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16 day tour – North Queensland Explorer

This tour takes you from the Whitsundays north to Cairns then inland to the remote outback

We discover amazing larva formations, sunsets, historic villages and ancient rainforests.

We unwind in the tranquillity North Queensland has to offer

We explore gorges, waterfalls, reefs and marvel at natures most amazing creations.

We use small buses which makes a good personalized tour.

Highlights

  • Airlie Beach highlights
  • Welcome BBQ
  • Whitsunday island boat cruise options
    • Hamilton Island and Whitehaven Beach
    • Or, Snorkelling, Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach
  • Cedar Creek waterfalls
  • Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation
  • Hydeaway Bay and Dingo Beach
  • Magnetic Island day tour
  • Parenella Park
  • Cairns Aquarium
  • Great Barrier Reef boat cruise
  • Port Douglas
  • Mossman Gorge
  • Historic Kuranda
  • Kuranda Train
  • Barramundi Discovery Centre and Hatchery
  • Ferryman River Cruise – Crocodiles and Sunset
  • The Savannah Way on the Gulfander
  • Burke and Wills Camp 119
  • Cobbold Gorge river cruise
  • Undara Larva Caves
  • Herberton historic village
  • Aussie bush breakfast
  • Millaa Millaa Falls
  • 500 year old curtain fig
  • Karumba,  Exotic tropical fishing port on the Gulf of Carpentaria.
  • Sunset cruise in Karumba
  • 8.6m replica of Krys the Croc
  • Purple Pub

Itinerary

We will pick you up at the Whitsunday coast airport and head into Airlie Beach for your check-in. Then enjoy an afternoon stroll along the bicentennial boardwalk  showcasing wonderful ocean views or explore Airlie beach. We will all meet for a welcome BBQ dinner along the boardwalk

Meals – BBQ Dinner

Overnight – Airlie Beach

Your choice to todays activities to explore the Whitsunday Islands

Option 1:

A cruise to Whitehaven Beach, number 1 beach in the world which boasts brilliant white silica sand that is among the purest in the world.  A bush walk to a viewing platform that overlooks Hill Inlet, the 3rd most photographed place in Australia.  Snorkel the fringe reefs of the Whitsunday Islands, you may be lucky and snorkel with a turtle or see the majestic humpback whale during the migration season.

Option 2:

A cruise through the Whitsunday islands to Hamilton Island, jump on a hop on hop off bus to explore the island, after lunch, you are taken across to the famous Whitehaven Beach #1 beach in the world.

Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight – Airlie Beach

Depart from Airlie Beach with a tour guide and informative commentary in an air-conditioned bus

Visit Cedar Creek Falls, which flows in the wet season and is a beautiful waterhole in the dry season. Enjoy a relaxing dip in the water

Learn about the oldest living culture in the world, the Australian Aboriginal. Where did they come from, how and when they got here, what they believed in, their bush tucker and medicine. Why they didn’t change anything in 70 thousand years and how they protected the future.

Relax with a coffee at the Whitsunday Gold Coffee plantation, one of Australia’s largest coffee plantation’s and we are cruise north passing through Bowen, the winter vegetable capital of Australia for a lovely beachside lunch.

After lunch we head further north to Townsville where you’ll be shown the highlights of the town.

Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight – Townsville

Waking in Tropical North Queensland is now feeling like ‘just another day in paradise’

As we depart Townsville on our way to the ferry we will cruise down the Strand, a 2.2km world-class beachfront promenade custom-built for enjoyment. Along this palm tree lined stretch are bike and walkway paths, safe swimming beaches, picturesque picnic spots, playgrounds, exercise stations, a water park and restaurants and bars with to-die-for water views.

Magnetic Island, our tropical island paradise awaits. Boasting a unique natural environment of palm-fringed beaches, large granite boulders, hoop pines, sandy beaches and fringing coral reefs.

For the Wulgurukaba, the traditional custodians of the island, it is known as ‘Yunbenun’. Captain Cook called it ‘Magnetical’. Today, most just call her ‘Maggie’.

We will take a tour of the island and hear the history that makes this island paradise what it is today. See koalas in there natural habitat and beautiful beaches and bays.

In the afternoon we trek further north again to Mission beach, nestled between two World Heritage-listed wonders, the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics, Mission Beach is full of unspoilt nature and the birthplace of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and is the closest access point for the reef, less than 40km offshore. A Scenic coastal drive where we might be lucky to spot a Cassowary on the beach.

