Queensland’s Beaches, Outback & Reef

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14 days | Departs Jul to Oct 2019 –
New for 2019, our Queensland Beaches, Outback & Reef tour combines a journey aboard the scenic Spirit of Queensland train with a guided tour through Outback Queensland.

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Inclusions
  • Return flights to & from Brisbane (as required)
  • 13 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) & 5 dinners (D)
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Day 1 – Homeport to Brisbane

Your adventure begins this morning with a flight from your homeport to Brisbane. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for your overnight stay.

❱ Hotel stay: Mercure Brisbane or similar (1 night)

Day 2 – Depart Brisbane on the Spirit of Queensland Train (BD)

This morning, enjoy time to browse around the popular Brisbane Mall before transferring to Brisbane Railway Station to board the Spirit of Queensland train.

Take advantage of the benefits of the revolutionary RailBed service, including a comfortable seat by day, personal entertainment and a flat bed at night. All bed linen, sheets, pillows and towels are provided. A 24-hour licensed Club Car provides refreshments, confectionary and beverages. Showers and toilets are located at the end of every carriage. Enjoy the culinary delights prepared using the freshest of Queensland produce – all meals are included and served to your seat.

❱ Rail journey: Spirit of Queensland – RailBed (1 night)

Day 3 – Arrive in Cairns (BL)

Wake up this morning as the train passes through the sugar cane fields of North Queensland. Sit back and relax as you watch the changing landscapes pass by. On arrival in Cairns this afternoon, you will be transferred to your accommodation.

❱ Hotel stay: Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa (3 nights)

Day 4 – Cairns (BD)

Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an orientation tour of the laid-back city before getting to know each other over a Welcome Reception and dinner.

Day 5 – Great Barrier Reef (BL)

Board a high-speed catamaran this morning and cruise out to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, the only living organism visible from the moon. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkelling and see this natural wonder up close (equipment provided) or view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and glass-bottomed boat. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on board before you return to Cairns in the late afternoon. Your evening is at leisure.

Day 6 – Cairns to Undara (BD)

Depart Cairns this morning and travel inland through the fertile Atherton Tablelands where waterfalls, lakes and lush rainforests abound. You’ll stop in the town of Atherton before visiting Millaa Millaa Falls – keep a lookout for platypus and the brilliant Ulysses butterfly – and the famous Curtain Fig Tree. This evening you’ll enter the Undara Volcanic National Park and experience your first taste of outback hospitality.

❱ Hotel stay: Undara Lava Lodge (1 night)

Day 7 – Undara to Charters Towers (B)

Rise early for billy tea and a real bush breakfast around the campfire. Then embark on an unforgettable guided tour of the unique Undara Lava Tubes, reputedly the longest in the world, that stand as silent sentinels to the volcanic pre-history of the region.

❱ Hotel stay: Cattleman’s Rest (1 night)

Day 8 – Charters Towers to Airlie Beach (BD)

This afternoon visit Leahton Park, where extraordinary Texas Longhorn cattle have been resident since the 1800s, and enjoy a ‘smoko’ and tour of the property. Then journey on to the charming seaside town of Airlie Beach, gateway to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.

❱ Hotel stay: Mantra Club Croc (2 nights)

Day 9 – Airlie Beach Free Time (B)

Today is at leisure. You might like to consider an optional experience. Perhaps take the ferry to Hamilton Island, visit famous Whitehaven Beach aboard the Lady Enid, try croc-spotting in the estuaries and wetlands of the Whitsundays or just relax with a book by the pool at your resort.

Day 10 – Airlie Beach to Emerald (B)

Australia’s largest underground sapphire mine beckons this morning. Fossick for gems in the tiny village of Rubyvale before heading to Emerald for the evening.

❱ Hotel stay: Emerald Creek Hotel (1 night)

Day 11 – Emerald to Agnes Water (BD)

On the way to Agnes Water today you’ll stop for afternoon tea and traditional damper at Langmorn Station, an 11,000-hectare cattle property located in a scenic coastal valley. Your next stop is the historic, quaintly-named township of 1770, a little-known gem on the Queensland coast.

❱ Hotel stay: Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa (2 nights)

Day 12 – Agnes Water Free Time (B)

Today is free to enjoy at your own pace. Perhaps take an optional experience and join the Goolimbil ‘Black Cockatoo’ Walkabout Tour to Eurimbula National Park on an amphibious cargo vessel, or take a day-cruise to Lady Musgrave Island, where you may be lucky enough to swim with the local turtles.

Day 13 – Agnes Water to Brisbane (B)

Today you’ll visit the Bundaberg Rum Distillery and learn about the history and making of famous ‘Bundy Rum’. Tonight is free for you to dine at one of Brisbane’s many restaurants and cafés.

❱ Hotel stay: Royal on the Park (1 night)

Day 14 – Brisbane (B)

Sadly, today marks the end of your Queensland adventure. You will be transferred to Brisbane Airport in time for your flight home.

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01 Jul 2019, 23 Sep 2019, 21 Oct 2019

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The following terms & conditions apply to your booking in addition to our General Booking Terms & Conditions:

  • Flights are included from all departure cities shown as required. These are based on Virgin Australia ‘Q’ Class Economy airfares, and are subject to availability at the time of your booking confirmation.
  • The following fees apply for cancellations made once your booking is confirmed:
    After deposit is received – loss of deposit;
    31 to 60 days before departure – 50% of total booking value plus deposit;
    Within 30 days of departure – 100% of total booking value.
    We recommend purchasing travel insurance for your holiday.
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