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  • Visit Queensland's east coast, where you'll find beautiful beaches, ancient rainforests, quiet villages and buzzing beachside suburbs.

    Just an hour southeast of Brisbane lies the exciting entertainment hub of the Gold Coast. It's star attraction is its beaches, home to the world-renowned stretch of sand at Surfers Paradise. Beyond the beaches, discover laid-back neighbourhoods, a booming culinary scene, and further, the vibrant town of Tweed Heads. Here, the coast meets subtropical paradise; cruise the famed river, traverse through rainforests and simply relax.

    Be captivated at Outback Spectacular
    Be captivated at Outback Spectacular
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    DESTINATION
    AUSTRALIA
    THEME
    HIGHLIGHTS
    PRICE FROM
    AUD $539
    FLIGHTS INC.
    TOUR ONLY
    PACKAGE TYPES
    SELF-GUIDED
    PHYSICAL LEVEL
    2/10
    Member offer

    3 months free membership

    Not yet a member? We will include 3 months' free membership with enough travel credits to get the maximum discount on this holiday.

    Trip Highlights

     

    The highlight of this trip is the Tweed River & Rainforest cruise. Relax as you sail through sprawling Australian landscape, taking in the sights of the ancient volcano, Mt Warning. Stop in the historic village of Tumbulgum, and explore the town at your own pace, without the stressful itinerary.

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    AUD $539pp twin-share [+ $375 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

    SHARE TYPES

    • Nature
    • Beach-side
    • On the water
    • Sightseeing
    • Wildlife

    Australian Outback Spectacular dinner & show

    Embark on a journey to the heartland of Australia through an all new show featuring true Australian characters, a transformative arena, mesmerising animals and immersive technology. Enjoy a delicious three-course meal as you delve into a story of courage, bravery, and generosity.

    Tweed Heads rainforest & river cruise

    Relax onboard a river cruiser as you sail into the Green Cauldron, taking in the scenery and immsersing yourself in history. Enjoy a birds of prey experience and some time to explore when you dock at Tumbulgum, a small village on the Tweed River banks.

    More trip highlights:

    restaurant
    Lunch at Three Little Pigs in Mt Tambourine

    Enjoy a delicious lunch with spectacular views of Tambourine Mountain when you dine at Three Little Pigs restaurant.

    local_activity
    Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Lorikeet feeding experience

    Every day at 8am and 4pm, you can enjoy the experience of feeding several wild lorikeets. These colourful birds are not shy of humans and like to eat right from your hands or take a rest on your head and shoulders.

    restaurant
    Dine in style at Social Eating House + Bar, Broadbeach

    Enjoy a fine dining experience at Social Eating House + Bar, located in the Oracle precinct in Broadbeach.


    View the itinerary for a comprehensive view of the trip highlights.

    Member Pricing

    Sapphire self-guided package
    Sapphire Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    AUD $539pp twin-share [+ $375 GCash credits]
    • 3 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 5 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 2 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 3 excellent excursions and activities

    See full inclusions

    FAQ: Single, twin-share and more

    What is twin-share, triple-share and quad-share?

    The share-basis is about accommodation pricing. It does not mean that you share a room with a stranger.

    "Twin-share" is where two people occupy a hotel room (open-plan style) or other accommodation such as an apartment, usually a couple or two friends. This is the normal way accommodation is priced. The price is shared between two people. Most accommodation properties (eg. hotels) offer rooms with king, queen or double beds. Most offer the option of "twin" beds as well which actually means two single beds to accommodate singles sharing, couples wanting space and so-on.

    "Triple share" is where three people occupy the accommodation and share the price. "Quad-share" is where four people occupy the accommodation and share the price. Family apartments and hotel rooms usually include a king, queen or double bed and one or more single beds to handle triple and quad-share arrangements. Sometimes other bedding configurations are available as well.

    What is a seasonal adjustment?

    Some accommodation providers, especially in very popular holiday locations, have higher room rates for busy holiday periods (usually spring and summer holidays). We must make an allowance for those price variations if applicable.

    What is a single supplement?

    A "single supplement" applies to single travellers who want a room to themselves. Because the price is not shared, a "single supplement" applies. This additional amount is based on the single covering the entire accommodation component of the trip that would normally be split between two or more people.

    Getaway Cash (GCash) travel credits reduce the price of your trip from retail down to industry-wholesale. Free Flights Vouchers further discount your holiday.

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    YOU PAY*

    DISCOUNT OFF RETAIL VALUE:
    FFV Valid AUSTRALIAN ESCAPES FREE FLIGHTS VOUCHER (FFV) PACKAGES
    USE FREE FLIGHTS VOUCHERS TO SAVE AN EXTRA PER PERSON* (YOU PAY )

    * Limits may apply to group bookings. Details will be provided at the time of final pricing.

