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Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness & Heron Island Haven

Queensland

Coach
Coach
Indigenous experience
Cultural

Tour summary

Get back to nature and discover some iconic Queensland destinations. Take a guided nature walk discovering the flora and fauna of beautiful Carnarvon Gorge. Stay in Yeppoon and cruise the Great Barrier Reef and Keppel Islands. Enjoy bird watching tours and eco reef walks on a coral cay whilst staying on secluded Heron Island. Then venture out on a full Paradise tour to Bustard Head on the iconic LARC whilst staying in Seventeen Seventy.

Departure location:
Brisbane Coach Terminal
Return location:
Brisbane Coach Terminal
Tour duration:
8
days
Physical rating:
3 - Active/Moderate
Departure dates:

12th September 2021 - Gold

Coach classes:
Diamond
Diamond
Gold
Gold
Tour accreditations:
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Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness & Heron Island Haven

Tour pricing

Adult Twin Share
Diamond
Diamond
$
3520
pp
Sole Use
Diamond
Diamond
$
4820
pp
Adult Twin Share
Gold
Gold
$
3195
pp
Sole Use
Gold
Gold
$
4550
pp
Deposit:
$800 pp. If Covid restricts travel, deposit is refundable or money held in credit (terms and conditions apply)
Sole Use:
Green Guest Policy:
All prices are in AUD. If Covid restricts travel, deposit is refundable or money held in credit (terms and conditions apply).

Additional information

‘Diamond Class’ seating expectations. Please refer to page 7 for that apply to both sole use and twin/double bookings.

DEPOSIT
$800pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation.

N.B. Full payment is required 60 days prior to departure.
This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.

PRE& POST TOUR EXTENDER OPTION
2 additional days (TOTAL 10 DAY TOUR)

  • Return economy class flight ex Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide to Brisbane
  • 2 additional night bed & breakfast (1night pre & 1post-tour) at Sofitel Brisbane Central
  • Return Airtrain ticket ex -Brisbane Domestic Terminal to Central Station

Plus $860pp Twin Share Plus $1025 Sole Use
Subject to availability – some block out dates apply. Prices are subject to change without notice

Tour inclusions

•  Opulent ‘Diamond Class’ or luxury 'Gold Class' coach travel

•  1 night Roma; visit to Picnic Point Toowoomba and lunch at Chinchilla

•  Visit Carnarvon Gorge National Park with guided nature walk through Moss Gardens

•  1 night Springsure

•  Emerald Mosaic Centenary of Federation Walk

•  Van Gogh Sunflower

•  Blackwater International Coal Museum

•  1 night Gladstone

•  2 nights Heron Island Resort with daily naturalist eco and bird watching tours and reef walks on the coral cay at low tide

•  2 nights Town of 1770

•  Full day amphibious LARC tour

•  22 meals

 

•  ‘Diamond Class’ tours include a beverage package each evening with dinner **(standard beer, wine, spirits and soft drink capped to a bar tab not unlimited)

Additional information

‘Diamond Class’ seating expectations. Please refer to page 7 for that apply to both sole use andtwin/double bookings.

 

This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.

 

Included meals:

B = Full Breakfast MT =Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner

Physical rating

3 - Active/Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
Learn more about our fitness levels

Physical rating

3 - Active/Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
Learn more about our fitness levels
Cruise
Cruise
Coach
Coach
Off-road
Off-road
Heritage
Heritage
Indigenous experience
Indigenous experience
Local guide
Local guide
Swimming
Swimming
Eco
Eco
Walking component
Walking component

Itinerary

Departs
Brisbane Coach Terminal
Returns
Brisbane Coach Terminal

Day

1

Brisbane - Roma

Coach
Coach

Departing on Fun Over Fifty’s signature opulent ‘Diamond Class’ coach from Brisbane Coach Terminal on Roma Street, we travel through the rich fertile area of the Lockyer Valley, arriving at Picnic Point Toowoomba for a cuppa, taking time to admire the stunning view. We continue through Dalby, breaking for lunch at Chinchilla, then make our way to Roma.

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Afternoon Tea
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Afternoon Tea
Dinner

Day

2

Springsure

Coach
Coach

We set out early this morning, making our way into Carnarvon Gorge National Park. On arrival over a cuppa we meet our local nature guide to listen to a brief overview of our walk to the lush Moss Gardens. Carnarvon Gorge is an oasis hidden in the rugged ranges of Queensland’s Central Highlands. Featuring towering white sandstone cliffs, spectacular scenery, incredible bushwalks, pockets of rainforest and amazing diversity of flora and fauna.

Heron Island jetty

The Moss Gardens has water dripping constantly from the sandstone walls, supporting a lush carpet of mosses, ferns and liverworts. Beneath tree ferns straining for sunlight, a small waterfall tumbles over a rock ledge into an icy pool. We stop and enjoy a packed lunch surrounded by beautiful wilderness. Our afternoon takes us out of the National

Park, travelling to the town of Springsure.

