Australia: Best of the East Coast
Your Australia tailor-made holiday includes:
- All international & internal flights
- 16 nights 4–5* hotels & hand-picked local gems
- 13 days car hire from Cairns to Brisbane
- Quicksilver Outer Great Barrier Reef Day Tour
- Whitsunday Islands and Whitehaven Beach Cruise
- Fraser Island Explorer Tour
- Airport transfers in Sydney
Your Australia travel itinerary:
Days 1 - 2: Sydney
Fly from the UK to Sydney
Days 3 - 5: Sydney
Arrive into Sydney where you’ll be greeted at the airport and taken to your hotel, located in the heart of the city. After settling in it’s time to get out and explore. The iconic landmarks of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House are recognised the world over and there’s no way better to enjoy the view than by taking a cruise along the harbour. Later, take a stroll around the botanical gardens, indulge in sensational shopping on Oxford Street and tuck into world-class cuisine in one of Sydney’s fantastic restaurants.
Days 6 - 8: Cairns
Today you’ll fly to Cairns. This laid-back town offers a range of fantastic restaurants as well as an attractive esplanade – perfect for soaking up the sun. Cairns is the gateway to Queensland’s tropical north, and with three days here it’s well worth heading north of the city after picking up your rental car.. Drive to the peaceful seaside town of Port Douglas in just over an hour where you can laze on the beautiful Four Mile Beach or browse the chic boutiques, before continuing to the UNESCO-listed Daintree Rainforest. Here you can take a boat cruise along the Daintree River to spot crocodiles, wander beside the beautiful Mossman Gorge or visit stunning Cape Tribulation – where the reef and rainforest meet. While staying in Cairns, you can’t miss visiting the Great Barrier Reef – your inclusive Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef Tour offers you the chance to explore this spectacular underwater world. The neon corals and huge diversity of fish will truly take your breath away.
Day 9: Mission Beach
Drive south along the Bruce Highway to Mission Beach – an area made up of four beach villages linked by nine miles of wide golden beach, making it the perfect area to enjoy beachside living and to explore the natural environment. The area itself boasts a number of stylish eateries, independent boutiques and art galleries as well as a surrounding lush tropical rainforest. You’ll be staying at a stylish beachfront hotel so you can make the most of your heavenly surrounds.
Day 10: Townsville
Your next stop is the city of Townsville. This small and stylish city boasts boutique shopping, fantastic alfresco dining options and plenty to see and do. Take a stroll round the central hub of Flinders Square, stroll across historical Victoria Bridge or relax in the Botanic Gardens. A short 20-minute boat trip will transport you to Townsville’s island playground – Magnetic Island. Two thirds of the island is National Park and you’ll find secluded, idyllic beaches and a range of wildlife, including one of the largest concentrations of wild koalas.
Days 11 - 12: Airlie Beach
Continue your self-drive holiday down the coast to Airlie Beach, the largest town on the Whitsunday coast and the main gateway to this breathtaking region. Your Journey includes a Whitsunday Islands and Whitehaven Beach Cruise, so you can explore the remote bays, islets and sands of this breathtaking National Park. From an array of wildlife including turtles, sea eagles and perhaps even the elusive dugong to the famous Whitehaven Beach – this is a trip you won’t forget.
Day 13: Yeppoon
Your next stop is Yeppoon. Your hotel is perfectly placed to explore the endless stretches of tropical coastline of the Capricorn Coast. This corner of Australia experiences over 300 days of sunshine each year, which means there is plenty to do all year round. Take a stroll along the town’s picturesque esplanade and admire the backdrop of offshore islands and sparkling azure sea, browse through the many boutiques or walk to nearby Figtree and Ross creeks.
Days 14 - 15: Hervey Bay
The picturesque seaside town of Hervey Bay is the perfect place to relax before you visit the nearby UNESCO-listed Fraser Island – the largest sand island in the world and home to an incredible array of wildlife, both on and offshore. Fraser Island is one of the best places for whale watching in Australia and its waters are also home to dugongs and dolphins – be sure to keep an eye out when you embark on your inclusive Fraser Island Explorer Tour. This full day experience will take you along the famous 75 Mile Beach and through forests of scribbly gum and huge satinay, brush box and kauri trees. Take a walk along the banks of Wanggoolba Creek and see the rare king ferns and enjoy lunch before returning back to Hervey Bay.
Days 16 - 17: Noosa
Drive down the Sunshine Coast to beautiful Noosa. This classy seaside resort is the perfect place to sit back and relax for a couple of days. Stroll round the stylish boutiques, dine in the fabulous restaurants, take advantage of the fantastic spas or simply enjoy the welcoming beaches. Noosa National Park is a must-see while you’re in town, offering up sensational coastal scenery and plenty of quiet beach spots to stop off for a cooling swim.
Day 18: Brisbane
Queensland's sun-drenched capital is a great place to finish your holiday. Climb the Story Bridge, relax on the inner city beach or take a cruise along the river. Enjoy your last dinner in one of Brisbane’s fantastic restaurants and reflect on your holiday experiences before heading home.
Days 19 - 20:
Depart Brisbane and return to the UK
Hotels on this Australia holiday:
- Sydney - 4.5* Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney
- Cairns - 4.5* Pacific Hotel Cairns
- Mission Beach - 4* Castawaya Resort & Spa Mission Beach
- Townsville - 4* Mercure Townsville
- Airlie Beach - 4* Airlie Beach Hotel
- Yeppoon - 3.5* Mercure Capricorn Resort Yeppoon
- Hervey Bay - 4* Mantra Hervey Bay
- Noosa - 4* Mantra French Quarter
- Brisbane - 4* Rendezvous Brisbane on George
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MelbourneReduced room rate
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