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15 Day Tour – Brisbane to Cairns

This guided tour follows the spectacular coastline between Brisbane and Cairns.

From  tropical islands, historic towns to rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef.

This is Queensland all wrapped up in one amazing adventure

We use small buses which makes a good personalized tour.

Highlights

    • Tour the length of the Sunshine Coast
    • 4WD trip on Fraser island
    • Swim in iconic lakes
    • Marvel at famous ship wrecks
    • Historic 1770
    • Army duck sunset ride
    • Capricorn limestone Caves
    • Dinner with a comedy show
    • Great Keppel Island
    • Sarina Sugar Shed
    • Hay Point coal terminal
    • Airlie Beach
    • Awesome Island cruise options to explore the Whitsundays
    • #1 beach in the world, Whitehaven Beach
    • Magnetic island
    • Koalas in the wild
    • Parenella Park
    • Gallo DairyLand
    • 500 year old curtain fig
    • Historic Karanda
    • Rainforest army duck tour
    • Barron Falls
    • Karanda Skyrail
    • Mossman Gorge, Daintree rainforest
    • Snorkelling on the Great Barrier reef cruise

Itinerary

A boat trip through the Whitsunday islands to Hamilton Island, jump on a hop on hop off bus to explore the island, after lunch, you are taken across to the famous Whitehaven Beach #1 beach in the world.

Meals included – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight – Airlie Beach

Brisbane to the sunshine coast 

We will pick you up at the Brisbane Airport or Train Station and head north to explore the beautiful scenery, famous beaches and coastal towns of the Sunshine Coast.

Stopping overnight at one of the most popular beach side holiday destinations in Australia.

Visit Hastings street, an iconic port of Noosa, a buzzing hive of food and fashion.

Welcome dinner.

Overnight – Sunshine Coast

Meals included – Dinner 

Today we explore Fraser Island by 4WD, the worlds largest sand island.

Lake McKenzie is Fraser Islands most iconic swimming spot, relax along the pristine white silica shore and swim into the crystal clear waters of imbrue blue tones.

Admire the towering trees as we 4 wheel drive through the World Heritage-listed rainforest.

Cruise Fraser Island’s 75 mile beach highway.

Be amazed at the Maheno Shipwreck – the famous rustic ruins that were once a luxury cruise liner. Washed ashore in 1935, it is now a photographer’s paradise!

Marvel at the Pinnacles Coloured Sands – spectacularly technicoloured sand cliffs and hear the dreamtime tale of how they were formed.

Overnight – Sunshine Coast

Meals included – Breakfast and lunch

Sunshine Coast to 1770

We have 2 options –

Option A, July to October is whale season in Harvey Bay. Experience the biggest whale show on earth! Get out on the Hervey Bay waves and interact with the whales like never before.

Option B, We continue our adventure further up the coast to Seventeen Seventy, where Lieutenant James Cook made the first landfall by a European on what was to become the Discovery Coast and the Birthplace of Queensland.

In the afternoon we take an Army Duck tour as we watch the sunset over another beautiful day on the Queensland coast

Overnight – 1770

Meals included – Breakfast and dinner

1770 to Yeppoon

Capricorn Caves, a living laboratory displaying dramatic climate change. Evidence of these changes can be seen in the stunning rock formations, their inhabitants and the fossils of creatures who did not survive.

Tonight we enjoy a traditional dinner with a comedy show at Yeppoon.

Overnight – Yeppoon

Meals included – Breakfast and dinner

Today we take a ferry to Great Keppel Island – A free day to explore, from 15 minute walks to 15km through secluded beaches and spectacular lookouts. Discover the most unforgettable views while snorkelling the fringing reefs.

Overnight – Yeppoon

Meals included – Breakfast and lunch

Yeppoon to Airlie Beach

Further north we go to Hay Point, one of the biggest and most efficient coal ports in the world. See the large ships loading from the off shore wharves before setting off overseas.

Before heading to Airlie Beach we visit the Sarina Sugar Shed, a truly unique visitor experience which celebrates the rich history of sugar cane farming in the Mackay region! A unique miniature working sugar mill and distillery, where we will taste their produce, one being the bouquet rum.

Overnight – Airlie Beach

Meals included -Breakfast and dinner

Option A – Sailing The Whitsundays, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9

Comfortable Stylish Catamaran- Enjoy the comfort and privacy of this stylish catamaran. Fully crewed with a skipper and hostess, Whitsunday Getaway is an ideal way to escape the crowds and let us take all the responsibility for the charter. We will transport you into a relaxed world of sailing, taking you directly and comfortably to the most scenic locations, the least crowded beaches and proven quiet calm safe anchorages.

Option B – Is 3 days in the Whitsundays, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9

A boat trip through the Whitsunday Islands to Hamilton Island, jump on a hop on hop off bus to explore the island, after lunch, you are taken across to the famous Whitehaven Beach #1 beach in the world.

Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Depart from Airlie Beach with a tour guide and informative commentary in an air-conditioned bus

Visit Cedar Creek Falls, which flows in the wet season and is a beautiful waterhole in the dry season. Get to know the history surrounding the area of the oldest living culture in the world and enjoy a relaxing dip in the water.

Learn about the oldest living culture in the world, the Australian Aboriginal. Where did they come from, how and when they got here, what they believed in, their bush tucker and medicine. Why they didn’t change anything in 70 thousand years and how they protected the future.

