Day 1. Sunday: Brisbane – Hope Island (L,D)
Flights ex Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide will be arranged for arrival into Brisbane late morning where you will be greeted and and escorted to either our signature opulent ‘Diamond Class’ coach or luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach. We will then collect Brisbane guests from Roma Street Transit Centre for transfers to our lunch venue at Eagle Street Wharf. Enjoy lunch overlooking the Brisbane River before we re-board our coach and make our way to Sanctuary Cove to check into our resort for 3 nights. 3 Night Stay: InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, Hope Island
Day 2. Monday: Hope Island – Gold Coast (B,D)
Experience the Gold Coast’s beautiful Surfers Paradise on a tour aboard an amphibious Aquaduck. Hop aboard this unusual dual-purpose vessel for a jaunt along the area’s picturesque beaches and past local landmarks. Then, enjoy a thrilling river cruise past the glitz of millionaire’s row as the Aquaduck transforms from a bus into a boat. For some retail therapy we offer you free time to grab some bargains at Harbour Town Shopping Centre – Australia’s largest outlet shopping centre, offering discounted prices on all your favourite brands. We then visit ArtVo Illusions and step into a world of optical illusions. Explore the interactive gallery where you can touch the art and have fun! We return to our Sanctuary Cove Resort where you can and relax at the resort’s beach side lagoon or take a buggy ride to the local boutique shopping precinct. **Lunch is at own expense today. GGP
Day 3. Tuesday: Gold Coast Hinterland (B,L,D)
This morning enjoys fresh air at the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk. This exciting eco-adventure will offer us a unique and thrilling way to explore the beautiful rainforest canopies beside the crystal clear rock pools of Cedar Creek. With a comprehensive array of Australian rainforest flora and fauna, the walk is a combination of floor trails and 300 metres of high-tech steel bridges through the highest points of the upper canopy. From here we make our way to Cedar Creek Estate Winery for lunch before joining a guide to see the on-site Glow Worm Caves. See thousands of these creatures during the daytime as the cave has being designed to maintain ideal conditions for the delicate glow worms throughout the year, providing the perfect environment for a healthy colony. GGP
Day 4. Wednesday: Gold Coast Hinterland (B,MT,L,D
Travelling into the hinterland via Maudsland we arrive at the Historical Rivermill. The mill has been used for various things since 1943, a stud, a dairy, a dance hall for Army bush dances and more recently a café with petting zoo. The original part of Rivermill is a museum and has some of the original agricultural machinery. Enjoy morning tea then take some time to feed the animals and visit the museum. From here we travel via the picturesque horse stud region of Canungra arriving at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards. Enjoy lunch and sample the local wines before we make our way into Lamington National Park, part of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Godwana Rainforests of Australia. After we settle in we are treated to an exclusive Birds of Prey show where we meet the the majestic predators of the sky and learn about the resident owls, wedge tail eagles, kestrel and black kite. Witness a free flight performance and natural aerobatics in front of a majestic mountain backdrop. Rated as the best bird show in Australia! Settle in tonight with a welcome from the Manager over a glass of sparkling in the fire room. 2 Night Stay: One Bedroom Villa Spa Rooms, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat
Day 5. Thursday: Lamington National Park (B,L,D)
For the early risers and avid bird watches, take a guided early morning bird walk see the feathered locals on this introductory morning tour around the Retreat. Following breakfast, we will join our guide for a privately guided tree top canopy walk. Stroll across nine footbridges suspended 45 feet (16 metres) in the air for a unique perspective of the subtropical rainforest. A guide will point out highlights of the diverse ecosystem and help identify unique species of flora and fauna. Lunch at the retreat and some free time before we embark on an afternoon 2-hour 4WD tour, a fabulous way to see the wonders surrounding this plateau. We tour through rainforest and various eco-systems to incredible places located within World Heritage listed Lamington National Park. We will get to visit a lookout and take in the views, or even a waterfall, being inspired and educated along the way.
Day 6. Friday: Lamington National Park – Brisbane (B)
We farewell our rainforest retreat and make our way to Brisbane’s Southbank Precinct. Here we take a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane, an iconic landmark etched upon the South Bank skyline. Soak up spectacular 360-degree panoramic views of Brisbane’s cityscape, landmarks, and famous river. The awe-inspiring design is 60 metres high and features 42 fully enclosed and air-conditioned gondolas. Afterward enjoy free time at South Bank Parklands before being transferred to Roma Street Station and Brisbane Airport for your respective flights home. **Lunch is at own expense today.
B = Full Breakfast; MT = M/Tea; L = Lunch; AT = A/Tea; D = Two Course Dinner
dates & pricing
||Jul 4 – DIAMOND CLASS
||Aug 29 – GOLD CLASS
- $50 EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT – expires 31/10/2020 (save per person)
- Non-refundable deposit of $800pp required to secure your reservation.
- GREEN GUEST OPTION (GGP) Select the 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
- N.B. This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control.
- Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.
- 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 and walk through soft sand
• Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
• Manage your own luggage
• This tour is set at an active pace