GRAND EAST DISCOVERY
Routing: Cairns to Sydney
Duration: 13 Days
From AUD$1,611.00 per person, based on standard double/twin share accommodation.
Includes: 12 nights’ accommodation, 13 days unlimited km use of a compact size car and fully detailed itinerary with local and regional maps.
From AUD$2,037.00 per person, based on superior double/twin share accommodation.
Includes: 12 nights’ accommodation, 13 days unlimited km use of a compact size car, full breakfast in Hunter Valley and fully detailed itinerary with local and regional maps.
From AUD$2,641.00 per person, based on boutique double/twin share accommodation.
Includes: 12 nights’ accommodation, 13 days unlimited km use of a compact size car, Tropical breakfast in Townsville, light breakfast in Airlie Beach and fully detailed itinerary with local and regional maps.
DAY 01: Cairns to Townsville (347 km)
Today your journey takes you south from the heart of the tropics. Skirt the Wooroonooran National Park near Babinda. At Innisfail you can detour onto the Old Bruce Highway, travelling through Mena Creek to visit the intriguing Paronella Park. Continue south to Cardwell and Ingham. Townsville is a modern, tropical city and the administrative capital of North Queensland.
DAY 02: Townsville to Airlie Beach (275 km)
Continue south from Townsville along the Bruce Highway and pass through the twin towns of Ayr and Home Hill. Take a detour through Bowen, before arriving in Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour. Airlie Beach is one of Australia’s favourite holiday destinations and gateway to the seventy-four islands of the Whitsundays.
DAY 03: Airlie Beach
A day at leisure to enjoy what the beautiful Whitsunday’s has to offer. We suggest you take a sailing trip and spend the day on one of the many beautiful Whitsunday Islands. There are many operators offering different cruise and island combinations for you to choose from.
DAY 04: Airlie Beach to Yeppoon (505 km)
From Airlie Beach, travel back to Proserpine to join the highway and continue your journey south onto Mackay. Travel south towards Marlborough. Detour to Yeppoon, a seaside resort located on the coast overlooking Great Keppel Island.
DAY 05: Yeppoon to Taroom (360 km)
Heading inland today, passing through Rockhampton, you will follow the Leichardt Highway towards Taroom. Along the way, make sure you stop at the spire in Curtis Park that marks the exact line of the Tropic of Capricorn. Taroom will give you a taste of the Queensland outback country side with its lush grazing yards and historic township.
DAY 06: Taroom to Brisbane (465 km)
You will re-join the Leichardt Highway and connect with the Warrego Highway as you head towards Brisbane. Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and Australia’s third largest city.
DAY 07: Brisbane to Gold Coast (60 km)
From Big City lights to the high-rise lined beaches of the Gold Coast. A nice easy 1 hour drive south will take you through to Surfers Paradise, Australia’s holiday Mecca; with a vast array of apartments and hotels stretching for 42 kilometres from Tweed Heads to Southport along the many beaches.
DAY 08: Gold Coast to Byron Bay (90 km)
Another short drive today will take you to a different kind of beach side destination. Head through Brunswick heads and through the rolling hills towards Byron Bay. Byron Bay is renowned for its beaches, Café Culture and totally relaxed vibe.
DAY 09: Byron Bay to Port Macquarie (400 km)
A mostly coastal drive today will give you some great photo opportunities. Make sure you take a short detour to Cape Byron, the most easterly point on the Australian coast and it also has Australia’s most powerful lighthouse. Pass through the seaside towns of Woolgoolga and Coffs Harbour before arriving at Port Macquarie, one of the oldest towns in New South Wales.
DAY 10: Port Macquarie to Hunter Valley (340 km)
Continue to track the coast south, before heading west from Newcastle onto the Hunter Valley, a world renowned wine region, filled with luscious gardens, vineyards and friendly cellar doors. Pick up a few bottles of local wine to enjoy over dinner and take a walk through the extensive Hunter valley gardens where you might just find yourself in the middle of a fairy tale.
DAY 11: Hunter Valley to Blue Mountains (275 km)
Following the Bylong Valley Way, pass through the lovely vineyards and farm lands before joining the Castlereagh Highway for your journey through to the Blue Mountains.
DAY 12: Blue Mountains
Today is at your leisure, take a trip to Scenic World and ride the Scenic Railway, the steepest incline railway in the world. Or take the Cable Way over the forest and enjoy the spectacular view.
DAY 13: Blue Mountains to Sydney (105 km)
Your last day of driving today takes you onto Sydney, Australia’s gateway city. Make the time to stop at the Featherdale Wildlife Park (own expense) to meet the local animals. Have your photo taken with a koala, kangaroo or emu and a quick bite to eat on your way back to the city.
Your vehicle needs to be returned today at the city or airport, by the same time as it was picked up on Day 1 to avoid any additional charges.
Prices are subject to availability and conditions apply. Valid until 31 March, 2017. For dates after this or if you would like to make any changes, please contact us direct for a quote.