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6 Day Guided Vacation | Hamilton Island to Cairns

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Queensland Islands & Rainforest

6 Day Guided Vacation | Hamilton Island to Cairns

Queensland Islands & Rainforest

6 Day Guided Vacation | Hamilton Island to Cairns | Travel Period: 1 Apr 2020 – 31 Mar 2021

Queensland Islands & Rainforest

6 Day Guided Vacation

Hamilton Island to Cairns

This bijou tropical escape features sun-drenched white beaches, crystal-clear waters and lush rainforest. Relax on Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays, snorkel on Whitehaven Beach and cruise to the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef. Venture inland to discover spectacular rainforests and waterfalls, and complete your journey in tropical Cairns.

Choose This Trip If You'd Love To:

  • Soak up island life with two nights on Hamilton Island
  • Snorkel the world-famous Great Barrier Reef
  • Stop at Millaa Millaa Falls and the Curtain Fig Tree
  • Relax and enjoy two 2-night stays on this tour

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Flexible Vacations

Choose your island lifestyle at Hamilton Island. Take a ferry to famous Whitehaven Beach or hike up to Passage Peak followed by a dip in the pool. You have the freedom to roam around just the way you like. 

Iconic Sites

Spend two nights at the incredible Hamilton Island, then enjoy a day out further north at the Great Barrier Reef.

Time For You

Live it up on Hamilton Island as you please: take a ferry to Whitehaven Beach or TIME enjoy an indulgent dinner.

Sustainable Travel

Through contributios to the Great Barrier Reef conservation through Marine Park fees you help protect the reef.

Welcome to Hamilton 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! You’ll meet your Travel Director this evening for a run-down of your next few days.

Hotel: Reef View Hotel, 2 nights

At Hamilton Island the day is yours to indulge and relax by the pool or on the beach – you may prefer to hire a buggy to explore the island or tee off in paradise against the magnificent backdrop of an azure ocean. Or perhaps the famous Whitehaven Beach beckons. Take an optional 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.

Included Meals: Breakfast

This morning you’ll board a ferry back to mainland and continue north along the Bruce Highway. Your destination for the night is Mission Beach where you’ll stay with views over the ocean. Magic!

Hotel: Castaways Resort & Spa

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

This morning there will be time to take a walk along the shore and feel the golden sand between your toes before you depart. Today you’ll travel through the high tropical plateau known as 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 while you’re there. Continue to Kuranda where you’ll stop around lunch time. Enjoy some free time to explore the village in the rainforest. From Kuranda you will take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway high above the canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park before arriving at your hotel in Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

Hotel: Hilton Hotel Cairns, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

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. Imagine that! 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 glass bottom boat. Enjoy a delicious tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns in the late afternoon. Tonight is your farewell dinner at restaurant on Cairns Harbour.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine

Your wonderful holiday concludes after breakfast when you bid farewell to your fellow travellers.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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.


  • 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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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! 


  • Free wireless internet access
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Foxtel
  • Clock radio
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • Air-conditioning
  • Refrigerator
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Iron / Ironing Board
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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


  • Air Conditioning
  • Radio
  • Phone
  • Private balcony
  • Bathrobe
  • Bathroom Amenities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Mini Bar
  • Iron / Ironing Board
Need accommodation before or after your tour?

Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Find out more

  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Travel in luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
  • Airport Transfers (see flight information below)

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. The excursions can be booked on tour through your Travel Director.

Adult Price: AUD 199.80
Child Price: AUD 107.10

Kuranda, Skyrail and Tjapukai Day Tour (KQST)

Your tour today offers the wonders of the rainforest, as well as our unique indigenous culture. Visit the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Experience the history, creation and dance theatres where the legends of the dreamtime are brought to life. Glide over and through the World Heritage rainforest with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, before free time in Kuranda. Wander through the colourful Heritage Markets and find some intersting arts and crafts. You then take a spectacular journey along the Scenic Railway through the curves and waves of the rainforest to Freshwater Station. Your coach awaits for your transfer back to your accommodation.


Adult Price: From AUD 99.00
Child Price: From AUD 45.00

Dinner and Harbour Cruise on Spirit of Cairns

A Cairns Dinner Cruise is the perfect way to end a perfect day in paradise. Step aboard the luxury catamaran Spirit of Cairns for a 2.5 hour evening cruise through the calm water inlet and waterfront precinct of Cairn. Enjoy fabulous dining and live music with the lights of Cairns City and mountain sillhouettes as your backdrop.

