East Coast Beaches And Reef

Overview

Countries and places

Australia

Tour Code

QCSF21

Operator

Duration

11 days

Brochure

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Explore the epic Eastern Australian coastline on a journey that takes you from the lush, reef-lined shores of Cairns to spectacular Sydney. Discover the array of coral and marine life that awaits you at the Great Barrier Reef, before cruising down to the Whitsundays and Fraser Island. You′ll also experience genuine Australian hospitality and farming life at Langmorn Station before soaking in the sights and sounds of the Gold Coast.

Highlights

    • Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
    • Stop at Millaa Millaa Falls and the Curtain Fig Tree
    • Unwind at the tropical paradise Hamilton Island with the option to book a tour to the world famous white-sand Whitehaven Beach
    • Stop at the Sarina Sugar Shed for a guided tour and lunch at a miniature Sugar Mill
    • BE MY GUEST Visit a family run working cattle property, Langmorn Station
    • Immerse yourself in nature at Kingfisher Bay Resort K′gari (Fraser Island)including a 4WD tour of the World Heritage Listed island
    • See the cute koalas at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. AAT Kings donates $2 for every guests that visits to help in the rehabilitation of injured wildlife.

What's Included

  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)
  • About AAT Kings

    At AAT Kings we strive to represent the very best that Australia and New Zealand have to offer. Our people are warm, friendly, engaged and enthusiastic. We love a laugh and a good story. We celebrate our great characters and our authentic personalities. We are always respectful, we deliver brilliant service and we are proud of our heritage and our culture.

    Our goal every day is to share Australia and New Zealand with our guests and to bring these two amazing countries to life.

