Brisbane to Cairns Experience
Day 1 Brisbane
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)
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 full day private 4x4 trip taking in the highlights of this amazing island including Lake Mckenzie, the rainforest, Pile Valley, 75 Mile Beach, Maheno Shipwreck, Stonetool, Sandblow and the coloured sands. Estimated travel time: 5 hours Travel distance: 250 km
Day 4 Cattle Country (1B,1D)
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. The cattle station is quite remote and neither power points for charging nor reception for mobile phones are available. Estimated travel time: 6 hours Travel distance: 416 km
Day 5-6 Whitsunday Islands Sailing (2B,1L,2D)
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)
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)
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. Arrive in the evening. Consider trying out the adrenaline-pumping jungle swing or a bungee jump when you arrive to get the blood flowing. 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: 10 hours Travel distance: 650 km
Day 10 Cairns (1B)
Depart at any time.