FROM GOLD COAST G4 17 “HINTERLAND AND ISLAND ADVENTURE” – Premium, Gold & Platinum Class – 3 DAYS

SPRINGBROOK NATIONAL PARK, LAMINGTON NATIONAL PARK, STRADBROKE ISLAND BY 4WD Tour Code G4 17 -   ()

SPRINGBROOK NATIONAL PARK, LAMINGTON NATIONAL PARK,  STRADBROKE ISLAND BY 4WD

ANOTHER AUSTOUR G4 UNIQUE EXPERIENCE BY 4WD – 3 Days

G4 = minimum/maximum 4 clients private charter travelling in a top of the range

4WD vehicle with special Driver/Guide

Introduction

Only a short drive from the Gold Coast experience 3 days exploring World Heritage Listed Nationals Parks with your own private guide and in a modern 4WD vehicle. This small group tour takes you to places only a 4WD can access – secluded private venues away from the crowds, friendly knowledgeable guide with a long list of experiences as you travel through Australian sub-tropical rainforests and Queensland farming country.

SURFERS PARADISE TO O’REILLYS RAINFOREST RETREAT Day 1

8.00 am Pick up from Gold Coast accommodation.

Your Gold Coast Tour begins from Queensland’s Surfers Paradise. A short distance beyond the beaches another paradise awaits. The trek into the Hinterland region follows the original pioneer’s track to the volcanic plateau of Tamborine Mountain. This area of secluded eucalyptus forest provides a private sanctuary for koala, wallabies and other varied wildlife.

At the top of the mountain enjoy a break for morning tea. Delicious fresh scones, served with jams, cream, tea and coffee. Time to stretch the legs. Your guide will escort you on a leisurely bush walk and share their local knowledge and expertise. Discover lush sub-tropical rainforests with cascading waterfalls, learn about the forests unique characteristics, how the Aboriginal people gathered food from the forest floor and the animals and birds that call the area home. Following the rainforest walk explore Gallery Walk, the arts and crafts precinct of the mountain or enjoy a wine tasting from one the local wineries.

After leaving the mountain plateau you head further west through cattle and equestrian country to our own private lunch venue “Spring Gully” tucked away in the beautiful Sarabah Valley. With all the appeal of ‘The Outback’ yet only a stone’s throw from the Gold Coast. This 400 acre property provides the ideal venue for a delicious BBQ lunch with all the trimmings and is unique to your Gold Coast tour. Mouth-watering beefsteaks, chicken, fish or vegetarian option accompanied by crisp salads and fresh fruit. Includes soft drink, juice, beer and wine. On a hot summer’s day, nearby cool waters and rock pools provide the opportunity for a refreshing swim so it is recommended that guests bring their swimsuits.

Following lunch, the tour continues on into the mountainous regions of Lamington National Park (Australia’s largest preserved natural stand of subtropical rainforest). At O’Reilly’s Plateau, some 3,000 feet above sea level, colourful native birds flock around and can be fed. The Treetop Boardwalk through the rainforest canopy offers a bird’s eye view of this enchanting area, especially for those who climb the observation tower.

After check in at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, a self guided Treetop Walk awaits. O’Reilly’s famous Tree Top Walk is the first of its kind in Australia, which provides a bird’s eye view of the rainforest canopy as you walk along a series of suspension bridges. If you are more adventurous, climb a ladder heading up a Strangler Fig leading to two viewing platforms almost 30 metres above the ground.

At night don’t miss the Glow Worm Tour! A guided tour through the rainforest in the darkness to discover the secret world of Glow Worms. (Complimentary torch provided by Austour)

Dinner will be a three course experience – enjoy the culinary delights of O’Reilly’s. Meals prepared and cooked to order, choose an entrée, main and dessert from the a la carte menu. Your overnight accommodation is in a Mountain View Room, beautiful views to the McPherson Mountain Ranges.

 

Meals:
Morning tea, lunch , afternoon tea and dinner
Accommodation:
O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat 4 star

BIRDS, DAMS, WATERFALLS, MOUNTAINS & OUTBACK SPECTACULAR SHOW Day 2

Early start (6.45am) with a morning bird walk where you will meet hundreds of birds that visit each morning to feed around the Retreat.

Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast of the best quality, fresh local produce which includes in house daily baked breads, savoury delights, cereals, eggs, fresh seasonal fruits, juice and much more.

10.00 am pick up from O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. Depart O’Reilly’s and head to Kamarun lookout to admire 300 degree views of the Scenic Rim area before stopping at Canungra Valley Vineyard to taste the wines from the region. A short drive to your morning tea stop at Hinze Dam before visiting the stunning Natural Arch. Learn about this unique waterfall and see the water cascading through the roof of the basalt cave which has been formed over millions of years.

The Best of All Lookout got its name for a good reason. Look down into what’s left of the caldera of the volcano that is responsible for the mountainous region you have visited over the last two days. On this walk you will see three thousand year old Antarctic beech trees and feel the cool mountain air as you stand over 1000 metres above sea level.

Before heading back to your hotel visit a cosy hinterland restaurant which will provide us with a home cooked meal and then a short walk to the nearby viewing platform to see one of Queensland’s highest waterfalls, Purling Brook Falls. Leaving the rainforests behind you make your way back to Australia’s number one tourist destination, Surfers Paradise. Here your overnight accommodation will be in the heart of Surfers Paradise, with 4 or 5 star facitilies to meet your accommodation tour standard.

