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Australia’s East Coast Jewels

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Illuminating authentic experiences with a completely unique itinerary, Australia’s East Coast Jewels includes visits to many places not featured in any other Distant Journeys tour. If this is a return visit to Australia, or you’re looking to delve a little deeper into all this vast country has to offer, this is the holiday for you.

Cruise the sparkling waters of the Whitsunday Islands to explore the powder soft sands of Whitehaven Beach, and explore the sand dunes, shipwrecks, tropical rainforests and freshwater lakes of the World Heritage listed Fraser Island, also known as ‘K’gari’ – meaning ‘paradise’.

Discover Australia’s capital, Canberra, as well as the coastal city of Townsville and its neighbouring Magnetic Island, home to the largest colony of koalas in North Australia. Visit the beating heart of Queensland, Brisbane, and the city of Rockhampton, where we will learn about the sugar cane farmers of the Mackay region and discover the limestone formations of Capricorn Caves, dating back 400 million years.

Paired with stays in the ever-popular Sydney, the Blue Mountains and Port Douglas, with options to explore the Great Barrier Reef, you can guarantee a holiday of a lifetime.

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Day 1

Depart UK

Singapore Airlines

Depart from London Heathrow or Manchester with Singapore Airlines. No matter which airport you choose, there will be no additional cost.

Included meals:

In-flight meals and drinks included

Day 2

Singapore, 2 nights

Singapore at Night

Arrive into the wonderful city of Singapore
and transfer to the four-star M Hotel.

Included meals:

In-flight meals and drinks included

Day 3

Singapore Freedom Day

Merlion Park, Singapore

Known as ‘the crossroads of Asia’, Singapore is a city where the east meets the west; a cosmopolitan melting pot with an inspirational identity. Today we can choose to relax or explore as we please. For example, we have the opportunity to join a tour of this fabulous city including Marina Bay, Merlion Park, the historic Civic District, Thian Hock Keng Temple and the fabulous orchid gardens set within Singapore’s botanical gardens. Alternatively, enjoy high tea in the elegant surroundings of Raffles Hotel, or discover the wonderful Gardens by the Bay.

Included meals:

Breakfast included

Day 4

Sydney, 3 nights

Sydney Harbour

After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Sydney. On arrival, our Australian Tour Manager will be waiting to transfer us directly to our hotel, the Sofitel Wentworth, located just a short walk from Circular Quay and Sydney Harbour, home to the world-famous Sydney Opera House.

Included meals:

Breakfast, in-flight meals and drinks included

Day 5

Sydney

Couple at Sydney Harbour

Sydney is a city that takes full advantage of its natural setting – its sparkling harbour is host to the world-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and the spectacular Sydney Opera House. Sydney’s suburbs are blessed with lush native bushland and pristine sandy beaches. Add the excellent restaurants and cafés, endless shopping opportunities, and vibrant culture, and it’s easy to see why Sydney is one of the world’s favourite cities.

After a morning at leisure, this afternoon’s sightseeing tour begins at Hyde Park Barracks, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the structure that was built to house convicts and later served as an immigration depot for women, an asylum, and later law courts. Then, onward to tranquil Watson’s Bay, a former fishing village and now a lush Sydney suburb. A stop is made at Bondi, before we reach Barangaroo! Known as Sydney’s harbourside ‘playground,’ Barangaroo is buzzing with stylish architecture, and incredible dining. We end our afternoon at the King Street Wharf, a waterside precinct filled with locals and tourists alike. This evening, relax on a fabulous sightseeing dinner cruise around spectacular Sydney Harbour.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner included

Day 6

Sydney

Ariel of the Royal Botanical Gardens Sydney

First stop today is the Royal Botanic Garden of Sydney, where we are treated to a private tour with an Aboriginal guide. Beyond the ‘usual suspects,’ including rose gardens and succulents, discover the Cadi Jam Ora – First Encounters Garden, which explores the relationship between people and plants on the site that the Cadigal people encountered the first fleet in 1788. Next, get those cameras ready as we head for a tour of the spectacular Sydney Opera House. Whilst the exterior is known to every visitor to Australia, we step inside to discover the story beneath those magnificent sails. Learn about the controversial history and memorable performances of the Opera House’s past and what its future may hold. The rest of the afternoon is left free to spend as we please.

