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Grand Australian Discovery
Sydney to Alice Springs
17 days
Tour code: TQC17

Join Travelmarvel for 17 days and discover Australia's eastern coastline. Travel from Sydney to Cairns via Fraser Island and Hamilton Island. From Cairns, head inland to explore the highlights of the Red Centre.

What's included?

  • Flight from Sydney to the Gold Coast
  • Immersive Insider Experiences
  • 14 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch and 7 Dinners
  • Expert tour director plus local guides in select locations
  • Luggage porterage for your convenience

Accommodation

Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise

Room types available

  • Twin - 2 Adults, 2 Beds
  • Single - 1 Adult, 1 Bed
  • Double - 2 Adults, 1 Beds

Itinerary

Day 1
Sydney
Explore this stunning city on a half-day sightseeing coach tour this afternoon, including the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Stay: Parkroyal Darling Harbour

Meals: dinner

Day 2
Sydney, Gold Coast
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the Gold Coast, famous for its uninterrupted coastline fringed by vibrant communities and lush wilderness areas. After settling in, perhaps stroll along the famous soft golden sands of Surfers Paradise Beach, before enjoying the evening at leisure.

Stay: Two Nights, Gold Coast, Mantra on View Hotel

Meals: breakfast

Day 3
Gold Coast
Today you have a full day to explore at your leisure. With 52 kilometres of golden beaches at your doorstep, you won’t have trouble finding a patch of sand. Perhaps learn to surf, see what’s on the menu at one of the restaurants along the waterfront or head into the lush hinterland for a day amidst the subtropical wilderness.

Meals: breakfast

Day 4
Gold Coast, Noosa
Departing the Gold Coast this morning, you’ll head north to the Sunshine Coast. Visit the world-renowned Australia Zoo, then continue to the chic resort town of Noosa.

Stay: Sebel Noosa

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 5
Noosa, Fraser Island
Spend some time this morning exploring Noosa before an Incredible Insider Experience.

Stay: Two Nights: Fraser Island, Kingfisher Bay Resort

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 6
Fraser Island
Located at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island is a rare and beautiful paradise. The untamed wilderness will entice you from the moment you arrive, providing adventure and excitement, but also a relaxing atmosphere from your base here at the eco-friendly Kingfisher Bay Resort. Discover this beautiful island today with a half-day tour.

Meals: breakfast

Day 7
Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, Rockhampton
This morning, enjoy a ferry crossing to picturesque Hervey Bay while keeping an eye out for marine life. Rejoin your coach for the journey north, travelling through sugar cane country. Later, arrive in the inland city of Rockhampton, known as the beef capital of Australia, farming more than 2.5 million head of cattle within a 250-kilometre radius of the city. Wide streets and fine Victorian architecture reflect the region’s wealthy 19th-century gold and copper mining boom, as well as the successful cattle industry.

Stay: Central Park Motel Rockhampton

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 8
Rockhampton, Hamilton Island
Travel to Airlie Beach where you’ll board a ferry for your journey through the Whitsunday Islands for an Insider Experience.

Stay: Two Nights: Hamilton Island, Reef View Hotel

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 9
Hamilton Island
Today is yours to spend at leisure on spectacular Hamilton Island. Perhaps snorkel off the beach and discover the region’s many species of tropical fish; stroll through the rainforest; or simply take the time to relax by one of your resort’s swimming pools.

Meals: breakfast

Day 10
Hamilton Island, Townsville, Mission Beach
Transfer from Hamilton Island to the Port of Airlie and re-board your coach and travel to Townsville. On arrival, enjoy a tour of this tropical city, surrounded by rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Depart Townsville for beautiful Mission Beach.

Stay: Mission Beach, Castaways Resort and Spa

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 11
Mission Beach, Atherton Tablelands, Cairns
Rolling green hills, open farmland and tropical rainforest characterise the Atherton Tablelands, which form part of the Great Dividing Range. Surrounded by tranquil rainforest, experience the peaceful oasis of Millaa Millaa Falls. You’ll also visit the Curtain Fig Tree, a unique example of nature’s unpredictability and wonder. Later, Arrive in Cairns this afternoon for a rewarding Insider Experience.

Stay: Three Nights: Pullman Cairns International

Meals: breakfast

Day 12
Great Barrier Reef
Discover Dreamtime stories and take part in a corroboree.

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 13
Cairns, Alice Springs
Fly from Cairns to Alice Springs today. (flight not included)

Stay: Mercure Alice Springs Resort

Meals: breakfast

Day 14
Alice Springs, Uluru
Discover the majesty of Uluru.

Stay: Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel

Day 15
Uluru, Kings Canyon
Visit Kata Tjuta, then travel to Kings Canyon.

Stay: Kings Canyon Resort

Day 16
Kings Canyon, Alice Springs
Choose one of two walks at Kings Canyon.

Stay: Mercure Alice Springs Resort

Day 17
Depart Alice Springs
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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