Travel 2 Australia & New Zealand 2018/19

12 day Sunshine State Explorer Sunshine Coast • Fraser Island • Mackay • Airlie Beach • Townsville • Mission Beach SUNSH I NE COAST & FRASER I S LAND

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Visit the tiny national park in chic Noosa for the chance to spot koalas in the wild • Enjoy an eco-tour of Fraser Island’s rainforests and beaches • 2 nights in Airlie Beach, with time to explore the beautiful Whitsunday Islands • Discover the real Queensland with visits to Agnes Water, Mackay and Townsville • Explore the Great Barrier Reef from Mission Beach

OPTIONAL SIGHTSEEING EXCURSIONS To make the most of your self-drive holiday, why not pre-book some of our optional sightseeing excursions? • Entrance to Australia Zoo, from £41 per person • Noosa Everglades BBQ Lunch Cruise, from £75 per person • Whitsunday Islands and Whitehaven Beach Cruise, from £68 per person







Departures: Daily


Day 1: Brisbane - Noosa (160km/ 100 miles/ 2 hours) Journey from southern Queensland to the expansive beaches and colourful bays of Noosa. Standard: Coral Beach Resort; Superior: Peppers Noosa (2 nights) Day 2: Noosa Noosa has become known as the most chic resort on the Sunshine Coast. Away from the beachside glamour, perhaps visit Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo, or drive to the Glass House Mountains. (B*) *Superior only Day 3: Noosa - Hervey Bay - Fraser Island (190km/ 118 miles/ 2.5 hours) Make your way to Hervey Bay, where you’ll leave your car to travel as foot passengers on the ferry across to Fraser Island; its huge rainforest-covered dunes reaching a height of 200 metres. (B*) Standard & Superior: Kingfisher Bay Resort *Superior only Day 4: Fraser Island Your 4WD tour today will include a stop at Eli Creek for a refreshing swim and a visit to the Maheno Shipwreck. Enjoy a picnic lunch on remote beach stretches and a visit The Pinnacles. Take in the magnificent views from Indian Head and an exhilarating beach drive on the ‘sandy highway’ of Seventy-Five Mile Beach. (B) Day 5: Agnes Water/1770 (260km/ 162 miles/ 3.5 hours) 1 LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1

Days 7 & 8: Mackay - Airlie Beach (150km/ 95 miles/ 2 hours) The relaxed town of Airlie Beach is the mainland gateway to the beautiful islands of the Whitsundays. Excursions include snorkelling trips to the Great Barrier Reef, scenic flights over Whitehaven Beach and crocodile safaris. (B*) Standard: Coral Sea Resort; Superior: Mantra Boathouse Apartments *Standard, day 8 only 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. (B*) Standard: Mercure Townsville; Superior: Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville *Standard only 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. (B*) Standard & Superior: Castaways Resort & Spa *Day 11 only 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. (B) PRICES INCLUDE • 11 nights’ hotel accommodation on room-only basis (unless specified otherwise) • Full-day eco tour & boat transfers to/from Fraser Island • Avis car rental for the tour duration • Self-drive kit, including maps & instructions


Travel back to the mainland by boat and drive to the surfing community of Agnes Water. Sitting at the closest point on the mainland to the southern edge of the Great Barrier Reef, a variety of cruises are available locally to discover more.


(B) Standard: Sandcastles 1770 Resort; Superior: Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa

Day 6: Mackay (561km/ 350 miles/ 7 hours) An escape from the tourist track, Mackay is surrounded by sugar cane fields and national parks, where you can spot platypus and stroll the mangroves. Standard & Superior: Clarion Hotel Mackay Marina

Pricesareperpersonbasedon twinshare Standard from 

£1289 £1439

Superior from 

Singlesupplementsavailableupon request


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