Family Great Barrier Reef holiday from Brisbane

Tailor-made holidays
Duration (in days): 15

From: UK

To: Australia | Whitsundays



Inc. International flights (per person - based on 2 adults, 2 children) 
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Explore Australia’s east coast beaches and Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays with our family Great Barrier Reef holiday.

Beginning in Brisbane, enjoy a few days of downtime on Brisbane's urban beaches, before you collect the car and heading north. Stop off at Australia Zoo on the way to Noosa so the kids can see koalas or meet a wombat up close.

Your next stop is Noosa, where the whole family can relax and enjoy the national park and the Noosa Everglades for a couple of days. From here, you'll catch a ferry over to Fraser Island to explore turquoise Lake McKenzie and the Champagne Pools on a 4WD tour.

Finish your time here with a stay on idyllic Hamilton Island where your kids can learn to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, spot Nemo and play on the glorious white sand beaches of the Whitsundays!

This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements; please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.

This holiday includes

  • International flights
  • All transfers
  • All accommodation in Australia
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary


  • Explore the sunny city of Brisbane
  • Look for koalas, wombats and echidnas at the Australia Zoo
  • Hike along the national park coastline in Noosa
  • Explore the lush Noosa Everglades by kayak or boat
  • Swim in the turquoise waters of Lake McKenzie on Fraser Island
  • Cruise through the Whitsunday Islands and relax on Whitehaven Beach
  • Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef from Hamilton Island
  • Play with your family on Hamilton Island’s famous beaches
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Itinerary in brief:

  • 2 nights Brisbane
  • 3 nights Noosa
  • 2 nights Fraser Island
  • 5 nights Hamilton Island


Day 1: Depart UK

Depart the UK from your chosen airport.

Included: International flight

Day 2: Arrive in Brisbane

On arrival in Brisbane, you will be met at the airport and driven to your hotel, where you will check in for two nights.

Included: Hotel, transfer

Day 3: Brisbane

Today is free for you to enjoy the city of Brisbane. Enjoy ice cream and stroll along the waterfront, ride the Citycat boat along the river or head to Streets Beach to take a dip in the lagoon. It’s free to visit the Gallery of Modern Art so why not pay a visit, before dinner at Eat Street where you can take delicious street food from all over the world.

Included: Hotel

Day 4: Australia Zoo

This morning you’ll pick up your hire car and drive north to visit the Australia Zoo, made famous by Steve Irwin and home to hundreds of animals from Australia and the rest of the world. Children will be excited to spend the day seeing wombats, koalas, dingoes and possums. Take your time here, before driving onwards to Noosa, where you’ll check in for three nights.

Included: Hotel, car hire, entry to Australia Zoo

Days 5 & 6: Noosa

You have two free days to enjoy the quiet coastline of Noosa. Get ready for endless beaches, and keep an eye out for whales swimming out in the ocean. Why not gather some supplies and enjoy a barbecue on the beach? The nearby Noosa Everglades are a highlight here - kayak or cruise along the narrow waterways that snake their way through the wetlands. Ask us if you'd like to add a day trip.

Included: Hotel, car hire

Day 7: Drive to Fraser Island

Today you’ll drive north to Hervey Bay, the entry point to Fraser Island. After parking your car, you’ll catch the ferry over to the island and check into your hotel for two nights.

Included: Hotel, car hire, ferry 

Day 8: Fraser Island

You’ll enjoy a full day tour of the island today, from the comfort of a 4WD vehicle. Swim in the clear water of freshwater Lake McKenzie, hike through the brush box forests of the Pine Valley and explore the rusty shipwreck on Seventy Five Mile Beach – a day exploring this unique island will go by in a flash.

Included: Breakfast, lunch, hotel, day tour

Day 9: Fly to Hamilton Island

After breakfast, you’ll catch a ferry back to Hervey Bay where you’ll collect your car and drive back to Brisbane Airport. Board the short flight over to Hamilton Island, from where you'll be met and driven to your apartment, where your family will check in for five nights.

Included: Ferry, car hire, flight, transfer, hotel

Days 10 - 13: Hamilton Island

Enjoy your time relaxing in the paradise of Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Whether you choose to snorkel on the colourful reef, kayak through the clear waters or unwind at the beach, the whole family will fall in love with this island.

We’ve included a morning cruise to Whitehaven Beach, the most famous stretch of sand in the Whitsundays where you can relax and play for a couple of hours in this breathtaking scenery.

Included: Hotel, day tour

Day 14: Depart Hamilton Island

This morning you’ll be driven back to Hamilton Island airport for your flight home.

Included: Transfer, international flight

Day 15: Arrive UK

Why not add in a stopover in Singapore?


Summertime in Australia runs between November and February when the weather will be hot and sunny on the south-east coast. As you travel further north, the climate becomes tropical, with two main seasons, wet and dry. The wet season runs from October to March bringing humid weather and rain, the dry from April to September, with sunny days and a comfortable temperature. March to May and  September - November can be mild and pleasant and crowds fewer.

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We’re experts in planning tailor-made holidays, so whether you’re looking for a luxury Australia holiday, ideas for a road trip, or multi-stop flights to Australia with stopovers – let us help you with the planning. Our experts can tailor-make precisely the trip you’re looking for - this itinerary is purely a suggestion, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.

What's included: 

  • International flights
  • Return airport transfers
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary

Not included: 

  • Any meals not mentioned
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuities


12 nights in 3* standard accommodation.

Hotels in this category include:

  • Oaks Festival Towers

  • Noosa Blue Resort

  • Whitsunday Apartments Hamilton Island


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