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Tour code: QCH
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Soak up the sun and relax in tropical Cairns and admire the beauty of Millaa Millaa Falls. Snorkel famous Whitehaven Beach and take a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef, and luxuriate in a tropical paradise on Hamilton Island.

Itinerary

1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019 ?
Day 1 - 2
Welcome to Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef
Day 1: Welcome to Cairns

Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an orientation tour of the laid-back tropical city. Be my guest dining experienceThis evening there is an opportunity to enjoy Aussie hospitality at its best – join a local family in their home in Cairns for a Be My Guest BBQ dinner. Spend a leisurely evening enjoying an informal chat with the family and learning about life in the tropics. The open, warm and friendly nature of Australians will be there in abundance.

Day 2: Great Barrier Reef

Board a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. The World Heritage listed reef is the only living organism you can see from the moon. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkelling and view this natural living wonder up-close (equipment provided) and view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and the semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns in the late afternoon. You have a free evening to do as you choose. Why not take a stroll along the esplanade and check out the Cairns Night Market?

Hotel: Hilton Hotel Cairns, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 1: Be My Guest Dinner. Day 2: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3
Cairns – Mission Beach

This morning you will take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway high above the canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park to Kuranda village, where there's time to explore the 'village in the rainforest' including the heritage village markets. Continue to the Atherton Tablelands where lush rainforests, waterfalls and lakes abound. Visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the famous Curtain Fig Tree. Keep an eye out for the spectacular Ulysses Butterfly! There will be time to take a walk along the shore and feel the golden sand between your toes when you arrive in Mission Beach this afternoon.

Hotel: Castaways Resort & Spa

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 4 - 5
Mission Beach – Hamilton Island & Whitehaven Beach
Day 4: Mission Beach – Hamilton Island

Travel down the coast towards tonight’s stopover in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef on spectacular Hamilton Island. You’ll visit Townsville where there’s time for a stroll along the Strand, then travel to Airlie Beach to catch the ferry to the island, one of 74 tropical islands that make up the Whitsundays. You’ll be surrounded by pristine beaches, and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life!

Day 5: Hamilton Island & Whitehaven Beach

The famous Whitehaven Beach beckons this morning. Cruise aboard a catamaran to this slice of paradise, where you can simply relax on the beach, take a swim, or get involved in some fun beach activities. Back at Hamilton Island the afternoon is yours to indulge in your own pleasures – hire a buggy to explore the island or maybe tee off in paradise against the magnificent backdrop of an azure ocean.

Hotel: Reef View Hotel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 4: Breakfast and dinner with wine. Day 5: Breakfast

Day 6
Farewell from Hamilton Island

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

Included Meals: Breakfast

6 Day Guided Vacation

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Tour departs from Cairns and returns to Hamilton Island

Highlights

  • Enjoy a Be My Guest BBQ dinner with a local family in their Cairns homeBe my guest dining experience
  • Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Skirt across the treetops on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Free time in Kuranda
  • Relax in idyllic Mission Beach
  • Stop at Millaa Millaa Falls & the Curtain Fig Tree in World Heritage listed rainforest
  • Stay on Hamilton Island – everyone has a view over the Whitsundays from their balcony
  • Tropical paradise Whitehaven Beach
  • Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide

Inclusions

  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

Dining

  • Full buffet breakfasts (5)
  • Lunch (1)
  • Dinners with wine  (2)
  • Be My Guest dinner (1)

Flight Information

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.

Day 1   Flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm
into Cairns Airport
Day 6   Flights to depart anytime
from Hamilton Island Airport

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months
  • Swimwear and beach towel

Ways to Save

Departures from 1 April 2018

Early Payment Discount
Save up to $235pp
Departures before 31 March 2019
Kings Club   5% saving
 
2nd vacation discount   2.5% saving
 
Groups (5 people or more)   5% saving
 
Triple share   5% saving

* All savings are per person, apply only to the land component. Conditions apply.

