East Coast Island Escape 2024

STAY
Fully Accommodated Luxury Camps & Lodges
TOUR FARE
From $10,595 pp twin share
DURATION
13 Days Brisbane to Cairns

Fly Free plus

Save $500 per person*

Tour Highlights

Tour Map

View Image Gallery

Outstanding Value Inclusions

Itinerary & Accommodation Snapshot

Download Itinerary   Download Reverse Itinerary
Day
Itinerary
Accommodation
Expand All
1
Brisbane – River Heads – K’gari (formerly Fraser Island)
Kingfisher Bay Resort
Expand
 

Please check your required arrival time with the office before booking your flights.

Today you will be met by our friendly and professional Tour Directors. We then depart Brisbane and pass through the Sunshine Coast en route to River Heads, the departure point for K’gari. Enjoy the ferry transfer accross to K’gari where we spend the next two nights at the Kingfisher Bay Resort. Meals (L.D)

2
K’gari Exploring
Kingfisher Bay Resort
Expand
 

Today enjoy a full day 4WD tour of K’gari. Travel along 75 Mile Beach to the coloured sands of the Pinnacles and visit the Maheno Shipwreck. Also visit K’gari’s most beautiful lake - Lake McKenzie. Enjoy a swim in the clear blue water surrounded by pristine white beaches. Also stop for a swim at Eli Creek and tour through the island’s rainforest before returning to the resort midafternoon. Meals (B.L.D)

3
K’gari – Gladstone
Mantra Hotel
Expand
 

After a leisurely start to the day, we catch the mid-morning ferry back to the mainland. We then journey up the east coast along the Bruce Highway, passing through Childers en route to Gladstone. Enjoy a tour of the town including a visit to Round Hill Lookout, before checking in to the 4.5-star Mantra Hotel later this afternoon. Meals (B.L.D)

4
Gladstone – Heron Island
Heron Island Resort
Expand
 

This morning we take the 2-hour ferry ride over to Heron Island.

Heron Island is a natural coral cay located in the Great Barrier Reef, 80kms off the coast of Queensland near the Tropic of Capricorn. The Island is small enough to walk around in 20 minutes, yet it has everything you could wish for: a restaurant to satisfy healthy appetites, a deep resort swimming pool backing onto a bar and an abundance of wildlife that will truly amaze.

Your next two nights will be spent on this sublime island at the Heron Island Resort. Meals (B.L.D)

5
Heron Island
Heron Island Resort
Expand
 

During your stay on Heron Island there’s a range of activities available to discover all the island and reef has to offer. These include snorkelling, fishing, sunset cruises, guided walks and a semi-submarine marine tour. There's also a tour of the Heron Island Research Centre. You can do as much or as little as you like! These activities are all included in your tour fare, and a full list will be made available to you prior to your arrival. (Meals B.L.D)

6
Heron Island - Rockhampton
Empire Apartment Hotel
Expand
 

This morning we’ll board the ferry back to the mainland. We continue our journey up the coast to Rockhampton and check in to our overnight accommodation at the Empire Apartment Hotel, Rockhampton’s newest and largest apartment hotel in the heart of the CBD Riverfront Precinct. Meals (B.L.D)

7
Rockhampton – Hamilton Island
Reef View Hotel
Expand
 

This morning we depart Rockhampton and head north through Mackay and onto Proserpine. From Proserpine, we head towards Airlie Beach where we board our Cruise Whitsundays transfer to Hamilton Island ready for our two night stay at the Reef View Hotel.

With the casual ambience of tropical North Queensland combined with the sophistication and style of this resort, you will certainly enjoy your time here. Meals (B.L.D)

8
Whitehaven Beach & Hamilton Island
Reef View Hotel
Expand
 

Today we depart for a cruise to Whitehaven Beach. The cruise is a leisurely half day scenic cruise to this magnificent beach. Your cruise vessel has expansive seating areas inside and out and your friendly skipper will provide an informative commentary on the history and natural wonders of the area.

Once at the beach, sink your toes into the fine white silica sands of Whitehaven and enjoy the warm, crystal clear waters. This is Mother Nature at her best! Back on the vessel, sit back, breathe in the sea air and marvel at the 74 Island Wonders of the Whitsundays.

Later today at Hamilton Island, you might like to jump on a shuttle bus and tour around the island. The shuttles circuit the island all day stopping at key attractions, scenic points and resorts, so hop on and off as you please. Enjoy a wander along the waterfront of Hamilton Island’s famous Front Street and Marina Village taking in the sights, visiting the galleries and doing some shopping.

This afternoon enjoy some leisure time before our final night in this beautiful island location. Meals (B.L.D)

9
Hamilton Island – Townsville – Magnetic Island
Ville Resort
Expand
 

This morning we cruise back to Airlie Beach and travel north to Proserpine and onto Townsville.

