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Grand Australian Discovery

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Trip Code: TQC17
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation
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Trip Highlights

Australias great wonder

Experience the colourful coral and marine life of the Great Barrier Reef through a number of activities

Sunset At Uluru

Seated under the desert stars, take in a stunning sunset over Uluru with a glass of wine

The One And Only Australia Zoo

Made famous by the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, this world-renowned zoo features many native species

Your Vacation Includes

  • Immersive Insider Experiences
  • 12 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 5 Dinners and 2 Feature Dinners
  • Expert tour director plus local guides in select locations
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in Australia
  • Luggage porterage and tipping

Map & Itinerary

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Australia Map TQC17 2017-18

Sydney to Alice Springs

Reverse Trip

Designed exclusively for our guests
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a range of included special or unique excursions and events

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy fantastic views of the city during a feature dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour tonight.


Be met on arrival in Sydney this evening and transferred to your hotel. Explore this stunning city on a half-day sightseeing coach tour this afternoon, soaking up the world-renowned landmarks, including the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Stay: Sydney, PARKROYAL Darling Harbour

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  • Dinner

Enjoy some time in Sydney before transferring to the airport and flying to the Gold Coast, famous for its uninterrupted coastline fringed by vibrant communities and lush wilderness areas. After settling in to your hotel located within the heart of the city, perhaps stroll along the famous soft golden sands of the popular Surfers Paradise Beach, before enjoying the evening at leisure.

Stay: Two Nights: Gold Coast, Mantra on View Hotel

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  • Breakfast

Today you have a full day to explore the Gold Coast at your leisure. With 52 kilometres of golden beaches at your doorstep, you won’t have trouble finding a patch of sand. Perhaps grab a board and learn to surf, see what’s on the menu at one of the restaurants along the waterfront or head into the lush hinterland for a day amidst the subtropical wilderness.

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  • Breakfast
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Visit the world-renowned Australia Zoo, made famous by the late Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin. Here you will be given the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of conservation and see many native Australian species up close.


Departing the Gold Coast this morning, you’ll head north to the Sunshine Coast. Continue to the chic resort town of Noosa where you’ll enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers as you settle in tonight.

Stay: Sebel Noosa

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Settle in to your room at Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island.


With some time in Noosa, perhaps head into town or take a stroll along the stunning waterfront. Later, travel to Hervey Bay and join your cruise transfer to the world’s largest sand island, World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. This evening, enjoy dinner in the company of your fellow travellers.

Stay: Two Nights: Fraser Island, Kingfisher Bay Resort

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Located at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island is a rare and beautiful paradise. The untamed wilderness will entice you from the moment you arrive, providing adventure and excitement, but also a relaxing atmosphere from your base here at the eco-friendly Kingfisher Bay Resort. Discover this beautiful island today with a half-day tour.

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  • Breakfast

A morning ferry takes you across Hervey Bay, where you will discover why this special place is often referred to as the jewel in Queensland’s crown. The journey concludes back on the mainland where you will rejoin your coach to continue heading north. Travel through sugarcane country, crossing some of the many narrow-gauge railway lines that transport sugarcane from the field to processing plants in town, an iconic sight of rural Queensland. Later, arrive in the inland city of Rockhampton.

Stay: Central Park Motel Rockhampton

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Realise your dreams of a tropical island paradise as you arrive at picturesque Hamilton Island.


Explore the charming historical town of Rockhampton. Then, travel to Airlie Beach and enjoy one of the region’s most beautiful beaches. Here you will join a ferry through the sparkling Whitsundays.

Stay: Two Nights: Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

You have the entire day at leisure to do as little or as much as you like. Perhaps snorkel off the beach or take a stroll through the tropical jungle to the highest point of the island - own expense.

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  • Breakfast

Take an early morning ferry transfer, gliding from Hamilton Island to the Port of Airlie, where you will reboard your coach and travel to Townsville. On arrival, enjoy a tour of the city. Continue to Mission Beach, the destination where two of the most stunning World Heritage-listed areas meet; the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Arrive at your beachfront escape, Castaways Resort and Spa, where the only thing between you and the golden beach is a grassy lawn and a line of coconut palms.

Stay: Castaways Resort and Spa Mission Beach

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

You will enjoy lush mountain views from your spacious room at the Pullman Cairns International.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway in Kuranda and ride above the treetops to Caravonica Lakes.


As you journey towards Cairns, you will travel via the Atherton Tablelands and visit the Curtain Fig Tree, an iconic natural Australian icon. Arrive Cairns this afternoon and enjoy a free evening to explore at your own pace.

Stay: Three Nights: Pullman Cairns International

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  • Breakfast
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Cruise from Cairns by fast catamaran to Reef Magic’s exclusive activity platform on the Great Barrier Reef and enjoy five hours amid the coral and marine life.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Back in Cairns tonight, enjoy a special feature Farewell Dinner at Tjapukai By Night. During this Aboriginal cultural dinner and performance you will discover the spiritual concept known as Dreamtime, take part in a corroboree, then be guided along a flame-lit pathway to a dinner of local produce.


Enjoy the best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Fly from Cairns to Alice Springs today (flight not included).

Stay: Chifley Alice Springs Resort

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  • Breakfast
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a glass of wine while watching the sun set over Uluru tonight.


Travel through incredible outback landscapes to Ayers Rock Resort.

Stay: Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel

Rise early to catch sunrise over Uluru. Visit Kata Tjuta - The Olgas and walk to Walpa Gorge, then travel to Kings Canyon.

Stay: Kings Canyon Resort

Choose one of two walks available to you at Kings Canyon.

Stay: Chifley Alice Springs Resort

Today you will be transferred to the airport.

Travel & Accommodation

Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise

Enjoy million dollar views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as you devour a delicious dinner

An Island Gem

Stay at Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island and discover why it has won six Australian and nine Queensland Tourism Awards

Dinner at Tjapukai

Join a Rainbow Serpent circle to learn traditional language songs before a dinner of Australian meats, seafood and salads

It has been a privilege to welcome so many guests aboard APT’s award-winning journeys, and a joy to see those guests fall in love with each new experience the world presents.