Queensland - Reef to Rainforest

North Queensland is home to some of the most enviable coastlines in the world, spectacular coral reefs and lush natural rainforests. On this journey you will experience these natural wonders including the World Heritage Listed forest region of Daintree National Park, be transported to another world as you snorkel the stunning Great Barrier Reef and immerse yourself in the authentic cultural experiences at Cape Tribulation. You journey is complete with exquisite accommodation including Thala Beach Resort.


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7 Days from $4,390* per person, twin share

Inclusions:

  • All accommodation
  • Most Meals (6 breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners)
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • All transportation and transfers

Highlights:

  • Discover the world’s largest coral reef system – the Great Barrier Reef
  • Stay at National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World lodge in the renowned Daintree Rainforest
  • Cultural interactions at stunning Cape Tribulation

Departure Date: 30 September 2021 




Itinerary

 

Day 1: Arrive Cairns

Upon arrival into Cairns Domestic Airport, be met by your driver or guide at the baggage carousel and transfer to your seaside resort. Enjoy a 3 course welcome dinner tonight at the Paper Crane.

Important Note: The Group Transfer will accommodate arrivals at 1pm.

Hotel: The Riley (Panoramic Sea Room)

Meals included: Welcome Dinner incl. 1x glass of sparkling wine upon arrival


Day 2: Cairns

This morning meet the shuttle for your Full Day Cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Following your Indigenous welcome and acknowledgment, set sail for the pristine Outer Reef as you enjoy morning tea. Upon arrival, enjoy guided snorkelling excursions at two incredible coral reef sites. After a delicious tropical lunch, set sail for Cairns. Afternoon tea and informative talks from your Sea Rangers will be provided before you arrive back at Marlin Jetty in the late afternoon.

Hotel: The Riley (Panoramic Sea Room)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch



Day 3: Cairns - Port Douglas

After breakfast and check-out, spend some time at leisure or opt for a 30-minute Reef Discovery Heli flight (at an additional cost), before transferring north (approximately 1 hour) to Port Douglas up the Captain Cook Highway.

On arrival, check in to your luxury eco-lodge, one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, and spend the day at leisure utilising the resort’s facilities, such as the massage studio, or perhaps spend some time relaxing on the private beach or meandering the network of walking trails through the native forest, palm groves and a coconut plantation. The resort also offers activities such as Australia’s only coconut tour and bird and butterfly walks. Alternatively, you can opt to embark on a full-day Kuranada Village, Kuranda Scenic Rail and Rainforest Cableway experience (at an additional cost).

Tonight, enjoy a 2-course dinner at Thala’s Treetop Restaurant, Osprey, before a star gazing experience. The Thala night sky is free from light pollution and filled with millions of stars. Surrounded by sounds of the rainforest and ocean, enjoy an introduction to the beautiful Southern Constellations from an experienced and passionate guide. View many fascinating stars and planets using telescopes and binoculars at the unique outdoor observatory.

Hotel: Thala Beach Nature Reserve (Jungle Bungalow)

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Daintree National Park

Travel through the rich farming areas toward the World Heritage Listed forest region of the Daintree National Park. Stop at Mossman Gorge which forms the southern sector of the renowned Daintree Rainforest, which was World Heritage listed in 1988 and is the last remnant of the oldest surviving rainforest in the world. Enjoy a guided walk with a member of the local Aboriginal tribe who will explain about their indigenous customs and survival techniques.

Continue south and enjoy a delightful afternoon at the Botanical Ark, a private ethno-botanical garden in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest. Enjoy an interpretive garden tour with the founder of this tropical oasis, Alan Carle. Be inspired as you learn about the intrinsic link between rainforest plants and cultures and sample some of the most unusual and interesting tastes and sights imaginable. Relax and unwind on the veranda of this beautiful Queensland home as experience their Chef’s Table lunch, before returning to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Hotel: Thala Beach Nature Reserve (Jungle Bungalow)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 5: Port Douglas - Cape Tribulation Day Tour

Depart on your full day trip to stunning Cape Tribulation. Arrive at Cooya (Kuyu Kuyu) Beach for your Coast & Cultural Walk with a Kubirri Warra clan member. Cooya Beach is the traditional fishing grounds of the Kuku Yalanji people. Your guide will take you on a journey across Cooya Beach, demonstrating and teaching traditional fishing and gathering techniques which are still used today to source food for their family. Enjoy a delicious tropical BBQ lunch set amongst the rainforest before finally sinking your feet into the sand on famous Cape Tribulation Beach. En-route back to Port Douglas, enjoy a delicious exotic fruit ice cream cup at the Daintree Ice Cream Company and a scenic photo stop at the iconic Alexandra Lookout.

Hotel: Thala Beach Nature Reserve (Jungle Bungalow)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 6: Port Douglas - Atherton Tablelands Day Trip

Embark on your full day Atherton Tablelands foodie adventure! This unique food and wine experience allows you to sample some of the best food and wine that this region has to offer. Enjoy a scenic voyage from the comfort of your vehicle through a variety of contrasting landscapes, from lush rainforest, crops and dairy land to stunning ochre savannah plains. The rich volcanic soil allows farmers to grow many diverse crops from bananas, coffee, sugar cane, avocados, mangoes, macadamia nuts, citrus and more, which you will learn about as you taste your way around the region.

Make stops along the way at Mount Uncle’s Distillery, Gallo Dairyland for cheese tasting, The Humpty Market, Golden Drop Winery and Platypus Hut Vineyard. This evening dine in tropical North Queensland in style with the 'Flames of the Forest' Aboriginal Cultural Experience for a very special farewell dinner. Take the shuttle transfer and enter a candlelit forest, enjoy wine and canapes upon arrival to be followed by a 7-dish banquet, Aboriginal cultural performance and storytelling experience.

Hotel: Thala Beach Nature Reserve (Jungle Bungalow)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 7: Port Douglas – Depart Cairns

Any time before your flight is at leisure. You will be transferred from your hotel to Cairns airport.

Important Note: The Group Transfer to Cairns airport accommodates departure flights after 12pm. 

Meals included: Breakfast

 


*Terms and Conditions: Price correct as of 19 July 2021. Valid for new bookings only. Valid for travel on date specified. Prices, offers and inclusions are strictly subject to availability and can change at any time, without notice. Booking, payment and cancellation conditions apply. Contact your travel agent for more information. SUPPLIER: Wendy Wu Tours