Island & Nature Discovery
An astounding drive visiting some of Australia's sensational islands and charming towns, with the freedom to explore each place at your own pace.
Suggested itinerary includes:
- 4 nights in Noosa
- 2 nights in Hervey Bay
- 1 night in Bundaberg
- 1 night in Gladstone
- 1 night in Mackay
- 2 nights Whitsunday Sailing
- 2 nights on Hamilton Island
Day 1 to 4 - Noosa
Pick up your air-conditioned car from Brisbane Airport or the city centre and head north to the spectacular Sunshine Coast. There’s time to stop at Australia Zoo on the way, made famous by ‘crocodile hunter’, Steve Irwin.
Your home for the next four nights is the welcoming Mantra French Quarter. Noosa’s superb Main Beach and the wonderful Noosa headland National Park are on the doorstep and there are shops, galleries and restaurants all around.
Further afield are the seaside towns of Caloundra and Mooloolaba, or head inland to discover the pristine rainforests of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. There are well signed walking trails with magnificent views of the Glass House Mountains, or stop for a relaxing coffee and some great souvenir shopping in the historic country towns of the region.
Hotel: Mantra French Quarter, Noosa
Day 5 to 6 - Hervey Bay and Fraser Island
Head north from Noosa, travelling via Rainbow Beach and through the UNESCO listed Great Sandy Biosphere, to the small coastal community of Hervey Bay and a two-night stay at the ideally located Ramada Resort. The Bay itself is a safe resting place for adult and calf humpback whales and these magnificent creatures can often be seen basking in the warm waters between July and November.
On day 6 we have included a cruise from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island for an exciting 4-wheel drive day tour around this World Heritage site. Look out for wild dingoes as you travel through the rainforest, swim in the crystal-clear waters of Lake McKenzie or drive along the sands of 75 Mile Beach.
Hotel: Ramada Resort, Hervey Bay
Day 7 – Bundaberg
Today discover the largest town in the Fraser Coast region, home to Australia’s world famous rum boasting friendly pubs and beautiful beach hamlets.
Hotel: Best Western Boulevard, Bundaberg
Day 8 – Gladstone
Spend your time here exploring this modern city; perfect for year-round boating, fishing, swimming and surfing. Visit Gladstone’s Tondoon Botanic Gardens and the cities main focal point – the natural deep-water harbour.
Hotel: Oaks Grand, Gladstone
Day 9 – Mackay
Home to 31 beautiful beaches and surrounded by fields of sugar cane, Mackay is a great place for some relaxation.
Hotel: Ocean International, Mackay
Day 10 – Whitsunday Sailing
Sit back and relax on board the intimate Whitsunday Blue - a stylish catamaran which offers luxury stable sailing around the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. With only 8 guests, this two day cruise will take you to secluded areas of the islands which no other boat can access. Itineraries are flexible and unhurried – spend your day sunbathing, snorkelling, kayaking, bushwalking or relaxing on deck before ending each day with a delicious on board dinner.
Day 12 – Hamilton Island
Round off a wonderful journey with two nights in this little slice of paradise with plenty of activities on the menu. Choose from kayaking, helicopter flights, trips to the Heart Reef or Whitehaven Beach or simply relax on the beach or by one of hotels four pools. With its own airport, Hamilton Island is the perfect place to continue your Australian adventure!
Hotel: Reef View hotel, Hamilton Island
12 day Island and Nature Discovery from £1849
Guide price shown is per person based on 2 sharing a double or twin room. Prices vary according to season.
This itinerary shows the type of holiday you can enjoy with Freedom Australia. You can change it to suit your individual needs.
- Choose the style of accommodation you prefer
- Add day tours and activities in the places you visit
- Extend your stay in any of the locations
- Add other destinations or visit family and friends
Ask us to design an itinerary that's unique to you.
Tailor Make your perfect Australia Holiday
With Freedom Australia you can enjoy the type of holiday you are looking for - with the help of our Free Planning Service.
You can mix and match any of the hotels, resorts and touring options on this website to create your perfect holiday experience.