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East Coast Islands and Rainforest

13 Days 1 Country 4 Cities

From the cityscapes of Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns, to the natural splendour of Fraser and Hamilton Islands, with the Great Barrier Reef and Hunter Valley added to the Aussie mix.

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13 Days 1 Country 4 Cities

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    • This trip is operated in conjunction with our sister company and South Pacific Specialists - AAT Kings.
    • As this holiday departs at 7.30am from Rydges Sydney Central, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.
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    • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

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      • This trip is operated in conjunction with our sister company and South Pacific Specialists - AAT Kings.
      • As this holiday departs at 7.30am from Rydges Sydney Central, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      From the cityscapes of Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns, to the natural splendour of Fraser and Hamilton Islands, with the Great Barrier Reef and Hunter Valley added to the Aussie mix.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: QSC

      12 Nights

      accommodation

      21 Meals
      • 12 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 4 lunches

      • 5 dinners (including Connect with Locals)

      On-trip Transport

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • CRUISE to Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef

        • ORIENTATION of Brisbane

        • VIEW whales off Byron Bay, koalas at Australia Zoo, rainforest and lakes on Fraser Island, colourful coral and tropical fish

        • VISIT Byron Bay, Australia Zoo, Fraser Island, a cattle station, Kuranda


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 12 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 4 lunches

        • 5 dinners
          (including Connect with Locals)


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • Porterage, local tips and charges

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays

        • All hotel charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

      East Coast Islands and Rainforest

      Your Itinerary

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      Day 1

      Sydney - Port Macquarie

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      Day 2

      Port Macquarie - Gold Coast (2 Nights)

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      Gold Coast Sightseeing

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      Gold Coast - Noosa (2 Nights)

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      Noosa Free Time

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      Noosa - Hervey Bay

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      Hervey Bay - Rockhampton

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      Rockhampton - Hamilton Island (2 Nights)

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      Hamilton Island Free Time

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      Hamilton Island - Mission Beach

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      Mission Beach - Cairns (2 Nights)

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      Great Barrier Reef

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      Depart Cairns

      Day 1

      Sydney - Port Macquarie Day 1 - Sydney - Port Macquarie

      Australia's original wine country beckons this morning. Depart Sydney, bound for Hunter Valley where you'll sample delectable flavours and award-winning wines with a Local Specialist as you get to know your fellow travellers over lunch. Continue north, to the seaside town of Port Macquarie, renowned for its extensive beaches and waterways.

      Hotel

      Sails Port Macquarie by Rydges

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception
      • Lunch
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Sails Port Macquarie by Rydges

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception
      • Lunch
      • Dinner with wine

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      Day 2

      Port Macquarie - Gold Coast (2 Nights) Day 2 - Port Macquarie - Gold Coast (2 Nights)

      Experience superb views over the Pacific Ocean this morning from Cape Byron, the easternmost point in Australia. You may spot migrating whales breaching not far offshore (seasonal). A scenic coastal drive this afternoon takes you to the legendary holiday destination of the Gold Coast, where you'll settle in for your two-night stay.

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      Novotel Surfers Paradise

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Novotel Surfers Paradise

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Day 3

      Gold Coast Sightseeing Day 3 - Gold Coast Sightseeing

      Buckle in for a day of adventure. Your choice of sightseeing: 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-metre SkyPoint Climb at the iconic Q1 building.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Day 4

      Gold Coast - Noosa (2 Nights) Day 4 - Gold Coast - Noosa (2 Nights)

      Follow the Gold Coast north this morning, stopping in sophisticated Brisbane for an orientation tour. Continue to the Australia Zoo and join a 'Local Specialist' for a sneak peek into the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. Here you will 'Make a Difference' during your visit by supporting the Wildlife Warriors with their efforts to rehabilitate wild koala. Continue up the Sunshine Coast to Noosa, the self-proclaimed relaxation capital of Australia. End your day of sightseeing off with dinner at a local restaurant.

      Hotel

      The Sebel

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      The Sebel

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Day 5

      Noosa Free Time 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. Paddle in the clear waters of Main Beach or venture a little further afield, strolling along the headland to Noosa National Park. You may consider joining an Optional Experience boat ride through the Noosa Everglades or a Noosa River Sunset Cruise. The evening is yours to sample local Aussie fare at one of the many eateries along fashionable Hastings Street.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Noosa - Hervey Bay 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 towering rainforests, freshwater lakes, huge sand blows and colourful cliffs on 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 in calm, safe waters during spring, before their return to the Antarctic.

      Hotel

      Mantra

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

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      Mantra

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

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      Day 7

      Hervey Bay - Rockhampton Day 7 - Hervey Bay - Rockhampton

      Savour crisp flavours of apple, strawberry and pineapple 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. What better way to immerse yourself in the town's brawny heritage than dinner at one of its steakhouses?

      Hotel

      Quality Regent

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Quality Regent

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Rockhampton - Hamilton Island (2 Nights) 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. Embrace your inner sloth, kick back and relax with a book on a lounger at the crystal-clear pool, take a leisurely stroll along the water's edge or indulge in a beautiful tropical sunset from your private balcony.

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      Reef View

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner with wine

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      Reef View

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Hamilton Island Free Time 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

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Hamilton Island - Mission Beach Day 10 - Hamilton Island - Mission Beach

      Say goodbye to island-life and board your ferry back to the mainland. Continue north heading to Mission Beach, where the UNESCO-listed Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef. Connect with your exquisite natural surrounds and settle into your resort overlooking the Coral Sea.

      Hotel

      Castaways Resort and Spa

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Castaways Resort and Spa

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Mission Beach - Cairns (2 Nights) 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. Your six-person gondola will provide spectacular views of the rainforest and the Coral Sea. Continue to Cairns.

      Hotel

      Hilton

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Great Barrier Reef 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 (snorkelling equipment provided). Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch up on deck before returning to Cairns. This evening, join your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner at a restaurant on Cairns Harbour.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Farewell Dinner

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      Day 13

      Depart Cairns Day 13 - Depart Cairns

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

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/en-nz/tours/east-coast-islands-and-rainforest?tripcode=qsc for the latest discounts & departure information.

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • 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. (Day 7)

      • Local Specialists
        In the Hunter Valley (Day 1), at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital (Day 4), on Fraser Island Day (Day 6), at Ohana Exotic Fruit Orchard (Day 7) and Sarina's miniature sugar mill and distillery (Day 8).

      • Make a Difference
        Your visit to Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital will support its Wildlife Warriors with their efforts to rehabilitate wild koala. (Day 4)

      Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • CRUISE to Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef

        • ORIENTATION of Brisbane

        • VIEW whales off Byron Bay, koalas at Australia Zoo, rainforest and lakes on Fraser Island, colourful coral and tropical fish

        • VISIT Byron Bay, Australia Zoo, Fraser Island, a cattle station, Kuranda


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 12 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 4 lunches

        • 5 dinners
          (including Connect with Locals)


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • Porterage, local tips and charges

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays

        • All hotel charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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