East Coast of Australia Road TripByron Bay Lighthouse. Credit: Destination New South Wales
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour BridgeCredit: Tourism Australia
Bogey Hole, NewcastleCredit: Visit Newcastle
Bago Maze, Port MacquarieCredit: Bago Winery and portmacquarieinfo.com
Painted Rocks at the Breakwall, Port MacquarieCredit: Lindsay Moller and Port Macquarieinfo.com
Whale at Coffs HarbourCredit: Destination New South Wales
Crystal Castle, Byron BayCredit: Visit Byron Bay
Surfing at Gold CoastCredit: Tourism Queensland
Main Beach, Noosa
Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island
YeppoonCredit: Tourism and Events Queensland
Snorkeling at Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach Foreshore
Mission BeachCredit: Mission Beach Tourism
Snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns
Meet fish at the Great Barrier Reef
Misty Red Peak Boardwalk at KurandaCredit: Tourism Australia
Waterfall at KurandaCredit: Tourism Australia
- Accommodation - Sydney (2 Nights), Newcastle (1), Port Macquarie (1), Coffs Harbour (1), Byron Bay (2), Gold Coast (1), Noosa (2), Fraser Island (2), Yeppoon (1), Airlie Beach (2), Townsville (1), Mission Beach (1), Cairns (3)
- USA Domestic Flights are not included in pricing. Please inquire for flight pricing to be included
- International Flights (not included - can be included on request - see detailed pricing below) - Los Angeles to Sydney, Brisbane to Los Angeles
- Australian Domestic Flight - Cairns to Brisbane
- Private Car Transfers - Sydney Airport to Accommodation
- Car Hire - 15 Day Car Rental for pick-up at Sydney City Location and drop-off at Cairns City Location
- Rental Car Hires are base rate only and do not include taxes, insurance, fuel levies, drop off fees, or environmental fees
- Ferry Transfers - River Heads Jetty to Fraser Island (Return)
- Shuttle Transfers - Cairns Accommodation to Airport
- Day Tours - Sydney: Opera House Tour; Fraser Island: 4WD Tour of Fraser Island; Airlie Beach: Whitehaven Beach Adventure; Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Cruise with Snorkeling, Kuranda Rainforestation
- All other Day Tours listed are Optional (Not Included)
- Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (additional US$15.00 per person)
- F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
- All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
- Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs
22 Days / 20 Nights – Australia
Picture-perfect beaches, extraordinary towns, lush rainforest and gorgeous coastline – traveling Australia’s east coast is the adventure of a lifetime, and this 3-week itinerary takes you on a journey to the best highlights. Visit Sydney, the Sunshine Coast, the Great Barrier Reef and the world’s oldest rainforest!
This East Coast of Australia Road Trip is designed for travelers who seek to create their own adventures as they drive down one of the world’s most epic long-haul journeys. With an included car rental, this road trip package puts you in control as you visit beautiful coastal towns, feel the sand between your toes at golden beaches, and explore magical natural wonders unlike anywhere else on Earth.
Begin this East Coast of Australia Road Trip in Sydney, Australia’s oldest and most well-known city. Explore Sydney’s sun-drenched natural attractions, dizzy skyscrapers, delicious and daring restaurants, superb shopping, and meet friendly folk along the way. Enjoy a guided tour of the famous Sydney Opera House and learn the fascinating history of this international landmark.
From Sydney you will pick up your included car rental and begin your 15-day road trip on Australia’s east coast. Drive from Sydney to Newcastle, Australia’s second oldest city, surrounded in glorious beaches, delightful cafes and coffee shops, and laid-back local markets. Enjoy a coastal walk or go for a salty swim during your time in Newcastle.
Next on your Australia east coast road trip is Port Macquarie, sitting at the entrance of the Hastings River with a stunning backdrop of rainforests and beaches. Port Macquarie is known as the Koala Capital on the east coast of Australia, home to the famous Koala Hospital. Learn about the town’s penal history at local museums and heritage walks, or go deeper into the Aboriginal culture and natural history of the region on a guided cultural tour.
After your time in Port Macquarie continue driving up the east coast to Coff’s Harbour, a popular beachside escape with spectacular vantage points for whale watching. Stroll the city’s heritage-listed jetty or get out into the water on kayak, paddle board or fishing tours. Venture into the magnificent national parks and rainforest walking trails in the surrounding hinterland region.
Then from Coff’s Harbour drive to Byron Bay, one of the world’s most famous coastal towns. It’s where the sun first hits on Australia’s east coast, drenching the town’s gorgeous beaches in a sparkling, golden hue. Experience the laid-back, alternative lifestyle of Byron Bay, embracing a warm New Age culture derived from the town’s bohemian roots. Revel in the mindful and artsy vibes and foodie delights at local shops, cafes and spiritual retreats, or simply relaxing and roll out your towel on a spot of sand to claim your own.
From Byron Bay you will continue your east coast Australia road trip into Queensland, Australia’s sunshine state. Stop in Gold Coast, where high rises lining the endless beaches create a glamorous coastline befitting of the silver screen. Here you can explore a different beach every day, spread along the Gold Coast Oceanway cycling and walking trail.
Next you will drive to Noosa in Australia’s Sunshine Coast, a chic coastal town home to some of the world’s best surfing beaches. Spot koalas in the wild at Noosa National Park, or taste fresh seafood at waterfront restaurants and local cafes. Explore the pristine Noosa Everglades, the only other everglades system in the world apart from Florida, or meet Australian wildlife at Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo.
Continue along the Sunshine Coast to Hervey Bay, your jumping point into Fraser Island. This World Heritage listed island is the only place in the word where rainforest grows on sand dunes. Coastal dune lakes and crystal creeks thread across the island, framed by rugged beaches that stretch on for miles. Enjoy a guided tour to the best spots in Fraser Island, including the turquoise waters and white sands of Lake McKenzie, spectacular Seventy-Five Mile Beach and the Maheno shipwrecks.
After your Fraser Island adventure, you will return inland and continue your east coast Australia road trip to Yeppoon. Set along the shimmering Capricorn Coast, Yeppoon is where the swimming is good and the living is easy. This small coastal town is the gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef and Great Keppel Island, and the beautiful beach backdrop is simply irresistible.
From Yeppoon drive up Australia’s east coast to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsundays. These idyllic islands are scattered across the Great Barrier Reef, and are home to secluded beaches and hidden bays. The Great Barrier Reef shelters these islands from large swells, making them ideal for sailing, snorkeling and swimming. Airlie Beach is your base for getting out onto the islands. Enjoy an included day tour to Whitehaven Beach, rated one of the world’s top beaches for its impossibly white sands and turquoise waters.
