Day 1: Cairns, Great Barrier Reef and Cooktown (L, D)
Depart Cairns at 8:30am for your scenic flight. Fly over the Barrier Reef towards Cooktown where your historical tour takes you through the history of Captain Cookâ€™s visit and the Gold Rush days that brought miners from around the world to todayâ€™s relaxed lifestyle.
Your tour includes all points of interest in town, see where the Endeavour was rebuilt; Cooks Monument, enjoy the view from grassy hill lookout and walk the pioneer cemetery before enjoying lunch at the local RSL. Enjoy some free time to explore town and do souvenir shopping.
Depart Cooktown at approximately 1:30pm and fly past Lizard Island with its magnificent Blue Lagoon. Take in the remote tropical wilderness as you fly around Cape York, Australiaâ€™s northern most point, then on to the Torres Straits to Horn Island for your overnight at Gateway Resort with time to explore its Heritage Museum and Art Gallery.
Day 2: Horn Island, Thursday Island (B, L, D)
Transfer by ferry cruise to the fascinating Thursday Island, once a remote outpost of the British Empire, a vital port serving shipping through the straits and a valuable pearling industry, it is now the administrative center for the Torres Strait Islands.
Your tour takes you through areas that have little changed in time. Discover Green Hill Fort built to defend against the Russians in Crimean War days with its underground museum and spectacular view of the surrounding island, Prince of Wales, Horn, Good, Hammond and Friday with its pearling station.
Today will be full of enjoyment and relaxation with the Torres Strait Islands a pleasant surprise you will always remember.
After lunch, fly south over the Torres Straits and down the west coast of the Cape to Weipa. This remote and little known region is a haven for barramundi, prawn (shrimp) and is the perfect habitat for crocodiles with its continuous beaches and numerous river deltas. Arrive at Weipa set on magnificent Albatross Bay before enjoying a delicious dinner with a complimentary wine while watching the beautiful sunset into the Gulf of Carpentaria Sea.
Day 3: Weipa, Musgrave Station, Cairns (B, L)
Explore Weipa, once a remote mission and see the vast bauxite mining operation an enterprise to be admired and a well established divers modem community. After morning tea, fly over Coen in the center of the cape to Musgrave Station for lunch. On the way back to Cairns fly over Laura, the Daintree River Valley and Port Douglas where you can look down on the inland river systems and homesteads of Cape York.
Begin your day-trip travelling the scenic world heritage listed road up to Lake Barrine. This crater was formed when hot molten rock came into contact with groundwater. The build-up of steam blasted the central core from the volcano, and over time thi spectacular crater has filled withÂ rainwater. The best known botanical features of Lake Barrine are the twin Rough-Barked Kauri Pines. These 164-foot (50m) giants are estimated to be over 1,000 years old. These trees will be encountered upon our rainforest walk within the surrounding rainforest of the Crater. An award winning devonshire tea will be served in the tea-house overlooking the now peacefulÂ lake.
Then visit oneÂ of the largest Strangler Fig Trees in the Tableland's rainforests, the Curtain Fig Tree. This tree has more than just history behind it's name, and isÂ aroundÂ 500 years old, a trulyÂ spectacular giant of the rainforest.
Your next destination is the North Johnstone RiveÂ and Malanda Falls. ThisÂ waterfall was created by the last flow of lava from the Malanda Shield Volcano. ThereÂ are two spectacular and educational 20-minute walks in the surrounding rainforest with the possibility of spotting a tree kangaroo, along with many interesting species of bird-life, and endemic rainforest species unique to the Mabi rainforest.
Next, head to the famousÂ and most photographed waterfall in Australia. Millaa Millaa Falls. This is a great place for a quickÂ swim on a hot day, with an invigorating massage from the cascade of mountain water. After a swim, make your way to Zilliee Falls. A short walk takes you through some rainforest to the viewing area at the top of the falls providing some creative photography opportunities.
Then visit a spectacular waterfall, Ellinjaa Falls, only a short walk through the rainforest. Steps have been cut into the path to make the descent safer and easier.
