Sydney To The Great Barrier Reef
Cruise; Cruise Vacation; Great Barrier Reef; Cruise Adventure; Fraser Island; Byron Bay; Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park; Cape Byron Lighthouse; Hervey Bay; Lake McKenzie; Langmorn Station; Fitzroy River; Dreamtime Cultural Centre; Whitehaven Beach; Billabong Sanctuary; Lake Barrine; Daintree River; Skyrail Cableway;
Enjoy 13 Days Sydney to the Great Barrier Reef Escorted tour featuring sightseeing and many activities in Cairns, Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast, Hamilton, Port Douglas and Sydney.Read Full Description
- Trip Length:
- 13 days
- Best Time to Go:
Jul 24, 2008 to Aug 01, 2008
Oct 09, 2008 to Oct 21, 2008
Oct 30, 2008 to Nov 21, 2008
Sep 04, 2008 to Sep 16, 2008
Oct 13, 2008 to Nov 25, 2008
Jan 01, 2009 to Jan 13, 2009
Jul 30, 2008 to Dec 01, 2008
Nov 27, 2008 to Dec 09, 2008
Jan 29, 2009 to Feb 10, 2009
- Recommended for:
Infants (under 2)
Children (2 - 5)
Children (6 - 8)
Children (9 - 11)
Children (12 - 14)
Children (15 - 17)
Adults (18 - 20)
Adults (25 - 29)
Family Trip, Group Retreat, Trip Around the World
Detailed Trip Description
Enjoy 13 Days Sydney to the Great Barrier Reef Escorted tour featuring sightseeing and many activities in Cairns, Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast, Hamilton, Port Douglas and Sydney.
Day 1 - Coffs Harbour
Sydney, Australia - Coffs Harbour.
Depart Sydney at 7.30 a.m.
Travel the scenic coastline of New South Wales, stopping at the coastal town of Port Macquarie. Continue to Coffs Harbour.
Food and Dining
Tonight enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your traveling companions. (D)
Stay at Novotel Pacific Bay Resort (F).
Day 2 - Gold Coast
Coffs Harbour - Byron Bay - Gold Coast.
This morning journey to the Cape Byron Lighthouse and enjoy the superb views from Australia's most easterly point. Stop in exclusive Byron Bay before following the lush Tweed River Valley to the famous Gold Coast. (B)
Stay at Hotel Watermark (SF).
Day 3 - Gold Coast
Gold Coast - Fraser Island.
Travel along the Gold Coast to Brisbane for an orientation tour of the city and to learn about opals.
Continue on to Hervey Bay for the ferry crossing to spectacular Fraser Island, protected as a World Heritage Area. (B,D)
Stay at Kingfisher Bay Resort & Village (F).
Day 4 - Australia
Board a 4WD vehicle for a half-day tour of the island.
Marvel at the majestic rainforest at Central Station, and visit Lake McKenzie, a beautiful freshwater lake, surrounded by white sandy beaches. (B)
Day 5 - Rockhampton
Fraser Island - Rockhampton.
Return to the mainland this morning, cross the Tropic of Capricorn and stop at Langmorn Station, a fully operational cattle station.
Enjoy afternoon tea at the homestead, a restored “Queenslander” built in 1873. Continue to Rockhampton, set on the broad Fitzroy River.
Food and Dining
This evening, dine at the Dreamtime Cultural Centre. Learn about Aboriginal culture and traditions, and enjoy their colorful dances. (B,D)
Stay at Leichhardt Hotel (ST).
Day 6 - Hamilton Island
Rockhampton - Hamilton Island.
Travel north via Mackay, to Shute Harbour. Board a catamaran for a short cruise through the Whitsundays to Hamilton Island.
Food and Dining
Tonight savor dinner on the pool terrace. (B,D)
Stay at Reef View Hotel – Coral Sea View Rooms (F).
Day 7 - Hamilton Island
A day at leisure to explore Hamilton Island. Optional tours include a morning tour of the island and the fauna park, or a cruise to Whitehaven Beach.
You may want to rent a golf cart and explore the island yourself. (B)
Day 8 - Townsville
Hamilton Island - Townsville.
Head north to the tropical city of Townsville. See koalas and other native animals on a guided tour of Billabong Sanctuary.
This afternoon is free to relax or perhaps take a stroll along The Strand. (B,D)
Hotel : Stay at Jupiters Townsville Hotel & Casino (SF).
Day 9 - Port Douglas
Townsville - Atherton Tablelands - Port Douglas.
Journey north, then climb the high tropical plateau known as the Atherton Tablelands. Visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the famous Curtain Fig Tree.
Small Ship or Yacht Cruise
Then enjoy a guided cruise on Lake Barrine, before traveling to Port Douglas. (B,D)
Stay at Mantra Treetops Resort & Spa (SF).
Day 10 - Port Douglas
River or Barge Cruise
A day at leisure in Port Douglas. Perhaps explore the World Heritage rainforest, join a guided cruise on the Daintree River to spot the fearless saltwater crocodile.
Enjoy a walk along Four Mile Beach, or just sit back and relax by the pool. (B)
Day 11 - Cairns
Port Douglas - Great Barrier Reef - Cairns.
Board a catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. View the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the Underwater Observatory and the semi-submersible craft.
You might want to go snorkeling and view this natural living wonder up close.
Food and Dining
Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before traveling to Cairns this afternoon. (B,L)
Stay at The Oasis Resort (SF).
Day 12 - Cairns
Board the Kuranda train for a journey through the scenic countryside.
Arrive at the village of Kuranda with time to wander through the stalls of the colorful markets.
Later, board the Skyrail Cableway and ride above the canopy of the tropical rainforest of the Barron Gorge National Park.
Arts, Crafts and Antiques
Finally, visit the famous Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park where the legends of the Dreamtime are brought to life. (B,D)
Day 13 - Cairns
Transfer for your onward flight. (B)
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