GREAT SUNSHINE WAY AND BEYOND
Routing: Cairns to Brisbane
Duration: 14 Days
From AUD$2,180.00* per person, based on standard double/twin share accommodation.
Includes: 13 nights’ accommodation, 14 days unlimited km use of a compact size car, continental breakfast in Cape Tribulation, light breakfast in Mission Beach and Capricorn Caves, Dreamtime Gorge Walk, River Heads to Fraser Island return transfers and fully detailed itinerary with local and regional maps.
From AUD$2,540.00* per person, based on superior double/twin share accommodation.
Includes: 13 nights’ accommodation, 14 days unlimited km use of a compact size car, full breakfast in Mossman, light breakfast in Mission Beach and Capricorn Caves, Dreamtime Gorge Walk, River Heads to Fraser Island return transfers and fully detailed itinerary with local and regional maps.
From AUD$2,900.00* per person, based on boutique double/twin share accommodation.
Includes: 13 nights’ accommodation, 14 days unlimited km use of a compact size car, full breakfast in Mossman, light breakfast in Mission Beach and Capricorn Caves, continental breakfast in Airlie Beach, Dreamtime Gorge Walk, River Heads to Fraser Island return transfers and fully detailed itinerary with local and regional maps.
DAY 01: Cairns to Cape Tribulation (139 km) or Mossman (80km)
The beginning of your journey will see you travelling north along the Captain Cook Highway towards Cape Tribulation. Make time to stop for lunch at the picturesque town of Palm Cove before continuing along the highway. From Port Douglas you will be following the Mossman Daintree Road, where you will catch the vehicle ferry across the Daintree River.
In Mossman join the Dreamtime Gorge Walk, a hiking tour through the Curtain Figs and hear the stories from the Dreamtime.
DAY 02: Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas (86 km) or from Mossman (20km)
Today you are heading back to the beautiful tropical town of Port Douglas. Enjoy the humidity with a cold drink at one of the local bars, or even by the pool.
DAY 03: Port Douglas
Spend a day at leisure in Port Douglas, take a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef, perhaps do some shopping or explore more of Port Douglas.
DAY 04: Port Douglas to Mission Beach (204 km)
Today you will depart Port Douglas, and head south along the Bruce Highway. Pass though the sugarcane farming town of Innisfail, why not stop at Paronella Park for morning tea? Explore the romantic 1930’s Spanish Castle and its beautiful lush green grounds (own expense) before arriving to Mission Beach, where the rainforest meets the sea. Walk some of the 14kms of golden sandy beach and cool off for a swim before finishing the day off with a cool drink or cocktail.
DAY 05: Mission Beach
Take time to walk the along the beach, visit the Mission Beach Markets (held on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month) or take a drive out to visit Paronella Park, a beautiful semi-ruined Spanish Castle built in 1913 on 5 Hectares of lush ground next to a waterfall.
DAY 06: Mission Beach to Townsville (235 km)
Continue following the picturesque Queensland coast line, through the towns of Ingham, known as “little Italy” for its Italian settlers heritage and Cardwell. 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 07: Townsville to Airlie Beach (273 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 08: Airlie Beach
A day at leisure to enjoy what the beautiful Whitsundays 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 09: Airlie Beach to Capricorn Caves (461 km)
From Airlie Beach, travel back to Proserpine to join the highway and continue your journey south onto Mackay. Travel south towards Marlborough before arriving at Capricorn Caves. Here you can explore spectacular caves set in a limestone ridge.
DAY 10: Capricorn Caves to Agnes Waters (253 km)
Travel along the Bruce Highway through Rockhampton; which marks the exact line of the Tropic of Capricorn. 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 267 days of sunshine!
DAY 11: Agnes Waters to Fraser Island (252 km)
Travel along the Isis Highway to River Heads, the departure point for Fraser Island. This will take you through the historic town of Bundaberg, the home of Bundaberg Rum. From River Heads you will board the Kingfisher Bay Catamaran and be transported to the stunning Fraser Island. (Secure car storage is available at River Heads and should be booked in conjunction with accommodation).
DAY 12: Fraser Island
World Heritage-listed Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world, and today you are free to explore all its glory! You can join a Whale Watching tour between the months of August to March or the Beauty Spots Tour operates year round which lets you discover all the best that Fraser has to offer.
DAY 13: Fraser Island to Noosa (196 km)
After your morning catamaran transfer back to River Heads you have an easy drive to the relaxed beach side town of Noosa. Take time to walk along the beautiful beach and stop at one of the cafes for lunch before Indulging in some shopping.
DAY 14: Noosa to Brisbane (142 km)
Your last day of driving today takes you onto Brisbane, along the M1.This is a short drive so make time to stop at the Australia Zoo (own expense) along the way.
Your car is booked until tomorrow and should be dropped off 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, 2021. For dates after this or if you would like to make any changes, please contact us direct for a quote.