DAY 1 Sunday – Brisbane to Hervey Bay (L,D)
Board one of our signature ‘Gold Class’ coaches at Brisbane Transit Centre on Roma Street, sit back and relax as we make our way to the Fraser Coast. We break at Gympie for lunch before taking the next leg of our journey to Maryborough where we collect local character ‘Mary Heritage’ for a city sights tour of the amazing heritage buildings. Next we drive a short distance to the coastal township of Hervey Bay to check-in to our hotel situated on the Urangan Marina. Enjoy the lovely water views from your room during our stay. 2 Night Stay: Mantra Hervey Bay
DAY 2 Monday – Whale Watching Cruise (B,MT,L,D)
Today we take to the water in Australia’s humpback playground. Here the humpbacks aren’t just passing through on their way to their breeding grounds, they’re actually taking time out in the pristine waters of Hervey Bay to socialise, have some fun, learn some essential life skills and nurture their young. Our 5 hour whale watching cruise has us joining a crew with over 30 years experience, who guarantee sightings and offer water level viewing. We get up close and personal with these majestic creatures as they glide alongside our vessel and usually put on an almighty show, slapping their tails, shaking their pec fins and leaping into the air. A lovely day watching nature whilst enjoying morning tea and tropical buffet lunch on board. We return to shore for a free afternoon taking in the shops of the Esplanade or walking to the end of Hervey’s Bays historic jetty.
DAY 3 Tuesday – Fraser Island (B,L,D)
This morning we transfer to River Heads for our ferry across the bay to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Positioned on the western side of Fraser Island, our resort overlooks the calm waters of the Great Sandy Strait and blends seamlessly with nature. On arrival, we make our way to the Maheno Deck to enjoy a leisurely lunch overlooking the lagoon pool. After 2pm we will be allocated our rooms for check-in. Our afternoon has us joining the resort ranger and chef for our exclusive Bush Tucker Talk and Taste. Tantalise your taste buds with a selection of unique bush cuisine and find out how these foods can be used to enhance most dishes. Ranger presents a selection of foods in their natural and raw state and explains where and how they can be found. Chef will then show us howto use them, share some recipe secrets and present the cooked dishes for us to taste. Tonight, enjoy an island style buffet dinner in the Maheno Bar & Grill. 3 Night Stay: Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island
DAY 4 Wednesday – Fraser Island (B,L,D)
Paradise… a place we can all imagine. To the Aboriginals, Fraser Island was paradise. Our guided tour will tell tales of how the Butchulla tribe occupied the paradise of Fraser Island at least 5000 years ago. As we discover the world’s largest sand island, our off-road adventure takes us tackling inland bumps and humps through towering Satinay trees, followed by a boardwalk through majestic beauty of nature as rainforests and rare plant life surround the area. We unearth shipwrecks and sheltered bays and take plenty of time to stop and enjoy the view. Climb Indian Head and gaze down upon schools of fish, sharks, dolphins, rays and turtles, enjoying their own sea safari. We also stop off at picturesque Lake McKenzie which shines sapphire blue, surrounded with shores of snow-white sand. When the day’s exploring is done, it’s time to take the taste-buds on a voyage of their own. Join us for dinner in the award-winning Seabelle Restaurant to see what all the fuss is about. GGP
DAY 5 Thursday – Fraser Island (B,L,D)
Enjoy a lazy sleep in this morning and take in breakfast at your leisure, then join one of the rangers for a guided Beach & Mangrove Walk. Dundonga Creek has a fascinating mangrove colony made up of eight mangrove species, which plays a vital role in sustaining the marine eco system. On the walk, discover how mangroves differ from other plants, how they adapt to a salt environment and learn about the sands of the North White Cliffs and their significance in the island’s formation. After lunch, we stretch our legs on a Wallum Walk as we stroll through the mirror lakes and wallum heath that front the resort. Discover the link between the animals and plants in this area and look at the vital role fire plays in a wallum community. Late in the afternoon there is a ranger presentation on Dingos of Fraser, the island’s most notorious residents, then join us for pre-dinner sundowner drinks at the Jetty Hut. This evening we dine poolside (weather permitting) and the theme is Hawaiian Night! Serving tropical delights, we ask that you don your loudest tropical garb, put flowers in your hair and have some fun. GGP
DAY 6 Friday – Arrive Brisbane (B,L)
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning prior to checking-out of the resort and taking the ferry back to the mainland. Here we board our coach to head south stopping for lunch and a train ride at the Ginger Factory in Yandina before returning to Brisbane Transit Centre late afternoon.
B = Full Breakfast MT = Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner
dates & pricing
- Non-refundable deposit of $500pp required to secure your reservation.
- N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for coach component.
- Select the Green Guest (GGP) option on this tour and help reduce extra pressures on our natural environment. You will be rewarded with a reduced rate on your tour. SAVE: $20PP TWIN SHARE OR $40 SOLE USE
- FITNESS LEVEL – A RATING OF 2 (MODERATE) Passengers must be able to:-
• Participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
• Walk on areas such as bush tracks and soft sand – mostly level ground
• Stand for 15 minutes, without needing to sit down
• Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
• Getting on and off transportation multiple times unaided
• Manage your own luggage