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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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      • *Travel to Australia requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for your flight to arrive into Sydney prior to Day 1.
      • *Air: Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.
      • This trip is operated in conjunction with our sister company and South Pacific Specialists - AAT Kings.
      • 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.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.
      • Double-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 traveling as part of a family group. 
      • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

      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


      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.

      Meal(s)
      Welcome Reception
      Lunch
      Dinner with wine
      Hotel
      Sails Port Macquarie by Rydges

      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.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Hotel
      Novotel Surfers Paradise

      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.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      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.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Dinner with wine
      Hotel
      The Sebel

      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.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Noosa Everglades Lunch Cruise and Bar B Canoe

      Experience one of Australia’s most magnificent wilderness areas with its intriguing waterways and myriad of wildlife on a Noosa Everglades Discovery River Cruise. After a delicious morning tea you'll paddle upstream in your classic Canadian style canoe through ancient landscapes, mirrored waterways and sub-tropical rainforest to rejoin your tour group for a BBQ lunch of delicious Sirloin Steak, Barramundi or Vegetable Frittata. Enjoy a leisurely river cruise with your tour group back to Noosa.

      Adult Price: $135.00

      Noosa Sunset Cruise

      What a way to end the day! Sit back, relax and experience Noosa coming alive at sunset. Revel in the amazing sights and sounds of nature as you cruise the river and the beautiful hidden waterways of the Noosa Sound Canals. The photo opportunities can be breath taking and you're welcome to bring your own beverages and snacks on board with glassware and ice buckets provided! (Operates Wednesday to Saturday)

      Adult Price: $28.00

      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.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Lunch
      Hotel
      Mantra

      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?

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Hotel
      Quality Regent

      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.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Lunch
      Dinner with wine
      Hotel
      Reef View

      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.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Half Day AM Whitehaven Cruise

      The whitest sand in the Whitsundays is found on the magical Whitehaven Beach. This half day tour has you boarding a high speed catamaran directly to Whitehaven Beach where you will have time to explore, swim and relax.

      Adult Price: $115.00

      Half Day PM Whitehaven Cruise

      The whitest sand in the Whitsundays is found on the magical Whitehaven Beach. This half day tour has you boarding a high speed catamaran directly to Whitehaven Beach where you will have time to explore, swim and relax. Afternoon departure, including afternoon tea.

      Adult Price: $128.00

      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.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Dinner with wine
      Hotel
      Castaways Resort and Spa

      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.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Hotel
      Hilton

      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.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Lunch
      Farewell Dinner

      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).

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Cape Tribulation Day Tour

      Travel in air-conditioned comfort in your luxury purpose-built vehicle to Cape Tribulation, through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Included is a driver/guided tour & morning tea at the Mossman Gorge Centre, delicious tropical lunch set amongst the rainforest, and a walk on famous Cape Tribulation Beach.

      Adult Price: $218.00

      Down Under Tours Kuranda Skyrail And Scenic Railway

      Join your luxury Down Under Tours coach for the journey to Caravonica Lakes. Here you join Skyrail and marvel at the technology that has created the World's Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience. Stop at Barron Falls Station and learn more about this amazing Eco-system at the CSIRO Interpretive Centre. View the Barron Falls or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the rainforest boardwalk. On arrival in Kuranda, the Village is yours to explore. The vibrant and colourful Heritage markets take place daily. Your return to Cairns is aboard the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail. Winding around curves, across bridges and through hand-hewn tunnels this amazing engineering feat is a tribute to our pioneers. Spectacular scenery is the order of the day before arriving at historic Freshwater Station, where you will board your coach back to your accommodation.

      Adult Price: $167.00

      Hot Air Cairns 30 Minute Flight

      Enjoy a spectacular balloon flight over the Atherton Tablelands the hot air ballooning capital of the southern hemisphere. *Additional $30.00 insurance levy to be paid direct to Hot Air Cairns applies. Prices from:

      Adult Price: $260.00

      Ochre Restaurant 2 Course Dinner

      Ochre Restaurant has created a whole new Australian Cuisine utilising the abundant and, until recently, untapped traditional native fruits, berries, game meats and seafood, as well as the best of Australian wines and beers.

      Adult Price: $55.00

      Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park By Day

      Watch Indigenous performers bring the world’s oldest living culture to life through traditional dance, art and interactive demonstrations.

      Adult Price: $90.00

      Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park By Night

      More than just a dinner and show; Tjapukai by Night takes you on a magical adventure into the legends of Australia’s dreamtime. Here you will enter another world as Australia’s Aboriginal culture is brought to life through a series of award winning performances as you feast on modern cuisine from the Far North.

      Adult Price: $151.00

      Cairns Harbour Afternoon Cruise

      With waterways winding through a 300 square kilometre maze of mangroves, expect rich diverse wildlife, stunning scenery and a relaxing cruise with informative commentary from the crew. This is the saltwater crocodile’s natural habitat – with a chance to spot them basking on the muddy banks particularly in the cooler months.

      Adult Price: $59.00

      Kuranda Skyrail And Tjapukai Day Tour

      Visit the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Experience the history, creation and dance theatres where the legends of the dreamtime are brought to life. Ride the Skyrail Cableway above the Barron Gorge National Park to the village of Kuranda, where there is time to stroll through the markets.

      Adult Price: $218.00

      Spirit of Cairns

      A Cairns Dinner Cruise is the perfect way to end a perfect day in paradise. Step aboard the luxury catamaran Spirit of Cairns for a 2.5 hour cruise of dining, entertainment, and panoramic mountain and city views. Throughout the evening you cruise the calm water inlet and waterfront precinct of Cairns, whilst enjoying fabulous dining, live music, and (optional!) dancing after dinner. (Operates daily)

      Adult Price: $95.00

      Kuranda Scenic Rail, Skyrail and Hartley's Crocodile Adventure

      Enjoy this historical rail journey to Kuranda, with breathtaking views across the cane fields of Cairns, to the tropical rainforest of Kuranda. Upon arrival you will have around one hour to explore this fascinating village of colourful and interesting arts and crafts. At 11.30am, make your way directly to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to experience this iconic rainforest. After arriving at the Smithfield Skyrail Terminal, the coach will transfer you to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. Explore the park, including the unique eco experience of the Wetlands cruise through the ecologically significant Melaleuca wetlands; the domain of the saltwater crocodile. (Operates Daily)

      Adult Price: $217.00

      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/en-us/tours/east-coast-islands-and-rainforest?season=summer%202019&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.

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      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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        • 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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