Day 1. Brisbane to Hervey Bay (MT,LD)
Board one of our signature ‘Gold Class’ coaches at Brisbane Coach Terminal Roma Street, sit back and relax as we make our way to the Fraser Coast. We break for a cuppa at Gympie Duck Ponds then take the short journey to Childers where we step back in time at historic Paragon Theatre. Originally a hall, the building was converted to a theatre in 1927. Enjoy lunch and a short film followed by a talk about the history of the building. Afterwards, we make our way to Hervey Bay. 2 Night Stay: Ocean View Rooms, Mantra Hervey Bay
Day 2. Fraser Island (B,MT,L,D)
With over 100 fresh water lakes to visit, ancient subtropical rainforest to discover, magnificent sand blows and a world- famous ship wreck to explore – there are plenty of incredible sights to pack into your full day 4WD adventure tour on Fraser Island. With over twenty years’ experience, the Fraser Island guides will ensure you have the ultimate experience exploring World Heritage listed Fraser Island. Take in the incredible scenery and the history, enjoy a dip in the crystal clear lakes, explore pristine rainforest and cruise along the gorgeous sandy beaches. **Please note: 4WD tour is not suitable for passengers with back and/or neck injury due to certain parts of the track being rugged and jerky.
Day 3. Whale Watching Cruise, Gladstone (B,L,D)
Today we join Tasman Venture to witness the majestic Humpback Whales at play. We cruise through the Great Sandy Strait, along the remote pristine western side of World Heritage listed Fraser Island to Australia’s ultimate humpback whale playground. Experience the thrill of getting up close and personal with these majestic creatures as they frolic in the calm, clear waters. Back on the mainland we venture north arriving at Gladstone for an overnight stay. 1 Night Stay: Mantra Gladstone
Day 4/5. Heron Island (B,L,D)
Local transfers to Gladstone Marina to board the Heron Islander. Located in the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, Heron Island is a haven for nature lovers and is surrounded by pristine beaches and brilliant blue waters. Enjoy two nights at Heron Island Resort, where we join naturalist eco guides for daily activities discovering the birdlife, reef walks, the coral cay formations, and native flora and fauna. ** Transfers take 2 hours and are in open waters. For those who suffer motion sickness we strongly advise you take the necessary precautions. 2 Night Stay: Heron Island Resort
Day 6. Rockhampton (B,L,D)
Take advantage of the morning and one last lunch on the island before we bid beautiful Heron Island goodbye and depart on the Heron Islander back to the mainland. From Gladstone we travel to the beef capital of Australia – Rockhampton. 1 Night Stay: Empire Hotel, Rockhampton
Day 7. Daydream Island (B,MT,L,D)
An early start this morning as we head to the Whitsundays, arriving at Airlie Beach where we board Cruise Whitsundays for boat transfers to Daydream Island Resort & Spa. 3 Night Stay: Ocean Balcony Rooms, Daydream Island
Day 8. Hamilton Island (B,D)
Relaxing is on the agenda today, with a huge range of free island activities for you to enjoy, or perhaps take a ferry ride to Hamilton Island for the day. As the outer reef trips are weather permitting, we have not included this cruise as part of the itinerary and it is an optional extra. **Lunch is at own expense today.
Day 9. Jet Boat Tour – Whitehaven Beach & more (B,L,D)
Ride, beach, snorkel and bushwalk… all in one day as we head out on an adventurous jet boat tour! Enjoy the tropical waters of the Whitsundays on an all-inclusive tour with snorkelling and time to enjoy Whitehaven Beach. Take a guided bushwalk to spectacular Hill Inlet lookout to view the stunning silica sands and aqua water. Snorkel for over an hour at Border Island, Dumbell Island, or one of the ‘secret’ snorkel spots and enjoy the amazing corals of the fringing reefs, as well as a huge range of colourful fish, turtles, clams and so much more. **Please note: Jet Boat tour is not suitable for passengers with back and/or neck injury as the semi rigid inflatable vessels are super-fast offering a fun, adventurous ride.
Day 10. Townsville (B,L,D)
Heading back to the mainland we make our way north breaking at Ayr for lunch before we venture on ending our day at Townsville. Enjoy some downtime this afternoon and enjoy the surrounds of the Hotel. 1 Night Stay: Executive King Room, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Townsville
Day 11. Paronella Park, Cairns (B,MT,L,D)
This morning takes us to heritage listed Paronella Park, surrounded by beautiful castles, tunnels, bridges, fountains and secret staircases. Our tour here will guide us through the extensive National Trust Gardens while learning the rich history of Jose Paronella’s wonderful achievements. We spend approximately 2.5 hours here, allowing plenty of free time to enjoy the rest of the park. Arrive into Cairns mid-afternoon. 3 Night Stay: Shangri La The Marina, Cairns
Day 12. Kuranda (B,D)
Travelling Kuranda Scenic Railway, wind your way from up the range passing spectacular waterfalls and into Barron Gorge. At Kuranda, we cruise the tranquil waters of the world’s most ancient tropical rainforest, take time to browse the local markets, and at the end of the day, glide through the treetops back to Cairns on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Our afternoon takes on a Twilight Tour of the Cairns Aquarium. **Lunch is at own expense today
Day 13. Cairns (B,D)
Enjoy a FREE DAY today to explore Cairns on your own. Alternatively, day tours to Green Island are an option. **Lunch is at own expense today.
Day 14. End of Tour (B)
Departing tropical Cairns today, checkout time is 10am. Your hostess will arrange local transfers to Cairns airport for your respective flights home. Luggage can be stored at the hotel reception until this time. **Flight home is at own expense.
B = Full Breakfast; MT = M/Tea; L = Lunch; AT = A/Tea; D = Two Course Dinner
dates & pricing
- Non-refundable deposit of $800pp required to secure your reservation.
- FITNESS LEVEL – A RATING OF 3 (ACTIVE/MODERATE) Passengers must be able to:-
• Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
• Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs, without stopping
• Stand for 30 minutes, without needing to sit down
• Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
• Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
• Manage your own luggage