    Member offer

    3 months free membership

    Not yet a member? We will include 3 months' free membership with enough travel credits to get the maximum discount on this holiday.

    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis unless stated otherwise and bookings are subject to availability. Price, Getaway Cash travel credit usage, Free Flights Voucher usage and deposit amount varies according to travel date. All prices are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Full booking terms and conditions are available here.

    Not yet a member?

    Simply submit a booking enquiry and we'll automatically provide you with a 3-month Travel Club Trial account. No payment is required and you get instant access to member prices.

    Inclusions

     

    Embrace the unrivaled energy of the east coast, where beautiful sandy beaches, ancient rainforests, thrilling theme parks, and a vibrant dining and cultural scene come to life. Spend 3 nights exploring the bustling Gold Coast, soaking up the sun as you relax seaside with friends; visit vibrant Tweed Heads and embark on a tranquil river and rainforest cruise; head up to Mt Tambourine and take in the spectacular views as you enjoy a delicious meal. There's so much more waiting for you in this unforgettable holiday destination.

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    AUD $539pp twin-share [+ $375 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

    SHARE TYPES

    "Discover the charisma of the coast."

    This is a first-class itinerary that's fully flexible. Want more or fewer days or you want to include a special destination or activity? No problem, we’ll customise a travel plan for you.

    Inclusions list:

    hotel
    2 nights accommodation in Broadbeach

    Beautifully styled rooms

    Located in the heart Broadbeach, your accommodation is in the city centre and near the beach, providing easy access to all the Gold Coast's main attractions.

    rated Gold standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.4+.
    local_activity
    Australian Outback Spectacular dinner & show

    Be captivated at Outback Spectacular

    Embark on a journey to the heartland of Australia through an all new show featuring true Australian characters, a transformative arena, mesmerising animals and immersive technology. Enjoy a delicious three-course meal as you delve into a story of courage, bravery, and generosity.

    local_activity
    Tweed Heads rainforest & river cruise

    Embark on a tranquil river and rainforest cruise in Tweed Heads

    Relax onboard a river cruiser as you sail into the Green Cauldron, taking in the scenery and immsersing yourself in history. Enjoy a birds of prey experience and some time to explore when you dock at Tumbulgum, a small village on the Tweed River banks.

    local_activity
    Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Lorikeet feeding experience

    Feed thousands of colourful lorikeets at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

    Every day at 8am and 4pm, you can enjoy the experience of feeding several wild lorikeets. These colourful birds are not shy of humans and like to eat right from your hands or take a rest on your head and shoulders.

    Exclusions and options:

    • Other meals can be arranged at an affordable price
    • Flights can also be arranged including transfers to and from the airport

    Other:

    • Add extra nights wherever you want and pay the lowest member rates
    • Hand-picked, top-rated hotels, all tried and trusted
    • Variety of optional excursions and tours
    • Tour director notes supplied for great organisation and more fun
    • Flexible group size (6 or more)
    • Self-drive package available for couples

    All packages include:

    • No fees to alter the itinerary (you just pay for the adjusted itinerary)
    • Extra nights at industry wholesale price (using GCash travel credits)
    • Google Drive folder with soft copies of all travel documents
    • Personal travel consultant to help plan and customize your holiday
    • Comprehensive, printed itinerary and travel documents

    Other information:

    This tour package is entirely flexible and can be customised to suit your group's interests and number of participants. Flights can be arranged from almost anywhere to Brisbane and you pay the lowest possible price.


    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. If flights are shown as included then a flight cost provision (allowance) applies and is based on travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Travel can be arranged from any other major centre and for any number of people. All prices shown are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Total price after member discount (using Getaway Cash credits and Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers if applicable) is generally payable as follows: Deposit on booking, balance 120 days prior to departure. Packages can be priced for families and groups on request. Standard (retail) price comparisons are with similar packages offered elsewhere or what would be payable by a non-member for the same package. Travel insurance if included is a provision only and may be declined on requestTravel insurance pricing if stated is based on comprehensive travel insurance for two travellers aged 69 years or less as at the date of departure from Australia. No recommendations or advice are given in regard to travel insurance suitability. Travel Directions Pty Ltd (t/as Australian Escapes Holiday & Travel Club) standard booking terms and conditions apply to all booking enquiries and bookings and are available here to view (or visit our website and go to either the "Booking Enquiry" or "About Us" menu item.)

