If you have limited time to explore Australia East Coast, and want to find an organised 8 day Brisbane to Cairns tour package, by all means, keep reading. To enumerate some, you will snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef, explore Fraser island in a 4WD, bathe in the beauty of the postcard-perfect islands of the Whitsundays, and discover the tropical rainforest around the Atherton Tablelands. This is a great Australia tour for singles as well as couples.
Key: B = Breakfast, L = lunch, D = Dinner
Meet your guide & new travel mates in Brisbane city at the Pacific hotel, at 10am.
This is the start of your 8 day Brisbane to Cairns tour package with Via Travel Australia. We start with a magnificent drive & short ferry to our two night destination, Fraser Island – the local Butchulla people call it K’gari (paradise), and you’ll find out why soon enough. This incredible slice of land is the largest sand island in the world, stretching some 123 kilometres down Queensland’s southern coast and tomorrow you’ll have the chance to explore it, so get a good night’s rest ready for a day of adventure – oh, and look out for dingoes! (B)
Today we are talking adventure, adventure, adventure! In brief, an exciting 4WD ride through the breathtaking landscape of Fraser Island. In summary, on day 2 of our 8 day Brisbane to Cairns tour package we visit some of the renowned lookout points – perhaps Indian Head or The Cathedrals – for incredible views of the coast, then take a refreshing dive into the crystal-clear waters of Lake McKenzie – an island icon. Then, visit the Maheno shipwreck and the coloured sands of The Pinnacles, Pile Valley’s awe-inspiring Satinay and Brush Box forests as well as Central Station and Wanggoolba, before adventuring along 75 Mile Beach Road – one of the best coastal drives in the country – and taking a dip in the fresh waters of Eli Creek. From tropical dense rainforest to wild offshore waters – witness the contrasting fauna and terrain of this truly unique island as you venture across undulating sand dunes and vast golden beaches, in search of that iconic outback creature, the dingo. This evening, relax at your accommodation and perhaps join the rest of your group for dinner at one of the resort’s restaurants. (B).
Accommodation: King Fisher Bay Resort
We take the ferry back to the mainland onto Brisbane Airport; It’s up, up, and away, as we take the plane to Airlie beach, hub of the magnificent Whitsundays. You get the chance to take the reins today; whether you want to stroll through the town, find a cool bar, or explore the local swimming hole, the choice is all yours! (B). Accommodation: Airlie Beach: Mantra Croc Club.
After breakfast, we’re taking a leisurely day cruise through the postcard-perfect islands of the Whitsundays, including a stop at the famed Whitehaven beach. Words don’t do justice to the dazzling white sands, azure waters, and densely verdant vegetation of this incredible corner of the world. Get a closer look by snorkelling with colourful coral, and an array of playful fish and turtles. Afterwards, it’s your chance to relax or seek out the town’s best food and drink options to finish day 4 of your Australia East Coast bus tour. (B, L).
Accommodation: Airlie Beach: Mantra Croc Club.
A change of scenery today as we head through undulating cane fields to picturesque Mission Beach in a private vehicle. We’ll have the perfect day to enjoy paradise this afternoon with free time as we arrive onto crystal clear waters and stunning views. Grab a book, have a swim in the pool, or just sit and enjoy the tropical bliss.(B)
Accommodation: Mission Beach – Castaways Resort
It is true to say, the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef is on the bucket list of many travellers who venture to this incredible corner of Australia. in fact, The Great Barrier Reef is brimming with colourful coral and an amazing array of tropical fish, and today you’ll get to witness its magnificence with your own eyes on a snorkelling adventure through this underwater paradise. Cruise out to this famous reef this morning as you hear a marine conservation commentary about the importance of preserving this World Heritage-listed region and how you can do your bit.
Then, it’s time to put on your snorkelling gear and dive into the dazzling waters, where you can freely explore a wonderfully rich ecosystem. (B)
Accommodation: Mission Beach Castaways Resort. https://www.castaways.com.au/
Enjoy breakfast before we travel into the wet tropics of Far North Queensland. We’ll discover a magnificent plunge waterfall nestled in dense tropical rainforest en-route to the Atherton Tablelands. Take a dip in the cool water before we head to Lake Eacham, a crater lake with crystal-clear water, and visit the massive ‘Curtain Fig Tree’. We’ll finish the day in Cairns, one of Australia’s most vibrant, tropical and energetic cities. (B)
Accommodation: Cairns: Flynn Hotel. See hotels here – crystalbrookcollection.com
Post Tour accommodation is available through Via Travel.
Extending your stay in Cairns? Ask your travel agent if you can book extra accommodations nights. Ask us about short trips/activities for after the tour ends.
Must be 18+ to travel on the tour unless an approved minor (8-17 years old) is accompanied by an adult. All guest must be young in spirit & active enough to participate daily in light to medium walks, some lasting up to 2 hours
*Day 1 is always in on a Friday in Brisbane & Day 8 is always a Friday in Cairns
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