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Queensland Islands and Rainforest

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Witness the soul-stirring natural splendour of Hamilton Island and Mission Beach, with the Great Barrier Reef and lush northern rainforests.

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    • This trip is operated in conjunction with our sister company and South Pacific Specialists - AAT Kings.
    • If you've never encountered a Cassowary bird before, your stay on Mission Beach provides the opportunity. This region supports the highest density of the endangered Cassowary in Australia. This flightless bird is important to the Aboriginal Djiru Traditional Owner culture and community identity. They're quite elusive, but if you're lucky, you may spot one or two! You can easily identify them from their cobalt blue and burnt orange plumage.
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    • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

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    Cairns, Australia

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      • This trip is operated in conjunction with our sister company and South Pacific Specialists - AAT Kings.
      • If you've never encountered a Cassowary bird before, your stay on Mission Beach provides the opportunity. This region supports the highest density of the endangered Cassowary in Australia. This flightless bird is important to the Aboriginal Djiru Traditional Owner culture and community identity. They're quite elusive, but if you're lucky, you may spot one or two! You can easily identify them from their cobalt blue and burnt orange plumage.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      Witness the soul-stirring natural splendour of Hamilton Island and Mission Beach, with the Great Barrier Reef and lush northern rainforests, featuring as highlights along your journey through tropical Australia.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: QHC

      5 Nights

      accommodation

      9 Meals
      • 5 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 3 dinners

      • 1 lunch

      On-trip Transport

      All transport shown.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • CRUISE on the Great Barrier Reef

        • VIEW colourful coral and tropical fish on the Great Barrier Reef, the rainforest of the Barron Gorge National Park and the Coral Sea on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

        • VISIT Millaa Millaa Falls and the Curtain Fig Tree and Kuranda in the Atherton Tablelands


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 5 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 3 dinners

        • 1 lunch


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      What's Included

      Travel Highlights

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        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • Porterage is not provided at airports in Australia and New Zealand

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays

        • All hotel charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


      1. Arrive Hamilton Island (2 Nights)

      Australia's enchanting Whitsundays and the holiday hotspot of Hamilton Island is your launch pad to an east coast Australian adventure (flights to arrive prior to 2pm). The island boasts pristine beaches and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life. Embrace your inner sloth, kick back and relax with a book on a lounger at one of the crystal-clear pools, take a leisurely stroll along the water's edge or indulge in a beautiful tropical sunset from your private balcony. Tonight, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception and dinner.

      Meal(s)
      Welcome Reception
      Dinner with wine
      Hotel
      Reef View Hotel

      Optional Experiences

      Kuranda Scenic Rail, Skyrail and Hartley's Crocodile Adventure

      Enjoy this historical rail journey to Kuranda, with breathtaking views across the cane fields of Cairns, to the tropical rainforest of Kuranda. Upon arrival you will have around one hour to explore this fascinating village of colourful and interesting arts and crafts. At 11.30am, make your way directly to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to experience this iconic rainforest. After arriving at the Smithfield Skyrail Terminal, the coach will transfer you to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. Explore the park, including the unique eco experience of the Wetlands cruise through the ecologically significant Melaleuca wetlands; the domain of the saltwater crocodile. (Operates Daily)

      Adult Price: $217.00

      2. Hamilton Island Free Time

      Today is yours to indulge in your own pleasures - consider a cruise to famous Whitehaven Beach, visit the island's wildlife park, home to many species of Australian animals, hire a buggy and ramble along the island's winding roads or sit back with a good book at one of the resort's stunning pools. In Hamilton Island, you can be as energetic and relaxed as you wish, but if it's the former, lace up your walking shoes and embark on a challenging hike up to Passage Peak for unforgettable views of the Whitsundays from the highest point on Hamilton Island.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Half Day AM Whitehaven Cruise

      The whitest sand in the Whitsundays is found on the magical Whitehaven Beach. This half day tour has you boarding a high speed catamaran directly to Whitehaven Beach where you will have time to explore, swim and relax.

      Adult Price: $115.00

      Half Day PM Whitehaven Cruise

      The whitest sand in the Whitsundays is found on the magical Whitehaven Beach. This half day tour has you boarding a high speed catamaran directly to Whitehaven Beach where you will have time to explore, swim and relax. Afternoon departure, including afternoon tea.

      Adult Price: $128.00

      3. Hamilton Island - Mission Beach

      Say goodbye to idyllic island-life and board your ferry back to the mainland. Continue north heading to Mission Beach, where the UNESCO-listed Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef. With its quirky village-style atmosphere, golden palm-fringed beach that stretches for miles and a vibrant arts and culture scene, Mission Beach is the perfect seaside sojourn for a night spent with new friends. Connect with your exquisite natural surrounds and settle into your resort overlooking the Coral Sea.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Dinner with wine
      Hotel
      Castaways Resort and Spa

      4. Mission Beach - Cairns (2 Nights)

      Today's journey takes you to the Atherton Tablelands, where ancient rainforests, spectacular waterfalls and peaceful lakes abound. This is one of Australia's most important birdlife areas, with over 320 unique species recorded. Visit Millaa Millaa Falls, which plunge 18 metres into the depths of a refreshing rock pool, and the heritage-listed 500-year-old Curtain Fig Tree, where you may be lucky enough to spot the brilliant blue flash of the Ulysses butterfly. Spend some free time in Kuranda, the 'village in the rainforest', and browse the village shops for hand-crafted silk and cotton clothing, jewellery, locally made Aboriginal artwork and gifts, before the journey to Freshwater Station via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. You'll glide just metres above the canopy providing views of the tropical rainforest, Coral Sea, the Cairns Highlands and the city of Cairns itself.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Hotel
      Hilton

