Departs Thursday, 19th July 2018
FITNESS LEVEL: A – Moderate/Active
What a fabulous adventure! We’re sure you’ll have the time of your life. Travel our beautiful Queensland coastline to Cairns. Ride the famous Kuranda Train and Skyrail. Explore Undara Lava Tubes and the spectacular Cobbold Gorge. Travel the Gulf Savannah including a ride on the Gulflander train, a Karumba Sunset Cruise and the glorious Lawn Hill Gorge. Experience the lush tropical Top End with thermal springs, Katherine Gorge Cruise, Kakadu, Yellow Waters Cruise and then there is cosmopolitan Darwin. The best attractions are showcased; see vivid outback landscapes, flora and fauna, awesome gorges and a tropical top end paradise. Watch the sunset over the Arafura Sea at Karumba. Join us on a tour filled with excitement and adventure, as we experience together the magnificence of a pristine wilderness that is unequalled throughout the world for remoteness and beauty.
DAY 1 BRISBANE – ROCKHAMPTON LD
Thursday, 19th July: Depart Brisbane Transit Centre at 6am, travel north on the Bruce Highway. After a morning tea stop at the Heritage City of Maryborough, continue our journey north stopping for lunch at the Colosseum Creek Roadhouse. After a sightseeing tour of Rockhampton, settle into our accommodation. Stay Kortes Resort.
DAY 2 ROCKHAMPTON – BOWEN BD
Friday, 20th July: Continue our journey northward to Bowen, which boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the tropical north. Stop at the SARINA MINI SUGAR MILL for a tour and tasting, before heading to Mackay for some free time to purchase your lunch. Continue on to Bowen for our overnight stay. Stay Port Denison Motor Inn.
DAY 3 BOWEN – CAIRNS BD
Saturday, 21st July: Arrive in Townsville in time for morning tea before continuing on to Cardwell for lunch (own expense). After lunch, enjoy a visit to PARONELLA PARK for a guided walk through exotic rainforest plants and majestic trees of the forest. The park has a series of winding paths and bridges that lead to the castle ruins. All too soon it’s time to continue on to Cairns. Two night stay Ibis Styles Cairns.
DAY 4 KURANDA SIGHTSEEING BD
Sunday, 22nd July: This morning, board the famous KURANDA SCENIC RAIL. Arriving at beautiful Kuranda Village there’s time to explore the delights of this quaint village and purchase lunch before boarding the SKYRAIL. Alight at Skyrail’s two rainforest mid-stations, RED PEAK and BARRON FALLS, where you’ll explore this amazing environment from the forest floor on boardwalks, scenic look-outs and in the state-of-the-art RAINFOREST INTERPRETATION CENTRE. Meet our coach at the Smithfield Terminal for transfer to the motel.
DAY 5 CAIRNS – MT SURPRISE BLD
Monday, 23rd July: A delightful day ahead of us today as we make our way through the ATHERTON TABLELANDS. Enjoy morning tea at the Teahouse and a cruise on LAKE BARRINE which is set amongst one of the most beautiful rainforests on earth. Next, visit the heritage listed CURTAIN FIG TREE before making our way to Ravenshoe for lunch. Continuing our journey, stop at MILLSTREAM FALLS, reputedly the widest single-drop falls in Australia. On arrival in Mt Surprise be met by our guide for a town tour before settling in to our accommodation. Stay Bedrock Village.
DAY 6 UNDARA LAVA TUBES BLD
Tuesday, 24th July: This morning, take part in a tour of the visually spectacular UNDARA LAVA TUBES – the world’s largest and longest lava tubes. Our tour wll be followed by lunch and a visit to the MT SURPRISE GEM DEN for a gem cutting demonstration and talk plus the opportunity to sieve through a bucket of ‘wash’ fossicking for Topaz. Continue our journey to Georgetown and drop in for a visit at the TERRESTRIAL CENTRE, which houses the TED ELLIOTT MINERAL COLLECTION with its over 4,500 specimens. Two night stay Latara Motel.
DAY 7 COBBOLD GORGE BLD
Wednesday, 25th July: Deep in the heart of the Gulf Savannah region we find a hidden oasis – COBBOLD GORGE. An unforgettable highlight will be the cruise in a custom-made electric powered boat and gliding through the spectacularly sculpted gorge in eerie silence. Enjoy lunch and some free time before returning to Georgetown.
DAY 8 GEORGETOWN – NORMANTON BLD
Thursday, 26th July: Travel the Savannah Highway to Croydon where we visit the TRUE BLUE VISITORS CENTRE. Enjoy a picnic lunch at Blackbull before arriving in Normanton for a sightseeing tour and early check-in. This afternoon, make our way to Karumba for a SUNSET CRUISE followed by a delicous dinner at the Sunset Tavern before returning to our motel. Stay Gulfland Motel.
