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Queensland Sand, Sailing & Dreamtime

  • 12 Day(s)
  • Trip Code : GAOAQE

This is hardly a sleepy trip. Rather, this is the perfect 12-day adventure for sailing buffs that want to experience the blue waters of Australia, as well as off-road enthusiasts looking to explore via private 4x4s. We've got an exclusive beachside permanent tented camp to stay at on sandy Fraser Island, and once we're north of Cairns, we'll spend 3 days with Aborigines learning spearfishing in mangroves, amongst other things. While “dreamtime” is a mythology central to indigenous Australian society, we're pretty sure you'll want to be wide awake for this trip. This is hardly a sleepy trip. Rather, this is the perfect 12-day adventure for sailing buffs that want to experience the blue waters of Australia, as well as off-road enthusiasts looking to explore via private 4x4s. We've got an exclusive beachside permanent tented camp to stay at on sandy Fraser Island, and once we're north of Cairns, we'll spend 3 days with Aborigines learning spearfishing in mangroves, amongst other things. While “dreamtime” is a mythology central to indigenous Australian society, we're pretty sure you'll want to be wide awake for this trip.

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Day 1 Brisbane

Arrive at any time.

Arrive in Brisbane at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city to visit City Hall, the Treasury Building or relax on Streets Beach. Please note: if you have pre-booked Cairns Whitewater Rafting your CEO will inform you when you will do the activity throughout your tour, days are subject to change: Whitewater Rafting (Day 9 - Cairns). For more information on the Extra see the Optional Activities section.

Day 2-3 Fraser Island (2B,1L,2D)

Settle into the group's exclusive permanent tented camp in the bush by the beach. Explore all of the highlights of the world's largest sand island by 4x4.

Travel by private bus up the coast then switch to a private 4x4 to drive along the beach to the ferry that heads to Fraser Island. Once on the island, drive along the beach until camp is reached. The camp consists of permanent tents to be shared by up to 4 people and will be exclusive to the G group during the stay. The tents are located in the bush beside the beach. Once settled in, enjoy an evening barbecue with good company on the beach. Fraser Island is the world's biggest sand island. Depending on the tides, we will explore the island either via an inland road or right on the beach. After a good night of sleep by the beach, the second day on the island offers an included private full day 4x4 trip taking in the highlights of this amazing island including Lake Mckenzie, the rainforest, 75 Mile Beach, Maheno Shipwreck and the coloured sands. Estimated travel time: 5 hours Travel distance: 250 km

Day 4 Cattle Country (1B,1D)

Visit rural Queensland and learn about cattle station history. Bed down in a swag (canvas bedroll) under the Outback sky.

We transfer off the island by boat then catch the train up the 'Capricorn Coast' which is well-known as 'Cattle Country'. Arrive at a remote farm, where we will be located for the night. The workers from the property are excellent hosts as they teach about the history of the farm, the cattle industry, and some of the challenges of raising cattle in such a harsh environment. Tonight, experience life in Cattle Country the traditional way by sleeping outside in a swag (canvas bedroll) under the stars. This is bound to be one of the most unique and memorable nights of the trip. No worries, there are toilet and shower facilities nearby. Estimated travel time: 6 hours Travel distance: 416 km

Day 5-6 Whitsunday Islands (2B,1L,2D)

Embark on a 3-day maxi yacht sailing adventure from Mackay to Airlie Beach through the Whitsundays, a unique route used only by G Adventures. Enjoy beach visits, island bush walks and time to snorkel the reefs.

After a traditional Outback-style breakfast, transfer to the town of Mackay and embark on a maxi yacht which will be our home for the next three days. Set sail to a secluded cove in the Whitsunday Islands and enjoy some snorkelling before the anchor drops for the night. We are the only company to sail from south to north through the islands instead of backtracking while starting and finishing in the same point. Take advantage of the included snorkel gear, throw on a mask and see what lives in the Great Barrier Reef. (Note that fins are not provided in order to adhere with local coral conservation efforts.) The sailing route on Day 6 allows us to follow part of Captain Cook's route up through the Whitsunday Islands, stopping for swims and beach visits along the way. Options to SCUBA dive are available also. Again we drop anchor in a secluded bay for the night. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 281 km

Day 7 Whitsundays/Whitehaven Beach/Airlie Beach (1B)

Hike to an island lookout over Whitehaven Beach, known for its stunning white sand. Sail to Airlie Beach for a night of dancing.

