Outback Essence & Island Affair - Fun Over Fifty

Outback Essence & Island Affair


Duration Duration:

14 days

Price From From

$6,300pp (AUD)

Departs Departure Dates:

26th June 2020

Location Departure Location:
Flights arrive into Cairns Airport

Location Return Location:
Brisbane Transit Centre


Twin Share
Sole Use
$1,000pp non-refundable

Save $20pp Twin Share or $40 Sole Use

Itinerary (Flights arrive into Cairns Airport - Brisbane Transit Centre)

Day 1    Friday (D) Cairns


On arrival at Cairns airport you will be greeted by your Fun Over Fifty tour host. Board our signature ‘Gold Class’ coach for a short drive to Cairns Marina, where our hotel is situated. Free time to explore the waterfront and purchase some lunch before we meet for group check-in after 2pm.

1 Night Stay: Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns

Day 2    Saturday (B,MT,L,D) Mount Surprise

cruise eco heritage

Departing Cairns sit back and relax and watch landscapes change from the World Heritage-listed rainforest on to untamed reaches of the outback. We break for morning tea at Lake Barrine followed by an informative relaxing rainforest and wildlife cruise around the volcanic crater brim, providing a close-up view of one of the most complex and amazing rainforest eco-systems in the world. From here we make our way to Ravenshoe to break for lunch before our afternoon travels take us to Mount Surprise checkingin to beautifully restored turn of the century railway carriages.

2 Night Stay: Undara Lava Tubes

Day 3    Sunday (B,L) Undara Lava Tubes

eco heritage walking

Join a local Savannah guide for a tour of the Undara Lava Tubes. Immerse yourself in the unique landscapes as you take a guided walk through the lava tubes; learn how the geological wonder was created by volcanic activity millions of years ago; and discover the unusual ecosystem of the sunken rainforest that has sprung up around the caves. The afternoon is free to explore on your own.

Day 4    Monday (B,MT,L,D) Townsville


On the road today we head south west, stopping for morning tea at The Lynd Oasis Roadhouse at the tiny township Conjuboy. Back on the road we travel to Greenvale where we share a drink with locals at the Three Rivers Hotel, made famous by Slim Dusty in a song with the same name. From here we make our to Charters Towers in time for lunch. We then make our way to Townsville visiting Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium. Discover the underwater world of the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef without having to step outdoors. We then make our way to our accommodation.

2 Night Stay: King Rooms, Grand Chancellor, Townsville

Day 5    Tuesday (B,D) Magnetic Island

cruise eco heritage walking

Discover all Magnetic Island has to offer with a friendly expert guide that will provide local knowledge as well as stories on Maggie’s history and native wildlife and flora. We’ll visit all the major sights including one or two secret spots some locals don’t even know about. Enjoy 1 hour free time in Horseshoe Bay to shop, swim and get a bite to eat. **Lunch is at own expense today.

Day 6    Wednesday (B,MT,L,D) Hamilton Island


Departing Townsville we head for the coast breaking at Ayr for cuppa and leg stretch. From here we continue south arrive at Airlie Beach for lunch and free time to browse the local shops. We then board Cruise Whitsunday’s vessel for transfers to Hamilton Island, one of 74 tropical islands that make up the Whitsundays.

3 Night Stay: Coral Sea View Rooms, Reef Hotel, Hamilton Island

Day 7    Thursday (B,MT,L,D) Hamilton Island

cruise eco walking

Ride, beach, snorkel and bushwalk… all in one day as we head out on an adventurous jet boat tour! Enjoy the tropical waters of the Whitsundays on an all-inclusive tour with snorkelling and time to enjoy Whitehaven Beach. Take a guided bushwalk to spectacular Hill Inlet lookout to view the stunning silica sands and aqua water. Snorkel at Border Island and Dumbell Island, enjoying the amazing corals of the fringing reefs, as well as a huge range of colourful fish, turtles, clams and so much more – wetsuits are provided. **Please note: Jet Boat tour is not suitable for passengers with back and/ or neck injury as the semi rigid inflatable vessels are super-fast offering a fun, adventurous ride.

