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The Uncharted Coast

8 Day Small Group Tour - from £3725

Indulge yourself in the relaxed lifestyle of the southern Queensland coast. From the understated luxury of Spicers Hidden Vale to the rugged beauty of the world’s largest sand island, you’ll discover the beach culture for which tropical Byron Bay and Noosa are internationally renowned.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore Queensland’s Hinterland
  • Swim in the fresh water lakes of Fraser Island
  • Indigenous storytelling at Spicers Hidden Vale
  • Visit famous Australia Zoo
  • Private boat cruise through the Gold Coast waterways

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Your Small Group Tour

Day 1: Welcome to 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.

Hotel: Emporium Hotel South Bank
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: 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.

Hotel: Rainbow Ocean Palms Resort
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3: 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.

Hotel: Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 4: 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.

Hotel: Spicers Hidden Vale, 2 nights
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: 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.

Hotel: Elements of Byron
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 7: Gold Coast

Byron Bay is famous for its ‘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.

Hotel: Sheraton Mirage Gold Coast
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 8: Farewell from Gold Coast

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

Meals: Breakfast

8 Day Small Group Tour - from £3725

with flights from £4552

OPTIONS

  • Add Gold Coast stay – from £186
  • Add Brisbane stay – from £132

DEPARTURE DATES

Dates shown are all guaranteed departures – call 0333 234 2889 to check availability and book.

 

2019
8th September 15th December
2020
12th January 15th March
9th February
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All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin room, and include meals where shown. Call Freedom Australia for availability. Note: Itineraries may vary for tours departing from 1st April 2019 onwards.

Your Small Group Experience

First class touring with like minded travellers in a group size of no more than 20. Our experienced guides will make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Your small group tour includes:

  • Sightseeing, walks and activities
  • Luxury air conditioned travel
  • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 5 dinners
  • En suite luxury hotel accommodation
  • First class dining experiences
  • Off the beaten track touring
  • Return airport transfers
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