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Sydney 1 night
Surfers Paradise 2 nights
Noosa 1 night
Fraser Island 2 nights
Rockhampton 1 night
Hamilton Island 2 nights
Mission Beach 1 night
Cairns 2 nights
Day 1 Sydney: Arrive into Sydney and enjoy a sightseeing tour this afternoon. Later meet your fellow travellers at dinner.
Day 2 Sydney/Surfers Paradise: At leisure this morning before transferring to the airport for the flight north to the Gold Coast. Perhaps stroll Surfers Paradise Beach as the sun sets.
Day 3 Surfers Paradise: A full day at leisure to discover the many delights and beaches of the Gold Coast.
Day 4 Surfers Paradise/Noosa: Travel north from Surfers Paradise to Australia Zoo, founded by the late and muchmissed Steve Irwin. Spend time exploring this famous attraction before continuing your journey to Noosa.
Day 5 Noosa/Fraser Island: Explore Noosa before travelling to Hervey Bay and River Heads where you'll join a cruise to Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world.
Day 6 Fraser Island: A half day tour highlights the breathtaking mix of landscapes from sweeping beaches and soaring cliffs to freshwater lakes, wetlands and ancient forests that make up this World Heritage Site. Later, there's free time to relax and enjoy the resort's excellent facilities.
Day 7 Fraser Island/Rockhampton: This morning cruise across Hervey Bay then continue by road through sugar cane country to the inland city of Rockhampton.
Day 8 Rockhampton/Hamilton Island: The gateway to the coast and the Outback, Rockhampton is home to beautiful heritage architecture and rich history. Travel onwards to Airlie Beach and then by ferry through the sparkling Whitsundays to picturesque Hamilton Island.
Day 9 Hamilton Island: The entire day is at leisure to do as little or as much as you like. Perhaps snorkel off the beach, enjoy a round of golf or, hire a buggy to explore this beautiful island (all additional expense).
Day 10 Hamilton Island/Mission Beach: Early morning ferry to Airlie, where you re-board the coach and travel to Townsville. Enjoy a tour of this tropical city, surrounded by rainforested hinterland and the Great Barrier Reef. Continue to Mission Beach.
Day 11 Mission Beach/Cairns: Surrounded by lush rainforest, visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the Curtain Fig tree. Later, board the Kuranda Skyrail for great regional views.
Day 12 Cairns: Cruise from Cairns by fast catamaran to Reef Magic's exclusive reef activity platform and enjoy five hours amidst the colourful coral and marine life. Snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon, walk through the underwater observatory, join a tour on the semi-submersible or glass bottom boat, or relax on the sundeck of your ship. This evening enjoy a special farewell dinner at Tjapukai.
Day 13 Cairns: Drive north to the pretty township of Port Douglas for a tour. Return to Cairns where your tour ends or, perhaps add on the Grand Australian Discovery.
Grand Australian Discovery 4 nights from £999
This four night extension from Cairns includes Alice Springs, Uluru and King's Canyon. The price includes a base tour of iconic Uluru, a tour of Kata Tjuta and majestic King's Canyon. The scenery is dramatic and the natural attractions are totally mesmerising. Please ask for details.
12 nights escorted coaach tour from £3195pp
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£200 discount (per person): On selected tours departing between Oct 18-Mar 19 if you book by 28 Feb 18.