    Come and see Australia and New Zealand with us! AAT Kings offers a huge range of holidays. No matter which way you choose to travel, we’ll bring each destination to life. A holiday is your time to relax, so at AAT Kings we’ve included just about everything so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Expert commentary, stress-free travel, luxury air-conditioned vehicles, and all the must-see highlights. Our friendly Travel Directors and Driver Guides will enhance your experience with stories, local knowledge and sense of fun. History of company AAT Kings’ story began in 1912 when the Pyke family pioneered coach touring in Australia. Starting with self-drive car-hire in 7 seater vehicles in Sydney, we expanded to guided sightseeing tours. By the 1960s, the company, then known as AAT, had become Sydney’s largest tour operator and in the 1980s we teamed up with pioneering adventurer Bill King’s Northern Safaris, which ultimately led to the creation of what we know today as AAT Kings. TIMELINE
    • 1912   Pyke family, led by Colonel Pyke began the first daily route from Sydney to Blue Mountains.
    • 1920s Due to the success of this daily Blue Mountains venture, the Government intervened and the first bus tour operator license (Touring Vehicle 001) was assigned – this license is still held by AAT Kings.
    • 1920s Pyke family expanded, offering guided tours to Katoomba and Jenolan Caves in seven seater cars.
    • 1935   Pykes introduced 14 seater coaches to Katoomba & Jenolan Caves tours.
    • 1945   Grenda’s Bus service founded in October when George Grenda purchased four routes from Shaves Bus services in Dandenong.
    • 1967   Bill King launched Bill King’s Northern Safaris.
    • 1973   Grenda’s Bus service purchased Blue Line Tourist Coaches Sydney.
    • 1975   AAT Coachlines was formed in July by a TAA & Mayne Nickless joint venture with the purchase and amalgamation of Pykes Tours, Grenda's Melbourne coach operations & Grenda’s Blue Line Tourist Coaches Sydney.
    • 1980   AAT Coachlines purchased Bill King's Northern Safaris in December & tours were operated as Bill King’s Australian Adventure Tours.
    • 1983   AAT Coachlines was purchased by Mayer Page and Geoff McGeary, proprietors of Australian Pacific Touring (APT).
    • 1984   AAT Kings was formed with amalgamation of Grand Central Tours, Bill King’s Australian Adventure Tours & AAT Coachlines (formed in 1975).
    • 1985   Bill King parted ways with Page & McGeary in September.
    • 1993   AAT & APT split in June, with Page taking control of AAT Kings and McGeary Australian Pacific Touring.
    • 1997   AAT Kings was purchased by The Travel Corporation.
    • 1999   AAT Kings began operations in New Zealand.
    • 2012   AAT Kings purchased APT’s Day Tours & Short Breaks.
    • 2013   AAT Kings in October undergoes significant rebranding, launching new focus and tagline “Bringing Australia & New Zealand to life”.
    • 2014 (Aug)   AAT Kings announced strategic investment in Down Under Tours, Cairns, opening a significant footprint in northern Queensland.
    • 2014 (Nov)   Off the back of a launch of first-of-their-kind glass roof coaches in Sydney, AAT Kings launches double decker ‘Sydney Sightseeing’ product in Sydney, the vehicles can cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge due to an innovative see-through roof.
    TYPES OF EXPERIENCE We offer a wide range of Day Tours, Short Breaks and extended Guided Tours right across Australia and New Zealand. Whether you’re looking to explore Australia’s stunning outback, the reef and rainforests of tropical Queensland, the rugged beauty of Western Australia and the Kimberley, the wilderness of Tasmania, cosmopolitan Sydney and Melbourne or the majestic landscapes of New Zealand, we are the coach tour specialists that can take you there. We’ll take you to all the must-see sights and even share some stories and ‘Hidden Gems’ along the way that you’d never have known if travelling on your own.
    • CHOICES
    • Guided Holidays
    • Locations: Australia and New Zealand
    • Duration: 4 to 21 days
    Points of difference:
    • Fully guided holiday experience with AAT Kings’ passionate and knowledgeable Tour Directors and Driver Guides
    • All the must-see highlights are included with VIP entry to major sights
    • Immersive cultural experiences
    • Choice, flexibility and freedom
    • Comfortable accommodation, many meals including breakfast daily and luxury coach transport
    • Travel wallet and map included in documentation
    • First Choice holidays offer premium hotels in centrally located areas, more meals and sightseeing inclusions, plus unique 'You’re Invited' dining experiences.
    • Best Buys holidays offer great value, comfortable accommodation within easy access to city centres and more free time.
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    • First Choice holidays offer premium hotels in centrally located areas, more meals and sightseeing inclusions, plus unique 'You’re Invited' dining experiences
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    • Best Buys holidays offer great value, comfortable accommodation within easy access to city centres and more free time
    • Inspiring Journeys
    • Locations: Top End, Red Centre, Tasmania and the North and South Islands of New Zealand
    • Duration: 3 to 22 days
    Points of difference:
    • Immersive and boutique small group journeys
    • Average number of guests: 12-20
    • Rich experiences that allow your client to shape their holiday
    • Local, authentic and innovative cuisine offerings
    • Luxury accommodation and vehicles including coaches and 4WDS
    • Experienced and professional AAT Kings’ Driver Guides

    Terms & Conditions

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    Tour Type

    Coach Tours

    FAQs

    • Guided Holiday Inclusions
    • Transportation, entrance fees and boat cruises as per itinerary, services of a Tour Director and/or Driver Guide, meals as specified, travel wallet and map. Accommodation on a share twin room basis (unless otherwise specified). Subject to a minimum number of clients. AAT Kings reserves the right to operate this touring on a smaller vehicle with a Driver Guide. On some occasions, coach restrooms may be inaccessible depending on operational conditions.

    • Special Meals
    • Please advise AAT Kings of any special dietary requirements at least 14 days before departure. Note that this will be on a request basis only, as AAT Kings cannot guarantee the availability of special meal types.

    • Luggage Allowance
    • One medium size suitcase per person plus one piece of hand luggage which may be carried on-board the coach. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartments and cannot be accepted as hand luggage. Maximum weight of the suitcase not to exceed 23kg (50lbs). We are required by strict Government vehicle weight regulations to enforce and adhere to this limit. If your luggage exceeds this limit, we ask that you make alternative arrangements for the excess to be forwarded to the termination point of your tour. We suggest that you have wheels on your suitcase, as there are certain places where assistance is not available (e.g. railway stations and cruise terminals). Wilderness Challenge-operated tours: please limit your luggage to one small soft travel bag (approximately 300mm x 300mm x 700mm) and a small daypack (cabin baggage) per person. A maximum weight limit of 10kg (22lbs) per person is permitted. All luggage and personal effects are at all times and in all circumstances at the risk of the tour participant. Luggage insurance is strongly recommended.

