Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree and Atherton Tablelands
Coach/Fly, 6 days fully inclusive with Return Flights

2024 $2,395 per person twin share / single supplement +$560
Including Flights*

Inclusions:

  • Return flights to Cairns ex Sydney
  • Luxurious coach travel
  • Hearty breakfasts & delicious evening meals in the Hotel’s Restaurant & lunches every day on the tour.
  • Fascinating day tours and entry to all attractions as per itinerary below

TOUR DATES

Wednesday 28th August, 2024
Wednesday 4th September, 2024

TOUR DESCRIPTION & ITINERARY

Day 1: Fly To Cairns and Explore the City
Check in at Sydney domestic airport for your direct flight to the tropical north. Flight time is usually 3 hours and 10 minutes. On arrival be met by your experienced coach captain who will be looking after you for the week.  You’ll start your time with a light lunch at a suitable venue before a guided city tour showing how close your hotel is to all the city attractions Cairns has to offer. You’ll check in to your luxurious hotel – the Novotel Cairns Oasis where you can relax by the pool or have a short walk back into town at your leisure. Your contact number during your stay will be 07 4080 1888.

Day 2: Kuranda
Lots to experience today! Your luxury coach will transfer you to Freshwater Station where you will join the Kuranda Scenic Railway operating since 1891. Far North Queensland’s World Heritage-listed rainforest, the Wet Tropics, are among the oldest on earth. Thousands of species of plants and hundreds of unique creatures inhabit this lush green world. The famous Kuranda Scenic Railway winds its way on a journey from Gimuy (Cairns​​) via Bub​undji (Freshwater), to Ngunbay (Kuranda), the village in the rainforest. Rising from sea level to 327 metres, the journey to Kuranda takes approximately 2 hours, which includes a 10-minute stop at the spectacular Barron Falls Station for a bird’s eye view of the Barron Falls. Passing through 15 hand carved tunnels, 37 bridges, spectacular waterfalls and into the stunning Barron Gorge.. On arrival in Kuranda, rejoin your coach for a short tour to the top of the main street where you will have free time to explore this unique village with many First Nation art galleries and shops. Lunch today at the Kuranda Hotel before joining the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, smells and tranquillity of one of the world’s most botanically fascinating areas that has remained relatively unchanged for 130 million years. Enjoy a truly unique perspective of this ancient landscape with unsurpassed panoramic views of Barron Gorge and Australia’s Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Glide metres above the pristine jungle canopy between Smithfield (Cairns) and Kuranda, enroute descend to explore the rainforest close-up at Red Peak and Barron Falls. At the bottom of the hinterland visit the Australian Armour & Artillery Museum – with a collection of over 220 armoured vehicles and artillery pieces – you will be amazed at the size of this collection.

Day 3: Green Island – The Great Barrier Reef
After a late start this morning, a short coach transfer to Cairns marlin wharf for your 40 minute journey to Green Island – Cairn’s closest island. Tropical and enchanting, Green Island is a unique part of the Great Barrier Reef.  With plenty of options, Green Island boasts boardwalks through the lush National Park, sheltered beaches, Marineland Melanesia Nautical Museum (extra cost), Green Island Resort, shops, facilities including fresh water showers, change rooms, restrooms and lockers. Your experience today includes a glass bottom boat, semi-submersible, lunch and time to optionally snorkel if you wish. For those that want the full outer reef experience there is the option to upgrade to a full day outer reef experience.

Day 4: The Daintree, Mossman and Port Douglas
This morning’s drive is quite spectacular as we make our way north along the Captain Cook Highway past Mossman to the Daintree River for a cruise in a crocodile-infested waters! The Daintree Rainforest is undoubtedly one of the world’s natural wonders. Its complex tropical ecosystem is over 180 million years old, making it a registered UNESCO World Heritage site and a popular tourist destination. One of the best ways to experience the rainforest is by cruising along the Daintree River. Snaking through the heart of the area, the densely populated mangrove estuary is home to an abundance of wildlife. Most visitors arrive with the hopes of seeing a dazzling array of tropical creatures, though one animal in particular seems to catch everyone’s eye, the Estuarine Crocodile! The largest of all living reptiles and an iconic Australian animal, saltwater crocodiles are hypercarnivorous apex predators. Throughout the day they appear deceptively docile but these opportunistic hunters will react with impressive agility when there’s prey around. Don’t worry – you’re in safe hands! We haven’t lost anyone this year! We’ll return to Port Douglas for lunch and free time in the main street before retracing our footsteps to Cairns.

Day 5: Atherton Tablelands
Another touring day where we head south of Cairns this time to step back in time and be amazed by the ingenuity and determination shown by one man with a dream. Paronella Park today is a celebration of the Paronella family’s achievements, particularly those of its founder, José Paronella. Paronella Park has something for everyone. Fantastic photo opportunities, remarkable architecture, an incredible story, 5ha of tropical gardens, a fully restored and operational 1930’s hydro electric generator, wildlife and fish feeding, a boutique caravan and camping grounds, a café with fresh local produce and much more. We then climb up into the Atherton Tablelands visiting Millaa Millaa Falls which is one of the most photographed in Australia. You might even see a platypus! From here we lunch at Lake Barrine before joining a cruise around the lake. The largest of the natural volcanic lakes in the area, Lake Barrine is 730 m above sea level. It is about 1 km in diameter, with a shoreline of almost 4.5 km, an average depth of 35 m and a maximum depth of 65 m. No streams or springs feed the crystal clear lake – only rainwater. Now for a drive back to Cairns down the Gillies Highway with 263 corners and an 800m elevation change in only 19km of road.

Day 6: Homeward Bound
Today it’s time to farewell the fabulous tropical north. Before we do though, we’ll visit the award-winning Cairns Aquarium. Cairns Aquarium is Australia’s newest and most spectacular aquarium. It is the only aquarium in the world to exclusively showcase the stunning aquatic wildlife from Tropical North Queensland’s two World Heritage-listed areas – the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. Lunch is then provided next door at Dundees where you will dine with a backdrop of tropical marine life watching you eat their relatives. Finally, a short transfer to the airport to join your flight home. Thank you for choosing this tour. We look forward to you joining our other coach tours in the future & we would welcome your call for further information.

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