(Brisbane, Fraser Island, Heron Island, Daintree, Lizard Island)
Imagine yourself wandering through one of the world's oldest rainforest, the Daintree Rainforest, a whopping 65 million years older than the South American Amazon. Feel the sultry sun of the tropics touch your skin, listen to the deep echo of the birdlife in the canopy above, as you observe the insects and wildlife scatter through the flora and fauna. Become immersed in nature to gain a new appreciation for the abundant flora and birdlife around you. Your expert Aboriginal guide will share his knowledge of the local plants and wildlife, passed down from the Kuku Yalanji people, who used the natural wildlife in their everyday lives for 70000 years. You will overnight at the Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa, located in-between two World Heritage Areas, the Rainforests of the Daintree and the Great Barrier Reef. One of the most awarded eco destinations in the world; The Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa has received over 40 national and international awards including the Luxury Travel Magazine Best Luxury Eco tourism in the World 2010. As a special addition to this package, guests will receive a 10% off daily discount on all Spa treatments at the Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa. This exploration tour visit's the world's largest sand island, Fraser Island. This Kingfisher Bay's adventure package provides you the opportunity to see Fraser's iconic beauty spots including Seventy Five Mile Beach, Lake McKenzie and beautiful Wanggoolba Creek from the comfort of an air-conditioned, custom-designed 4WD coach. During the day you will explore Fraser's famous sand tracks (and we'll manage tides and traffic) and by night you will enjoy the comfort of resort living.
Private vehicle and driver transfer from your Brisbane hotel to the Airport.
Novotel Brisbane offers 296 contemporary guest rooms and suites with comprehensive conference and leisure facilities in the heart of Brisbane. Located next to Central Station and the CBD, Queen Street Mall and the Riverside boardwalk, Novotel Brisbane is one of Queensland’s more popular and stylish hotels. Leisure guests can enjoy a relaxing swim in the outdoor lap pool, followed by a cool drink at the poolside deck or a rigorous work out in the gymnasium.
From the Brisbane Port, board a ferry bound for Fraser Island, a coach will transfer you from here to your Fraser Island Hotel.
Kingfisher Bay Resort (4*) is situated on the western side of Fraser Island, directly opposite Hervey Bay close to Fraser Island's major attractions. It’s set in a natural amphitheatre, surrounded by bush and wildlife. Its rooms are overlooking calm lakes and bush land. Kingfisher Bay Resort is an ideal base to discover the magnificent rain forest, beautiful fresh water lakes or the spectacular Seventy-Five Mile Beach.
On this beautiful day out, you’ll meet like-minded travellers, visit the top natural attractions and cool off in watering holes - and all in the air-conditioned comfort of our custom-designed, four-wheel-drive coaches. This full day of touring visits Central Station and Wanggoolba Creek, Pile Valley’s stunning Satinay and Brush Box forests, Seventy-Five Mile Beach's famous highway, the Maheno shipwreck and the coloured sands of The Pinnacles, the temperate fresh waters of Eli Creek and the mighty Stonetool Sand Blow. A lunch will be brought for you, so just pack your swim wear and your sunscreen for this adventure.
From your hotel, you will picked up and brought to the Fraser Island Port to board a ferry bound for Brisbane.
Enjoy an evening of stargazing, on this guided tour through the Heron Sky with binoculars and telescopes.
If starting your day with a sunrise and finishing it off with a spectacular sunset is your thing, Heron Island is your island. This is an exclusive island for guests only (no day-trippers here) and, with television-free rooms and no mobile phone reception, it's ideally positioned to take you “back to nature”, as it is a natural coral cay. The nature itself is absolutely spectacular. The island is situated on the Great Barrier Reef, which means you can snorkel right off the island. Scuba divers come back again and again to fully discover the 20 dive sites that are just minutes off the island. The resort caters to both couples and families and has approximately 100 comfortable rooms, all with ceiling fans and either balconies or terraces. Heron Island is small enough to walk around in 20 minutes, yet it has everything you could wish for.
Today a guide will take you on an exploration tour of the Heron Island Ecotourism and Research Station. Heron Island is famous around the world for its spectacular coral reef, its extraordinary variety of aquatic life, migrating whales, nesting turtles and as a breeding ground for an abundance of birdlife. The Heron Island Resort is Great Barrier Reef ecotourism at its best, which is no doubt why it has been awarded an Advanced Eco-Certification by Ecotourism Australia. On Heron Island, as well as running our own power generator, potable water production and wastewater treatment, we also provide these services to the independent Heron Island Research Station and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Ranger Station.
Enjoy the beauty of the reef without getting wet on this semi-submersible coral viewing cruise, with a naturalist guide providing informative commentary.
Experience a truly humbling activity today, as you join an expert guide for you Turtle Tour to spot the magnificent regional turtles, as they begin nesting and, or as the newly born hatch-lings make there way to sea. Your guide will explain the life details, habitat, and much more about these aquatic creatures. Keep in mind that this is a natural, unscheduled and rare experience, and viewing is not guaranteed. The ideal periods and peak nesting times are December through to April. NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY IS ALLOWED.
Transfer between Cairns airport and Mossman with private vehicle and driver.
Upon your arrival to the Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa you will receive a handcrafted piece of Aboriginal artwork, as keep-sake of your spectacular journey in the Daintree Rainforest.
Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa (3.5*) offers unique tree house style resort accommodation in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest World Heritage region, just 40 minutes drive north of Port Douglas on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Nestled in a lush rainforest valley, the 30 acre property is surrounded by the World's oldest living rainforest. It’s the ultimate destination to capture the mood of the tropics. The lodge offers private, boutique accommodation in an ecological environment of exquisite natural beauty - rainforest villas set amongst the miracles of nature.
Accompanied by an expert, Aboriginal guide, head out into the lush Daintree Rainforest for an hour of exploration. Your guide will inform you of the ancient Aboriginal traditions of Kuku Yalanji people, and how their lives were directly influenced by this diverse environment. Their knowledge of the flora and fauna, and local wildlife has been a means of their survival, and has not changed for 70000 years. Your guide will escort you back to your Eco-lodge accommodations upon completion of this tour.
This 30 minute information session will describe and display a variety of Aboriginal weaponry and artefacts. The most famous Australian Aboriginal artefact/weapon is the boomerang. This is considered as the ancient version of the multi-purpose "Swiss Army Knife", as it has been used throughout history for hunting, fighting, digging, cutting (for eating), creating fire by use of friction, and as a percussion instrument. Some other artefacts from Australia include spears, pottery, dilly bags (fibrous bag), emu-caller, clap sticks, and the didgeridoos.
Experience the work that goes into each piece of Aboriginal Handi-crafts and Art during this 2 hour cultural workshop. This workshop will give you a deeper insight into the ways in which the Aboriginal`s have thrived in the Daintree Rainforest for centuries. Your local Aboriginal art expert will give you further information about the methods use to create this unique artwork. You will then have the opportunity to use the traditional methodologies to create a piece of artwork for yourself.
You will be picked up from your Daintree lodging by private car and driver and taken to Cairns City or Cairns airport.
Lizard Island is a truly unique destination. This tranquil Queensland Island resort is located right on the spectacular Great Barrier Reef and boasts its own beautiful fringing reefs and 24 powdery white beaches. Lizard Island is an award winning Great Barrier Reef resort, winning a host of prestigious national and international awards for excellence. Sensational diving opportunities abound, including the famous Cod Hole and the island is only a 50-minute boat ride to the legendary Outer Great Barrier Reef. The Ribbon Reefs near Lizard Island are also renowned for some of the best big game fishing in the world. Snorkellers are rewarded for little effort with coral gardens, brightly coloured tropical fish and giant clams just moments from the island's beaches. Discover secluded, pristine beaches by foot or by motorised dinghy with a gourmet picnic just for two.
Lizard Island provides guests with a variety of free recreational activities including use of motorized dinghies, tennis, paddle ski's, a well equipped gymnasium and much more.
Simple and relaxed, Ospreys Restaurant is the idyllic setting to take full advantage of the views along the seascape for a special dining experience on Lizard Island. With an accent on fresh seafood and superb local produce, the daily changing menus draw on the flavours of modern Australian, Asian and European cuisine. Gourmet picnic hampers for beachside outings are available on request daily. A real treat. Lizard Island is able to cater for any special dietary requirements, however due to the resort's location if you could provide as much notice as possible to ensure we can meet your needs.
Enjoy this shared coral viewing experience aboard the glass bottom, MV Monitor cruise ship. An excellent and safe way to see the the diversity of aquatic life within the corals of the Great Barrier Reef that surround Lizard Island.
VISA/PASSPORTAmerican and Canadian citizens are required to have a valid passport to enter Australia. Americans and Canadians must enter with an Australian visa or, if eligible, through Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). The ETA replaces a visa and allows a stay of up to three months. It may be obtained for a small service fee. Airlines and many travel agents in the United States are also able to apply for ETAs on behalf of travelers. Please note that American citizens who overstay their ETA or visa, even for short periods, may be subject to exclusion, detention, and removal.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check information about the ETA, other visas, and entry requirements with the Embassy of Australia HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/australia.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Canberra. Government: Constitutional Monarchy. Gained independence from the UK in 1901. Language: The official language is English. Many other languages are retained by minorities, including Italian, German, Greek, Vietnamese, Chinese dialects and Aboriginal languages. Religion: 27% Roman Catholic, 21% Protestant and smaller minorities of all other major religions. Time: Australia spans three time zones: GMT + 10 (GMT + 11 from October to March, except Queensland; starts a month earlier in Tasmania). GMT + 9.5 (GMT + 10.5 from October to March, except Northern Territory). GMT + 8 (GMT + 9 from October to March, three-year trial in Western Australia until 2009 followed by referendum). Some states operate daylight saving time during the Australian summer. Electricity: 220/240 volts AC, 50Hz. Three-pin plugs are in use, however sockets are different from those found in most countries and an adaptor socket may be needed. Outlets for 110 volts for small appliances are found in most hotels. Telephone: Country code: 61. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good in and around populated areas; access in some of the more isolated, outback and rural areas is limited. US handsets are not compatible. Internet: Available throughout Australia. Internet cafes are prevalent in all capital cities and tourist towns, and individual hotels may also provide facilities. Wi-Fi access is increasing in cities and is mainly found in hotels, bars and cafes.
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