for migrating whales that frolic close to shore (seasonal), then take a scenic coastal drive to the Gold Coast.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Novotel Surfers Paradise
  3. Day 3 Gold Coast Sightseeing

    You choice of sightseeing: could see you take the 4WD track through the Gold Coast Hinterland and rainforest; board a boat trip to try your hand at crab fishing or tackle the 270-meter SkyPoint Climb at the iconic Q1 building.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  4. Day 4 Gold Coast - Noosa (2 nights)

    Follow the Gold Coast, stepping in Brisbane for an orientation tour. Continue to Australia Zoo and join a Local Specialist to make a difference by supporting the Wildlife Warriors with their efforts to rehabilitate wild koala. Continue up the Sunshine Coast to Noosa, and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel The Sebel
  5. Day 5 Noosa Free Time

    Set your watch to the leisurely pace of life in Noosa, with a full, free day to explore this resort town on your terms. You may consider joining an Optional Experience boat ride through the Noosa Everglades or a Noosa River Sunset Cruise. The evening is free.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  6. Day 6 Noosa - Hervey Bay

    An island paradise awaits today as you journey to the UNESCo-listed Fraser Island. Join a Local Specialist to explore the world's largest sand island. Enjoy lunch before continuing to Hervey Bay, where in spring thousands of humpback whales and their new calves seek sanctuary.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Mantra
  7. Day 7 Herey Bay - Rockhampton

    Savor crisp flavors of apple, strawberry and pineaple during a visit to Ohana Exotic Fruit Orchard, where you'll embark on a guided tour with a 'Local Specialist' this morning. Connect with locals during a stop at Langmorn Station, a fully operational family-run cattle station. Here, you'll enjoy a guided tour of the property and original 19th century family homestead, followed by a Be My Guest afternoon tea in the garden with the pet kangaroo. Cross the Tropic of Capricorn en route to Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Quality Regent
  8. Day 8 Rockhampton - Hamilton Island (2 nights)

    Journey north to Sarina today for a guided tour of its miniature sugar mill and distillery with a Local Specialist. Later, head for Hamilton Island, one of the 74 islands in Queensland's scenic Whitsundays.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine
    hotel Reef View
  9. Day 9 Hamilton Island Free Time

    Today is yours to indulge in your own pleasures - consider a cruise to famous Whitehaven Beach, visit the island's wildlife park, home to many species of Australian animals or sit back with a good book by one of the resort's stunning pools.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  10. Day 10 Hamilton Island - Mission Beach

    Say goodbye to island-life and board your ferry back to the mainland. Continue north to Mission Beach, where the UNESCO-listed Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
    hotel Castaways Resort and Spa
  11. Day 11 Mission Beach - Cairns (2 nights)

    Today's journey takes you to the Atherton Tablelands, one of Australia's important bird areas. Visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the heritage listed 500-year-old Curtain Fig Tree, where you may be lucky enough to spot the brilliant blue flash of the Ulysses butterfly. Spend some free time in Kuranda, the village in the rainforest, before the journey to Freshwater Station via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and then on to Cairns.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Hilton
  12. Day 12 Great Barrier Reef

    A day filled with pinch-me moments awaits, as you board a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. Discover this magical underwater wonderland from the comfort of your semi-submersible observatory. Or get your feet wet and don your flippers and mask for an up-close encounter with the reef's marine-life (snorkeling equipment provided). Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch up on deck before returning to Cairns. This evening, join your Travel Director for dinner at a restaurant on Cairns Harbor.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine
  13. Day 13 Depart Cairns

    Your scenic exploration of Australia's sun-kissed east coast at its end, say farewell to your fellow travelers and transfer to Cairns Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

    meals Buffet Breakfast
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Meal Summary

12 hot buffet breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners.

Included Highlights

Connect with Locals

  • Langmorn Station is a fully-operational family-run cattle station. Enjoyed a guided tour of the property followed by afternoon tea in the garden.

Make A Difference

  • Your visit to Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital will support its Wildlife Warriors with their efforts to rehabilitate wild koala.

Local Specialist

  • In the Hunter Valley, at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, on Fraser Island Day, at Ohana Exotic Fruit Orchard, Sarina's miniature sugar mill and distillery.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Cruise to Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef
  • Orientation of Brisbane
  • View whales off Byron Bay, koalas at Australia Zoo, rainforest and lakes on Fraser
  • Visit Byron Bay, Australia Zoo, Fraser Island, a cattle station, Kuranda
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