- Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef & see colourful coral
- Tropical paradise Hamilton Island & Whitehaven Beach
- Stop at Millaa Millaa Falls in World Heritage listed rainforest
- Visit Australia Zoo, home of the Irwin family
- See the cute koalas at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital
- Let your hair down in the ultimate holiday town of Noosa
- Take an exciting 4WD tour on Fraser Island
- Visit a working cattle property, Langmorn Station
- Stop at the Sarina Sugar Shed & have lunch at a miniature sugar mill
- Stay on Hamilton Island, with views from every balcony
- Enjoy a delicious winery lunch & wine tasting in the Hunter Valley
- Enjoy a BBQ dinner with a local family in their Cairns home
- Explore the picturesque Blue Mountains
- Visit Jenolan Caves, the oldest known open cave system in the world
Canberra Floriade & Bowral’s Tulip Time Festival
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6 days | Departs Sep to Oct –
Indulge your inner gardener on a journey that combines Canberra’s spectacular Floriade event and the Bowral Tulip Time Festival with an exploration of the verdant Southern Highlands.
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- Return flights to Cairns & from Sydney (as required)
- Luxury coach touring along the East Coast
- 12 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L) & 5 dinners (D)
Your journey begins with a flight to Cairns. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Meet your Travel Director for an orientation tour of the tropical city of Cairns. Become further acquainted this evening at a Be My Guest BBQ dinner with a local family at their home in Cairns. Spend the evening learning about life in the tropics and soak up warm, friendly Aussie vibes.
❱ Hotel stay: Hilton Hotel Cairns (2 nights)
Board a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. The World Heritage listed reef is the only living organism that can be seen from the moon. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkelling (equipment provided) or view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns in the late afternoon.
This morning you’ll take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to Kuranda, the ‘village in the rainforest’. Continue to the Atherton Tablelands with rainforests, waterfalls and lakes. Visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the heritage listed 500-year-old Curtain Fig Tree. Arrive in relaxed Mission Beach during the afternoon and take some time before dinner to stroll along the shore.
❱ Hotel stay: Castaways Resort & Spa, Mission Beach (1 night)
Stop in Townsville today, with time for a stroll along the Strand before continuing to Airlie Beach to catch the ferry to Hamilton Island. One of 74 tropical islands that make up the Whitsunday group in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island boasts pristine beaches and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life.
❱ Hotel stay: Reef View Hotel (2 nights)
Cruise this morning to spectacular Whitehaven Beach. Wander in peace along its 7 kilometres of pure white sand, or if you’re feeling energetic, take a walk to Hill’s Inlet for elevated views over the Whitsunday islands and the sparkling waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Back on Hamilton Island, the afternoon is yours in this tropical paradise.
Return to the mainland today and travel to Mackay, Australia’s sugar capital, to the town of Sarina for a guided tour of a unique miniature sugar mill and distillery. Continue to Rockhampton. With a local cattle population of 2.5 million, ‘Rocky’ is often considered Australia’s beef capital.
❱ Hotel stay: Quality Hotel Regent (1 night)
Cross the Tropic of Capricorn this morning and stop at Langmorn Station, a fully-operational cattle property. A member of the Creed family, whose forebears built the original homestead in 1873, will lead you on a guided tour of the station. Enjoy morning tea in the garden in the company of the family’s friendly pet kangaroo. Afterwards, enjoy a guided tour of the Ohana Exotic Fruit Orchard before travelling on to Hervey Bay, gateway to Fraser Island.
❱ Hotel stay: Mantra Hervey Bay (1 night)
Today cross the Great Sandy Strait by ferry to explore World Heritage listed Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. See Lake McKenzie, a freshwater lake ringed with white sandy beaches, and walk through rainforest at Central Station. Enjoy lunch before your 4WD tour takes you to view the coloured sands of Rainbow Beach (tide permitting). Later, travel on to the Sunshine Coast resort town of Noosa.
❱ Hotel stay: The Sebel Noosa (2 nights)
Take time out today to discover Noosa for yourself. Swim in the clear waters of Main Beach, or venture a little further a eld on an easy walk along the spectacular headland 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. The shaded waterways and abundant wildlife along the Noosa River will delight you. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Today visit Australia Zoo, made famous by the late Steve Irwin and his family. Enjoy a sneak peek into the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and see how its Wildlife Warriors support the koala rehabilitation project at the hospital, the country’s largest and busiest wildlife facility. Later, enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Queensland capital Brisbane before travelling on to the iconic Gold Coast, where the evening is free to do as you choose.
❱ Hotel stay: Novotel Surfers Paradise (2 nights)
Today, choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Take a tour inland by 4WD track through the rainforest to Mount Tamborine or a boat trip to try your hand at ‘pumping yabbies’. Or perhaps you’d prefer to be 270 metres in the air at the iconic Q1 building on the SkyPoint Climb. This evening, join the holidaymakers and locals on Cavill Avenue for a taste of Surfers Paradise nightlife.
Leave the glitz of the Gold Coast behind today as you journey to Cape Byron Lighthouse for superb views over the Pacific Ocean from Australia’s easternmost point. Afterwards spend time absorbing the relaxed bohemian vibe of Byron Bay. Continue to picturesque seaside Port Macquarie for the evening.
❱ Hotel stay: Waters Edge (1 night)
Travel this morning to the premier wine-growing region of the Hunter Valley and enjoy an exclusive wine-tasting and lunch at a vineyard and winery where a specialist will share insights on the local wine industry. Continue to Sydney later this afternoon.
❱ Hotel stay: Rydges World Square (2 nights)
Sit back and relax as you travel into the amazing Blue Mountains. Stop at the charming village of Leura, one of several villages in the Blue Mountains that perfectly captures the spirit of the region’s fresh mountain air & stunning scenery. Then, travel through the tourist town of Katoomba, the gateway to the region and stop at a spectacular vantage point where you’ll be treated to a view that is awe-inspiring. You’ll also see the imposing Three Sisters, an unusual rock formation that represents three sisters who were turned into stone.
Later, head to the Jenolan Caves where an experienced guide will take you through the oldest known open cave system in the world. The Jenolan Cave system stretches over an enormous 40km of multi-level passages, many still undergoing explorations. There are 9 caves open to visitors, all featuring amazing lighting, underground rivers and limestone formations. You’ll be captivated by Lucas Cave, the largest of the Jenolan Caves with a chamber reaching 54m. Before heading back to the city, take in the beauty of the Blue Lake – a gorgeous sight that is the result of mineral laden water seeping through the limestone caves.
Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Sydney Airport in time for your flight home.
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- Flights are included from all departure cities shown as required. These are based on Virgin Australia ‘Q’ Class Economy airfares, and are subject to availability at the time of your booking confirmation.
- The following fees apply for cancellations made once your booking is confirmed:
After deposit is received – loss of deposit;
31 to 70 days before departure – 50% of total booking value plus deposit;
Within 30 days of departure – 100% of total booking value.
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