Via Travel operate Boutique Australia small group tours: Locally owned & operated – Food, wine, beaches, walks, wildlife and amazing nature experiences daily. Sleep well in hand picked hotel accommodation. Local & authentic knowledge and experienced guides.
Explore the East Coast of Australia in a small group, with a locally owned & operated company that loves nature, food, wine & the friendly faces that we work closely with. Includes nature based activities each day and the chance to relax with some “Me Time” too. Sleep well in hand picked 3 & 4 star accommodation. There is not age limit, but all guest must be young in spirit & active enough to participate daily in light to medium walks, some lasting up to 2 hours.
Key: B = Breakfast, L = lunch, D = Dinner
Meet your guide & new travel mates at Brisbane CBD (Hotel – Royal On The Park), or at Brisbane Airport between 10.30am & 11.30am (Please check with us what time to meet when booking your tour, as each tour varies by a few hours depending on our scheduled flight time). We’re headed to Australia East Coast must-see sun-kissed Noosa (via one of Australia’s top surf spots and home to some of our champion surfers). We’re crossing into Queensland – the Sunshine State – which means koala-spotting in a national park followed by a magnificent sunset overlooking the Sunshine Coast hinterland from a coastal lookout. Rest up in the evening, or hit the bustling town for dinner and nightlife. (B)
Ready, steady, go, for a once-in-a-lifetime Fraser Island 4WD adventure today. You’ll never want to leave, as we explore the largest sand island in the world, kick back at some of Queensland’s most renowned lookouts, take a walk on the wild side, dive into a crystal-clear lake, and go dingo-discovering. The fun needn’t stop there; after the tour feel free to enjoy Noosa’s vibrant nightlife, or put your feet up in your accommodation. (L)
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)
After breakfast, we’re taking a leisurely day cruise through the postcard-perfect islands of the Whitsundays, including a stop at famed Whitehaven beach. Words can’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 snorkeling 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. (B, L)
A change of scenery today as we head through undulating cane fields to historic Tully in a private vehicle. We’ll meet an Aboriginal family who’ll escort us to a secluded swimming hole in the rainforest. You’ll also get the chance to try your hand at Aboriginal art, as we are guided by local Jirrbal Aboriginal Artists on traditional techniques after a tour of the Ingan Cultural Centre. We finish the session with a candid discussion on Aboriginal culture, history and contemporary life for Indigenous people in Australia, followed by a delicious barbecue. (D)
Enjoy breakfast in a local café 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)
It’s one of the highlights of any trip to Australia: The Great Barrier Reef. Today, we take a cruise to the famed reef, where we’ll go snorkeling and hear a marine conservation commentary. After an extraordinary day, we’ll freshen up at the hotel before having our farewell dinner. It’s a chance to compare memories, swap stories, and say farewell to your friends on the tour. (B, L, D)
Optional: Scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef
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.
Moving on immediately? You can leave your luggage in storage at the hotel & collect it at the end of the day.
All tours require comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing (We travel nearly 1000km from Brisbane to Sydney so during the week it could be cold and wet and the next day sunny and hot). Sunscreen is recommended on sunny & cloudy days. Swimmers and a towel
Scuba dive on the barrier reef from $70
Departure Dates: *Day 1 is always a Friday in Brisbane & Day 7 is always a Thursday in Cairns