Travel 2 Touring 18/19




13 day East Coast Adventure Sydney • Gold Coast • Noosa • Fraser Island • Hervey Bay • Rockhampton • Hamilton Island • Townsville • Mission Beach • Atherton Tablelands • Cairns • Great Barrier Reef • Port Douglas

Day 1: Arrive Sydney Explore this stunning city on a half-day sightseeing coach tour this afternoon, including the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. In the evening, enjoy a dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour. (D) PARKROYAL Darling Harbour Day 2: Sydney - Gold Coast Transfer to the airport for your flight to the Gold Coast, famous for its uninterrupted coastline fringed by vibrant communities and lush wilderness areas. After settling in, perhaps stroll along the famous soft golden sands of Surfers Paradise Beach, the rest of the evening is at leisure. (B) Mantra on View (2 nights) Day 3: Gold Coast Enjoy a full day to explore at your leisure. With 52 kilometres of golden beaches at your doorstep, you won’t have trouble finding a patch of sand. Perhaps learn to surf, see what’s on the menu at one of the restaurants along the waterfront or head into the lush hinterland for a day amidst the subtropical wilderness. (B) Day 4: Gold Coast - Noosa Departing the Gold Coast this morning, you’ll head north to the Sunshine Coast. Visit the world-renowned Australia Zoo, made famous by the late Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin. Here you will be given the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of conservation and see many native Australian species up close. Continue to the chic resort town of Noosa, where you’ll dine with the locals this evening at the Noosa Surf Club. (BD) Sebel Noosa Day 5: Noosa - Fraser Island With some time in Noosa, perhaps head into town or take a stroll along the stunning waterfront. Later, travel to Hervey Bay and join your cruise transfer to the world’s largest sand island, World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Here, settle in to your room at Kingfisher Bay Resort. That evening, enjoy dinner in the company of your fellow travellers. (BD) Kingfisher Bay Resort (2 nights)

Day 6: Fraser Island Located at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island is a rare and beautiful paradise. The untamed wilderness will entice you from the moment you arrive, providing adventure and excitement, but also a relaxing atmosphere from your base here at the eco-friendly Kingfisher Bay Resort. Discover this beautiful island with a half-day tour. With some time at leisure that afternoon, slip into island living and perhaps explore the hundreds of walking trails which criss-cross the island. Immerse yourself in the ancient rainforests or explore the coloured sand cliffs on Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Perhaps visit the wreck of the Maheno, a liner that was driven ashore during a cyclone in 1935 (own expense). (B) Day 7: Fraser Island - Rockhampton A morning ferry takes you across Hervey Bay, where you will discover why this special place is often referred to as the jewel in Queensland’s crown. The journey concludes back on the mainland where you will rejoin your coach to continue heading north. Travel through sugarcane country, crossing some of the many narrow-gauge railway lines that transport sugarcane from the field to processing plants in town, an iconic sight of rural Queensland. Later, arrive in the inland city of Rockhampton. (BD) Central Park Motel Rockhampton Day 8: Rockhampton - Hamilton Island Explore the charming historical town of Rockhampton, known as the gateway to the coast and the Outback. Founded in 1853, the city is home to beautiful heritage architecture and a rich, fascinating history. Travel to Airlie Beach and enjoy one of the region’s most beautiful beaches. Here you will join a ferry through the sparkling Whitsundays and realise your dreams of a tropical island paradise as you arrive at picturesque Hamilton Island. Here, enjoy dinner later this evening. (BD) Reef View Hotel (2 nights) Day 9: Hamilton Island You have the entire day at leisure to do as little or as much as you like. Perhaps snorkel off the beach; enjoy a round of golf or hire a buggy to explore this beautiful island (all at own expense). (B)


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