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13 Day East Coast Tropical Discovery from $4375*
First Choice Escorted Tour










Includes:

  • An experienced, professional Tour Director and Driver
  • Tour by luxury air-conditioned coach with 2-door access, restroom, reclining seats & panoramic windows
  • 12 nights accommodation with private bathrooms
  • 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Round trip airport transfers (see suggested flight information below)
  • Welcome reception
  • Travelscene After Hours Emergency Travel Assistance

Highlights:

  • Cruise and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Visit Cape Byron Lighthouse on the most eastern point of Australia
  • Check out amazing wildlife at Australia Zoo and visit the koalas in the wildlife hospital
  • Explore Fraser Island by 4WD and indulge in an Aussie BBQ
  • Discover farm life at Langmorn Station with homemade afternoon tea
  • Experience island life on Daydream Island and explore the Whitsundays
  • Visit Kuranda – the village in the rainforest

Flight Information:

Flights are not included in the tour price; please call our team for the current flight prices. Any flights referred to in the itinerary are an additional expense; these are the suggested group flights:
  • Day prior to tour commencement: flights can arrive into Sydney at any time
  • Day 13: Flights to depart Cairns any time after breakfast

Departure Dates:

2017
APR: 3
MAY: 1, 29
JUN: 26
JUL: 24
AUG: 21
SEP: 18
OCT: 16
NOV: 13
DEC: 11

2018
JAN: 8
FEB: 5
MAR: 5

Dates in bold indicate guaranteed departures.
 


Travel Dates
4/1/2017 - 3/31/2018
Other travel dates may apply, please call for details.

Book by
3/31/2018

Price per person from   
04/01/17 - 03/31/18 $4375*


Terms and Conditions - Tour Code: QSC
*Terms & Conditions (USD: Valid for travel selected First Choice and Best Buys guided vacations between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018. Discounts apply only to main tour land component, not to any flights or pre and post hotel bookings. Prices may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received. All prices are in US dollars and correct at time of posting (26 October 2016). All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change Subject to availability; this offer may be withdrawn at any time. Please call for our current prices. Tour Code: QSC. CST#2001136-50.

Prices subject to change without notice. Please click here to read our terms and conditions.

Itinerary effective 1 April 2017. Tours prior may follow a different itinerary. Please enquire for details.

As this Guided Holiday departs early morning, accommodation should be pre-booked for the previous night.

Day 1: Sydney to Port Macquarie

Welcome to Sydney. Travel to the Hunter Valley for an exclusive wine tasting and get to know your fellow travelers over a delicious lunch at a local winery. After lunch continue north to picturesque seaside Port Macquarie. Welcome Reception & L
Hotel: Waters Edge, Port Macquarie.

Day 2: Port Macquarie to Gold Coast

Journey to Cape Byron Lighthouse and enjoy superb views from Australia’s eastern-most point over the Pacific Ocean. At the right time of year you may be lucky enough to spot migrating whales frolicking off the coast. For lunch we recommend fresh fish and chips on the beach at Byron Bay, there’s nothing more Australian! Continue to the famous holiday destination, the Gold Coast where you’ll stay for the next two nights. B
Hotel: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Gold Coast, 2 nights.

Day 3: Gold Coast Free Time

Today is yours to do as you choose. You may like to take an optional experience to the stunning Gold Coast Hinterland to discover the rainforest and the picturesque village of Mt Tamborine or just take the opportunity to relax and unwind with a stroll along famous Surfers Paradise beach. B

Day 4: Gold Coast to Noosa

After a short orientation tour of Brisbane, visit Australia Zoo made famous by the Crocodile Hunter, the late Steve Irwin and his family. Enjoy a sneak peek in to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and see how the Wildlife Warriors works to support the koala rehabilitation project at the hospital, the country’s largest and busiest wildlife facility. Catch one of the many shows and wander through the zoo’s fascinating grounds. Later travel to the resort town of Noosa for a relaxing stay. This evening join your fellow travelers for dinner at Noosa Surf Lifesaving Club with views over the beach. B D
Hotel: Sebel Noosa, 2 nights.

