Savannah Explorer

Travel along the iconic Savannah Way on a 12 Day Small Group 4WD Tour and explore Australia’s adventure drive from Cairns to Darwin. Along the way, watch sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria and take to the skies for scenic flights over Boodjamulla Lawn Hill National Park and the Lost City.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Cairns

Today, be met on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, get to know your fellow guests during a welcome dinner.

Hotel: Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

Day 2: Woodleigh Station – Millstream Falls – Undara

Travel from Cairns to Woodleigh Station and enjoy lunch amid the surrounds of the Australian bush. Later this afternoon, journey to the beautiful tiered waterfall of Millstream Falls, the widest single-drop waterfall in Australia. A unique experience awaits tonight at Undara, where you’ll stay in restored turn-of-the-century train carriages.

Stay: Undara Experience

Day 3: Undara – Cobbold Gorge

After a bush breakfast this morning, discover the site of the 190,000-year-old Undara Lava Tubes, a series of underground tunnels formed during a volcanic eruption in the region. Join a savannah guide for a tour of the mysterious caves before enjoying lunch. Later, arrive at Cobbold Gorge.

Stay: Cobbold Gorge Hotel, 2 nights

Day 4: Cobbold Gorge

An exploration of Cobbold Gorge awaits today, hidden within a rugged sandstone formation. A jewel in the Gulf Savannah, learn about its ancient geological formations. This afternoon, join your guide for a boat cruise and tour. As your boat meanders through the narrow waterways of the gorge, be sure to keep an eye out for freshwater crocodiles.

Day 5: Croydon – Karumba

Journey to the historic goldrush town of Croydon and visit the True Blue Interactive Information Centre, home to an array of heritage items and sculptures. Continue to Karumba and end your day with a special Signature Experience. Enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise in Karumba and indulge in a selection of local king prawns as you take in the sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Hotel: End Of The Road Motel or similar

Day 6: Karumba – Normanton – Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park

Travel along the iconic Savannah Way towards Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park. Journey to Normanton, where you’ll see the famous Purple Pub and Victorian-era railway station. Stop at Leichhardt Falls and Camp 119, before heading off-road into Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park. Once covered in tropical rainforest and dotted with freshwater pools, the landscape of Boodjamulla has eroded over millions of years, leaving behind deep gorges and rugged escarpments.

Hotel: Adels Grove, 2 nights

Day 7: Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park

After a guided tour around the desert oasis of Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park, set out on a cruise through Lawn Hill Gorge, awash with emerald waters, lush vegetation and native wildlife. Home to over 80 species of birds, the gorge has been named as one of the top 10 bird watching spots in Australia. Continue cruising along tranquil Lawn Hill Creek before enjoying the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 8: Lorella Springs Wilderness Park

Board a scenic flight from Adels Grove and take in the spectacular landscapes over Leichhardt Country and Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park. Continue to Lorella Springs Wilderness Park, a sprawling one-million-acre working cattle station. The landscape here is incredibly diverse, ranging from open savannah and dense forest to coastal floodplains, salt flats and mangroves.

Hotel: Lorella Springs Wilderness Park, 2 nights

Day 9: Lorella Springs Wilderness Park – Lost City

This morning has been set aside for you to explore the natural surrounds of Lorella Springs Wilderness Park. Join your guide for a scenic walk through a number of the park’s trails and perhaps go for a dip in one of the waterholes or thermal springs. Afterwards, to the skies on a helicopter flight over the Lost City, made up of incredible sandstone formations. Said to be more than 500 million years old, the unique formations of the Lost City resemble the ruins of an ancient city, with a maze of narrow alleys. This evening, watch the sunset over the property before enjoying dinner.

Day 10: Roper River – Mataranka

Today, learn about the mystery that surrounds the death of explorer Ludwig Leichhardt, who disappeared with his exploration party in 1848. In the remote town of Roper Bar, see the monument commemorating the centenary of Leichhardt’s crossing of the Roper River before enjoying a cruise along the water. Continue to the natural Mataranka Thermal Pool, where you might like to take a dip in the warm, crystal-clear waters, said to have healing properties. Afterwards, head to Mataranka for dinner.

