18th August 2020
Depart on the Tilt Train from Brisbane’s Roma Street Station, bound for Maryborough. The innovative Tilt Train travels at high speed, offering guests a smooth and comfortable ride, so sit back and enjoy the passing scenery with lunch served to you at your seat today. On arrival at Maryborough, we are transferred to River Heads for our ferry to World Heritage listed Fraser Island. Enjoy predinner sundowners at the Jetty Hut.
2 Night Stay: Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island
With over 100 fresh water lakes to visit, ancient subtropical rainforest to discover, magnificent sand blows and a worldfamous ship wreck to explore – there are plenty of incredible sights to pack into your full day 4WD adventure tour on Fraser Island. With over twenty years’ experience, the Fraser Island guides will ensure you have the ultimate experience exploring World Heritage listed Fraser Island. Take in the incredible scenery and the history, enjoy a dip in the crystal clear lakes, explore pristine rainforest and cruise along the gorgeous sandy beaches. **Please note: 4WD tour is not suitable for passengers with back and/or neck injury due to certain parts of the track being rugged and jerky.
Farewelling Fraser Island mid-morning, we make our way back to the mainland, taking time to browse Hervey Bay’s esplanade precinct. We are then transferred back to Maryborough West Station for our Business Class rail journey to Gladstone.
1 Night Stay: Mercure Hotel, Gladstone
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: Heron Island Resort
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 on our opulent ‘Diamond Class’ coach to the beef capital of Australia – Rockhampton. 1 Night Stay: Kortes Resort, Rockhampton
An early start this morning as we head to the Whitsundays, arriving at Airlie Beach where we board Cruise Whitsundays for boat transfers to Daydream Island Resort & Spa.
3 Night Stay: Ocean Balcony Rooms, Daydream Island
Relaxing is on the agenda today, with a huge range of free island activities for you to enjoy, or perhaps take a ferry ride to Hamilton Island for the day. As the outer reef trips are weather permitting, we have not included this cruise as part of the itinerary and it is an optional extra. **Lunch is at own expense today.
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 snorkeling 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 for over an hour at Border Island, Dumbell Island, or one of the “secret” snorkel spots and enjoy the amazing corals of the fringing reefs, as well as a huge range of colourful fish, turtles, clams and so much more. **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.
Heading back to the mainland we make our way north, breaking at Ayr for a cuppa before we venture on stopping at Ingham in time for lunch. From here its a short journey to Mission Beach, where we bed down for the night. 1 Night Stay: Castaways Resort, Mission Beach
This morning takes us to heritage listed Paronella Park, surrounded by beautiful castles, tunnels, bridges, fountains and secret staircases. Our tour here will guide us through the extensive National Trust Gardens while learning the rich history of Jose Paronella’s wonderful achievements. We spend approximately 2.5 hours here, allowing plenty of free time to enjoy the rest of the park. Arrive into Cairns midafternoon.
3 Night Stay: Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns
Travelling Gold Class on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, enjoy a premium experience offering extra comfort and a little bit of luxury. Wind your way from Cairns to Kuranda passing spectacular waterfalls and into Barron Gorge. At Kuranda we take a trip of a lifetime on the Army Duck amphibious vehicle with an experienced guide, and learn about ancient ferns and trees. Our afternoon takes us back down to Cairns via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
We are off to Green Island only 45 minutes from Cairns by the Reef Rocket boat. Snorkel and swim in the clear island waters and view the spectacular reef on a semi submarine coral viewing tour. **Lunch is at own expense today.
Departing tropical Cairns today, checkout time is 10am, and we have arranged individual transfers for you. Luggage can be stored at the hotel reception until this time. **Flight home is at own expense.
PRE TOUR EXTENDER OPTION
Non-refundable deposit of $1000pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation. Please note: Rail and coach seating is a mixture of twin and single seats and does not guarantee sole use seat or couples seated together on some days as seat rotation applies. Please enquire at time of booking. N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for coach and rail components. This package is subject to QR rail disruptions without notice. Bookings cannot be cancelled or transferred if this occurs. This price is subject to:
QPCV Queensland Aged Pensioner utilising 2 concession vouchers
SENIOR Australian Government Senior Card Holder
ADULT Passengers 50+ with no valid concession cards.
B = Full Breakfast MT = Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner
Passengers must be able to:
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