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Grand Australian Discovery

17 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: TQC17
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Australia's Natural Wonder

The world's largest reef system, explore The Great Barrier Reef with a Reef Magic cruise and snorkelling.

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 and 7 Dinners
  • Expert tour director plus local guides in select locations
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Luggage porterage for your convenience

Map & Itinerary

Australia Map TQC17 2019/20

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 a dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour tonight.


Be met on arrival in Sydney. Explore this stunning city on a half-day sightseeing coach tour this afternoon, including the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Stay: Sydney, PARKROYAL Darling Harbour

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  • Dinner

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the Gold Coast, famous for its uninterrupted coastline fringed by vibrant communities and lush wilderness areas. After settling in, perhaps stroll along the famous soft golden sands of 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 at your leisure. With 52 kilometres of golden beaches at your doorstep, you won’t have trouble finding a patch of sand. Perhaps 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.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Dine with the locals this evening at the Noosa Surf Club.


Departing the Gold Coast this morning, you’ll head north to the Sunshine Coast. Continue to the chic resort town of Noosa.

Stay: Sebel Noosa

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

At World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, settle in to your room at Kingfisher Bay Resort.


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 inviting 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 the island today with a half-day tour. With 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 liner that was driven ashore during a cyclone in 1935 (own expense).

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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, known as the gateway to the coast and the Outback. Founded in 1853, the city is home to historic heritage architecture and a rich, fascinating history. Then, travel to Airlie Beach and enjoy one of the region’s most immaculate beaches. Here you will join a ferry through the sparkling Whitsundays towards Hamilton Island. Here, enjoy dinner later this evening.

Stay: Two Nights: Hamilton Island, Reef View Hotel

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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; enjoy a round of golf or hire a buggy to explore this island paradise (all at 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. 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: Castaways Resort and Spa Mission Beach

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy views of the lush mountain-scape from your spacious room at the Pullman Cairns International.


As you continue your journey north, you will discover the lush Atherton Tablelands. This region is part of the Waterfalls Circuit, including magnificent Millaa Millaa Falls, known to be some of the most photographed falls in Australia. As you journey towards Cairns, you will visit the Curtain Fig Tree, a natural Australian icon. Arrive in Cairns this afternoon.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

Enjoy a special Farewell Dinner at Tjapukai By Night.


During an Aboriginal cultural dinner and performance, you will discover the spiritual concept known as Dreamtime, witness a corroboree, then be guided along a flame-lit pathway to a dinner of local produce.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today your adventure to the Red Centre of Australia commences. Fly from Cairns to Alice Springs today (flight not included).

Stay: Mercure Alice Springs Resort

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  • Breakfast
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Head to your resort and enjoy a glass of wine at sunset at a viewing platform overlooking Uluru (Ayers Rock).


Drive along the West MacDonnell Ranges and stop at a camel farm for an optional camel ride (own expense).

Stay: Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel

Tour the base of Uluru at sunrise. Visit Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and walk to Walpa Gorge.

Stay: Kings Canyon Resort

Choose between two walks at Kings Canyon.

Stay: Mercure Alice Springs Resort

Transfer 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

Discover why Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island has won six Australian and nine Queensland Tourism Awards.

Special Farewell Dinner

Enjoy dinner at Tjapukai by Night and hear stories of the Dreamtime.

From the Australian Outback and Europe’s waterways to the icescapes of Antarctica and far beyond, we won’t just take you there, we’ll immerse you in the wonders of each and every place you visit