Hotel: Territory Manor

Day 11: Adelaide River – Litchfield National Park – Darwin

After breakfast this morning, visit the poignant war cemetery at Adelaide River, then continue to the falls at Litchfield National Park, set amongst a monsoon forest. Enjoy a swim after lunch before returning to Darwin. This evening, toast the end of your journey during a farewell dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Hilton Darwin

Day 12: Depart Darwin

Your adventure draws to a close after a final breakfast this morning. Be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 12, 25$8,895.00$9,795.00
June: 23$8,895.00$9,795.00
July: 09 $8,895.00$9,795.00
August: 21 $8,895.00$9,795.00
September: 04, 18$8,595.00$9,495.00
Bold dates indicate itinerary operates in reverse

Inclusions 
Meals: 11 Breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Travel in a custom-designed 4WD vehicle
Flight: Scenic Flight: Adels Grove - Boodjamulla
Accommodation:11 nights accommodation
Guide:Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Cooktown & Cape York

There is nothing quite so rewarding as journeying through the rugged tracks of Far North Queensland. Venture to the northernmost tip of Australia and discover one of the wildest tropical environments on Earth. Soar over Cape York and the Torres Strait Islands in a Helicopter, wander through ancient rainforests, and admire Indigenous Rock Art.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Cairns – Port Douglas

Your adventure begins in Cairns today, where we meet you on arrival and transfer you to your resort in Port Douglas. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to spend at leisure. You might like to go for a dip in one of the resort’s many pools, or head into Port Douglas for a wander through town. This evening, a relaxed welcome dinner provides the perfect opportunity for you to meet your fellow travellers.

Hotel: Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort

Day 2: Mossman Gorge – Daintree National Park

Travel to Mossman Gorge in Daintree National Park and set off on the Ngadiku Dreamtime Gorge Walk, led by local Indigenous guides. Start with a smoking ceremony, before journeying along private, gentle tracks visiting culturally significant sites. Learn about traditional hunting and gathering techniques, hear stories of the Dreamtime and gain a deeper understanding of how the indigenous people have lived off the land here for thousands of years. Later, embark on a Daintree River Cruise and keep an eye out for crocodiles, birds, butterflies and a variety of reptile species. Tonight, dine amidst the rainforest in an open-air restaurant.

Hotel: Heritage Lodge and Spa

Day 3: Cape Tribulation – Bloomfield Track – Cooktown

Explore Cape Tribulation this morning, the only place in Australia where two World Heritage-listed phenomena meet – the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Journey along the Bloomfield Track, one of Australia’s most iconic outback roads. Journey through dense sections of rainforest, tackling steep climbs and several challenging creek crossings. Afterwards, arrive in Cooktown and discover the Cooktown Botanic Gardens and the James Cook Museum. Just before sunset, savour views from Grassy Hill Lookout over the Endeavour River.

Hotel: Sovereign Resort Hotel

Day 4: Quinkan Country – Laura – Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park

Travel to Quinkan Country, ranked as one of the top 10 rock art areas in the world by UNESCO. Here, embark on a walk with an Indigenous guide to Split Rock, an intriguing rock art site where Quinkan figures depicting native animals, spirits and totems have been painted onto the rock face. Afterwards, continue your journey to the Old Laura Homestead. Later, turn off into Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park, home to crocodiles, wallabies and an array of bird life. Afterwards, arrive at Lotus Bird Lodge and retreat to your log-style cabin before a nature walk around the property’s serene billabong. Set amidst shady eucalyptus trees, the aptly named Lotus Bird Lodge is a birdwatcher’s paradise. During your stay, be sure to keep an eye out for kites, kookaburras, egrets, goshawks and jabirus.

Hotel: Lotus Bird Lodge

Day 5: Musgrave – Coen – Gulf Country – Weipa

Journey to Musgrave, the only remaining overland telegraph station on the peninsula. Explore the old gold mining town of Coen and stop at the well-known Archer River Roadhouse for lunch, which marks the halfway point of your journey. Afterwards, continue to the town of Weipa, home to the largest community on the Cape York Peninsula.

Hotel: Albatross Bay Resort

Day 6: Weipa – Bramwell Station

Set out on a boat trip in Weipa and relax as you learn about the region’s unique ecosystem, mining industry and Indigenous culture. Keep your eyes peeled for saltwater crocs lazing on the banks. Afterwards, travel to Bramwell Station.

Hotel: Bramwell Station

Day 7: Fruit Bat Falls – Punsand Bay

Observe the towering termite mounds of Bramwell Junction before continuing on with your adventure. Stop at Fruit Bat Falls and cool off with a refreshing swim in the pristine waters of the Elliott River. Cross Jardine River by ferry, then skirt Jardine River National Park and continue through the traditional land of the Injinoo Indigenous people.

