Sunshine State Explorer - Gold Coast, Brisbane, Hamilton Island, Cairns

Sunshine State Explorer - Gold Coast, Brisbane, Hamilton Island, Cairns

Explore the best of Queensland, Australia, with a vacation that guides you from the golden beaches of the Gold Coast to the vibrant cityscape of Brisbane, followed by the pristine beauty of Hamilton Island and the tranquil shores of Palm Cove. This diverse itinerary offers a mix of coastal charm, urban exploration, and tropical relaxation, ensuring an unforgettable Australian adventure.

Sunshine State Explorer - Gold Coast, Brisbane, Hamilton Island, Cairns

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16 Days, 13 Nights

Step into a world of wonder as you embark on a mesmerizing 13-night journey along Australia’s enchanting east coast. Your adventure begins with three captivating nights at the luxurious QT Gold Coast, where the sun-kissed beaches meet the vibrant cityscape. Dive into the heart of nature with a thrilling full-day escapade to Lamington National Park and O’Reillys, immersing yourself in the lush rainforest scenery and cascading waterfalls. Indulge your senses with a charming vineyard tour, savoring the exquisite flavors of the region’s finest wines.

Continue your Australian vacation and journey to the laid-back capital of Queensland, Brisbane, for three nights at the Adina Apartment Hotel. Cruise along the picturesque river, soaking in panoramic views as you make your way to the iconic Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Delight in an evening of culinary delights at City Winery, where you’ll sample exquisite wines paired with a delectable dinner, before delving into the city’s vibrant cultural scene.

Escape to Queensland Whitsunday Islands as you travel north to Hamilton Island, nestled amidst the azure waters of the Coral Sea. During your three-night stay at the Reef View Hotel explore the island’s pristine beauty aboard an Islands and Whitehaven Beach Cruise, basking in the sun-drenched shores of one of the world’s most renowned beaches. As the day gives way to dusk, embark on a memorable BBQ Dinner Cruise, savoring the flavors of the Coral Sea under a canopy of stars.

Your final stop on your Australian vacation is a 4-night stay at The Reef House Boutique Hotel & Spa in Cairns Northern Beaches. Explore the rugged terrain of Cape Tribulation and the ancient wonders of the Daintree Rainforest on a full-day tour, immersing yourself in the rich tapestry of flora and fauna. Then, plunge into the depths of the Outer Reef, where a kaleidoscope of marine life awaits. Snorkel alongside vibrant corals and darting fish at Mackay Cay, pausing to indulge in a sumptuous lunch amidst this aquatic wonderland.


  • Explore the stunning Lamington National Park, O'Reillys, and enjoy a charming vineyard tour during your stay at QT Gold Coast.
  • Discover Brisbane's vibrant culture with a scenic river cruise to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and a delightful wine tasting dinner at City Winery.
  • Experience the beauty of Hamilton Island on an Islands and Whitehaven Beach Cruise, followed by a flavorsome BBQ Dinner Cruise.
  • Explore Cape Tribulation, Daintree, Mossman, and snorkel at the mesmerizing Outer Reef with a sumptuous lunch.


  • Round-trip airfare on Qantas Airways from Los Angeles to Brisbane
  • Round-trip airfare from Brisbane to Hamilton Island and Cairns
  • 3-nights Gold Coast, QT Gold Coast, QT King Ocean View Room including breakfast
    • Full-day Lamington National Park, O’Reillys and Vineyard Tour
  • 3-nights Brisbane, Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane, One Bedroom Apartment
    • Return River Cruise to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary including admission
    • City Winery Wine Tasting with Dinner
  • 3-nights Hamilton Island, Reef View Hotel, Coral Sea View Room, including breakfast
    • Islands and Whitehaven Beach Cruise
    • BBQ Dinner Cruise
  • 4-nights Cairns Northern Beaches, The Reef House Boutique Hotel & Spa, Brigadier Room, including breakfast
    • Full-day Cape Tribulation, Daintree and Mossman Tour
    • Full-day Outer Reef to Mackay Cay including lunch
  • Round-trip airport/hotel private transfers
  • US/foreign taxes and fees including September 11 Security Fee


Based on Departures

Price per person from*

Based on Double Occupancy

May 1 - June 28, 2024 6499
June 29 - July 23, 2024 6999
July 24 - September 20, 2024 6499
September 21 - December 5, 2024 6599


*Prices are not valid over special events or blackout dates.

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Group Size

Independent Vacation


May 1 - June 28, 2024 and July 24 - September 20, 2024


From $6499 per person based on double occupancy*

Trip Terms

Prices are quoted in USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on twin share. Single supplements apply. Advertised price valid for departures May 1 - June 28, 2024 and July 24 - September 20, 2024. Other date ranges available, however seasonal surcharges apply. Airfare is based on a 90-day advance purchase and a weekend surcharge of US$50 each way applies to travel Thu-Sat (US$100 roundtrip) for Transpacific flights. Black-out dates apply Brisbane: May 3-5; May 10-12; May 29, Jul 10. Other blackout dates may apply. Airlines frequently change their prices as a result of fare increases. Seats and rooms are limited and subject to availability at time of booking. Prices are current at time of posting (3/15/2024) and may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. Airfare is non-refundable once ticketed as per airfare rules. Travel Answers Group terms and conditions apply to change fees and cancellations. Packages must be booked by May 31, 2024. All prices, itineraries and routing are subject to change without notice. Please call for our current prices based on availability. Visas are required for travel to Australia.CA CST: 2076233-40 | WA ID: 601 684 531

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