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Explore the hot spots and hidden treasures of the Australian East Coast. With plenty of time, you will discover Fraser Island over 2 days by 4 wheel drive vehicle, sail the Whitsundays living aboard for 2 nights, experience Kroombit Cattle Station and horse riding, walk the remote Carnarvon Gorge, overnight on Magnetic Island - and much more.

Byron Beach Learn to Surf Fraser Island
SYDNEY < > CAIRNS
TOUR CODE: PSC014

HIGHLIGHTS
:: RAINBOW BEACH
:: FRASER ISLAND
:: KROOMBIT CATTLE STATION
:: CARNARVON GORGE
:: WHITSUNDAY SAILING
:: AIRLIE BEACH
:: MAGNETIC ISLAND
:: CROCODILE FARM


ITINERARY

DAY 1 :: SYDNEY TO SURF CAMP
Today we head to our secluded surf camp, located beachside north of Sydney where we meet up with the crew from Mojo Surf. You may wish to sun bake and relax on the crystal white sands or take a walk around the beautiful headland. In the evening hang out and have dinner at the Mojo Beach House. (D)

DAY 2 :: SURF CAMP TO BYRON BAY
After a delicious breakfast, hit the beach for your morning surf lesson with the experts from Mojo Surf (some of Australia’s best surf instructors) whose mission is to get you standing on a board! You will start with a theory lesson on surfing and then it’s out to the beach. Later, we head north to Byron Bay admiring the coastal views at Australia’s most easterly point; the Byron Bay lighthouse. (B)

DAY 3 :: BYRON BAY TO RAINBOW BEACH
From Byron Bay we travel to the Gold Coast (where we collect joining passengers) then a short distance later stop off to try one of the craziest adventure activities ever developed by the kiwis – zorbing (optional extra). Roll down a hill in a 3.5metre plastic ball filled with warm water for a huge amount of fun. We continue on to Brisbane (and collect passengers joining here) and take a short break at the spectacular lookout at Wild Horse Mountain for panoramic views of the Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Mooloolaba. Later we arrive at Rainbow Beach; a vibrant young coastal town, with glistening coloured sands and a relaxed atmosphere. (D)

DAYS 4-5 :: FRASER ISLAND TOUR
Spend the next two days exploring Fraser Island on with Fraser Explorer, staying at Eurong Resort. You will drive along Seventy-Five Mile Beach, visit Lakes’ Wabby and Mackenzie, Eli Creek, the Maheno Wreck and climb Indian Head. Return to Rainbow Beach for an overnight stay. (Day 4: LD Day 5: BLD)

DAY 6 :: RAINBOW BEACH TO KROOMBIT CATTLE STATION
This morning take part in a cultural demonstration with your guide. Learn about the didgeridoo, boomerang and spear throwing, and the Rainbow Serpent. After a few hours at Rainbow Beach we head inland through cattle country to Kroombit Cattle Station. Here we experience genuine outback living with the chance to ride a mechanical bull and take a walk of the property. Tonight you will taste a traditional camp oven dinner, cooked in the open fire. (D)

DAY 7 :: KROOMBIT CATTLE STATION
Today is jam-packed with wonderful activities all included in the price of your tour. Learn first-hand about Queensland farming life as you participate in a “muster” on horseback, try your skill at trap-shooting and join in the fun of a minirodeo as animals are herded into the ring. This evening enjoy another hearty campoven dinner and re-live your day’s experiences around the campfire with a beer from the bush bar. (BLD)

DAY 8 :: KROOMBIT TO CARNARVON GORGE
After breakfast we head further inland through Central Queensland’s remote outback to the little known jewel of Carnarvon National Park. Carnarvon Gorge, central to this park is a remarkable natural attraction with 30kms of walking trails, 200 species of birds, ancient plants and Aboriginal rock-art dating back 3,500 years. This afternoon we will get a taste of the gorge with a short walk amongst the numerous kangaroos and wallabies that inhabit the area. Overnight in large permanent tents amid the wilderness. (BD)
DAY 9 :: CARNARVON GORGE
Chances are that you’re sleep will be broken this morning by the many birds that live amongst trees surrounding the camp. After breakfast you will spend the full day hiking through the many walking trails scattered throughout this magnificent gorge. Walks are mostly of easy grade and therefore suitable for all ages and fitness levels, however the options are varied. You will see 500 year old cycads, grass trees and eucalypts, native wildlife and learn about the indigenous ancestors that inhabited this region for more than 3500 years. See the best examples of rock-art in Queensland, made from the ochre taken from the region. After a day’s exercise, you will return to our tented cabins for a good nights sleep within this wilderness region. (BLD)