Included meals:

Breakfast included

Day 7

Canberra, 2 nights

War Memorial Canberra

It’s time to say goodbye to Sydney as we travel via the historic city of Goulburn, Australia’s first inland city. Encounter country charm and admire Goulburn’s historic buildings that are still very much in use, including the strikingly beautiful Court House and the Post Office. We arrive into Canberra early afternoon. As the seat of the Australian government, Canberra boasts countless museums and historical sites. We head for the stately War Memorial and museum collections, a combination of museums, shrines, and an extensive archive documenting the men and women who served and continue to serve Australia. Later, we arrive at the Hotel Kurrajong Canberra for our next two nights. Those of us who wish to attend the Last Post ceremony are able to return to the Memorial. The ceremony begins with the Australian national anthem, followed by the piper’s lament. Visitors are invited to lay flowers beside the Pool of Reflection as the story behind a name on the Honour Roll is shared, followed by an ode recited by Australian Defence Force personnel. The meaningful ceremony concludes with the sounding of the Last Post.

Included meals:

Breakfast included

Day 8

Canberra

Parliament House, Canberra

After breakfast today, we head for Parliament House to enjoy a guided tour of Australia’s government buildings. From the towering flagpole to the Great Hall Tapestry, take in the architecture of the Senate and House of Representatives, as well as the paintings that adorn these historic and hallowed halls. We continue to the National Gallery, known for its great Aboriginal Art Collection. We shall also experience the Aboriginal Memorial up close, an installation of 200 hollow log coffins from Central Arnhem Land, commemorating the indigenous lives lost defending their land since 1788. Canberra is also known for its wine, so we make our way to one of the best local wineries in time for lunch, and, of course, a little wine tasting! Afterwards, we head for Mount Ainslie’s lookout point for a panoramic view of the surrounding scenery. Spot Lake Burley Griffin and see Canberra’s attractions from up high. The remainder of the day is ours to enjoy at leisure.

Included meals:

Breakfast and lunch included

Day 9

Katoomba, 2 nights

Kangaroos

First stop today is Taralga Wildlife Park. Get a front-row seat to Australia’s wildlife with mini-goats, kangaroos, quokkas, wallabies, emus, camels and more, not to mention over 500 birds and 100 individual bird species. Admire honeyeaters, macaws, black cockatoos, and the majestic wedge-tailed eagle. Enjoy lunch at the historic Argyle Inn, the oldest still-trading hotel in Taralga, built in 1875 and lovingly restored in 2016 in the Victorian tradition. From here, we head north via the verdant town of Oberon to Katoomba in the heart of the Blue Mountains. Later this afternoon, we arrive at the heritage-listed Carrington Hotel, built in the 1880s to cater for the railway boom. Make yourself comfortable and explore the historic surroundings, brimming with both antiques and modern comforts.

Included meals:

Breakfast and lunch included

Day 10

Blue Mountains

Three Sisters in Blue Mountains, with slight mist over valley in the background

Today we shall explore this scenic region. Believed to be a ‘tonic’ in the form of mountain air, the Blue Mountains have been promoted for their health benefits since the early 1800s. Learn of the legend of the Three Sisters, a spectacular landmark located at Echo Point. Meander the Fairfax Heritage Walking Track with sweeping vistas of the Grose Valley and take in the view from Govetts Leap, one of the most famous lookouts on the continent! This afternoon, we make our way to the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre to see the World Heritage Exhibition. The interactive high-tech exhibition explores the natural and social landscapes of the region, offering visitors an immersive experience that exposes them to the wonders of this incredible heritage area. Later in the day, we return to our hotel.

Included meals:

Breakfast included

Day 11

Port Douglas, 4 nights

Port Douglas

This morning we board our flight to Cairns, in tropical north Queensland. After collecting our cases, we transfer to Port Douglas via one of the most scenic highways in the country. Upon arrival, settle into the Peninsula Hotel where we enjoy ocean-view suites. This evening, we gather for dinner in a relaxed waterside restaurant, beloved by the locals.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner included

Day 12

Port Douglas Freedom Day

Australia’s East Coast Jewels - Day 12 - Port Douglas Freedom Day

It’s time to soak up all that Port Douglas has to offer! Whilst you are welcome to relax by the poolside, we have two optional trips available to the Great Barrier Reef. Our first option visits the Low Isles. This full-day experience offers both snorkelling and sailing on a catamaran. Recline on the white sandy beach of the island or snorkel over the vivid coral gardens in the blue lagoon, accompanied by a marine biologist. Maybe we’ll be lucky and spot a turtle! The glass bottom boat experience is enhanced by reef commentary by our skipper. Alternatively, for stronger swimmers seeking more time in the water, our second option is our Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling experience, which allows for snorkelling straight from the back of the boat! Owned and operated my marine biologists you’ll visit several sites known for spectacular snorkelling. You can expect some of the crew will be in the water with us, ready to answer any questions and point out the exciting coral and fish. Whichever option you choose; enjoy your day!

