Day 1: New Zealand – – Brisbane
Depart New Zealand bound for Brisbane. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel, where the rest of the day is yours at leisure.
Please note: if you have purchased the Tour Only option, at the appropriate time make your own way to the hotel.
Day 2: Brisbane – Noosa (D)
This morning sees you embark on a short orientation tour around the city of Brisbane, the capital of Queensland. Next stop is Australia Zoo, made famous by the late Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin. Spend time getting up close to some of Australia’s most iconic furry friends, and visit the zoo’s Wildlife Hospital, an incredible rehabilitation centre for sick animals. Continue on to Noosa where you will enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the local restaurants.
Day 3: Noosa (B)
Today is yours to do as little or as much as you like. Head to Noosa Main Beach and spend the day swimming and relaxing, or take a walk along the magnificent headland through to Noosa National Park. Be sure to check out the local cafes and boutiques the line the main street for a spot of shopping!
Day 4: Noosa – Fraser Island – Hervey Bay (B, L)
Get set for a thrilling adventure today as you head out to stunning Fraser Island. Cross by ferry to the World Heritage listed island, before embarking on an exciting 4WD experience to the gorgeous sands of Rainbow Beach. Admire Lake McKenzie and wander through the lush rainforest at Central Station, before arriving in Hervey Bay later this evening.
Day 5: Hervey Bay – Rockhampton (B)
Stop by the local Ohana Exotic Fruit Orchard this morning, before stopping at Langmorn Station. Owned and operated by the Creed family, you’ll have the chance to take a tour of this fully operational cattle station and homestead, originally built in 1873. Indulge in some delicious afternoon tea, before crossing the Tropic of Capricorn to arrive in the beef capital of Australia, Rockhampton.
Day 6: Rockhampton – Hamilton Island (B, L, D)
Today sees you travel north bound for Australia’s sugar capital of Sarina. Take a tour of the miniature sugar mill, Sarina Sugar Shed, where you’ll learn about the process and equipment needed to process sugar and enjoy a light lunch. Head to Airlie Beach and catch a ferry across to Hamilton Island. One of the 74 islands that make up the gorgeous Whitsundays, it’s stunning natural beauty is sure to have you in awe.
Day 7: Hamilton Island (B)
Spend the day at leisure. Hamilton Island is full of incredible activities so you won’t be short of things to do! Relax by the pool or head to the beach to indulge in some sun, sand and sea. Perhaps venture over to the famous Whitehaven Beach, or hire a buggy to explore the island.
Day 8: Hamilton Island – Mission Beach (B, D)
Board a ferry back to the mainland, where you’ll continue towards stunning Mission Beach. Enjoy a delicious dinner tonight.
Day 9: Mission Beach – Cairns (B)
Travel through the Atherton Tablelands on your way to Cairns. Full of lush rain forests, waterfalls and spectacular scenery, its a stunning tropical oasis. Stop off at the Millaa Millaa falls and the Curtain Fig Tree, before continuing on to Kuranda. Spend time exploring the magnificent village that is situated within the canopies of the rain forest, and take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to journey above the impressive Barron Gorge National Park. Arrive in Cairns later this evening.
Day 10: Great Barrier Reef (B, L, D)
Head out on a high-speed catamaran, bound for the beautiful and iconic Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy the opportunity to spend the day snorkelling, swimming and discovering the spectacular reefs and fish that call this place home. A World Heritage listed site, the reef is the only living organism that can be spotted all the way from the moon! Indulge in a tropical buffet for lunch, before returning to Cairns for your last night in paradise.
Day 11: Cairns – – New Zealand (B)
Enjoy one last breakfast before heading to the airport to catch your flight home to New Zealand.
For those purchasing the Tour Only option, at the appropriate time please make your own way from the hotel to your next travel arrangements.