DAY 10 :: CARNARVON GORGE TO AIRLIE BEACH
We start early today for our big drive from Carnarvon Gorge to the Mackay region. For the first time in four days we hit the coast and soon arrive at Airlie Beach – gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. (B)

DAYS 11-13 :: WHITSUNDAY SAILING
This morning your next adventure awaits – Whitsunday sailing! You will have the opportunity to sunbathe, snorkel and swim whilst exploring the idyllic Whitsunday Islands on a crewed yacht worth millions of dollars. Visit the many beaches, coves and islands on this two night sailing trip, with the opportunity to hoist the sails and even take the wheel. Note that you will sleep on the boat, moored in quiet coves. Cabins are share only; no twin and doubles for these two nights. Back on land, we leave Airlie Beach and head to Townsville. From here we take the ferry to Magnetic Island, so named by Captain Cook because his compass went crazy when he sailed past in 1770. As the sun goes down this evening, kick back and relax with a cold beer at the beachside bar. (Day 11: D Day 12: BLD Day 13: B)

DAY 14 :: MAGNETIC ISLAND TO CAIRNS
We’re up early for a morning hike before taking the ferry back to the mainland. Today includes a visit to the Johnstone River Crocodile Farm to learn more about the most feared animal in Northern Australia; the estuarine or saltwater crocodile. Learn how this prehistoric animal has survived and flourished in Australia’s harsh north and see large crocodiles up close and personal. From here, we stop at Babinda Boulders for a refreshing rainforest walk. As we arrive into Cairns, you will be able to cherish the many great experiences of Australia’s East Coast.

BRING
Sturdy walking shoes, thongs/ sandals, hat & sunscreen, towel & toiletries, swimming gear/beach towel, water bottle, torch, insect repellent, camera & film, money for meals not included, optional activities & listed fees.

INCLUDED
Experienced guides, meals as indicated, multi-share accommodation (or upgrade to triple or twin/doubleº), national park fees†, 2 night Whitsunday sailing†, 2 day 4WD Fraser Island† tour and other activities as indicated.

NOTE
The group size, maximum 24 people, relates to our vehicles. Partner companies operate the Whitsunday Sailing and Fraser Island touring and group sizes may vary according to passenger numbers and available equipment. Upgrade accommodation is subject to availability, must be requested at time of booking and is not available whilst sailing. Upgrade accommodation is not available in advance at Carnarvon Gorge (however may be available on a standby basis to upgrade passengers on arrival at no additional cost). Double/twin rooms do not feature ensuite facilities at Kroombit or Carnarvon Gorge. Upgrade accommodation is budget style, may be located on different premises to multi-share accommodation and is only available to passengers who book and travel together. Single upgrade is not available. †Local payments: Fraser Island fee (AUD$16pp) and the Environment Management Charge (reef tax while sailing AUD$32pp) are payable whilst on tour. Safaris must be reconfirmed by 4.00pm the day before travel. Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted due to seasonal & extreme weather conditions, Traditional Owner and national park requirements. Luggage limit of 15 kg applies - backpack or soft bag. Please refer to our terms and conditions on the back of the brochure.
Kroombit Cattle Station Carnarvon Gorge Queensland Mountain Range
14 DAYS
Adult $2715 ($AUD)
(April - June)

Adult $2765 ($AUD)
(July - March)

Valid between 01/04/14 - 31/03/15

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DEPARTS
Sydney 7:00am

2014
APRIL - 05 12
MAY - 03 10 31
JUNE - 07 28
JULY - 05 26
AUGUST - 02 23 30
SEPTEMBER - 20 27
OCTOBER - 08 18 25
NOVEMBER - 05 15 22
DECEMBER - 03 13 20

2015
JANUARY - 02 10 17 28
FEBRUARY - 07 14 25
MARCH - 07 14 25


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FINISHES
Cairns at selected drop off points early evening Day 14.

MAX PEOPLE - 36

Valid till 31 March 2015


Fitness Hikes up to 6-8kms per day.
Coach 45 seat bus, air-conditioned vehicle
Hostel Dorm or Twin/Double rooms with shared facilities
Safaris must be reconfirmed by 4.00pm the day before travel. Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted due to seasonal & extreme weather conditions, Traditional Owner and national park requirements. Luggage limit of 15 kg applies - backpack or soft bag.
Whitsunday Sailing Magnetic Island Crocodile Farm

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