Far North Queensland
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From Cairns: Fitzroy Island Return Catamaran Transfer

1. From Cairns: Fitzroy Island Return Catamaran Transfer

Depart from Cairns Marina and visit Fitzroy Island, a national park covered in lush tropical rainforest and boasting granite outcrops, open woodlands, mangroves, coral beaches. Walk to the lighthouse, dine at the restaurant, or relax at the famous Nudey Beach, voted the best beach in Australia. This return catamaran transfer gives you 6 hours to explore paradise at your own pace. During your time on the island, you will be able to explore with self-guided rainforest walks to the summit, lighthouse, secret garden, and Nudey Beach or, soak in the magic of the island by snorkeling, diving, and kayaking. With up to 6 hours of free time, you will be able to explore the island through self-guided rainforest walks to the summit, lighthouse, secret garden, and Nudey Beach or, soak in the magic of the Great Barrier Reef by snorkeling, diving, and kayaking. At Fitzroy Island, you can snorkel the fringing reef only meters from the beach. You also have the option to bring a picnic lunch or purchase a casual lunch from the Fitzroy Island cafe. Extra activities include Foxy's Bar & Café, Pacific Island Store, snorkel hire, dive, and activities center - all available on the island at an extra cost. Depart Fitzroy Island at 4:15 PM for the leisurely, relaxing cruise home. By 5:30 PM, arrive back at Cairns Marina. 

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From Airlie: Whitsundays Full-Day Catamaran Sailing Trip

2. From Airlie: Whitsundays Full-Day Catamaran Sailing Trip

Discover the Whitsunday Islands National Park and beautiful Whitehaven Beach on this 10-hour cruise. Sit onboard the spacious deck in the sun and enjoy refreshments and morning tea. Upon arriving at the famous Whitehaven Beach, you'll see the Hill Inlet lookout, one of the most photographed locations in Australia. Enjoy morning tea and a guided walk following the path and history of the Whitsunday traditional owners, the Ngaro people. Your guide will lead you right to the lookout and that picture postcard view. Learn about the history and flora from the informative displays along the way that provide an insight into this picturesque area. Spend the rest of your day relaxing on Whitehaven Beach and playing beach games, with wetsuit hire included. Tuck into a delicious gourmet lunch. Alcoholic beverages and refreshments served throughout the day are all included. Award-winning Airlie Beach restaurants are the caterers for the cruise, which is licensed to serve beer and wine from 11:00 AM. Enjoy afternoon tea before the thrill of sailing on the way home as you reminisce on your perfect day in paradise.

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Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, & Mossman Gorge Tour

3. Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, & Mossman Gorge Tour

Get picked up at your hotel and stop at the renowned Mossman Gorge, the first sight on your Daintree Forest tour. Embark on a guided walk and then hop aboard a river cruise on the Daintree River, home to the elusive estuarine crocodile. Observe stunning native and migratory bird life, butterflies, and breathtaking scenery. Cross the Daintree River, journey to Alexandra Lookout, and enjoy sweeping views extending from the Daintree River Estuary to the Coral Sea. Stop for morning tea under the canopy of this prehistoric rainforest. Have some muffin biscuits, coffee, Daintree Tea, and water.  Continue on to Cape Tribulation, with a stop at Kulki Lookout for unparalleled views of the rainforest and beach. Stop at Noah Valley, a World Heritage private property that plays host to some of the most spectacular, pristine rainforest found anywhere in the world. Take a stroll along The Gateway to Paradise and see one of the most primitive flowering plants still in existence. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear rainforest stream while your barbecue lunch is prepared in a private retreat surrounded by rainforest. Savor a lunch of steak, fish, and sausage, served with salads and a warm damper (Australian-style bread) followed by a tropical fruit platter. Follow lunch with an interpretive guided rainforest walk through the heart of the Daintree rainforest. Discover how all living parts of the Daintree Rainforest depend on each other for survival. Conclude the tour with a visit to Daintree Ice Cream Company.

