Your holiday includes a flight from your homeport to Cairns in Tropical North Queensland.
Your journey begins with a flight to Cairns in Tropical North Queensland. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the Pacific Hotel where you will be staying for the next 5 nights. Tonight, enjoy a fabulous dinner in the hotels spectacular Bushfire restaurant with views over the esplanade. The delicious dinner menu includes prime Australian beef cooked over volcanic rock served with fresh garden salads or fresh local fish of the day. Dinner also includes desserts, tea and coffee.
❱ 5 nights: Pacific Hotel Cairns
You will be met at your hotel after breakfast and transferred to Brisbane Railway Station. Experience the Kuranda Scenic Rail, one of the world’s most breathtaking train rides, travelling through hand hewn tunnels & across bridges whilst enjoying spectacular views along the way. Stop at Barron Falls to watch the amazing waterfalls before arriving at the picturesque Kuranda Railway Station. Here, you will have time to explore the popular Heritage markets or visit the Butterfly Sanctuary or the Kuranda Koala Gardens. Later, board the Skyrail on a journey into the world’s most beautiful rainforest as you guide over the canopy. A coach will be waiting for you on your arrival at Caravonica Lakes to transfer you back to your hotel. Dinner tonight is at your leisure. You may wish to dine at your hotel or choose from one of the many restaurants on the nearby Cairns waterfront or city centre precincts.
Be treated to an escape into World Heritage Rainforest. The Daintree & Cape Tribulation National Park is one of the most significant in the world. Cruise into the Daintree and enjoy a BBQ lunch in a beautiful rainforest setting. Take a stroll along the boardwalk and beach at Cape Tribulation, ‘Where the Rainforest Meets the Reef’.
Enjoy a leisurely day to explore more of Cairns. Spend the day relaxing by the hotel’s pool, go shopping at nearby Cairns Central or explore the Cairns Esplanade.
This morning, walk across to Cairns Wharf after breakfast. Enjoy a cruise to spectacular Green Island with a choice of popular scenic activities available. Cruise aboard a glass bottom boat and see the brilliantly coloured fish & coral that the reef is renowned for without getting wet! You are also able to join a semi submarine cruise allowing you an up-close experience to the marine life and Barrier Reef Coral. Your tour also includes a magnificent buffet lunch served on your cruise. Other activities on offer today include safe snorkelling or you can just laze on the island beach.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Cairns Railway Station to board the Spirit of Queensland train. Relax onboard as the coastline unfolds while you travel south along the Pacific Ocean coastline. Relax onboard in one of the train’s revolutionary RailBeds which provides you with a seat by day and a comfortable flat bed by night. Take advantage of a personal entertainment system at your RailBed, with all bed linen, sheets, pillows and towels provided along with a personal amenities pack. A licensed Club Car provides light refreshments, confectionary and beverages and is open 24 hours. Showers and toilets are located at the end of every carriage. Enjoy the culinary delights prepared using the freshest of Queensland produce – all meals are included and served directly to your seat.
❱ 1 night: Spirit of Queensland Train – RailBed
Breakfast is served as you continue your rail journey through Nambour before arriving in Brisbane. On arrival, take a short 15 minute walk to your hotel (taxis are also available at the station if you require one). The rest of your day is at leisure for you to explore the city of Brisbane. Your hotel is just a short walk away from the Queen Street Mall shopping precinct & the newly redeveloped Brisbane Riverbank area. You may also wish to take a cruise down the iconic Brisbane River or enjoy a day trip to the nearby popular Gold Coast region. Transport by train & tram is available to get you to Surfers Paradise & Broadbeach from your hotel in Brisbane.
❱ 2 nights: Mercure Brisbane or similar
Enjoy a choice of included activities for your day in Brisbane.
1. Gold Coast Sights: See for yourself the amazing diversity of the Gold Coast in one day from the world famous coastline and city sights to a Crab cruise and seafood lunch. Visit Burleigh Heads where the national park meets the surf beach and try to catch yabbies or soldier crabs at Broadwater.
2. Australia Zoo Croc Express: Visit world-famous Australia Zoo, home of the Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. Australia Zoo is a must-see holiday highlight for Australians and international visitors with more than 1200 animals from around the globe. See interesting wildlife shows and visit the world’s busiest wildlife hospital to see vets saving native Australian animals.
3. Lone Pine Sanctuary & River Cruise: A “must do” experience while in Brisbane. See the city’s most historic landscapes, iconic attractions, historical homesites and interesting wildlife habitats then enjoy 3 hours exploring the fascinating Lone Pine Sanctuary before cruising back to the city along the Brisbane River.
Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight home.
Your holiday includes a flight from Brisbane back to your homeport (as required).