East Coast Tropical Discovery Tour - Escorted


  • 3 nights in fabulous Sydney with city tour and Harbour cruise
  • A stay in picturesque Coffs Harbour
  • Byron Bay and a visit the Cape Byron Lighthouse
  • 4WD adventure tour and stay on Fraser Island
  • 2 nights on beautiful Hamilton Island
  • Billabong Animal Sanctuary
  • City tour of Brisbane
  • Millaa Millaa Falls and the Curtain Fig Tree
  • Tranquil Lake Barrine cruise
  • Snorkel or Underwater Reef Observatory at the Great Barrier Reef
  • Kuranda Railway to the village of Kuranda
  • Skyrail Cableway over the rainforest
  • Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
  • Scheduled flights with drinks and meals provided
  • Optional stopovers on outward and return journeys
  • First class accommodation throughout
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach travel with onboard rest room and tour director

Tour summary

Day 1: Depart UK

Board your scheduled overnight flight from London, Manchester or other regional airport for Australia.

Day 2: Touch Down Far East

Time for duty free shopping as you break your flight in the Far East for approximately 2 hours before onward flight to Sydney.

Day 3: Arrive Sydney

On arrival at Sydney airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Accommodation: Four Points By Sheraton, Darling Harbour, 3 nights.

Day 4: Sydney

Enjoy a morning sight-seeing tour of Sydney, including Bondi Beach, leaving the rest of the day to explore.

Day 5: Sydney

Full day at leisure to prepare for the journey ahead. Explore the city further or take an optional full day tour to the magnificent Blue Mountains.

Day 6: Sydney – Coffs Harbour
Join the rest of your party for a 7.30am departure from Sydney. Travel the scenic coastline of New South Wales, stopping at the coastal town of Port Macquarie. Continue through Nambucca Heads to Coffs Harbour. Tonight enjoy a welcome drink with your Tour Director and fellow travelling companions.
Accommodation: Novotel Pacific Bay Resort, Coffs Harbour. (D)

Day 7: Byron Bay – Gold Coast
This morning journey to the Cape Byron Lighthouse and enjoy the superb views from Australia's most easterly point. Stop in exclusive Byron Bay for lunch (own expense), before following the lush Tweed River Valley to the famous Gold Coast. Tonight is free to dine at one of the many restaurants and cafés.
Accommodation: Watermark Hotel, Gold Coast. (B)

Day 8: Gold Coast – Fraser Island
Travel along the Gold Coast to Brisbane for an orientation tour of the city and learn about opals. Continue on to Hervey Bay for the ferry crossing to remarkable Fraser Island.
Accommodation: Kingfisher Bay Resort & Village, Fraser Island, 2 nights. (B) (D)

Day 9: Fraser Island
Today join your 4WD vehicle for a half-day tour of the island. Marvel at the majestic rainforest at Central Station. Visit Lake McKenzie, one of the island's beautiful freshwater lakes, surrounded by white sandy beaches. There is also time to relax and enjoy the Resort's facilities. (B)

Day 10: Rockhampton
Return to the mainland this morning, cross the Tropic of Capricorn and continue to Rockhampton situated on the broad Fitzroy River. Dine out this evening at the Dreamtime Cultural Centre. Learn about Aboriginal culture and traditions and be entertained by their colourful dances.
Accommodation: Leichhardt Hotel, Rockhampton. (B) (D)

Day 11: Hamilton Island
Travel north to Mackay, before continuing to Shute Harbour where you join a catamaran for your short cruise through the Whitsundays to Hamilton Island. Tonight, delight in a barbecue dinner at the Yacht Club overlooking the marina - a delightful experience.
Accommodation: Reef View Hotel – Coral Sea View Rooms, Hamilton Island, 2 nights. (B) (D)

Day 12: Hamilton Island
Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Hamilton Island. Opportunity to join a morning tour of the island including the fauna park, or take a cruise to Whitehaven Beach. Perhaps hire a golf cart and explore the island yourself. Tonight is free for independent dining at one of the many restaurants available on the island. (B)

Day 13: Townsville
Head north to the tropical city of Townsville. Enjoy a guided tour of Billabong Sanctuary. This afternoon is free to relax or perhaps take a stroll along The Strand.
Accommodation: Jupiters Townsville Hotel & Casino, Townsville. (B) (D)

Day 14: Atherton Tablelands
Journey north from Townsville, then climb the high tropical plateau known as the Atherton Tablelands. Visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the famous Curtain Fig Tree. Enjoy a guided cruise on Lake Barrine, before making our way to Port Douglas.
Accommodation: Radisson Treetops Resort & Spa, Port Douglas, 2 nights. (B) (D)

Day 15: Port Douglas
A full free day in Port Douglas awaits you today. There is an opportunity to explore the World Heritage Rainforest, enjoy a walk along Four Mile Beach, or just sit back and relax by the pool. Your Tour Director will be able to assist you with bookings. (B)

Day 16: Great Barrier Reef
Join the Great Adventures catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a reef education presentation and view the spectacular corals 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 an included delicious tropical buffet lunch, before we return to Cairns this afternoon.
Accommodation: The Oasis Resort, Cairns, 2 nights. (B) (L)

Day 17: Kuranda
Board the Kuranda train for an historic journey taking you through the scenic countryside behind Cairns. Arrive at the cultural rainforest village of Kuranda with time to wander through the various stalls of the colourful Kuranda Markets. Later, board the Skyrail Cableway that takes you above the canopy of the tropical rainforest of the Barron Gorge National Park. Visit the famous Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park where the legends of the Dreamtime are brought to life. (B) (D)

Day 18: Depart Cairns
Your tour concludes today after breakfast. You will be transferred to Cairns Airport for your journey home. (B)

Day 19: Arrive UK

Arrive back in the UK with holiday memories that will last a lifetime.

19 day East Coast Tropical Discovery Tour, including flights, from £3,378 + taxes per person.

Tour price is based on 2 passengers sharing and includes meals where shown – (B) breakfast (L) lunch (D) dinner. Seasonal and single supplements apply. Accommodation shown is subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar standard.