1 Night Stay: Springsure Overlander Motel

**Please note: The Moss Garden walk is anapproximate 3 hour walk with a lunch break and is suited to those with a higher physical rating. A scenic helicopter ride over the Carnarvon Gorge escarpmentis possible today, this would be in place of the Moss Garden walk and would bean additional cost (subject to availability). Please enquire at time of making your reservation.

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Day

3

Gladstone

Heritage
Heritage
Walking component
Walking component

Departing Springsure this morning, we stop for a cuppa at the Fairbairn Dam before making our way to the Emerald Centenary of Federation Mosaic Pathway. A step by step snapshot of Emerald’s history is situated in Morton Park with the centre piece being the world’slargest Van Gogh sunflower painting standing at a height of 25 metres. It is part of a concept by Cameron Cross to erect seven Sunflower sculptures in seven different countries, reproducing Van Gogh’s seven different Sunflower paintings. Next we visit the Blackwater Coal Mine Museum and enjoy lunch and a wander through the Japanese Gardens. This afternoon takes us via a stop at the Westwood Pub to Gladstone.

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Day

4

Heron Island

Walking component
Walking component
Cruise
Cruise
Eco experience
Eco experience
Swimming
Swimming
Local guide
Local guide

This morning we make our way to Gladstone Marina to board the Heron Island fast cat. Located in the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, Heron Island is a haven for nature lovers and is surrounded by pristine beaches and brilliant blue waters. Enjoy two nights at Heron Island Resort, where we join naturalist eco guides for daily activities discovering the birdlife, reef walk the coral cay formations, and discover native flora and fauna. We check-in to our Reef Rooms, which are located near the beach and offer reef views with a living area which extends out to a private balcony or garden. At low tide, we take the reef walk that will expose some of the most fascinating creatures found on the coral reef.

**Please note: Fast cat transfers take 2 hours and are in open waters. Those who suffer motion sickness are advised to take the necessary precautions. Optionally, at additional expense you may like to organise return helicopter transfers from Gladstone.

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Day

5

Heron Island

Walking component
Walking component
Eco experience
Eco experience
Swimming
Swimming
Local guide
Local guide

Located in the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, Heron Island is a haven for nature lovers and is surrounded by pristine beaches and brilliant blue waters. Enjoy two nights at Heron Island Resort, where we join naturalist eco guides for daily activities discovering the birdlife, reef walk the coral cay formations, and discover native flora and fauna. We check-in to our Reef Rooms, which are located near the beach and offer reef views with a living area which extends out to a private balcony or garden. At low tide, we take the reef walk that will expose some of the most fascinating creatures found on the coral reef.

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6

Town of 1770

Eco experience
Eco experience
Cruise
Cruise

We enjoy a leisurely morning on beautiful Heron Island, before an early afternoon departure on the fast cat ferry. Back on the mainland, we take a short journey to the Town of 1770.

**Please note: Fast cat transfers take 2 hours and are in open waters. Those who suffer motion sickness are advised to take the necessary precautions. Optionally, at additional expense you may like to organise return helicopter transfers from Gladstone.

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7

Town of 1770

Eco experience
Eco experience
Cruise
Cruise
Off-road
Off-road
Walking component
Walking component
Heritage
Heritage

This morning we take the ideal getaway on the Pink Amphibious LARC. The Paradise Tour takes us along the coastline of Eurimbula National Park, where we are given commentary on wildlife and the history of Bustard Bay. We cross four tidal creeks and take a 4WDtour up the steep climb to the historic Bustard Head Light Station. Return to Lagoons 1770 Resort &Spa.

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8

Town of 1770 - Brisbane

Heritage
Heritage

Homeward bound this morning, we break at historic Childers for a cuppa and time to visit the Palace Backpackers Memorial. After lunch in Gympie, we make our way back to the Brisbane Coach Terminal arriving at approximately 4:30pm.

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How much luggage can I take?

Our coach tours have a baggage restriction of 17kg per person (regardless of flight and rail allowances) due to our Occupational Health & Safety standards. You can also bring one small, soft carry-on bag not exceeding 30cm wide, 30cm high, and 15cm thick that may be stowed in the overhead compartment.

What do the fitness ratings mean?

Each of our tours has a fitness rating which describes the level of physical activity involved with the tour. These ratings are very important when choosing your tour to ensure it's right for you.  Our fitness ratings are:

  • 1 Easy
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  • 4 Highly active
What is the average size of tour groups?

Our Gold Class coaches have a seat capacity of between 44 and 46, but we cap Gold Class tours at 40 guests per tour. Our Diamond Class tours have a capacity of just 26 guests. Other tour types may have different capacities depending on the transport and destination. Please get in touch with our team if you have any questions about a specific tour.

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