A morning sail takes us to one of the most famous places in the Whitsundays, 'Whitehaven Beach'. Stroll along the impossibly white sand beach and go up to the lookout for a great view of the area. After an afternoon sail we arrive in the town of Airlie Beach for a comfortable stay in a local beach resort. Feel free to relax by the pool at the end of the day.

Day 8-9 Cairns (1B)

Full-day train ride through Queensland. Enjoy a free day to visit the Great Barrier Reef or get the adrenaline pumping with skydiving, whitewater rafting or bungee jumping.

Early morning transfer to the train station. Sit back and admire the scenery as we travel along the coast, through sugar cane country, covering a fair amount of terrain up to Cairns. Enjoy a free day to explore this popular northern Queensland city. Cairns is a popular jumping off point for snorkel and diving day trips out to the Great Barrier Reef. Other popular excursions include skydiving, hang gliding, ballooning and whitewater rafting. There is a vibrant nightlife in Cairns with many high quality restaurants and bars that are open late. Celebrate the last night all together with a night on the town. Estimated travel time: 9 hours Travel distance: 650 km

Day 10 Cape Tribulation (1B,1L,1D)

Learn about the flora and fauna with local Aboriginals, then go spearfishing with them and eat what you catch. Cool off in a waterfall in Daintree NP.

*Please note that Days 10-12 may be run in reverse during the rainy season (November to March) if the Bloomfield Track is closed due to weather conditions and safety. Travel by 4x4 passenger truck up to a remote beach where we meet local Aboriginal guides. Go spear fishing and learn about the traditional ways of life as well as the local flora and fauna. Cook up what you catch for a delicious lunch. Walk in some of the world's oldest rainforest and swim in a remote waterfall within the Daintree NP. Overnight in a rainforest lodge located right on the beach. Estimated travel time: 3 hours Travel distance: 140 km

Day 11 Cooktown (1B,1L)

Travel by 4x4, stopping at Bloomfield Falls to participate in the 'Walk of the Women', where local Aborigine women share their knowledge of the sacred falls. Sleep under the stars in a swag.

Travel safari-style through extremely remote countryside as we follow the Bloomfield track, only accessible by 4x4. Visit a sacred site at the Bloomfield Falls and participate in the 'Walk of the Women'. Local Aboriginal women explain how the falls speak to them, giving them powerful knowledge and visions for the future. Overnight in swags (canvas bedrolls) beside a historic hotel in the bush while being hosted by extremely entertaining locals. Listen to stories as you feast on the local cuisine. During the rainy season, sleep in multi-share cabins. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 100 km

Day 12 Cairns (1B)

Head north and meet an Aboriginal Elder and story keeper, who will teach about ancestral rock art sites and survival techniques. Tour ends upon arrival in Cairns; book any onward travel from 9pm onwards.

Travel westward to meet an Aboriginal guide who leads us into his traditional lands. The story teller explains the traditional lifestyle while interpreting historic rock cave paintings in the area. Travel the inland road back to Cairns where the tour finishes upon arrival at 7:30pm. Feel free to book any onward travel from 9pm onwards. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 324 km

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  • Australia

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  • Trip Style: Small Group Adventures, 18-35s
  • Comfort Level: Basic
  • Physical Demands: Trips may include activities like hiking, biking, rafting or kayaking. No sweat, right?

What's included?

  • Private 4x4 excursion and exclusive camp on Fraser Island. 3-day sailing excursion (Whitsunday Islands). Visit to Whitehaven Beach. Spearfishing with Aborigines. ‘Walk of the Women’ at Bloomfield Falls. Aboriginal rock art explanation with an Aboriginal elder. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Max 20, avg 16
  • 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners.
  • Allow AUD165-240 for meals not included

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