After all this walking and exploringÂ it's time for a big homemade country lunch, catering for all tastes and dietary requirement's.
Travel to your highest point on tour over 3000-feet above sea level to a spectacular lookout that provides aerial viewsÂ from the coast to the mountains.Â
Your tour continues along the crater valley way offering some absolutely breathtaking scenery of rolling green pasture, huge valleys and mountain ridges to Mt Hypipamee National Park. Here you will be treated to more spectacular rainforest walks and some phenomenal natural landscapes including dinner falls, andÂ a volcanicÂ craterÂ that will have youÂ feeling a little dizzy as you take a look at the deep results of a single explosive event that occurred during the volcanic era.Â
By now your camera batteries will be drained and you will be ready toÂ absorbÂ the fun stories and memories of the day, as you make your way back to your hotel in the late afternoon.
Your guide is professional, and a local making this an insider's private tour.
Leaving Cairns, experience freedom and flexibility, visit ancient World Heritage-Listed rainforests and waterfalls. This tour has the balance of keeping to a personal pace, with your experienced guide as he explains the diversity and history of this ancient land in a fun and friendly way. No boredom of scripted lectures from a pushy hired guide.
Picture native tropical fauna and flora in their natural environment. Breath in the fresh mountain air, refresh with a quick swim or soak up the spray from one of the many waterfalls you'll visit. be left in awe at the timeless beauty of this natural paradise. Inclusive of morning tea, lunch chilled bottled water, and more.
Expect to photograph, experience and encounter these things :
- Extinct Volcanic Crater Lakes 100s of feet deep and miles wide.
- Travel to over 3000 feet above sea level, to view and photograph the contrasting ancient landscape of the shady green world heritage listed Mabi rain forests, deep green rolling dairy pastures, and valley gorges, of the basalt layered fertile red soils within this unique elevated temperate wet tropical area of Far North Queensland.
- Â Learn about the Indigenous and bygone era of the pioneering history of this unique area from your local expert guide.
- Photograph and learn of rare and endangered world heritage listed plant species including some giant trees over 1000 yrs old.
- Observe unique and endangered native fauna in their natural environment such as the rare tree kangaroo, cassowary, platypus and hundreds of species of colorful songbirds.Â
- Optional swim in one of the many cool refreshing mountain water rivers and streams.
- Feel the cool spray upon your face of the natural moist air from one of the many waterfalls we visit, formed many thousands of years ago from lava solidified in time. Waterfalls such as; Malanda, Millaa Millaa, Zillie, Ellinjaa and more.
- Enjoy local homemade cuisine (prepared especially according to your dietary requirements).
- Â Experience the pleasure of not being rushed as we customize your tour to suit your individual needs, as a group or a family.Â
- While in the bus, enjoy temperature controlled conditioned comfort between destinations.
- Pick up and return to your hotel accommodation.Â
After pickup from your Cairns hotel by your private guide, your day tour begins by heading north along Captain Cook Highway, passing through the beach suburb of Palm Cove. Learn about the history of Double Island Reef and Haycock Reef, and admire the huge Melaleuca trees that are hundreds of years old. If you want to stop for a photo op, just ask your guideâ€”as this is a private tour, feel free to make requests.
Continue your journey north along Great Barrier Reef Drive, one of the most picturesque coastal drives in the world, and stop at Rex Lookout for views over Double Island and back toward the mountains of the Great Dividing Range. Your next stop is the small seaside town of Port Douglas, where you'll have a short tour before heading to Mossman Gorge, located on the southern edge of Daintree National Park, part of the Wet Tropics of Queensland UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy morning tea at the Mossman Gorge Centre.
Then hop aboard a shuttle bus accompanied by your naturalist guide, and head into the national park for a guided walk in the dense tropical rainforest. Admire views over the granite boulders and clear waters of the Mossman River, and if time and weather permit, you can take a swim. Heading further north and passing by the sugarcane fields of Mossman, stop for lunch before joining a small cruise on the Daintree River. If you are lucky, you may spot an elusive crocodile.