Hotel: Punsand Bay, 2 nights

Day 8: Punsand Bay – Tip of Cape York

Awake this morning to sweeping views of the tip of Cape York and travel along a 4WD track to Frangipani Beach. Take a mildly challenging but thoroughly awe-inspiring walk to the tip of the peninsula to experience being at the Australian mainland’s most northerly point. Take in the stunning vistas over the Torres Strait, then afterwards, take to the skies as you embark on a scenic helicopter flight over the tip of Cape York. After your tip of Cape York experience, travel to historic Somerset Hill, the site of a station established by John Jardine in 1863. On Somerset Beach, admire Albany Island, as well as discover the history of ‘Jackey Jackey’ and Frank Jardine.

Day 9: Thursday Island – Friday Island

Ferry across Endeavour Strait to Thursday Island, which was once a base for pearling luggers. Step back in time with a visit to Green Hill Fort, located atop the island’s highest hill. Once used as ammunitions storage, the fort’s maze of underground tunnels and rooms now house the Torres Strait Museum. After exploring Thursday Island, board a ferry to Friday Island and visit the Kazu Pearl Farm. Here, learn about the cultivation, harvesting and extraction of pearls before enjoying a seafood lunch. You’ll also enjoy time at the Gab Titui Cultural Centre.

Hotel: Grand Hotel

Day 10: Horn Island – Fly to Cairns

Transfer to Horn Island aboard the local ferry. On a guided tour, visit the World War II Base and Torres Strait Heritage Museum, and learn how the island became an operational airbase following the bombing of Darwin. Later, board an included Qantas flight from Horn Island over the Great Barrier Reef and marvel at this spectacle from the air before arriving in Cairns. Reunite with your driver and later this evening, enjoy a special Signature Experience. Board a sailing catamaran and enjoy a glass of bubbly as you set sail for Trinity Inlet on a relaxing sunset cruise. Enjoy onboard entertainment and indulge in a delicious buffet dinner, including fresh seafood

Hotel: Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

Day 11: Depart Cairns

After breakfast this morning, be transferred to Cairns Airport for your onward flight.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 10, 11, 22$8,495.00$9,995.00
June: 03, 04, 05, 08, 19$8,495.00$9,995.00
July: 01, 02, 03, 17, 29, 30, 31$8,495.00$9,995.00
August: 03, 14, 27, 28, 31$8,495.00$9,995.00
September: 11, 12, 24, 25$8,195.00$9,595.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Travel in a custom-designed 4WD vehicle
Flight: Qantas Flight from Horn Island to Cairns
Accommodation:11 nights accommodation
Guide:Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Gulf Savannah Wanderer

Explore spectacular Gulf Country! Take the Savannahlander train into cattle country, see historic Normanton, enjoy a Gulf of Carpentaria sunset cruise and explore Burke & Wills’ infamous Camp #119. Then relax in Lawn Hill National Park and marvel at the Undara lava tubes.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Cairns – Malanda

Travel to the Atherton Tablelands and Lake Barrine before today’s highlight, Historic Village Herberton, with over 50 original buildings, interior displays plus thousands of antique items. Stay tonight in Malanda.

Please note: As this holiday departs at 6.30am, accommodation you will need to pre-book for the previous night (not included in cost)

Hotel: Malanda Lodge Motel

Day 2: Chillagoe – Georgetown

An early start sees us travel to Mount Surprise for lunch. Then board the ‘Savannahlander’ train as it tracks towards Einasleigh. There is time for a beer in the pub before the train departs for Forsayth. From here we travel to Georgetown.

Hotel: Latara Motel

Day 3: Georgetown – Karumba

Enjoy a morning ‘smoko’ on the shore of Croydon’s Lake Belmore. In historic Normanton see landmarks like the ‘Purple Pub’, Burns Philp General Store and a replica of Krys, the 8.63m crocodile. Continue to Karumba for a Gulf sunset cruise.

Hotel: Karumba Lodge

Day 4: Karumba – Adel’s Grove

Travel back through Normanton this morning and visit Burke & Wills Camp #119. Cross the vast ‘Plains of Promise’ to Leichhardt Falls and Burketown. Then it’s on to Adel’s Grove.

Hotel: Adels Grove – Basic cabins, 2 nights

Day 5: Lawn Hill National Park

Spend a relaxed day enjoying Lawn Hill National Park, an oasis set amid the spinifex clad Constance Range. Enjoy a cruise of Lawn Hill Gorge, a haven for bird and wildlife.

