Port Douglas and Reef Retreat

5 nights from £759 per person

Overview

This five-night independent tour is a favourite among travellers who are looking for a good mixture of active and leisurely experiences. If you’d like to try something different, this is a great choice.  Laid back Port Douglas is a tropical paradise and your starting point on this tour. You’ll cruise sedately along pristine rivers, through the ancient rainforests in Daintree National Park. You’ll lose yourself on deserted beaches at Cape Tribulation and see one of the seven wonders of the world – the incredible Great Barrier Reef. Scenery is high on the agenda on this short break, with incredible views to be enjoyed on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. You’ll also have lots of opportunities to soak up some Aussie culture, shop for art and crafts and see indigenous wildlife (AA).

Highlights

  • Explore the tropical paradise of Port Douglas
  • Walk on the beach at Cape Tribulation
  • Cruise on the Daintree River
  • Cruise, snorkel and explore the Great Barrier Reef
  • Board the Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Enjoy free time in fabulous Cairns
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  • Accommodation
  • Checked baggage
  • ATOL protection
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
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Day 1

Cairns - Port Douglas

Take time to explore on your first day. On arrival at Cairns Airport you’ll be whisked away to your resort in Port Douglas (flights anytime). Driving north from Cairns, you’ll follow the Captain Cook Highway, with scenic views and spectacular beaches en route. After checking into your superior hotel – your home for two nights, the rest of the day is yours to relax or explore the tropical paradise of Port Douglas. Stroll through the friendly village or if time permits, relax a while on Four Mile Beach.

Overnight: Oaks Resort Port Douglas (Superior). No meals are included on this day.

Day 2

Cape Tribulation & Daintree

Today you will enjoy a cruise on the Daintree River and enjoy views to the Coral Sea from Alexandra lookout. Before sitting down to a delicious lunch, you’ll work up an appetite on a short walk through an enchanting forest creek. Sink your toes into the sand on a beach walk at Cape Tribulation before visiting the Mossman Gorge Gateway Centre for a local presentation by the Kuku Yalanji people. Your guide will share all their knowledge of this delightful region, on a walk in Mossman Gorge.

Overnight: Oaks Resort Port Douglas (Superior). Breakfast and lunch included.  

Day 3:

Great Barrier Reef - Cairns

This is your bucket-list adventure day. For one of the best lifetime experiences, you’ll be cruising to an underwater paradise of kaleidoscopic colour. On this Outer Great Barrier Reef cruise, you’ll be met with lots of activity at Agincourt Reef. Dive and snorkel to see all the brilliance close up. Or, if you prefer to stay dry, you can still witness the stunning reef from the comfort of a Quicksilver semi-submersible craft. You’ll enjoy a delicious buffet lunch before heading to your hotel in Cairns for the next three nights.

Overnight: Pacific Hotel Cairns (Standard), or Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort (Superior). Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 4

Kuranda

You can expect an amazing experience journeying on board the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Travelling on one of the world’s most scenic rail routes, you’ll go through hand-hewn tunnels and across bridges that span impressive gorges. On arrival at pretty Kuranda village of Kuranda, there will be time for you to discover at leisure the ‘village in the rainforest’. Why not explore the Heritage Markets and buy colourful local arts and crafts? Later you’ll board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and travel high above the Barron Gorge National Park through some of the world’s oldest rainforest, before heading back to Cairns for the night.

Overnight: Pacific Hotel Cairns (Standard), or Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort (Superior). Breakfast included.                   

Day 5

Cairns

As the end of your tour is approaching, today is the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy your surroundings. To see more of Cairns, why not check out some of the many hidden gems, like Cairns Wildlife Dome and Cairns Zoo or take a wonder through the Cairn’s colourful Night Markets to bag some souvenirs?

Overnight: Pacific Hotel Cairns (Standard), or Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort (Superior). Breakfast included.

Day 6

Cairns

Enjoy breakfast on your last day and say fond farewells to your Driver Guide and fellow travellers. You’ll be transferred to Cairns Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime) or continue your road trip, perhaps heading south to Brisbane along the Queensland Coast.

Included Meals: Breakfast

  • Travel in an air-conditioned coach
  • All accommodation (5 nights)
  • 5 breakfasts and 2 lunches
  • Experienced Driver Guides and informative commentary throughout
  • Return airport transfers (flight details to be provided 14 days prior to travel)
  • Cruise on the Daintree River. Forest creek walk and lunch. Cape Tribulation and visit to Mossman Gorge Gateway Centre for indigenous presentation and guided walk. Cruise and snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef with buffet lunch. Journey on the Kuranda Scenic railway, with visit to village of Kuranda. Ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway above Barron Gorge National Park, through the rainforest.

What’s Not Included

  • Flights
  • Optional excursions

What to bring:

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in the cooler months
  • Swim suits and towel

Departs daily from Cairns.

Please note that the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway will undergo maintenance on the 12, 13 and 14th November 2019, therefore the tour cannot operate over these dates.

Jenn O'Neill
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