Back on land, continue north along a picturesque road toward Cape Tribulation, enjoying more perspectives of Daintree National Park along the way. A stop at the Alexandra Lookout provides an opportunity to look back over the coastal road you just traveled and take in views of the mouth of the Daintree River, Snapper Island, and Low Isles.
Continue even further north, stopping at Marrdja Boardwalk for a guided walk among one of the most bio-diverse areas in the Daintree Rainforest. Then head to Cape Tribulation, known as the place where two World Heritage sites meetâ€”the Wet Tropics of Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef. After admiring the beach, venture south back toward the Daintree River, stopping along the way at Daintree Ice Cream Company for afternoon tea; here you have the opportunity to sample locally made ice cream featuring seasonal fruits of the tropics (own expense).
Shortly after this, you'll arrive at the Daintree River to board the cable ferry across the waterway. Then relax on the drive back to Cairns, where your day trip ends with return to your accommodation.
- Your helicopter is designed to allow all passengers to see more of the landscape
- On this tour you can hover above your photo opportunity
- The pilot can manoeuvre quickly into position for that perfect photo
- Helicopters make an impression both upon you as the passenger and upon the person you are going to surprise.
- After your flight I take you to see the most outstanding scenery you have just flown over, but this time by road.
- Enjoy a huge VIP freshly prepared country lunch according to your dietary requirements.
- Continue your day travelling to the most scenic and unique tropical and rural attractions such as scenic lookouts, waterfalls, wineries, coffee and dairy farms, before your leisurely return to Cairns.
We are the only tour company offering this tour option on the Atherton Tablelands at an unbeatable price.
This is our newest addition to our scenic tour packages on the Atherton Tablelands, and we are very proud of what we have been able to create for our guests at the very best price.
To the discerning traveller, the opportunity to enjoy customised and personalised helicopter flights and packages is now here on the Atherton Tablelands for the first time, and we will get you to your destination from Cairns or the Northern Beaches upon your request.Â
You will be collected from your hotel accommodation in or near Cairns at approx. 7:30am and taken by road to the Atherton Tablelands via the spectacular McAllister Range to the Tableland town of Mareeba and its airport. Here you will meet your pilot and become familiar with your aircraft during a safety briefing. Then itâ€™s time to fly.
Fly south on your 30-minute flight from Mareeba airport over Tinaroo Dam and the spillway. Tinaroo is not only a popular fishing and water skiing haven but also the source of the highly productive Mareeba-Dimbulah irrigation scheme, but most importantly makes for some mind-blowing photos that even the locals havenâ€™t seen. From here, it's on to the lush rainforest and undulating farmland around the picture-perfect crater Lakes regions of Lake Barrine and Eacham. Your pilot will circle around these crater lakes and even hover for that perfect photo opportunity. Now its time to circle around some of the most fertile agricultural farming country you'll ever see, with the famous extinct volcanic mountains of the 7 sisters as your backdrop. Then you fly over the picturesque historical village of Yungaburra, donâ€™t forget to wave to the locals below. Upon your return to Mareeba airport there is still time to capture different angles of the red soil farming lands across Mango, avocado banana macadamia and coffee plantations before landing.
Now it's time to travel by road I take you to see the most outstanding scenery you have just flown over, but now we get to experience the flora and fauna at ground level. walk slowly through the forest and take in the sound of many various native birds unique to Australias tropical rainforests. See the famous giant Kari Pines over 1000 years old, to the smallest ferns mosses and lichens of the oldest world heritage listed rainforest in the world. See the best waterfalls lookouts and unique wildlife this tropical paradise has to offer.
Enjoy a huge lunch planned around your diet and taste. Visit wineries, coffee plantations and dairy farms, before your leisurely descent down the Lamb Range to Cairns and the driveway of your accommodation .Â
Journey up to the southern Tablelands observing spectacular world heritage scenery along the way. Then call into Lake Barrine a now peacefulÂ ancient volcanic crater filled with rainwater. A scrumptious freshly baked morning tea will be served at the teahouse beside the lake.
We then visit one of the largest strangler figs in the Tableland's rainforests, the Curtain Fig Tree, estimated to be over 500 years old. It is a spectacular giant, with more than one historic story attached to her spectacular beauty.