Day 6: Adel’s Grove – Normanton

Visit Riversleigh Fossil Fields, recording the history of Australia’s mega-fauna. Enjoy lunch at Gregory, then call in at remote Burke & Wills Roadhouse, before travelling on to Normanton.

Hotel: Gulfland Hotel

Day 7: Normanton – Cobbold Gorge

Take the Gulflander RM93 train through the savannah landscape and across the Norman River to Critters Camp. Visit Georgetown and Forsayth en route to Cobbold Gorge.

Hotel: Cobbold Gorge Cabins

Day 8: Cobbold Gorge – Undara

Cruise Cobbold Gorge through Hampstead sandstone cliffs. Visit the famous Undara Lava Tubes. There’s campfire entertainment after dinner, then retire to faithfully restored antique rail carriages.

Hotel: Undara Lava Lodge

Day 9: Undara – Cairns

Breakfast in the bush, then take a tour of the 190,000 year old lava tubes, a geological spectacle. Visit Ravenshoe and the Atherton Tableland’s Curtain Fig Tree. Descend to Cairns where your adventure comes to an end.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 19, 26$3,950.00$4,760.00
June: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$3,950.00$4,760.00
July: 07, 14, 21, 28$3,950.00$4,760.00
August: 04, 11, 18. 25$3,950.00$4,760.00
September: 01, 08, 15, 29$3,950.00$4,760.00
October: 06$3,950.00$4,760.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
Transport: Travel by air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
Rail:Journey on Savannahlander & Gulflander trains
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation
Guide:Experienced Safari Leader
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Cape York Frontier

Your Cape York Frontier starts en route to the Daintree rainforest. See historic Cooktown and the farm district of Lakeland. In Quinkan Country view Aboriginal art. Explore Lakefield National Park, the gold town of Coen and the Archer River. Delve into Weipa and go off-road in Bramwell. Explore ancient Cape York and cruise to Thursday Island.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Cairns – Cooktown

Your adventure begins on the coastal route to the Daintree Rainforest. Cross the Daintree River by cable ferry to Cape Tribulation. Next is the rugged 4WD Bloomfield Track (conditions permitting). Cross the Bloomfield River near the Aboriginal community of Wujal Wujal. You’ll visit Lion’s Den Hotel and eerie Black Mountain en route to Cooktown.

Please note:  As this holiday departs at 6.30am, accommodation you will need to pre-book for the previous night. (Not included in price)

Hotel: Sovereign Resort Hotel

Day 2: Cooktown – Musgrave

Travel through the agricultural district of Lakeland to Quinkan Country near Laura. Climb the sandstone escarpment at Split Rock to view Aboriginal rock art dating more than 13,000 years depicting traditional activities and culture (suitable footwear and reasonable fitness required; uneven surfaces). Discover Lakefield National Park’s waterlily covered billabongs and teaming wildlife. The day ends at Musgrave’s century old Telegraph Station.

Hotel: Musgrave Roadhouse

Day 3: Musgrave – Weipa

Cross the Great Dividing Range to visit the old gold mining town of Coen. Cross the Archer River and head to the bauxite mining town of Weipa, where you can enjoy a sublime sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Hotel: Albatross Bay Resort

Day 4: Weipa – Bramwell Station

This morning you have ample time to explore the township of Weipa or join a Wildlife Eco River Cruise (own expense). After lunch (own expense), we head to our overnight accommodation on a true blue Aussie cattle station.

Hotel: Bramwell Cattle Station

Day 5: Bramwell – Cape York

Head north along part of the Old Telegraph Track to Fruit Bat Falls for lunch. Relax, swim, and enjoy this unique area with its enchanting waterfall. Cross the mighty Jardine River by cable ferry, then travel on to the northern-most settlements on mainland Australia.

Hotel: Seisia Holiday Village, 2 nights

Day 6: Cape York – Somerset

Stand at the very top of mainland Australia. We then visit Somerset (conditions permitting), once the home of the famous Jardine family. We have lunch on palm fringed Anchorage Beach overlooking the Albany Passage.