 

Find your applicable discounts as many discounts are combinable. More Information

Quality accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • Hilton Hotel Cairns
    34 Esplanade, Cairns QLD, 4870

    2 nights

    • Cairns Hilton Hotel at sunset

    The Hilton Cairns hotel boasts a unique tropical setting, enjoying spectacular scenery surrounded by lush gardens. The hotel offers bright accommodation with spacious bathrooms and private balconies with stunning waterfront views of Trinity Inlet, the Cairns Esplanade and blue-green mountains beyond

    • Features
    • Air Conditioning
    • Radio
    • Phone
    • Private balcony
    • Bathrobe
    • Bathroom Amenities
    • Hair Dryer
    • Internet Access
    • Hair dryer
    • Mini Bar
    • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Castaways Resort & Spa
    2 Pacific Parade, Mission Beach, Queensland 4852

    • Castways Resort & Spa Mission Beach - pool

    Castaways Resort & Spa is your ultimate beachfront escape in the tropics. Idyllically bound by the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest, Castaways resort is the perfect destination for couples, families or groups of friends. Positioned absolute beachfront with direct access to the 14 km long beautiful, white sandy beach you have found your own tropical little paradise right here! 

    • Features
    • Free wireless internet access
    • Flat Screen TV
    • Foxtel
    • Clock radio
    • Direct Dial Telephone
    • Air-conditioning
    • Refrigerator
    • Hairdryer
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Reef View Hotel
    12 Resort Dr, Hamilton Island, QLD 4803

    2 nights

    • Reef View Hotel - Coral Sea View Twin Room

    With large, comfortable, modern rooms, the Reef View Hotel offers a perfect getaway for couples, families or groups of friends. Spacious, comfortable and with most rooms boasting incredible sea views, the Reef View Hotel offers stylish and family-friendly Hamilton Island accommodation.

    • Features
    • Private balcony
    • Air-conditioning
    • Ceiling fan
    • Clock Radio
    • Ensuite
    • Bathtub and shower
    • In-room safe
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Phone
    • Refrigerator
    • In-room Movies (fee applies)
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Room service
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • TV
    • iPod connectivity

Experience more on your holiday

To ensure your holiday is filled with memorable experiences, we have included a range of quality Optional Excursions for you to choose from and partake in, if you wish, during your holiday. We understand that everyone is an individual, and have therefore allowed some free time for you to experience different types of touring. These have not been included in the tour fare as we realise they may not appeal to all people. Our selection of optional excursions include scenic flights, helicopter rides, cruises, dinners, ballooning, fishing trips, four wheel drive tours, cultural experiences, and even camel riding.


Experiences available between 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019

Great Adventures Certified Dive - 40min (Cairns)

Adult Price: AUD 119.00 - 1 Certified Scuba Dive

Great Adventures Certified Dive - 40min

If you already have a dive certification, we will provide an experienced dive guide to ensure maximum enjoyment and safety and guide you to the best sites. Proof of certification is required C-card / log book. (Certified diving is subject to availability on the day of travel.)

Great Adventures Introductory Dive (Cairns)

Adult Price: AUD 167.00

Great Adventures Introductory Dive

For an underwater adventure to remember, experience an introductory dive! It’s fun and no experience is necessary to take a fully supervised introductory dive. Professional and experienced instructors will guide you through every aspect of your dive, allowing you to have a relaxed, enjoyable experience.

Great Barrier Reef Helicopters (Cairns)

$175 adult

Great Barrier Reef Helicopters

Take a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef - spectacular!

Bookings

The excursions can be booked through your Travel Director. You will be asked during the early part of your tour to name those that you may wish to join, as advance reservations are often necessary. Please note that occasionally weather or seasonal conditions may not permit their operation. Some also depend on a minimum number of participants and suitable time being available.

Prices

Prices indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars

Prices are valid from 1 April 2018. Optional experience pricing is indicated in Australian dollars or New Zealand dollars depending on the country of operation and may be subject to change. Please note that reduced rates for pensioners or children may apply on some tours. Prices are inclusive of GST.