Fly right into Gold Coast airport and spend 4 days exploring the beautiful beaches and spectacular coastline in this area. The Gold Coast is a region of opposites – there are 70km of famous beaches and an amazing array of natural landscapes which is in stark contrast to high rise buildings, casinos and theme parks. Travel past the stunning Glasshouse Mountains, hear the fascinating Aboriginal legends and see the many attractions on this beautiful coastal area. Continue to Underwater World, the largest tropical oceanarium in Australia. Enjoy a stroll along Mooloolaba Wharf and see the seal show. Travel to Noosa Head and view beautiful Noosa Beach and famous Hastings Street, which has an unrivalled view of the ocean. Take the ferry to Fraser Island and continue with a 4-wheel drive journey along the famous beach on the world’s largest sand island. Moreton Island is the world's third largest sand island of which 98% is a protected National Park, with no sealed roads -4WD is the only mode of transport! Enjoy sand duning on Moreton Island for some awesome fun, high speed, and high adrenaline! As your time in Australia comes to an end you have the option of continuing to travel through the South Pacific, or returning home.
Enjoy a private airport transfer with your own vehicle and driver between the Gold Coast airport and your hotel.
Natural wonders are complimented by the largest selection of family theme parks, golfing greens, shopping centres and restaurants on the Gold coast. Take advantage of the immense number of options to choose from; Family favourites such as Dreamworld, Sea World, Wet ‘n’ Wild and WhiteWater World are sure to please. Warner Bros. Movie World and the Australian Outback Spectacular provide their own unique feel, while Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary creates a never ending interactive experience with nature’s many creatures. Whale watching and jet boating are just two other options to consider.
O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat offers a unique opportunity to submerge oneself into the tranquil serenity of the natural world. With no televisions or phones in the rooms, O'Reilly's allows you to completely get away from all the hustle and bustle of your everyday life, where melodious bird calls replace phone calls and stunning rainforest views replace television screens. There are many activities to partake in and meal options to enjoy while staying at O'Reilly's.
You will be picked up today by coach along with fellow travellers on a spectacular tour of the Sunshine Coast and Noosa. Travel past the stunning Glasshouse Mountains, hear the fascinating Aboriginal legends and see the many attractions on the Sunshine Coast. Continue to Underwater World, the largest tropical oceanarium in Australia. Enjoy a stroll along Mooloolaba Wharf and see the seal show. Travel to Noosa Head and view beautiful Noosa Beach and famous Hastings Street, which has an unrivalled view of the ocean.
Travel through the Sunshine Coast hinterland to Rainbow Beach by coach along with other travellers. Join the ferry to Fraser Island and continue with a 4-wheel drive journey along the famous beach on the world’s largest sand island. This World Heritage region has remarkable freshwater lakes perched high in the sand dunes and ancient rainforests. Your guide will interpret for you the wonders of this fragile environment.
Experience Moreton Island by shared coach with fellow travellers. Your day starts with a luxury cruise across beautiful Moreton Bay to Moreton Island. On arrival, board a 4WD and drive off the ferry directly on to the beach. Moreton Island is the world's third largest sand island of which 98% is a protected National Park, and with no sealed roads, 4WD is the only mode of transport! The first activity is to get straight into sand boarding and tobogganing. This has to be done as early as possible in the day as summer temperatures get up to 36degrees. This is awesome fun, high speed, high adrenalin! Lie down toboggans as well as stand up boards are provided. Enjoy a picnic lunch and the rest of the afternoon in this idyllic spot before being brought back to Gold coast.
VISA/PASSPORTAmerican and Canadian citizens are required to have a valid passport to enter Australia. Americans and Canadians must enter with an Australian visa or, if eligible, through Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). The ETA replaces a visa and allows a stay of up to three months. It may be obtained for a small service fee. Airlines and many travel agents in the United States are also able to apply for ETAs on behalf of travelers. Please note that American citizens who overstay their ETA or visa, even for short periods, may be subject to exclusion, detention, and removal.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check information about the ETA, other visas, and entry requirements with the Embassy of Australia HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/australia.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Canberra. Government: Constitutional Monarchy. Gained independence from the UK in 1901. Language: The official language is English. Many other languages are retained by minorities, including Italian, German, Greek, Vietnamese, Chinese dialects and Aboriginal languages. Religion: 27% Roman Catholic, 21% Protestant and smaller minorities of all other major religions. Time: Australia spans three time zones: GMT + 10 (GMT + 11 from October to March, except Queensland; starts a month earlier in Tasmania). GMT + 9.5 (GMT + 10.5 from October to March, except Northern Territory). GMT + 8 (GMT + 9 from October to March, three-year trial in Western Australia until 2009 followed by referendum). Some states operate daylight saving time during the Australian summer. Electricity: 220/240 volts AC, 50Hz. Three-pin plugs are in use, however sockets are different from those found in most countries and an adaptor socket may be needed. Outlets for 110 volts for small appliances are found in most hotels. Telephone: Country code: 61. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good in and around populated areas; access in some of the more isolated, outback and rural areas is limited. US handsets are not compatible. Internet: Available throughout Australia. Internet cafes are prevalent in all capital cities and tourist towns, and individual hotels may also provide facilities. Wi-Fi access is increasing in cities and is mainly found in hotels, bars and cafes.
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