(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.
Upon arrival you will be met by a Kensington Tours representative, who will hand you a welcome package which will include all your official documents including a detailed itinerary, vouchers (if required), in-country emergency contact numbers, along with city information including maps and brochures. After meeting with the representative you will be taken to your hotel by a private vehicle and driver and your adventure in Brisbane begins.
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.
There has never been a day at the zoo like an Australia Zoo Platinum Adventure. For the true wildlife enthusiast or the traveller who's seen it all before, a Platinum Adventure is the opportunity of a lifteime ot enjoy a full day of extreme VIP treatment with exclusive behind-the-scenes animal encounters and the undivided attention of our animals and their expert handlers. You will go where very few guests have the opportunity to go, and you are guaranteed a day of fun, discovery and hands-on experience that you will never forget.
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. Heron Island runs their own power generator, potable water production and wastewater treatment. The resort makes these sources available 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 a Turtle Tour to spot the magnificent regional turtles, as they begin nesting and, or as the newly born hatch-lings make their 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 viewings are not guaranteed. The ideal periods and peak nesting times are December through to April. FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY IS PROHIBITED.
A transfer between Cairns airport and Mossman with private vehicle and driver is provided.
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 resort, having been recognized with several international awards for excellence. Sensational diving opportunities are 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. Snorkelers are rewarded for little effort with coral gardens, brightly coloured tropical fish and giant clam 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 is truly secluded from the rest of the world. The Great Barrier Reef resort is the northern most resort located directly on the Barrier Reef. The Reef is home to millions of different life forms, ranging from micro-organisms all the way up to some of the largest mammals on earth including the world famous Clownfish. The waters surrounding Lizard Island are a diving and snorkeling wonderland, featuring an array of outstanding sites such as North Point and Cobia Hole With the island's location less than one hour away from the outer and inner reefs, many more wold class sites are easily accessible including the world famous Cod Hole. Lizard Island Resort provides guests with a variety of free recreational activities including use of motorized dinghies, tennis, paddle skis, a well-equipped gymnasium and much more to explore the extraordinary nature. For trips to the inner or outer reef and Azure Spa treatments charges may apply. If you have enough of water you may engage in self-guided walks. There are a variety of trails on which you can learn about Lizard Island's original inhabitants and their bush tucker, follow the footsteps of James Cook on a hike to the summit of Cook's Look or visit Watson's Cottage to learn about Lizard Island's first European inhabitants.
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 flavors of modern Australian, Asian and European cuisine. Gourmet picnic hampers for beachside outings are available on request daily. It is a real treat. Lizard Island Resort 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 your needs are met.
Enjoy a shared coral viewing experience aboard the glass bottom MV Monitor cruise ship. This is an excellent and safe way to see the diversity of aquatic life within the corals of the Great Barrier Reef that surround Lizard Island.
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Sharon Weckenbrock ,
May 15, 2013
"We are safely back home but still on Cloud 9 from the fabulous trip that you helped to put together for us! Everything worked just as I had hoped it would and in many cases, exceeded all expectations.
We have definitely been recommending you and your company to anyone asking our advice and again, we can't thank you enough for a trip of a lifetime!"
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Donna Brennan ,
April 18, 2013
"The trip was great we all loved the Saint Regis Hotel. It was incredible! Thank you for helping me plan the trip the group was very impressed.
Thank you again,
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Paula McNally ,
April 24, 2013
"The trip was wonderful!! . That resort is absolutely beautiful. We had good weather -- hot and humid. The people were very nice everywhere we went. "
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Marcia Nunn ,
April 01, 2013
"Candace and I are back in Michigan today after a wonderful trip to New Zealand. You and she did a great job in organizing this trip. Couldn't have been better. In particular, the Wilderness Lodge is a very special place. "
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Cindy Burns ,
April 04, 2013
"Miranda is the best, I would recommend her and we plan on contacting her in the future. The hotels were all excellent and the guides knowledge & Service were excellent"
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Sheila Black ,
April 08, 2013
"We had the best time you could imagine and it was all based on your planning-thank-you so so much!!
