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Grand Australian Discovery

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Trip Code: TQC17R
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  • Map & Itinerary
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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 TQC17R 2017-18

Alice Springs to Sydney

Reverse Trip

Designed exclusively for our guests
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a range of included special or unique excursions and events

Arrive into the Red Centre of Australia, Alice Springs. Transfer from the airport to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Stay: Chifley Alice Springs Resort

Drive along the West MacDonnell Ranges and stop at a camel farm for an optional camel ride (own expense). Like a Local – tour the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock), then head to your resort and enjoy a glass of wine while watching the sunset.

Stay: Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel

Rise early to view sunrise over Uluru. Visit the rock domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and walk to Walpa Gorge before travelling to Kings Canyon.

Stay: Kings Canyon Resort

Explore Kings Canyon today, where you can choose between two guided walks here.

Stay: Chifley Alice Springs Resort

Fly to Cairns (airfare not included) in tropical North Queensland. Settle in to your room at Pullman Cairns International.

Stay: Two Nights: Pullman Cairns International

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.


Like a Local – cruise from Cairns by fast catamaran to Reef Magic’s exclusive activity platform and enjoy five hours amid the colourful coral and marine life. Enjoy the unique chance to snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon, walk through the underwater observatory, join a tour on the semi-submersible or glass bottom boat, or relax on the sun deck of your ship. This is one of the best destinations on the Great Barrier Reef for viewing the unique and vibrant species of coral and fish that call the reef home. On returning ashore later, take some time out to relax at your hotel, before enjoying a special Welcome Dinner at Tjapukai by Night. During this Aboriginal cultural dinner and performance you’ll discover the spiritual concept known as Dreamtime, take an interactive part in a corroboree, then be guided along a flame-lit pathway to a dinner of local produce.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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


Today, ride the Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and ride above the treetops to Caravonica Lakes. This memorable experience will take you over the World Heritage-listed tropical rainforest canopy, all the while introducing you to one of the world's most botanically diverse areas. Later, visit the beautiful Atherton Tablelands. Experience the serene atmosphere of Millaa Millaa Falls, known to be some of the most photographed falls in Australia, and marvel at the unusual formations of the Curtain Fig Tree. Arrive at your beachfront escape, Castaways Resort & Spa, where the only thing between you and the golden beach is a grassy lawn and a line of coconut palms. Complete with a secluded rainforest swimming area, it won’t be long before you discover why Mission Beach has earned its reputation as a haven for rest and relaxation.

Stay: Mission Beach, Castaways Resort & Spa

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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


Travel from Mission Beach to Townsville for a tour of this tropical city. From Airlie Beach, cruise to Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays for a special stay.

Stay: Two Nights: Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Enjoy today at leisure on beautiful Hamilton Island. You might like to snorkel off the beach and discover the abundance of tropical fish; take a stroll through the rainforest; or simply relax by one of the resort's many swimming pools. Alternatively, embark on a half-day excursion to Whitehaven Beach, regarded as one of Australia's most stunning beaches (own expense).

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  • Breakfast

This morning, cruise back to the mainland and rejoin your coach for the journey south to Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia. Here, you'll see wide streets lined with Victorian-style buildings – a reminder of the region's 19th-century gold and copper mining boom, and its prosperous cattle industry.

Stay: Rockhampton, Central Park Motel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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


Take a tour of Rockhampton's beautiful provincial gardens, some of the best in Australia. Then, enjoy a relaxing stay on World Heritage-listed Fraser Island at the eco-friendly Kingfisher Bay Resort. 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 offers 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 and some time at leisure this afternoon. Slip into island living and perhaps explore the hundreds of walking trails which criss-cross the island. Immerse yourself in the ancient rainforests or explore the coloured sand cliffs on Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Perhaps visit the wreck of the Maheno, a trans-Tasman liner that was driven ashore during a cyclone in 1935.

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  • Breakfast

Departing the Fraser Island this morning, you’ll head south 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

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.


Depart Noosa this morning and head to the Gold Coast.

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

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


This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight from Gold Coast to Sydney. 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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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today you will be transferred to the airport.

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  • Breakfast

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

Discover why Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island 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

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