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. Swim with turtles and visit the world's largest turtle research center (April to October), take part in the MON REPOS live turtle encounter (November to March) or you may even have the opportunity to swim with the humpback whales (June to November). 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.
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 Kelly's Beach Resort. 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.
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: Eurong Beach Resort
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 – (L,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 at Puma Roadhouse, Kybong.
Enjoy great views of the coast as you go, with a stop to visit Snakes Downunder Reptile Park and Zoo where you'll find a range of Australian reptiles and native animals. Arrive at Mammino's by mid-afternoon where you can taste home-made ice-cream and farm fresh sugar cane (in season).
After checking-in to the Kelly's Beach Resort, enjoy a free guided snorkel training and fish feeding tour at the rock pool in Bargara OR choose from a variety of optional activities optional activities (own expense) including surfing lessons, swim on the beach in the land of the turtles or visit MON REPOS where the turtle conservation center is located. If you're looking for something less active, feel free to simply relax at the pool or beach. In the evening, have dinner at the resort and the night at your leisure.
Overnight: Kelly's Beach Resort
Day 4: 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 glass-bottom boat and a guided walk from commentary.
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: Kelly's Beach Resort
Day 5: Gold Coast, Brisbane or Sunshine Coast (B,L)
Check out after breakfast and hit the beach to swim, snorkel, or take an optional segway tour, Bundaberg rum factory tour or surfing lesson (own expense). Afterward, depart for your return trip where you will be returned to your starting point in the evening to end your tour.