Next on your east coast of Australia road trip, drive from Airlie Beach to Townsville, a boutique coastal town popular for getting out to tropical Magnetic Island. Then drive to Mission Beach, surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics. Trek into the surrounding lowland rainforest and explore walking paths running alongside untouched beaches. If you’re lucky, you might spot sea turtles nesting on the beach!
Last on this east coast Australia itinerary is Cairns the popular jumping point to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. The tropical vibes make every day feel like the weekend, and the mode is perpetually set on relaxation. On your first full day in Cairns, enjoy a day out on the Great Barrier Reef with a fun snorkeling cruise, included in this vacation package. See rainbow-colored fish, spectacular coral gardens and other vibrant marine life as you swim across the warm waters. The next day you’ll visit Kuranda Rainforestation, arriving by the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway pumping through the rainforest. Explore this famous rainforest village, lined by artisan shops and wildlife parks, and trek through the pristine wetlands onboard an Army Duck. Return to Cairns on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, gliding above the ancient rainforest canopies and thundering waterfalls.
Rest before your flight back home after an epic road trip across Australia’s east coast. You’ve trod through gorgeous beaches, coastal villages and incredible rainforest hinterland that many tourists never get to see. That’s the adventure promised by this East Coast of Australia Road Trip.
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Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.
Travel by shuttle to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.
Travel to your Sydney Accommodation where you will stay for 2 nights.
Nestled in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, your hotel is an easy walk to many of Sydney’s best attractions, including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the historic precinct, The Rocks.
Your modern guest room is comfortable and spacious featuring Free WIFI. The hotel’s 24 hour reception is on hand to help you make the most of the facilities and the local area, with recommendations on everything from picturesque running tracks to memorable small bars. The hotel features a well-equipped gym, coin-operated laundry, lobby bar and a restaurant for a quick and convenient bite to eat (not included) before your adventures in Sydney begin.
The hotel’s ideal position means you can choose between exploring the city on foot or via the extensive public transport network. Many of Sydney’s best attractions are within a short distance of the hotel, including some of the city’s most heavily awarded restaurants, such as Rockpool and Bennelong. The inner-city streets are also dotted with bars of every size, shape and specialty, from small, whiskey-focused Baxter Inn to the sprawling, cocktail-ready Opera Bar.
On your vacation, participate in an inspiring tour of the Sydney Opera House.
This one hour tour outlines the intricate and controversial history of the Sydney Opera House along with details of the unique design of this architectural masterpiece. You will visit a number of the six performance venues, including the magnificent wood paneled Concert Hall and the Opera Theatre as well as the new Utzon room. You will also visit the glass enclosed northern foyer areas which boast spectacular views of Sydney Harbour – a perfect photo opportunity.
Upgrade to Opera House Tour & Tasting Plate Available
Take a unique opportunity to participate in a phenomenal bike tour of Sydney.
The Sydney Classic Tour is Sydney’s most popular biking tour. There is no other experience in town that shows you as much or entertains you like the Sydney Classic!
You will see all of the iconic sights, and tons of other sights you may miss on your own. Your expert guides will give you the information you need to get the most out of your trip to Sydney.
Your guides will take you to see the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour (right next to the yachts themselves), the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, the Royal Botanic Gardens (including the Flying Foxes), Hyde Park, the Anzac War Memorial, Chinatown, Sydney Tower, Parliament House, Queen Victoria Building, Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, and over 30 more great attractions! You’ll even stop to take in a warm friendly pub as a half way point on your tour! (But just for a quick drink…there’s a lot to see on this tour!)
Daily. Does not operate on Good Friday, ANZAC Day (April 25), Christmas Day (December 25), Boxing Day (December 26), New Year’s Day (January 1) and Australia Day (January 26).
Need to Know
– Maximum of 20 passengers per tour.
– Child pricing and family rates available on request.
– Drinks at pub stop are not included.
Departs at 10:30am and returns at 2:30pm, lasting approximately 4 hours.
– Super comfortable bicycle (men’s, women’s, children’s, baby seats and trail alongs)
– Custom, shiny red helmets
– Bicycle mounted bags for small items (camera, wallet, etc.)
– Secure bag storage (while you are out on the tour)
– Rain ponchos (if necessary)
– Fun, entertaining guide knowledgeable in the city and surrounds
See The Rocks, Opera House, Sydney business & shopping districts, historic homes, Tamarama, Bronte & Bondi Beaches (stroll the beachfront at Bondi), Dover Heights, Watsons Bay, Rose Bay, Kings Cross, Mrs Macquaries Point.
Depart your hotel for an unforgettable Panoramic Sydney half day city sights tour. On tour you’ll visit the historic Rocks area and hear early convict history. Enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. See the shopping heart of the city, QVB, Centrepoint.
Visit Sydney’s trendy new district Oxford Street. Travel through elegant Paddington with its terrace houses before arriving at the Pacific Ocean. See the superb coast cliff walk around Tamarama and Bronte.
Travel on to famous Bondi Beach. Visit the beachfront promenade, enjoy a coffee or cool drink (at own cost), then continue on to Sydney’s best panoramic view at Dover Heights.
Return to Sydney via Double Bay, Kings Cross and Mrs. Macquarie’s Point for a final magical viewpoint over the harbor before returning to the city center. Passengers can join an optional harbor lunch cruises or seaplane tours (additional expense). The designated harbor lunch cruise drop-off point is Darling Harbour (adjacent to the aquarium). If you do not wish to join a lunch cruise you will be returned directly to your hotel.
Daily. Does not operate on Christmas Day (December 25) and New Year’s Day (January 1). Afternoon tour also does not operate on New Year’s Eve (December 31).
Need to Know
Child pricing available on request.
Morning tour departs at 7:30am and returns at 11:30am.
Afternoon tour departs at 1:00pm and returns at 4:30pm.
Hotel pick-up & small group touring for 3.5 hours, as per above.
Photo Credit: Tourism New South Wales
Discover Sydney’s best sightseeing cruise. The Harbour Story cruise includes refreshments and an entertaining, personalised commentary of the people, places and events that have made Sydney Harbour the most beautiful and exciting harbour in the world.
There is a reason why hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world have travelled with Captain Cook Cruises. Our sightseeing cruises are simply the best way to see Sydney. Give your feet a break, get off the bus and absorb the Sydney sunshine as we show you Sydney at its very best. The mansions, the parklands, the marinas and beaches are all brought to life by very talented commentators who love Sydney even more than you will.
