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Brisbane to Cairns Experience
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You can get a sense of just how huge Australia is by looking at a map, but once youre there, the vastness really hits home. For travellers long on ambition but short on time, this extensive and compact journey up the East Coast of Queensland is nothing short of ideal. Employing a diverse range of transport yachts, trains, 4x4s, and buses youll visit Fraser Island and the Whitsundays, go snorkelling and camp out under the stars in an authentic Australian "swag." Your time here may not last long, but your memories will last forever.

Australasia
  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Hiking, Snorkeling
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: OABC.C/201733
  • Starts: Brisbane, Australia
  • Finishes: Cairns, Australia
You will Visit
  • Brisbane
  • Noosa Everglades
  • Rockhampton
  • Whitsunday Islands
  • Airlie Beach
  • Cairns

Itinerary

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Day 1: Brisbane

Arrive at any time.
Arrive in Brisbane at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city.

If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city to visit City Hall, the Treasury Building or relax on Streets Beach.

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Day 2: Brisbane/Noosa Everglades

Head north to Noosa, and enjoy a free afternoon for surfing or strolling the boardwalk to Noosa National Park, where koala sightings are common.

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Day 3: Fraser Island/Noosa Everglades

Travel by private 4x4 and ferry to reach Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island. Walk through the rainforest, visit Lake Mackenzie, and drive along Australia's only sand highway.

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Day 4: Noosa Everglades/Rockhampton

Enjoy a free morning in the Noosa Everglades. Hop on board a northbound train. Visit rural Queensland and learn about cattle station history. Bed down in a swag (canvas bedroll) under the Outback sky.
Catch a train up the 'Capricorn Coast' which is well-known as 'Cattle Country'. Arrive at a remote farm and stay the night. The workers from the property are excellent hosts as they teach about the history of the farm, the cattle industry, and some of the challenges of raising cattle in such a harsh environment.

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Day 5: Rockhampton/Whitsunday Islands

Embark on a 3-day maxi yacht sailing adventure. Enjoy beach visits, island bush walks, and time to snorkel the reefs. Anchor off of secluded tropical islands at night.
After a traditional Outback-style breakfast, transfer to the town of Airlie Beach and embark on a maxi yacht which will be our home for the next three days. Set sail to a secluded cove in the Whitsunday Islands where you will drop anchor for the night.

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Day 6: Whitsunday Islands

Continue sailing through the gorgeous backdrop of the Whitsunday Islands. There will be time to snorkel the reefs. Anchor off of a secluded tropical island at night.
The sailing route today allows us to follow part of Captain Cook's route up through the Whitsunday Islands. There is the option for certified divers to scuba dive. Again we drop anchor in a secluded bay for the night.

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Day 7: Whitsunday Islands/Airlie Beach

Hike to an island lookout over Whitehaven Beach, known for its stunning white sand, then enjoy free time on the famous beach. Sail to the resort town of Airlie Beach for a night of dancing.
After three days at sea, we sail back to Airlie Beach for a night on land in a local beach hostel. Feel free to relax by the pool at the end of the day.

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Day 8: Airlie Beach/Cairns

Admire the scenery on the train north to Tully. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch and a tour of the G Adventures-supported Ingan Cultural Centre. Participate in a painting activity with traditional Jirrbal Aboriginal artists before continuing on to Cairns.

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Day 9: Cairns

Enjoy a free day to visit the Great Barrier Reef or get the adrenaline pumping by skydiving, whitewater rafting or bungee jumping. Cap it all off with a Big Night Out in Cairns.

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Day 10: Cairns

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Cafe Chloe, Tully Big Night Out: Cairns
    • Fraser Island 4x4 excursion
    • Noosa Everglades overnight experience
    • Entrance fees to Cooloola Recreation Area and Fraser Island in Great Sandy NP
    • Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion (3 days)
    • Whitehaven Beach visit
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hostels (4 nts), cabins (2 nts), swag camping (1 nt), maxi yacht (2 nts). All nights multi-share
    • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, maxi yacht, boat, train, 4x4 vehicle, ferry
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Sleep under the stars at a remote cattle station
  • Zip over dunes in a 4x4 on a remote sand island
  • Sail from island to island through the Whitsundays on a maxi yacht