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Immerse yourself in Australia’s natural wonders on a 5-day combination tour of Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef. On Fraser Island, go 4-wheeling on Seventy-Five Mile beach, hike in the rainforest, and splash at Eli Creek and Lake Birrabeen. Then cruise to Lady Musgrave Island for snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef. You can even add scuba diving and deep-sea fishing (additional expense). Most meals, round-trip transport and accommodation is included as you explore Queensland’s wilderness by day and relax at beach resorts by night.

Highlights

  • 5-Day 4WD tour of Fraser Island and the town of 1770 on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Visit Cooloola Recreation Area, Rainbow Beach and Teewah Beach
  • Ride down Seventy-Five Mile Beach in a 4WD vehicle, walk along Indian Head and swim at Lake Birrabeen
  • Stay for two nights in the small beach town of 1770, home base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef
  • Discover the colorful underwater world at Lady Musgrave Island using provided snorkel gear
  • See wildlife such as dingos, kangaroos, dolphins, rays and turtles
  • Choose your beachside accommodation from several options suitable to a variety of budgets and tastes

What You Can Expect

5-Day Fraser Island and Great Barrier Reef Tour

Fraser Island

Visit two of Australia’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed natural wonders — Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef — with an informative guide and the flexibility to add activities of interest to your itinerary.

Start by traveling from the Gold Coast, Brisbane or Sunshine Coast to Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island. Loaded with freshwater lakes and creeks, giant sand dunes, lush rainforest, multicolored sandstone cliffs and long stretches of beach, it's easy to understand why the local Aboriginal people named the island K’Gari — paradise. From there, drive further north to the pretty coastal town called 1770. From there, explore the Great Barrier Reef on a full-day boat tour to Lady Musgrave Island. Have the option to snorkel, swim with turtles, and upgrade for additional activities like scuba diving and deep-sea fishing.

When booking, choose a private room or shared room for your accommodation at beachside resorts in three locations (see Pricing for a range of lodging options). Three breakfasts, two lunches, and three dinners are included.

Itinerary

Day 1: Gold Coast, Brisbane or Sunshine Coast – Fraser Island (L, D)
After pickup from a Gold Coast, Brisbane or Sunshine Coast designated location, your 4WD coach drives to Cooloola Recreation Area in Great Sandy National Park. Here you’ll spot kangaroos at Noosa North Shore and Teewah Beach. Depending on the tide, you may even get to explore Rainbow Beach by vehicle, and stop at Red Canyon.

After touring beautiful Cooloola, continue to the Fraser Island ferry. Once you arrive on Fraser Island, board a 4WD vehicle for a breezy ride down the sandy highway of Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Along the way, get out at Eli Creek for a dip. You can opt to walk upstream along a boardwalk then hop in the creek’s gentle waters and float back to the beach.

Next, hike along the rocky coast at Indian Head where you get great ocean views. You may catch sight of sharks, turtles, dolphins, rays, and even migrating humpback whales (July to November). Then continue by coach to the Maheno Shipwreck. Your guide provides a tasty picnic lunch at midday. As you drive, keep your eyes peeled for the island’s wild dingos!

Check in at Eurong Beach Resort for the evening, then have dinner at the resort’s restaurant. Afterward, have the option to take a guided night walk on the beach.

Overnight: Sandcastles 1770 Motel & Resort in 1770

Day 2: Fraser Island – Rainbow Beach (B)
After breakfast, drive to Pile Valley for a guided walk through the rainforest. Check out the satinay trees, famously resistant to termites and fire and thus popular for timber. Then learn about Fraser Island’s importance to the timber industry at Central Station, a former logging station. Stroll through towering ghost gums, pine trees and king ferns and enjoy the clear waters of Wanggoolba Creek.

Head to Lake Birrabeen for a swim and catch some sun on its sandy beach. Then take a scenic lake drive and end up at Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Have a late lunch (own expense) at Eurong Resort before catching the ferry back to the mainland in mid-afternoon.

After a short drive to Rainbow Beach, your guide will take you to your resort for the night. You’ll have the rest of the day at your leisure. Enjoy swimming or surfing at Rainbow Beach, and marvel at the spectacularly colorful sand. Your resort provides additional activities (own expense) and you can ask the desk for dining recommendations (own expense).

Overnight: Dingos Backpackers

Day 3: Rainbow Beach – 1770 (D)
After an early breakfast (own expense), your coach picks you up from Rainbow Beach. After two hours, you will transfer to a second coach that takes you the remaining distance north to the small township of 1770, your home base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef.

Enjoy great views of the coast as you go, with a stop for lunch (own expense) in Bundaberg and a visit to Snakes Downunder Reptile Park and Zoo where you'll find a range of Australian reptiles and native animals. Arrive by mid-afternoon to 1770 where you check in to your 5-star resort.

Once you’re settled, choose from a variety of optional activities (own expense) may include kayaking, surfing lessons, or an amphibious-vehicle cruise at sunset. Or simply relax at the pool or beach. In the evening, have dinner at the resort and the night at your leisure.

Overnight: Sandcastles 1770 Motel & Resort in 1770

Day 4: 1770 – Lady Musgrave Island (B, L, D)
In the morning, take an hour-long boat cruise to Lady Musgrave Island, on the Great Barrier Reef. Anchor at Coral Lagoon, a pristine paradise with several options for your day’s activities. Put on provided snorkel gear and dive in for a close look at vibrant fish and coral. You might even end up swimming along with turtles; a large population nest on Lady Musgrave Island. For more thrills, take a deep-sea fishing or scuba diving excursion (own expense), equipment included.

Prefer to stay dry? Watch the underwater world from a semi-submersible or glass-bottom boat.

Enjoy lunch, morning and afternoon tea on board the boat. If conditions permit, end the day with a sunset tour. Then head back to the resort for dinner and an evening at your leisure.

Overnight: beach resort in the town of 1770

Day 5: 1770 – Gold Coast, Brisbane or Sunshine Coast (B)
Check out after breakfast and hit the beach to swim, snorkel, or take an optional surfing lesson (own expense). Afterward, depart from 1770 and head south. Stop for lunch in Bundaberg (own expense) and look for the Glasshouse Mountains as you drive. You will be returned to your starting point in the evening to end your tour.

Customer Reviews

Jenny R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Brilliant five days, really well organised and was a good mix of quiet time to yourself and packing in lots of activities. Definitely two of the most beautiful spots in the world, can't recommend enough!

Anna K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour! Had tons of fun and very informative.

Chad N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great tour... This is really a combination of two tours, the Fraser Island tour was great although a much larger bus and tour, then you have an afternoon at Rainbow beach to start the next to the following day. Really enjoyed the reef and second part the best. Guides were great! Saw a sea turtle!

Vicky G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was amazing! The best part was the Great Barrier Reef and Harry was an amazing tour guide!

Zola41

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Tout amazing, very knowledgable friendly tour guides. Maxine and Barry showed us frazer Island and Barry the great barrier reef. I have travelled alone and meet amazing travellers, felt safe and tried new experiences such as diving and surf lessons. Don't hesitate to book this tour.

amodzel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

We had good time. The Reef does not require any advertising - just great, but I would like to mention that the guides we had were friendly, funny and full of interesting stories. Thank you Mats and Harry.
A lot of time is spend in coaches but it is just the size of Australia.
Alex and Ania

Patricia S

4 star rating: Recommended March 2016

We had a wonderful experience. Both Steve and Harry from Sunset Safari's were helpful and a lot of fun to travel with. Our group was small and that made it personal ! Thanks again for a wonderful holiday !

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