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10 days | Departs year round –
Explore Cairns & beautiful Tropical North Queensland before enjoying a luxurious stay at Magnetic Island and relaxing in a spacious RailBed aboard the Spirit of Queensland train.
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Your journey begins with a flight to Cairns in Tropical North Queensland. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the Pacific International 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 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.
❱ Hotel stay: Pacific International Hotel (5 nights)
You will be met at your hotel after breakfast this morning and transferred to the Kuranda Train. This train trip gives you one of the world’s most breathtaking train rides, travelling through hand hewn tunnels and 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 arrival at Caravonica Lakes to transfer you back to your hotel.
This morning, you will be picked up from our hotel and transferred to the wharf to board our cruise to Green Island. A choice of activities are available today, including a cruise in the special glass bottom boat which allows passengers to see the brilliantly coloured fish and coral 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. This tour also includes a magnificent buffet lunch served on the Big Cat cruise. Other activities on offer today include safe snorkelling or you can just laze on the island beach. Return to your hotel at about 5pm.
After breakfast, you will be treated to an escape into World Heritage Rainforest. The Daintree and 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’. Afternoon refreshments are provided before being returned back to your hotel.
Join a half day tour to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure Park. Located just 40km north of Cairns, this is the best place to see crocodiles in Tropical North Queensland. Enjoy a unique eco experience on the lagoon cruise through the ecologically significant Melaleuca wetlands which are the domain of the saltwater crocodile. Explore the rest of the park with its abundance of wildlife, including water birds, turtles, wallabies and cassowaries.
Marvel at the notorious head shake and death roll of the crocodiles during the Crocodile Attack Show! There is also an opportunity to hold a crocodile for a photo (if you’re game!). Discover the world’s most venomous snakes at the snake show before returning to the Pacific International Hotel. The rest of this afternoon is at your leisure before enjoying for a farewell dinner in the Bushfire Restaurant.
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.
On arrival at Townsville Railway Station, you will be transferred to Townsville Harbour for a ferry to beautiful Magnetic Island. Relax upon arrival and take in some of the magnificent views of the sunset over the harbour.
❱ Hotel stay: Peppers Blue on Blue (3 nights)
Today we tour west of the island taking with stops at the local museum to learn about the early settlers. The tour then heads North before our lunch stop at Horseshoe Bay.
Later, we visit the Aquasearch aquarium where we learn all about the giant clams and the colourful anemonefish. Throughout the tour, there will be serval stops to take in the scenery and special sights and also to spot wildlife. Magnetic Island is a wild lovers paradise.
There is over 700 hundred Koalas living in their natural habit and around 400 species of local fish. If you are lucky you may spot a Dugong or a turtle basking on the beach. We return to the resort for our overnight stay.
After a lazy breakfast, you have the opportunity to relax or take a stroll before joining the cruise around the island. The cruise takes us to selected coves and blissful beaches with professional captain and crew.
Sail around the island before enjoying a delicious BBQ lunch. We return to our resort for our overnight stay.
After breakfast, enjoy more time on the island before we travel to Townsville by ferry and then onto the Townsville Railway Station. On arrival we board the Spirit of Queensland at 2.45pm for our journey South to Brisbane.
You’ll take advantage of the benefits of the revolutionary RailBed service which provides you with a comfortable seat by day which includes your personal entertainment systems and converts into flatbeds at nights. All bed linen, sheets, pillows and towels are provided and 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.
❱ Rail journey: Spirit of Queensland Train – RailBed (1 night)
Wake up as the Spirit of Queensland and witness the change in landscapes as the Spirit of Queensland train makes its way through South East Queensland. Breakfast is served as you continue your rail journey through Nambour before arriving in Brisbane at 9.20am.
A transfer will meet you on arrival to take you to Brisbane Airport in time for your flight home.
Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
12 Jun 2019, 03 Jul 2019, 10 Jul 2019, 31 Jul 2019, 21 Aug 2019, 11 Sep 2019, 02 Oct 2019, 23 Oct 2019, 13 Nov 2019, 11 Dec 2019, 18 Dec 2019, 01 Jan 2020, 22 Jan 2020, 12 Feb 2020, 04 Mar 2020, 11 Apr 2020, 02 May 2020, 07 Jun 2020, 04 Jul 2020, 09 Aug 2020, 13 Sep 2020, 10 Oct 2020, 07 Nov 2020, 05 Dec 2020, 09 Jan 2021, 06 Feb 2021, 06 Mar 2021
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