Day 5: Noosa Free Time

Take time out to discover Noosa for yourself. Swim at Noosa Main Beach or venture a little further with an easy, spectacular walk along the headland through to Noosa National Park. If you’re feeling adventurous, you may like to hire a stand-up paddle board or even take a boat ride through the incredible Noosa Everglades, one of Australia’s most beautiful wilderness areas. You’ll love the dark waterways and myriad wildlife along the Noosa River - it’s truly spectacular! This evening choose one of the town’s eateries and dine on inspiring local delights. B

Day 6: Noosa - Fraser Island

A day of discovery lies ahead as you cross by ferry to explore the wonders of World Heritage listed Fraser Island. Your 4WD tour takes you to the colored sands of Rainbow Beach (tidal) and beyond. Visit Lake McKenzie ringed with magnificent white sandy beaches. Walk through the ancient rainforest at Central Station with its huge satiny, scribbly gum and kauri trees and enjoy a delicious lunch before arriving in Hervey Bay. B L
Hotel: Mantra Hervey Bay.

Day 7: Hervey Bay to Rockhampton

Stop at Langmorn Station, a fully operational cattle station. A member of the Creed family will treat you to a guided tour of the property including their original family homestead, built in 1873. Enjoy afternoon tea in the garden in the company of the pet kangaroo! Cross the Tropic of Capricorn as you arrive in Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia! Your night is free so why not try some local beef at one of the town’s steakhouses. B
Hotel: Quality Regent, Rockhampton

Day 8: Rockhampton to Hamilton Island

Travel north to the sugar town of Sarina for a guided tour through a miniature sugar mill and lunch! On your tour you’ll get a peak in to sugar cane processing and witness fully functioning sugar processing and distilling equipment in action. Afterwards you can taste some of the products made on site before sitting down for a light lunch. Continue past Mackay to Airlie Beach to catch a ferry to Hamilton Island one of 74 tropical islands that make up the Whitsundays. You’ll be surrounded by pristine beaches, and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life. B L D
Hotel: Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island, 2 nights.

Day 9: Hamilton Island

Take a cruise to explore famous Whitehaven Beach, voted Australia’s best! Feel the sand between your toes and if you’re up to it, take a walk to a lookout for views over the beautiful waters and islands of the Coral Sea. This afternoon you’re free to enjoy paradise. B

Day 10: Hamilton Island to Mission Beach

This morning you’ll board a ferry back to mainland and continue north along the Bruce Highway to Townsville for a stop at lunchtime when you’ll have the opportunity to take a stroll along the Strand with views to Magnetic Island. Your destination for the night is Mission Beach where you’ll stay with views over the ocean. Magic! B D
Hotel: Castaways Resort and Spa, Mission Beach.

Day 11: Mission Beach to Cairns

This morning there will be time to take a walk along the shore and feel the golden sand between your toes before you depart Mission Beach. Today you’ll travel through the high tropical plateau known as the Atherton Tablelands, where lush rainforests, waterfalls and lakes abound. Visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the famous Curtain Fig Tree. Keep an eye out for the spectacular Ulysses Butterfly while you’re there. Continue to Kuranda where you’ll stop around lunch time. Enjoy some free time to explore the village in the rainforest. You may like to journey to Cairns on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. B
Hotel: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort, Cairns, 2 nights.

Day 12: The Great Barrier Reef

Board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. The world heritage listed reef is the only living organism you can see from the moon. Imagine that! You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkeling and view this natural living wonder up- close (equipment provided) and view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and the semi- submersible craft. Enjoy a delicious tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns in the late afternoon. This evening join your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant where you’ll get the opportunity to taste traditional Australian bush flavors. B L D

Day 13: Farewell from Cairns

Your wonderful holiday concludes after breakfast when you bid farewell to your new found friends. B

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(*) Prices are US Dollars per person.