DAY 1. Brisbane to Hervey Bay (MT,L,D)
Board one of our signature ‘Gold Class’ coaches at Brisbane Coach Terminal on Roma Street, sit back and relax as we make our way to the Fraser Coast. We break near the Glass House Mountains, for a unique farm experience and stunning views. Meet and greet with the cuddly camels, all while you enjoy a delicious morning tea and camel milk tasting session. We continue onto Maryborough for lunch before 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 and marina views from your room during our stay. 5 Night Stay: Mantra Hervey Bay **Please note: As accommodation is apartment style, there is no service to rooms during our stay.
DAY 2. Bundaberg Touring (B,MT,L,D)
Today we discover the town of Bundaberg, starting with a visit to the Bundaberg Botanical Gardens. From here, take your time to explore Hinkler Hall of Aviation, an interactive museum that tells the story of the all-too-short life of Australian pioneer aviator Bert Hinkler. Become part of Bert’s story through glide and flight simulators, movie theatrettes, six display aircraft and a vintage motor vehicle. We take a short trip from Bundaberg, stopping along the way at the Hummock lookout, before continuing to the coast to enjoy lunch at the quaint Windmill Café. After lunch we make our way to the Bundaberg Rum Distillery for a guided tour. After you have spent some time exploring the museum, join a distillery guide on a journey deep into the heart of the Bundaberg Rum Distillery. Once you have experienced the sights and smells of the distillery, you will return to the Bundaberg Rum Tasting Bar, where you can sample some of the top shelf rums.
DAY 3. Childers, Hervey Bay (B,L,D)
Today we visit the small town of Childers and start off with a visit to Snakes Downunder Reptile Park and Zoo. Here we take a guided tour of the park which features over 45 species and sub-species of Australian reptiles, amphibians and marsupials. The attractions include a fantastic snake house, a walk though vivarium housing dragons and frogs, a kangaroo reserve where the animals can be hand fed, koalas and inquisitive meerkats. Next, we step indoors and have lunch at the historic Paragon Theatre. Originally a hall, the building was converted to a theatre is 1927. Enjoy a talk about the history of the building before watching a short film on the big screen. Afterwards, we make our way back to Hervey Bay.
DAY 4. Whale Watching Cruise (B,MT,L,D)
Today we take to the water in Australia’s humpback playground. Here the humpbacks are not just passing through on their way to their breeding grounds, they are 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 half day whale watching cruise has us joining a crew with years of experience, who offer water level viewing allowing us to 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 an antipasti platter onboard. We return to shore for a free afternoon. **Please note: Only a light lunch is offered today of an antipasti platter onboard the cruise
DAY 5. Fraser Island (B,L,D)
We are off to Fraser Island – paradise! The island has rainforests, eucalyptus woodland, mangrove forests, wallum and peat swamps, sand dunes and coastal heaths. It is made up of sand that has been accumulating for approximately 750,000 years on volcanic bedrock that provides a natural catchment for the sediment which is carried on a strong offshore current northwards along the coast. Our guided tour will tell tales of the tribes that 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 taking time here for a swim in the water which shines sapphire blue, surrounded with shores of snow-white sand. Late afternoon, we board the ferry back to the mainland and return to the hotel for dinner. **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 6. Arrive Brisbane (B,L)
Homeward bound this morning, after we enjoy one more leisurely breakfast. We hit the road and make our way to the town of Gympie and enjoy a visit to the Woodworks Museum. The museum features exhibits on the history of regional forestry, along with live demonstrations. Next, we arrive at the historic Mary Valley Rattler Café in Gympie for lunch. After lunch, we step on board the iconic and meticulously restored Mary Valley Rattler Steam Train and travel the Mary Valley through Dagun to Amamoor. Sit back and relax whilst enjoying the breathtaking scenery that takes us alongside the Amamoor State Forest, home to more than 120 species of birds. We disembark the train in Amamoor and re-join the coach for our journey back to Brisbane Coach Terminal, arriving late afternoon.
B = Full Breakfast MT = Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner
dates & pricing
- $50 EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT – expires 31/10/2020 (save per person)
- Non-refundable deposit of $600pp required to secure your reservation.
- N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for coach component.
- FITNESS LEVEL – A RATING OF 2 (MODERATE) Passengers must be able to:-
• Walk 10 min without stopping
• Ascend stairs without stopping
• Stand for 30 min without sitting
• Walk over uneven ground
• Embark/debark transport unaided
• Manage their own luggage