Take delight in Fraser & Daydream Island, Cairns & the beautiful Queensland coast from Brisbane to Port Douglas on AAT Kings’ premium Barrier Reef Discovery.
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Day 1: Brisbane - Noosa
This afternoon travel into Brisbane for an orientation tour. Later we travel to Noosa on the Sunshine Coast.
Hotel: The French Quarter, Noosa, 2 nights. D
Day 2: Noosa ‘Free Time’
Take time out to discover Noosa for yourself. Swim at Noosa Main Beach or venture a little further with an easy 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. B
Day 3: Fraser Island – Hervey Bay
A day of discovery lies ahead as you explore the wonders of World Heritage listed Fraser Island. Your 4WD tour will visit Rainbow Beach coloured sands before heading across by ferry or barge to Fraser Island. Walk through the ancient rainforest at Central Station with its huge satinay, scribbly gum and kauri trees. Visit Lake McKenzie, ringed with magnificent white sandy beaches. Enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch you transfer by ferry to the mainland for your overnight stay at Hervey Bay.
Hotel: Mantra, Hervey Bay. B L D
Day 4: Hervey Bay – Rockhampton
Today you’ll journey to the beef capital of Australia. En route, stop at Langmorn Station, a fully operational cattle station. Enjoy afternoon tea at the homestead, a restored ‘Queenslander’ built in 1873. Cross the tropic of Capricorn and continue to Rockhampton, on the Fitzroy River.
Hotel: Travelodge, Rockhampton. B D
Day 5: Rockhampton – Daydream Island
Travel north through Mackay, Australia’s sugar capital, before continuing to Airlie Beach, a gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. At Airlie Beach we take a ferry across to Daydream Island in the heart of the spectacular Great Barrier Reef.
Hotel: Daydream Island Resort & Spa, Ocean Balcony Rooms, 2 nights. B D
Day 6: Daydream Island 'Free Time'
Enjoy a day at leisure toexplore Daydream Island, located in the beautiful Whitsundays. There are sailboardingand catamaran classes. You have the opportunity to take a rainforest walk, play beachvolleyball, tennis, water polo or you could go snorkelling or kayaking. Perhaps justlaze by one of the pools or on a beach or replenish your body and soul at theRejuvenation Spa. Ask your Tour Director for details. B
Day 7: Mission Beach
Today’s journey takes you to Townsville, where you’ll have time for a stroll along the Strand then it’s on to Mission Beach in Tropical North Queensland.
Hotel: Castaways Resort & Spa, Mission Beach. B D
Day 8: Mission Beach to Cairns
Climb the high tropical plateau known as the Atherton Tablelands, where lush rainforests, waterfalls and lakes abound. Our first stop is the Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway. Elevated walkways, a cantilever and observation tower offers you the exhilarating experience of being high in the rainforest canopy and provides spectacular panoramic views of World Heritage rainforest landscapes. Later, visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the famous Curtain Fig Tree. Your final destination today is Cairns. Late this afternoon after checking into your hotel explore the Cairns Botanic Gardens before a short stroll to historic Whitfeld House. You are invited by Joy and Henry Glennie to an exclusive barbecue at their restored Federation-style mansion located in a magnificent tropical garden setting.
Hotel: Novotel Oasis Cairns, Cairns, 2 nights. B D
Day 9: Great Barrier Reef
Join the Quicksilver catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a reefeducation presentation and view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from theunderwater observatory and the semi-submersible craft. There is the opportunity to gosnorkelling and view this natural living wonder up-close (equipment provided). Enjoy adelicious tropical buffet lunch before we return to Port Douglas and travel on toCairns. B L
Day 10: Depart Cairns
Your tour concludes today afterbreakfast. You will be transferred to Cairns Airport for your onward flight. B