Relax with a coffee at the Whitsunday Gold Coffee plantation, one of Australia’s largest coffee plantation’s and locally hidden locations up at Hydeaway Bay and Dingo Beach with beautiful beaches and island views.

Overnight – Airlie Beach

Meals included – Breakfast and dinner

Airlie Beach Croc Safari Tour

The natural attractions of the Whitsunday region do not end at the reef and islands. Local estuaries and wetlands stretch inland from the coast, to Proserpine River.

This habitat is home to many species of native birds, mammals, reptiles and marine animals, including about 150 estuarine crocodiles. Learn about the history of damper and billy-tea as our guides prepare them fresh for you onsite every day.

Once you know the secrets of the recipes and the tricks of the trade, you can see just how good they taste as you sample some traditional Australian “bush tucker”. Our guides also prepare your delicious BBQ lunch onsite while you relax in comfort at our covered and well equipped campsite.

Meals included – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Today we leave Airlie Beach, drive up to Bowen, look at their beautiful beaches and 360 lookout. Heading up to Townsville we look at its highlights – the Strand and Castle Hill before we board the ferry to Magnetic Island.

Overnight – Magnetic Island

Meals included – Breakfast and dinner

Magnetic Island, our tropical island paradise. Boasting a unique natural environment of palm-fringed beaches, large granite boulders, hoop pines, sandy beaches and fringing coral reefs. See the koalas in the wild and spend time relaxing. An easy to get around island with the hop on / hop off buses.

Explore at your own leisure any of the many attractions,

  • During the summer months (December to February) sea turtles nest on the beaches.
  • 24 kilometres (15 miles) of walking tracks.
  • Follow the 1.2-kilometre (0.75-mile) Hawkings Track for views across the island
  • Relax on one of the 23 beaches on Magnetic Island
  • The 1.5-hour Forts Walk includes World War II forts, incredible views and sometimes even a koala or two. Along the way, you may find rock art or shell middens – physical reminders of the Wulgurukaba people, who have lived on the island and mainland for thousands of years.

Meals – Breakfast and lunch

Magnetic Island to Atherton 

We journey north through the sugarcane and banana farms and stop at QLD’s number 1 tourist attraction Paronella Park.

Everyone has a dream. But not everyone’s dreams are realised.

José Paronella’s dream was to build a castle. He chose a special part of Australia and created Paronella Park.

On 5ha beside Mena Creek Falls he built his castle, picnic area by the falls, tennis courts, bridges, a tunnel, and wrapped it up in an amazing range of 7,500 tropical plants and trees (now a lush rainforest!). First opened to the public in 1935.

We now head west over the great dividing range to the Atherton Tablelands where we sample the delights at the Gallo DairyLand  cheese and chocolate factory before arriving in Atherton.

Overnight – Atherton

Meals included – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Atherton to Palm Cove 

On our way to Kuranda we will visit the heritage listed 500-year-old Curtain Fig, this unique tree has extensive aerial roots, that drop 15 metres to the forest floor and can be seen different vantage points along a boardwalk.

Kuranda, a picturesque mountain retreat surrounded by the worlds oldest living rainforest. Here we will experience a day full of adventure from  the Barron Falls, a steep 125m tiered waterfall that plunges out of the rainforest, Karanda Raintree Markets, an Army Duck, travel on both land and water as your guide explains different species of flora and fauna and visit the Aboriginal Culture Centre. Option to also visit a butterfly sanctuary, Koala Gardens, Bird World.

A visit to Kuranda is not complete with  travelling on the worlds largest gondola cableway “Skyrail Rainforest Cableway”. The journey is 7.5km and will take around 90 minutes and will pass through and above some of the most beautiful natural rainforest in the world. You can hop off at two points and view the beautiful vistas below. At the bottom your bus will meet you and we will make our way to Palm Cove for the evening. We’ve no doubt you will sleep well.

Overnight – Palm Cove

Meals included – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Daintree Rainforest 

We will tour through Mossman Gorge, which is the gateway to the worlds oldest rainforest, the Daintree Rainforest. Take an easy 10 minute stroll along the elevated boardwalk that meanders through the lower rainforest canopy and return along the riverside track, enjoying views from several small lookouts along the way. Be amazed by bright butterflies and look closely for well-camouflaged Boyd’s Forest Dragons clinging to tree trunks.

Overnight – Palm Cove

Meals included – Breakfast and dinner

All great adventures must come to an end but the memories will last forever. Time to farewell your fellow travellers and guide as we make our way to the airport.

Meals – Breakfast

This tour can be reversed – pick up at Cairns International Airport and be taken to Brisbane 

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Prices and Bookings

Book with Confidence, Guests requesting a cancelation due to Covid will be issued a full refund for any tours booked with Reef N Beyond.

15 Day Tour

14 Nights’ Accommodation

31 Meals

$6,990 per person twin share $1,400 single supplement

Next departure

– 12th October 2022

– 27th October 2022 (Reverse trip Cairns to Brisbane)

Experienced Driver Guide & Train or Airport Transfers

Tour commences in Brisbane

Tour concludes in Cairns

Tour inclusions

Return airport or train transfers

Tour exclusions

Not all meals are included. The tour guide/driver will recommend the best places to dine

Itinerary changes

On some occasions it may be necessary to change the itinerary due to availability or other circumstances beyond our control. Alternate destinations or swapping of days may occur if all other options have been exhausted

On some occasions it may be necessary to change the accommodation place due to availability or other circumstances beyond our control. Alternate accommodation will be booked.

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