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Brisbane to Cairns Experience: Sand Dunes & the Whitsundays
If you're big on ambition but short on time, sign yourself up for this zippy 10 day tour up the East Coast of Queensland. Play transport bingo as you hop on a yacht, train, truck, and private vehicle to get around your destinations. Hit Fraser Island and the Whitsundays, go snorkelling, and sleep on the banks of the Noosa River.
- Style: Guided Small Group Adventure Tour
- Duration: 10 days/9 nights
- Starts in: Brisbane
- Zip over dunes on a remote sand island
- Sail from island to island through the Whitsundays on a maxi yacht
- Connect with nature on an overnight excursion in the Everglades
- Snorkel in the iconic Great Barrier Reef
Day 1 Brisbane
Arrive at any time.
Welcome to the “Land Down Under”! Tonight, gear up and get ready for a night out in Brisbane with the group.
Day 2 Brisbane to Noosa Everglades
Escape the city as you journey north up the coast to the Noosa Everglades. Get ready for an evening surrounded by stunning wilderness in one of the most pristine wetlands in the world. Relax as you cruise along this "river of mirrors" and chow down with a delicious Aussie barbecue lunch before further exploring your surroundings. Grab a kayak to get up and personal with the dark, tranquil waters as you paddle through ancient landscapes and sub-tropical rainforest. Then relax around the lake or hike one of the trails to further appreciate the serenity that seeps from this unique landscape.
Day 3 Noosa Everglades to Fraser Island
Travel by private vehicle and ferry with your group to reach Fraser Island; for a true Aussie experience. Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and the only known place where rainforest grows on sand. Think pure paradise; with striking blue lakes, crystal clear creeks, giant dunes, and dense rainforests in a place truly unlike any other. Once on the island the group will go for a 4WD tour, driving along over 100km of beach to get a sense of your surroundings. Then take a swim in Lake Mckenzie, or be on the lookout for wild Dingoes (this is one of the few places in Australia where you are able to see them).
Day 4 Fraser Island to Airlie Beach
Your second day on Fraser Island comes with more free time to enjoy this paradise. In the morning continue exploring by 4WD along wide stretches of pearly white beach and then duck into the shade of the forest to really appreciate the peaceful solitude that surrounds you. In the afternoon board an overnight train north to Airlie Beach, where more sand, sun, and fun await you.
Day 5 Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Islands
Awake as the train pulls to a stop in your next destination. Hop out, stretch those legs, and head out for brunch with the group in Airlie Beach; home to the Whitsunday Islands and located on the Great Barrier Reef. Then head to the marina and embark on a maxi yacht which will be your home for the next two nights. Set sail to a secluded cove in the Whitsunday islands where you will drop anchor for the night.
Day 6 Whitsunday Islands
Today you will hike to an island lookout over Whitehaven Beach (one of the most famous beaches in the world) and enjoy the views of powdery sand and the Coral Sea’s azure waters. You probably won’t ever want to leave. And you haven’t even gone below the surface yet! After some free time on the beach basking in the sun you’ll spend time as a group learning about the community efforts to protect and restore coral in the Great Barrier Reef before heading out to snorkel; over a Planeterra-supported coral garden. Then it’s off to another secluded tropical island spot where the group will anchor for the night.
Day 7 Whitsunday Islands to Airlie Beach
Expected forecast today is; peace, serenity, paradise, and lots of gorgeous views. You may want to pull out your phone or camera every chance you get, but try to refrain and simply enjoy the moment as you and the group continue sailing through the picturesque backdrop of the Whitsunday Islands. Swim, snorkel, or lounge on the boat deck before sailing to the resort town of Airlie Beach for a night on the town!
Day 8 Airlie Beach to Cairns
With an early morning departure, admire the scenery on the train ride north to Cairns.
Day 9 Cairns
Cairns is quite the place to visit if you love warm weather (it would be headline news for the city’s temperature to drop much below 20°C (68°F)) and want to visit the Great Barrier Reef. Take advantage of a free day to book one of the many optional activities that will get you out in nature’s playground. Snorkel or dive in the Great Barrier Reef, get that adrenaline pumping by whitewater rafting, skydiving, or bungee jumping and cap it all off on a Big Night Out In Cairns with your travel tribe.
Day 10 Cairns
Depart at any time.
Departs:Selected departures Nov 2020 - Jan 2022.
per person (based on 2 adults sharing)
- 5 nights hostels, 1 night cabin, 1 overnight train & 2 nights maxi yacht (all on a multi-share basis)
- Journey by private vehicle, maxi yacht, boat, train, truck & ferry
- 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 2 dinners
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