From here, travel to your first waterfall.Â Malanda Falls, which forms part of the North Johnstone River and wasÂ created by the last flow of lava from the Malanda Volcano. Native platypus and snapping turtles are often seen in this permanent source of flowing water.
Your next destination will be the small dairy town of Millaa Millaa with the opportunity to visit four separate waterfalls including one of the most photographed waterfalls in Australia, Millaa Millaa Falls. This classic waterfall is a great place for a quickÂ swim on a hot day with an invigorating massage from the cascade of cool flowing mountain water.
After your swim, make your way to Zilliee Falls. A short walk takes you through some rainforest to the viewing area. There is no access to the waterfall from the platform but a good view of the rapids and the top of the falls will provide some creative photography opportunities.
Next visit a spectacular waterfall, particularly in the wet season. Ellinjaa Falls is only a short walk through the rainforest. Steps have been cut into the path to make the descent safer and easier.
Then, travel deeper into the Tablelands driving through lush green rolling dairy pastures to a 295-foot (90m) triple tier cascade, Mungalli Falls. The highest waterfall on the Tablelands. After which you stop for a hearty lunch at one of the Tableland's best cafes before making your way across the Tablelands to Ravenshoe. On the way, be treated to a view from the Millaa Millaa lookout where, on a clear day, the spectacularly panoramic view is from Atherton to the Innisfail Coast. Just past Ravenshoe you will take in the rapidly changing scenery as you approach the gateway to the outback and the famous Millstream Falls, Queensland's widest single drop waterfall.
Winding your way back over the Herberton ranges and towards a more tropical rainforest landscape, to your final stop for the day the spectacular Mount Hypipamee Crater. This one of a kind volcanic phenomenon is the result of a massive gas explosion leaving a crater over 196-foot (60m) in diameter and twice as deep. The path continues around to the Dinner Falls with the lowest tier being the most spectacular.
You will then be returned to your place of pickup via the highway to Cairns.
This tour does involve some walking that requires a medium level of fitness.
Located 16 miles (27 kilometers) off the coast of Cairns, Green Island is a lush tropical paradise located on the fringe of the Great Barrier Reef. Home to over 120 species of native flora, an abundance of brightly colored birds and an array of marine life, Green Island has everything you would expect from its ideal reef and rainforest location.
Departing from Cairns' Reef Fleet Terminal, your 45-minute luxury catamaran cruise to Green Island sets the scene for your 2-night tropical escape. Relax and enjoy the views along the coast where World Heritage Rainforest meets the reef. On arrival it's a short stroll to Green Island Resort and the rest of the day is free to explore the island and make use of the resort facilities.
On day 2 you have a leisurely start to the day with a late morning departure for your Outer Great Barrier Reef cruise. Join a 50-minute cruise to a permanently moored activity platform on the Outer Reef to experience the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. The multi-level platform features undercover seating and tables to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, full bar facilities, a swimming enclosure for children, change rooms with freshwater showers, sun-deck, and scuba diving facilities (additional cost) with a semi-submerged platform.
There is plenty to do for swimmers and non-swimmers alike on a great day to the Outer Reef. Snorkel and dive (additional cost applies), visit the underwater observatory and cruise in a semi-sub, or just relax on the sun-deck and enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings. Snorkeling equipment is provided and buffet lunch is included.
You'll return to Green Island in time for sunset cocktails and dinner (additional cost). The rest of your 3-day stay is at leisure so you are free to take advantage of the non-motorized beach activities such as snorkeling, rainforest walks, kayaking, windsurfing and volleyball.
After pickup from your hotel by your local guide, head north to the lower Barron Gorge National Park in the heart of Cairns. Stop at Surprise Falls, a 797-foot (243m) high waterfall set among the lower Barron Gorge.
Continue climbing the Lamb Range to the west of Cairns and enjoy the spectaculars views over Cairns city and out towards Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef.
Next, visit Lake Morris and Copperlode Dam; this is Cairnsâ€™ water supply and is surrounded by rainforest covered mountains. There is time to stretch your legs at the unique location and get some amazing photos from the lookout prior to crossing the dam wall.