This tour combines the old and the new, the fun and the amazing, the sights and the characters, all told through a series of stories and insightful commentary. Learn a little, laugh a little and maybe even shed a silent tear. Most importantly you will leave feeling like a part of our Sydney family.
The cruise route can vary depending on what’s happening on the harbor. Every cruise includes Sydney’s iconic landmarks such as the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Royal Botanic Gardens, Garden Island Naval base, Taronga Zoo, Government House, palatial waterfront homes, Fort Denison and much more. The pace is relaxed and gentle, giving you plenty of time to capture the perfect selfie. The Harbour Story operates on a premium sightseeing vessels which means spacious outdoor decks and expansive viewing windows from all-weather indoor lounges.
Unlimited self-service tea, coffee and biscuits are included in the cruise fare. The licensed bar also offers a choice of premium wines, beers, coffee to order and a selection of sweet and savory treats.
Departs 10:00am & 2:15pm
Highlights & Inclusions
– Quality sightseeing cruise experience aboard premium sightseeing vessels
– Captain’s morning or afternoon tea box selection
– Glass of sparkling wine
– Vittoria coffee or a selection of fine teas
– Personalized commentary of the stories of Sydney
– Million dollar views
Need to Know
– Licensed bar Available
– To Book, Indicate AM or PM on Additional Day Tour Form
Photo Credit: Tourism Australia
Taxi or ride share transfer as per your own arrangements (pay as you go).
Uber is available in most major cities.
Other Australian ride share options are:
Discover Australia as you travel by rental car for 15 days.
As part of your vacation self-drive Australia and explore our stunning landscapes, coastlines, regional towns and wildlife. Stop and meet the locals, maybe enjoy a counter meal at a local Aussie pub, or relax on the beach while sampling some takeaway fish & chips from the local deli or servo. During one of your rest stops try to spot a kangaroo, emu or even a Koala in the wild.
Please bring a valid American drivers license with you and be aware that the Australians drives on the left hand side of the road.
Base rate only paid by About Australia. GPS, Insurance, Premium Location Surcharge, Fuel and Fees to driver’s credit card.
Start your drive from Sydney by heading over the iconic Harbour Bridge toward Newcastle. Australia’s second oldest city. ‘Newie’ as it is affectionately known, like Sydney, is bound by a harbor and glorious beaches.
Notable beaches along your drive:
– Blacksmiths Beach is a patrolled beach at the southern end of a sandy nine mile stretch of coastline, popular with families and a good beach for swimming.
– Catherine Hill Bay is a State Heritage Listed historic mining village featuring a stunning patrolled beach, popular for swimming, surfing and fishing.
– Famous for its network of sea caves at the southern end of the beach, Caves Beach also has well maintained barbecue facilities and a picnic area.
Newcastle on the NSW North Coast has become the new capital of cool. Once a working-class, no-nonsense destination, it’s now a culinary and artistic hot-spot that’s also home to some of the best beaches in the whole country. There’s plenty to do here, for both indoor and outdoor types.
Travel to your accommodation in Newcastle, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.
A 4.5 star Newcastle hotel beautifully located on one of Australia’s best surf breaks, Newcastle Beach.
This hotel is an easy 2 hour drive north of Sydney via the F3, only 2 minutes walk from the centre of Newcastle and offers easy access to:
-The beachside precinct, including chic cafés and restaurants, vibrant bars with live music
-Local recreational activities including ocean baths, jogging tracks and nature walks
The hotel offers 88 stylish, well-appointed guestrooms with contemporary furnishings, many with spectacular ocean and harbour vistas.
The restaurant and bar’s chic design and stylish décor, make this the perfect spot for meeting up with business colleagues, family and friends.
Offering a relaxed atmosphere, with the choice of either alfresco or indoor dining, the restaurant’s modern Australian menu features many tempting local, seasonal dishes, along with traditional favourites, complemented by a comprehensive wine list.
The bar will delight with an imaginative cocktail and drinks menu along with espresso coffee and blended teas.
Depart Newcastle heading up the east coast toward Port Macquarie. If you are interested in a detour, check out Port Stephens and Nelsons Bay. Enjoy a dolphin cruise or go quad biking on the sand dunes, if you are up for adventure. After lunch continue north passing through Myall Lakes National park, offering great walking, kayaking and fishing opportunities.
Myall Lakes National Park is part of the Country of the Worimi Aboriginal people, who used the area’s natural resources, like freshwater lakes, the ocean and native flora and fauna to live a traditional fisher-hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Much evidence of their long connection with this Country can be seen today throughout the middens in the park. The landscape of Myall Lakes includes important spiritual sites that are an important part of the identity of local Aboriginal people. Make sure you visit Dark Point Aboriginal Place while you’re at visiting the park. This rocky headland has been of significance to Worimi people for at least 4000 years. The clans or nuras (family groups) within the Worimi people would gather together here for ceremonies and feasts.
Travel to your accommodation where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night. This sleek and sophisticated 4-star hotel offers an upscale retreat near the water’s edge of Port Macquarie.
With modern and stylish furnishings and ocean views framed by floor-to-ceiling windows, your hotel room exudes understated luxury. The spacious and inviting king bed is ideal for couples, and fabulous for solo travelers stopping in Port Macquarie. Inside you can relax with free WiFi, TV and DVD player, but your gorgeous coastal surroundings beg to be explored.
Hit the sand and surf and get a taste of Port Macquarie’s coastal cuisine at delightful local cafes. Unwind at the beach as your toes sink into the soft golden sand and soak in the North Coast sunshine. Stroll into town for a little retail therapy where you’ll find a treasure trove of fashionable boutiques, gift shops and retail chains.
Explore the area’s overflowing collection of spectacular beaches, scenic picnic spots and relaxing nature walks. For a little more adventure, dive into coast thrills from surfing to kayaking, fishing, horse riding and camel safaris.
Start your drive from Port Macquarie heading north along the Pacific Highway toward Coffs Harbour.
About half way to your destination you might want to stop in the town of Southwest Rocks. You will find many bushwalking attractions and tranquil beaches around Arakoon National Park and Hat Head National Park.Visit the historic ruins of Trial Bay Gaol, on the cliffs above the sea. Taking 13 years to build, it opened in 1886 and was an internment camp in the First World War for people of German descent living in Australia. For spectacular views visit the Smoky Cape Lighthouse, one of the oldest and tallest lighthouses in Australia. Smoky Cape is a great vantage point for whale watching between May and November. The Smoky Cape walking track begins at Captain Cook’s lookout and meanders through one of Australia’s largest remnant littoral rainforest, home to wallabies and swallow-tailed butterflies.