Every hotel was located just where we would have wanted-all so lovely and we loved the buffet breakfasts!! The Grace is a beautiful hotel and everyone was very helpful-we could walk to the main areas and Darling Harbor and we just loved being in Sydney-Norm even got in a game of golf!! Every tour was wonderful. We are so glad you switched us from the large bus Blue Mountain tour to the boutique tour-we heard others talk of the Blue Mountain tour in that it was a long drive, crowded and they did not seem to have a great day. We LOVED our boutique tour-we had a super driver (Cliff)who really really tried to find every animal in the wild he could-we saw kangaroos, emu, wombats and even a koala-it was a wonderful day-we got back about 11;30 pm and because of that we saw so many of the nocturnal animals-he was so accommodating-just a great day!!
The Pullman in Cairns was just gorgeous-and we could walk to the water-we had a perfect(calm!!) day on the reef and we loved the trip to the rainforest-all in all a wonderful few days there. Our weather for the whole trip was also perfect!!! How did you do that!!??!!
We thank-you so much, Louise, for helping us-you take full credit for this holiday and we so often spoke of you there “thanks to Louise for another great day” we would say!! Every tour worked out perfectly-the flights were just great and the timing super-and we really felt you listened to what we ‘thought ‘ we wanted to do and you just seemed to know what would be right for us. We packed some Canada pins and tee shirts and gave them to our tour drivers and they seemed to love that!!
We came home happy and relaxed and so thankful-I will send you a few pictures for certain.
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Larry Sanders ,
February 28, 2013
"We had an amazing trip, all the Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii connections worked out great. The hotels, and tours were wonderful. People ask what was your favorite? All of it! We sure saw a lot, everyday was a new adventure. We especially loved the Rees Hotel in Queenstown, and the condo in Hawaii was over the top.
Thank you so much for making our trip so successful.
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Josie Rodriguez ,
March 19, 2013
"Thank you for all your help arranging a wonderful Australian tour for us. There was a lot of anxiety/reservation arranging a tour on line, not meeting the other person on the other line but it all ended well and we had a fantastic experience. Please thank also Ruby for us for arranging our domestic flights. The two of you did a very good job in coordinating/planning everything.
For sure I will use you again in our next trip which will be in September. We would like to go to St. Petersburg, Malta and Sicily.
Again, thank you!
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Iain Campbell ,
March 13, 2012
"This was our third long haul vacation with Kensington and was truly fantastic trip, probably the best to date. The balance with adventures and activities in New Zealand followed by a restfull couple of days in Bora Bora was just right. I cannot say enough about the local support team who were following up to adjust our schedule following the earthquake in Christchurch right into the evening of Christmas Eve, all changes were made efficiently with the addedd bonus of being able to do a wilderness jet boat tour outside of Queeenstown with our extra day. Many thanks for all you help - we will not hesitate to use Kensington for our future travel adventures
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Laura Hollenbaugh ,
February 11, 2013
"It was a great trip. The Medina was great, centrally located and helpful staff. We enjoyed Christmas Mass at the Cathedral with the Cardinal celebrating and the famed boys choir singing. The dinner cruise was fine despite the rain. The driver's tip about the ferries, being a good way to see more of the harbour without great expense was a good one. We especially enjoyed the tour to the Blue Mountains, wonderful lunch at the quaint lodge, and Fetherdale Wild life Sanctuary (fantastic). The accommodations at Uluru were fine and the activities were great, especially the camel ride. We loved the resort at Kewarra. Wonderful service and accommodations and grounds. We spotted a mama and baby Wallabee living in the jungle just outside the suite! We ended up booking 2 days of diving and also a tour of Mossman and Daintree. Wonderful trip. The food was great everywhere but extremely expensive! The locals were always polite and helpful and often amusing! Thanks for all your help! Laura"
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