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Please note: We don't include the car in the prices as there are so many choices. You can either book your own car or we'd be pleased to do it for you.


Brisbane Return via the Outback
14 to 16 days
The complete Queensland experience! Beautiful hinterland, the big skies of the outback, the Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands and Fraser Island. The ultimate Queensland Tour!

Brisbane to Cairns
8 to 11 days
The perfect Winter tour. Gorgeous coastline, Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands & rainforest all with great driving.

Brisbane to Melbourne
14 days
Brisbane to Sydney and Sydney to Melbourne - the best biking route in Australia. Alpine mountains, vineyards, rainforest and a finale on the Great Ocean Road - stunning.

Brisbane to Sydney
6 days
Incredible high country scenery, twisting roads, vineyards and beautiful coastline on one of the best short routes in Australia.
Brisbane to Cairns
Brisbane to Cairns

An incredible tour combining the best of the Queensland coast, the inland mountains, rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Something to suit every taste!

8 to 11 day tour (Up to 3 optional days for excursions)

From AU$ 1,582 Click for more options

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Winter is a perfect time of year for this tour. Warm sunny days that are dry and without the humidity of Summer make it a great time to visit. There's a huge amount to see on this trip. You can either drive each day or leave a few days spare to see some of the highlights such as Fraser Island, the Whistundays and and the Great Barrier Reef that can only be seen via a separate excursion.

Pineapple plantations and one of the famous Glass House MountainsSunshine Coast - this area has one of the most spectacular hinterlands in the country with rainforests, waterfalls, pineapple plantations and the beautiful Glass House Mountains. If you are quick you can also squeeze in the late Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo. Add a lovely coastline and upmarket coastal resorts and it's a great first day on the tour.

Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island - Rainbow Beach is a lovely small coastal 'town' next to the rainbow coloured sands of the beach but it is best known as a gateway to the spectacular Fraser Island. Add an extra day to the tour, stay two nights and take a 4WD tour to the largest sand island in the world (+AU$159 per person). Many people consider this one of the highlights of their trip as you take the eastern beach (the 'main road'!) north to rainforests, crystal clear freshwater lakes, shipwrecks on the beach and huge sand dunes. Take a flight over the island as an option for about AU$70. You'll take off and land on the beach and it's a great experience for the relatively low cost.

Lake MacKenzie on Fraser Island

Eungella NP - walk the rainforest in search of the famous Platypus. There are some lovely walking trails through this area and the Rangers are on hand to help you discover more about the original aboriginal inhabitants, bush tucker and the flora and fauna of the forest.

Whitehaven Beach - just stunningWhitsunday Islands - this is a beautiful series of paradise islands just off of the atmospheric coastal town of Airlie Beach.

Many people stay for a second optional night and take a cruise around some of the most perfect coral islands in the world (+AU$140 per person). Visit the stunning Whitehaven Beach and snorkel in protected bays over teaming coral gardens. In the evenings enjoy the lively pubs and restaurants of the town centre.

Milla Milla Falls - they don't get more picturesque than that! Atherton Tablelands - superb rolling green scenery with some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Australia on the Waterfall Circuit. Visit the 500 year old Curtain Fig Tree and enjoy the roads in this undulating region of rainforest and farming.

Daintree Rainforest - the oldest rainforest on earth! An Information Centre takes you on a tour of the densely tangled forest via boardwalks and a tower that allows you to get deep into the canopy and find out all about the birds, plant, animal and insect life at each level of the jungle. The small, tightly twisting roads are good fun too but take your time and enjoy the views.

Cape Tribulation - the coconut lined beach here backs straight on to the rainforest. There aren't many places on earth you can sit and listen to bird and insect sounds of the rainforest whilst taking a picnic on the beach! Captain Cook beached his damaged ship The Endeavour here to make repairs and hence the name 'Cape Tribulation'.

Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef from Port DouglasPort Douglas
- a beautiful small tropical town with great restaurants and bars. It's the nearest port to the Great Barrier Reef and so a popular third optional excursion is to take a fast boat out to the reef to snorkel for the day (+AU$170 per person). An unforgettable experience.

Cairns - the holiday capital of northern Queensland. This is where you'll finish the trip and perhaps celebrate a wonderful experience at one of the many restaurants in town!

Pricing options:

8 day, 7 night tour - Based on two people sharing one room - AU$1,582

9 day, 8 night tour includes an extra night in Rainbow Beach so that you can take a 4WD Fraser Island tour (optional cost AU$165 per person) - AU$1,775

10 day, 9 night tour includes two nights at Airlie Beach so that you can take a Whitsunday Island Cruise (optional cost AU$185 per person) - AU$1,995

11 day, 10 night tour includes two nights at Port Douglas so that you can take a Great Barrier Reef snorkel trip (optional at AU$210 per person) - AU$2,175




The beautiful setting at Cape Tribulation