Evening visit to the Outback Spectacular which includes dinner and show: Welcome to the High Country! Saddle up and join us on a captivating journey to the snow peaked mountains of the high country where enchanted whisperers and legendary yarns come alive with the most inspiring stories of Australian characters. Be dazzled like never before by the amazing animal stars. See death defying stunts and aerial performances as you hear the brave tale of the Aussie girl sold to the circus at the tender age of 7. Be mesmerised by the biggest display of special effects ever seen as you travel the Road to Omeo with Australia’s yesteryear ghosts. With all the drama and action guests have come to expect from Australia’s favourite dinner show, prepare for the most breathtaking arena production ever created under the Australian Outback Spectacular roof.

All of this is accompanied by a stirring musical score composed especially for the show, as well as popular country music composed and written by country music legend Lee Kernaghan. Australians are famous for their competitive spirit and it’s impossible not to become involved in the competition that develops between stockmen and women from rival stations. But which station will you barrack for? The stockmen and women of Warrego Station or Bogong High Plains?

High Country hospitality demands that every visitor to the mountains be well fed. And that applies especially to the audience! Sit back and enjoy the majesty of an arena transformed into the snowy peaks of the high country as 40 stockmen and women serve up a gourmet Aussie feast with beer, wine or soft drink to every member of the audience – all in record time. Witness the bravery, beauty and courage of the greatest Australian stories never told… High Country Legends.

Meals:
Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner
Accommodation:
Mantra Circle on Cavill 4 star

TO NORTH STRADBROKE ISLAND – LAKES, 4WD BEACH DRIVE, SEA LIFE – DOLPHINS, WHALES ETC Day 3

Early start with a 7.00 am pick up by your new guide. Head straight to the pretty seaside suburb of Cleveland with your guide who has over 30 years’ experience on ‘Straddie’ (North Stradbroke Island). Catch the Big Red Cat from Cleveland for the pretty 45-minute voyage across Moreton Bay to Dunwich.

Your first island stop is Brown Lake; perched above the water table and surrounded by tea-trees. Take a stroll or go for a swim in the healing, soothing tea tree soaked lake. A lovely spot for a homemade morning tea with fresh scones, jam and cream or raspberry muffins with freshly made cappuccino or tea.

For a unique Aussie experience, next we go 4×4 beach driving along Main Beach. Look out for whales migrating in season. Try your luck at catching pippies under the sand and maybe even catch the sandworms when conditions are right. Or just stop along the beach at a spot of your choice for some beach fishing or beach games (frisbee, cricket, kite flying etc).

Point Lookout in the island’s north east is where you explore the boarded ‘Bluff Walk’. If lucky, watch the dolphins catch the waves – jumping out of the water as the waves roll in! Being high on the headland, this is a perfect place to spot migrating whales and look out for the rarer marine-life such as turtles, sting rays, dugongs and sharks. This is also fantastic photo opportunity with some great gorges and views over the Coral Sea and down the coastline.

Make your way to Flinders Beach, on the north side of the island, for a famous Australian gourmet BBQ – right on the beach – a highlight for many. While your gourmet lunch is being prepared, explore the beach, have a swim or play some beach games.

Keep your camera ready as Amity Point is home to two of Australia’s most popular and famous animals – dolphins and koala’s – both in their natural habitat! Walk out the end of the jetty – with only a few people around (not hundreds) look for dolphins swimming right under the jetty and get within 1 metre of these magnificent mammals.

During the day, learn about the colourful history of North Straddie. The first Aboriginal inhabitants who arrived around 20,000 years ago called it Minjerribah. Colonial settlement began in the 1820′s. The settlement also acted as a leper colony, a quarantine station and nursing home and has a record of 32 shipwrecks since European settlement. Return by ferry to the mainland and journey to Surfers Paradise/Brisbane where you will be dropped off at your accommodation

Thank you for joining Austour on this small group adventure , we look forward to you joining us again somewhere else in Australia.

Meals:
Breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
Accommodation:
Nil
Prices Adult Child
     
Premium Class $2,555 $2,045
Gold Class $2,765 $2,210
Platinum Class $2,950 $2,360
Safari Class N/A N/A

Prices valid to 31st March, 2017

Departs: Daily

you choose your departure date, year round (excluding 23rd to 26th December & 28th December to 1st January)

Tour Cost Includes:

  • Pick Up and Drop Off from your hotel.
  • The provision of a modern, top of the range four wheel drive vehicle.
  • The services of an experienced and accredited specialist driver / guide.
  • The provision 4 star accommodation–twin share basis.
  • Special services, talks, guided walks, bird watching with specialist interpretative guides whilst stopping at O’Reillys Wilderness Retreat.
  • Family Room accommodation if children are travelling.
  • Ferry transfers to and from Stradbroke Island, specialist Stradbroke Island guide
  • Morning and afternoon teas.
  • The provision of breakfasts, three lunches and two 3 course evening meals
  • Welcome drink prior to evening meal.
  • The payment of all accommodation, visits, attractions and entry fees as per itinerary.
  • Expert interpretation of the natural and cultural environment from a specialist guide
  • Transfers by Limosine and dinner at a special “Outback Spectacular Show”
  • This tour is only offered in Premium Class 4 Star.

Exclusions

  • Travel to/from Gold Coast
  • Evening supper.
  • Single accommodation – available on application.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Provision of alcohol with meals except where stated on itinerary.
  • Travel insurance

Special Notes: Travel insurance is highly recommended – refer Bookings/Travel Insurance. Austour Tour special group rates are applicable. Please read Austour’s Conditions of Travel.

Accommodation and itinerary may change on a seasonal basis depending upon road access and client discussion before departure.

Please contact our reservation team regarding enquiries and bookings.

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