BEST OF QUEENSLAND
Routing: Brisbane to Cairns
Duration: 16 Days
From AUD$1,927.00 per person, based on standard double/twin share accommodation.
Includes: 15 nights’ accommodation, 15 days unlimited km use of a compact sized car, continental breakfast in Mission Beach and Rockhampton and fully detailed itinerary with local and regional maps.
From AUD$2,346.00 per person, based on superior double/twin share accommodation.
Includes: 15 nights’ accommodation, 15 days unlimited km use of a compact sized car, continental breakfast in Mission Beach and fully detailed itinerary with local and regional maps.
From AUD$2,737.00 per person, based on boutique double/twin share accommodation.
Includes: 15 nights’ accommodation, 15 days unlimited km use of a compact sized car, continental breakfast in Airlie Beach & Mission Beach, Tropical Breakfast in Townsville and fully detailed itinerary with local and regional maps.
DAY 01: Brisbane to Hervey Bay (294 km)
Depart Brisbane and head north on the Bruce Highway taking some rest stops as you go and arrive into Hervey Bay with some time to take in the beauty of this small seaside town and gateway to Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island, at 123 kilometres long, and a haven for nature lovers.
DAY 02: Hervey Bay
Today is at your leisure to explore the natural beauty of Fraser Island or relax in Hervey Bay.
DAY 03: Hervey Bay to Agnes Water (290 km)
Travel along the Isis Highway towards Agnes Water. This will take you through the historic town of Bundaberg, the home of Bundaberg Rum. Lush green cane fields line the roads as you arrive into the quaint Agnes Waters town of 1770 (Seventeen Seventy). Take a walk along the serene 7kms of beach and enjoy one of the 267days of sunshine!
DAY 04: Agnes Water to Rockhampton (235 km)
Explore the Eurimbula National Park before continuing north through the rural community of Calliope and Gladstone, one of Australia’s busiest harbour before arriving into Rockhampton, which marks the exact line of the Tropic of Capricorn.
DAY 05: Rockhampton to Airlie Beach (482 km)
Depart Rockhampton and return to the Bruce Highway travelling north towards Marlborough and onto Mackay. Just outside of Mackay detour to the Cape Hillsborough National Park, where the rainforest meets the reef. The headland area contains several good walking trails. Continue onto Proserpine and turn off to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsundays, Queensland’s pristine 74 islands. It is a cosmopolitan and vibrant town filled with palm-fringed beaches and waterfront parks.
DAY 06: Airlie Beach
Today is at your leisure to enjoy the beautiful Whitsundays and what better way to do this than with a full day Whitehaven Beach and Three Island Cruise (own expense).
DAY 07: Airlie Beach to Townsville (285 km)
Depart Airlie Beach and travel north towards Townsville, detour to the beautiful country town of Bowen and the twin towns of Home Hill and Ayr. Townsville is a modern, tropical city and the administrative capital of North Queensland. A visit to the Great Barrier Reef Wonderland is recommended; it houses the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium. This evening join in with the locals for a walk along the waterfront esplanade, known as “The Strand”.
DAY 08: Townsville
Today is at your leisure to enjoy, maybe explore the natural beauty that agnetic Island’s beaches and National Park has to offer.
DAY 09: Townsville to Undara (512 km)
An early start, this morning leave Townsville travelling inland to Charters Towers which is bursting with living history of the gold rush day of the 1800’s, before continuing to Undara National Park. Arrive at Undara Volcanic National Park by mid afternoon and take a walk to the One Hundred Mile Wetland to view the array of birdlife before enjoying the evening campfire activity conducted by a Savannah Guide.
DAY 10: Undara Lava Tubes
The Undara Lava Tubes were formed 190,000 years ago and is the largest Lava Tube systems on earth. Today meet your Savannah Guide for a fascinating Volcano Valley tour followed by an evening Wildlife at Sunset Tour.
DAY 11: Undara to Mission Beach (300 km)
Leaving Undara Lava Tubes, travel through the heart of the Forty Mile Scrub National Park – part of the Undara lava Fields. Continue east on the Kennedy Highway to Innot Hot Springs, famous for its unique natural thermal mineral springs before arriving into Ravenshoe. The Visitor Centre is worth a visit, as is Windy Hill, one of Queensland’s largest wind farms.
From Ravenshoe, travel through the rich wet tropics rainforest of Johnstone River Valley to the spectacular Millaa Millaa Falls along the Palmerston Highway, to Innisfail. Continue onto the Bruce highway before arriving at your next stop Mission Beach.
DAY 12: Mission Beach
With a day at leisure in Mission Beach the activities are endless, visit the Reef, Dunk Island or try some fishing. For the adventurers you can Sea Kayak, White Water Raft or go Parachuting (all at own expense) and with 100 of kilometres of rainforest walking track you will wish you had another day to do it all.
DAY 13: Mission Beach to Port Douglas (205 km)
Depart Mission Beach for Port Douglas along the Bruce Highway. At Silkwood take the Old Bruce Highway scenic drive through Mena Creek to visit the intriguing Paronella Park. Continue onto South Johnstone, an historic sugar town, before reaching Innisfail, which is home to the Australian Sugar Museum and many Art Deco buildings. Detour near Babinda to explore the natural wonders of the Wooroonooran National Park, including The Boulders. Travel through Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and enjoy the scenic coastal drive before arriving into Port Douglas, famous for its “Four Mile Beach” and marina lined with boutiques and harbour side cafés.
DAY 14: Port Douglas
The next two days are at leisure. With the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest to the North and the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef to the East; the number of activities is endless.
DAY 15: Port Douglas
Spend a day in Port Douglas, take a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef (own expense) or explore the nearby Mossman Gorge.
DAY 16: Port Douglas to Cairns (67 km)
Heading south the drive along the coast is one of the most scenic drives in Australia. Be sure to stop at “Rex Lookout” for spectacular views along the coast. It is worth taking a short detour to stop and look around the delightful resort of Palm Cove before continuing along the Captain Cook Highway into Cairns. It is also possible to detour to Kuranda – the “Village in the Rainforest”.
Your journey has now come to an end, drop your car off at the airport or city today by the same time as it was picked up on Day 1 to avoid any additional charges.
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