East Coast Islands & Sun

Embrace the Australia's coastal magic as you discover secluded bays, idyllic towns and a myriad of wildlife on a spectacular journey along Australia's Nature Coast.

Suggested itinerary includes:

  • 1 night in Cairns
  • 1 night in Mission Beach
  • 1 night in Airlie Beach
  • 2 nights on Hamilton Island
  • 1 night in Rockhampton
  • 2 nights in Hervey Bay
  • 1 night in Noosa

Day 1: Cairns

Arrive in Cairns for an overnight stay at the Pacific Hotel, overlooking Trinity Harbour before picking up your Avis intermediate automatic sedan rental car at the city or airport depot.

Hotel: Pacific Hotel, Cairns

Day 2: Mission Beach
This morning travel through the high tropical plateau Tablelands to Kuranda for a chance to explore the village in the rainforest. Continue to the Atherton Tablelands where lush rainforests, waterfalls and lakes are in an abudance. Visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the famous Curtain Fig Tree. This evening, stretch your legs as you walk along the shore and feel the golden sand between your toes on Mission Beach.

Hotel: Castaways, Mission Beach

Day 3: Hamilton Island & Airlie Beach
Travel down the coast towards tonight’s stopover in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef on spectacular Hamilton Island. Take the time to look around Townsville before continuing on to Airlie Beach to catch the ferry to the island, one of 74 tropical islands that make up the Whitsundays. You’ll be surrounded by pristine beaches, and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life!

Hotel: Heart Hotel, Airlie Beach & Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island

Day 5: Hamilton Island
This morning take a cruise to spectacular Whitehaven Beach, voted the number one beach in Australia. If you’re feeling active, take a walk to Hill’s Inlet for views over the Whitsunday islands and sparkling waters.

Hotel: Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island

Day 6: Hamilton Island – Rockhampton
Return to the mainland and travel south through Mackay, Australia’s sugar capital. Continue to Rockhampton and make sure you try some local beef at one of the town steakhouses.

Hotel: Travelodge, Rockhampton

Day 7: Rockhampton – Hervey Bay
Continue to Hervey Bay, dotted with cosmopolitan and alfresco cafes.
 Its safe, sheltered waters make it an aquatic paradise perfect for year-round swimming, diving, sailing, water sports and fishing

Hotel: Ramada Resort, Hervey Bay

Day 8: Hervey Bay – Fraser Island
A day of discovery lies ahead as you cross by ferry to explore the wonders of World Heritage listed Fraser Island on a full day 4WD Fraser Island Tour.

Hotel: Ramada Resort, Hervey Bay

Day 9: Noosa
Swim at Noosa Main Beach or venture a little further with an easy, spectacular walk along the headland through to Noosa National Park. If you’re feeling adventurous, you may like to hire a stand-up paddle board or even take a boat ride through the incredible Noosa Everglades, one of Australia’s most beautiful wilderness areas. You’ll love the dark waterways and myriad of wildlife along the Noosa River - it’s truly spectacular!

Hotel: Mantra French Quarter, Noosa

Day 10: Brisbane

After an exciting adventure, continue to Brisbane where you can return your car and explore a city with contagious energy and plenty of activities to choose from.

9 day experience from £1094

with flights from £1975

Guide price shown is per person based on 2 sharing a double or twin room. Prices vary according to season.

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