Included meals:

Breakfast included

Day 13

Port Douglas Freedom Day

Australia’s East Coast Jewels - Day 13 - Port Douglas Freedom Day

A day at leisure to spend as you please. We have an optional excursion to the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest. Travel into the Mossman Gorge National Park, the most southern part of the Daintree Rainforest, for a leisurely walk. The tour includes a ferry transfer across the Daintree River, and on to the Jindalba Boardwalk. This afternoon we head for Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the reef. Discover the area’s rich history and enjoy a tropical fruit flavoured ice cream on the way back to the Daintree River. Later, we board our Wildlife Cruise and search for snakes, birds and massive saltwater crocodiles. After all of the day’s adventures, return to our hotel.

Included meals:

Breakfast included

Day 14

Port Douglas Freedom Day

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Another day at leisure to enjoy Queensland’s Tropical North. Perhaps take an optional tour to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures for an up-close and personal experience with these prehistoric creatures. Founded in 1934, Hartley’s is known for its emphasis on sustainability. Beyond crocodiles, exhibits include Komodo Dragons, snakes, alligators, cassowaries, wombats, koalas, emus, kangaroos and wallabies.

Included meals:

Breakfast included

Day 15

Townsville, 2 nights

Babinda Boulders

After breakfast, we must say farewell to Port Douglas. First stop today is Rex Lookout, a panoramic spot to scope out the expanse of Trinity Bay’s azure water and golden sand. At Babinda Boulders, enjoy an easy walk through lush rainforest to a creek lined with massive boulders. The water at the pool here remains cool all year round, despite the tropical heat. We continue to Cardwell to enjoy the view across the water to Hinchinbrook Island. Later, we arrive into Townsville and our next two nights at the Hotel Grand Chancellor.

Included meals:

Breakfast and lunch included

Day 16

Townsville

Magnetic Island

After breakfast, we board the ferry from Townsville to the breathtakingly beautiful Magnetic Island, or, as the locals call it,‘Maggie’. Palm-fringed coastlines, huge granite boulders, and warm, sandy beaches with turquoise water lapping around coral reefs, Magnetic Island is paradise on earth. Keep your eyes peeled for koalas as Maggie is host to the largest colony in the north of Australia. We board a bus trip taking us to Horseshoe Bay, a sheltered U-shaped bay with 3km of golden beach. Learn about the area’s history, geography, wildlife and folklore and later in the day we return to Townsville.

Included meals:

Breakfast included

Day 17

Airlie Beach, 3 nights

Australia’s East Coast Jewels - Day 17 - Airlie Beach

After breakfast, we head for our next destination: Airlie Beach, the gateway to the incredible Whitsunday Islands. Take time to stroll around the coastal town and pick a lunch spot with views of the calm aquamarine waters. Whilst walking, gather ideas for how your afternoon could be spent. Home for the next three nights is the fabulous Coral Sea Resort, and after settling into our ocean-view rooms, the day is ours to enjoy at leisure.

Included meals:

Breakfast included

Day 18

Airlie Beach Freedom Day

Australia’s East Coast Jewels - Day 18 - Airlie Beach Freedom Day

A day left totally free to spend as you please. Take the opportunity to relax by the hotel pool or stroll along the lovely boardwalk into the village. For water enthusiasts, an optional cruise on the ‘Lady Enid’ offers barefoot luxury and comfort during a Langford Island sailing tour. Climb the steps to the Langford Island lookout for incredible photos and head back down to cruise around the Whitsundays and experience it face-down… with a little snorkelling! Gear up (all gear provided) and swim through the exquisite coral gardens and crystal-clear water. Langford Island is a famous turtle hotspot, so keep an eye out for these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

Included meals:

Breakfast included

Day 19

Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach

Today we join a scenic cruise through the magnificent Whitsunday Islands. Relax inair-conditioned comfort aboard our luxury catamaran, including a rooftop deck. Learn about the Whitsundays’ 74 islands, and the marine life, including manta rays, turtles, humpback whales and more. Walk on powder-soft white silica sand and swim in the pristine blue water. Our cruise allows for two hours at Whitehaven Beach, providing plenty of time to bask in the water, stroll along the shore or walk up to the lookout point. Salt, sun and sea: just another day in paradise.

