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Gold Coast & Great Barrier Reef Getaway

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,199

Experience the coastal highlights of Queensland on an air-inclusive vacation. Start in the Gold Coast where you’ll enjoy Australia’s beach culture. Fly north to Cairns, the centre of tropical north Queensland, to visit the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef.


This 10-day Australian vacation takes you across Queensland from the Gold Coast to Cairns. It features moderate or first class accommodations depending on preference, international airfare, shared tours, and is ideal for a second visit to Australia.

Cross the Pacific Ocean and arrive in Brisbane, the country’s third largest city and the city of sunny days, and connect to the Gold Coast, one of Australia’s premier stretches of coastline. One day, you’ll head on a wilderness journey to the UNESCO-listed rainforests of Lamington National Park. Hike over Tamborine Mountain, explore the 400ac-property of Spring Gully, and enjoy the stunning views of the countryside from O’Reilly’s Plateau. Another day, relax at Surfers’ Paradise, taking advantage of the 14 shopping centres, gorgeous beachfront, and stylish resorts like Main Beach.

From Gold Coast, connect to Cairns in northeastern Queensland, the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Stroll along the Promenade, take a dip in the saltwater lagoon, and go on a coastal drive towards Port Douglas to experience the beautiful coastline. Head on a full day catamaran cruise to Agincourt Reef to explore the Great Barrier Reef. Dive beneath the waves, snorkel over coral gardens, and soak up the glory of this underwater world.

The final two days of your trip to Australia are at leisure in Cairns. Arrange a further visit to the Great Barrier Reef to take full advantage of your proximity or venture inland into Northern Queensland’s rainforests. Ride the Skyrail through the Daintree Rainforest or visit Kuranda, the village in the forest, where you can get in touch with Indigenous Australian traditions and explore the jungle’s wild side.

At the end of your stay, connect back home.


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,199

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Day 1

Depart North America

Depart from Los Angeles airport on board award winning Virgin Australia bound for Brisbane

Day 2

Cross the International Dateline

You will lose a day, which is regained on the return journey.

Day 3

Arrive Brisbane & the Gold Coast

On arrival in Brisbane you will be met and transferred by private car to your Gold Coast hotel.  The Gold Coast, located 95 km/60 miles south of Brisbane, is a major Australian tourist destination in Queensland. It has 60 km/35 miles of coastline, year round sunshine and a subtropical climate. It is also known as the entertainment capital of Queensland with long stretches of sandy beaches to be enjoyed on an Australia vacation.

Hotel Category Hotel
Moderate Mantra Sun City Surfers Paradise 
First Class Peppers Broadbeach
Duration3 Nights
Day 4

Window to the Wilderness Rainforest and Wildlife Tour

A short distance beyond the beaches another paradise awaits, Nature's Paradise, the World Heritage Listed Rainforests of Lamington National Park. The trek into the Hinterland region follows the original pioneer's track to the volcanic plateau of Tamborine Mountain. This area of secluded eucalyptus forests provides a private sanctuary for koala, wallabies and other varied wildlife. Enjoy a break for morning tea and chance to check out Gallery Walk on Tamborine Mountain. Your guides, who are renowned for their local knowledge and expertise, escort you on a leisurely bush walk. Discover lush subtropical rainforests with cascading waterfall, learn about the forests unique characteristics, how the Aboriginal people gathered food from the forest floor and the animals and birds that call the area home. Lunch at a private 400 acre property "Spring Gully", provides the ideal venue for a delicious BBQ lunch with all the trimmings On a hot summer's day, nearby cool waters and rock pools provide the opportunity for a refreshing swim. The tour continues on into the mountainous regions of Lamington National Park (Australia's largest preserved natural stand of subtropical rainforest). At O'Reilly's Plateau, some 3,000 feet above see level, colourful native birds flock around and can be fed. The Treetop Boardwalk through the rainforest canopy offers a bird's eye view of this enchanting area, especially for those who climb the observation tower. Leaving O'Reilly's we take in the magnificent view of mountains and valleys with a 300 degree view from the Gold Coast to Brisbane and around to the great Dividing Range. On the return journey to the Gold Coast, sightings of kangaroos and pretty faced wallabies is common as they emerge from their bush retreats to feed on the lush grass in the cooler part of the day.

Meal Plan Lunch
Day 5

Gold Coast at Leisure

Enjoy at day at leisure to explore the Gold Coast.  The three major beach areas are Surfers’ Paradise Beach, an excellent place for shopping with its 14 shopping centres. Along the beachfront, on select nights you will find around 120 market stalls offering everything under the sun. Main Beach is a stylish resort with outstanding dining, cafes and shopping. Broadbeach is known as a dining Mecca and also has attractive pristine beaches. Watch here for musicians and entertainers who roam the streets. All of the above of course offer excellent swimming and surfing as well as golf, spas, theme parks and museums.

