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10 Day Tropical Cairns & Cooktown

Departing: Saturday 5th August 2017 

Tour Price: $3690.00 per person twin share includes return economy airfare 

Single Supplement: additional $550.00 

 

Day 1.  Central Coast—Cairns  (D)

Travel to Sydney airport this morning to join our flight to Cairns. Upon   arrival in Cairns we will be met by a local representative and transferred to our accommodation for the next 6 nights at the Coral Tree Inn.

 

Day 2.  Port Douglas                (BD)

Travel the scenic coast road this  morning to Port Douglas. It is      market day and you will find some very unusual and delightful items for sale.  Port Douglas was once a quiet settlement, however today it is a thriving tourist town.  Returning to Cairns for some free time before making our way to a local restaurant for dinner. 

 

Day 3. Free day to discover Cairns   (B)

Cairns is a great place to explore, walk along the foreshore or take one of the many optional tours available.

Dinner at your own expense this evening.

 

Day 4.  Atherton Tablelands - Paronella Park    (BLD)

Another very scenic day winding our way up into the beautiful Atherton Tablelands. First stop will be at the Curtain Fig Tree, the largest tree in North Queensland.  We continue on to another one of mother nature’s wonders, Lake Barrine. Surrounded by world heritage national park, Lake Barrine is the result of a volcanic eruption  around 17000 years ago. Continue to Paronella Park to visit the castle built by José Paronella and his wife Margaret. An amazing   tropical garden surrounds the castle with over 7500 tropical plants.

 

Day 5. Kuranda Scenic Rail & Skyway plus Tjapukai  (BD)

Board the Kuranda Scenic Rail that offers wonderful views, as you wind your way to Freshwater Station.    Explore the town of Kuranda. Our tour today offers the wonders of the rainforest, as well as our unique    indigenous culture. After free time exploring Kuranda, we then board  the Skyrail, where you glide over the rainforest back down. Meet our    Indigenous guide at Tjapukai, who will show us the many attractions of this fascinating park. 

Dinner at a local restaurant. 

 

Day 6.  Outer Reef Cruise    (BLD)

Today we are transferred to the marina to board our  vessel to travel to the very edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Agincourt Reef provides a sheltered anchorage for the boat and the perfect spot for passengers to snorkel, dive and view the coral    formations and exotic marine life from the semi-submersible vessels. This outer reef platform is designed to provide the best experience for both swimmers and non-swimmers, to enjoy a day of discovery on the reef.    Explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-sub, just one metre underwater. Watch the fish feeding from the unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory, or fly in a helicopter over the reef.

Dinner at a local restaurant.

 

Day 7.  Cairns—Cooktown   (BLD)       

Today we ascend the Lamb Range above Cairns with amazing views over the city and beyond. We arrive at Copperlode Dam and Lake Morris, Cairns’ water catchment area. Our ‘exclusive permit’ allows us to travel through the rainforest and river  crossings to view rare King Ferns, one of our earliest vascular plant forms dating back to 325 million years. We then head to Bob’s    Lookout   before heading to Palmer River Roadhouse for lunch. Heading on towards Cooktown & mysterious Black Mountain, we climb some   rugged terrain for a visit to Archer Point Lighthouse - a beacon to guide ships along the Great Barrier Reef. From here we will head to Cooktown to our accommodation at the beautiful Sovereign Hotel.

 

Day 8.  Cooktown - Cape Tribulation   (BLD)

After breakfast, we will enjoy a town tour of Cooktown and head up to Grassy Hill Lookout for fantastic views of Cooktown and its famous "River of Gold". It’s then onto the  historic Captain James Cook Museum, which is one of Queensland’s best  museums, showcasing the remarkable history of this town. The museum   follows the story of Captain James Cook’s enforced seven-week stay at the Endeavour River, during which the first meaningful contact between    Europeans and Indigenous Australians took place, to the days of the Palmer River gold rush, as well as personal stories and items from Cooktown’s early residents. Now that you have been enriched in Australia’s true    history, we then head down to the   famous historical Lion’s Den Hotel for lunch and a refreshing drink (own  expense). This is truly an Aussie icon built on the banks of the little Annan River, surrounded by 100-year-old mango trees. Sign the wall like 100’s of visitors from all over Australia and the world have done for many years. From here we will head south towards Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest. We travel along the Bloomfield Track enjoying many   scenic spots including Bloomfield Falls and Cedar Bay National Park.  After arriving at Cape Tribulation, you are free to take a walk on the beach up to Kulki Lookout. Overnight in Cape Tribulation.

 

Day 9.  Cape Tribulation -  Daintree  - Cairns       (BLD)

After breakfast, we head on towards Thornton Beach, adjacent to Queensland's fourth highest mountain, Thornton Peak at 1374m. Here you will get a chance to stretch your legs on the beach and grab some amazing photo opportunities. We then continue on to the Alexandra Lookout for   spectacular views over the Daintree River mouth and beyond to Low Isles on the Great Barrier Reef and Snapper Island. We arrive at the famous Daintree River for our cable ferry crossing and onto our river cruise on one of the most diverse river systems in the world. Here you will enjoy our one-hour cruise on the Daintree River, where crocodiles and varied native bird species are spotted. This is your chance to see one of the longest river systems on the east coast of Australia through the eyes of a local, naturalist guide. After the cruise we will have a short drive to the Daintree Tea House for a special lunch at one of the Daintree region’s oldest established restaurants. Try delicious Barramundi Fish (other menu items are available) and exotic tropical fruits. After lunch we head to Mossman Gorge located in the southern section of the Daintree National Park. Finally, we head south along one of the nicest coastal drives in the world, the picturesque Captain Cook Highway towards Cairns. Your guide will drop you back to the Coral Tree Inn.

 

Day 10.  Cairns  - Home     (B)

This morning we transfer to Cairns  airport for our return flight back to Sydney.  Upon arrival into Sydney you will be greeted by our It’s Easy Tours representative and transferred back home on the Central Coast. 

 

Cape York extension is available.

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Tour price: $3690.00 twin share

Single Supplement: $550.00

 

Deposit:  $500.00 per person within 7 days of booking.

Balance due and payable 40 days  prior to the departure date.

 

This holiday includes flights. Please advise your name as per your photo ID, which you will need at check-in.

 

Your holiday will be escorted by Netta Orchard.

 

Please note: Travel Insurance is highly recommended as cancellation fees  apply.  Please see our booking terms and conditions over the page.

 

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