Included meals:

Breakfast and lunch included

Day 20

Rockhampton, 2 nights

Australia’s East Coast Jewels - Day 20 - Rockhampton

Enjoy breakfast and pack for the trip ahead. This morning we take a tour to learn about sugar cane farming – the sweet lifeblood of the Mackay region. See the sugar cane patch and explore a mill and distillery. Taste liqueur products, chutneys, relishes, sauces, ginger beer and freshly spun fairy floss. Learn about rum’s distilling process from the crushing of sugar cane to the distilled cane spirit that forms the base of the Sarina Sugar Shack’s rum and liqueurs. Following lunch, we continue our journey to Rockhampton. Centrally-located, our hotel, Empire Apartment Hotel, takes in views of the Fitzroy River, Mount Archer and the sprawling city of Rockhampton.

Included meals:

Breakfast and lunch included

Day 21

Rockhampton

Australia’s East Coast Jewels - Day 21 - Rockhampton

This morning we head for Capricorn Caves, and enjoy an early breakfast. Afterwards, we tour limestone cave formations dating back 400 million years. Our local guides enchant us with tales of this ancient space. Later, head for the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens. This serene haven boasts an impressive array of both native and exotic plants. Traverse streams and learn of the floral beauty that surrounds us. Next, enjoy a riverside walk along the Fitzroy River, flowing from the joining of the Dawson and Mackenzie Rivers. This evening, perhaps join your fellow travelling companions to share stories at The Caves Country Pub, a Rockhampton institution.

Included meals:

Breakfast included

Day 22

K’gari (Fraser Island), 2 nights

Fraser Island

First stop today is Alkoomi Farms cattle station, where we stop for breakfast and a chat with the ranchers. Later, we arrive at Riverhead, Hervey Bay, where we board our ferry to K’gari and check in for our two-night stay at the Kingfisher Bay Resort. Fraser Island is 122km long and the largest sand island in the world. Combining sand dunes, tropical rainforests, freshwater dune lakes and, of course, endless stretches of beach, this heritage site is truly extraordinary. It’s little wonder the Aboriginal people call the island K’gari, meaning ‘paradise’.

Included meals:

Breakfast included

Day 23

K’gari

Dingo, Fraser Island

Today we embark on a full-day, four wheel drive tour to see all that iconic K’gari has to offer. Visit beautiful Lake McKenzie and walk along its powder-soft sand and crystal water. See the famous Maheno shipwreck, remnants of the luxury liner wrecked by a cyclone. Eli Creek awaits: a freshwater creek with the purest water imaginable, gushing 3.5 million litres of fresh water into the ocean every hour. Drive along the famous 75 Mile Beach highway, where the beach becomes the road, as we travel alongside the tide. Learn the legend behind the coloured sands of the Pinnacles, a collection of dunes in strange spires, the fusion of wind, rain, sand, and clay over hundreds of thousands of years. Meander through Pile Valley’s magnificent satinay and brush box forests, with trees well over a thousand years old, creating a canopy over 50 metres high. Birdwatchers will be delighted by the turquoise parrots, plumed frogmouths, red goshawks and glossy black cockatoos. Closer to the ground, dingoes can be spotted scavenging along the forest floor. Our tour includes lunch and refreshments, so all we need to pack is our spirit of adventure. Oh, and swimwear and sun cream!

Included meals:

Breakfast and lunch included

Day 24

Brisbane, 2 nights

Australia’s East Coast Jewels - Day 24 - Brisbane

Today we must leave K’gari for the mainland and our first stop is Queen’s Park, Maryborough. The park is a botanical retreat, providing a serene backdrop overlooking the Mary River. Maryborough has a beautiful ensemble of lovingly-restored heritage buildings, and is also the birthplace of Pamela Lyndon Travers, the creator of Mary Poppins. Her birth house is demarcated with signage of a lady holding the iconic umbrella. The area is also steeped in history with the Ariadne connection, an immigrant ship which sailed from Liverpool to Maryborough in 1862. Later, visit the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, a biodiverse area of endemic subtropical rainforest containing 391 plant species, 141 bird species and 68 species of mammals, reptiles and amphibians, many of which are threatened or rare species. Brisbane’s Stamford Plaza is our final destination and home for our final two nights in Australia.

Included meals:

Breakfast and lunch included

Day 25

Brisbane Freedom Day

Australia’s East Coast Jewels - Day 25 - Brisbane

The Stamford Plaza is in the perfect position to explore Brisbane, located next to the botanic gardens and a stone’s throw from the CBD. Completion of a footbridge across the river to Kangaroo Point, known for its fantastic food scene, is expected in 2024. Make your way around Brisbane with both public transport and ferries. The day is ours to enjoy at leisure.