    • Airport Transfers
    • Where indicated on individual tour pages, AAT Kings offers complimentary arrival & departure transfers between designated airports and AAT Kings’ hotels on the scheduled start and end days of your tour or in conjunction with pre/post tour accommodation booked through AAT Kings (excludes all Day Tours). Airport transfers will be provided only for guests who have advised AAT Kings of their flight details a minimum 14 days for Short Breaks and 45 days for Guided Holidays prior to tour departure date.

    • Smoking and Seat Rotation
    • Government regulations prohibit smoking inside tourist coaches. Please restrict smoking to the ample stops en route. To enable everyone the opportunity of enjoying window and front seats, clients change seats daily during the course of the tour.

    • Wi-Fi
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi service is available in many hotel guestrooms and/or the public areas of most hotels. Complimentary Wi-Fi is also provided on-board most of our touring coaches. Wi-Fi on coaches uses a mobile/cellular network and as a result the connection will be slower than regular broadband and at times may not be available. In some areas Wi-Fi service will not be available. Please note that Wi-Fi may not be available on transfer coaches and other local services.

    • What to Bring
    • We recommend casual, lightweight, drip-dry clothing, with some warmer articles for the evenings and cooler days. For the winter months, a warm jacket is recommended. Pack shorts, pullover, rubber-soled walking shoes, swimsuit, towel, sleeping clothes and waterproof jacket. Do not forget your hat, camera, sunglasses, insect repellent, sunscreen, toiletries and a flask for drinking water. Regular laundry facilities are available en route. Dress is usually casual, so bring comfortable clothing. In Central Australia and Southern Australia nights in winter (May to August) can be cold, frosts do occur and occasionally a cold wind blows, so bring warm clothing to suit. Days are usually sunny and mild. In the Northern Tropics warmer conditions apply, so come prepared. Remember to bring strong, non-slip walking shoes. This is a must. Also, sun hats and sunglasses will make you more comfortable.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Cairns

    Welcome to Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef! Today you have time to settle into the warm weather and create your own start to the upcoming journey. Depending on your arrival time you could experience an Indigenous Cultural Show at Tjapukai, head straight to the water for an afternoon boat cruise or catch a sneak peek at the new Cairns Aquarium of some of the sea life you may spot on your reef day. Tonight you′ll meet your new found friends whilst enjoying a welcome dinner at a Cairns Harbour restaurant.

    Day 2 - Great Barrier Reef

    Board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. The world heritage listed reef is the only living organism you can see from the moon. Imagine that! You′ll have the opportunity to go snorkelling and view this natural living wonder up- close (equipment provided) and view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and the glass bottom boat. Enjoy a delicious tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns in the late afternoon

    Day 3 - Cairns - Mission Beach

    From the Reef yesterday, to the Rainforest today! You′ll be dropped off at Smithton for your peaceful Skyrail Rainforest Cableway journey across the canopy of Barron Gorge National Park. You′ll disembark at the Rainforest village of Kuranda with free time to explore. Your journey continues through the Atherton Tablelands, where lush rainforest, waterfalls and lakes abound. Visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the famous Curtain Fig Tree making sure to keep an eye out for the spectacular Ulysses Butterfly. Your destination for the night is Mission Beach where you′ll stay with views over the ocean. Magic!

    Day 4 - Mission Beach - Hamilton Island

    This morning there will be time to take a walk along the shore and feel the golden sand between your toes before you depart. Your drive today takes you to Airlie Beach where the ferry will transport you to the relaxed lifestyle of Hamilton Island, on of 74 tropical islands that make up with Whitsundays. You′ll be surrounded by pristine beaches, and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life!

    Day 5 - Hamilton Island

    At Hamilton Island the day is yours to indulge and relax by the pool or on the beach - you may prefer to hire a buggy to explore the island or tee off in paradise against the magnificent backdrop of an azure ocean. Or perhaps the famous Whitehaven Beach beckons. Take an optional cruise aboard a catamaran to this slice of paradise, where you can simply relax on the beach, take a swim, or get involved in some fun beach activities.

