Queensland Coast & Reef
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... wrasse and rays that call this vast ecosystem home. You’ll have plenty of time for above ground adventures too – from trekking in lush rainforests to lazing on soft white beaches, plus exploring two of Queensland’s liveliest cities.
Some of the highlights included are:
- Set sail on a 7-night cruise taking in the best islands, corals and beaches of the Great Barrier Reef
- Spend the day meeting the kangaroos, koalas and emus of Australia Zoo
- Take in the rugged scenery and coloured sands of the Great Beach Drive from Noosa
- Hand feed wild dolphins and learn more about their behaviour in Tangalooma
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- All international & internal flights
- 10 nights in 4-5* hotels
- 4 days' car hire
- 7 night Great Barrier Reef Cruise
- Dolphin Adventure tour
- Australia Zoo one day entry
- Great Beach Drive
- All transfers
Need to know
- Arrives: Cairns Airport (CNS)
- Time difference: GMT+10
- Visa requirements: British passport holders require a tourist visa; please ask your travel consultant for more information
- Language: English
- Currency: Australian dollar (AUD)
- Flying time from UK: Around 22 hours
- Plug type: 3-prong flat blade plug
- Voltage: 240 volts/50 cycles
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Welcome to Cairns, a tropical city with a healthy dose of sunshine and long and lazy summer evenings. Cairns is the gateway to the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and the lush Daintree Rainforest, but there’s plenty to entertain without venturing far from this laid-back city. Walk along the breezy esplanade and soak up the sea views or perhaps cool off in the public lagoon. Or why not while away a lazy afternoon at an outside table in a sunny spot at one of the city’s many cafes and watch the world go by.
4* Mantra Esplanade
Great Barrier Reef
Set sail on a 7-night island-hopping cruise adventure, and discover the very best of the Great Barrier Reef, taking in the kaleidoscopic corals and fish, spectacular rainforest trails and lazing on perfectly white sandy beaches. Starting in Cairns you’ll board your boat and head straight to Thetford Reef for a glass-bottomed boat trip with a marine biologist. You’ll visit the mangroves of the Hinchinbrook Channel, home to crocodiles, turtles and dugongs and you’ll have time to laze on the soft sands of Fitzroy Island.
Coral Expeditions Great Barrier Reef Cruise
Board your flight to Brisbane, a lively riverside city with a vibrant restaurant scene. Brisbane is an unashamedly outdoorsy city, with plenty of parks, playgrounds and a man-made beach to choose from. The locals love to get outside for sporting events, swimming or a simple picnic, but there are also a number of galleries and museums to look around if you want a spot of shade. While you’re here you’ll head off on a Dolphin Adventure Tour to Tangalooma to feed the friendly local bottlenose dolphins as they come to the shore.
4.5* Mantra on the Quay
Dolphin Adventure tour
Drive to the glorious Sunshine Coast, a collection of beautiful beaches and coastal towns north of Brisbane. You’ll spend one night in the Hinterland, where you can relax for the evening in the natural surrounds of your luxury accommodation at the peaceful Spicers Tamarind Retreat & Spa. For your second night you’ll be in Mooloolaba, a relaxed beachside town with year-round sunshine and some of the safest swimming beaches around. Don’t forget to check out the furry residents of the world-famous Australia Zoo as well.
5* Spicers Tamarind Retreat & Spa & 4.5* Mantra Mooloolaba Beach
Australia Zoo one day entry
Arrive in ever-popular Noosa, filled with boutique shops and sheltered beaches. The area is surrounded by forest and the natural delights of Noosa National Park, filled with beautiful scenery and an array of walking tracks for you to try. While in town, you’ll spend the day driving the spectacular 70km-long Great Beach Drive, passing dramatic canyons, coloured sands, lush rainforests and glittering lagoons at every turn.
4* Mantra French Quarter
Great Beach Drive
Sail across to Fraser Island, a 76-mile long World Heritage Site formed from sand. Discover Fraser’s colourful lakes and towering sand dunes on a 4X4 tour along the island’s sandy road network – its main highway also doubles as a landing strip. You’ll swim in crystal clear creeks, trek through lush rainforest and bathe in natural rock pools, keeping an eye out offshore for dolphins, sharks and rays.
4* Kingfisher Bay Resort (adventure package)