Included meals:

Breakfast included

Day 26

Depart Brisbane

Australia’s East Coast Jewels - Day 26 - Depart Brisbane

All good things must come to an end, and this morning we transfer to Brisbane Airport. Our flights with Singapore Airlines will travel via Singapore.

Included meals:

Breakfast, in-flight meals and drinks included

SPECIAL OFFER: Book your place on any tour to Australia departing from September 2025, and SAVE up to £632 per couple. You can enjoy a two-night stopover on the homebound journey from as little as £29 per person. Offer ends 1st July 2024. Click here for more details.

Day 27

Arrive UK

Australia’s East Coast Jewels - Day 27 - Arrive UK

Breakfast is served shortly before our arrival into London Heathrow or Manchester, bringing to an end our wonderful tour.

Included meals:

In-flight meals and drinks included

Departure dates & prices

Book your place on Australia’s East Coast Jewels before 1st July 2024, and SAVE up to £632 per couple on tours departing from September 2025. You can enjoy a two-night stopover on the homebound journey from as little as £29 per person (£58 single occupancy) in either Dubai, Bangkok or Singapore; a three-night stay in Bali from only £129 per person (£198 single occupancy) or a two-night stay on Sentosa Island from only £149 per person (£248 single occupancy). The price includes two to three nights accommodation in a four-star hotel, full breakfast each morning and return airport to hotel transfers. Prices are valid on departures from September 2025 only, for more information on stopover prices, please click here.

 Departure date Price (pp) Availability Offer
 2024
 09 November* £7,395ON REQUEST Two-night stopover from £99 per person
 2025
 25 January* £7,4954 ROOMS Two-night stopover from £99 per person
 08 February* £7,3952 ROOMS Two-night stopover from £99 per person
 01 March* £7,395JUST LAUNCHED Two-night stopover from £99 per person
 18 October £7,795JUST LAUNCHEDTwo-night stopover from £29 per person
 2026
 07 February £7,995JUST LAUNCHEDTwo-night stopover from £29 per person

*This tour stays at Crowne Plaza Darling Harbour in Sydney.

Prices: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room.

Single occupancy supplement:
£1,995 to April 2025. £2,095, May 2025 onwards

Deposit: £1,000 per person if travelling in economy class, £1,950 per person if travelling in premium economy, and £3,750 per person for business class.

Flight upgrades: Upgrade to Premium Economy on selected routes from £2,295 per person return. Upgrade to Business Class from £4,995 per person return.

Visa information: An Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) is required to enter Australia. A processing fee of £25 per person will be added to your confirmation invoice.

Exceptional value inclusions

Our escorted holidays to Australia are designed to include must-see sights and memorable experiences in your tour price. And our Australia’s East Coast Jewels tour is no exception as so much of what you will experience is already included in the price. That’s all your scheduled international flights, overseas transfers, expertly chosen hotels, daily breakfast and several other meals too, experienced local Tour Manager and several amazing excursions, already paid for.

Flights with leading scheduled airlines

  • Return economy class flights
  • Fly with Singapore Airlines from London Heathrow or Manchester
  • All domestic flights within Australia
  • All airport charges, security charges, any applicable fuel surcharges and UK Air Passenger Duty

Choice of outbound stopover

  • Two-night outbound stopover in Singapore

Carefully selected hotels

  • Superior and first class hotels in great locations
  • All hotel porterage
  • Applicable hotel taxes

Many meals

  • Meals worth £726 per person, including daily breakfast, lunches in Taralga, Babinda, Mackay and K’gari, dinner
    in Port Douglas.
  • Dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour
  • Canberra winery lunch
  • Lunch on the Whitsundays cruise
  • Lunch at the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

Unforgettable experiences

  • Sightseeing tours in Sydney, Canberra, The Blue
    Mountains, Rockhampton
  • Tour of Sydney Harbour and the Botanic Garden
  • Wine tasting in Canberra
  • Discover Australia’s wildlife at Taralga Wildlife Park
  • Explore Magnetic Island
  • Experience Whitehaven Beach
  • Learn about the sugar cane industry
  • Two-night stay on K’gari (Fraser Island)

On the ground

  • Services of an experienced local Tour Manager
  • All overseas transfers
  • Modern, air-conditioned coaches throughout

100% confidence

  • Your holiday is covered by our Price Promise
  • Your holiday is fully ATOL protected

