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21 day tour – North Queensland Loop

This tour showcases Queensland from all angles on as many modes of transport you can find.

A unique bus tour with a splash of a river cruise, the rattle of a train journey, the amazing scenes from a gondola, an army duck ride and an ocean cruise.

We explore the history, from Dinosaurs, Gems to Cowboys and all that is inbetween.

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

We unwind in the tranquillity North Queensland has to offer

Enjoy the comforts of a medium size boutique bus and small passengers numbers and a tour guide with a yarn of his own.

Highlights

  • Eungella Rainforest Walk
  • Best place to view a north Queensland Platypus
  • Spotlighting nocturnal animals in the rainforest
  • Sleep in Australia’s largest rainforest
  • Desert Dreaming Centre experience inc corroboree and dinner
  • Commentary on the culture of the Australian Aboriginal
  • Tree of knowledge
  • Fossicking for Sapphires, Opals and Gold
  • Australian Stockman’s Hall of fame
  • Cobb & Co stage coach ride
  • Harry Redford Comedy Show and Billy Can lunch
  • Whip cracking and Sheep mustering
  • Qantas museum
  • Paddle wheeler Sunset and dinner cruise
  • Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum
  • Waltzing Matilda Centre
  • Blue Heeler Hotel
  • Barramundi Discovery Centre and Hatchery
  • Ferryman River Cruise – Crocodiles and Sunset
  • The savannah way on the Gulfander
  • Cobbold Gorge river cruise
  • Undara Larva Caves
  • Herberton historic village
  • Port Douglas highlights including 4 mile beach
  • Mossman Gorge / Daintree Rainforest
  • Great Barrier Reef Boat Cruise
  • Kuranda Sky Rail
  • Karanda Rainforest Market
  • Army duck ride
  • Millaa Millaa Falls
  • 500-Year-Old Curtain Fig
  • Parenella Park, QLD’s number 1 attraction
  • Italian Indulgence
  • Mission Beach
  • 2 night stay on Magnetic Island
  • Magnetic Island Koalas in the wild
  • Cultural experience with the oldest living culture in the world
  • Beautiful Airlie Beach
  • Whitehaven beach, worlds #1 beach
  • Commentary on the history of the Australian aboriginal
  • Whitsunday Island Boat Cruise
  • Good-bye Buffet Dinner

Itinerary

We will pickup at Mackay airport or train station. We head up the Pioneer Valley to Eungella passing the small sugar cane towns, stopping at the Pinnacle Pub for a refreshment break. Leaving there we head up the Great Dividing Range to Eungella Chalet for spectacular scenery. That afternoon we go to Broken River Mountain Resort nestled in Australia largest rain forest. There are rainforest walks beside the resort, which has the best viewing of Platypus in the world.  After dinner we go spot lighting nocturnal animals in the rainforest with an experienced guide with wonderful knowledge of living in the bush and all that goes with it

Welcome Dinner

Overnight in Eungella

On our way to Barcaldine we will stop over at Hoods Lagoon in Clermont, where we will see the flood markers from the 1916 historic floods form a cyclone in the Whitsundays.

As we continue on we travel through the largest coal deposit region in Australia and view the massive drag lines as we pass a multitude of mines and coal trains as long as the eye can see.

We then arrive in the heart of the Gemfields, Rubyvale and try our hand at fossicking for sapphires.

We then venture through to the country town of Barcaldine home to the Tree of Knowledge, the reputed birth place of the labour movement in Australia and the location of the first Australian Shearer strike.

Here we join the Desert Dreaming Centre for an aboriginal experience with dinner, Corroboree and a tour of the Tree of Knowledge.  This tree grew outside the Railway Station for about 180 years until 2006 when sadly, it was poisoned by an unknown culprit.  The famous tree has been preserved and placed under an award winning structure that gives the illusion of a canopy over the Tree.  The best view of the Tree and the memorial is at night when it is beautifully lit by special lighting.  A visit at night will be a highlight of your trip.

Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight in Barcaldine

Today we make our way to Longreach passing through Ilfracombe with streets lined with old machinery, a outback site to see.

We arrive in longreach and experience some of the iconic treasures Longreach has to offer.

