Travel 2 Touring 18/19

AUSTRALIA

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12 day Sunshine State Explorer Sunshine Coast • Fraser Island • Agnes Water • Mackay • Airlie Beach • Townsville • Mission Beach

Day 1: Brisbane - Noosa (160km/ 100 miles/ 2 hours) Start your journey north across the Sunshine State as you depart Brisbane for the resort town of Noosa. Famous for its heavy surf, coastal trails and wildlife, the local area is a magnet for lovers of the great outdoors with optional activities, such as kayaking and surf lessons are very popular. Standard: Coral Beach Resort; Superior: Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas (2 nights) Day 2: Noosa Enjoy a full day at leisure in the most glamourous and chic resort on the Sunshine Coast. Relax and unwind on one of the area’s many beaches or, perhaps choose to take an optional trip to visit Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo. For those looking to explore the area inland, the magnificent Glasshouse Mountains are just an hour’s drive away. Day 3: Noosa - Hervey Bay - Fraser Island (190km/ 118 miles/ 2.5 hours) This morning, continue your drive north to the coastal town of Hervey Bay, where you’ll leave your car behind and travel as foot passengers on the ferry across to Fraser Island; the world’s largest sand island stretching for 120km into the deep blue Coral Sea. Standard: Kingfisher Bay Resort (Wallum Lagoon Resort Hotel Room); Superior: Kingfisher Bay Resort (Wallum Lagoon Resort Hotel Spa Room) (2 nights) Day 4: Fraser Island Fraser Island is strictly 4WD territory and your tour today will include a stop at Eli Creek for a refreshing swim at the Maheno Shipwreck. Enjoy a picnic lunch on remote beach stretches and a visit to the spectacular coloured sands cliffs known as The Pinnacles. Take in the amazing views from Indian Head and an exhilarating beach drive on the ‘sandy highway’ of 75-Mile Beach. Day 5: Fraser Island - Agnes Water/1770 (260km/ 162 miles/ 3.5 hours) Travel back to the mainland by boat before collecting your rental car and driving to the surfing community of Agnes Water. With its sister township, 1770 (named after the date Captain Cook first set foot in Queensland), these are the closest points on the mainland to the southern edge of the Great Barrier Reef, and a variety of cruises are available locally. Standard: Sandcastles 1770 Resort; Superior: Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa

Day 6: Mackay (561km/ 350 miles/ 7 hours) Depart early this morning on the epic drive to the bustling city of Mackay. Off the tourist track, the city is surrounded by sugar cane fields and national parks where, if you’re lucky, you might spot the native platypus. Take the rest of the day to stroll through the mangroves or relax with a coffee in one of the city’s many cafés. Standard: Clarion Hotel Mackay Marina (Superior Deluxe Room); Superior: Clarion Hotel Mackay Marina (Executive Suite) Days 7 & 8: Mackay - Airlie Beach (150km/ 95 miles/ 2 hours) The relaxed seaside town of Airlie Beach is the mainland gateway to the 74 beautiful islands of the Whitsundays. Excursions include snorkelling trips to the Great Barrier Reef, scenic flights over Whitehaven Beach and wetlands crocodile safaris. Standard: Coral Sea Resort; Superior: Mantra Boathouse Apartments (2 nights) Day 9: Airlie Beach - Townsville (275km/ 171 miles/ 3.5 hours) En route to Townsville, relax at one of the secluded beaches or stretch your legs at Lake Ross, a reservoir surrounded by unspoilt open savannah and teeming with wildlife. Spend the rest of the day exploring the sights of Townsville. Standard: Mercure Townsville; Superior: Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville Days 10 & 11: Townsville - Mission Beach (240km/ 149 miles/ 3 hours) Heading towards Mission Beach, discover miles of beach coastline, walk boardwalks searching for the elusive Cassowary or take a Great Barrier Reef trip. You have 2 full-days to make the most of this glorious stretch of coastline, so unwind and savour your last stop on this Australian coastal drive. (B) Standard: Castaways Resort & Spa (Beachfront Resort Room); Superior: Castaways Resort & Spa (Beachfront Coral Sea Room) (2 nights) Day 12: Mission Beach - Cairns (140km/ 87 miles/ 2 hours) On your way to Cairns, detour inland to the Atherton Tablelands, a fertile farming region boasting waterfalls, wildlife lake cruises and charming small towns. Your tour concludes on arrival in Cairns. Note: Your car is booked until the following day, but must be returned by the same time it was picked up on day 1 to avoid additional charges.

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