The East Coast Adventure Safari

A Family Tour for All Ages ~ 7 to 70 -   (MC CF 2 14 15 V1)

The East Coast Adventure Safari is part of the Great Australian Adventure which is one of Australia’s iconic tours. Your 15 day tour will highlight all the major attractions of the East Coast, perhaps one day you can come back and join another sector – maybe Darwin to Melbourne via the Red Centre.

Many Australians invite their English or American friends to bring their children and come and join them. The tour is often a mini United Nations travelling in a true Aussie atmosphere.

Departure Dates: 2017: 20th July & 12th October

The Great Australian Adventure and sectors such as this East Coast Adventure is a  traditional coach, camping tour but for those who prefer to wander off to a nearby cabin at night rather than pitch and sleep in a tent there is the soft adventure budget cabin option upgrade.

Accommodation: Two styles are offered:

  • Style A) Soft Adventure: budget cabin x 11 nights, YHA or similar x 2 nights
  • Style B) Safari: Tent twin share x 11 nights ; budget cabin, YHA or similar x 2 nights

 

Soft Adventure Option: 

Soft Adventure offers twin/multi share bunk style beds in a cabin or onsite vans, mostly without private ensuite facilities, in the immediate proximity to the camping parks in lieu of tents.

Soft Adventure passengers must remember that they are members of a camping and not an accommodated tour. Soft adventure is budget style. The majority of occasions bathroom facilities are outside but nearby to the cabin. Bed linen is provided on most occasions, however Austour has sleeping bags provided for soft adventure clients for their tent nights so this can be used if linen is not included.

As this tour is a safari adventure and is travelling in remote regions, itineraries cannot always be adhered to and scheduled stops reached. Therefore, in the event of adverse conditions, Soft Adventure passengers may be required to camp on extra nights.

Soft Adventure passengers have their meals with the safari group at the camping park using camp stools and camp tables. There may be a short walk from the cabin to the camp kitchen and eating shelter.

Single occupancy is also available for an additional surcharge but is extremely limited and not encouraged.

 

Day 01: MELBOURNE TO CANBERRA: Australia’s National Capital Day 1

Depart Melbourne at 7.00 am and travel via the Hume Freeway stopping to visit Glenrowan, the site of Australia’s most famous Bush Ranger, Ned Kelly’s last stand with the colonial police. Your destination is Canberra for Your overnight accommodation.

Theme for the Day: Victorian Colonial Days

Meals:
Dinner
Accommodation:
Styles A & B = YHA or similar

Day 02: CANBERRA TO SYDNEY Day 2

A local guide will take you on a brief tour of central Canberra and then its back to the Hume Highway for travel to today’s destination, Sydney – arriving mid-afternoon. Free time – we suggest a walking tour of down-town Sydney, Circular Quay, to take photographs of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Evening meal tonight at Sydney’s famous Chinatown.

Theme for the Day: The First Fleet and the Convict Era

Meals:
Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation:
Styles A & B = YHA or similar

Day 03: SYDNEY TO COFFS HARBOUR Day 3

The tour will depart Sydney accommodation at 8.00 am. For passengers joining in Sydney tour check in is at 7.15 am – please check your personal itinerary for further details. A Sydney guide will travel out of Sydney with you talking about the history of this exciting city. Travel north along the Pacific Highway and see the Australian bush, country towns, expanding suburbia and banana plantations. Your overnight is near the Pacific Ocean at the resort town of Coffs Harbour.

Theme for the Day: The Free Settlers and Growth of Sydney

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent

Day 04: BYRON BAY & GOLD COAST Day 4

The rural town of Grafton is the first stop then detour into Byron Bay on the coast – Australia’s most easterly point and an alternative lifestyle town. Cross the Queensland state border – the next two nights are at the Gold Coast.   Free time to enjoy some of the holiday resort nightlife.

Theme For The Day: Pineapple & Sugarcane Farming

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation:
Styles A = Cabin; Style B = Tent

Day 05: GOLD COAST - RELAXING, SURFING, SIGHTSEEING Day 5

A free day on the Gold Coast. Perhaps wander around the shops, laze on the beach, or visit one of the many famous theme parks – Dreamworld, Seaworld, Wet ‘n’ Wild – at own expense. Tonight we have included the fantastic Australian Outback Spectacular Show – the first of its kind in Australia – enjoy a delicious dinner whilst watching an action packed performance.

Theme for the Day: Relaxing, Shopping, Surfing or enjoying the options – ballooning, white water rafting (at own expense)

 

Meals:
Breakfast
Accommodation:
Styles A = Cabin; Style B = tent

Day 06: BRISBANE & AUSTRALIA ZOO Day 6

Travel through Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, see pineapple plantations and country towns. The highlight today is an afternoon visit to the famous Australia Zoo of Steve Irwin fame. The next two nights are at Hervey Bay gateway to Fraser Island.

Theme for the Day: Brisbane the Capital, Queensland the State

Meals:
Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent

Day 07: WORLD HERITAGE FRASER ISLAND Day 7

A full day on Fraser Island including a half-day tour. Time to see dingoes, a shipwreck, beautiful rainforest scenery and freshwater inland lakes – a World Heritage sand island. Return ferry to the mainland for a special camp meal and overnight.