Day 7: Seisia – Thursday Island – Cairns

Board a boat to cruise to Thursday Island, in the Torres Straits for a guided tour. Later, transfer by ferry to Horn Island to board your aircraft to fly over the Great Barrier Reef to Cairns Airport, ending your fascinating safari of adventure and discovery in Australia’s far north.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 25, 29, 31$3,995.00$4,845.00
June: 04, 08, 12, 14, 18, 22, 26, 28$3,995.00$4,845.00
July: 02, 06, 10, 12, 16, 20, 24, 26, 30$3,995.00$4,845.00
August: 03, 07, 09, 13, 17, 21, 23, 27 31$3,995.00$4,845.00
September: 04, 06, 10, 14, 18, 20, 24, 28$3,995.00$4,845.00
Bold dates indicate itinerary operates in reverse
Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport: Travel by air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
Flight: Flight between Horn Island & Cairns
Accommodation: 6 nights accommodation
Guide:Experienced Safari Leader
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Reef, Islands & Beaches

Explore Queensland from the Gold Coast to Cairns and enjoy idyllic island stays on Fraser Island and Hamilton Island. A Great Barrier Reef cruise is a wonderful highlight to this tropical adventure.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Gold Coast

Fly to the Gold Coast where you’ll transfer to your hotel for the night and meet your Tour Director.

Hotel: Voco Gold Coast

Day 2: Gold Coast – Australia Zoo – Sunshine Coast

Depart Gold Coast and head to the Sunshine Coast to visit Australia Zoo, made famous by the late Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin. Continue to the Sunshine Coast for the night.

Hotel: Novotel Twin Waters Resort.

Day 3: Noosa – Fraser Island

Spend some time this morning exploring the resort before travelling north to beautiful World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.

Hotel: Kingfisher Bay Resort, 2 nights

Day 4: Fraser Island

Today you’ll discover this beautiful island with a half-day guided tour. Then, with an afternoon at leisure, perhaps visit the historic wreck of the Maheno – a trans-Tasman liner that was driven ashore during a cyclone in 1932 (own expense). Alternatively, make the most of the island’s many walking tracks, or simply relax on a peaceful stretch
of white sand with a good book.

Day 5: Fraser Island – Hervey Bay – Rockhampton

This morning, enjoy a ferry crossing to Hervey Bay while keeping an eye out for marine life. Rejoin your coach for the journey north, travelling through sugar cane country. Later, arrive in the inland city of Rockhampton, known as the beef capital of Australia, farming more than 2.5 million head of cattle within a 250-kilometre radius of the city. Wide streets and fine Victorian architecture reflect the region’s wealthy 19th-century gold and copper mining boom, as well as the successful cattle industry.

Hotel: Central Park Motel

Day 6: Rockhampton – Hamilton Island

This morning, travel to Airlie Beach, which is known as the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands, Here, you’ll board a ferry for your journey through this tropical archipelago, before arriving for your two-night stay at the picturesque resort of Hamilton Island. In the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, this small island is one of the only inhabited islands in the Whitsundays. Settle into your hotel and relax this evening.

Hotel: Reef View Hotel, 2 nights

Day 7: Hamilton Island

Today is yours to spend at leisure on spectacular Hamilton Island. Perhaps snorkel off the beach and discover the region’s many species of tropical fish, or simply take the time to relax by one of your resort’s swimming pools.

Day 8: Hamilton Island – Townsville – Mission Beach

Transfer from Hamilton Island to the Port of Airlie where you’ll reboard your coach and travel to Townsville. Here, tour this tropical city, surrounded by rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Then depart Townsville for Mission Beach.

Hotel: Castaways Resort & Spa

Day 9: Mission Beach – Atherton Tablelands – Cairns

Rolling green hills, open farmland and tropical rainforest characterise the Atherton Tablelands, which form part of the Great Dividing Range. Surrounded by tranquil rainforest, experience the peaceful oasis of Millaa Millaa Falls. You’ll also visit the Curtain Fig Tree. Later, at the scenic village of Kuranda, you’ll board the Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. This afternoon, arrive in Cairns and enjoy views of the city skyline from your spacious room at the Bailey, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel.

Hotel: Bailey, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel, 2 nights

Day 10: Great Barrier Reef

Cruise from Cairns by catamaran to Reef Magic’s exclusive activity platform and enjoy hours amid the colourful coral and marine-life. Later, enjoy a special Farewell Dinner at Tjapukai by Night. Discover Dreamtime stories and take part in a corroboree.