With an exclusive access permit, your 4WD will take to you to areas not open to the public, away from the crowds. Wind through some of the most amazing rainforests in the region and over the Great Dividing Range, one of the longest Mountain ranges in the world and Australiaâ€™s largest.
Continue through the rainforest, crossing several creek systems and stopping at a boardwalk for an interpretive overview of the rainforest from your guide. Here you will be introduced to the Clohesy River Fig, one of the most impressive fig trees in the tropics.
The next destination will take you from the lushness of the Wet Tropics rainforest to the beginning of Australiaâ€™s mighty Savannah country. You will truly be amazed at the rapid change in the forest types and scenery.
From here, head back onto the sealed road towards the Wet Tropic World Heritage area and into Kuranda Village. Continue to the Upper Barron Gorge National Park. Stop at the Wrights lookout for a stunning photo overlooking the Barron Gorge and back towards the coastal plains and Cairns City. Then, take a very short drive to the Barron Falls lookout to view possibly the most famous waterfall in Northern Queensland -- the mighty Barron Falls.
Head back towards Cairns via the Wet Tropic World Heritage drive on the Kuranda range, stopping at the Henry Ross Lookout overlooking the northern beach suburbs of Cairns and back out towards the Coral Sea before you are returned to your Cairns accommodation.
Travel with a group of like-minded explorers on a guided tour of Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef, two of Australiaâ€™s UNESCO World Heritage sites!
Fraser Island is the biggest sand island in the world, created over millennia from sand drifting off of mainland Australia. You'll come to understand why the local Aboriginal people named it Kâ€™Gari, or paradise, as you explore freshwater lakes and creeks, giant sand dunes, and lush rainforest, among other natural treasures.
The next day, head further north to Kelly's Beach Resort, your home base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef. Take a full-day boat tour to Lady Musgrave Island on the Great Barrier Reef, where you can snorkel, swim in an area known for turtles, and discover the underwater world.
You will stay at beachside resorts in three locations, with your choice of a private room or shared accommodation. See Pricing for a range of lodging options. Each day, youâ€™ll enjoy various included activities, as well as the chance to participate in optional activities (at own expense). Three breakfasts, two lunches, and three dinners are included.
Please note: Tour pricing does not include National Park and ferry fees and Great Barrier Reef tax (AU$270 per person, cash), which must be paid to the driver on departure.
Explore Fraser Island with an eco guide on this 3-day tour all while staying at the award-winning Kingfisher Bay Eco Resort. Nestled on Fraser's west coast, the resort blends with the environment and provides a comfortable base to explore the Fraser Island wilderness.
Day 1: Inskip Point, 75-Mile Surf Beach, Wanggoolba Creek and Lake McKenzie (no meals included)
Your guide will meet you at your chosen destination. The guide that picks you up will stay with you for the entire journey. Depart Brisbane traveling north via Noosa, Noosa River ferry to Cooloola National Park and Rainbow Beach Coloured Sands. Early lunch stop at Rainbow Beach (own cost).
Travel to Inskip Point and view Fraser Island in the distance. Your guide will arrange all ferry permits and national park fees before you arrive. Board the ferry and cruise to Fraser Island's southern tip, whilst keeping a look out for dolphins and turtles. With your guide and small group travel along Hook Point onto the 75 Mile Surf Beach. Arrive at the 4WD track into the Central Station rainforest where you'll walk the World Heritage rain forest boardwalk, take the Pile Valley rainforest walk beside Wanggoolba Creek and onwards into old Satinay Forest.
Then, swim in the clear waters of Lake McKenzie and soak up the sun on the white sandy beaches. This tour allows for the full afternoon to be spent at the lake, time take to enjoy, walk, hike and relax.
Arrive at Kingfisher Bay's Eco-Resort. Settle in and watch the sunset over Hervey Bay before dinner at one of the resorts' restaurants, bakery or Sand Bar (own costs). After dinner try the heated pools and spa.
