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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?

  • Immersive Insider Experiences
  • 12 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch and 7 Dinners
  • Expert tour director plus local guides in select locations
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 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
Arrive Sydney
Be met on arrival in Sydney. Explore this stunning city on a half-day sightseeing coach tour this afternoon, including the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Stay: Sydney, 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. Continue to the chic resort town of Noosa.

Stay: Sebel Noosa

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 5
Noosa, Fraser Island
With some time in Noosa, perhaps head into town or take a stroll along the stunning waterfront. Later, travel to Hervey Bay and join your cruise transfer to the world’s largest sand island, World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. This evening, enjoy dinner in the company of your fellow travellers.

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 inviting 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 the island today with a half-day tour. With some time at leisure this afternoon, slip into island living and perhaps explore the hundreds of walking trails which criss-cross the island. Immerse yourself in the ancient rainforests or explore the coloured sand cliffs on Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Perhaps visit the wreck of the Maheno, a liner that was driven ashore during a cyclone in 1935 (own expense).

Meals: breakfast

Day 7
Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, Rockhampton
A morning ferry takes you across Hervey Bay, where you will discover why this special place is often referred to as the jewel in Queensland’s crown. The journey concludes back on the mainland where you will rejoin your coach to continue heading north. Travel through sugarcane country, crossing some of the many narrow-gauge railway lines that transport sugarcane from the field to processing plants in town, an iconic sight of rural Queensland. Later, arrive in the inland city of Rockhampton.

Stay: Central Park Motel Rockhampton

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 8
Rockhampton, Hamilton Island
Explore the charming historical town of Rockhampton, known as the gateway to the coast and the Outback. Founded in 1853, the city is home to historic heritage architecture and a rich, fascinating history. Then, travel to Airlie Beach and enjoy one of the region’s most immaculate beaches. Here you will join a ferry through the sparkling Whitsundays towards Hamilton Island. Here, enjoy dinner later this evening.

Stay: Two Nights: Hamilton Island, Reef View Hotel

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 9
Hamilton Island
You have the entire day at leisure to do as little or as much as you like. Perhaps snorkel off the beach; enjoy a round of golf or hire a buggy to explore this island paradise (all at own expense).

Meals: breakfast

Day 10
Hamilton Island, Townsville, Mission Beach
Take an early morning ferry transfer, gliding from Hamilton Island to the Port of Airlie, where you will reboard your coach and travel to Townsville. On arrival, enjoy a tour of the city. Continue to Mission Beach, the destination where two of the most stunning World Heritage-listed areas meet; the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Arrive at your beachfront escape, Castaways Resort and Spa, where the only thing between you and the golden beach is a grassy lawn and a line of coconut palms. Complete with a secluded rainforest swimming area, it won’t be long before you discover why Mission Beach has earned its reputation as a haven for rest and relaxation.

Stay: Castaways Resort and Spa Mission Beach

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 11
Mission Beach, Atherton Tablelands, Cairns
As you continue your journey north, you will discover the lush Atherton Tablelands. This region is part of the Waterfalls Circuit, including magnificent Millaa Millaa Falls, known to be some of the most photographed falls in Australia. As you journey towards Cairns, you will visit the Curtain Fig Tree, a natural Australian icon. Arrive in Cairns this afternoon.Enjoy a free evening to explore at your own pace.

Stay: Three Nights: Pullman Cairns International

Meals: breakfast

Day 12
Cairns, Great Barrier Reef
During an Aboriginal cultural dinner and performance, you will discover the spiritual concept known as Dreamtime, witness a corroboree, then be guided along a flame-lit pathway to a dinner of local produce.

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 13
Cairns, Alice Springs
Today your adventure to the Red Centre of Australia commences. Fly from Cairns to Alice Springs today (flight not included).

Stay: Mercure Alice Springs Resort

Meals: breakfast

Day 14
Alice Springs, Uluru
Drive along the West MacDonnell Ranges and stop at a camel farm for an optional camel ride (own expense).

Stay: Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel

Day 15
Uluru, Kings Canyon
Tour the base of Uluru at sunrise. Visit Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and walk to Walpa Gorge.

Stay: Kings Canyon Resort

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

Stay: Mercure Alice Springs Resort

Day 17
Depart Alice Springs
Transfer to the airport.

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