The drive to Coffs Harbour winds through spectacular scenery. Natural beauty and fun attractions draw families and adventurers to this delightful coastal city.
Travel to your accommodation in Coffs Harbour, Australia, where you will be staying while on vacation for 1 night.
Welcome to your 4-star rated central hotel, the highest rated accommodation within the heart of Coffs Harbour. This resort sits just a short drive away from the renowned beaches and rainforests of the Coffs Coast region.
Step into you comfortable hotel room, fitted with an inviting queen bed you’ll love to return to at the end of the day. Freshen up in the sparkling restroom, equipped with essential toiletries, shower and a hairdryer. Catch a movie on the flat screen TV, including sports and movie channels, or check in with your loved ones back home with free WiFi.
Ready for a bite to eat? Your resort features a delightful restaurant open seven days for breakfast and dinner (own expense).
Depart Coffs Harbour and head north towards Byron Bay on the Pacific Highway.
The scenic drive from Coffs Harbour takes you into the Byron Bay area. From a lush hinterland to a spectacular coast, this region is acclaimed for its natural beauty, creative communities and fresh produce. For those seeking respite in nature, meditative renewal or surfing paradise, the region is a marvellous destination.Impeccable natural attractions are a drawcard, with Cape Byron Marine Park extending from Brunswick Heads in the north to Lennox Head in the south. Walk in rainforest in national parks including Bundjalung, near Ballina, and visit the magnificent Minyon Falls, near Byron Bay. Take the kids to The Macadamia Castle for native furry friends and cuddly nursery animals, mini golf, train rides, playgrounds and barbecues.
Bundjalung National Park on the north coast, offers opportunities for beach walking, fishing and mountain biking. Canoe along Evans River or Jerusalem Creek, mountain bike the Macaulays Lead or Serendipity fire trail, or walking along Ten Mile Beach. There are also boat launching facilities, snorkeling on the shallow reefs and fishing.
Stay 2 nights in beautiful Byron Bay.
Your relaxing vacation accommodation is located in the world famous Byron Bay in New South Wales.
Here you can expect private surrounds with a central swimming pool, spa and a barbeque area far removed from the busy heart of Byron Bay. If you want to laze on the beach or hit the waves, the beach is just a 350 metre walk away.
Our contemporary studio rooms and suites offer affordable Byron Bay accommodation and all have their own courtyard or balcony where you can enjoy the temperate northern NSW climate. All balconies face different ways to deliver a sense of privacy.
You can treat your taste-buds to the many eateries in town, do some seaside shopping, learn to surf, whale watch off Cape Byron during whale watching season or even hang-glide high above the most easterly point of Australia.
Free day to rest, relax or explore Byron Bay
Byron Bay is a popular beach resort and offers an alternative lifestyle. Renowned for its pristine white sand surfing beaches and surrounding beautiful rainforests, Byron Bay enjoys a relaxed and informal lifestyle. Enjoy the rich variety of adventure sports, boutique shopping, fine dining and live entertainment.
There’s a beach for everyone in Byron. Main, Clarkes and Wategos beaches are patrolled year-round. The quiet Belongil Beach is dog-friendly. Little Wategos is Australia’s easternmost beach and is accessible on foot from the path to Cape Byron Lighthouse. Look out for dolphins, turtles and whales offshore.
In Cape Byron Marine Park, you can snorkel in the crystal clear waters, dive off famous Julian Rocks and kayak up close to dolphins or whales during whale-watching season. The Cape Byron walking track has stunning ocean views or follow trails through ancient rainforest around Wollumbin (Mount Warning).
Make time to check out the Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens. A short scenic journey into the Byron Bay hinterland lies a tranquil and magical sanctuary. Welcome to the home of the world’s largest and most beautiful natural crystals, where you can sit in an ancient crystal cave.
Photo Credit: Destination New South Wales
Enjoy a delightful one-hour drive from Byron Bay to Gold Coast, venturing through spell-binding rainforest, surprising rural towns, and spell-binding coastal views.
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The colorful, alternative culture found in this magical stretch of Australia’s coast lives on through eclectic rural towns lined with quirky art galleries, healing shops, craft boutiques and an emphasis on all things local. Explore World Heritage rainforests, brimming with tumbling waterfalls and walking trails, and take in the sweeping views across the ocean as you begin to reach Gold Coast. The drive from Byron Bay to Gold Coast may be short, but meander at a few of these stops for a fun journey along the way.
Nightcap National Park
From Byron Bay, head inland to cool off in the rainforest hinterland spread throughout New South Wales and Queensland. Stretch your legs on easy walking trails treading through sheer rock cliffs padded with emerald ferns and streaming cascades. Stop at Minyon Falls lookout for stunning views of the waterfall and rainforest.
Experience the vibrant, colorful spirit of Nimbin, a town known as Australia’s most famous hippie destination. Explore the vegetarian and organic food scene, rejuvenate with alternative healing, and enjoy the psychedelic intrigue and laid back vibes of this bohemian town. Find a unique gift in the treasure trove of local art and crafts at the Nimbin Art Gallery, browse the collection of eclectic titles at Perceptio Books, and find a new funky piece at Nimbin Mad Hattery.
Wollumbin National Park
Covered in lush rainforest, the dramatic peak of Wollumbin rises from World Heritage-listed Wollumbin National Park. Formerly known as Mount Warning, Wollumbin is a remnant of an ancient volcano. Wander the walking trails through towering palms and reach lookout points to get a glimpse of the peak. The Lyrebird track, a short route leading to a spectacular lookout, offers sensational birdwatching.
As you reach Gold Coast, stop in Coolangatta to feel the sand beneath your feet and the gentle lapping of crystal waters at your toes. This coastal suburb is where you can kick off your shoes and relax at the beach, with superb views of the Gold Coast beachside skyline in the distance.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is the unsung attraction of the Gold Coast, home to one of the world’s largest collections of native Australian wildlife. Here you can hand-feed friendly kangaroos, meet cuddly koalas, watch an exciting crocodile feeding and visit the wildlife hospital where you can witness the conservation team operate on sick and injured animals. Catch the famous lorikeet feeding to witness hundreds of brightly colored lorikeet birds perch on outstretched arms, heads and shoulders as guests feed them snacks!
