Brief itinerary
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Cairns – Daintree Ecolodge Daintree
Day 3 Daintree Eco Lodge Daintree
Day 4 Daintree Eco Lodge to Green Island Green Island
Day 5 Green Island Green Island
Day 6 Green Island Green Island
Day 7 Green Island Green Island
Day 8 Green Island Green Island
Day 9 Green Island to Cairns – Maroochydore – Noosa Noosa
Day 10 Noosa Noosa
Day 11 Noosa Noosa
Day 12 Noosa Noosa
Day 13 Noosa Noosa
Day 14 Noosa Noosa
Day 15 Noosa to Gold Coast Gold Coast
Day 16 Free Day Gold Coast Gold Coast
Day 17 Gold Coast – Free Day Gold Coast
Day 18 Gold Coast to Sydney Sydney
Day 19 Day at leisure – Sydney Sydney
Day 20 Day at leisure – Sydney Sydney
Day 21 Day at leisure – Sydney Sydney
Day 22 Depart Sydney Sydney

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22 Day Australian Odyssey , Fly, Drive 

Day 1 – Cairns – Daintree Ecolodge

Upon arrival at Cairns Airport you will be transferred to your accommodation at Daintree Eco Lodge.
Cairns to Daintree – 90 minutes

Daintree Ecolodge, situated in the heart of the magnificent Daintree Rainforest, offers sustainable luxury in a breathtaking location. Our tropical retreat is the only boutique accommodation in the World-Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, boasting 15 eco-friendly bayans in an awe-inspiring setting which will revitalise all your senses. Wake up to the sound of the birds in the canopy above, take in the majesty of the ancient tropical wilderness and discover the Ecolodges’ private and pristine waterfall on a leisurely walk through the enchanting rainforest. Escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul in a breathtaking landscape where time appears to have stood still. Take time to reflect and reconnect with those you love in new and meaningful ways to discover the true value of life. Allow this unique tropical retreat to change your perspective of the world.

ACCOMMODATION: Daintree Eco Lodge – Lagoon Bayan – 3 Nights

Overnight: Daintree


Day of exploration awaits you at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure.

A visit to the Daintree is the perfect opportunity to see crocodiles in their natural habitat. The Daintree River is home to approximately 70 adult crocodiles, the longest of which reaching approximately 5 metres. Consider taking a crocodile cruise to learn all about these fascinating reptiles.

Meet some cute Australian marsupials.
· One-hour interactive guided tour with one of our dedicated Mammal Keepers.
· Feed, pat and hold some of our most adorable Australian marsupials
· Wallaby feeding and pat, with a talk, followed by holding and feeding the Squirrel Gliders.
Meet a wombat and learn about Quolls, plus a chance to enter their enclosure and feed them with tongs.

Day 3 – Daintree Eco Lodge

Daintree Ecolodge offers a range of activities for guests to discover the nature and surrounding areas of the Daintree in an eco-sensitive way. The Daintree is a major attraction for bird watchers from all around the world due to the large number of species that inhabit the rainforest, many of which are endemic to Far North Queensland.

The Daintree Rainforest is the world’s oldest living rainforest, estimated to be over 165 million years old. The Daintree National Park was added to the World Heritage List in 1988 in recognition of its universal natural values. The 1,200 square kilometres of tropical rainforest is home to tens of thousands of species, many of which are unique to the Daintree Rainforest.

Daintree Rainforest Trees
This spectacular rainforest features some of the oldest and largest trees on the planet. The tallest within the Daintree is the ancient Bull Kauri, reaching 44.2m. The rainforest also boasts a number of Ylang Ylang trees – beautifully fragrant trees that produce strangler figs.

