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10 Day Brisbane to Cairns Explorer Tour

Venture across the alluring landscape of the Queensland outback to the tropical oasis, Cairns.

Sunday 31 May - Tuesday 9 June 2020

Day 1

Brisbane - Rockhampton

Sun 31 May 20 (D)

Welcome to our tour to Cairns featuring charming Rockhampton, magnificent Cobbold Gorge, and stunning Undara National Park. Today is a full day on the coach as we travel from Brisbane to Rockhampton. Sit back and enjoy a smooth and comfortable ride while getting to know your fellow travellers (lunch at own expense / dinner in hotel).

Quality Hotel Regent Rockhampton

Day 2

Rockhampton

Mon 1 June 20 (BLD)

This morning we discover the region’s railway past at the Archer Park Rail Museum, which houses some interesting rolling stock. After spending time listening to our guide as they reveal the stories behind the displays, we step back in time as we experience the rich and colourful history of the district at the Heritage Village. There are unique original buildings, homesteads and businesses from the 100-year period between 1850 and 1950. We then head out of town for a geological treat. Feel the excitement of venturing into an ancient coral reef cave as we head into the Capricorn Caves. Be guided through the easily accessible Cathedral Cave, which will leave lasting memories of ancient geological past, early explorers, the wonders of wildlife and special cave acoustics. We head back to our hotel with time to freshen up before dinner (breakfast & dinner in hotel / lunch included at Capricorn Caves).

Quality Hotel Regent Rockhampton

Day 3

Rockhampton - Emerald

Tue 2 June 20 (BD)

Before we depart Rockhampton, we enjoy the serene grounds of the Botanic Gardens. Embark on a tranquil morning stroll, wander beneath towering fig trees or sit by the peaceful ponds dotted with lily pads and swaying reeds before heading to Emerald. While here, the National Trust listed Railway Station is well worth the visit. Distinguished by the semi-circular roof to the pillared portico, it is arguably one of the finest public buildings in the area and offers a great photo opportunity. Afterwards, we head to our hotel and settle in before dinner (breakfast & dinner at hotel / lunch at own expense).

Emerald Explorers Inn

Day 4

Emerald - Charters Towers

Wed 3 June 20 (BLD)

From Emerald we express to Charters Towers, through the Blackwood National Park. Driving through the streets of the charming town is like viewing a living montage of Australian history. When gold was discovered here in 1871, the town quickly grew into the second largest town in Queensland. Today, heritage buildings and the outback spirit remain. Our afternoon will be spent at the Texas Longhorn Wagon Tours complex where we take part in a magnificent Aussie ‘smoko’, catch a ride to the unique animals and have a lot of fun with the resident characters that call this place home (breakfast & dinner in hotel / packed lunch included).

Park Motel, Charters Towers

Day 5

Charters Towers - Forsayth

Thu 4 June 20 (BLD)

We have a travel day ahead as we continue north, passing Greenvale and Conjuboy. We enjoy a packed lunch en-route before arriving in Forsayth. This evening after dinner we are in for a treat as we discover Forsayth by night with a local. The interactive tour provides entertaining insights to the history and characters from a bygone era through the best of bush telling traditions (breakfast & dinner at hotel / packed lunch included).

Goldfields Hotel and Finnigan’s Rest, Forsayth

Day 6

Cobbold Gorge

Fri 5 June 20 (BLD)

Today we immerse ourselves in the natural wonder of Cobbold Gorge. Hidden away within rugged sandstone formations, unique rock falls and a series of waterholes, we board a boat cruise, embark on a short walk onto the escarpment for freshwater crocodile viewing and visit John Corbett’s grave. A delicious lunch will be provided in the village before an exclusive station tour. We are joined by a local guide who gives us an interesting insight into living on the land. Lookout for wildlife as this area is home to a diverse range of animals including the Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Dingo and Lizards. What a day enjoyed out in the bush! (breakfast & dinner at hotel / lunch included).

Goldfields Hotel and Finnigan’s Rest, Forsayth

Day 7

Forsayth - Undara

Sat 6 June 20 (BLD)

Our mornings journey takes us past Mount Surprise and into Undara National Park, set in the pristine Savannah Woodlands. We enjoy lunch at the Lodge, which will also be our home for the night, before a tour of the Undara Lava Tubes. These amazing underground tunnels formed thousands of years ago when the volcano, Undara, erupted and the tunnels were gouged out by the lava flow (breakfast & dinner at hotel / lunch included).

Undara Lava Lodge

Day 8

Undara - Cairns

Sun 7 June 20 (BLD)

Our journey today takes us to the Atherton Tablelands. The combination of its geographic location in the tropics, its pleasant climate and volcanic activities have all shaped large parts of the landscape. On arrival we visit the remarkable Curtain Fig Tree, with its curtain of aerial roots that drop 15 metres to the ground. We then head to Lake Barrine – a beautiful volcanic crater lake. We enjoy lunch in the Tea House followed by a relaxing cruise on the stunning lake. This afternoon we continue to Cairns, our home for the next two nights (breakfast & dinner at hotel / lunch included).

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

Day 9

Cairns

Mon 8 June 20 (BD)

This morning we board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and embark on our gondola journey down the mountain and across the rooftop of the tropical rainforest. Stretching 7.5kms along the rainforest canopy, the views are spectacular. We finish at the unique rainforest village of Kuranda. We have time to explore the pretty village before an afternoon at leisure in Cairns (breakfast & dinner at hotel / lunch at own expense).

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

Day 10

Cairns - Brisbane

Tue 9 June 20 (B)

With our bags packed we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Brisbane. We arrive home with amazing memories of our Brisbane to Cairns adventure (breakfast in hotel / lunch at own expense).

Tour Cost (GST inclusive): $3795 per person twin share $446 single supplement

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