M Hotel City Centre, Singapore

Occupying a great location in Singapore city centre, M Hotel is a modern, stylish hotel offering a warm welcome and a range of services alongside comfortable, contemporary accommodation. Your Stay The spacious guest rooms are equipped with flat screen TV… Find out more >
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Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour Hotel, Sydney

The newly built Crowne Plaza Darling Harbour has a superb location, just 10 minutes' walk from Pitt Street Mall and the Darling Harbour foreshore, where you can visit the SEALIFE Aquarium, WILDLIFE Sydney Zoo, and the Australian National Maritime Museum.… Find out more >
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Hotel Kurrajong, Canberra

Canberra is the cultural and political heart of Australia, where iconic institutions, such as Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial blend, harmoniously with sprawling green spaces, lakeside serenity, and a vibrant arts and dining scene. Conveniently located in the… Find out more >
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The Carrington Hotel, Katoomba

The historic Carrington Hotel stands proudly as Australia's oldest remaining resort-style hotel and radiates an air of timeless elegance. Nestled in the beautiful Blue Mountain town of Katoomba, this heritage-listed gem beckons travellers to step back in time. Stepping through… Find out more >
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Port Douglas Peninsula Boutique Hotel, Port Douglas

Nestled amidst the natural beauty of Tropical Queensland, with views of Four Mile Beach and the Coral Sea, the Peninsula Hotel in Port Douglas is a peaceful sanctuary offering travellers a rejuvenating tropical retreat. With the vibrant Macrossan Street nearby… Find out more >
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Hotel Grand Chancellor, Townsville

Hotel Grand Chancellor is known locally as the "Sugar Shaker" due to its unique design. The hotel offers comfortable accommodation in the heart of the bustling business and shopping districts of Townsville, but just a stone’s throw from the magnificent… Find out more >
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Coral Sea Resort, Airlie Beach

Coral Sea Resort in Airlie is a relaxing, beachside resort that serves as a sanctuary away from the demands of everyday life. Nestled on the waterfront and just a short stroll from Airlie Beach village, Coral Sea Resort provides a… Find out more >
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Empire Apartment Hotel, Rockhampton

Located in the heart of Rockhampton's bustling business and shopping district, the Empire Hotel and Apartments Rockhampton is the city’s newest and largest hotel, offering beautiful views of the Fitzroy River, Mount Archer and Rockhampton City. Your Stay The hotel… Find out more >
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Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island

Kingfisher Bay Resort, nestled on the picturesque K’gari (Fraser Island), is a hidden oasis that blends seamlessly with its World Heritage-listed natural surroundings. This mesmerising paradise offers a broad spectrum of outdoor experiences for every type of traveller, from exhilarating… Find out more >
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Stamford Plaza Hotel, Brisbane

A stone’s throw from the Botanic Gardens in Brisbane, the Stamford Plaza Hotel is an elegant hotel providing a sophisticated, stylish stay in the heart of the city. Guests can acquaint themselves with the vibrant riverside lifestyle while exploring Brisbane's… Find out more >
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Sydney: Harbour Explorer and Taronga Zoo

Experience Sydney like a local on the Harbour highway. With the option for a one day pass or a two day pass giving you the flexibility to hop on hop off at your convenience. This optional includes entrance to Taronga Zoo situated on the shores of Sydney Harbour offering stunning views of the city skyline and the iconic Sydney Opera House.

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Sydney: Bridge Climb

Prepare to climb Sydney Harbour Bridge on this exhilarating excursion. Known to Sydneysiders as ‘The Coathanger’, the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world’s largest (but not longest) steel arch bridge. Connecting the northern and southern shores of Sydney’s sparkling harbour, the Bridge is an instantly recognisable symbol of Australia.

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Sydney: Scenic Helicopter Flight

Enjoy Sydney from the best possible vantage point – by air. You will take a spectacular 20 minute flight in a luxury helicopter, including return transfers from your hotel. The flight begins from a private lounge at Sydney’s Mascot Airport, and heads out to the coast, giving you a bird’s eye view of some of the amazing luxury homes that nestle above the dramatic cliffs along Maroubra and Coogee.

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This is an unforgettable experience that will leave you with a newfound appreciation for the beauty and diversity of the World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest. After your knowledgable and friendly guide picks you up from your accommodation, we start the day at Mossman Gorge (Daintree Rainforest) with a traditional Welcome to Country conducted by the local traditional Kuku Yalanji people, a guided rainforest walk and a refreshing rainforest swim, swim optional of course.

