Enjoy Queensland’s spectacular rainforests, islands and beaches on a road trip up the spectacular northern leg of Australia’s east coast.

Victoria has the Great Ocean Road, New South Wales has Bronte and Bondi, but head further north up Australia’s east coast and it’s a whole different kettle of fish. Queensland offers one coastal paradise after another: the atmospheric dunes of Fraser Island, the impossibly white beaches and blue waters of the Whitsundays, and the colourful coral tapestry of the Great Barrier Reef. But before you delve into that legendary world wonder, detour inland to discover Tully Gorge National Park, where the the Jirrbal and Gulnay people have nurtured the rainforest for thousands of years, and make tracks for the lush green hills of the Atherton Tablelands. With four-star accommodation throughout, this is one unforgettable east coast adventure.

Brisbane, Australia
Cairns, Australia
Physical rating
Min 8
Group size
Min 4, Max 16

Why you'll love this trip

  • Bask in the beauty of Fraser Island on a 4WD adventure, visiting key panoramic lookout points, swimming in a clear lake, and searching for a dingo or two

  • Enjoy the stunning white beaches of the Whitsunday Islands. You’ll be left in no doubt that Whitehaven Beach is one of the finest slices of shoreline in the world

  • Follow Indigenous locals to a secluded swimming hole, prepare bush tucker, relax by the campfire and go spotlighting after dark – it’s all in a day’s work in the lush rainforest of Tully Gorge National Park

  • Swim in a plunge waterfall, visit a crater lake, and check out the Curtain Fig Tree in the Atherton Tablelands

  • Discover the beautiful coral and tropical fish of the one and only Great Barrier Reef. A day cruise includes snorkelling and a commentary about conservation efforts

  • Soak up the nightlife of lively beach towns along the way, with free evenings in Noosa, Airlie Beach and Cairns

Is this trip right for you?

  • Only some meals are included on this trip. This allows for more freedom and flexibility, as there are often many great dining options along this part of the coast.

  • This trip covers a lot of ground, there are some long driving days.

  • This trip is part of a combination with other travellers coming from Sydney when you join in Brisbane. If you'd like to check out the Sydney to Cairns 14 day trip, please search for PVOSC on our website.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 04 Aug 2017 to 31 Mar 2019.
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The adventure begins in the Queensland capital. From Brisbane, travel to sun-kissed Noosa, visiting one of Australia’s top surf locations en route. Go koala-spotting in a national park, then head to a coastal lookout to take in a magnificent sunset over the Sunshine Coast hinterland. In the evening, relax and unwind, or perhaps head out on the town for some dinner and drinks.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Meet at the Hotel Royal on the Park at 10:00am
Set off on a 4WD adventure on Fraser Island. This incredible slice of land is the largest sand island in the world, stretching some 123 kilometres down Queensland's southern coast. Visit some of the renowned lookout points – perhaps Indian Head or the Cathedrals – for incredible views. Take a dive into a crystal clear lake, and head out in search of that most iconic outback creature, the dingo. When it's all over, relax back at your accommodation or soak up some of Noosa's vibrant nightlife.
Included Activities
  • Fraser Island 4WD day trip
Meals Included
  • Lunch
Fly to Airlie Beach, the hub town of the magnificent Whitsundays. The day is yours to spend as you please – perhaps stroll around and explore, visit some local swimming spots for a refreshing dip, or while away the hours at a bar with a view of the shimmering blue water. If you're feeling active, chat to your leader for some ideas on optional activities, there are plenty to choose from.
Included Activities
  • Flight Brisbane to Airlie Beach
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today's flight departs approx. 1:40pm from Brisbane to Proserpine
After breakfast, take a leisurely day cruise through the postcard-perfect islands of the Whitsundays, including a stop at the famed Whitehaven beach. Words can’t do justice to the dazzling white sands, azure waters and densely verdant vegetation of this incredible corner of the world. Whitehaven is about as impressive as a beach can get! Get a closer look by snorkelling with colourful coral and an array of playful fish and turtles.
Included Activities
  • Whitsunday Islands sailing
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

A change of scenery today as we head through undulating cane fields to picturesque Mission Beach in a private vehicle. We’ll have the perfect day to enjoy paradise this afternoon with free time as we arrive onto crystal clear waters and stunning views. Grab a book, have a swim in the pool or just sit and enjoy the tropical bliss.

(approximately 520kms/ 325 miles, 6 hours)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Enjoy breakfast in a local cafe before travelling into the wet tropics of Far North Queensland. Here you'll discover a magnificent plunge waterfall nestled in dense tropical rainforest en route to Atherton Tablelands. Take a dip in the cool water, then head to Lake Eacham, a crater lake with beautiful water. Also pay a visit to the massive, unique, heritage-listed ‘Curtain Fig Tree’. The day draws to a close in Cairns, one of Australia’s most lively tropical towns.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the highlights of any trip to Australia. Cruise over to this famous reef and enjoy some snorkelling and a marine conservation commentary. After an extraordinary day in this underwater world, brimming with amazing coral and dazzling tropical fish, freshen up at the hotel and enjoy a farewell dinner. It’s a chance to compare memories, swap stories, and say farewell to your travel companions.
Included Activities
  • Great Barrier Reef day cruise
Optional Activities
  • Beautiful Cairns: Hiking, Nature & Epic Views - Urban Adventure - AUD79
  • Cairns by Night - Urban Adventure - AUD90
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch


4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner


Bus, Plane


Hotel (6 nights)

Included activities

  • Fraser Island 4WD day trip
  • Flight Brisbane to Airlie Beach
  • Whitsunday Islands sailing
  • Great Barrier Reef day cruise

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Important notes

1. This trip starts at Hotel Royal on the Park at 10am. 
2. Trip finishes in Cairns after dinner on day 7. No accommodation is included on day 7.
3. A single supplement is available for all days of this trip.

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