Meals – Breakfast and dinner

Overnight – Mission Beach

From Mission Beach we journey inland through the sugarcane and banana farms. We stop at QLD’s number 1 tourist attraction Paronella Park, a castle build beside Mena Creek Falls where we have a picnic lunch. It has tennis courts, bridges and a tunnel. Rap it up in an amazing range of 7,500 tropical plants, now a lush rainforest.

After lunch we will set off for Cairns, The capital of the north, where we will visit the Cairns Aquarium. The only aquarium in the world dedicated exclusively to the habitats and species of tropical North Queensland, the Cairns Aquarium connects visitors with the natural wonders of The Great Barrier Reef, The Wet Tropics, The Gulf Savannah and Cape York regions. With over 16,000 animals and unique opportunities to move up close to some of the world’s most fascinating, elusive or deadly creatures, every visit is unforgettable.

Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight in Cairns

Today you will get to explore one of natures marvels, the largest living coral reef system in the world composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres.

Travel on the most luxurious Reef Vessel in Australia and discover some of the most spectacular destinations in the outer Great Barrier Reef at 2 exclusive moorings with 5 hours to snorkel and explore the famous national park.

Cruise includes a Aussie buffet lunch, glass of wine and canpaes’.

Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight in Cairns

Today you explore the mainland tropics with a tour through Mossman Gorge, which is the gateway to the worlds oldest rainforest, the Daintree Rainforest. Take an easy 10 minute stroll along the elevated boardwalk that meanders through the lower rainforest canopy and return along the riverside track, enjoying views from several small lookouts along the way. Be amazed by bright butterflies and look closely for well-camouflaged Boyd’s Forest Dragons clinging to tree trunks.

The afternoon will be spent exploring Port Douglas, a true piece of paradise

Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight – Cairns

This is a turning point in our journey, As some guests leave us and other join our adventure you have the day to explore Cairns, take in the beautiful coast line and watch the world go by.

Meals – Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight in Cairns

Your waking up in North Queensland, Lets not miss a minute of this. Following breakfast we are off to catch a train.

Experience one of the most spectacular rail journeys in Australia, discovering the living colours and natural beauty of our heritage listed rainforest that is millions if years old.

This famous railway winds its way on a 2 hour journey from Cairns to Kuranda. Rising from sea level to 328m, the journey to Kuranda travels through World Heritage protected tropical rainforest, past beautiful and spectacular waterfalls and into the beautiful Barron Gorge.

The journey includes commentary and a map of Kuranda.

Upon reaching the village of Kuranda, with its rich assortment of interesting attractions and unique shopping experiences, stroll around and absorb the vibe.

Your coach will meet you where we will all board for the town of Herberton.

Prepare to be wowed as you step back in time to an era that has been long forgotten.

Herberton is an unusual town which is set on a ridge of the rolling hills of the Atherton Tablelands. Historically it was a tin town with both a mine and a smelter nearby.

The town came into existence in 1880 when a party of prospectors led by Willie Jack and John Newell discovered tin in the area. They named the settlement Herberton because it was at the headwaters of the Herbert River.

Here we will visit the Herberton Historic Village. A remarkable collection of over 60 buildings which is reputedly the largest collection of Australiana in Queensland. Its buildings include an old school, a coach and livery stable, a miner’s hut, a slab hut dating from 1870, a bank, a presbytery, a telephone exchange, a pub (which is a composite of a number of buildings) and many more.

Late afternoon take a stroll along the creek and you might be lucky to spot a platypus.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight in the Yungaburra

Today we arise nice and early and head further inland.

Passing through the picturesque country side passing Copperfield Gorge which is the remnants of an ancient lava flow.

We continue on west towards Cobbold Gorge, an oasis like no other.

Breakfast lunch and dinner

Overnight will be at Cobbold or Finnigan’s Rest

Wake to an oasis in the outback far north Queensland.

There’s no better way to grasp the uniqueness of the narrow gorge with its majestic 30-metre sheer walls, from the bottom of the water to the top of the escarpment, than to get up-close-and-personal with it.  A guided tour takes us up the gorge exploring the ancient geological land, farms and our savannah wonderland. You may even spot one of the large population of resident freshwater crocodiles.

For the more adventures travellers, take a stroll up to the glass bridge, spanning a 13-metre gap and a 19-metre drop into cool spring fed water below

An award winning outback experience. How can this be any more perfect!!!!!

Form here further west we go. Passing through Georgetown. Croydon and, what appears to be, endless lands until we reach Normanton.

Take the afternoon to explore, have a beer at the Purple pub and a photo with ‘Kyrs’ a spectacular 8.63m crocodile.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight at Normanton

We are nearly there, the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Burke and Wills Camp 119

This is truly historic site being the final camp of the ill fated Melbourne to Gulf exploration. A visit to this remote site evokes the sense of isolation of the Burke and Wills expedition in 1861, which crossed Australia from south to north, and almost back again. This was the northernmost camp, number 119, established on 11 February 1861 near Bynoe Creek.

