Fly into Cairns and indulge in 2 nights in Reef Suites on pristine Green Island in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Included activities to take at your leisure include snorkelling, guided walks, glass bottom boat, kayaking and more. Back on the mainland there’s 3 more nights in 5 star luxuries at the Shangri-La in Cairns. Visit Mossman Gorge for a Dreamtime cultural walk, ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway, and visit beautiful Port Douglas.
16th August 2020
Flights arrive in Cairns late afternoon where we are transferred by the hotel shuttle service to our hotel for check in. This evening we enjoy welcome drinks and dinner in 5 star luxury.
1 Night Stay: Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns
Enjoy a leisurely start to today. We check out of our rooms and take a short 100m stroll from the hotel to the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal for our launch to Green Island. Located just 45 minutes across the Coral Sea by fast catamaran, this beautiful island is a coral cay within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. On arrival, enjoy some free time to wander the island before we regroup for lunch and then check into our Reef Suites. This evening we come together to enjoy a drink at sunset before a sumptuous dinner.
2 Night Stay: Green Island Resort
Today is at your leisure. The resort offers the use of snorkelling equipment, glass bottom boat tours, fish feeding presentations, chairs and umbrellas for lazing on the beach, windsurfing, canoes and kayaks and guided nature walks. Green Island is one place that you can walk off the beach and paddle a very short distance to glide above the colourful reef below. The waters around the island are home to a large population of sea turtles, and this tropical island paradise is also home to over 120 plant species and vibrant bird life.
Wake up to paradise once again and listen to the early morning bird calls that ring out across the island. Take the morning at leisure to soak up the perfect tropical Queensland weather. With an average temperature of 26 degrees, you will surely want to take another dip in the ocean, another opportunity to snorkel and see the abundant sea life. At 12pm, we bid the island farewell and board the catamaran for our launch back to tropical Cairns. On arrival at the marina, we take a short walk back to the hotel, leave our luggage with concierge and then the rest of the day is yours to spend as you wish. **Lunch is at own expense today
3 Night Stay: Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns
Travelling Gold Class on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, enjoy a premium experience offering extra comfort and little bit of luxury. Wind your way from Cairns to Kuranda through stunning rainforest, beautiful waterfalls and past steep canyons. We stop at Barron Falls station to view this mighty waterfall. At Kuranda we take a trip of a lifetime and venture through the rainforest on an authentic amphibious World War 2 army duck where our guide explains about and points out ancient ferns and trees. Our afternoon takes us flying over the rainforest in a gondola back down to Cairns.
This morning we immerse ourselves in the local indigenous culture with a visit to the lush Mossman Gorge, where we meet our indigenous guide and set off through the enchanting rainforest on a guided nature walk. Learn about the ecosystem through the lens of Aboriginal culture as your guide relates Dreamtime stories and local tribal customs while pointing out plants used for traditional medicine and bush tucker. Witness the traditional welcome ‘smoking’ ceremony and enjoy traditional bush tea and damper. Next we travel to Port Douglas where we enjoy lunch and time to wander the main street. Keeping with the culture immersion, tonight we visit Tjapukai’s Nightfire evening experience meeting the Bama, the indigenous rainforest people, who paint your face to link you to their traditional land and take you on a mesmerising journey with the haunting sounds of the didgeridoo. Follow Tjapukai warriors to a corroboree celebrating Dreamtime stories before the ceremonial fire is lit with a spectacular fire ball shooting towards the stars. This is a night to remember.
Enjoy one last Far North Queensland breakfast, maybe take some time to walk through the esplanade markets before we transfer to the airport for our respective flights home.
Non-refundable deposit of $800pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation. N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for coach component. Flights are arranged to suit the tour 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
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