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Itinerary: Queensland’s Unchartered Coast

Snapper Rocks on Queensland's Gold Coast in Australia
Snapper Rocks on Queensland's Gold Coast in Australia

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From walks in the Aussie bush to the rugged beauty of the world’s largest sand island, you’ll discover some of Australia’s most loved landscapes on this brand new, eight-day southern Queensland Unchartered Coast itinerary by Inspiring Journeys

Day 1

Brisbane

On arrival in Brisbane, you’ll be transferred by private car to your hotel in Brisbane’s South Bank. Meet your Journey Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and canapés before a stroll to the waterfront restaurant, Stokehouse Q. Take in the river and city views as you dine with your travelling companions.

Day 2

Brisbane – Rainbow Beach

After breakfast, you’ll join a local expert on a unique walking tour of Brisbane that will offer you a rare opportunity to learn about Brisbane’s Aboriginal history and its culturally rich street art. Try some Indigenous flavours at morning tea before departing Brisbane for your road trip through the Queensland countryside with time along the way to stop in charming hinterland villages including Montville. You’ll arrive late afternoon in the tiny, idyllic town of Rainbow Beach at the base of the Inskip Peninsula, known for its colourful sandcliffs.

  • Stay at Rainbow Ocean Palms Resort
  • Full buffet breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Day 3

Rainbow Beach – Noosa

Take the ferry to famous Fraser Island and join a 4WD tour of the world’s largest sand island. Walk through towering rainforest at Central Station and swim in the exceptionally pure, vivid blue waters of Lake McKenzie, or stroll on the pristine white silica sand that surrounds the perched lake. Continue your journey to the iconic beachside destination of Noosa. This evening will be free for you to dine at leisure in Hastings Street.

Day 4

Noosa –Grandchester

A wildlife extravaganza awaits you today at Australia Zoo, made famous by the late Steve Irwin, the ‘Crocodile Hunter’. Witness the renowned Crocoseum Wildlife Warrior show and enjoy lunch before meeting staff at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital for a private tour of this leading-edge treatment facility. Continue your journey to Spicers Hidden Vale, an historic Australian homestead set on 12,000 acres. This evening, a dinner created from local produce is served at the onsite restaurant.

Day 5

Grandchester

After a leisurely breakfast, visit Summer Land Camel Farm, the largest commercial-scale camel dairy operation outside of the Middle East. You’ll have the opportunity to create your own camel-milk skincare product in the onsite laboratory before lunch at the farm. During the afternoon you’re free to do as much or as little as you please. Spicers Hidden Vale offers an abundance of activities including self-guided nature walks and mountain-biking. However, you may consider an optional experience 4WD discovery tour or you can take to the skies on a helicopter excursion. Or simply relax by the pool while taking in the sights and sounds of the Lockyer Valley. This evening, join a local Indigenous storyteller under the stars for an unforgettable dining experience.

Day 6

Grandchester – Byron Bay

Your first destination today is Mount Tamborine, known as the ‘Green behind the Gold’. Discover stunning waterfalls and local art, or take an optional experience on the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk 30 metres above the valley. If you prefer, you can visit a local winery for a leisurely wine-tasting. This afternoon, cross the border from Queensland into New South Wales and visit Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens, where you’ll discover giant crystals, lush sub-tropical gardens and beautiful spaces for contemplation and meditation. This evening is free for you to relax and unwind at your resort.

Day 7

Byron Bay – Gold Coast

Byron Bay is famous for its beachy, boho vibe and is Australia’s easternmost point. This morning there’s time to explore the town at your own pace. You may like to book an optional experience sunrise balloon flight for spectacular views over the lush Green Cauldron region. Before leaving Byron Bay, head to the famous Cape Byron Lighthouse, a stunning vantage point offering panoramic ocean views and the opportunity for spotting whales (June to November). Your destination beckons as you approach the glitz and glamour of Australia’s Gold Coast. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink on a private boat as you cruise along the canals before a sumptuous Celebration Dinner with your Journey Director and newfound friends.

Day 8

Farewell

Your journey concludes this morning after breakfast with your transfer to Coolangatta or Brisbane Airport for your onward flight.

  • Full buffet breakfast

The Unchartered Coast

Travel Dates 2019/2020

  • 8 September – 15 September 2019
  • 6 October – 13 October 2019
  • 15 December – 22 December 2019
  • 12 January – 19 January 2020
  • 9 February  – 16 February 2020
  • 15 March – 22 March 2020

Prices

  • Adult twin share: AU$5475 pp
  • Single: From AU$7295 pp
  • Child: From AU$5475 pp

For more information or to book this tour  visit aatkings.com/tours/the-uncharted-coast/ or call 1300 228 546

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