Optional Tour ideas (at additional cost)

Our local area is Kuku Yalanji Country. On these cultural 4WD tours you will enjoy the day with a local Aboriginal guide and learn all about the relationship the people of this land have with the environment in a relaxed and interactive tour. Learn about the history of the region and even try some bush tucker. Tours can be tailored to suit and full and half day tours are available. Prices start at $165 per person

Cruise the majestic Daintree River. A variety of operators offer a one hour day cruise, a two hour sunrise or sunset cruise. Learn about the environment, wildlife, and of course the resident crocodiles, and enjoying the serene panorama of the mighty Daintree. Prices start at $60 per person

There are a number of options for Rainforest Guided walks in the Daintree area ranging from a 1 ½ hr Guided Walk to more extensive 4hr guided walks. Enjoy a light walking tour around the Ecolodge property and up to the onsite waterfall. Learn about the unique and amazing plants, insects, birds and other wildlife that surround us. Much of the wildlife you will see here cannot be found anywhere else in the world, with some species dating back 135 million years. Alternatively venture to Cape Tribulation or Mossman Gorge for Guided Rainforest Walks. Prices start at $50 per person

If you like the idea of being guided around our beautiful area with a personal tour guide, then there are many 4WD tour options. Everything from half day adventures to Full Day Cape Tribulation explorations. Prices start at $145 per person

Learn how to understand stories told through Aboriginal paintings. learning about Aboriginal ochre paints, Indigenous art history and painting techniques. The very knowledgeable Aboriginal artist guiding the workshops will also tell stories of traditional bush foods, construction materials and medicines sourced from the rainforest. Prices start at $50 per person

Overnight: Daintree

Day 4 – Daintree Eco Lodge to Green Island

This morning you will be transferred to Reef Fleet Terminal for your Cruise to Green Island.

Catamaran transfers with Great Adventures from Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal.

Located within the 344,400 square kilometers of the Great Barrier Reef is the coral cay oasis of Green Island, 27km (45 min boat ride) east of Cairns.

Green Island Resort, 45 minutes off Cairns in the heart of the unique Great Barrier Reef is one of the most unique holiday accommodation locations in Australia. Nestled amid tropical rainforest on a coral cay; relax, explore and enjoy your holiday in comfort and style.

Green Island Resort on the Great Barrier Reef, offers one of the most unique and memorable holiday accommodation locations in Australia. This wonderland of romance, adventure and indulgence is yours to explore.
Your experience begins with a 45 minutes cruise from Cairns aboard Great Adventures. The check –in counter is located at the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal and transfers are available at 08:30, 10:30 and 13:00. Transfers to and from the island are included. * Luggage restrictions apply

Once you disembark the boat you will be greeted by one of our resort team, who will introduce you to the island and take you on a short tour before checking into your suite. Porters will deliver your luggage to your room.

Accommodation: Green Island Resort – 5 Nights

Package includes accommodation, return catamaran transfers with Great Adventures from Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, complimentary sunset drinks, glass bottom boat tour, rainforest and guided evening nature walks, fish feeding presentation daily, snorkelling equipment and most non-motorised beach activities such as kayaking, beach volleyball and windsurfing.

Once you’ve settled in the island is yours to explore! For resort guests there are a wide range of complimentary activities as well as several exciting optional activities for those wanting some more adventure. Do as much or as little as you please.

Overnight: Green Island

Day 5 – Green Island

Day at leisure

Marine Life on Green Island
The reefs surrounding Green Island Resort support a diverse range of habitats for a wide range of tropical marine life.

You can experience the unique underwater world surrounding Green Island Resort by snorkelling, diving or by glass bottom boat. Seagrass beds support a wide range of animals, from juvenile fish that use the grass for protection from predators to large sea turtles and dugong that feed on the seagrass. The reef around Green Island has over 190 different types of hard corals and over 100 types of soft corals.

There are two significant habitats:

The seagrass beds in the shallows.
The reef that starts shallow and continues into the depths.
These are great spots for some unforgettable holiday photos.

Meals included: Breakfast

Overnight: Green Island

Day 6 – Green Island

Day at leisure at Green Island

Available from the Beach Hire Hut is a range of equipment and instruction to help you explore or relax on the island. Most non-motorised equipment is complimentary for house guests.

Green Island is well known as a fantastic location for windsurfing and has been the location of the Australian Windsurfing Championship. All house guests have complimentary access to the gear you’ll need to propel yourself around the island via the power of the wind. For first timers or those needing a refresher, lessons are available. Pros with their own equipment are also welcome to bring it over to the island with them.