Theme for the Day: World Heritage Fraser Island

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent Hervey Bay Harbour View Caravan Park

Day 08: CATTLE STATION STOPOVER Day 8

Leaving Hervey Bay join the Bruce Highway then detour into the town of Bundaberg, famous for its rum distillery. Then it’s onto the town of 1770, now a fishing village – this was where Captain James Cook first landed on the coast of Queensland. Your farm stay tonight is east of the small town of Raglan at Langmorn Station. Your host will take you for a tour of the property including the historic homestead. Six generations of the Creed family have farmed beef cattle since here1869. Enjoy afternoon tea of home made scones. See kangaroos in the wild. A roast dinner and camp overnight.

Theme for the Day: Queensland Cattle Industry. Captain James Cook

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent Langmorn Station Property

Day 09: WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS Day 9

The morning stop is at Rockhampton, the beef cattle capital of Queensland, located on the Tropic of Capricorn. Continue north to Mackay and Airlie Beach, gateway to The Whitsunday Islands, for the next 2 nights.

Theme for the Day: Barrier Reef Islands

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent

Day 10: EXPLORING THE WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS Day 10

Join Ocean Rafting for an exhilarating ride to Whitehaven Beach, coral viewing, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Parks walks. Lunch included today. Evening free to enjoy the local cuisine and hospitality.

Theme for the Day: Relaxing and enjoying the Whitsunday Islands

Meals:
Breakfast
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent

Day 11: BOWEN, TOWNSVILLE, INNISFAIL & CAIRNS Day 11

Travel north through the mango and sugar cane regions of Bowen and Townsville. See Tully and Innisfail, in Australia’s wettest, tropical rainforest regions, on the way to Cairns – settle in to Cairns for the next three nights. In the evening see Australia’s culture through Aboriginal eyes at Tjapukai – a powerful and personal hands on experience where you can meet and interact with the Tjapukai people as they demonstrate their ancient skills and knowledge of the natural world. A deep and lasting memory. Dinner included.

Theme for the Day: Tropical agriculture and vegetation

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent

Day 12: CAIRNS. OUTER BARRIER REEF CRUISE Day 12

Today it’s a 8.00 am departure for a beautiful Outer Barrier Reef Cruise. You get the chance of snorkelling, viewing the coral from a glass bottom boat and travelling on the beautiful blue water of the Barrier Reef.

Theme for the Day: The future of the Great Barrier Reef

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent

Day 13: CAIRNS SIGHTSEEING Day 13

A morning walking tour of Cairns to see and learn about this thriving tourist centre. Visit the Reef & Teach Education Centre that provides an informative insight into the Barrier Reef. The remainder of the day is available to relax and enjoy this tropical paradise or experience some of the many optional tours available (at own expense).

Theme for the Day: Relaxing and participating in optional tours

Meals:
Breakfast
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent

Day 14: FREE TIME FOR SIGHTSEEING & ONWARD JOURNEY Day 14

Your tour concludes after breakfast this morning. Say farewell to your fellow travellers as they continue their journey. For yourself it’s free time for last minute shopping and/or sightseeing. Transfer by own arrangements to Cairns Airport for onward journey.

Meals:
Breakfast

TOUR FARE:

Style A: Soft Adventure: $6350 per person, twin share / Child: $5080 sharing with 2 adults

Style B: Safari: $5250 per person, twin share / Child: $4200 sharing with 2 adults / Backpacker Special Fare: $4725 per person, twin share

 

Your tour cost includes:

The provision of a modern five star touring coach, air-conditioned, rest-room.
The services of an experienced and accredited driver / guide
The services of a Tour Manager who is also responsible for catering camp safari meals
The provision of specialist guides who join the coach on a regular basis to provide guided town tours or additional information on the Theme of Day
The provision of all catering equipment inclusive of an individual dilly bag with personal knife, fork and spoon, cup, bowl and plate.
The provision of safari camp style cooked breakfasts and light breakfasts, salad and sandwich lunches with fruit, cake and juice and 3 course evening meals.
The payment of all accommodation costs, visits, attractions and entry fees as per itinerary.
The provision of accommodation style chosen by you at the time of making your tour reservation. Style A) cabin, YHA or similar – Style B) Tent twin share; budget cabin or as specified

Not included:

Morning, afternoon tea and evening supper.
Transport from home to departure point and airport to home.
Domestic air travel.
Travel Insurance.
Items of a personal nature.
Accommodation Style B) Linen, bring your own towel, sleeping bag, liner and small pillow.
Single accommodation costs for Styles A & B are available upon request but cannot always be guaranteed

 

Please contact our reservation team regarding enquiries and bookings.

Testimonials

Dear Aussies, We had a first-class Coach Captain, and an excellent hostess. This means a good crew. We had a lot of fun on this well organized tour. We have seen a lot of this beautiful country and met a lot of friendly people. With greetings from Germany.