Day 6

Depart Gold Coast for Cairns

Today you depart the Gold Coast for the Tropical North Queensland city of Cairns. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is at leisure. Cairns is a small city in the tropical north of Queensland and is best known as the Gateway to Great Barrier Reef, one of Australia’s most popular destinations. From Cairns, there is easy access to rainforests, tropical islands, reefs and mountains. Not far away, you can enjoy world-class diving or snorkeling getting close to schools of tropical fish and abundant marine life.

In the city itself, go for a stroll along the Promenade and discover the very large saltwater lagoon in the centre of the city. Explore the picturesque coastal drive towards Port Douglas and board a catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef

Hotel Category Hotel
First Class Riley Hotel - Crystalbrook Collection Resort
Duration4 Nights
Day 7

Great Barrier Reef Cruise

For an experience of a lifetime, Quicksilver's wave piercing catamarans and friendly crew will take you to a reef at the very edge of Australia's Continental Shelf, to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance. Agincourt Reef is a magnificent ribbon reef where you can experience first-hand the magic that is the Great Barrier Reef. Choose to dive (extra cost), snorkel, or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-sub, just one metre underwater. Watch the fish feeding from a unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory, or fly in a helicopter over the reef (extra cost). Whichever way you choose; you'll bring home a lifetime of memories from this living natural wonder.

Meal Plan Lunch
Days 8 & 9

Cairns at Leisure

Two days at leisure to relax, recharge and explore the city.

In the city itself, go for a stroll along the Promenade and discover the very large saltwater lagoon in the centre of the city.

Perhaps hop on the century old scenic train to the rainforest village of Kuranda, famous for its markets, and experience an aboriginal “dream-time” walk and cultural performance. Cairns is also a great place to go walking as there are nearly 200 walking tracks around the city.

To the north of the city are a number of excellent beaches perfect for swimming and snorkeling.

If time allows, travel to the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest surviving tropical rainforest. Where you can either simply relax or experience a unique rainforest tour.

 

Day 10

Depart Cairns for North America

Return to the airport for your flight home. Crossing the international dateline, you regain the lost day and arrive the same day at your hometown!  If you have time, consider staying longer and exploring some other amazing regions of Australia.

Other Information

DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

Daily*

Departures from Vancouver
Price in CA$

 Mantra Sun City & Riley Cairns

Peppers Broadbeach & Riley Cairns

1 May - 28 Jun '19 $3,429  $3,579
29 Jun - 23 Jul $3,689  $3,879
24 Jul - 17 Sep $3,739 $3,919
18 - 30 Sep '19 $3,829 $3,999
1 - 31 Oct '19 $3,479 $3,669
1 Nov - 10 Dec ' 19
1 Feb - 31 Mar '20
$3,399 $3,579
11 - 31 Dec '19 $4,739   $4,929
1 - 11 Jan '20  $4,789 $5,029
12 - 31 Jan '20  $3,439 $3,689
For departures from Winnipeg/Kamloops add $125 pp, from  Regina Saskatoon $170 pp,, Toronto/Montreal/Ottawa add $350 pp, from Halifax/Charlottetown/Fredericton/Moncton/St Johns or Sydney add $500. Add on amounts may slightly vary upon reservation and are subject to availability. Please inquire about add on airfares from cities not listed.

Departures from Los Angeles
Price in US$

 Mantra Sun City & Riley Cairns

Peppers Broadbeach & Riley Cairns

1 May - 28 Jun '19 $3,299  $2,499 
29 Jun - 23 Jul
18 - 30 Sep '19
$2,739  $2,889 
24 Jul - 3 Aug '19 $2,649  $2,799 
4 Aug - 17 Sep
1 - 31 Oct '19
 $2,459 $2,619 
1 Nov - 10 Dec ' 19
1 Feb - 31 Mar '20
 $2,199 $2,349 
11 - 31 Dec '19 $3,049   $3,199
1 - 11 Jan '20  $3,089  $3,199
12 - 31 Jan '20  $2,219 $2,429 
For departures from New York add $120,  San Francisco/Seattle add $240, from Salt Lake City/Boston add $360, from Minneapolis/Detroit add $480, from Houston add $500, from Atlanta add $540.  Add on airfares are a guide only and may vary when booked.  Please enquire for departures from cities not listed.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Round trip economy airfare from Los Angeles to Brisbane

  • Private car airport – hotel – airport transfers throughout your vacation
  • Accommodation for 3 nights on the Gold Coast at the Mantra Sun City Resort with Breakfast or Peppers Broadbeach (room only)
  • Full day 4WD Rainforest and Hinterland Tour
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in Cairns at the Riley Hotel
  • Full day Great Barrier Reef Cruise

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks
  • Airport – hotel transfers

*Limited seats, subject to availability

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices shown includes round-trip air from cities listed with Virgin Australia and all carrier imposed charges and government taxes including 9/11 security fee. Prices are per person, twin share. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. All packages have limited space and may not be available on every date at these prices. Other cancellation charges and conditions apply. Valid for midweek flights (Mon-Thu). If flying on weekends a surcharge will apply.


21 Mar 2020
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