Canoes & Kayaks
If a Canoe or Kayak is more your style, these are also available complimentary from the Beach Hire Hut. Take your time to circumnavigate the island at your own speed and take in the serenity.

Sun Lounge and Umbrellas
If all you want to do is relax, well that’s fine as well! Umbrellas and sun lounges are available complimentary for House Guests. You have license to pass the day away dreaming on the beach.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight: Green Island

Day 7 – Green Island

Day at leisure at Green Island

Island Walks
With lush walking tracks and varied beach environments you can explore every part of the island on foot. The 45 minute walk (at a light pace) will take you on a journey around the only rainforest covered coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef.With 120 species of plant life and a vibrant array of birds that make the island their home, there is much to see.

Day Walks
Pick up a Self-Guided Eco Walk booklet from the Information Centre and explore the island at your own pace.

Or at 15:00 join our resident Activities Officer for an informative and insightful leisurely stroll along the boardwalk. You’ll hear about the history of the island and about the different flora and fauna that you’ll see along the way. There is always so much to talk about that rarely are 2 guided walks the same.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight: Green Island

Day 8 – Green Island

Day at leisure at Green Island

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight: Green Island

Day 9 – Green Island to Cairns – Maroochydore – Noosa

When it comes time to checkout you can still enjoy the island. Shower and change facilities are available as is access to the Coral Cay Guest Lounge, so you can make full use of our facilities prior to departure. Transfers with Great Adventures leave the island at 09:15/09:45*, 12:00, 14:30 or 16:30 (*Turnaround vessel time subject to change). Take the late boat to make sure you get the most out of your Green Island experience.
Upon arrival at Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal you will be transferred to Cairns airport for your flight to Maroochydore.

Upon arrival at Maroochydore Airport pick up your rental car.

It will take you less than an hour to travel from Maroochydore Airport to Noosa. This favourite duo destination hits you with one nature adventure after the other. The route from Noosa to Maroochydore and back is enticing and will give a sense of excitement different from your other holiday experiences. Both areas, although opposite with each other, has unique enchantments that will make you crave for more and stay.

Maroochydore is located at the heart of the Sunshine Coast. Sunshine Coast is known to be one of the top destinations in Australia. Just the thought of being in the center of all the fun and various adventures to do, it is indeed a trip that should be included in any bucket list. It is situated magically where the river and the ocean meet, a charming feature unique to the area.

Enjoy everything Noosa is famous for, literally on your doorstep. A world-class surfing location, Noosa is exceptionally blessed with beautiful sandy beaches and lush green hinterland, making it a playground for nature enthusiasts and anyone with a love for the outdoors.

Accommodation: Mantra French Quarter – 6 Nights

Overnight: Noosa

Day 10 – Noosa

Day at leisure.

Mantra French Quarter is situated in the heart of Noosa – a place you can return to over and over again and never run out of things to see and do. Its stunning natural beauty, beaches, and cosmopolitan Hastings Street are just the tip of the iceberg.Hire a bike and explore nearby Noosaville. Cruise down the Noosa River in a hire boat or on the Noosa Ferry. The Sunshine Coast Hinterland has charming villages and popular markets. The region’s annual festivals are renowned.
Discover Fraser Island – the world’s largest sand island, which begins just off the tip of the Sunshine Coast. Explore its breathless natural wonders by 4WD (yours or hired). Day and overnight tours are also available.

Visit the home of Buderim Ginger and experience the authentic tastes of Queensland at the Ginger Factory. Enjoy the delicious flavours, educational tours or let the kids chase the gingerbread man around the globe on the Overboard ride. The Ginger Factory is home to the Superbee Live Bee Show and The Buderim Ginger Cooking School.

Like no other zoo, Australia Zoo has plenty of wildlife action every day including exciting croc shows and knowledgeable zookeepers passionate about the care and conservation of wild animals. Australia Zoo is a family favourite drawing visitors from all over the world.