Travel to your accommodation on the Gold Coast, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 nights.
Your 4 1/2 Star vacation accommodation brings a new level of comfort and style to the heart of the boutique destination of Broadbeach, Australia. Just one block from patrolled surf beaches overlooking Victoria Park and directly opposite the casino and Gold Coast Convention Centre, the vacation property perfectly embodies the Mantra philosophy of providing unforgettable holidays in prime positions. Offering a range of first class facilities for guests to tailor their vacation and enhance their resort experience, the accommodation features spacious one, two and three bedroom apartments, a heated pool, 25 metre lap pool, fully equipped gymnasium, steam room, sauna & spa, barbecue area, conference facilities, games room and more.
This short 2.5 hour road trip from Gold Coast to Noosa takes you through idyllic beach towns, incredible wildlife encounters, scenic rainforest hinterland and exciting city delights. Experience the magical moments of Australia’s coastal lifestyle with these absolute must-do’s on your way to Noosa from Gold coast.
Gold Coast Oceanway
Start your day off with a stroll on the Gold Coast Oceanway, set along the gorgeous Gold Coast foreshore. Stretching from The Spit at the Gold Coast Broadwater to the state border between Queensland and New South Wales, getting onto the Oceanway is as easy as setting foot outside your hotel. Explore the coastal wonderland by foot or bike before setting off on your road trip.
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre
Get in one last shopping spree at the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, home to one of Australia’s largest collection of leading retailers and luxury brands. The open air mall, complete with sunny palms and walkways spanning over lush tropical gardens, is also the perfect place to grab a quick bite after finding your new favorite outfit.
Sitting right between Gold Coast and Noosa, Brisbane is Australia’s third largest city and the capital of Queensland. But don’t let the deter you – Brisbane is all about laid back outdoor adventures and a tropical riverside lifestyle. Stop a while at South Bank, a waterfront precinct of lush parklands, gardens, museums, and even a man-made beach! Or simply get some fresh air and take in the gorgeous views of Story Bridge, running through the riverfront skyline.
Crikey! Walking in the footsteps of the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, Australia Zoo is the country’s premier wildlife attraction with a mission for the conservation and preservation of Australia’s animals. The Irwin family continues Steve’s mission through the excellent care, stunning exhibits and wildly fun educational shows. Hand-feed kangaroos, meet adorable wombats, catch a thrilling saltwater crocodile show, and get the chance to take a photo while holding a koala!
Glass House Mountains
As you enter the Sunshine Coast hinterland, you’ll see the distant peaks of the Glass House Mountains. These gorgeous, forest-clad peaks offer a natural playground of crisp walking trails, spectacular lookouts and charming mountain townships rich in gourmet food.
Noosa National Park
One of the Sunshine Coast’s best kept secrets, Noosa National Park is perfect mix of wild bushland, rugged cliffs, koala snoozing spots and secluded beaches. Find tranquility in the shaded woodlands with a stunning ocean backdrop as you walk through the lush rainforest trails. For a little peace by the sea, head to Tea Tree Bay, a favorite with surfers and for spotting koalas in the wild.
Travel to your accommodation on the Sunshine Coast, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Your 4 Star accommodation resort is located in the French Quarter and is the perfect place to enjoy the best of Noosa. The rustic charm of your private and exclusive resort is less than thirty metres from Main Beach, right on the lively Hastings Street and just a stroll from Noosa National Park. Your air conditioned accommodation boasts a heated lagoon-style pool, restaurant and bar so you can relax and enjoy your stay in Noosa. Stroll on the boardwalk from Main Beach that runs the entire length and winds through Little Cove and into the park. Perhaps relax at the resort and enjoy the meandering pathways framed by beautiful gardens and shaded by palm trees or enjoy the sophisticated café society of Hastings Street.
Rest, relax or explore the Sunshine Coast.
On the Sunshine Coast, the only thing more refreshing than the water is the lifestyle. With its endless beaches, lush rainforests and easy smiles, it’s a place where you will feel like a local from the moment you arrive.
While you’re not enjoying the beach, enjoy the hinterland charm! From rolling surf to rolling hills, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is full of natural beauty, cosy cafes and boutiques waiting to be discovered.
Be entertained by local artists and stock up on arts and crafts at Eumundi Markets.
Take in the view from the Glass House Mountains or wander through national parks and trails.
Pair local cheese and wine in Maleny or treat yourself to high tea and antique shopping in Montville.
With award-winning restaurants, food trails, vibrant food festivals and bustling farmers markets, the Sunshine Coast is one giant celebration of food and wine.
Tick off your foodie bucket list with beachfront and rainforest restaurants worth travelling for.
Sample just-picked strawberries and fresh-caught seafood at an outdoor farmer’s market.
Create your own cuisine at one of the many cooking schools.
Credit Photo: Tourism Queensland
Visit the Australia Zoo, the wildlife park of the famous Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin.
Take in the many daily shows and demonstrations where you can see exciting snakes, birds and crocodiles in action! The “Call of the Wild” experience leads you to Steve’s home and over 550 animals that you would only expect to see in the wilds of Australia. Experience a truly remarkable day as you watch a demonstration featuring wild crocodiles. Meet Amelia, the Wedged-Tailed Eagle and other birds of prey. Watch the small clawed otters frolic and Harriet, the world’s oldest giant Galapagos land tortoise, as they feed. Encounter cuddly Koalas close up and join in the feeding of the kangaroos and wallabies. This is a day to experience the pleasures of the wild and watch very experienced professional handlers get close to extremely dangerous creatures. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a photo with a snake at the Croc Hunter Museum or see the wild caught croc demo. Keep your eyes out for handlers walking through the park with the animals so you can get “up close and personal”. With many more shows including foxes, camels, otters, koalas and birds you’re sure to have a wild time!
Operation Days: Daily from 9am – 5pm (Except Christmas)
Includes: Entry to Australia Zoo
Upgrades Available: Hire a Caddie Tour, Safari Guided Tour & Private Guided Tour
Self Drive Upgrades: Platinum Zoo Adventure
Today you will explore the Sunshine Coast from Noosa to Hervey Bay.
If you are traveling on a Wednesday or Saturday stop off and visit the famous Eumundi Art and Craft markets. Eumundi is a 2 minute sidetrip (but allow 1hr to visit the markets). Hundreds of art and craft stalls scattered amongst the trees including food, fruit, teas, coffees, pastries, cheeses and more!