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Port Douglas: Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures

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Port Douglas: Outback Tasting Adventures

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Port Douglas: Kuranda Day Tour

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Port Douglas: Coral Sea Sunset Sailing

When in Port Douglas a must do experience is the Sunset Sail on board a sailing catamaran. On board guests can relax on the upstairs bridge area or lounge on the foredecks and enjoy the splash of the waves and wind. Soak up the sunset over the Coral Sea as you sail along the coast of Port Douglas.

From AUD $89 (approx. GBP £45) Read More >
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Port Douglas: Low Isles Full Day Tour

Enjoy a full day experience of the Great Barrier Reef with a snorkelling and sailing tour to Low Isles. Unwind on the pristine white sandy beach of the island whilst embarking on a guided snorkel tour led by a marine biologist to explore the stunning colourful coral reef. The potential opportunity for a unique experience swimming with turtles in their natural habitat.

From AUD $322 (approx. GBP £164) Read More >
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Port Douglas - Outer reef snorkel tour

Port Douglas: Outer Reef Snorkel Tour

Explore the wonders of the Outer Reef with our day trip from Port Douglas. Led by knowledgeable local guides, these excursions provide an exceptional experience. Snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef the world's largest coral reef system. A day filled with vibrant marine life underwater making your visit to the Outer Reef a truly memorable experience.

From AUD $283 (approx. GBP £144) Read More >
Helicopter tour - great barrier reef

Airlie Beach: Reef & Whitehaven Spectacular Tour

Looking to fill something from your bucket list? This is the tour for you! See everything the Whitsundays have on offer in just one hour. Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet, Heart Reef and one of the seven natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.

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Whitsundays Helicopter Tour

Airlie Beach: Whitsunday Whirl Tour

A helicopter flight of some of our neighbouring islands, take in the beauty of Shute Harbour, Long Island and the Molle Islands. As we cruise above the clear turquoise waters be sure to have a camera as this flight highlights why people come from all over the globe to this beautiful part of Australia.

From AUD $225 (approx. GBP £115) Read More >
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Airlie Beach: Whitehaven From Above Tour

Let us take you to one of Australia’s best and world recognised beaches. Take in the view of all 74 Whitsunday Islands as we make our way passed Hamilton Island, Hazelwood Island and more, before show casing the second most photographed destination in Australia ‘Hill inlet’.

From AUD $359 (approx. GBP £183) Read More >
Lady Enid Sailing sunset

Airlie Beach: Lady Enid Sailing – Sunset Tour

A true sailing experience with room to relax and enjoy this beautiful timber yacht with picturesque views out to the Islands. Enjoy two hours sailing the Whitsunday's with an aperol spritz in the hand whilst soaking up this magical experience. Following a sharing platter we slowly head back to Airlie Beach as the sun begins to set.

From AUD $110 (approx. GBP £56) Read More >
Lady Enid Sailing

Airlie Beach: Langford Island Sailing Tour

A day on board the sailing vessel, Lady Enid Whitsundays. Lunch is provided, and sparkling wine is served with antipasto in the afternoon. This is truly a memorable experience of the Whitsundays as we explore the beautiful sand cay of Langford Island. Snorkelling is a big feature of the day, with beautiful coral gardens to explore.

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Whitsundays Crocodile Safari

Airlie Beach: Crocodile Safari

See estuarine crocodiles in the Wild in the Whitsundays. Whitsunday Crocodile Safari offers guests a unique Australian nature experience in natural habitat. Explore the unique tropical environment of the Whitsunday coastline as you experience the wildlife and vegetation in the estuaries and wetlands.

From AUD $150 (approx. GBP £77) Read More >
Brisbane - Brewery

Brisbane: Delectable Tastes of the World – Booze and Bites Tour

This Brisbane food walking tour will take your tastebuds on a journey around the world with local produce prepared in a variety of different styles and cuisines, whilst taking in a couple of Brisbane’s best foodie suburbs. Brisbane's inner-city suburbs are particularly booming right now in terms of their dining offerings.

From AUD $200 (approx. GBP £102) Read More >
BEST OF BRISBANE BREWERY TOUR

Brisbane: The Best of Brisbane Brewery Tour

Visit award-winning independent craft breweries at some of Brisbane’s trendiest suburbs, get treated to a behind-the-scenes guided tour of at least one brewery, chat with the people that produce this liquid gold and even enjoy some history with your beer education. This tour visits four breweries, with lunch at stop.

