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Sydney to Cairns (or Cairns to Sydney): 12 days / 11 nights

   

Fully Escorted Quality Touring

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HIGHLIGHTS:
* Enjoy the renowned beaches of the East Coast including Fraser and Daydream islands
* Picturesque Coffs Harbour
* Cape Byron Lighthouse
* Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
* Opal demonstration
* Visit historic Langmorn Station
* Fraser Island 4WD adventure tour
* Millaa Millaa Falls
* See the Curtain Fig Tree
* Outer Great Barrier Reef cruise
* Many included meals plus complimentary airport transfers 
Great Barrier Reef marine life © Tourism QLD
    Departures
    2013: From Sydney
07 May**
30 July**
27 Aug
24 Sep
22 Oct**
19 Nov**
17 Dec
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2013: From Cairns
20 May**
12 Aug**
09 Sep
07 Oct
04 Nov
02 Dec**, 30 Dec

2015 From Cairns
26 Jan
23 Feb
23 March

 

 

 

 

2014: From Sydney
14 Jan
11 Feb
11 Mar
08 Apr
06 May
03 June
01 July, 29 July
26 Aug
23 Sep
21 Oct
18 Nov
16 Dec

2015 From Sydney
13 Jan
11 Feb
10 Mar

2014 From Cairns
27 Jan
24 Feb
24 March
21 Apr
19 May
16 June
14 July
11 Aug
08 Sep
06 Oct
03 Nov
01 Dec, 29 Dec

2015 From Cairns
26 Jan
23 Feb
25 Mar
   

** = Guaranteed departure
 

   

ITINERARY: 'Discover the Tropics - 'Sydney to Cairns or Cairns to Sydney

   

Truly Ref. 1409 (Sydney to Cairns) or Ref. 1410 (Cairns to Sydney)
This escorted holiday has been meticulously planned and incorporates superior accommodation, unique sightseeing experiences, many meals and the services of a professional Tour Director and Tour Driver.   It offers unrivalled value for money plus optional sightseeing opportunities at extra cost to allow you to tailor your own holiday experience.

Day 1
: Sydney – Coffs Harbour
Depart Sydney at 7.30am.  Travel the scenic coastline of New South Wales, stopping at the coastal town of Port Macquarie. Continue to Coffs Harbour. Tonight enjoy a welcome drink with your Tour Director and travelling companions.
Accommodation: Novotel Pacific Bay Resort, Coffs Harbour. (D)

Cape Byron Lighthouse, Byron Bay © Tourism NSWDay 2: Byron Bay – Gold Coast
This morning journey to the Cape Byron Lighthouse (pictured) and enjoy the superb views from Australia's most easterly point. Stop in trendy Byron Bay for lunch (own expense). Follow the lush Tweed River Valley to the glitzy Gold Coast.  This international resort region has superb surfing beaches. Tonight is free to enjoy one of the many restaurants and cafés on the Gold Coast. 
Accommodation: Vibe Hotel, Gold Coast. (B

     
   

Aerial view of Kingfisher Bay ResortDay 3: Gold Coast – Noosa
Enjoy morning tea at the Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, where you’ll encounter Australian native flora and fauna and wildlife. Meet the passionate staff who’ll take you on a guided tour through the bushland walk tracks or botanical gardens. Travel on to Brisbane for an orientation tour and opal demonstration. Your final destination is Noosa on the Sunshine Coast.
Hotel: The French Quarter, Noosa, 2 nights. (B)

Day 4: Noosa ‘Free Time’
Take time out to discover Noosa for yourself. Swim at Noosa Main Beach or venture a little further with an easy walk along the headland through to Noosa National Park. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could take a boat ride through the Noosa Everglades. Pristine beaches, lakes, wetlands, mangroves and diverse flora and fauna are among the spectacular scenery you will witness. (B)

     
    Day 5: Fraser Island – Hervey Bay
A day of discovery lies ahead as you explore the wonders of World Heritage listed Fraser Island. Your 4WD tour will visit Rainbow Beach coloured sands before heading across by ferry or barge to Fraser Island. Walk through the ancient rainforest at Central Station with its huge satinay, scribbly gum and kauri trees. Visit Lake McKenzie, ringed with magnificent white sandy beaches. Enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch you transfer by ferry to the mainland for your overnight stay at Hervey Bay.
Hotel: Mantra, Hervey Bay. (BLD)
     
    Langmorn Station homesteadDay 6: Hervey Bay – Rockhampton
Today you will journey to the beef capital of Australia.
En route, stop at Langmorn Station (pictured), a fully operational cattle station. Enjoy afternoon tea at the homestead, a restored ‘Queenslander’ built in 1873. Cross the tropic of Capricorn and continue to Rockhampton, on the Fitzroy River.
Hotel: Travelodge, Rockhampton. (BD)
     