DAY 9 NORMANTON – ADELS GROVE BLD
Friday, 27th July: Board the legendary GULFLANDER TRAIN for an historic train ride to CRITTERS CAMP. Travel the Burke Developmental Road to Burke and Wills Roadhouse for morning tea then on to ADELS GROVE on the edge of Lawn Hill Gorge NP. Adels Grove includes tented accommodation that is permanently erected at the site. The next two nights accommodation is basic but the opportunity to stay in the heart of the Riversleigh area is an adventure not to be missed! Enjoy a delicious home cooked dinner. Two night stay Adels Grove.
Please note: Tents are not ensuited. Amenities and dining room are a short walk from the tents over uneven terrain. A torch is recommended.
DAY 10 LAWN HILL NP BLD
Saturday, 28th July: A day to relax in the clear waterways of LAWN HILL GORGE with plenty of opportunity for canoeing (own expense) and bush walking to view the gorge sandstone formations. Lawn Hill is an oasis in this gulf wilderness, a haven for bird life. It will leave you captivated by its beauty and tranquillity. The park is a pristine area of magnificent scenery, precipitous cliffs, crystal clear waters and lush vegetation.
DAY 11 ADELS GROVE – TENNANT CREEK BLD
Sunday, 29th July: After a visit to the World Heritage listed RIVERSLEIGH FOSSIL FIELDS, it is time for adventure as we ‘strike out’ across vast isolated Spinifex plains to Camooweal where we pause for a picnic lunch. Proceed along the Barkly Highway with an afternoon break at the Barkly Roadhouse then on to Tennant Creek. Stay Bluestone Motor Inn.
DAY 12 TENNANT CREEK – MATARANKA BLD
Monday, 30th July: Trek further along the Stuart Highway through the scattered towns of Renner Springs and Elliott for lunch at the historic DALY WATERS HOTEL. Visit the Elsey Homestead replica of ‘We of the Never Never’ fame and swim in the famous Mataranka Thermal Pools. Stay Territory Manor Motel.
DAY 13 MATARANKA – KAKADU NP BD
Tuesday, 31st July: Northward bound to Katherine for a cruise through the towering cliffs of KATHERINE GORGE. Learn about the region’s rich flora and fauna and the significance of the gorge’s Aboriginal art. After lunch at Nitmuluk Visitors Centre (own expense) continue on to KAKADU NATIONAL PARK. Two night stay Gagudju Lodge, Cooinda.
DAY 14 KAKADU NP SIGHTSEEING BLD
Wednesday, 1st August: This morning inspect magnificent NOURLANGIE ROCK to view ancient Aboriginal rock art then, on to the Aboriginal rock art sight at UBIRR which also offers spectacular escarpment views. It is said that a scenic flight over Kakadu is without equal and will forever change your perception of this timeless land. With this in mind, free time this morning for optional ½hr flight over Kakadu National Park followed by lunch at the Jabiru Golf Club. Next, the BOWALI VISITOR CENTRE which gives you the opportunity to gain an insight into the natural habitats, landscapes and wildlife of Kakadu. Finish the day with a visit to the WARRADJAN CULTURAL CENTRE. Late afternoon it’s ‘all aboard’ for a sensational sunset cruise on YELLOW WATERS BILLABONG.
DAY 15 KAKADU – DARWIN BLD
Thursday, 2nd August: Departing Kakadu journey along the Arnhem Highway to the Adelaide River for an amazing ‘JUMPING CROCODILE’ CRUISE. After lunch visit the WINDOWS ON THE WETLANDS CENTRE before continuing on to Darwin. Tonight, relax and enjoy a magnificent Darwin sunset, a delicious Chef prepared steak and wild caught seafood banquet while cruising Darwin Harbour. Two night stay Doubletree by Hilton Hotel.
DAY 16 DARWIN SIGHTSEEING BD
Friday, 3rd August: Be prepared for a great day of sightseeing as we explore Darwin. Our first stop is the TERRITORY WILDLIFE PARK. Observe the Top End’s wildlife in their natural habitats, standing nose-to-nose with a saltwater crocodile, and glimpsing elusive nocturnal creatures. Next, the AUSTRALIAN AVIATION HERITAGE CENTRE. If you like aircraft and you like ‘em big, you’re going to love this place! For a little art and culture, we visit the MUSEUM & ART GALLERY OF NT, followed by the DEFENCE OF DARWIN EXPERIENCE where you can uncover the story of Darwin’s role in World War II through iconic objects from the Bombing of Darwin, firsthand accounts and multimedia presentations. Return to our motel for a well earned rest.
DAY 17 DARWIN – HOME B
Saturday, 4th August: A free day in Darwin for passengers continuing on tour. A farewell breakfast for passengers leaving us to return home today. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with passengers who have flown in to join our tour.
Adult: $6730 pp
Pensioner: $6696 pp
Past Passenger: $6679 pp
Single Supplement: $1812 pp
NB: Single Supplement may not be available in some isolated areas.
Please note: Prices do not include airfares.
FLY $99 DISCOUNTED AIRFARE is available for this tour. Please enquire when booking.
Final Payment Due: 4th June 2018
Bookings Close on Thursday July 19th, 2018