      5. Great Barrier Reef

      A day filled with pinch-me moments awaits, as you board a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. The world's largest coral reef system, the Great Barrier Reef sustains over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching some 2,300km. Discover this UNESCO-listed underwater wonderland from the comfort of your semi-submersible observatory, keeping a keen eye out for turtles, sharks and giant starfish, amongst the myriad of species that find sanctuary in these tropical waters. Or get your feet wet and don your flippers and mask for an up-close encounter with the reef and its residents (snorkelling equipment provided). Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch up on deck before returning to Cairns. This evening, join your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner at a restaurant on Cairns Harbour.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Lunch
      Farewell Dinner

      6. Depart Cairns

      Your scenic exploration of Australia's sun-kissed east coast at its end, say farewell to newfound friends and the epic beauty of one of the most pristine corners of Australia. Take your transfer to Cairns Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Cape Tribulation Day Tour

      Travel in air-conditioned comfort in your luxury purpose-built vehicle to Cape Tribulation, through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Included is a driver/guided tour & morning tea at the Mossman Gorge Centre, delicious tropical lunch set amongst the rainforest, and a walk on famous Cape Tribulation Beach.

      Adult Price: $218.00

      Down Under Tours Kuranda Skyrail And Scenic Railway

      Join your luxury Down Under Tours coach for the journey to Caravonica Lakes. Here you join Skyrail and marvel at the technology that has created the World's Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience. Stop at Barron Falls Station and learn more about this amazing Eco-system at the CSIRO Interpretive Centre. View the Barron Falls or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the rainforest boardwalk. On arrival in Kuranda, the Village is yours to explore. The vibrant and colourful Heritage markets take place daily. Your return to Cairns is aboard the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail. Winding around curves, across bridges and through hand-hewn tunnels this amazing engineering feat is a tribute to our pioneers. Spectacular scenery is the order of the day before arriving at historic Freshwater Station, where you will board your coach back to your accommodation.

      Adult Price: $167.00

      Hot Air Cairns 30 Minute Flight

      Enjoy a spectacular balloon flight over the Atherton Tablelands the hot air ballooning capital of the southern hemisphere. *Additional $30.00 insurance levy to be paid direct to Hot Air Cairns applies. Prices from:

      Adult Price: $260.00

      Ochre Restaurant 2 Course Dinner

      Ochre Restaurant has created a whole new Australian Cuisine utilising the abundant and, until recently, untapped traditional native fruits, berries, game meats and seafood, as well as the best of Australian wines and beers.

      Adult Price: $55.00

      Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park By Day

      Watch Indigenous performers bring the world’s oldest living culture to life through traditional dance, art and interactive demonstrations.

      Adult Price: $90.00

      Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park By Night

      More than just a dinner and show; Tjapukai by Night takes you on a magical adventure into the legends of Australia’s dreamtime. Here you will enter another world as Australia’s Aboriginal culture is brought to life through a series of award winning performances as you feast on modern cuisine from the Far North.

      Adult Price: $151.00

      Cairns Harbour Afternoon Cruise

      With waterways winding through a 300 square kilometre maze of mangroves, expect rich diverse wildlife, stunning scenery and a relaxing cruise with informative commentary from the crew. This is the saltwater crocodile’s natural habitat – with a chance to spot them basking on the muddy banks particularly in the cooler months.

      Adult Price: $59.00

      Kuranda Skyrail And Tjapukai Day Tour

      Visit the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Experience the history, creation and dance theatres where the legends of the dreamtime are brought to life. Ride the Skyrail Cableway above the Barron Gorge National Park to the village of Kuranda, where there is time to stroll through the markets.

      Adult Price: $218.00

      Spirit of Cairns

      A Cairns Dinner Cruise is the perfect way to end a perfect day in paradise. Step aboard the luxury catamaran Spirit of Cairns for a 2.5 hour cruise of dining, entertainment, and panoramic mountain and city views. Throughout the evening you cruise the calm water inlet and waterfront precinct of Cairns, whilst enjoying fabulous dining, live music, and (optional!) dancing after dinner. (Operates daily)

      Adult Price: $95.00

      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/en-au/tours/queensland-islands-and-rainforest?season=summer%202019&tripcode=qhc for the latest discounts & departure information.

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      • Stays with Stories
        An island paradise, you'll enjoy idyllic views over the Whitsunday Islands and the Coral Sea from the Reef View Hotel on Hamilton Island. All room feature private balconies, so you can admire the island's spectacular sunrises and sunsets in comfort. (Day 1)

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      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • CRUISE on the Great Barrier Reef

        • VIEW colourful coral and tropical fish on the Great Barrier Reef, the rainforest of the Barron Gorge National Park and the Coral Sea on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

        • VISIT Millaa Millaa Falls and the Curtain Fig Tree and Kuranda in the Atherton Tablelands


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 5 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 3 dinners

        • 1 lunch


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      What's Included

      Travel Highlights

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        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • Porterage is not provided at airports in Australia and New Zealand

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays

        • All hotel charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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