Regarded as the capital of North Queensland, Townsville has a regional population of around 160,000. After lunch along ‘The Strand’ we take the ferry across to Magnetic Island.

Enjoy a tour of the island and explore the sights and beaches including Arcadia Bay. We travel back to the mainland in the afternoon and spend the night at Ville Resort. Meals (B.L.D)

10
Townsville - Mission Beach
Castaway’s Resort and Spa
Expand
 

Today we catch the ferry back to the mainland and enjoy a visit to the Maritime Museum. This was established in 1986 when the Townsville Harbour Board proposed to the Seafarers Association to set up a nautical display. Funded by a Federal grant for capital works, the Museum complex was architecturally redesigned with a footprint in the shape of a ship to include a viewing deck along with new and improved galleries, a memorial garden, model ship gallery, WW2 history, and the original bell of the steamship Yongala which disappeared off the coast in March 1911.

In 2007 HMAS Townsville, a Fremantle Class Patrol Boat, was also gifted to the Museum by the Commonwealth Department of Defence.

After some morning tea we depart Townsville and continue our journey north. Pass through Ingham and Cardwell before arriving at Mission Beach where we spend the night at Castaways Resort and Spa, located on the waterfront. Enjoy time for a stroll along this sensational beach before dinner overlooking the Coral Sea. Meals (B.L.D)

11
Atherton Tablelands – Port Douglas
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort
Expand
 

After departing Mission Beach this morning we visit Paronella Park, home to one of Australia’s earliest hydro power systems. Built in the 1930’s to provide entertainment to the public, the park featured tennis courts, a cinema and even a ballroom inspired by Spanish castles. This fascinating historic site is now heritage listed and a highlight of your visit to north Queensland. Later this morning we continue north and head up into the Atherton Tablelands for a visit to Millaa Millaa Falls. This afternoon we continue on to Mareeba, Mt Molloy and Port Douglas. We arrive at the fully refurbished Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort late this afternoon where we will spend the next two nights. Meals (B.L.D)

12
Great Barrier Reef - Flames of the Forest
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort
Expand
 

This morning we make our way to the Marina Mirage where we board the Quicksilver ‘Wavedancer’ Catamaran. Enjoy an informative talk by a marine biologist before heading out for the blue waters of the Low Isles in the Coral Sea.

Set like a jewel in a Great Barrier Reef Lagoon, Low Isles is an idyllic and unspoilt coral island. The clear and calm lagoon waters are ideal for snorkelling and swimming. Visitors are limited to protect the reef’s ecology, so the whole of this beautiful, palm fringed island beach is yours to explore and enjoy!

Late this afternoon we return to the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort in Port Douglas and prepare for the final night of this amazing journey - the unique ‘Flames of the Forest’ rainforest dining experience, located a short drive out of town. Meals (B.L.D)

13
Port Douglas - Cairns
Expand
 

This morning, enjoy a one hour cruise on the Daintree River with an expert guide who will share their intricate knowledge of the local ecosystem before heading south to Cairns where you will be transferred to the airport or to your accommodation if staying on in Cairns. Meals (B.L)

*This tour also operates with a reverse itinerary. Please see departure dates below for reverse itinerary dates.

Walks on Tour

  Distance Time Level Terrain
K'gari rainforest walk 1.8km 45min Medium Well-formed track, 130 steps at the end

*Note: Distances and times provided are an indication only.

Unrivalled Touring Experience

Special Offers, Pricing & Departure Dates

Fly Free plus

Save $500 per person*
Must book by 31 May 2024

Offer valid for new bookings only. Offers available until 31 May 2024 unless sold out prior. Offer includes return economy airfares and taxes up to the value of $1,500 per person. Further T&Cs apply.

Loyalty Discount

Past Passenger Loyalty Rewards

  • TravelledDiscount
  • OnceSave $250pp
  • 2-3 ToursSave $350pp
  • 4+ ToursSave $500pp

2024 Departure Dates

This tour operates during the following months. Please select a month to view departure dates.

All tour fares quoted are per person twin share A single supplement of $2,950 applies for solo travellers Fully Flexible fares available at additional cost
Depart Conclude Start Point End Point Sale Offer Everyday Fare
1 Oct 13 Oct Brisbane Cairns Save $500pp plus Fly Free* From $10,095pp Almost Full Book Now

This departure date is nearly full. To book please call 1800 688 222.

Alternatively, you can request a call back from our reservations team. Please fill in the below details.

11 Oct 23 Oct Cairns Brisbane Save $500pp plus Fly Free* From $10,095pp Sold Out Join Waitlist

This departure date is fully booked, however we are happy to waitlist you.

Should we receive a cancellation, we will make contact with you. Please fill in the details below.

18 Oct 30 Oct Cairns Brisbane Save $500pp plus Fly Free* From $10,095pp

Sign up to receive our latest news & exclusive offers