Day 3

  • Cobb & Co stage coach ride – Live the past with all your senses as you ride the old Longreach-Windorah mail route. Hear the pounding hooves of the magnificent horses on the outback dirt road. Hear the rattle and creak of the coach. Hold on to your hat for the only stagecoach gallop in Australia!
  • Harry Redford comedy show with a bill can lunch. A comedy with real outback humour.
  • Thompson River Sunset cruise with a campfire dinner on the paddle wheeler – Board the only paddlewheeler west of the Great Divide and enjoy an adventure to the heart of outback tradition and legend. Ashore we enjoy a traditional stockman’s camp-fire dinner. This is the real outback experience with inspiring and humorous traditional entertainment featuring the barefoot bush poet.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4

  • Qantas Museum – This is where Qantas was born. The museum tells the story of Australia’s national airline, from its early days in Outback Queensland to present day. Characters of the early Qantas days, their pioneering spirit and the impact the airline had for all Australians, is brought to life through life size exhibits, historical artefacts and interactive displays including the National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar.
  • The Australians Stockman’s hall of fame live show – Wonder through the themed galleries, each one depicting an important aspect of our pioneering history. Then bring the experience to life with a Stockman’s life live show. Highlighting sheep mustering, whip cracking and outback humour with a musical touch of outback song to bring the atmosphere alive.

On the odd occasion some experiences above may swap days. This is the outback after all and we will work in with her schedule.

Breakfast and dinner

Overnights in Longreach

Explore the regions highlights

  • Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton, Outback Queensland tells the story of Waltzing Matilda, a song that lives in the hearts of all Australians as our unofficial anthem and the first museum in the world dedicated to a song.
  • The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum is home to the largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils in the world. Experience a world class tour with passionate museum tour guides. The tour includes preparation laboratories where a team of staff and volunteers bring these fossils back to life. We then go to the collection room where you are shown the best exhibits which are brought to life. A tour of dinosaur canyon which is a world class attraction set amongst white gums and cycads. Finish the day with drinks and nibbles over looking the surrounding area as the sun sets followed by a BBQ dinner

Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight in Winton

Today is a day on the road which spectacular views as we make our way through desert outback

Depart from Winton to Cloncurry, on the way we will stop over at one of the best outback pubs in Queensland with plenty of character. The Blue Heeler Hotel in Kynuna for a short break.

Cloncurry, Burke and Wills passed through the area on their expedition from Melbourne to the Gulf in 1861. It seems the pioneering pair were so besotted with the area that they even forgot their water bottle. Here we will stop over for lunch and a stretch the legs break

As we make our way to Normanton we will stop over at the Burke and Wills roadhouse for an afternoon break.

Normanton, take what remains of the day to explore, have a beer at the Purple pub and a photo with ‘Kyrs’ a spectacular 8.63m crocodile.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight in Normanton

We are nearly there, the Gulf of Carpentaria.

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

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. Our wildlife adventures include Bird watching, Croc spotting And unforgettable Sunsets over the Gulf of Carpentaria We operate all year round with highly trained professional staff so give us a try you wont be disappointed. You haven’t really done Karumba until you’ve been on the Ferryman

Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight in Karumba

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 bus once again and head South East towards Cobbold Gorge, an oasis like no other.

Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight Cobbold Gorge/Forsayth

An early start with a boat cruise up the Cobbold Gorge

Cobbold Gorge is a hidden oasis tucked away within the rugged sandstone formations. An ancient landscape which invites you to breathe in the bush and breathe out your worries. Located in North Queensland’s Gulf Savannah, this ancient geological landform is unique in its narrow sandstone formations and spectacular 30-foot cliffs. Cobbold is the youngest of Queensland’s gorges to visit, with a mere 10,000 years against its name, giving some indication of the deep history that Queensland’s Outback holds.

Tour the gorge on a custom-made, electric powered boat – quietly motored as not to disturb the gentle serenity of the natural ecosystems it passes. It glides across the surface mirroring the eerie silence of the Cobbold Gorge itself.  where you glide  How can this be any more perfect!!!!!

You may even spot one of the large population of resident freshwater crocodiles.

From here we head east towards the Undara Lava Caves through the rolling savannah plains

Meals – Breakfast

Overnight at Undara or Mount Surprise

Today  we let our minds wonder back 190,000 years ago to the volcanic days of the east coast of Australia at the Undara Lava Caves.

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.

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.

Then off we go, forward to another amazing place

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 in Yungaburra and you might be lucky to spot a platypus before a nice BBQ dinner at lake Tinaroo

Meals – Breakfast and dinner

Overnight in Yungaburra

Today we leave the country for the coast and make our way down to Port Douglas, just north of Cairns, along Australia’s most scenic coastal road.

Port Douglas is the closest mainland port to the Great Barrier Reef and only a short drive into the heart of the Wet Tropics rainforest at Daintree and Cape Tribulation.

Spend the afternoon exploring and take a stroll along the 4 mile beach.

Meals – Breakfast and dinner

Overnight Port Douglas

Today we visit the world heritage listed Daintree Rainforest.

