Queensland beaches and reef

This sun-drenched adventure begins with a visit to the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef and takes you to the lush, beach-lined rainforests of Cairns, before finishing off with a trip to the pristine shores of Hamilton Island.

Members from: $2,499 P.PNon-members from: $2,550 P.P

  • Type

    Escorted Touring

  • Destination


  • Supplier

    AAT Kings

  • Booking Code


  • Departs

    Multiple departures available. Enquire for more details.


  • Explore Cairns how you want, from exploring the night markets to wandering along the Esplanade

  • Dive into the ocean and discover the Great Barrier Reef or view the coral from a glass-bottom boat

  • Through contributions to the Great Barrier Reef conservation through Marine Park fees you help protect the reef

  • Quality accommodation

  • Travel by luxury coach

  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

  • Two night stay soaking up the island lifestyle on Hamilton Island

  • Snorkelling at the world famous Great Barrier Reef

  • Relaxing near the tropical blue waters of Queensland

  • Explore the sandy beach and palm trees of Mission Beach


Day 1: Welcome to Cairns

Welcome to Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef! Today you have time to settle into the warm weather and create your own start to the upcoming journey. Depending on your arrival time you could experience an Indigenous Cultural Show at Tjapukai, head straight to the water for an afternoon boat cruise or catch a sneak peek at the new Cairns Aquarium of some of the sea life you may spot on your reef day. Tonight you’ll meet your new found friends whilst enjoying a welcome dinner at a Cairns Harbour restaurant.
Hotel: Pacific Hotel Cairns
Included meals: Dinner

Day 2: The Great Barrier Reef

Board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. The world heritage listed reef is the only living organism you can see from the moon. Imagine that! You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkelling and view this natural living wonder up- close (equipment provided) and view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and the glass bottom boat. Enjoy a delicious tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns in the late afternoon.
Included meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3: Cairns to Mission Beach

From the Reef yesterday, to the Rainforest today! You’ll be dropped off at Smithton for your peaceful Skyrail Rainforest Cableway journey across the canopy of Barron Gorge National Park. You’ll disembark at the Rainforest village of Kuranda with free time to explore. Your journey continues through the Atherton Tablelands, where lush rainforest, waterfalls and lakes abound. Visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the famous Curtain Fig Tree making sure to keep an eye out for the spectacular Ulysses Butterfly. Your destination for the night is Mission Beach where you’ll stay with views over the ocean. Magic!
Included meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 4: Mission Beach to Hamilton Island

This morning there will be time to take a walk along the shore and feel the golden sand between your toes before you depart. Your drive today takes you to Airlie Beach where the ferry will transport you to the relaxed lifestyle of Hamilton Island, on of 74 tropical islands that make up with Whitsundays. You’ll be surrounded by pristine beaches, and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life!
Hotel: 2 nights
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Hamilton Island

At Hamilton Island the day is yours to indulge and relax by the pool or on the beach – you may prefer to hire a buggy to explore the island or tee off in paradise against the magnificent backdrop of an azure ocean. Or perhaps the famous Whitehaven Beach beckons. Take an optional cruise aboard a catamaran to this slice of paradise, where you can simply relax on the beach, take a swim, or get involved in some fun beach activities.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Farewell from Hamilton Island

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.
Included meals: Breakfast

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Prices are quoted in Australian Dollars, include GST and compulsory taxes where applicable and supersede all prices previously advertised. Please check the exact price of your tour at the time of paying balance. Airfares are based on the most direct route and are subject to class availability and any new Government taxes. Group concessions for five or more adults are available. Rail prices are subject to change from time to time. All prices are valid subject to Government, hotel, fuel surcharges and currency fluctuations.