At Gympie, you have a choice to make. Continue the 1.5 hours to Hervey Bay or take the more pleasant and scenic journey through Toolara State Forest (adding just a few minutes to your trip). From this route, Rainbow Beach is an amazing side-trip (an extra 1/2 hour each way). You can take a ten minute walk out to the Carlso Sand Blow (a massive moving sand dune) and catch fantastic views over the bay on one side and the Glasshouse Mountains on the other side. It is about 1.5 hours from rainbow beach to Hervey Bay.
*Please note: If you are taking the ferry to Fraser Island on the same day, ensure you leave yourself enough time to arrive in Hervey Bay at least an hour before your ferry departure.
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Photo Credit: Visit Sunshine Coast
Travel to your 4 star accommodation on Fraser Island, Australia, via Catamaran, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Fraser island is a place of exceptional beauty, with its long uninterrupted white beaches flanked by strikingly coloured sand cliffs, and over 100 freshwater lakes, some tea-coloured and others clear and blue all ringed by white sandy beaches. Ancient rainforests grow in sand along the banks of fast-flowing, crystal-clear creeks. It is the is the only place in the world where tall rainforests are found growing on sand dunes at elevations of over 200 metres. The low wallum heaths on the island are of particular evolutionary and ecological significance, and provide magnificent wildflower displays in spring and summer.
Beauty Spots Eco-Tour with stops at gorgeous Lake McKenzie, Central Station and Wanggoolba Creek, Pile Valley’s awe-inspiring Satinay and Brush Box forests, 75 Mile Beach’s famous highway, the Maheno shipwreck and the coloured sands of the Pinnacles and the relaxing fresh waters of Eli Creek. This tour includes a sumptuous buffet lunch and refreshments, so all you need to pack is your sunscreen, swimwear, and sense of adventure!
Return shuttle/ferry transfers from River Heads and/or Hervey Bay Airport to your Fraser Island accommodation.
Full day 4WD tour of Fraser Island including morning or afternoon tea and buffet lunch.
Today, you will learn about the natural and cultural history of Fraser Island. Swim in the crystal-clear, blue waters of Lake McKenzie, the island’s most beautiful perched lake. From Central Station, walk along the banks of Wanggoolba Creek as it flows silently through the rainforest. Marvel at the tall, majestic satinay trees of Pile Valley. Drive along spectacular Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Stop to swim in the cool, fresh Eli Creek. This swift-flowing creek, the largest on the Eastern beach, spills 80 mega litres of water into the ocean every day. Visit the Maheno shipwreck and marvel at the coloured sands of the Pinnacles. See an ancient forest being uncovered as Stonetool Sand Blow moves across the island before returning to the resort.
Tour starts at 7:45am and returns at 4:30pm, daily.
Today continue your road trip journey from Hervey Bay to Yeppoon, entering the gorgeous Southern Great Barrier Reef region. The total drive time is approximately 5 hours, but stop along the way to fully experience this idyllic stretch of Australia’s east coast.
Leave early in the morning and drive to Bundaberg. Gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef and home to one of the largest turtle rookeries in the South Pacific, Bundaberg offers extraordinary wildlife encounters. Spend some time in this interesting town before continuing your journey.
– You can swim all-year-round in the warm waters of Bargara, just 15 minutes’ drive from the centre of the city. With crowd-free waves, it’s also a great place to body surf or just splash about with the kids.
– Wander around the impressive old buildings in the centre of town or cool off in the shade of the Botanic Gardens. Two museums not to miss are the Bundaberg Railway Museum and the Hinkler Hall of Aviation, which celebrates the achievements of one of Australia’s greatest pioneer solo aviators, Bundaberg local Bert Hinkler.
– Join a ranger and watch marine turtles lay their eggs (from November to January) and baby hatchlings make their first journey to the sea (from January to March) on Mon Repos beach.
– Australia’s favorite spirit, Bundaberg Rum, is made from local sugar cane, and no visit to Bundy is complete without a taste test of the twice-voted best rum in the world..
– Visit local farms and markets to see why Bundaberg is a food lovers’ paradise. The town’s annual Winterfeast festival features a range of farm gate to plate experiences.
– See ancient Aboriginal rock art and plenty of native wildlife on a hike through the sandstone wilderness of Cania Gorge National Park.
– Head into sugarcane country around Childers and treat yourself to some local produce (the gourmet ice cream is much-loved), visit an open-air aviary or a reptile park.
Continue on toward Rockhampton where bovines reign supreme in the beef capital of Australia. Soak up historic Queensland architecture, grand sandstone pubs and memories of the gold rush era.
–Taste the region’s beef, crocodile and mud crab at a local pub and follow it up with an indoor rodeo. Feel the dust and drama at the annual cattle sales, visit a crocodile farm or back a winning race horse. Walk, cycle or fish for barramundi in the Fitzroy River, visit the art gallery or stroll the 144-year-old Heritage-listed botanical gardens.
— Commando crawl through caves and limestone shafts formed by a prehistoric coral reef 400 million years ago. Join a guided ranger tour into Mt Etna Caves National Park at dusk, from December to February, to witness thousands of bent wing bats at feeding time. See 150-million-year-old dinosaur footprints in Mount Morgan.
From here you are a short drive away from your final stop for the night, Yeppoon. If you happen to be stopping here on a Saturday, make sure to check out the community market 6am to 10am at the Yeppoon Showgrounds. Arrive early for your choice the freshest local fruit and vegetables the Capricorn Coast has to offer.
Travel to your accommodation where you will be staying while on vacation for 1 night.
Your resort is one of the newest additions to the shimmering Capricorn Coast, offering unparalleled views of the Keppel Islands and the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Perched on a scenic headland in the town center, this 4-star resort is the perfect boutique stay in Yeppoon.
Relax in a spacious and airy Studio Apartment, designed with minimal yet upscale coastal accents. Unwind on your plush king bed and freshen up in your spa-quality bathroom, complete with a sparkling walk-in shower and tasteful marble finishes. Sip on your morning coffee as you enjoy the views from your private patio, or catch up on the latest news with the flat screen TV.
This accommodation sets you within minutes of Yeppoon’s finest restaurants and cafes, and a short 3 minute drive takes you to the relaxing Yeppoon Lagoon and bayside parks.
Hop back behind the wheel and drive along the gorgeous Southern Great Barrier Reef coast from Yeppoon to Airlie Beach. The drive takes approximately 5.5 hours, so you’ll want just a few stops along the way to stretch your legs, relax a while and fill up on spectacular coastal views.
