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Queensland Islands & Rainforest

Duration 6 days

Destinations visited :
  • Australia
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Witness the soul-stirring natural splendour of Hamilton Island and Mission Beach, with the Great Barrier Reef and lush northern rainforests, featuring as highlights along your journey through tropical Australia.

Take a look at your day-by-day itinerary or contact us on 0207 620 8952 to find out more.

DAY 1

Arrive Hamilton Island (2 Nights)
Australia’s enchanting Whitsundays and the holiday hotspot of Hamilton Island is your launch pad to an east coast Australian adventure (flights to arrive prior to 2pm). The island boasts pristine beaches and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life. Embrace your inner sloth, kick back and relax with a book on a lounger at one of the crystal-clear pools, take a leisurely stroll along the water’s edge or indulge in a beautiful tropical sunset from your private balcony. Tonight, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception and dinner.
Hotel: Reef View Hotel
Meal: Welcome Reception,Dinner with wine

DAY 2

Hamilton Island Free Time
Today is yours to indulge in your own pleasures – consider a cruise to famous Whitehaven Beach, visit the island’s wildlife park, home to many species of Australian animals, hire a buggy and ramble along the island’s winding roads or sit back with a good book at one of the resort’s stunning pools. In Hamilton Island, you can be as energetic and relaxed as you wish, but if it’s the former, lace up your walking shoes and embark on a challenging hike up to Passage Peak for unforgettable views of the Whitsundays from the highest point on Hamilton Island.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 3

Hamilton Island – Mission Beach
Say goodbye to idyllic island-life and board your ferry back to the mainland. Continue north heading to Mission Beach, where the UNESCO-listed Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef. With its quirky village-style atmosphere, golden palm-fringed beach that stretches for miles and a vibrant arts and culture scene, Mission Beach is the perfect seaside sojourn for a night spent with new friends. Connect with your exquisite natural surrounds and settle into your resort overlooking the Coral Sea.
Hotel: Castaways Resort and Spa
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

DAY 4

Mission Beach – Cairns (2 Nights)
Today’s journey takes you to the Atherton Tablelands, where ancient rainforests, spectacular waterfalls and peaceful lakes abound. This is one of Australia’s most important birdlife areas, with over 320 unique species recorded. Visit Millaa Millaa Falls, which plunge 18 metres into the depths of a refreshing rock pool, and the heritage-listed 500-year-old Curtain Fig Tree, where you may be lucky enough to spot the brilliant blue flash of the Ulysses butterfly. Spend some free time in Kuranda, the ‘village in the rainforest’, and browse the village shops for hand-crafted silk and cotton clothing, jewellery, locally made Aboriginal artwork and gifts, before the journey to Freshwater Station via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. You’ll glide just metres above the canopy providing views of the tropical rainforest, Coral Sea, the Cairns Highlands and the city of Cairns itself.
Hotel: Hilton
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 5

Great Barrier Reef
A day filled with pinch-me moments awaits, as you board a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. The world’s largest coral reef system, the Great Barrier Reef sustains over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching some 2,300km. Discover this UNESCO-listed underwater wonderland from the comfort of your semi-submersible observatory, keeping a keen eye out for turtles, sharks and giant starfish, amongst the myriad of species that find sanctuary in these tropical waters. Or get your feet wet and don your flippers and mask for an up-close encounter with the reef and its residents (snorkelling equipment provided). Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch up on deck before returning to Cairns. This evening, join your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner at a restaurant on Cairns Harbour.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Farewell Dinner

DAY 6

Depart Cairns
Your scenic exploration of Australia’s sun-kissed east coast at its end, say farewell to newfound friends and the epic beauty of one of the most pristine corners of Australia. Take your transfer to Cairns Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CRUISE on the Great Barrier Reef
  • VIEW colourful coral and tropical fish on the Great Barrier Reef, the rainforest of the Barron Gorge National Park and the Coral Sea on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
  • VISIT Millaa Millaa Falls and the Curtain Fig Tree and Kuranda in the Atherton Tablelands

Dining Highlights

  • 5 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 3 dinners
  • 1 lunch

First class travel Highlights

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Porterage is not provided at airports in Australia and New Zealand
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays
  • All hotel charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights
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Queensland Islands & Rainforest

Witness the soul-stirring natural splendour of Hamilton Island and Mission Beach, with the Great Barrier Reef and lush northern rainforests, featuring as highlights along your journey through tropical Australia.