9 DAY EAST COAST
Queensland's Coast includes:
9 Days of Eastcoast Adventure
Great Barrier Reef Cruise
Bus transfer from Cairns to Airlie Beach
Whitsundays Ocean Rafting
White Haven Beach
Bus transfer from Airlie Beach to Hervey Bay
Fully Guided tour of Fraser Island
Fraser Island 4WD
1 Breakfast, 6 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Free option Bus to Brisbane or Sydney from Hervey Bay
Meals not mentioned at own expense
Optional recommended excursions
Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
Personal expenditure and anything not stated on the itinerary
Levy of $50 pay on arrival
Day 1 – Cairns
Arrive in Cairns anytime today and make your way to your accommodation. Today is a free day before your adventure starts.
Day 2 - Full-Day Outer Reef Cruise & Snorkelling Tour
Set out from Cairns for a day of snorkelling and sightseeing at 2 spectacular destinations in the Outer Great Barrier Reef. A large, modern vessel carries you to exclusive, protected locations far away from the crowds, where the spectacle of nature is waiting.
Each day, your captain chooses among 12 exclusive moorings at 6 reef locations based on the water and weather conditions, making sure you get the best experience to be found. Seasoned dive masters are on hand to provide an in-depth briefing on your gear and what to expect at each site. Relax on board the vessel as you leave the Australian coast behind and get your gear ready for some quality time in the sea.
With outer reef locations chosen for their variety and the striking contours of the ocean floor, you're in for an outstanding experience when you plunge into the water. Once you've had a chance to mingle with the amazing sea life of beautiful corals and tropical fish, kick back on board the vessel to enjoy a barbecue lunch before you cruise back to shore.
Meal: Buffet lunch
Day 3 – Free Day
There is just so much to do in Cairns.
Take a trip to the Daintree Rainforest, Go Bungy jumping, Sky Diving, visit the Kuranda National Park by Scenic Train, Canyoning over the Tully or relax on Fitroy island. The choice is endless.
Day 4 - White Water Rafting
Feel your adrenaline pumping to the max as you go rafting on the thrilling Tully River. Cut through a breathtaking World Heritage-listed rainforest, enjoy an exciting team adventure and uphold the highest safety standards to ensure an exhilarating experience.
The Tully River is Australia's premier whitewater rafting location, just a scenic drive away from Cairns or Mission Beach. Take in the beautiful surroundings before listening to the full safety briefing and getting fitted with all the necessary equipment.
Then hold on tight as you thunder down the rapids with your experienced guide. The next few hours are spent rafting along the raging river, taking in the picturesque rainforest surrounding you. In the top section of the river, hurtle down steep drops and burst through rapids with barely enough time to catch your breath. The rapids range up to Grade 4, plenty to keep your heart pumping and your knuckles white.
Halfway through the trip, stop for a delicious barbecue lunch on the banks of the river. When you've recharged your batteries, it's back into the white water for more action, including rapid swimming, raft surfing and rock jumping.
You’ll arrive back in Cairns by about 7pm. Time to grab a bite to eat and take an overnight bus down to Airlie Beach
Meal: BBQ Lunch
Day 5 - Airlie Beach
On arrival into Airlie Beach, make your way to your accommodation and the rest of the day is free for you to hang out, relax and take in the atmosphere for this paradise town.
There are a number of optional activities you can do this afternoon including Ski Diving, a Segway tour or Kayaking.
Day 6 - Whitsunday Ocean Rafting
Airlie Beach, gateway to the 74 islands of the beautiful Whitsunday Islands and today we join the crew on an exhilarating ride to world famous Whitehaven Beach.
Get ready for an awesome day of snorkelling pristine reefs, guided Whitsunday Island National Parks walks and hanging out on the most beautiful beach you'll ever go! Our semi rigid inflatable vessels are super fast allowing you to experience a fun ride, adventure and education amongst the natural beauty of the Whitsundays.
Enjoy snorkelling around Hook Island including Mantaray Bay, Maureens Cove and other specially selected Whitsundays snorkelling spots, ensuring a memorable underwater experience.
The tour also includes a visit to the stunning beach at Hill Inlet, north end of Whitehaven Beach, and a guided National Park walk to Hill Inlet lookout above the silica sand of Whitehaven. We are the only tour to have direct access to Hill Inlet beaches, where you can explore, enjoy an optional buffet style lunch served at the beach and swim in the crystal clear turquoise ocean or just relax on the silica white sand. Small groups allow you to experience this tropical paradise away from the crowds.