    Your Itinerary

     

    Built for pleasure and remaining a place dedicated to sun, surf, and having fun, the southeast coast is possibly Australia’s most iconic holiday destination. Spend 3 days relaxing on the golden beaches of Broadbeach, traversing the Tweed River on a tranquil cruise, and enjoying the area's booming culinary scene.

    "Travel doesn't become adventure until you leave yourself behind" - Marty Rubin

    Your day-to-day itinerary:

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    AUD $539pp twin-share [+ $375 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

    SHARE TYPES

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    DAY 1
    BRISBANE - GOLD COAST (2 NIGHTS)

    Embrace the unrivalled energy of the Gold Coast, where beautiful sandy beaches, ancient rainforests, thrilling theme parks, and a vibrant dining and cultural scene come to life in this entertainment playground.

    About today:

    The bustling Gold Coast awaits you

    Embark on a coastal adventure to the Gold Coast

    Enjoy a short getaway and embark on a coastal adventure to the Gold Coast & Tweed Heads. After breakfast, hop in your car and begin the journey southeast to Broadbeach. Along the way, stop in Mt Tambourine to have lunch while taking in the spectacular views.

    Upon arrival to Broadbeach, check-in to your accommodation before enjoying some free time to explore. In the evening, enjoy an unforgettable dining experience at Outback Spectacular.

    Located in the city centre
    Beautifully styled rooms
    hotel
    2 nights accommodation in Broadbeach

    Located in the heart Broadbeach, your accommodation is in the city centre and near the beach, providing easy access to all the Gold Coast's main attractions.

    Activities:

    local_activity
    Australian Outback Spectacular dinner & show

    Embark on a journey to the heartland of Australia through an all new show featuring true Australian characters, a transformative arena, mesmerising animals and immersive technology. Enjoy a delicious three-course meal as you delve into a story of courage, bravery, and generosity.

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    DAY 2
    TWEED HEADS

    Long overshadowed by its more famous neighbour, Coolangatta, Tweed Heads on NSW’s far North Coast is one of the State’s most under-rated holiday destinations.

    About today:

    Embark on a tranquil river and rainforest cruise in Tweed Heads

    Cruise down the gorgeous Tweed River

    Today you'll journey across the NSW border to gorgeous Tweed Heads and embark on a half-day cruise down the Tweed River. Stop in the historical village of Tumblegum and enjoy a spectacular birds of prey feeding experience.

    After your cruise, head to the local RSL club to have a late lunch before beginning the drive back to the Gold Coast. Along the way, make a special stop at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to catch the Lorikeet feeding experience at 4pm.

    For dinner, enjoy a fine dining experience at the Social Eating House + Bar.

    Activities:

    local_activity
    Tweed Heads rainforest & river cruise

    Relax onboard a river cruiser as you sail into the Green Cauldron, taking in the scenery and immsersing yourself in history. Enjoy a birds of prey experience and some time to explore when you dock at Tumbulgum, a small village on the Tweed River banks.

    (Included)
    local_activity
    Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Lorikeet feeding experience

    Every day at 8am and 4pm, you can enjoy the experience of feeding several wild lorikeets. These colourful birds are not shy of humans and like to eat right from your hands or take a rest on your head and shoulders.

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    DAY 3
    RETURN HOME

    About today:

    The Gold Coast is famed for its gorgeous beaches

    End your short getaway on a high

    This morning is yours to enjoy at leisure; stroll the many golden beaches, enjoy a coffee, or even head over to Links Hope Island Golf Club to play the club’s 18-hole championship course. In the afternoon, enjoy a delicious lunch before returning to Brisbane.

    Accommodation

     

    All accommodation is carefully selected to meet the high standards defined by our accreditation system. Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    AUD $539pp twin-share [+ $375 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

    SHARE TYPES

    Accommodation standards applied:

    Broadbeach

    Located in the city centre

    Beautifully styled rooms

    Located in the heart Broadbeach, your accommodation is in the city centre and near the beach, providing easy access to all the Gold Coast's main attractions.

    Example Property Type:
    Holiday Apartments
    Minimum Standard:
    Gold standard

    About this

    Gold standard: Self/externally rated as 4 to 5 stars. Average guest rating 4.3 or higher with 70 to 80%+ 4 to 5-star recent reviews. Very high standard of accommodation including luxury bedding options, top-class to luxury room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, high quality finishes and a wide range of facilities. Very high praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, surrounded by places of interest and offers an authentic local experience in design. Is very good to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.4 out of 5
    Example Room Type:

    Carefully selected accommodation:

    Hotel Standards

    Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.


    Shown above are examples of the type and quality of accommodation to be supplied. When ready to proceed, we will confirm available accommodation at that time including any examples given here where possible. Any changes to accommodation will be approved by you prior to bookings being placed. Actual accommodation might need to be changed subject to availability and with the aim of working within the package price.

