The adventurous spirit of Australia thrives around the Queensland seaside city of Cairns. Your custom tour will put the natural wonders of Australia first to immerse you in the emerald canopy of the northeast rainforest and then submerse you in the crystalline turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean as you view the Great Barrier Reef. Listen to the tales of the Earth’s creation during Dreamtime, and watch the colors of sunrise expand across the sky as you sit inside a drifting hot air balloon. Indulge...
Cairns – Arrive in Cairns, the Charming Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
The city of Cairns overlooks the Pacific Ocean and the vast Queensland Rainforest. The trees rush down from the bordering mountains to meet the white-sand beaches along the coastline. Flying foxes sleep in the trees that line the city streets before waking in the cooler evening air. The tropical ambiance is heightened with the mix of the climate, the relaxed beachside culture, and the exotic tree line. Your flight will land at Cairns Airport where you will meet your private transfer at baggage claim. Once inside your luxurious hotel, you can settle into the escapist lifestyle hidden in the trees as you overlook the indigo hues of the water, combining the unique qualities of the tropical coastline where the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites meet.
Lorikeets sing in the treetops as their neon green feathers blend into the emerald hues of the encompassing leaves. Their red beak and smattering of blue feathers barely stand out against the rainbow hues of the canopy, making the birds resemble budding flowers from a distance. Palm trees line the streets and lead to the favored seaside esplanade as idyllic stretches of sand and water spread north and south of town as locals linger along the grass beside the wading pool. The swimming lagoon encompasses nearly 51,700 square feet of water located on the promenade.
Wander along the boardwalk before partaking in a Cairns tradition as boutique shops and cosmopolitan restaurants fill the arcades along the Esplanade at Farm Gate Market. Farmers arrive to present organic and handmade treats and fishers offer recipes to represent the catch of the day as locals return home with some for a late dinner. Over 100 vendors offer insight into the life and culture of Cairns through the preferred offerings of the marketplace, including delicious chocolates.
Cairns – Set Out on a Full Day Luxury Cruise of the Great Barrier Reef
Cairns – Discover Jungle Terrain at Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge
Cairns – Weigh Anchor for a Half-Day Whale Watching Excursion
Cairns – Sail to Green Island for Snorkeling, Swimming, and Beaches
Cairns – Delight in a Morning Hot Air Balloon Ride and White Water Rafting
Cairns – Depart for Home
- Discover the iridescent colors of the remarkable marine life of the Great Barrier Reef on a VIP tour around two snorkeling destinations
- Explore the winding rivers and mountainous panoramas of Daintree during a guided luxury exploration of the rainforest and riverbanks as you search for crocodiles
- Venture to Green Island to visit the powder white sand of a land body set amidst the radiant coral of the Great Barrier Reef
- Visit a mangrove forest on horseback as you traverse the grounds of a thriving sugarcane plantation
- Savor the unique opportunity to swim with whales during your whale watching excursion off the coast of Queensland
- Relish a sunrise as you glide through the air in a hot air balloon in view of the Great Dividing Mountain Range
- Enjoy the thrill of whitewater rafting down the rapids of the Barron River
The adventurous world of Australia is within reach during your unique and active 7-day tour, perfect on its own or as an addition to another journey through Australia or New Zealand during the winter of the Southern Hemisphere. The wonder of it all will begin with your arrival in Cairns as your private transfer will escort you to a charming boutique hotel nestled in the rainforest trees. With a view of the powdery beaches of the northeast coast, you will have the remainder of the day to relax at your hotel or explore the charms of Cairns and its celebrated esplanade. The following morning, you will venture to the marina and board a boat bound for the Great Barrier Reef.
With a marine biologist on board, you will partake in the luxuries of your catamaran cruise. Dip into the water and follow your individual guide while snorkeling at two separate spots along the reef before returning to Cairns. The next day, you will journey to Daintree Rainforest for a full day of wandering along the riverbanks and the jungle brush. Search for crocodiles around the Daintree River, sample enticing exotic fruits, enjoy the quality panoramas and cross the jungle terrain on a cable ferry.
The next day, you will return to the marina, this time bound for the open sea in search of migrating whales. Your particular vessel will offer the unique opportunity of jumping into the water to swim with the majestic mammals as you pass Australia’s eastern coast. The following day, you will set out to reach the shores of Green Island on a half-day tour where you can opt to relax on the white sand beach or dip into the water at your leisure.
To round out your day, travel back to the shore for a horseback-riding excursion across the landscape of a sugarcane plantation. Trot through creeks and wander along mangrove forests before you come back through the tall strands of sugarcane. The next morning, you will glide through the morning air to catch the sunrise from a hot air balloon. Upon your return to Cairns, you will venture into the rainforest terrain to travel down the Barron River on a guided whitewater-rafting excursion. To conclude, your private transfer will meet you at your hotel and escort you to Cairns Airport where you can continue your adventure around Australia or journey home.
$1,745 per person (excluding international flights)
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