East Coast Islands and Rainforest

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On this Sydney to Cairns tour, you’ll discover that life between these two cities revolves around water and sand, with Australia’s most fabled islands and beaches strung along the coast. Think, blinding Whitehaven in the Whitsundays, surf meccas in Byron Bay and the Gold Coast, steamy Mission Beach and Fraser Island’s 75 Mile Beach. In contrast to these, try tasting the outback on a working cattle farm.

Tour Highlights

  • Full day tour of K’gari (Fraser Island)
  • Exclusive tour and afternoon tea at a working cattle station with the Creed Family
  • Guided Tour of Sarina Sugar Shed
  • Take in the Millaa Millaa Falls lookout & Curtain Fig Tree
  • Free time to soak up the rainforest village of Kuranda
  • Journey over the UNESCO World Heritage listed rainforest with Skyrail
  • Dive into the ocean of the Great Barrier Reef

Tour Itinerary

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner (SD) Specialty Dinner
Tour Code: QSC

1
Sydney to Coffs Harbour (D)
Day 1
Sydney to Coffs Harbour (D)
As much as you’ll want to linger in Australia’s largest city, this tour from Sydney begins on a high – Coffs Harbour is calling. On the mid-North Coast of New South Wales, this pocket of paradise has some of the state’s most impressive beaches, not to mention the glorious national parkland that surrounds. Follow the breeze (and lead of locals) to the beach for a dazzling end of day, before meeting your fellow adventure-seekers and Travel Director over dinner.
Breakfree Aanuka Beach Resort, Coffs Harbour
An absolute beachfront tropical style resort, positioned on the stunning Northern New South Wales Coastline, in Coffs Harbour.
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2
Coffs Harbour – Gold Coast (B)
Day 2
Coffs Harbour – Gold Coast (B)
Fittingly, your east coast Australia tour takes you to the country’s most easterly point. It’s the stuff that postcards were made for, as you’ll discover when you reach the Cape Byron Lighthouse, standing proud over the Pacific Ocean. Dolphins are a common sight year round, and they’re joined by whales during migration. For lunch, we can point you in the direction of a tasty Byron Bay fish-and-chip shop – order a haul to eat with your feet in the sand. Which you’re going to see plenty of at your next destination
Novotel Surfers Paradise
Located only a short walk from the beach, you can also easily make your way to dining, entertainment, arts and culture or the great outdoors.
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3
Gold Coast Free Time (B)
Day 3
Gold Coast Free Time (B)
Your base in Surfers Paradise is the heart of the Gold Coast, a city that really does sparkle. Today you might choose to explore beaches (there are too many to count), lingering in light-filled cafés and restaurants. Or enlist in a Gold Coast tour to see another side of the ‘Goldie’ in the Mt. Tamborine hinterland – a hub for creatives and foodies. The city also breaks records for its extensive network of canals, which you might opt to explore on a leisurely cruise.
Novotel Surfers Paradise
Located only a short walk from the beach, you can also easily make your way to dining, entertainment, arts and culture or the great outdoors.
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4
Gold Coast – K’gari (Fraser Island) (B)
Day 4
Gold Coast – K’gari (Fraser Island) (B)
Follow the waves north to Hervey Bay, the gateway to World Heritage-Listed K’gari (Fraser Island). The ferry ride across the strait is a highlight, particularly during whale migration when these gentle giants come to the calm, protected waters to calve. Landing on K’gari, expect to see a lot of sand. This is, after all, the world’s largest sand island, and the only place in the world where rainforest grows from the sand.
Kingfisher Bay Resort
Blending seamlessly amongst the native surrounds, this hidden paradise is perfect for a relaxing island retreat.
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K’gari (Fraser Island) (B, L)
Day 5
K’gari (Fraser Island) (B, L)
The island also has a really long sand highway, which you’ll get to zip along on a 4WD Fraser Island tour across 75 Mile Beach, all the way up the east coast to the Pinnacles Coloured Sands, calm Eli Creek and the Maheno shipwreck, which offers quite the photo op. Just when you thought the island couldn’t get any prettier, Lake McKenzie appears on the horizon, this dazzling patch of blue formed only with rainwater. It’s a hard act to follow, but the ancient rainforest at Central Station and Wanggoolba Creek lives up to the challenge with its huge satiny, scribbly gum and kauri trees.
Kingfisher Bay Resort
Blending seamlessly amongst the native surrounds, this hidden paradise is perfect for a relaxing island retreat.
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K’gari (Fraser Island) – Rockhampton (B)