    FAQ's for This Package

    Flights are not included in this package. If required, we'll happily price flights for you to suit your requirements along with transfers to and from the airport once the number of travelers is known. If you have accumulated Australian Escapes Free Flights vouchers, these can be used to reduce the overall price (limits will apply).

    All of our travel and tour packages are fully flexible. Each is a TEMPLATE to be used as a framework around which you can customise an itinerary to suit. The minimum numbers are flexible as well and groups can be as small as two people for a self-guided holiday. After discussion, we'll go away and prepare a tour plan (including best value pricing) to suit your ideas and preferences.

    Accommodation is supplied in Broadbeach for 3 nights. It will be resort style rated Gold Standard rating or above. This means, very high quality accommodation. Bedding is arranged to suit the number of persons staying. All accommodation is subject to change subject according to availability however it will be as central as possible and very high quality.

    We try to include as much as possible to avoid any surprises however some optional activities might be offered. Included activities are shown on each listing. Also shown are exclusions.

    General Tour Package FAQ's

    All tours can be operated on a "Group-guided" basis. A complete "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" manual is supplied to the group leader (trip organizer). Included is a comprehensive daily itinerary, driver instructions and information about each part of your tour to enable you to provide entertaining commentary. Also included are checklists and reminders about daily tasks. The end-result is easy-flowing trip organisation, fewer issues and very happy tour participants. Overall it means less stress and a lot more fun for everyone.

    If a tour director is supplied in an example tour package it will be shown as an inclusion. But this is very flexible and if not included as standard, can be arranged if preferred. If you are part of a social group such as Probus, the trip organiser will often enjoy taking on this role. We provide comprehensive information and guidance for "hands-on" trip organisers. This includes a "how-to" guide and starter information about the places visited on the tour.

    Yes, definitely. All charter tour packages are simply "templates" as a starting point for customising a tour to suit. We then we apply the discounts available to you, your club or corporate group.

    All tour packages are flexible. Various options are already published. (See the Pricing section for the tour you are interested in.) "Join departure" tour types are tours where you can join a tour group leaving on various departure dates. This suit couples and singles. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for an exclusive charter to suit your group.

    See a list of standard inclusions on the package details page. Some packages have two or three different package classes with different inclusions. Select the optional package class to see included activities. Optional activities are shown separately. Your travel consultant will discuss optional activities with you so you can decide what to include or leave out of your itinerary. You can also swap and change activities. A price variance might apply.

    "Self-guided" (self-drive) is a trip designed for singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people (such as two to four couples) traveling together using a single car or 7 to 12-seater van depending on group size. It means that you drive yourself on the trip. "Group-guided" means the tour is for a larger group on a bus with a professional driver and the group leader (trip organizer) as tour director. A professional tour director can be supplied if required. A "fully-guided" bus tour is operated by a driver-guide or tour director. There are usually preset departures that you can join. Fully-guided tours can also be arranged exclusively for a group and this is called a "group charter".

    We will recommend accommodation to meet your preferences. All accommodation is selected using our exclusive hotel rating system. You can then change the accommodation if preferred. Often you will also have a choice of accommodation types at the recommended accommodation properties. We'll find out your preferences in the early stages of planning your trip.

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    FAQ: Tour package types and flexibility

    What is a "Self-guided" tour?

    This means you are in full control of your trip including driving. You will have a rental car (uncluded in the package) to get you around. The vehicle size varies according to preference and/or group size. Self-guided is aimed at singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people.

    Our job is to organise most things for you in advance saving you a lot of time, stress and money. You'll receive a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information plus a FREE Lonely Planet guide to fill in the gaps. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and to do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Group-guided" tour?

    Group-guided is aimed at groups of 12 or more people. "Group-guided" means you or another person runs the tour as would a tour director. A tour coach and professional driver is supplied.

    The included "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" helps you run the tour, plus you receive a FREE Lonely Planet guide. Included is a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information as a well as a driver itinerary.

    We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Fully-guided" tour?

    Fully-guided tours are aimed at larger groups on a charter basis, the same as "Group-guided", except that the tour is run by a professional tour director.

    Transport is a tour coach and professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously. A fully-guided tour means everyone can relax including the trip organiser.

    What is a "Join departure" tour?

    You join a fully-guided tour that starts on an available departure date. Small and large groups can join a departure, however the tour is focused on the interests of the broader group. You can appoint a leader specifically for your group if preferred to focus on separate interests.

    The tour is run by a professional tour director. Transport can vary from a 8 to 12-seater commuter bus, driven by the tour director, up to a 54-seat luxury coach with professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance and there is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

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