Australia immediately conjures images of the Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, big-wave surfing, miles of Outback and a rather strange, and endearing, assortment of animals. While the country’s main cities offer charm, glamour, unique festivals, a well-preserved historical heritage, fabulous beaches and fun events, it’s also a land of immense contrast and captivating nature. The nation offers something for just about everyone – from water lovers, desert wanderers and canyon climbers, to arts and culture buffs, historians, and foodies. The country’s vast size makes it almost impossible to take it all in during a single visit, but you can pick and choose a perfect holiday according to your personal preferences.
Days 1 - 3
The Fraser Coast is named after the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island which is set just off Australia’s eastern coast. Known for its incredibly scenic natural landscapes, the Fraser Coast lies within the beautiful Queensland state boasting the magnificent coral cay of Lady Elliot Island near the Great Barrier Reef, and the scenic Hervey Bay situated in the Great Sandy Bay Biosphere, a UNESCO-listed area, said to be the whale watching capital of Austalia. Other highlights include: Lake Mckenzie, featuring crystal clear waters fringed by white-sand beaches; the bubbling waters at the Champagne Pools and Eli Creek, the largest freshwater creek on Fraser Island.
Days 4 - 6
Situated in the heart of the Whitsunday Islands archipelago, Daydream Island rests between the northeast coast of Queensland and the biodiverse Great Barrier Reef. It measures only one kilometre in length and 400 metres in width. This oasis of serene surroundings features sublime coral reefs, secluded beaches, tree-lined hilltops, and majestic rocky coves. One of the main tourist drawcards is the famed Living Reef, a free-form coral lagoon wrapped around Daydream Island Resort’s central building. This spectacular exhibit invites guests to join the team of marine biologists to feed the baby stingray who live alongside over 100 species of marine life, including fish, coral and invertebrates. With scenic yachting adventures, thrilling snorkelling tours and breathtakingly beautiful sunsets, Daydream Island is true to its name; a dream.
Days 6 - 7
Situated on a tropical peninsula on the east coast of Queensland, jaw-dropping Airlie Beach offers an array of activities to tick off your bucket list. With temperatures at a stable 32˚C for most of the year, popular leisure options include parasailing, skydiving, snorkelling, diving, boat tours and jet skiing. The soft, white sands and pristine turquoise waters are perfect for a simple sun-bathing session, frolicking in the waters and enjoying a dinner with a view. Just off the coast of Airlie Beach lie the idyllic Whitsundays Island and the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, with its incredible diving opportunities. In the surroundings, discover the peninsula’s vibrant markets, beaches and rainforests. Airlie Beach maintains an energetic nightlife all year round, with bustling restaurants, pubs and clubs scattered along the main street.
Days 7 - 8
Once a sleepy sugar-milling town, Cairns in North Queensland is now a vibrant cosmopolitan city and a premier destination for sailing, diving and snorkelling. Its tropical waters are home to the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, and lush rainforests cover the surrounding areas. Make the most of this coastal paradise by cycling along the 14 kilometres of sandy beachfront, or rafting through rapids to view the ruins of Mission Beach. Other popular activities include visiting Cooktown for a taste of history or taking a scenic drive through the farmlands, stopping at village markets along the way. In the town centre, visit the Tiapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park for a musical and dance interpretation of Aboriginal history, or relax at Cairns Esplanade for a perfect seaside dining experience coupled with a romantic sunset.