    Day 7: Rockhampton - Daydream Island
   
Vista of Daydream Island, Whitsundays Travel north through Mackay, Australia’s sugar capital, before continuing to Airlie Beach, a gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. At Airlie Beach take a ferry across to Daydream Island in the heart of the spectacular Great Barrier Reef.
Hotel: Daydream Island Resort & Spa, Ocean Balcony Rooms, 2 nights. (BD)
   
Day 8
: Day 8: Daydream Island ‘Free Time’
A day at leisure to explore Daydream Island. There are sailboarding and catamaran classes. You have the opportunity to take a rainforest walk, play beach volleyball, tennis, water polo or you could go snorkelling or kayaking. Perhaps just laze by one of the pools or on a beach or replenish your body and soul at the Daydream Rejuvenation Spa. (B)
     
   

Day 9: Mission Beach
Today’s journey takes you to Townsville, where you’ll have time for a stroll along the Strand then it’s on to Mission Beach in Tropical North Queensland.
Hotel: Castaways Resort and Spa, Mission Beach. (BD)

Day 10: Mission Beach - Cairns
Climb the high tropical plateau known as the Atherton Tablelands, where lush rainforests, waterfalls and lakes abound. Your first stop is the Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway. Elevated walkways, a cantilever and observation tower offers you the exhilarating experience of being high in the rainforest canopy and provides spectacular panoramic views of World Heritage rainforest landscapes. Later, visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the famous Curtain Fig Tree. Your final destination today is Cairns. Late this afternoon after checking into your hotel explore the Cairns Botanic Gardens before a short stroll to historic Whitfeld House. You are invited by Joy and Henry Glennie to an exclusive barbecue at their restored Federation-style mansion located in a magnificent tropical garden setting.
Hotel: Novotel Oasis Cairns, Cairns, 2 nights. (BD)

     
    DAerial view of Great Barrier Reef © Tourism QLDay 11: Great Barrier Reef Cruise
Join a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a reef education presentation and view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and the semi-submersible craft. There is the opportunity to go snorkelling and view this natural living wonder up-close (equipment provided). Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns. (BL)
     
   

Day 12: Depart Cairns
Your tour concludes today after breakfast. Make the most of your stay in this tropical city before being transferred to Cairns Airport for your onward flight. You could ride on Kuranda Railway taking you through the scenic countryside behind Cairns to the village of Kuranda with time to stroll through the market. Then return to the lowlands by the Skyrail Cableway (pictured) above the Barron Gorge National Park, a beautiful experience. Visit the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to experience the History, Creation and Dance Theatres, where the legends of the Dreamtime are brought to life. Or perhaps take a day trip to Cape Tribulation and the Daintree National Park. Ask us about all the optional tours on offer in Cairns as well as additional nights’ accommodation. (B)
Skyrail Cableway near Cairns © Tourism QLD

ITINERARY MAY BE MODIFIED WITHOUT NOTICE

    Cains to Brisbane Itinerary has the same content in the reverse direction
     
   

INCLUDED IN 'Discover the Tropics' COACH TOUR from Sydney to Cairns (or Cairns to Sydney)

   
Transportation. Tour by luxury coach, air-conditioned,2-door access, restroom equipped, reclining seats with seatbelts and large panoramic tinted windows
Professionally Escorted. Discover Queensland with your experienced professional Tour Director and Tour Driver
Accommodation. Rooms with private facilities in centrally located hotels, on a Twin Share basis
Dining Inclusions - as shown in itinerary
• Full Buffet Breakfast (12)  • Lunch (1)   • Dinner (7)
Plus
• Welcome Drink
• Travel wallet and map
• Airport transfers included (subject to flight timings)
• Hotel porterage included

Air fares are NOT included

   

 

   

WEATHER
Cairns
- this is the tropics. That means warm all year round almost everywhere, especially around the coastal areas. Daytime temperatures in Cairns range from around 31º Celsius in December to March, to around 26º Celsius in May to August. The lush rainforests surrounding Cairns exist because of the high annual rainfall - but even the rain is warm here! 

     
   
   
PRICES: Discover the Tropics coach tour
Per person per tour
1 Apr'13 - 31 Mar'14 1 Apr'14 - 31 Mar'15 Truly
Ref
Twin Share Single** Twin Share Single**
12 days/10 nights Sydney to Cairns A$3540 A$4428 A$3684 A$4570 1409
12 days/10 nights Cairns to Sydney A$3540 A$4428 A$3684 $$4570 1410
** A same gender room share can be requested to save paying the single room supplement (all room shares will be in non-smoking rooms)
Triple room share prices available on request
Reductions for children 15 years and under and sharing a room with 2 adults are available on request
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NOTE: Other than for '** Guaranteed Departures', our local Australian coach operator partner reserves the right to cancel a tour up to 42 days before departure and offer an alternative tour or your money back.  Please bear this in mind if you are organising complex touring arrangements within Australia.   The itinerary shown may also be modified without notice. 
      
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