From AUD $189 (approx. GBP £97) Read More >
DASH OF BRISBANE BREWRERY TOUR

Brisbane: Dash of Brisbane Brewery Tour

We visit some outstanding craft breweries and check out a favourite bar or two as well. This tour is ideal for those without a lot of time or people just beginning their foray into beer. Come and see what all the fuss is about and why Queensland craft beer is so hot it’s cool. Visit three breweries, all tasters included.

From AUD $139 (approx. GBP £70) Read More >
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Night out at Colonial Charms of the City

To truly experience the vibrant heartbeat of Singapore, immerse yourself in the pulsating urban life of the Civic District. A heady blend of old and new, the precinct is home to a trove of cultural gems, hip bars and unforgettable feasts.

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Chinatown and little India, Singapore

Singapore: Night out at Chinatown and Little India

Chinatown has come a long way since the early days when Chinese immigrants made this enclave their home. Filled with a sprawling myriad of shops and eateries, bustling with colourful and exciting activities set against a backdrop of rich history and heritage, Chinatown is not to be missed, especially in the evening when everything really comes alive.

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Marina Bay, Singapore

Singapore: Night out at Marina Bay

Discover birds-eye view of the city and Marina Bay from the top of Marina's Bay Sand's Skypark. Enjoy one complimentary drink at CÉ LA VI Kiosk, Level 56, Marina Bay Sands Skypark, Hotel Tower 3. Experience the breath-taking view of the city lights, before moving onto the picturesque Marina Bay area where you experience Gardens by the Bay under the moonlit sky.

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The grand lobby afternoon tea at Raffles

Singapore: Afternoon Tea in the Grand Lobby, Raffles Hotel

Highlights:  Afternoon Tea at Raffles Tour Description:  The Afternoon Tea ritual, much like Raffles Hotel, Singapore, was fashioned in the 19th century. A cherished tradition since its founding in Great...

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Singapore: Gardens by the Bay

Recently voted one of the Top 10 Indoor Gardens of the World, the Gardens by the Bay is also Singapore’s number 1 attraction according to Trip Advisor. Featuring more than 1 million plants from more than 5,000 species, Gardens by the Bay in Singapore is a must-see destination filled with wonders from around the world.

From SGD $60 (approx. GBP £36) Read More >
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Singapore: Night Safari

The Singapore Night Safari is world’s first. Set in 40 hectares of secondary jungle, the mystery and drama of the tropical jungle after dusk unfolds at the Singapore Zoo Night Safari.

From SGD $148 (approx. GBP £87) Read More >
Sentosa Island – a return stopover destination on our holidays to Australia or New Zealand

Fun facts about Sentosa Island

Singapore’s popular tourist destination, neighbouring Sentosa Island, is just one of the 4 great Asian locations where you can enjoy an optional return stopover following the unforgettable holidays to Australia...

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Early Booking Offers – SAVE up to £632 per couple!

Enjoy a homebound stopover from as little as £29 per person when you book one of our Australia tours departing after September 2025. Choose a city stay in bustling Bangkok, fashionable Dubai or the cosmopolitan Singapore, or opt to relax beachside in Bali, or Sentosa Island.

It really does pay to book early, as these stopovers usually cost up to £690 per couple for two nights’ accommodation in a four-star hotel, with full daily breakfast and airport transfers.

Destinations and prices as follows:

  • Two-night stopover in Singapore, Bangkok or Dubai from just £29 per person (£58 for single occupancy).
  • Three-night stopover in Bali from only £129 per person (£198 for single occupancy).
  • Two-night stopover on Sentosa Island from £149 per person (£248 for single occupancy).

We also have great deals available on tours departing before September 2025, with homebound stopovers available from £99 per person. That’s still an incredible saving of up to £492 per couple!

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The savings quoted on Australia tours are off the price of a homeward stopover which normally costs up to £690 per couple. Early booking offers are for tours departing from September 2025. All offers are based on specific flights and booking classes and are subject to availability at the time of booking. If choosing to fly with Singapore Airlines your homebound stopover options are limited to Singapore or Sentosa Island. All offers must end 1st July 2024.


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Singapore Stopover Offer, M Hotel City Centre

There’s just so much to do and see in Singapore, that no matter how many times you visit, you’ll always find yourself wanting to go back again. Maybe it’s the myriad of cultures coming together to create such a unique…

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Sentosa Stopover Offer, Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa, Singapore

Stopover in style at the four star Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa, Singapore, a beautiful beachside resort on Singapore’s Sentosa Island.  Perfect for a relaxing break, but close to the numerous exciting attractions of Singapore, the Rasa Sentosa stopover may be chosen as…

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