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Guide Price £1,839

1 free night in Cairns and free room upgrade of Fraser island - Add on a Whitsundays sunset cruise from £65pp

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Overview

Spend 13 days following Queensland’s East Coast southbound from Cairns to Sydney. Discover stunning beaches and explore some of Queensland’s outer lying islands including, Hamilton Island, Fraser Island and Great Keppel Island all of which offer you something unique. Start in Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef before heading south to Hamilton Island located in the heart of the Whitsundays, don’t miss a visit to the iconic Whitehaven Beach and some of the world’s whitest sand. From Hamilton Island make a quick stop in Rockhampton before a boat journey out to Great Keppel Island, part of the Great Southern Barrier Reef. Here you will find 17 pristine beaches to explore and witness magical sunsets. Next up is the world’s largest sand island - Fraser Island, here you can drive along a beach highway, swim in inland lakes, see shipwrecks and even spot a dingo. Finish your trip with two nights back on the mainland at Sydney’s Coogee Beach. You can tailor this entire itinerary to suit you. Please speak to your Travel Expert for options.

Day 1

Arrive Cairns

Arrive in Cairns the gateway to tropical north Queensland. Settle into your room at Pullman Cairns International and relax by the pool after the long flight. With its location in the heart of the city maybe head out for an evening stroll along the Esplanade and grab some dinner.

Overnight – Pullman Cairns International

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Day 2 & 3

Cairns

With two days to explore Cairns there is plenty to keep you busy and a Great Barrier Reef trip is a must. If you fancy a day of beach sunbathing and snorkelling there are a number of outlying islands you can easily reach on a day trip from Cairns including Fitzroy Island and Green Island. You could also head north of Cairns and spend the afternoon exploring the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest or take an early morning hot-air ballooning trip and experience the Atherton tablelands from above with its rainforest fringed mountains.

Overnight – Pullman Cairns International

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Day 4

Cairns – Hamilton Island

Today catch your flight from Cairns to Hamilton Island and check into your hotel, spend the afternoon by the pool or wander to nearby Catseye beach and soak up the sun or get involved in some water sports.

Overnight – Reef View Hotel

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Day 5 & 6

Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island is part of the Whitsundays and it’s the perfect place to relax so take advantage of your surroundings and enjoy the stunning scenery. For those that want to go out and explore head out on a Whitehaven Beach cruise or take a sunset cruise around the islands to experience a spectacular sunset. With lots of bars and restaurants on the island there will be plenty of choice for either a chilled dinner or more lively evening.

Overnight – Reef View Hotel

 

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Day 7

Hamilton Island – Rockhampton

After a relaxing few days head back to the mainland and collect your car from Airlie Beach to head south to Rockhampton. Stop in the historic town of Mackay for a spot of lunch and see the wallabies on the beach in Cape Hillsborough National Park. Carrying on and drive through the coastal town of Carmila and the small town of Marlborough to reach Rockhampton.

Overnight – The Edge Apartment Hotel

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Day 8

Rockhampton – Great Keppel Island

Today catch the ferry from the mainland to Great Keppel Island, located slightly north of the Tropic of Capricorn and ringed by 28 kilometers of beaches and bays. Spend the afternoon trying out some watersports or go for a bush walk and spot some of the 100 different species of bird life that inhabits the island.

Overnight – Great Keppel Island Hideaway

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Day 9

Great Keppel Island – Fraser Island

Catch the ferry back to the mainland and carry on driving down the coast to Hervey Bay, drop your car hire off and catch the ferry to Fraser Island. After the short ferry crossing check into the resort, there are complimentary ranger activities included in your package so be sure to check these out and pre plan your afternoon or head to the Jetty bar and enjoy a cocktail while you wait for the sun to set.

Overnight – Kingfisher Bay Resort

 

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Day 10

Fraser Island

Today take a full-day 4WD tour of the island and learn about the nature and culture of the world’s largest sand island. Swim in the freshwater at Lake McKenzie, walk through rainforest and drive down the amazing Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

Overnight – King Fisher Bay Resort

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Day 11

Fraser Island – Coogee Beach

Catch the ferry back to the mainland and head for the airport to fly down to Sydney. On arrival in Sydney make your own way to Coogee; just 17 minutes from the airport this beachside town is a great place to spend your last few days.

Overnight – Adina Apartment Hotel Coogee

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Day 12

Coogee Beach

Spend today wondering around the shops in Coogee and relaxing on the beautiful beach or if you’re feeling active do the 6km coastal walk to Bondi. Walk at a leisurely pace and take in the spectacular scenery and hidden bays, when you reach Bondi enjoy a late lunch and be sure to get some pictures of the iconic beach. Catch a bus or grab a taxi back to Coogee, enjoy a meal and toast to your last night in Australia.

Overnight – Adina Apartment Hotel Coogee

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Day 13

Depart Sydney

On your last morning why not savour one last delicious Aussie breakfast at a beach cafe before heading to the airport and saying farewell to Australia for now.

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  • What's Included

Included
  • 12 nights’ accommodation
  • 3 day car hire Airlie Beach to Hervey Bay
  • Return international flights
  • Internal flights between Cairns and Hamilton and Hervey Bay and Sydney
  • Ferry transfers to Great Keppel and Fraser Island
  • Fraser Island Adventure package with breakfast
Not included
  • Meals and drinks
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses

What's Included

Included
  • 12 nights’ accommodation
  • 3 day car hire Airlie Beach to Hervey Bay
  • Return international flights
  • Internal flights between Cairns and Hamilton and Hervey Bay and Sydney
  • Ferry transfers to Great Keppel and Fraser Island
  • Fraser Island Adventure package with breakfast
Not included
  • Meals and drinks
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses

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