Itinerary in brief:
- 3 nights Taipei
- 2 nights Sydney
- 2 nights Fraser Island
- 3 nights Noosa
- 1 night Brisbane
- 4 nights Hamilton Island
Day 1: Depart UK
Depart the UK from your chosen airport.
Included: International flights
Day 2: Arrive Taipei
On arrival in Taipei, you’ll be met at the airport and driven into the city, checking into your hotel for three nights. Taipei is an undeniably cool city packed with intriguing boutique shops and minimalist cafes. Everywhere you turn, you'll find a hint of Japanese style, but with a simpler and more natural vibe.
Included: 4* hotel, transfers
Days 3 and 4: Taipei
You'll have two full days to explore this city, steeped in history and culture. In refreshing contrast to other Asian cities, Taipei is a peaceful, tree-lined city, surrounded by lush green mountains.
We recommend that you start your day in Liberty Square, where you can admire the magnificent arch and explore the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. Next, visit the National Palace Museum with its collection of Chinese art, then head to Longshan Temple in the afternoon to see worshippers gather to chant amongst the incense.
Grab a tasty, local bao bun for lunch and enjoy a stroll through the small streets, where aloe vera plants hang from grocery stalls alongside big wasabi roots. Taipei is a top foodie destination with a cuisine flavoured by both Chinese and Japanese influence.
Tonight, we’ve included an evening street food tour to Ningxia Market. Here, you can look forward to sampling fried yam balls, pork leg with rice and shrimp soup, as well as a delicious salt and pepper chicken with barbecue sauce, plus vegetarian dishes like sticky rice with mushrooms or taro balls with egg. Enjoy a bubble tea or a peanut roll ice cream for a sweet finish!
Included: 4* hotel, street food tour
Day 4: Fly to Sydney
Spend one last morning exploring the cool shops which line the streets of the Shida neighbourhood before being driven back to the airport for your overnight flight to Sydney.
Included: Breakfast, transfers, international flight
Day 5: Arrive Sydney
On arrival in Sydney, you’ll be met at the airport and driven to your hotel, where you’ll check in for two nights.
Included: Transfers, 3* hotel
Day 6: Sydney
Sydney is home to some of the most iconic architecture in the world – the harbour bridge and the unique Opera House. Wander around Circular Quay for brilliant views of both before exploring the Botanical Gardens where sulphur-crested cockatoos fly overhead, squawking as they go. Heading out of the city you could take the ferry to Manly for a stroll down the beach or even try hiking the trail from Bondi to Coogee Beach with endless views over the Pacific Ocean. Sydney is also the gateway to the Blue Mountains and the cool vines of the Hunter Valley, so if you want to add a day tour, just ask us!
Included: 3* hotel
Day 7: Fly to Hervey Bay, ferry to Fraser Island
Today, you’ll be taken back to the airport in time for your business class flight to Hervey Bay in Queensland. On arrival, you’ll be taken to the pier and hop on the ferry to Fraser Island, where you’ll check into your hotel for two nights.
Included: 3* hotel, transfers, business class flight, ferry
Day 8: Fraser Island
After breakfast, you’ll be taken on a full-day 4WD explorer tour of the island, visiting the main beauty spots on the island including Lake Mackenzie, known for its clear waters and silicone sands. Relax on Seventy Mile Beach, a vast expanse of golden sands and home to the Maheno shipwreck, a perfect photo opportunity.
Included: 3* hotel, breakfast, full-day 4WD tour inc. morning tea and lunch
Day 9: Drive to Noosa
After breakfast, you’ll hop on the ferry back to the mainland, before picking up your hire car and beginning your journey south to Noosa. On arrival, you’ll check in for three nights.
Included: Breakfast, 3* hotel, ferry, car hire
Days 10 and 11: Noosa
We’ve given you three nights in Noosa to really relax and enjoy the stunning beaches this area has to offer. Noosa National Park is full of beautiful spots, with great surf if you want to catch some waves and scenic walks along the coastline. If you’ve had enough relaxing, we could book you a tour to visit the Noosa Everglades, or even to a boat trip looking for humpback whales.
Included: 3* hotel, car hire
Day 12: Drive to Brisbane
This morning, you’ll drive down to Brisbane – on your way, why not stop at Australia Zoo to spend the day getting to know their cute animals. Although they have wildlife from all over the world, it is the Australian marsupials that are really special here. Meet platypus, bilbies, wallabies and cockatoos – it’s an adorable way to spend your day. On arrival in Brisbane, you’ll check into your hotel for one night. Why not head to the river for dinner with a view over the twinkling city?
Included: 3* hotel, car hire
Day 13: Fly to Hamilton Island
After breakfast, you’ll drive to Brisbane Airport in time to drop your hire car off and catch your business class flight to Hamilton Island. On arrival, you’ll be met at the airport and driven to your hotel, where you’ll check in for four nights.
Included: Breakfast, car hire, flight, transfers
Days 14 - 16: Hamilton Island
Your time on Hamilton Island can be as busy or relaxing as you want. You'll be surrounded by pristine white beaches and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life, so we recommend getting into the water to experience some incredible snorkelling. After you dry off, you could hike along the pretty coastline on a scenic walking trail, take a helicopter flight over the reef or tuck into some delicious seafood each evening. On day 15, we’ve included a half-day tour to Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsunday Islands – spend the morning cruising around the clear turquoise water, relaxing on the pristine sands or swimming in the warm lagoon.
Included: 4* hotel, breakfast, Whitehaven Beach half-day tour
Day 17: Depart Australia
After breakfast, you’ll be taken back to the airport in time for your flight back to Brisbane, where you’ll connect to your business class flights home.
Included: Business class flights, transfers
Day 18: Arrive UK