Day 6
K’gari (Fraser Island) – Rockhampton (B)
Back on the mainland you’re in Queensland’s cattle country. Case in point Langmorn Station, where the Creed family will welcome you with afternoon tea and a tour of the immense (and historic) cattle property – the original family homestead was built in 1873. The Creeds will regale you with stories about life on the land. The theme continues as you cross the Tropic of Capricorn to arrive in Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia. See if it deserves its title sampling some of the town’s restaurants. Ask us for tips.
Quality Hotel Regent, Rockhampton
Centrally located in the centre of Rockhampton, the Quality Hotel Regent Rockhampton is set in a beautifully refurbished, heritage-listed building.
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Rockhampton – Airlie Beach (B, L)
Day 7
Rockhampton – Airlie Beach (B, L)
Another town with an impressive title is Sarina, Australia’s sugar capital. If you’ve ever wanted to know how sugar cane is processed and distilled, you’ll find the guided tour at the Sarina Sugar Shed a sweet addition to the itinerary. And yes, you get to sample the wares. Continue, on a high, along the east coast to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsundays. Life moves at a leisurely pace here. Fall into step and take things slow tonight.
Mantra Club Croc, Airlie Beach
Located on Shute Harbour Road within a few minutes walk of the Whitsunday Shopping Centre and five minutes drive to the vibrant main street of Airlie Beach.
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8
The Whitsunday Islands Free Time (B)
Day 8
The Whitsunday Islands Free Time (B)
The Whitsunday Islands need little introduction, the 74 tropical drops of land a beguiling union of powdery beaches and rainforest, all ringed by the Coral Sea. There are endless ways to explore this part of the Great Barrier Reef on tour – today, we’re letting you choose. Perhaps rise early for an optional helicopter ride over Heart Reef. Or catch a catamaran to Whitehaven Beach, with sand so high in silica it squeaks underfoot. Decisions, decisions.
Mantra Club Croc, Airlie Beach
Located on Shute Harbour Road within a few minutes walk of the Whitsunday Shopping Centre and five minutes drive to the vibrant main street of Airlie Beach.
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Airlie Beach – Cairns (B)
Day 9
Airlie Beach – Cairns (B)
After all the excitement of yesterday, today it’s time to relax and enjoy the scenery – more sugar cane fields and rolling green paddocks, all framed by the ocean and rainforest-clad mountains. Stretch your legs en route to Cairns and soak up this steamy part of the state.
Doubletree Cairns
This oceanfront hotel in Cairns is surrounded by landscaped, tropical gardens with views of the Coral Sea. Just a short walk from Cairns Aquarium, Cairns Art Gallery, the Esplanade Lagoon, and city centre.
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Cairns (B)
Day 10
Cairns (B)
The Cairns Esplanade is a hive of activity in the morning, with active locals out before the humidity of the day sets in. Keep pace, before cooling off in the Atherton Tablelands, a high tropical plateau of rainforest, including the heritage-listed Curtain Tree. And waterfalls, like Millaa Millaa Falls, where enormous iridescent Ulysses butterflies like to dance. Explore Kuranda before getting some perspective on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, high above the canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park.
Doubletree Cairns
This oceanfront hotel in Cairns is surrounded by landscaped, tropical gardens with views of the Coral Sea. Just a short walk from Cairns Aquarium, Cairns Art Gallery, the Esplanade Lagoon, and city centre.
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The Great Barrier Reef (B, L, D)
Day 11
The Great Barrier Reef (B, L, D)
Just when you thought your outlook couldn’t get any better, your Cairns tour sees you zipping over the Great Barrier Reef on a high-speed catamaran. Snorkel with six of the world’s sea turtles bobbing over fans of coral, as well as so many fish you won’t know where to look. If you prefer to keep your head above water, the marine world can also be glimpsed from an underwater observatory and glass-bottom boat.
Doubletree Cairns
This oceanfront hotel in Cairns is surrounded by landscaped, tropical gardens with views of the Coral Sea. Just a short walk from Cairns Aquarium, Cairns Art Gallery, the Esplanade Lagoon, and city centre.
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Farewell from Cairns (B)
Day 12
Farewell from Cairns (B)
A ridiculous number of beaches, world-record breaking rainforest, dreamy islands and even dreamier ocean… it’s going to be hard to say goodbye to this east coast Australia tour. Not to mention your fellow travellers.