Experience Ocean Rafting’s signature adrenalin fuelled action while exploring the islands, inlets and beaches on custom built semi-rigid inflatable vessels, travelling at speeds of up to 35 knots (65 km/hour). The vessels are up to 12 metre semi-rigid inflatable vessels, originally designed and built as rescue crafts and are driven by 500hp engines, allowing you to experience a fun, high speed ride amongst the natural beauty of the Whitsundays.
Tonight we can an overnight bus to Hervey Bay.
Meal: picnic lunch
Day 7 - Fraser Island
You will be met at the bus terminal on arrival into Hervey Bay and transfer to Kingfisher Bay Resort Ferry terminal for a 9am departure.
The cruise to Fraser Island takes around 50 minutes across the Great Sandy Strait - so keep your eyes peeled for playful dolphins, turtles or the elusive dugong. Your Cool Dingo Ranger-Guide will meet you at the resorts' jetty and after your group introductions and a quick briefing, your 4WD adventure begins!
Your guide is a Fraser expert and is passionate about the island. You'll be whisked off over sand tracks to explore some of the island's most beautiful, natural spots - but they'll also wow you with fascinating facts about the island's history, fauna and flora.
Keep an eye out for dingoes, plus we have more than 354 species of birds, and migrating humpback whales can often be seen off the eastern beach from July to November!
On a Cool Dingo tour, your guide stays with you for the entire trip - and they guarantee a fun and entertaining time... or the cool dingo eats his hat!
Today we check out some of Fraser Island's coolest inland sights.
Basin Lake - first stop is a walk to beautiful Basin Lake along sand tracks - get up close and personal with the resident freshwater turtles in this gorgeous little dune lake.
Central Station - no trains or whistles here - just peaceful, ancient rainforest and the reminders of a former, once bustling logging camp.
Wanggoolba Creek - walk along the banks of this silent flowing creek with lush green rainforest and rare king ferns... it's Mother Nature at her best!
Pile Valley - check out the towering, red satinay trees in this rich sub-tropical forest... real giants!
Lake McKenzie - with its white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, picture perfect Lake McKenzie is even prettier than the postcards. Enjoy a refreshing afternoon swim before heading back to Kingfisher Bay.
Meal: picnic lunch and buffet dinner
Day 8 - Fraser Island
An early start to explore Seventy-Five Mile Beach, the world's most amazing beach highway. As this is our last day don't forget to leave your luggage at the Wilderness Lodge storage area for our porters.
Eli Creek - a great spot for a refreshing dip on a warm Queensland day! Float down this fast-flowing freshwater creek - which pours out 80 megalitres of water daily - to the seaside.
Maheno Shipwreck - washed ashore during a cyclone in 1935, this rusting wreck is one of Fraser's most iconic photo stops.
The Pinnacles Coloured Sands - With all the colours of the rainbow (well just the reds really) these vibrant sand cliffs are another favourite photo stop.
Indian Head - climb to the top of this rocky headland for awesome beach and ocean views... look out for sharks, rays and migrating humpback whales (Jul - Nov).
Champagne Pools - chill out in these bubbling ocean rock pools, you won't want to leave!
Air Fraser offers spectacular scenic flights over the island - book with your guide on tour (extra cost applies).
The tour returns to Kingfisher Bay Resort in the late afternoon. Wind down and enjoy a relaxed dinner before departing on the at 8.30pm ferry back to Hervey Bay, arriving at approximately 9.30pm... then we'll drop you straight to your Hervey Bay accommodation.
Meal: buffet breakfast, picnic lunch and buffet dinner.
Day 9 - Depart Hervey Bay
After a good night’s sleep, it’s time to head home.
You can fly out of Hervey Bay airport directly or you have the option of a Free bus to Brisbane or even all the way back to Sydney.
THE FINE PRINT
Flights not included
Free Bus to Brisbane or Sydney must be request at time of booking
Prices are correct as at 7 Jan19 valid for travel dates specified dates but are subject to availability.
All prices, itineraries, hotels are subject to availability and change without prior notice.
Levy not included of $50 to be paid upon checkin for White Water Rafting and Reef Cruise