Day 2: Eli Creek, Champagne Pools (B,L)
Travel across the island to the beach highway. 4WD along 75 Mile Beach and arrive at the famous Eli Creek where you'll enjoy the boardwalk, swim and relax. See the colored sand formations of the Pinnacles taking time for a photo and walk along the beach to see the famous Maheno Shipwreck.
After a picnic lunch, travel further north along the surf beach to Indian Head. Spot turtles, sharks, dolphins and humpback whales (June -Nov) then relax with a swim in the Champagne Pools.
Return via the beach to Kingfisher Bay Resort and Village. Relax by the swimming pools, spa and outdoor bars or watch the sunset from the Kingfisher Jetty. Explore and discover the splendor of the garden decks, boardwalks, coffee and specialty shops in this multi award winning Eco-Resort.
Day 3: Lake Wabby (B)
Travel with your guide to famous Lake Wabby. This green lake, the deepest on the island, is slowly filling with sand. Enjoy a swim and explore this impressive emerald-green barage lake, being slowly engulfed by Hammerstone sand blow.
Next, 4WD to Eurong Beach Resort and onto Govi Creek for photos before departing the island via Rainbow Beach.
Day 1 - Kuranda Scenic Railway with optional Rainforestation Tour
Enjoy a scenic, historical train journey through the Barron Gorge past cascading waterfalls to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest. Spend the day wandering the unique township, exploring the markets, unusual handicrafts and all that Kuranda has to offer.
Return to Cairns aboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and glide over pristine World Heritage-listed rainforest suspended high above the lush tropical canopy. Enjoy stops along the way with interpretive boardwalks through the rainforest. The return transfer to your original departure point is included.
Rainforestation Upgrade: You can enhance your rainforest experience with an optional trip to Rainforestation. Experience a 45-minute rainforest tour, aboard a World War II Army Duck while your guide points out ferns, orchids, strangler figs and stinging trees, as well as birds such as the azure kingfisher and a host of other animals and reptiles. Enjoy a buffet lunch and the Dreamtime Walk where you will learn about Aboriginal culture with a traditional corroboree, boomerang and spear throwing. Meet Australian animals including wombats, dingoes and crocodiles, hand feed kangaroos or have your photo taken cuddling a koala.
Day 2 Great Barrier Reef Cruise and Scenic 25-minute Helicopter Tour
Your trip begins with a cruise aboard Evolution to the Great Barrier Reef, where you'll spend five hours exploring two incredible reef destinations. Enjoy a tropical BBQ lunch with fish, prawns, steak and salads. Snorkeling is also included in your reef adventure with up to three optional dives (own expense) available for either the beginner or advanced diver. Glass-bottom boat coral viewing tours are also available but are payable direct on the day of travel. The day concludes with an amazing 25-minute scenic helicopter flight over five reef systems and cays arriving back in Cairns and finishing off your two day adventure in style.
Day 1: Cairns
After being picked up from your Cairns hotel, your first day is all about getting prepared to enter the water. Complete your medical checks and paperwork on site at 8am, then begin the dayâ€™s classroom and video sessions. If you donâ€™t pass the medical/swimming check, youâ€™ll receive a full refund on Day 1. After a break for lunch, join in the afternoonâ€™s pool training session, then be returned to your hotel.
Day 2: Cairns
On the second day of your PADI Open Water Diver course, there are more classroom and video sessions in the morning, including completion of a small exam. After the lunch break, refine your skills in the training pool.
Day 3: Cairns -- Great Barrier Reef (L)
Today takes you out to the Great Barrier Reef on board the cruise vessel known as the Evolution. Visit two great dive sites to carry out a series of training skills in the open water environment, and then put your training to the test by completing two dives. While out on the water, enjoy a barbecue lunch on board the boat.
Day 4: Cairns -- Great Barrier Reef (L)
On the fourth day of your dive course, return to the Great Barrier Reef dive sites aboard the Evolution. On the completion of two dives, plus all the paperwork, your instructor will present you with your PADI Open Water scuba-diving license! Enjoy a barbecue lunch served on the boat, and in the evening celebrate your new diving status with dinner and drinks.