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Brisbane to Cairns Experience

You can get a sense of just how huge Australia is by looking at a map, but once you’re there, the vastness really hits home. For travellers long on ambition but short on time, this extensive and compact journey up the East Coast of Queensland is nothing short of ideal. Employing a diverse range of transport — yachts, trains, truck, and private vehicles — you’ll visit Fraser Island and the Whitsundays, go snorkelling, and sleep on the banks of the Noosa River. Your time here may not last long, but your memories will last forever.

Travel Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings
Service Level: Basic
Physical Rating: 3 - Average
Trip Type: Small Group
Merchandising:Top Seller

Holiday Highlights

  • Zip over dunes on a remote sand island
  • Sail from island to island through the Whitsundays on a maxi yacht
  • Connect with nature on an overnight excursion in the Everglades
Pricing Information

Total From €1,085
Nights  9



Flight prices are not included, prices are p.person.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Brisbane

Arrive in Brisbane at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city.

If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city. Opt to visit the Botanical Gardens, admire views of the city from Mt Coot-tha, or relax at Streets Beach on the South Bank.

Included Activities
  • Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Brisbane/Noosa Everglades

Set off to the Noosa Everglades for an evening surrounded by stunning wilderness.

Additional Notes

Please note that due to operational reasons, this night and the following night may be reversed. All activities and inclusions will remain the same.

Included Activities
  • Eco Cruise
  • Canoeing
  • Noosa Everglades Overnight Excursion


Transport

Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 150km)

Included Meals

1B, 1L

Day 3 Noosa Everglades/Fraser Island

Once on the island, enjoy a 4x4 tour of Fraser Island, driving along over 100km of beach. Go for a swim in Lake McKenzie, and enjoy a rainforest walk along the way.

Additional Notes

While on Fraser Island, main luggage will be stored in a secure storage facility. Each person will need to pack an overnight bag with max weight of 5kg, as access to main luggage will not be available again until the next day. This is due to luggage capacity restrictions in 4x4 vehicles.

Included Activities
  • 4x4 Excursion


Transport

Private Vehicle (1.25 hour(s), 95km)
Ferry

Included Meals

1B

Day 4 Fraser Island/Airlie Beach

Enjoy a morning of exploring by 4x4 to hit the remainder of Fraser Island's highlights, before hopping an overnight train north to Airlie Beach.

Included Activities
  • 4x4 Excursion


Transport

Ferry
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 115km)
Overnight train (airplane seats) (12.00-14.00 hours)

Included Meals

1B, 1L

Day 5 Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands

After arriving in Airlie Beach and some time for brunch, head to the marina and embark on a maxi yacht which will be our home for the next two nights. Set sail to a secluded cove in the Whitsunday Islands where you will drop anchor for the night.

Included Activities
  • Whitsunday Islands Sailing Trip, Day 1


Transport

Maxi yacht

Included Meals

1D

Day 6 Whitsunday Islands

The sailing route today allows us to follow part of Captain Cook's route up through the Whitsunday Islands.

Planeterra has partnered with Reef Ecologic, a nonprofit specialized in creating innovative solutions to challenges facing coral reefs. In the Whitsundays they are working to engage the community and travellers to restore the reef following the 2017 cyclone. Reef Ecologic's new coral gardens in the Whitsundays foster natural coral fragments to be replanted into the reef for a healthy marine environment.

Additional Notes

Please note that snorkelling over the Reef Ecologic Coral Restoration project may occur on the first or last day of your Whitsunday Islands excursion, if weather conditions or tides are not ideal on this day.

Included Activities
  • Whitsunday Islands Sailing Trip, Day 2
  • Reef Ecologic Coral Restoration


Transport

Maxi yacht

Included Meals

1B, 1L, 1D

Day 7 Whitsunday Islands/Airlie Beach

After three days at sea, we sail back to Airlie Beach for a night on land in a local beach hostel. Feel free to relax by the pool at the end of the day.

Included Activities
  • Whitsunday Islands Sailing Trip, Day 3


Transport

Maxi yacht

Included Meals

1B

Day 8 Airlie Beach/Cairns

Admire the scenery on the train north to Cairns.

Additional Notes

Get ready for an early morning wake-up today for the journey to Cairns. Make sure to stock up on snacks and bring personal entertainment – it may be one of the longer travel days on this trip, but it's worth it to reach The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef!

Transport

Local bus (0.75-1.00 hours)
Train (10.00-11.00 hours)

Day 9 Cairns

Enjoy a free day to visit the Great Barrier Reef or get the adrenaline pumping by whitewater rafting or bungee jumping. Cap it all off with a Big Night Out in Cairns.

Prefer to plan ahead? Pre-book the "Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling" activity on the checkout page to include this optional on your tour.

Included Activities
  • Big Night Out

Day 10 Cairns

Depart at any time.

Included Activities
  • Departure Day

What's Included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Reef Ecologic Coral Restoration, Whitsunday Islands
    Your Discover Moment: Cairns
    Your Big Night Out Moment: Cairns
  • Fraser Island excursion
  • Noosa Everglades overnight experience
  • Noosa Everglades canoeing excursion
  • Entrance fees to Cooloola Recreation Area and Fraser Island in Great Sandy NP
  • Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion (3 days)
  • Whitehaven Beach visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Accommodation

Hostels (5 nts), cabin (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt), maxi yacht (2 nts). All nights multi-share.
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