Day 11: Port Douglas – Depart Cairns

Drive to Port Douglas for a tour. Later, transfer to the airport.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
September: 07, 18$4,495.00$5,945.00
October: 05, 16$4,495.00$5,945.00
November: 02, 13$4,495.00$5,945.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 11, 22$4,495.00$5,945.00
February: 08, 19$4,495.00$5,945.00
March: 08, 19 $4,495.00$5,945.00
Bold dates indicate itinerary operates in reverse

Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach travel
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation
Guide:Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director and an experienced Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Tropical Trails

Experience the Tropical Trails of far north Queensland including the Great Barrier Reef, Mossman Gorge, Cape Tribulation and the Daintree on this 7 day tour.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Cairns

Make your own way from Cairns Airport to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure

Hotel Options:

  • Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort (Standard), 6 nights
  • Pacific Hotel (Superior), 6 nights
Day 2: Cape Tribulation & Daintree

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.

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.

Day 4: Cairns ‘Free Time’

Today, relax and unwind or discover any of several Cairns’ hidden gems.

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.

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.

Day 7: Farewell from Cairns

Your Short Break concludes this morning after breakfast. (Airport transfer is an additional cost.)

1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 Dates & PricesAdult Twin
Solo Traveller
Departures:
April to March : Daily
Standard$1,450.00$2,230.00
Superior$1,550.00$2,325.00
1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 Dates & Prices
Standard$1,450.00$2,230.00
Superior$1,550.00$2,325.00
** Child & Triple prices available upon request
** Single Traveller must pay the Single Price

Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches
Transport: Travel in an air-conditioned coach
Accommodation:6 nights accommodation
Guide: Experienced Driver Guides
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Port Douglas & Reef Retreat

Explore the beautiful scenery from Port Douglas and Cairns on this 6 day tour of the natural wonders of Tropical Queensland. Take a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef, travel on the Kuranda Skyrail over lush rainforest and discover the pristine environment of the tropics.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Cairns – Port Douglas

On arrival at Cairns Airport (flights anytime), you’ll be transferred to your resort.

Hotel:  Oaks Resort Port Douglas, 2 nights

Day 2: Cape Tribulation & Daintree

Enjoy a guided walk at Mossman Gorge and then cruise on the Daintree River, to spot wildlife and unique plants. Enjoy lunch in a rainforest setting and take a walk on Cape Tribulation Beach. Wind through the rainforest of the Alexandra Range to a lookout for views out to the Coral Sea.

Day 3: Great Barrier Reef – Cairns

An experience of a lifetime today – cruise to an underwater world that is a kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance on an Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise. Dive, snorkel or just stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft. Watch the fish feeding from a unique underwater viewing platform and enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before heading to Cairns for the next 3 nights.

Hotel Options:

  • Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort (Standard), 3 nights
  • Pacific Hotel (Superior), 3 nights
Day 4: Kuranda

On arrival at Freshwater Station, board the Kuranda Scenic Rail for the journey to enjoy 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. Later, board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for your 7.5km journey over and through World Heritage protected rainforest to Smithfield. This iconic experience showcases ancient rainforest and spectacular views with time at both Red Peak and Barron Falls Stations for education and interpretation.

Day 5: Cairns ‘Free Time’

Relax and unwind or explore and discover many hidden gems.

Day 6: Farewell from Cairns

Your Short Break concludes this morning. Make your own way to Cairns Airport (flights anytime).

1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 Dates & PricesAdult Twin
Solo Traveller
Departures:
April to March : Daily
Standard$1,365.00$1,955.00
Superior$1,425.00$2,015.00
1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 Dates & Prices
Standard$1,365.00$1,955.00
Superior$1,425.00$2,015.00
** Child & Triple prices available upon request
** Single Traveller must pay the Single Price

Inclusions 
Meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches
Transport: Travel in an air-conditioned coach
Accommodation:5 nights accommodation
Guide: Experienced Driver Guides
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Tropical Reef & Rainforest

Explore this tropical paradise on a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef on this Short Break. Share in the legends and lore of the Aboriginal spiritual belief of Dreamtime, transporting yourself back to the very beginning, when this land and its people were made by the spirits.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

On arrival at Cairns Airport, make your own way to your hotel (flights anytime). The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this resort town.

Hotel: Oaks Resort Port Douglas, 3 nights

An experience of a lifetime today – cruise out to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance – Agincourt Reef at the very edge of Australia’s Continental Shelf. It is a magnificent ribbon reef where you can experience first-hand the magic that is the Great Barrier Reef. You can snorkel or just stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a Quicksilver semi-submersible craft, just one meter underwater. Watch the fish feeding from Quicksilver’s unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory. Enjoy a delicious tropical buffet lunch before returning to Port Douglas.