Sea Life Mooloolaba is Queensland’s largest Oceanarium and aquarium has over 5,500 sea creatures. See sharks, sting rays, seals, otters, rock pools and more in thrilling, interactive displays over four levels in this multi-award winning all weather attraction.

Eumundi Markets feature arts and crafts, food and health, house and garden, fashion and jewellery as well as the freshest produce and speciality fare brings the Hinterland village of Eumundi (You-mun-dee) to life each Wednesday and Saturday.

Overnight: Noosa

Day 11 – Noosa

Day at leisure.
Mantra French Quarter offers tropical Noosa accommodation centred around a meandering lagoon pool, providing a tranquil hideaway in the centre of the resort where you can sprawl out on a lounger, enjoy a refreshing dip, or simply take in the tropical atmosphere with book in hand.

Our pool is heated for your comfort and features a shallow kids pool, along with two heated spa pools where you can soak away the cares of the world. If you’re looking for that ‘holiday glow’ make use of the resort sauna and experience the many benefits it offers.

The pool area has also been completely transformed and redesigned to include a ‘water blade’ water feature from the pool bridge as well as two new poolside decks provides more space for guests to utilise.

When it comes to services, Mantra French Quarter offers a great range of inclusions, from 24 hour reception, to secure undercover car parking, paddle board hire (fee applies), and complimentary WiFi (a voucher will be issued to you by reception upon check in).

Overnight: Noosa

Day 12/13/14 Noosa

Day at leisure.

Things to do on the Sunshine Coast
Noosa National Park
The Tewantin Forest Reserve
Tewantin Noosa Golf Club
Surfing & Windsurfing
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Horse Riding
Fishing Tours
Fraser Island
Ginger Factory
Australia Zoo
Sea Life Mooloolaba
Aussie World

Overnight: Noosa

Day 15 Noosa to Gold Coast

The Drive from Maroochydore to the Gold Coast is about three and a half hours.

Accommodation: Peppers Soul – 3 Nights

Redefining world-class luxury, Peppers Soul rises 77 levels above the sandy beaches and blue waters of Surfers Paradise. This truly stunning icon of contemporary style delivers a meticulously curated collection of first class experiences – each one to be savoured. From the superbly appointed apartments with spectacular uninterrupted ocean views, to the exceptional facilities, nothing has been compromised. From the moment you arrive at our grand main entry with porte-cochère, your stay will be filled with the richest experiences and unlike any other.

Overnight: Gold Coast

Day 16/17 Gold Coast

On the Gold Coast there are plenty of activities to enjoy including , Wet and Wild , Movie World and Sea World to name a few attractions. Also explore native wild life at Curumbbin sanctuary. There are also many dining options and some of the best beaches in the World. None of these activities are included but I can easily add them if you have and interest. There is also the nearby Gold Coast Hinterland to explore .

Surfers Paradise Beach – 100m
Q1 Observation Deck – 700m
Cavill Avenue (main street of Surfers Paradise) – 140m
The Star Gold Coast – 5km
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre – 5km
Sea World – 5.5km
Theme Parks – 19km
Coolangatta Airport – 22km
Overnight: Gold Coast

Day 18 Gold Coast to Sydney
Check out of your hotel and drive to Gold Coast Airport and drop off your rental cars.
Fly Gold Coast to Sydney
Upon arrival at Sydney Airport you will be transferred by private vehicle to your city hotel

Accommodation: Mantra 2 Bond Street Sydney – 4 Nights

Sydney is yours for the taking when you stay at Mantra 2 Bond Street. With tourist attractions like Sydney Harbour, Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay and Darling Harbour right on your doorstep.

Mantra 2 Bond Street, with its executive apartments and penthouses, gives you great access to all the shops you could want, the financial precincts and of course you’re only a short trip away from trendy suburbs like Surry Hills, Bondi and Manly. Take it all in as you overlook the Harbour from the rooftop’s heated pool and spa.

Mantra 2 Bond Street is located 15 minutes from the airport and just one minute from the train station.

Overnight: Sydney

Day 19/20/21 Sydney

At leisure in Sydney