Day 8    Friday (B,D) Daydream Island

eco heritage

Today is a free day to enjoy and relax island style. Lunch is own expense today to offer you a chance to dine at one of the many varied restaurants on the island, or maybe catch a boat to visit neighbouring Daydream Island.

Day 9    Saturday (B,L,D) Rockhampton

cruise foodwine

We catch the morning boat transfer back to the mainland where we re-join our ‘Gold Coach’ and begin our journey south, making a stop at the sugar town of Sarina, Australia’s sugar capital, and then to Sarina Sugar Shed, a working miniature sugar mill. We take a tour where we get a peak in to sugar cane processing and witness fully functioning sugar processing and distilling equipment in action. Afterwards you can taste some of the products made on site before sitting down for a light lunch. From the sugar capital we make our way to the beef capital of Australia, Rockhampton.

2 Night Stay: Kortes Resort, Rockhampton

Day 10    Sunday (B,L,D) Capricorn Coast

eco foodwine

This morning we explore the unique Capricorn Caves for a 1-hour underground tour of the Cathedral Cave. Follow your experienced guide into the brightly lit limestone cavern that contains rare ferns, massive tree roots, and some small bats. The high-domed Cathedral Cave is renowned for its acoustics and as a setting for special events. Near the finishing point of the tour, you can pass through the pioneer passage and walk across a suspended swinging bridge in the rain forest. We then make our way to coastal town of Yeppoon to enjoy lunch and comedy variety show at Footlights Theatre Restaurant. Our afternoon takes us on a scenic drive along the Capricorn Coast showcasing 13 beautiful beaches with views out to Great Keppel Island. We stop at Emu Park to visit the Singing Ship, a monument that commemorates the area’s legacy of the historical explorations of Captain James Cook.

Day 11/12    Monday/Tueday (B,L,D) Heron Island

cruise eco walking

We are transferred 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. **Fast cat transfers take 2 hours and are in open waters. For those who suffer motion sickness we strongly advise you take the necessary precautions.

2 Night Stay: Reef Room, Heron Island Resort

Day 13    Wednesday (B,L,D) Agnes Water


Take advantage of the morning and one last lunch on the island before we bid beautiful Heron Island goodbye and depart on the fast cat back to the mainland. From Gladstone we travel south arriving at the lovely coastal town of Agnes Water.

1 Night Stay: Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa, Agnes Water

Day 14    Thursday (B,MT,L) Return to Brisbane


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 Transit Centre arriving at approximately 4:30pm.

Tour Inclusions

  • One way economy class flight to Cairns ex Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide
  • Luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach travel
  • 1 night Cairns
  • Lake Barrine rainforest and wildlife cruise
  • 2 nights Undara Volcanic Park
  • Lava Tubes Savannah Guide tour
  • Charters Towers
  • Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium
  • 2 nights Townsville
  • Magnetic Island day tour
  • 3 nights Hamilton Island
  • Ocean Rafting jet boat tour of the Whitsundays
  • Sarina Sugar Shed tour and taste experience
  • 2 nights Rockhampton
  • Cathedral Cave tour
  • Footlights Theatre Restaurant
  • Scenic loop of the Capricorn Coast
  • Singing Ship at Emu Park
  • 2 nights Heron Island with daily eco and naturalist guided tours
  • 1 night Agnes Water
  • 38 meals

Additional Information


  • 1 additional day (TOTAL 15 DAY TOUR)
  • One way economy class flight ex Brisbane to Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide
  • 1 additional night bed & breakfast post-tour at Sofitel Brisbane Central
  • One way Airtrain ticket ex Central Station to Brisbane Domestic Terminal
  • Plus $475pp Twin Share Plus $544 Sole Use
    **Subject to availability – some block out dates apply. Prices are subject to change without notice**

Non-refundable deposit of $1000pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation. N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for air and coach components. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.

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

Flight Included
Walking Component
Eco Experience
Food &/or Wine Experience


Passengers must be able to:

  • Walk 20 min without stopping
  • Ascend stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 45 min without sitting
  • Walk over uneven ground
  • Embark/debark transport unaided
  • Manage their own luggage

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