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East Coast Tropical Explorer

12 days from $3650 per person

Discover Australia's eastern coast.  Millaa-Millaa-FallsEnjoy a 4WD tour on Fraser Island, Byron Bay, Daydream Island, Atherton Tablelands, the Great Barrier Reef and Cairns.

Included Highlights

  • Great Barrier Reef Cruise
  • Ancient Rainforests
  • Visit Millaa Millaa Falls
  • Stay on Daydream Island
  • Explore the Whitsundays
  • Fraser Island by 4WD
  • Relax in Noosa
  • Visit Australia Zoo
  • See Cape Byron Lighthouse

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Cairns
On arrival in Cairns you will be transferred to your hotel. Meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for an orientation tour of this tropical city. This evening get to know your companions at a Welcome Reception and dinner.
Hotel: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort.
Meals: Dinner.

Day 2: Great Barrier Reef
Board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a reef education presentation and view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and the semi-submersible craft. There is the opportunity to go snorkelling and view this natural living wonder up-close (equipment provided). Enjoy a delicious tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns in the late afternoon.
Hotel: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 3: Cairns – Mission Beach
Climb the high tropical plateau known as the Atherton Tablelands, where lush rainforests, waterfalls and lakes abound. You'll visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the famous Curtain Fig Tree. There will be time to feel the golden sand between your toes when you arrive in Mission Beach in the early afternoon.
Hotel: Castaways Resort & Spa.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 4: Mission Beach – Daydream Island
Travel down the coast towards tonight's stopover in the heart of the spectacular Great Barrier Reef. You'll visit Townsville, overlooking Magnetic Island, where there's time for a stroll along the Strand. Travel to Airlie Beach to catch the ferry to Daydream Island, one of 74 tropical islands that make up the Whitsundays.
Hotel: Daydream Island Resort & Spa, Ocean Balcony Rooms.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 5: Daydream Island 'Free Time'
A day at leisure to explore Daydream Island. Perhaps explore the beautiful bays, islands and beaches on an optional cruise to Whitehaven Beach. If you're feeling active, you have the opportunity to take a rainforest walk, play beach volleyball, tennis, water polo, go snorkelling or kayaking. Otherwise just laze by one of the pools, on the beach, or replenish your body and soul at the Daydream Rejuvenation Spa.
Hotel: Daydream Island Resort & Spa, Ocean Balcony Rooms.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 6: Daydream Island – Rockhampton
Return to the mainland and travel south through Mackay, Australia's sugar capital, before continuing to Rockhampton.
Hotel: Travelodge, Rockhampton.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 7: Rockhampton – Hervey Bay
Cross the Tropic of Capricorn and stop at Langmorn Station, a fully operational cattle station. A member of the Creed family will treat you to a guided tour of the property including their original family homestead, built in 1873. Enjoy morning tea in the garden in the company of the pet kangaroo! Continue to Hervey Bay, gateway to Fraser Island.
Hotel: Mantra, Hervey Bay.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 8: Hervey Bay – Fraser Island – Noosa
A day of discovery lies ahead as you cross by ferry to explore the wonders of World Heritage listed Fraser Island. Visit Lake McKenzie, ringed with magnificent white sandy beaches. Walk through the ancient rainforest at Central Station with its huge satiny, scribbly gum and kauri trees. Enjoy a barbecue lunch before your 4WD tour takes you to the coloured sands of Rainbow Beach (tidal) and beyond on to the Sunshine Coast resort town of Noosa.
Hotel: Mantra French Quarter.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 9: Noosa 'Free Time'
Take time out to discover Noosa for yourself. Swim at Noosa Main Beach or venture a little further with an easy, spectacular walk along the headland through to Noosa National Park. If you're feeling adventurous, you could take a boat ride through the Noosa Everglades. Pristine beaches, lakes, wetlands, mangroves and diverse flora and fauna are among the spectacular scenery you'll witness.
Hotel: Matra French Quarter. 
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 10: Noosa – Gold Coast
Visit Australia Zoo, made famous by the Crocodile Hunter, the late Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin and Bindi. Enjoy a sneak peek of the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and catch a show in the world famous Crocoseum. The zoo is the ultimate wildlife adventure and its team of over 500 believes in delivering conservation through exciting education. They will ensure you have a wildlife experience you'll never forget. Later, you travel to Brisbane for a sightseeing tour. Guests departing today in Brisbane (Code: QUCB) will be transferred to Brisbane Airport. Tonight is free for you to dine at one of the many restaurants and cafés on the Gold Coast.
Hotel: Vibe Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 11: Gold Coast – Coffs Harbour
Journey to the Cape Byron Lighthouse and enjoy superb views from Australia's eastern-most point. En route to the coastal resort town of Coffs Harbour, stop in exclusive Byron Bay for lunch (free time). Celebrate your holiday this evening at dinner with your Tour Director and travelling companions.
Hotel: Novotel Pacific Bay Resort, Coffs Harbour.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 12: Farewell from Sydney
You'll visit Port Macquarie this morning on your way to Sydney, where your holiday concludes.
Meals: Breakfast.


First Choice Holiday Inclusions:

  • Tour by luxury air-conditioned coach with 2-door access, restroom, seatbelts, reclining seats, panoramic windows.
  • Profesionally Guided Tour with an experienced, professional Tour Director and Tour Driver.
  • Accommodation in twin share rooms with private facilities in centrally located hotels.
  • Meals include 11 Full Buffet Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 5 Hotel Dinners  
  • Welcome Reception
  • Travel wallet and map
  • Airport transfers (See flight information below) and Hotel porterage included

 

Flight Information: 
Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client's expense and are not included in the land content price.
Day 1: from Cairns Airport – flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm
Day 12: to Sydney Airport – flights to depart after 7.00pm


Prices:

Valid: 5 October 2015 - 26 December 2016 
Departs On: Price Per Person from: 
5 October 2015 $3650.00
28 December 2015 $3650.00
25 January 2016 $3650.00
22 February 2016  $3650.00
18 April 2016  $3750.00 
16 May 2016  $3750.00 
13 June 2016  $3750.00 
11 July 2016 $3750.00
5 September 2016 $3750.00
3 October 2016 $3750.00
26 December 2016 $3750.00

Single traveller accommodation supplement from $970.00 - $985.00
Triple discount $185.00
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Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/16.

Terms and conditions apply.  Subject to change and availability.