North Queensland Getaway

Discover the Australian Outback, Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest

North Queensland Getaway allows you to sleep on one of the world’s natural wonders, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef!

Spend a day exploring the oldest living rainforest on the planet, the Daintree Rainforest.  Discover our North Queensland Outback and Chillagoe’s spectacular limestone caves.

Our North Queensland Getaway package can be in any order.  You can also have a day’s break in between if you wish.

Day 1 – Outback and Chillagoe Caves

Embark on a remarkable journey back to prehistoric times.  A wildlife lover’s paradise with many Australian animals to spot along the way.

Observe small galleries of Aboriginal rock art and jagged limestone outcrops.  This outback region is rich in natural and cultural heritage.

Step back in time as we travel through historical towns and rolling hills.  After delving into the history of the copper smelters, it’s time for lunch at an outback Australian pub.

Set off for the Chillagoe cave tour before heading back to Cairns.

Accommodation is not included on the night after this tour

Outback & Chillagoe Caves Inclusions

  • Courtesy Pick up and return from your accommodation between Cairns and Smithfield.
  • Air-conditioned 4WD vehicles.
  • Mareeba Wetlands
  • Morning Tea
  • Delicious Aussie Lunch
  • National Park Ranger guided Chillagoe Cave tour, Chillagoe Smelters, Mt Uncle Distillery. 

Outback and Chillagoe Caves Itinerary

Days of travel for your Outback Day tour are: MONDAY’ – WEDNESDAY’–FRIDAY’S 0700 Pickup from your Accommodation 1830 Return to your accommodation

Outback and Chillagoe Caves Itinerary

Days of travel for your Outback Day tour are: MONDAY’S’ – WEDNESDAY’S’ –FRIDAY’S 0700 Pickup from your Accommodation 1830 Return to your accommodation

What to bring

• Money for afternoon tea • Hat, camera, closed-in footwear, comfortable clothing, sunscreen and water bottle. • A reasonable fitness level is required for this tour as there are steps into the caves. • The tour may be closed, or the itinerary changed due to the wet season.  Conditions may close roads and access to the caves

Day  2 – 3  The Great Barrier Reef

The ultimate way to see one of Australia’s remarkable gifts is the “Great Barrier Reef”.  Live and sleep on the Reef.  See it at its best, day and night!

Cairns Liveaboard Reef Encounter

One of the unique holiday escapes in Australia.  We are offering something for everyone.

Sleeping on the Great Barrier Reef includes accommodation, meals and unlimited snorkelling.  Our mini Great Barrier Reef cruise is the ultimate way to see the Reef.

Time to enjoy the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and the marine life there.  Reef Encounter is a real highlight of this North Queensland Getaway.

During  your Great Barrier Reef stay, we will visit three outer barrier Reef locations,

Transfers to Reef Encounter are daily via our Transfer Vessel Reef Experience.

Our Liveaboard Snorkel Adventure can be enjoyed by people of all ages, even with limited swimming ability.

Cairns Accommodation is not included on the night after this tour

Great Barrier Reef 2 day Itinerary

Day One

  • 7:30 am Board the transfer vessel ‘Reef Experience’ at Cairns Marlin Marina for breakfast,
  • 9:30 am Arrive onboard Reef Encounter for your’ Welcome & Safety Talk’ before being shown to your room to settle in and relax
  • 10:30 am Water Session: Time to snorkel for all guests before lunch
  • Noon Lunch is served in the dining saloon
  • 13.00 Water Briefings: Certified Diver Briefings / Try Scuba Diving Briefings / Snorkel Adventure Briefings
  • 13.30 Water Session: Scuba dive or snorkel time
  • 15:00 Reef Encounter moves to another spectacular outer barrier reef location
  • 15:30 Water Session: Scuba dive or snorkel time.  Glass bottom boat tour available upon request Summer
  • 18:00 Dinner in the dining saloon Winter
  • 19:15 Dinner in the dining saloon
  • 20:00 Dessert in the dining saloon

Second Day Snorkelling

  • 6:00 am A wake-up call for the early morning snorkel session
  • 6:30 am Water Session: Sunrise snorkel time.  Glass bottom boat tour available upon request 7:30 am Breakfast is served in the dining saloon
  • 8:00 am Room Checkout Reef Encounter moves to another spectacular outer barrier reef location
  • 8:30 am Water Session: Snorkel Time
  • 10:30 am Water Session: Snorkel Time
  • Noon Lunch in the dining saloon
  • 13:30 Water Session: Snorkel session
  • 14:45 Departing passengers board the transfer vessel ‘Reef Experience’ for the journey back to Cairns.  Complimentary wine, cheese and biscuits will be served on the return journey
  • 16:30 Approximate arrival time to the Cairns Marlin Marina

Tour and Inclusions Highlights

  • Two days and one night on the Great Barrier Reef onboard Cairns’s premier liveaboard.
  • Time to enjoy the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. •
  • Delicious chef-prepared meals while onboard.
  • Spectacular Reef Sites.
  • Onboard heated spa.
  • Overnight luxury Stateroom Accommodation all rooms have ensuite
  • Snorkel Equipment and Instruction.  (Fins, Mask and Snorkel)
  • Marine Biologist Presentation onboard Reef Experience on route to Reef Encounter
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tours with Marine Life Commentary
  • Fully Air-conditioned
  • Bath and Beach Towels
  • Government Reef Levies and Taxes
  • Friendly professional scuba diving Instructors for guests who would like to try scuba diving Extra Cost

What to bring

  • Overnight bag – If you wish to store any excess luggage, we are happy to do so in our office at 100 Abbott Street Cairns.
  • For safety reasons, Reef Encounter has a “No Shoe” policy.
  • Cash or credit card for purchases of snacks from the bar/souvenirs etc
  • Sun hat, swimwear, sunscreen, sunglasses, light casual clothing.
  • A light lo pullover or cardigan   

Optional Extras

  • Introductory/Resort Scuba Dive
  • Wetsuit hire
  • Soft drinks, snacks etc
  • Underwater Camera Hire
  • Alcohol available onboard – NO BYO

Day  4 – Daintree Rainforest

Journey to the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest.  Boasting magnificent coastal Rainforest and pristine tropical beaches.  Take in one of the most scenic coastal roads in Australia.  The perfect ending to your North Queensland Getaway.

Stop in at beautiful seaside towns along the way.

Experience the magic of the Mossman Gorge, and gain an insight into the lives and cultures of the local indigenous people.

Take a Daintree river cruise to spot crocodiles sunning themselves on the shorelines.

Your knowledgeable tour guides will point out an array of wildlife along the way.

The Daintree Rainforest feels like you have entered a different world with Rainforest towering over narrow winding roads.  An excellent opportunity to take some stunning photographs.

Cairns Accommodation is not included on the night after this tour

Daintree Rainforest Itinerary

  • 7.00 – 7.30 am Pickup from your Cairns Accommodation.
  • Tour of Palm Cove.
  • Rex lookout
  • Town tour of Port Douglas,
  • Spectacular Mossman Gorge: guided walk and swim option (if time or weather permits).
  • Lunch and tropical fruit tasting.
  • Morning Tea Daintree River Cruise: Crocodile and wildlife spotting.
  • World Heritage Rainforest/Areas.
  • Guided walks Cape Tribulation beach: “where the rainforest meets the reef”.
  • Daintree River cable ferry crossing.
  • Returns to Cairns at approximately 6.30 pm.  (Itinerary is subject to change due to weather, operational or unforeseen issues)

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Cash for optional purchases
  • Water Bottle
  • Insect Repellent
  • Raincoat/Umbrella

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