From here we travel to Mutton Hole wetlands conservation park. The largest continuous estuarine wetland aggregation of its type in Northern Queensland. While enjoying a picnic lunch take in the amazing birdlife and maybe spot a crocodile.

This afternoon we will find ourselves in Karumba, exotic tropical fishing port on the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Karumba is a fishing destination and industrial port on the banks of the Norman River where, each winter, anglers from all over Australia arrive to try their luck in the fish-rich waters of the Gulf. Once it was nothing more than a small, sleepy outback town

Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight at Karumba Lodge, located on the banks of the river, perfect spot to watch the sunset.

Buses, trains and now a boat.

Barramundi Discovery Centre & Hatchery Karumba

This interactive and state of the art Interpretive Centre provides the history, stories, lifecycle and habits of these sought-after fish. Discover the wetlands and mangroves and learn about the incredible birdlife and stunning southern Gulf flora.

The Ferryman River Cruises

Karumba’s number one in River and Gulf Cruises Explore the mangrove lined waterway of the Norman river with the Ferryman. The wildlife adventures include Bird watching, Croc spotting and unforgettable Sunsets over the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Enjoy an evening of sunset drinks and nibbles as the sun sets.

Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight again at Kurumba Lodge, located on the banks of the river.

Today we take a short break from the tour bus and venture by rail. We travel an hour SE to Normanton to meet up with the  Gulflander.

The Normanton to Critters camp railway line is a heritage-listed railway line in the Gulf Country of northern Queensland, Australia. Hear the history of the 16-mile turning angle built in 1891, and the true tales of how this little Gulf Savannah landscape got its unusual name. This is the only train to operate on the line operated by a Gardner diesel propelled rail motor and carriages TP1809 and TP1811.

After our historic rail journey we will join the comforts of the airconditioned coach once again and let our minds wonder back 190,000 years ago to the volcanic days of the east coast of Australia at the Undara Lava Caves.

Considered some of the largest and longest lava tubes on the planet, the Undara lava tubes, located in Undara Volcanic National Park in North Queensland, have led to the formation of some spectacular underground caves.

Thought to be formed by immense volcanic activity, during this fiery episode, twenty-three billion cubic litres of lava was estimated to have spewed forth from the Undara Volcano onto the surrounding Atherton Tableland.

Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight at Undara or Mount Surprise

Awaken your taste buds with our famous Bush Breakfast at the Ringers’ Camp. Freshly brewed billy tea and a delicious selection of hot and cold food. Toast your own bread over the camp fire. Don’t be surprised if we get a visit by a Kookaburra, Currawong or a Magpie.

The Undara experience delivers the essence of the Australia Outback from natural landscapes of rolling savannah plains and ancient lava tubes where we will take the Archway Explorer Lava Tube Tour.

An excellent concentrated visit to the lava tubes, plus other interesting environmental, geological and historical features pointed out and explained by your Savannah Guide throughout the trip to and from the tubes. Visits up to 3-sections of lava tubes. Easy fitness level with boardwalks and steps.

From here we will travel through the Atherton Tablelands, with its Rainforest, spectacular water- falls and peaceful lakes as well as a heritage listed 500-year-old Curtain Fig before arriving back into Cairns.

Meals – Breakfast, lunch and Dinner

Overnight at Queens Court in Cairns

All great adventures must come to an end but the memories will last forever.

Before heading for home we will take in some of the highlight of cairns.

Meals – Breakfast

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Prices and Bookings

16 day tour

15 Nights’ Accommodation

42 Meals

$7,280 per person twin share $1,100 single supplement

Next tour departs – Contact us

– 5th May 2022

– 4th August 2022

Airport & Train transfers

Experienced Driver Guide

Tour commences in the Whitsundays

Tour concludes in Cairns

3 – 4+ star accommodation throughout tour

Accommodation examples – Sunlit waters, Waterview & the Grand Chancellor

Tour inclusions

Return airport or train transfers

Tour exclusions

Not all meals are included. The tour guide/driver will recommend the best places to dine

Optional gratitude’s / tipping

Personal expenses

Travel Insurance

Itinerary changes

On some occasions it may be necessary to change the itinerary due to availability or other circumstances beyond our control. Alternate destinations or swapping of days may occur if all other options have been exhausted

On some occasions it may be necessary to change the accommodation place due to availability or other circumstances beyond our control. Alternate accommodation will be booked

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