Visit the fascinating Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, which has been built in a spectacular rainforest setting. Discover this ancient culture through bush food lessons, didgeridoo demonstrations and the famous Tjapukai Dance. A short distance away is the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. This will take you directly above the canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park. En route to Kuranda, there are 2 stations where you can enjoy a walk through the rainforest and observe its beauty from spectacular lookouts. On arrival there is free time to explore the ‘village in the rainforest’, including the Heritage Markets. Later, board the Kuranda Scenic Rail for a historic journey traveling through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Your journey winds through man-made tunnels, across bridges and around curves to arrive at its final destination, Freshwater Station.

Your Short Break concludes this morning after breakfast. Make your own way to Cairns Airport (flights anytime).

1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 Dates & PricesAdult Twin
Solo Traveller
Departures
April to March: Daily
$985.00$1,335.00
1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 Dates & Prices
Departures
April to March: Daily
$985.00$1,335.00
** Child & Triple prices available upon request
** Single Traveller must pay the Single Price

Inclusions 
Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 Lunch
Transport: Travel in an air-conditioned coach
Accommodation:3 nights accommodation
Guide: Experienced Driver Guides
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Cairns & The Great Barrier Reef

See the vast array of life in the world’s largest coral reef system, The Great Barrier Reef and along Australia’s northeastern coast with this 4-day tour. Visit the township of Cairns, explore the rainforest of Far North Queensland and venture out for a look at some of the most incredible wildlife at sea.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Cairns

On arrival at Cairns Airport, make your own way to your hotel (flights anytime). The rest of the day is at leisure.

Hotel Options:

  • Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort (Standard), 3 nights
  • Hilton Hotel Cairns (Superior), 3 nights
Day 2: Great Barrier Reef

Board a high-speed catamaran to cruise through sparkling turquoise waters to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Extending over 35 million hectares, it’s the largest reef structure and marine park in the world and offers an experience like no other. View spectacular coral and tropical fish from the onboard underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft, or go snorkelling and experience this natural wonder up-close (equipment provided). Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before returning to Cairns.

Day 3: Tjapukai – Skyrail – Kuranda

Visit the fascinating Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, which has been built in a spectacular rainforest setting. Discover this ancient culture through bush food lessons, didgeridoo demonstrations and the famous Tjapukai Dance. A short distance away is the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. This will take you directly above the canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park. En route to Kuranda, there are 2 stations where you can enjoy a walk through the rainforest and observe its beauty from spectacular lookouts. On arrival there is free time to explore the ‘village in the rainforest’, including the Heritage Markets. Later, board the Kuranda Scenic Rail for a historic journey travelling through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Your journey winds through man-made tunnels, across bridges and around curves to arrive at its final destination, Freshwater Station. Return to Cairns in the late afternoon.

Day 4: Farewell from Cairns

Your Short Break concludes this morning after breakfast. Make your own way to Cairns Airport (flights anytime).

1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 Dates & PricesAdult Twin
Solo Traveller
Departures
April to March: Daily
Standard$870.00$1,320.00
Superior$910.00$1,360.00
1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 Dates & Prices
Standard$810.00$1,222.00
Superior$850.00$1,297.00
** Child & Triple prices available upon request
** Single Traveller must pay the Single Price

Inclusions 
Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Transport: Travel in an air-conditioned coach & Great Barrier Reef Cruise
Accommodation:3 nights accommodation
Guide: Experienced Driver Guides
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Essence of the Outback

Join an epic Outback 4WD adventure and journey deep into Queensland’s Savannah Country to discover fascinating geological wonders and historic mining tours. Wander through the mysterious Undara Lava Tubes, travel aboard the Legendary Gulflander Train, enjoy a sunset cruise along the Thomson River and explore spectacular Canarvon Gorge.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Cairns

Be met on arrival in Cairns and transferred to your hotel. This evening, a relaxed welcome dinner provides the perfect opportunity for you to meet your fellow travellers.

Hotel: Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

Day 2: Woodleigh Station – Undara

Travel to the authentic cattle station of Woodleigh Station for lunch, which has been family-owned for five generations. Continue to Undara Volcanic National Park and set out on a guided discovery of the intriguing lava tubes. The mysterious lava tubes and caves are the result of a massive volcanic eruption that occurred 190,000 years ago. The Undara tubes are some of the longest in the world, and are home to a unique array of native Australian plants and animals.