Take in stunning views of the sparkling Keppel Islands from Capricorn Coast National Park, swathed in mangroves, dry rainforest, and eucalypt woodlands. Walk the Bluff Point track to Turtle lookout, where you can spot sea turtles from the cliffs.
Feel the sand beneath your feet and warm waters lapping at your toes at Farnborough Beach, perfect for a quick dose of waves and exfoliating salty sea air.
Head over to the Capricorn Caves, the largest privately owned lime stone caves in Australia. Experience the breathtaking natural beauty and impressive acoustics on a guided tour of the caves. Then escape to the misty mountain trails of Eungella National Park, where you’ll find some of Australia’s most unusual plants and wildlife.
As you make your way into the Mackay region, look out for wild wallabies on the beach at Cape Hillsborough National Park. Butterflies surround you and turtles pop their heads out of the sea below you as you walk along the clifftop trails.
Meet wombats, hand-feed kangaroos and emus, and get the chance to hold a koala at Bredls Wild Farm. Run by the Bredl family with a deep passion for wildlife, the intimate encounters you’ll experience here are unlike anywhere else in Australia.
Travel to your accommodation in Airlie Beach, Australia, gateway location to the Whitsunday Islands whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Positioned on the absolute ocean front and just a short stroll via seaside boardwalk to the enchanting Airlie Beach village; with its relaxed atmosphere and collection of eclectic shops and cafes; lies your Airlie Beach accommodation. A stroll in the opposite direction crossing a separate boardwalk with the sea below is Abell Point Marina, your direct access to the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef.
Visit magnificent Whitehaven Beach with its white silica sands, explore secluded bays with crystal clear waters and enjoy swimming and snorkeling during the day.
On the eastern side of the uninhabited Whitsunday Island see nature at its unspoiled, spectacular best. Magical Whitehaven Beach is considered one of the top 10 beaches in the world and one of the must see icons of the Whitsundays. With 7 kilometers of glistening pure white natural silica sand, enjoy beach activities, take a leisurely stroll and explore, swim in the crystal clear waters or simply lay back under the sun shelters and enjoy a good book!
Board a high speed, air-conditioned catamaran and keep an eye out for dolphins, turtles and whales (June to September) as you cruise through the calm, turquoise waters. Our experienced crew will provide a thorough commentary on the geographical surroundings and history of the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Whitehaven Beach is located in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. It’s a protected area, so please ensure you take nothing away from the beach with you except photos and memories, and please make sure you don’t leave any rubbish behind. Please leave it as you found it – which is picture perfect!
The road between Airlie Beach and Townsville winds through the verdant patchwork of sugar cane fields and rushing rivers. Maybe make a few stops to stretch your legs and explore the rural towns of Queensland.
Bowen is Australia’s mango capital so naturally it has a big mango that you can pose in front of. Bowen is a coastal rural town with wide streets, wooden Queenslander homes, a slow pace, and friendly locals. There are plenty of things to do in Bowen. Maybe checkout Bowen Hill Lookout, swim at Horseshoe Bay or enjoy a long lunch at Cove restaurant.
Home Hill is another great stop with a great selection of cafes and restaurants. Many travelers take a break here to walk across the Burdekin Bridge, the districts’ best known landmark – longer than the Sydney Harbour Bridge. To walk across the famous landmark, park near the Lion’s Diorama at the southern approach to the bridge and head to the pedestrian walkway.
Once you reach Townsville, you’ll want to check out Magnetic Island. There are 18 daily ferry services that only take about 20 minutes to reach the island. Pre-European settlement, it was known as “Yunbenun” by the Island’s traditional inhabitants. When Captain Cook discovered the Island in 1770, he believed it had a magnetic force causing interference with his compass, hence the name Magnetic Island. Subsequent tests disproved his theory but the name remains.
Photo Credit: Tourism Bowen
Travel to your accommodation in Townsville, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.
Located on Townsville’s sought after Palmer Street amongst an array of popular dining establishments, offering the perfect base from which to explore all this popular North Queensland town has to offer.
Enjoy a leisurely stroll to some of the best restaurants and cafes in the region and you’re also just a short drive to popular attractions like Townsville Marinas, Jupiter’s Casino or Reef HQ Aquarium, making Oaks Gateway on Palmer the ideal choice for a Townsville holiday for families, couples and individuals.
Depart Townsville this morning to Mission Beach for a fun 3 hour drive. On your way north you will pass no less than 4 national parks, including Paluma Range, Girringun, Koombooloomba and Tully Gorge.
Paluma Range National Park
Tthe southern gateway for the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Paluma Range National Park is comprised of two sections. The northern section features Jourama Falls-a picturesque waterfall framed by rainforest. To the south, rainforest-cloaked Mount Spec rises nearly 1000m above the Big Crystal Creek floodplain. Both areas offer a range of recreational opportunities. The Traditional Owners of Paluma Range National Park are the Nywaigi Aboriginal people. They welcome you to their country and ask that you respect and enjoy this place. The traditional name for the Paluma Range is Munan Gumburu, which means ‘misty mountain’, an apt description as morning mists are common.
Girringun National Park
Girringun National Park is comprised of six sections-Blencoe Falls, Dalrymple Gap track, Mount Fox, Princess Hills, Wairuna and Wallaman. Take in the spectacular views of Wallaman Falls, Australia’s highest single-drop waterfall. Or experience the sites and sounds of Blencoe Falls as they race towards the Herbert River. Follow in the footsteps of the early European explorers and hike the 10km Dalrymple Gap walking track. Or take a steep climb up the conical-shaped, ancient volcano known as Mount Fox and enjoy views of the crater and surrounding Kangaroo Hills countryside. The spectacular Herbert River plunges over a rockface to form Herbert River Falls, on the edge of the park at Princess Hills.
The Aboriginal Traditional Owners (TOs) of this area-the Jirrbal people-welcome you to Koombooloomba National Park and Conservation Park. The TOs continue their cultural obligations and ask that visitors respect and care for the area. The area is rich in cultural history and has many significant sites and story places. Endangered wet schlerophyll forest, dry forest and upland rainforest surrounding Koombooloomba Dam are protected in these parks and are part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
Tully Gorge National Park
The Tully River plunges down the Cardwell Range, through a densely forested gorge. Part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Tully Gorge National Park offers a variety of recreational opportunities including camping, picnicking in pleasant surroundings, challenging hikes and spectacular views.
Enjoy 1 night in a 4-star resort, nestled within a tropical rainforest setting and set within minutes of Wongaling Beach.
