Queensland Reef and Islands Discovery

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Experience the wonders of Queensland’s coast on a 12-night cruise aboard the MS Caledonian Sky. Explore the Great Barrier Reef’s spectacular remote islands above and below the crystal-clear water, dive into the history of Cooktown and Thursday Island, discover Fraser Island’s unique wildlife and sip on champagne as you admire the sunset at Cape York.

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From $13,551* per person, twin share

13 Days Cairns to Brisbane


  • 12 nights expedition cruise aboard the MS Caledonian Sky.
  • Expert APT Expedition Leader and expedition team
  • Visit remote islands on the Great Barrier Reef, including Lizard Island
  • Learn of the WWII history and trading importance of Thursday Island
  • Stand on the northernmost tip of Australia at sunset at Cape York
  • Visit Cooktown and see where Captain Cook beached the HMB Endeavour
  • Be guided around World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, including iconic Lake McKenzie
  • Hike through the Whitsundays with a naturalist guide and snorkel in the warm waters

Departures: 05 Nov 2021

Trip code: XPCQB13


Day 1: Arrive Cairns, Embark Ship

Welcome to Cairns, where we’ll meet and transfer you to the MS Caledonian Sky. Tonight, gather for a welcome reception and dinner as you begin your cruise bound for Lizard Island.

Stay: 12 Nights, MS Caledonian Sky

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Lizard Island

Signature Experience: Enjoy a full day to explore private Lizard Island, with the chance to be active or simply to relax on the beach. The fittest walkers can rise early for Cook’s Look Walk. After about 90 minutes’ walking to reach 350 metres above sea level, enjoy the view Captain Cook had when he was searching for a way through the maze of reefs. Alternatively, visit the Australian Research Museum, a world-renowned marine research station working on reef recovery efforts. There are other walks to choose from: an easy two-hour birders walk with an ornithologist on sandy beaches and through the rainforest, or a medium-grade nature and history walk led by expedition staff. Snorkelling and scuba diving options are also offered, with the possibility of seeing green turtles which feed along the beaches at low tide.

After a day filled with Signature Experiences, sit back and enjoy sunset drinks.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Stanley Island

Spend time on Stanley Island, which is part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Here you can spot barracuda swimming around the reef’s edges. You’ll also feast your eyes on the technicolour wonderland of the coral sites, where colourful parrot fish, blue and yellow fusiliers, neon wrasses and clownfish swim.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Thursday Island, Cape York

At Thursday Island learn of the history and culture of the Torres Strait people and the pearling industry. Visit the Gab Titui Cultural Centre and mix with the locals. Thursday Island played a major part during WWII, and you will see remnants of that period. You will then cruise to the tip of Australia, setting foot on the continent’s northernmost point, Cape York. Here is the perfect place to watch the sunset with a glass of bubbly in hand.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Restoration Island

Jump aboard Zodiacs to visit Restoration Island, named by Captain William Bligh when he landed here in 1789 aboard his 17-foot boat during his epic journey following the famous mutiny on the Bounty. Bligh and his men spent time here to recover from their exertions. The food they found restored their spirits before they set sail to Timor.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Cooktown

Discover historic Cooktown, which dates to the 1870s. Walk in the steps of Captain Cook as you walk through the main street and visit the Botanical Gardens and James Cook Museum. Here you will find original artefacts from the HMB Endeavour and learn of the story of Cook’s landing from an Indigenous perspective. Afterwards, head up to Grassy Hill with a local guide, and take in the view of the Coral Sea and Endeavour River, where Cook and ship naturalist Joseph Banks first saw a kangaroo.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Magnetic Island

Today, explore the wonders of Magnetic Island. Start with a scenic cruise around the island’s crystal-clear waters before embarking on a coach tour with local guides, learning about the island’s rich history and experiencing what it’s like to live in the tropical paradise. Enjoy some free time at picturesque Horseshoe Bay before returning to the MS Caledonian Sky.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8: Whitsundays

If island hopping is your thing, today will be one to remember. You have a full day to explore the spectacular Whitsundays in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Drag yourself away from secluded beaches and warm turquoise water to go hiking on the islands with your naturalist guides.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9: Percy Islands

Cruise through the stunning Percy Islands and visit Middle Percy Island. The island is rarely visited and you can explore its hidden gems and learn about its fascinating history.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Lady Musgrave Island

Cruise to Lady Musgrave Island, one of the Great Barrier Reef’s most iconic locations. Here you can snorkel and admire the beauty of the world below the surface as you come face-to-face with the remote island’s diverse marine life. You can even take the opportunity to swim with the many sea turtles that call the tropical haven home.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Fraser Island

Voyage along the secluded shores of the world’s largest sand island, World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Anchored in Kingfisher Bay, you have the day to explore this natural wonder on an island tour.  Wriggle your toes in the sand and head out to explore a patchwork of freshwater lakes, crystal-clear creeks, rainforest and immense dunes of coloured sands. Discover the island’s wildlife, including dingoes, take a dip at Lake McKenzie, and look to the ocean to search for dugongs and dolphins.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12: Fraser Island

Enjoy free time to go snorkelling or relax at Fraser Island. This afternoon, sail to Brisbane.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13: Brisbane

After breakfast, disembark in Brisbane and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

*Terms and Conditions: Valid until 31 October 2021 or until sold out. Offer valid when booking Tour Code(s) GOCYC9, XPCVM5, XPCTM7, XPCWH8, XPCWH8, XPCCFA8, XPCGSH17, XPCSWF8, XPCQB13 departing October 2021 to March 2022. A non-refundable deposit of $1000 per person is due within 7 days of booking. Final payment is due 100 days prior to the tours departure date. Offers are available for travellers departing from Australia. All pricing and save amounts are in Australian Dollars. Information correct as at 07 September 2021 but may fluctuate due to changes in surcharges, taxes or currency. A strictly limited number of offers are available on selected itineraries and departure dates in selected suites/staterooms/cabins/room categories. Offers are subject to availability, not combinable unless specified, available on new bookings only and may be withdrawn at any time. For more information, contact your travel agent. SUPPLIER: APT