Hotel: Undara Experience

Day 3: Undara – Karumba

Today, set off on the legendary Gulflander Train, originally built to connect the once bustling river port of Normanton with the gold fields of Croydon. This nostalgic rail journey is the perfect way to discover an area rich in pioneering history and heritage. From grasslands and wetlands to barren Savannah territory, the Gulflander travels through countryside rarely seen by the average traveller. Afterwards, travel to Karumba and tuck into fresh local prawns as you watch the sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria

Hotel: End Of the Road Motel

Day 4: Mt Isa

Set off for Mt Isa, commonly referred to as the ‘oasis of the outback’. En route, stop to see the Purple Pub, one of the most iconic hotels in the north of Australia.

Hotel: Red Earth Hotel, 2 nights

Day 5: Mt Isa

Located on the banks of the Leichhardt River, Mt Isa is a melting pot of culture and industry. A tour of Hard Times Mine reveals its history as you enter the Alimak Cage with your guide and descend into the mine. Feel the earth tremble and cover your ears as you have a go at using the air-leg drill.

Day 6: Cloncurry – Winton

Embark on a drive to the outback town of Cloncurry. After some time here, visit the Waltzing Matilda Centre – the first museum in the world dedicated to a song, which also includes a nostalgic light and sound show in the Billabong Theatrette. Later, arrive in Winton in time for dinner.

Hotel: Boulder Opal Motor Inn

Day 7: Lark Quarry – Longreach

Travel to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs exhibition and enjoy a Signature Experience. As part of your exclusive experience with APT, enjoy working with recently unearthed dinosaur fossils in a specialised laboratory. Continue to Lark Quarry to visit the Dinosaur Track-ways exhibit, known as one of the most concentrated set of dinosaur footprints in the world.

Hotel: Saltbush Retreat, 2 nights
Day 8: Longreach – Thomson River Cruise

Visit the Qantas Founders Outback Museum, an award-winning museum that tells the story of Qantas through interactive exhibits and original and replica aircraft. Then head to the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, dedicated to the custodians of the bush and Australia’s pioneering history. This evening, enjoy a sunset cruise along the Thomson River, before savouring a three-course drover dinner and an entertaining performance.

Day 9: Carnarvon National Park

Set off for Carnarvon National Park. Along the way, stop at the famed Tree of Knowledge, known as the founding site of the political movement that helped to create the Australian Labor Party. Arrive in Carnarvon Gorge, set beneath a canopy of gum trees.

Hotel: Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge, 2 nights

Day 10: Carnarvon Gorge

During a half-day exploration, take in the landscapes of Carnarvon National Park, including the spectacular Carnarvon Gorge. Admire its soaring sandstone cliffs, vibrantly coloured gorges and diverse wildlife.

Day 11: Minerva Hills National Park – Emerald

View Minerva Hills National Park, keeping an eye out for eastern grey kangaroos, wallaroos and wallabies. Afterwards, continue on to Emerald. Established in 1879 as a base for building the western railway, the town is a gateway to the Sapphire Gemfields.

Stay: Emerald Maraboon Motor Inn

Day 12. Charters Towers

Travel to Charters Towers today. Established as a gold rush town in 1871, it quickly grew to become the second-largest town in Queensland. Admire its heritage buildings on your way to the Heritage Lodge Motel.

Hotel: Heritage Lodge Motel
Day 13. Paronella Park – Cairns

On the way back to Cairns, stop at Paronella Park, nestled amid heritage gardens and 13 acres of lush Australian rainforest. Situated on the banks of the crystal-clear waters of Mena Creek, this unique attraction also features a Spanish-inspired castle. After time to explore the castle ruins and grounds, continue to the Shangri-La Hotel in Cairns. This evening, celebrate the end of your journey during a final farewell dinner.

Stay: Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

Day 14. Depart Cairns

Your holiday comes to an end after breakfast this morning. Be transferred to the airport for your onward flight home.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin Share FromSolo Traveller From
May: 21$8,295.00$9,895.00
June: 16, 18$8,495.00$10,095.00
July: 14, 16$8,495.00$10,095.00
August: 11, 13$8,295.00$9,895.00
September: 10$8,295.00$9,895.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 13 Breakfasts, 12 lunch, 13 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Travel in a custom-designed 4WD vehicle
Accommodation:13 nights accommodation
Guide:Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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