13 Day East Coast Beaches & Reef Guided Holiday from Cairns to Sydney

13 Day East Coast Beaches & Reef Guided Holiday from Cairns to Sydney - AdventuresThis coastal journey begins in tropical Cairns, where you’ll board a high-speed catamaran to travel to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. Australia’s east coast is justly famous for its wide sandy beaches, clear blue waters and enticing offshore islands. You’ll relax during your two-night stay on superb Hamilton Island, and experience a 4WD adventure on unique Fraser Island. The beachside icons of Noosa and the Gold Coast are also on your itinerary.

Day 1: Welcome to Cairns

Meet your Travel Director for an orientation tour of the tropical city of Cairns. Be my guest dining experienceBecome further acquainted this evening at a Be My Guest BBQ dinner with a local family at their home in Cairns. Spend the evening learning about life in the tropics and soak up warm, friendly Aussie vibes.

Hotel: Hilton Hotel Cairns

Included Meals: Be My Guest dinner.

Day 2: Great Barrier Reef

Board a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. The World Heritage listed reef is the only living organism that can be seen from the moon. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkelling (equipment provided) or view the spectacular coral and tropical sh from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns in the late afternoon.

Hotel: Hilton Hotel Cairns

Included Meals: Be My Guest dinner.

Day 3 : Cairns – Mission Beach

This morning you’ll take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to Kuranda, the ‘village in the rainforest’. Continue to the Atherton Tablelands with rainforests, waterfalls and lakes. Visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the heritage listed 500-year-old Curtain Fig Tree. Arrive in relaxed Mission Beach during the afternoon and take some time before dinner to stroll along the shore.

Hotel: Castaways Resort & Spa, Mission Beach

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 4: Mission Beach – Hamilton Island

Stop in Townsville today, with time for a stroll along the Strand before continuing to Airlie Beach to catch the ferry to Hamilton Island. One of 74 tropical islands that make up the Whitsunday group in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island boasts pristine beaches and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life.

Hotel: Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner.

Day 5: Hamilton Island

Cruise this morning to spectacular Whitehaven Beach. Wander in peace along its 7 kilometres of pure white sand, or if you’re feeling energetic, take a walk to Hill’s Inlet for elevated views over the Whitsunday islands and the sparkling waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Back on Hamilton Island, the afternoon is yours in this tropical paradise.

Hotel: Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 : Hamilton Island – Rockhampton

Return to the mainland today and travel to Mackay, Australia’s sugar capital, to the town of Sarina for a guided tour of a unique miniature sugar mill and distillery. Continue to Rockhampton. With a local cattle population of 2.5 million, ‘Rocky’ is often considered Australia’s beef capital.

Hotel: Quality Hotel Regent, Rockhampton

Included Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 7 : Rockhampton – Hervey Bay

Cross the Tropic of Capricorn this morning and stop at Langmorn Station, a fully-operational cattle property. A member of the Creed family, whose forebears built the original homestead in 1873, will lead you on a guided tour of the station. Enjoy morning tea in the garden in the company of the family’s friendly pet kangaroo. Afterwards, enjoy a guided tour of the Ohana Exotic Fruit Orchard before travelling on to Hervey Bay, gateway to Fraser Island.

Hotel: Mantra Hervey Bay

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Hervey Bay – Noosa

Today cross the Great Sandy Strait by ferry to explore World Heritage listed Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. See Lake McKenzie, a freshwater lake ringed with white sandy beaches, and walk through rainforest at Central Station. Enjoy lunch before your 4WD tour takes you to view the coloured sands of Rainbow Beach (tide permitting). Later, travel on to the Sunshine Coast resort town of Noosa.

Hotel: The Sebel Resort Noosa,

Included Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 9: Noosa Free Time

Take time out today to discover Noosa for yourself. Swim in the clear waters of Main Beach, or venture a little further a eld on an easy walk along the spectacular headland to Noosa National Park. If you’re feeling adventurous, you may like to hire a stand-up paddle board or even take a boat ride through the incredible Noosa Everglades, one of Australia’s most beautiful wilderness areas. The shaded waterways and abundant wildlife along the Noosa River will delight you. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: The Sebel Resort Noosa

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 10: Noosa – Gold Coast

Today visit Australia Zoo, made famous by the late Steve Irwin and his family. Enjoy a sneak peek into the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and see how AAT Kings works with its Wildlife Warriors to support the koala rehabilitation project at the hospital, the country’s largest and busiest wildlife facility. Later, enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Queensland capital Brisbane before travelling on to the iconic Gold Coast, where the evening is free to do as you choose.

Hotel: Novotel Surfers Paradise

Included Meals: Day 10: Breakfast

Day 11: Gold Coast Included Choice

Included ChoiceToday choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Take a tour inland by 4WD track through the rainforest to Mount Tamborine or a boat trip to try your hand at ‘pumping yabbies’. Or perhaps you’d prefer to be 270 metres in the air at the iconic Q1 building on the SkyPoint Climb. This evening, join the holidaymakers and locals on Cavill Avenue for a taste of Surfers Paradise nightlife.

Hotel: Novotel Surfers Paradise

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 : Gold Coast – Port Macquarie

Leave the glitz of the Gold Coast behind today as you journey to Cape Byron Lighthouse for superb views over the Pacific Ocean from Australia’s easternmost point. Afterwards spend time absorbing the relaxed bohemian vibe of Byron Bay. Continue to picturesque seaside Port Macquarie for the evening.

Hotel: Waters Edge, Port Macquarie

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 13 : Port Macquarie – Farewell from Sydney

Travel this morning to the premier wine-growing region of the Hunter Valley and enjoy an exclusive wine-tasting and lunch at a vineyard and winery where a specialist will share insights on the local wine industry. Continue to Sydney, where you’ll say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end.

You may like to pre-book accommodation for tonight in Sydney.

Included Meals: Breakfast and farewell lunch

Tour Highlights

• Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef & see colourful coral
• Tropical paradise Hamilton Island & Whitehaven Beach
• Stop at Millaa Millaa Falls in World Heritage listed rainforest
• Visit Australia Zoo, home of the Irwin family
• See the cute koalas at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital
• Let your hair down in the ultimate holiday town of Noosa
• Take an exciting 4WD tour on Fraser Island
• Visit a working cattle property, Langmorn Station, and meet the Creed family
• Stop at the Sarina Sugar Shed for a guided tour and lunch at a miniature sugar mill
• Stay on Hamilton Island – everyone has a view over the Whitsundays from their balcony
• Enjoy a delicious winery lunch and wine tasting in the Hunter Valley
• Enjoy a Be My Guest BBQ dinner with a local family in their Cairns home

Tour Inclusions

• Comfortable accommodation
• Travel by luxury coach
• Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
• Airport transfers (see flight information below)


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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2022 - 2023 season. The 2022 - 2023 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2022 - 31st March 2023. The 2023 - 2024 season rates commence on the 1st April 2023.


Due to the ongoing and evolving nature of Covid-19 restrictions and the unpredictable impact it is having on bookings we have temporarily ceased taking new reservations for this package. If you have a gift voucher that you would like to redeem please contact us and we will be happy to check availability.

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