Day 120 September
This afternoon we fly to Cairns. On arrival our coach transports us to our accommodation to unpack. This evening we explore the Cairns Night Markets, wander the many stalls, perhaps try some of the local food stalls and enjoy the buskers and music, with dinner at own expense.
Meals: No meals
This action packed day tour begins when your guide takes you up the spectacular Gillies Range and onto the tropical Atherton Tablelands. Explore the Cathedral Curtain Fig Tree and take a rainforest walk at Lake Barrine National park. We travel through picturesque countryside for the day’s highlights, swimming at Lake Eacham and visiting several pristine waterfalls, such as the famous Millaa Millaa and Josephine Falls part of Queenslands tallest mountain Mount Bartle Frere, plus a jungle trek to view the raging Dinner Falls and World Heritage listed Mount Hypipamee National Park. Last stop is on the Wallaby Lodge for tea and coffee before heading back to Cairns.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Day 322 September
Today we depart the Marina for a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage site and marine park Outer Barrier Reef. Get ready to view the beauty of this natural wonder. First we receive a briefing on how to snorkel and dive safely and ensure no impact to the coral and marine life. Marine biologists on the boat can give you advice on how to minimise your environmental impact and discuss the effect of climate change with bleaching of the coral. After the initial water activities including snorkelling you enjoy a free introductory dive or snorkel. Then we enjoy a tropical hot and cold buffet lunch. After a day of sea, fun and sun we head back to the mainland and return back to Cairns late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 423 September
This morning we travel by Sky Rail to Kuranda Village. We enjoy the self guided tour through Australia’s World Heritage protected Rainforests. First we glide over the rainforest canopy and see the varied flora of a tropical rainforest, stopping at various points to learn about the rainforest and unique flora and fauna. You also visit the Rainforest Interpretation Centre. There is free time to explore Kuranda with lunch at your own expense.
Our coach now transports us to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park – Australia’s most accessible venue to experience authentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture dating back over 40,000 years. There are seven separate areas to allow visitors to experience every facet of the rainforest people’s culture. Visit the History Theatre, Creation and Dance Theatre and the interactive Camp Village where you can learn to play the didgeridoo or practice boomerang throwing. We learn about the Dream Time and the cultural significance of this to the indigenous population. We return to our accommodation early evening.
Day 524 September
This morning we walk to Cairns Aquarium, the only aquarium in the world dedicated to the habitats and species of North Queensland. See the Great Barrier Reef, Wet Tropics, Gulf Savannah and Cape York animals with over 15,000 animals and creatures to explore. With daily talks and demonstrations there is plenty to see and do. We head back to the accommodation to collect our bags and head to the airport and say goodbye to all our new friends, arriving into Brisbane early evening.
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