Stretching from just south of Brisbane to tip of the Cape York Peninsula in the very far north of the country, Queensland is blessed with charms aplenty. It's sunny capital city of Brisbane is a great entry point into the state, south of Brisbane you’ll find the glitz of the Golf Coast and vast beaches, whilst the lush green mountains of the hinterland offer the perfect contrast.
Just an hour north is the aptly named Sunshine Coast, home to Noosa, perfect for enjoying the relaxing Queensland lifestyle.
When it comes to island-life Queensland spoils you – pick from Fraser, the worlds largest sand island, to the magical Whitsunday’s, a sailing paradise and home to Hamilton Island, where there’s accommodation options to suit all budgets and Hayman, one of Australia’s oldest resorts that’s about to re-open following a multi-million-dollar refurbishment. For sheer indulgence you won’t go far wrong with Lizard Island, hidden away at the northern end of the Great Barrier Reef, you can swim from the beach over a coral garden filled with giant clams and colourful marine life, whilst staying in luxury.
In Far North Queensland you’ll find the relaxed city of Cairns, it’s also the gateway to a world of UNESCO World Heritage-listed rainforests and the natural wonder that is the Great Barrier Reef. Palm Cove is a pretty seaside village with a promenade stretching along the beach, whilst Port Douglas, a little further north sits on Four Mile Beach and offers a great choice of accommodation and dining, its also a great base from which to explore Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest.
This itinerary is a classic and the perfect introduction to a magnificent continent, encapsulating the true spirit of Australia.
Australia boasts some truly remarkable and indeed unique wildlife and no visit is complete without some form of wildlife encounter. From birdwatching and crocodile spotting in the Kakadu National Park, to swimming with whale sharks on Ningaloo Reef.
The stunning Pacific Coast Touring Route takes you from Sydney to Queensland’s sunny capital Brisbane, with stops at some of our favourite places along the way.
Explore Australia’s remote and rugged coastline or the astonishing marine world of the Great Barrier Reef in comfort on a small ship, expedition cruise.