This boutique resort is designed with an emphasis on relaxing in the inherent beauty of the region, offering a comfortable and elegant retreat. Set amidst lush tropical gardens, each wing of Mission Beach Resort has a personality of its own.
Your well-appointed and air-conditioned resort style accommodation boasts a private patio opening onto one of 4 landscaped pools and BBQ areas. Kick off your shoes and relax on your comfortable queen size bed, or unwind with a movie on the flat screen TV while you lounge on the cozy sofa. Free WiFi also lets you easily stay connected with loved ones back home.
The resort also offers a fabulous restaurant, fun gaming room and a sports bar for a relaxing evening and friendly atmosphere.
You’re also perfectly based for some of Mission Beach’s most unique and varied activities, including bushwalking, island hopping, snorkeling, scuba diving and white water rafting on the Tully River.
Head north toward Cairns, passing Wooroonooran National Park. Stop along the way or schedule guided day tour to explore the rainforest.
Wooroonooran National Park offers visitors a variety of recreational opportunities. Walshs Pyramid provides a challenging hiking trail not far from Cairns, while Goldsborough Valley offers opportunities for canoeing, mountain biking, walking and camping. Josephine Falls features a cascading waterfall and the beginning of the trail up Queensland’s highest peak-Bartle Frere, while Palmerston (Doongan) is renowned for beautiful rainforest, wild rivers, steep gorges, cascading waterfalls and the Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway.
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Travel to your accommodation Cairns, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.
Your 4.5 star accommodation combines contemporary decor with a tropical ambience. The magnificent location of this 176 room hotel is perfect for exploring the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest or Kuranda and the Atherton Tablelands. Other nearby highlights include: Cairns Casino, Marlin Jetty, the Esplanade and the Night Markets. Unwind with a cocktail by the pool or bar followed by a sumptuous meal at the award winning Bushfire Flame Grill.
All rooms and suites have individual balconies, individually controlled air conditioning, refrigerator, television, broadband internet access, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, along with tea and coffee making facilities. Facilities include: 24 hr reception, tour desk, wireless internet, Bushfire Flame Grill, bar, pool, business services on request, coin operated laundry on four floors, room service, laundry & dry cleaning.
Today you’ll cruise onboard a luxury vessel to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world, and not surprisingly the world’s most extensive coral reef.
The reef being just a few meters away from the waters surface, you will be able to explore all these wonders just by floating at the surface. Relax, breathe in your snorkel and be ready to discover a multitude of fishes, corals and other wildlife populating the reef.
Snorkeling is the easiest way to discover the Great Barrier Reef, it is as simple as breathing. If you have never snorkeled before, don’t worry, a briefing is held on board, explaining how to put and use the snorkelling gear. All of the snorkeling equipment you will require is supplied as part of your trip, including a wetsuit or stinger suit. Prescription masks are also available upon request.
Your trip out to the reef will take just 90 minutes, with five hours spent on the outer reef. We’ll select two of the best Great Barrier Reef snorkelling sites. These are chosen on a daily basis by the vessel Captains for the best variety and visibility according to the weather conditions.
There are 17 exclusive moorings on the Outer Great Barrier Reef at Norman, Saxon and Hastings reefs. This tour operator uses a wide variety of these to ensure a minimal environmental impact to the pristine coral formations we visit. The dive sites are frequented by myriads of tropical and Palegic Fish, Rays, Turtles, (friendly) Sharks and the ever popular diver friendly Maori Wrasse. There are swim throughs, wall and drift dives that will appeal to every level of diver experience.
Includes: Snorkel Equipment; Wetsuit and/or Lycra Suits; Prescription Masks (Subject to availability)
Extra Charges to be paid at check-in: $20AUD per Person per Day (Covers EMC, Port Levy & Fuel) (subject to change without notice).
Optional Upgrades Include: Up to 3 SCUBA Dives; Introductory Scuba Diving
A wonderful day awaits as you are transported on the historic Kuranda Scenic Rail to the famous village in the rainforest – Kuranda. Your Kuranda Boarding Pass ensures preferential seating, discounted entry into selected Kuranda attractions and a detailed map is also included. Rainforestation, set in 40 hectares of lush gardens, is your next stop. Board the amphibious Army Duck and enjoy the Koala & Wildlife Park. Transfer back to Kuranda, then it’s time to board Skyrail for your return journey.
Check in: A driver will check you in at your accommodation. You special Kuranda Boarding pass offerings pre-allocated seating on the Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail, preferential seating on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, a detailed map of Kuranda, and discounted entry into selected Kuranda Attractions.
Kuranda Scenic Rail: At the scheduled time board the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail. An amazing journey awaits you as you travel one of the world’s most scenic rail routes, through hand-hewn tunnels and over bridges spanning spectacular gorges.
Kuranda Village: Once you arrive at beautiful Kuranda Station, you have ample time to explore the many and varied shops, as well as the Heritage Markets which operate daily.
Rainforestation: Your shuttle coach will transfer you to Rainforestation, set in 40 hectares of lush gardens and tropical rainforest, where a number of unique attractions await you. Board the unusual amphibious Army Duck for a different look at the rainforest. Also included in your tour is the Koala & Wildlife Park. The shuttle bus will then take you back to Kuranda.
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway: Board Skyrail, an experience which takes you over the rainforest canopy with stops along the way allowing you to take a stroll or visit the CSIRO Interpretive Centre. Our hostess will meet you on completion of Skyrail and will assist with your return transfer to your accommodation.
Operates: Daily (Subject to black outs for Kuranda maintainance.) Pick-up Between 7:00-8:00am and at Return at 5:30pm (approximately).
Upgrade to Gold Class: Dedicated host service; Individual seating, lounge-style chairs; Quality refreshments including sparkling Australian wine, beer, orange juice, soft drink, ice water, mocktails, tea, coffee and appetisers and a chilled refresher towel during the journey; Ambient, historical décor, including timber look flooring, historical photographs and cedar interior; Kuranda Scenic Railway gift pack including Kuranda Scenic Railway badge, pen, postcard and postage; Souvenir trip guide
Travel by shuttle from your Cairns vacation accommodation to the Airport in Cairns, Australia.
Luggage restrictions apply as per standard economy Australian domestic flights of 2 standard bags under 30kg (66 lbs) per passenger. Excess baggage is AUD$5.00 per bag payable on board. If traveling with excess baggage please advise the shuttle company upon reservation confirmation so appropriate trailer size is available.
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International air to your destination is not included in the starting price. If you requested international air, this inclusion will be reflected in your quote.
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