Inclusions

Attractions Included

  • Full day tour of K’gari (Fraser Island)
  • Exclusive tour and afternoon tea at a working cattle station with the Creed Family
  • Guided Tour of Sarina Sugar Shed
  • Take in the Millaa Millaa Falls lookout & Curtain Fig Tree
  • Free time to soak up the rainforest village of Kuranda
  • Journey over the UNESCO World Heritage listed rainforest with Skyrail
  • Dive into the ocean of the Great Barrier Reef

Coach Features

  • 48 Seat coach
  • Restroom
  • Air conditioned

Experiences Included

  • Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver
  • Local specialist guides
  • Centrally located premium 3.5-star hotels

Meals Included

  • 11 Full Breakfasts
  • 3 Lunches
  • 2 Dinners

Fitness Requirements

  • Low level of fitness required

Visited Locations

  • Coffs Harbour
    Coffs Harbour is a city on the north coast of New South Wales. It’s known for its beaches and the Big Banana monument and amusement park.
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  • Gold Coast
    The Gold Coast is a metropolitan region south of Brisbane on Australia’s east coast. It's famed for its long sandy beaches, surfing spots and elaborate system of inland canals and waterways.
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  • Rockhampton
    Rockhampton is a city in Central Queensland. Straddling the Fitzroy River, it's known for beef production and has several bull statues around town.
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  • Whitsunday Islands
    The Whitsundays is an archipelago of 74 tropical islands located just 55 kilometres (34 miles) off the Queensland coast, next to the Great Barrier Reef.
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  • Cairns
    Cairns is the gateway to Australia's Great Barrier Reef in tropical Far North Queensland.  It is a thriving tropical city where unparalleled natural beauty, spectacular reefs, ancient rainforests, rich culture, and an alfresco dining scene blend into one. 
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  • K’gari (Fraser Island)
    World Heritage-listed K’gari (Fraser Island) is the world’s largest sand island. Drive on wide-open beaches with the wind in your hair, marvel at shifting sand blows, swim in iridescent waters and witness playful marine life just metres from shore
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Attractions

  • K’gari Fraser Island 4WD Tour
    Fraser Island is a World Heritage-listed island along the south-eastern coast in the Wide Bay–Burnett region, Queensland, this 4WD tour takes you for a bumpy ride around the island’s must-see sites.
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  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
    Embark on a fascinating journey of discovery with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, just 15 minutes north of Cairns, over and deep into Australia’s Wet Tropics World Heritage Area that has survived against all odds to become the home of the world’s oldest continually surviving tropical rainforest. 
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  • Great Barrier Reef Cruise
    The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres.
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Available Dates

Dates Price per person
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09 Sep 2024 - 20 Sep 2024 $7,055$9,400
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04 Nov 2024 - 15 Nov 2024 $6,350$8,460
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03 Feb 2025 - 14 Feb 2025 $6,543$8,721
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03 Mar 2025 - 14 Mar 2025 $7,285$9,786
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25 Aug 2025 - 05 Sep 2025 $7,410$9,875
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03 Nov 2025 - 14 Nov 2025 $7,410$9,875
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02 Feb 2026 - 13 Feb 2026 $7,620$10,155
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02 Mar 2026 - 13 Mar 2026 $7,620$10,155
East Coast Islands and Rainforest
Days
12
Price from
AUD $6,350