We will take a river cruise on the Daintree river admiring the amazing birdlife, schools of fish, and hopefully sneaky snakes and salt water crocodiles plus a variety of the mangrove species lining the riverbank.

We will 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.

This evening is one of natural wonders at night. Cairns Aquarium for our farewell dinner for guests leaving the tour in cairns.

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.

We will join a Ecologist for a guided night tour through the tropical ecosystem where we will spot rare nocturnal rainforest animals, come face to face with the coral seas largest night time predators, sharks, Rays, groupers and more.

Meals – Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight in Cairns

Today you will explore Cairns, the capital of North Queensland.

Options to fill your day

Great Barrier Reef Cruise – 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. 5 hours to snorkel and explore the famous national park. Includes a Aussie buffet lunch, glass of wine and canapés’.

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Explore Green Island – a beautiful 6000 year old rainforest covered coral cay, located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park – one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Exploring the abundant marine ecosystems teaming with life on the glass bottom boat, relax on the beach and walk the nature trails around the island to discover the colourful bird life and unique rainforest that call the island home.

With full use of the day facilities (toilets, showers, pool etc) you’ll enjoy a peaceful relaxing day.

Meals – Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight in Cairns

Today you’ll experience the very best North Queensland has to offer on land.

Skyrail Cableway – Glide across the rainforest before descending to Red Peak. Allow 20 minutes to enjoy ranger guided tours and the Rainforest Discovery Zone.

Enjoy views across the rainforest canopy before descending to Barron Falls. Allow 20 minutes to admire the unimpeded panoramic views of Barron Gorge and Falls from The Edge Lookout and discover more at the CSIRO Rainforest Interpretation Centre and Historical Precinct.

Glide across the rainforest and Barron River before arriving at Kuranda Terminal.

Explore the quaint streets of Kuranda Village.

Board the Kuranda Scenic Railway at Kuranda Railway Station.

Enjoy your rail journey to Freshwater Railway Station where your bus will meet you.

Meals – Breakfast and dinner

Overnight – Cairns

We journey south 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.

This evening we venture back to the coast. 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.

Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight – Mission Beach

Mungalla Station. Come and meet the Nywaigi Aboriginal people, the Aboriginal traditional owners of the lands around Ingham in North Queensland. Experience our rich culture and history. Learn of the often brutal conflict between Nywaigi Aboriginal people and European settlers that shaped the destiny of North Queensland.

Try your hand at throwing a boomerang and making it come back.

From here we experience another culture while we delve into an Italian indulgence for lunch before we set out sights on Magnetic island, just of the coast of Townsville

Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight Magnetic Island

Today your waking up on a tropical island.

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.

Breakfast and dinner

Overnight – Arcadia Village Motel

After we catch the ferry back to the mainland where we will venture down the coast stopping over in Bowen where we will have a seafood lunch on one of her beautiful beaches, then explore the town and point out locations where parts of the famous movie ‘Australia’ was filmed. Before we leave Bowen we will take in the scenery at the 360° lookout over looking Gloucester Islands, The coral Sea and the beautiful inland region.

Airlie Beach is a very picturesque town with the Conway National Park as its backdrop, the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands for its spectacular views. A tour around town showing the highlights, stopping at a couple of lookouts for great photos before we arrive at your accommodation.

Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight – Mantra Club Crocodile or similar

Your choice to todays activities

Option 1:

Take a cruise to Whitehaven Beach, # 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, one of the most photo photographed places 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 to the southern end of Whitehaven Beach, # 1 beach in the world which boasts brilliant white silica sand that is among the purest in the world and then spend the afternoon exploring Hamilton Island. Jump on a hop on hop off bus to explore the island, explore the main street where the famous foot art gallery was first established and relax beside the pool.

Breakfast and lunch

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. Get to know the history surrounding the area of the oldest living culture in the world and 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 locally hidden locations up at Hydeaway bay and Dingo Beach with beautiful beaches and island views.

Overnight – Airlie Beach

Time to say farewell to tropical Queensland as we make our way to the airport for your departure home. This is the perfect time to start planning your next adventure

To fill the morning why not a game of golf. Perfect your skills on the putting greens and of course, enjoy a round on our par 3, 18 hole course for a challenging, healthy fun for a couple of hours. (golf is at an additional cost).

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Prices and Bookings

Book with Confidence, Guests requesting a cancelation due to Covid will be issued a full refund for any tours booked with Reef N Beyond.

21 Day Tour

20 nights

$8,950 per person twin share, $1,500 single supplement

Most meals included

Tour departure dates are

– 13th June 2022

– 19th August 2022

Experienced Driver Guide & Airport Transfers

Tour commences in Mackay

Tour concludes in the Whitsundays

Tour inclusions

To many to count, see the highlights

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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