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Chillagoe Caves and Outback from Cairns Full-Day Tour

4. Chillagoe Caves and Outback from Cairns Full-Day Tour

Your naturalist guide will meet you at your accommodation and after introductions all round, you will ascend the McAllister Ranges and head west through Mareeba embarking on a remarkable journey back to prehistoric times, when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. The first stop is for morning tea (tea, coffee and cakes or a sausage roll). From here you will travel through the back blocks of a wetland area viewing wallabies, emus and other wildlife and then along the irrigated agricultural paddocks of this fertile area, eventually crossing over the Great Divide and into the Western watershed. Travel through historical towns and rolling hills rich in minerals eventually giving way to towering limestone karsts scattered around Chillagoe.  Stop in Chillagoe for the National Parks Cave tour. The fossilized remains of the ancient coral reefs with hidden limestone labyrinths give a portal to a lost world just like the Great Barrier Reef. Millions of years in the making, the limestone formations are nothing short of spectacular. Then delve into the history of the copper smelters, whose old chimneys dominate the western horizon. Visit the remains of the once mighty smelters to ponder what it was like working there, then visit Aboriginal Rock Art. Afterwards, it’s time for an Aussie pub lunch.  After lunch and a visit to the local souvenir shop, head back towards the East coast, stopping at Granite Gorge where you can feed wallabies and hold other indigenous animals. The tour then returns down the range to Cairns.

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Airlie Beach: Kangaroos at Beach Sunrise & Wildlife Tour

5. Airlie Beach: Kangaroos at Beach Sunrise & Wildlife Tour

Break out your binoculars and walking boots to experience a day of Australian nature and wildlife from Airlie Beach. Learn about Indigenous people and their connection to the land. Encounter local wildlife as you navigate through pristine nature reserves. Get an early start to the day as you set out on a road trip to share the sunrise with local kangaroos and Wallabies. After a walk through the National Park rain forest and a sacred Indigenous fish trap site, enjoy a delicious breakfast on the beach. Walk off your breakfast with an interpretive wander through a subtropical rain forest or a hike to the lookout. Then, hop back on your guide-driven vehicle and continue the road trip to a local farm. Get your cameras ready from some of the most beautiful sights. Once at the farm, get a chance to interact with several tropical birds in a walkthrough Aviary and some friendly farm animals. Sip on a cup of light morning tea before heading back to Airlie Beach. Use your free time in some locations to swim and relax. This is an educational experience is crafted with a personal touch in a small group so you can have a completely personalized experience close to nature. Encounter wildlife such as kookaburras, fruit doves, birds of prey, goannas, turtles, platypus, and lizards.

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Port Douglas: Mossman Gorge Day with River Drift Snorkeling

6. Port Douglas: Mossman Gorge Day with River Drift Snorkeling

Your guide for the day will collect you from your hotel, from where you will travel north to the Mossman Gorge visitor center. Upon arrival you'll be welcomed to the country by a Kuku Yalanji traditional owner with a smoking ceremony. Throughout this ceremony, you will learn about the traditional ways of the rainforest people. This experience will be complete with plunger coffee, billy tea, and freshly baked damper for morning tea. Following that, ride the eco-friendly shuttle bus up to the start of the trail. You will begin your guided walk through 3 kilometers of easy-grade walking tracks, with plenty of time for a swim along the way. Alternatively, you can enjoy sitting next to the river surrounded by rainforest. You'll then take the shuttle bus back down to the visitor center, where lunch will be served. In the afternoon, you'll travel to a secret location on the Mossman River. There you'll be outfitted with a wetsuit and snorkeling gear, wetsuit shoes, and a snorkeling mask. After a safety briefing, begin exploring the river with your guide. You'll walk through rainforest before swimming, snorkeling, and drifting under the canopy. Following a magical experience in the Mossman River, it will be time to remove your wet suits, and safety gear before enjoying some light snacks and heading back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Far North Queensland

Well worth it. This is a fantastic day trip in a nice small group. Our guide Jans was extremely knowledgeable and the whole experience was well organised. You can tick off so many sites in this region in a single day and it doesn’t even feel rushed. 100% recommend.

A great day with the high light certainly being the Caves and the tour with our guide Eddie. It was a very hot day but Mark tried very hard to keep us cool. His knowledge of the area was very good. Perhaps omit the visit to Granite Gorge with its caged animals.

Took the Catamaran to Fitzroy Island for the day to go snorkeling off the island. The coral is beautiful and chance to swim with the turtles is not to be missed.

A lovely day out from start to finish. The crew were excellent and did their upmost to ensure we had a great day. The food was delicious and plentiful.

A great day at Fitzroy Island. Couldn't believe we saw a turtle up close in the ocean. Amazing.