Departing: Friday, 20th August 2021
Join us for a delightful holiday in tropical north Queensland. Spend three nights in Port Douglas and two nights in Cairns. Cruise the beautiful Daintree River with its crocodiles and abundant wildlife. At Port Douglas explore the fascinating underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef on a full-day sailing catamaran cruise to the Low Isles. Visit Cooktown for a historic town tour. Experience the thrill of a rainforest tour in a WWII Army Duck at the Rainforestation Nature Park and delight in the more than 1500 magnificent tropical butterflies at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda. This short tour is guaranteed to please!
Fitness Level: M – Moderate
Meals: B = Breakfast, M = Morning Tea, L = Lunch, A = Afternoon Tea, D = Dinner
DAY 1 BRISBANE – CAIRNS – PORT DOUGLAS D
Friday, 20th August: After picking up our travelling companions flying in to join us today, we make our way north to Port Douglas. Three night stay Oaks Resort Port Douglas.
DAY 2 DAINTREE SIGHTSEEING BMD
Saturday, 21st August: Head for Daintree this morning for our Daintree Discovery Cruise. Then, off to Mossman Gorge for lunch (own expense) and a Dreamtime Gorge Walk. Be welcomed with a traditional ‘smoking’ ceremony then meander through stunning rainforest and take in traditional huts or humpies. Your experienced interpretive Indigenous guide demonstrates traditional plant use, identify bush food sources, and provide an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and their special relationship with this unique tropical environment. Your guide demonstrates traditions like making bush soaps and ochre painting. At the end of the tour enjoy traditional bush tea and damper. Farewelling our guide, it’s off to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures and choose from a range of activities before returning to our motel.
DAY 3 WAVEDANCER LOW ISLES CRUISE BMLAD
Sunday, 22nd August: Imagine sailing on to the Great Barrier Reef Island of your dreams, lying under a palm umbrella, then slipping into the water to drift over coral gardens. From the moment Wavedancer moors in the calm waters of the island’s picturesque lagoon, a host of reef activities await. Discover the mysteries of marine life while snorkelling or glass bottom boat viewing. Take a guided beach walk and snorkelling tour with a marine biologist or just relax on the beach under a thatched umbrella or on the decks of Wavedancer. After a wonderful day return to Port Douglas.
DAY 4 PORT DOUGLAS – COOKTOWN BLD
Monday, 23rd August: Depart Port Douglas and make our way to Palmer River Roadhouse for morning tea (own expense) before continuing our journey to Cooktown. On arrival, enjoy lunch at Nature’s Powerhouse at Cooktown Botanic Gardens. Following lunch, visit the James Cook Museum followed by some free time to stroll along the town streets viewing the old stone buildings which date back almost a century to when it was the port for the Palmer Goldfield. Stay River of Gold Motel.
DAY 5 COOKTOWN – CAIRNS BLD
Tuesday, 24th August: Retrace our steps this morning to Kuranda and experience the thrill of a rainforest tour in a WWII Army Duck at the Rainforestation Nature Park. After your army duck tour, take time to meander through the Tropical Fruits Orchard, which features over 40 different species of exotic tropical fruit trees. After a delicious lunch, visit the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary listed by the Guinness Book of Records as Australia’s largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit. With over 1500 magnificent tropical butterflies, you’ll be enchanted by the aerial dynamics of these elusive wonders of nature as you wander through the aviary’s rainforest gardens. Two night stay Shangri-La Hotel.
DAY 6 CAIRNS FREE DAY BD
Wednesday, 25th August: A free day today to enjoy our beautiful accommodation, explore the city or undertake an optional tour.
DAY 7 CAIRNS – HOME B
Thursday, 26th August: Farewell to passengers leaving the tour today. Arrangements have been made for transfer to Cairns Airport for your return flights to Brisbane. A free day for passengers continuing on tour.
Adult: $3799 pp
Past Passenger: $3778 pp
Single Supplement: $718 pp
Final Payment Due: 21st June 2021
Bookings Close on Wednesday August 4th, 2021