Begin your Great Tropical adventure with a diving experience in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Explore the wreck of the S.S. Yongala which sank in a cyclone in 1911 and wasn’t discovered until 1958. It has now become known as one of the world’s top wreck dives and certainly one of Australia’s best dive sites due to the prolific variety of marine life. See giant Queensland gropers, schools of Trivially and Cobia, Queenfish, barracuda, turtles, sea snakes, eagle rays and clown fish.
One Nights Accommodation: Oaks M on Palmer
*Have an extra day to spare? Add on our 1 Day Magnetic Island Escape
Includes return cruise to Magnetic Island, 1 night at Peppers Blue on Blue including buffet breakfast & Bungalow Bay Koala Village Tour from only $155 pp
Townsville to Charters Towers
Drive inland to Charters Towers for a glimpse of the towns 1880s gold rush era. Admire the heritage buildings and remnants of the past. Explore the Burdekin, one of the most productive farming areas in Australia and the largest sugar producing region in the nation. View more than 280 bird species in the coastal wetlands in this region and sample fresh mangoes. Tonight, watch a screening of the Ghosts After Dark film in the open air amphitheater at the top of Towers Hill.
One Nights Accommodation: Charters Towers Heritage Lodge
Charters Towers to Atherton Tablelands
Today you will be exploring the Atherton Tablelands with its tropical rainforest, beautiful lakes, and waterfalls. The area is just 1 hour and 20 minutes from Cairns and is known for producing potatoes, maize and peanuts. Be sure to check out some of the natural attractions including Curtain Fig Tree, Millaa Millaa Falls, crater lakes and amazing rock formations.
One Nights Accommodation: Atherton Blue Gum B&B
Atherton Tablelands to Mareeba
Relax today with a round of golf at the Mareeba golf course, one of North Queensland’s premier golf courses. The course features smooth rolling fairways lined with native gum trees as well as an array of wildlife.
Stay overnight in Mareeba. Mareeba is well known for its country hospitality and the friendly nature of the locals. Explore the beautiful sights of this rugged land. Visit the Mareeba Heritage Museum or the tourist information centre to find out more about Mareeba’s history and heritage. You could also take a cableway ride over the Kuranda Rainforest
One Nights Accommodation: Jabiru Safari Lodge
Enjoy a free day in Port Douglas!
Port Douglas is known as one of Australia’s top holiday destinations. This destination can be used as a base to explore the glorious Great Barrier Reef and Daintree rainforest. Indulge in a bit of shopping, have a bite to eat at one of the many cafes scattered around or enjoy some relaxation at Four Mile Beach.
One Nights Accommodation: Thala Beach Lodge
Continue north to Cooktown before beginning your afternoon Great Emu Tour. The tour takes you to the outskirts of Hope Vale Aboriginal Community – a journey of about 40 minutes. On the way you will learn some of the Aboriginal history and stories about the landscape you are passing through. Then, accompany Nugal-warra Elder and story-keeper Willie Gordon to three rock art sites, including the Rainbow Serpent and Great Emu Caves. Learn about the significance of the paintings and the stories behind the art, giving you a unique insight into Aboriginal society and spirituality.
One Nights Accommodation: Mungumby Lodge
Cooktown to Cape Tribulation
Drive down the coast to Cape Tribulation and get amongst nature with this Jungle Surfing Canopy Tour. Experience life in the treetops within the world-renowned Daintree Rainforest. Strap into a harness and journey through the forest from heights of up to 22.5m. Fly through the trees on flying fox ziplines, stopping at 5 tree platforms to take in spectacular bird’s eye views over the treetops, down to cascading streams and out to the Great Barrier Reef.
Overnight at Cape Tribulation.
One Nights Accommodation: Cape Tribulation Sanctuary
Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas
Continue south to Port Douglas and get active with a half day mountain bike ride through the magnificent ancient rainforests of the Daintree. For those who want something a little bit different, try a river drift snorkelling adventure through the ancient rainforest.
Tonight, you will be treated with the Flames of the Forest dining experience. Step into a magical place - the rainforest at night - and in this timeless setting relax with the warm glow of Australian hospitality and fabulous food and Australian wines. Choose between the Aboriginal culture experience or the romantic rainforest setting. Overnight in Port Douglas.
One Nights Luxury Accommodation: Thala Beach Lodge
Port Douglas to Cairns
Today you will make your way back to your final destination of Cairns where your self-drive tour concludes. Cairns is a tropical paradise ideally located between the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest. There is so much to explore here and so many adventure activities on offer so make the most of it!
Note: This self drive tour can be completed in reverse order, the tour cost remains the same. To view tour prices or to make an enquiry, please click on the Enquire Now tab at the top of this itinerary.
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