    Day 6 - Hamilton Island - Rockhampton

    This morning you′ll board a ferry back to mainland and continue south to Australia′s sugar capital Sarina. Thought you knew sugar? Sarina Sugar Shed is a working miniature sugar mill where you′ll get a peak in to the sugar cane industry. Witness fully functioning sugar processing and distilling equipment in action. Afterwards you can taste some of the products made on site before sitting down for a light lunch. Balance out that sugar high this evening with some protein in the beef capital of Australia, Rockhampton. Your night is free so why not try some local beef at an Aussie pub or go the modern route at the newly built Pier restaurant.

    Day 7 - Rockhampton - K′gari (fraser Island)

    You′ll cross the Tropic of Capricorn this morning on the drive out of Rockhampton however we′re not quite leaving the beef behind yet. This morning, you′ll experience some true Australian hospitality and farming life at Langmorn Station, a fully operational family run cattle station. Meet the Creed family and take a guided tour of the property including the original family homestead, built in 1873. Enjoy morning tea in the garden in the company of the pet kangaroo! This afternoon a ferry will take you across to the World Heritage Listed K′gari, also known as Fraser Island. Ground yourself back in nature on this sand island, your home for the next two nights.

    Day 8 - K′gari (fraser Island)

    A day of discovery lies ahead as your 4WD tour takes you for a bumpy ride around the island′s must-see sites. Visit Lake McKenzie, ringed with magnificent white sandy beaches. Walk through the ancient rainforest at Central Station and Wanggoolba Creek with its huge satiny, scribbly gum and kauri trees. Across the island to 75 Mile Beach, the sand highway will take you up the eastern coast to the Pinnacles Coloured Sands; cooling, calm waters of Eli Creek and the famous sinking Maheno Shipwreck.

    Day 9 - K′gari (fraser Island) - Gold Coast

    It′s back to the mainland this morning aboard your return ferry. However wildlife discovery awaits with your visit to Australia Zoo made famous by the Crocodile Hunter, the late Steve Irwin and his family. Enjoy a sneak peek in to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and see how AAT Kings works with the Wildlife Warriors to support the koala rehabilitation project at the hospital, the country′s largest and busiest wildlife facility. Catch one of the many shows and wander through the zoo′s fascinating grounds. You won′t venture far from the sand this evening as you arrive to the famous Gold Coast for another relaxing 2 nights.

    Day 10 - Gold Coast

    Today you have the freedom to enjoy the Gold Coast in your own style. Nature lovers may head to Mt Tamborine, foodies explore the growing culinary culture or those needing relaxation just stroll down to the sand and salt of Surfers Paradise Beach.

    Day 11 - Gold Coast - Coffs Harbour

    Journey to Cape Byron Lighthouse and enjoy superb views from Australia′s eastern-most point over the Pacific Ocean. At the right time of year you may be lucky enough to spot migrating whales frolicking off the coast. Experience your last evening of Australian nature at your accommodation nestled amongst sprawling tropical gardens in Coffs Harbour. You′ll have the opportunity to wander down to Little Diggers Beach and Diggers Head. Enjoy the early evening sea breeze just like the locals do! Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner with your travelling friends.

    Day 12 - Coffs Harbour To Sydney

    Memorise the Australian landscape with your last day traversing the east coast. This evening you′ll arrive to the buzzing hub of Sydney where this trip ends however hopefully your journey continues! We recommend an extra few days to catch the wonder of this harbour city. Have a chat with your Tour Director for some recommendations and perhaps spend some more time with your travelling friends.

    Prices/Dates

    All Prices are in Australian Dollars

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    19 Nov 2021 30 Nov 2021   AUD $6105 AUD $4825 AUD $4583
    21 Jan 2022 01 Feb 2022   AUD $6105 AUD $4825 AUD $4583
    18 Feb 2022 01 Mar 2022   AUD $6105 AUD $4825 AUD $4583
    18 Mar 2022 29 Mar 2022   AUD $6105 AUD $4825 AUD $4583

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