What is Included
- Breakfast X 3
- Lunch X 1
- Snorkel equipment provided for Great Barrier Reef Cruise
- Experienced Driver Guide
- Comprehensive commentary
- Travel in an air-conditioned coach
- Return airport transfers - flight details to be provided 14 days prior to tour departure date
- International airfare
- Optional programs fees
- Travel insurance
- Visa fee
- Personal expenses and any extra cost beyond control
Day 1: Welcome to Cairns
On arrival at Cairns Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore this vibrant tropical city. Take a stroll along The Esplanade or simply relax by the beach or in one of the many cafés. The Pier Marketplace overlooking Trinity Bay offers a local shopping experience, home to a number of shops, bars and waterfront restaurants that create an exciting atmosphere. Come night fall check out the night markets, a unique entertainment and shopping experience home to over 70 different stalls.
Hotel: Hilton Hotel Cairns or Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort, Cairns, 3 nights.
Day 2: Great Barrier Reef
Board a high-speed catamaran to cruise through sparkling turquoise waters to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Extending over 35 million hectares, it’s the largest reef structure and marine park in the world and offers an experience like no other. View spectacular coral and tropical fish from the onboard underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft, or go snorkelling and experience this natural wonder up-close (equipment provided). Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before returning to Cairns.
Included Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Day 3: Tjapukai – Skyrail – Kuranda
Visit the fascinating Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Australia’s largest indigenous cultural park, which has been built in a spectacular rainforest setting. Discover this ancient culture through bush food lessons, didgeridoo demonstrations, movie theatres, fire making demonstrations and the famous Tjapukai Dance. A short distance from Tjapukai is the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Skyrail takes you over and through the breathtaking World Heritage rainforest of the Barron Gorge National Park. There are two rainforest stations where you can enjoy a ranger guided boardwalk and observe this ancient rainforest from spectacular lookouts.
On arrival in Kuranda there is free time to explore the ‘village in the rainforest’ and its many attractions, including the Heritage Markets. After exploring, board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for a historic journey travelling through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Passing the spectacular Stoney Creek Falls your journey winds through man-made tunnels, across bridges and around curves to arrive at its final destination, Freshwater Station.
Included Meals: Breakfast
Day 4: Farewell from Cairns
Your Short Break concludes this morning after breakfast, when you’ll be transferred to Cairns Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).
Included Meals: Breakfast