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12 Day East Coast Explorer


AAT Kings’ Cost saver East Coast Explorer from Cairns to Gold Coast or Cairns to Sydney includes Townsville, Daydream Island Resort & Spa, breakfast with the animals, Fraser Island & Byron Bay.

» This is a 12 Day tour, see tour details, pricing, departure dates and itineraries below.


Itinerary Map

  • Stay in tropical Cairns
  • Great Barrier Reef cruise
  • The Atherton Tablelands
  • Visit Millaa Millaa Falls
  • See the Curtain Fig Tree
  • Cruise on Lake Barrine
  • Billabong Sanctuary breakfast
  • Stay on Daydream Island
  • Historic Langmorn Station
  • Fraser Island 4WD adventure
  • Brisbane and the Gold Coast
  • Opal demonstration
  • Visit Byron Bay
  • Cape Byron Lighthouse
  • Coffs Harbour
  • OPTIONAL Aboriginal Cultural Experience
Airport Transfers
  • Day 1 - From Cairns Airport - flights to arrive prior to 1.00pm
    Day 12 - To Sydney Airport - flights to depart after 7.00pm


Quality Touring
  • Rooms with private facilities in quality hotels, on a twin share basis
  • Tour by luxury air-conditioned coach with 2-door access, restroom, seatbelts, reclining seats, panoramic windows
  • All purpose travel wallet and map
  • Porterage at your tour hotels
Professional Team
  • Experienced services of a professional Tour Director and Tour Driver
Included Meals
  • Welcome Drink
  • Full Buffet Breakfasts B
  • Lunches L
  • Hotel Dinners D
East Coast Explorer


10 Days » Cairns - Sydney
Tour code QUCS

2013 » From $3595 per person
(01 April 2013 - 31 March 2014)

2014 » From $3740 per person
(01 April 2014 - 31 March 2015)

Travel Dates are subject to change due to bookings and availability.
Pricing may change without notice.

Please contact us for Rates and Available Travel Dates.

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12 Days Cairns - Sydney

Day 1: Arrive Cairns
On arrival in Cairns you will betransferred to your hotel. Join your Tour Director for an orientation tour of Cairns.Tonight enjoy a welcome drink and dinner with your Tour Director and fellow travellingcompanions.
Hotel: Rydges Esplanade, Cairns, 3 nights. D

Day 2: Great Barrier Reef
Join Sunlover Cruises for a full daycruise to Moore Reef. Enjoy a reef presentation to learn more about the wonders of thereef, view the spectacular coral and tropical fish on a glass bottom boat tour. Thereis also the opportunity to go snorkelling and view this natural living wonder up close(equipment provided). Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch, before returning to Cairns. B L

Day 3: Cairns 'Free Time'
Enjoy a day at leisure in Cairns.There is an opportunity to take an optional tour to the rainforest village of Kurandawith time to wander through the various stalls of the colourful Kuranda Markets. Ridethe Skyrail Cableway that takes you above the canopy of the rainforest.You may liketo visit the famous Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to experience the History,Creation and Dance Theatres where the legends of the Dreamtime are brought to life. Whynot try hot air ballooning over the Atherton Tablelands. There is the opportunity tovisit Port Douglas, explore the World Heritage listed Cape Tribulation rainforest orjoin a guided cruise on the Daintree River. B

Day 4: Cairns - Townsville
Climb the high tropical plateauknown as the Atherton Tablelands, where lush rainforests, waterfalls and lakes abound.Enjoy a guided cruise with full commentary on the serene crater of Lake Barrine andwatch for pelicans and other wildlife. View the famous Curtain Fig Tree and MillaaMillaa Falls, before our journey to Townsville. Perhaps take a stroll along The Strandthis evening.
Hotel: Hotel Ibis, Townsville. B D

Day 5: Daydream Island Resort & Spa
Enjoy breakfast with the animals and a guided tour of the wildlife park at the Billabong Sanctuary. Set in 11 hectares of tropical bush, it is home to all kinds of native mammals, birds and reptiles. Cuddle a koala, hold a wombat and if you're brave enough there's snake and crocodile handling too. At Airlie Beach take a ferry to Daydream Island, in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.
Hotel: Daydream Island Resort & Spa, Garden View Rooms, 2 nights. BD

Day 6: Daydream Island 'Free Time'
Enjoy a day at leisure on Daydream Island, one of 74 islands which make up the beautiful Whitsundays. You have the opportunity to take a rainforest walk or to enjoy some of the many water activities on offer including catamarans, aqua aerobics and waterpolo. Or perhaps replenish your body and soul at the Daydream Island Rejuvenation Spa. B

Day 7: Rockhampton
We take a ferry back to Airlie Beach.Travel south through Mackay, Australia'ssugar cane capital, to Rockhamptonsituated on the broad Fitzroy River just above the Tropic of Capricorn.
Hotel: Rockhampton Plaza, Rockhampton. B D

Day 8: Hervey Bay
Cross the Tropic of Capricorn and stop atLangmorn Station, a fully operational cattle station. Enjoy morning tea at thehomestead, a restored 'Queenslander' built in 1873. Continue south to Hervey Bay, whichis our base for the next two nights. Just offshore lies remarkable Fraser Islandwaiting to be explored.
Hotel: Mantra Hervey Bay, 2 nights. B D

Day 9: Fraser Island 4WD
Cruise to World Heritage listedFraser Island, the longest sand island in the world and the largest island offAustralia's east coast. On arrival board a 4WD and traverse the sand dunes. Tour 75Mile Beach, see Lake McKenzie, a beautiful freshwater lake, then stop at Eli Creek. Abuffet lunch is included. B L

Day 10: Hervey Bay - Gold Coast
Today we travel to Brisbane.Enjoy an orientation tour of the city and learn about opals, before continuing to theexciting Gold Coast, Australia's premier holiday destination. Tonight, the evening isfree for you to discover the vibrant Gold Coast and dine at one of the many localrestaurants.
Hotel: Australis Sovereign Hotel, Surfers Paradise. B

Day 11: Gold Coast - Coffs Harbour
Clients departing thismorning on the Gold Coast (Tour Code: LCG) will be transferred to Coolangatta Airport.Today we follow the lush Tweed River Valley to Cape Byron Lighthouse for superb viewsfrom Australia's eastern-most point. We stop at colourful Byron Bay at lunchtime beforecontinuing along the Pacific Highway to Coffs Harbour. Enjoy an overnight stay in thispicturesque town.
Hotel: Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour. B D

Day 12: Coffs Harbour - Sydney
Stop at the town of PortMacquarie. Continue along the scenic coastal route crossing the Hawkesbury River intoSydney. You will be transferred to Sydney Airport for your onward flight. B