Tropical Trails

7 Days Short Break from $1,450*pp

See the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a Dreamtime Walk-in Mossman Gorge. Watch a Crocodile Attack Show, board the Kuranda Scenic Railway journey, and ride the Skyrail Cableway.

Travel Period: Between 1 Apr 2020 to 31 Mar 2021


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What's Included

  • Accommodation
  • Snorkel equipment provided for Great Barrier Reef Cruise
  • Experienced Driver Guide
  • Comprehensive commentary
  • Travel in an air-conditioned coach

What To Bring

  • Enclosed walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers in cooler months
  • Swimmers & towel (if swimming)


Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Cairns
Make your own way from Cairns Airport to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Hotel: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort or Pacific Hotel Cairns, Cairns, 6 nights.

Day 2 Cape Tribulation
Visit the Mossman Gorge Gateway Centre for morning tea before boarding your shuttle for the transfer into Mossman Gorge. Your Driver Guide will take you for a guided walk, sharing their knowledge of this enchanting rainforest environment. Learn about the fascinating secrets of one of the world’s oldest tropical rainforests. Reach an understanding of this wildlife environment on a one-hour cruise; habitat of birds, tree snakes, unique plants and the estuarine crocodile. With special access at a private rainforest property, enjoy a short walk along a delightful rainforest creek before a delicious tropical lunch. Enjoy an afternoon refreshment at the Daintree Ice Cream Company. After winding through the rainforest of the Alexandra Range, enjoy this spectacular lookout over the Daintree River estuary, Snapper Island and beyond to the Coral Sea.
Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 Great Barrier Reef
Escape into a world of surprises where you can experience first-hand the breathtaking beauty of the Outer Great Barrier Reef. This cruise transfers you to a stable reef activity platform which is a perfect base for swimmers and non-swimmers alike to explore this natural wonder. Snorkel (equipment provided) amongst beautiful coral gardens or stay dry and discover the reef from the underwater observatory and/or the air-conditioned semi-submersible vessel. Enjoy a buffet lunch before returning to Cairns in the late afternoon.
Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 Cairns Free Time
Today, relax and unwind or discover any of several Cairns’ hidden gems.
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
This afternoon, take the scenic drive to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. After arrival, there is then plenty of free time to explore the remainder of the park, including the unique eco experience of the Wetlands cruise through the ecologically significant Melaleuca wetlands, the domain of the saltwater crocodile. Explore the rest of the park with its abundance of wildlife including water birds, turtles, wallabies and cassowaries. See the notorious head shake and death roll of a huge crocodile at the Crocodile Attack Show. Discover the world’s most venomous snakes at the Snake Show.
Included Meals: Breakfast

 



Day 6 Kuranda Scenic Railway & Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
On arrival at Freshwater Station, board the Kuranda Scenic Rail for an historical rail journey to Kuranda enjoying breathtaking views across the cane fields of Cairns, to the tropical rainforest of Kuranda. Wind through hand-hewn tunnels, across bridges and curves, all the time appreciating what an amazing engineering feat it is. In Kuranda, it’s time to explore this fascinating Village. The Heritage Markets are full of colourful and interesting arts and crafts. You might also like to visit Birdworld, the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary or Kuranda Koala Gardens (own expense). Board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for your 7.5km journey over and through World Heritage protected rainforest to Smithfield. Your 90-minute iconic rainforest experience showcases ancient rainforest and spectacular views with time at both Red Peak and Barron Falls Stations for education and interpretation.
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Depart Cairns
Your Short Break concludes this morning after breakfast. (Airport transfer is an additional cost.)
Included Meals: Breakfast


*Terms and Conditions: Pricing correct as of 23 July 2020, available for new bookings only, per person, twin share. Price reflecting depature of 13 Feb 2021. Additional dates and pricing are available. Contact your local italktravel & cruise agent for more.