Adult Price: AUD 93.00
Child Price: AUD 60.50

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park - By Day

Watch Indigenous performers bring the world’s oldest living culture to life through traditional dance, art and interactive demonstrations.

Adult Price: AUD 154.00
Child Price: AUD 93.50

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park - By Night

More than just a dinner and show; Tjapukai by Night takes you on a magical adventure into the legends of Australia’s dreamtime. Here you will enter another world as Australia’s Aboriginal culture is brought to life through a series of award winning performances as you feast on modern cuisine from the Far North.

Adult Price: AUD 120.00
Child Price: AUD 47.00

The whitest sand in the Whitsundays is found on the magical Whitehaven Beach. This half day tour has you boarding a high speed catamaran directly to Whitehaven Beach where you will have time to explore, swim and relax. Morning departure, including morning tea.

Adult Price: AUD $235.80 Child Price: AUD $217.80

A cultural journey taking you from coast to rainforest experiencing natural beauty and ancient culture.
Learn traditional hunting and gathering skills as you search for bush tucker of mud crabs, fish and mussels before tasting and sharing what you have caught and gathered. A short drive away is the lush rainforest of Mossman Gorge Cultural Centre. Here you will experience the splendour of the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest. Enjoy a guided interpretive walk through the ancient rainforest and along the banks of the pristine waters of the Mossman Gorge. Lunch & damper included.

Adult Price: AUD $198.90 Child Price: AUD $104.40

Enjoy this historical rail journey to Kuranda, with breathtaking views across the cane fields of Cairns, to the tropical rainforest of Kuranda. Upon arrival you will have around one hour to explore this fascinating village of colourful and interesting arts and crafts. At 11.30am, make your way directly to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to experience this iconic rainforest. After arriving at the Smithfield Skyrail Terminal, the coach will transfer you to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. Explore the park, including the unique eco experience of the Wetlands cruise through the ecologically significant Melaleuca wetlands; the domain of the saltwater crocodile. (Operates Daily)

Adult Price: AUD $201.60 Child Price: AUD $135.00

Travel in air-conditioned comfort in your luxury purpose-built vehicle to Cape Tribulation, through some of the oldest rainforest in the world.  Included is morning tea and a driver guided walk at Mossman Gorge, a cruise on the Daintree River, delicious tropical BBQ lunch set amongst the rainforest, and a walk on famous Cape Tribulation Beach.

Adult Price: AUD $153.90 Child Price: AUD $81.00

Down Under Tours Kuranda Skyrail and Scenic Railway

Join your Down Under Tours coach transfer to Smithfield Station. Here you join Skyrail and marvel at the World's Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience, including time at both Red Peak and Barron Falls stations, both with spectacular lookouts. On arrival in Kuranda, the Village is yours to explore. The vibrant and colourful Heritage markets take place daily. Your return to Cairns is aboard the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail. Winding around curves, across bridges and through hand-hewn tunnels this amazing engineering feat is a tribute to our pioneers. Upon arrival at historic Freshwater Station, you will board your coach back to your accommodation.

Adult Price: AUD $199

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

Adult Price: AUD $55.00 Child Price: AUD$37.00

Have marine experts guide you on a personal 35 minute tour exploring areas of the reef not accessible by others, highlighting brilliant corals and fascinating marine life. Our marine naturalist has a large rubber ring that you can hold on to, making it great for non-swimmers and those who aren't confident to snorkel alone, as well as those who want an in-depth experience of the outer reef.

Adult Price: AUD $149.00

Adult Price: AUD $235.00 Child Price: AUD $122.00

Spend the whole day experiencing the wonders of the magnificent Whitehaven Beach. Following the cruise over, your day on the whitest of sands commences on the southern end of the beach. The crew will advise of the days activities available including a trip to Hill Inlet at the northern end of the beach, walking tours and paddle-boarding. Your trip includes morning and afternoon tea plus a gourmet burger with side salads served on the beach. 

Optional Experiences indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars. 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. Please see your Travel Director for a full list of experiences.

What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers in cooler months
  • Swimwear and beach towel (if swimming)

Fitness Requirements

  • Low level of fitness required


  • 5 Full Buffet Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 1 Dinner
  • 1 Farewell Dinner

Flight Information

  • Day 1 - Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Hamilton Island Airport
  • Day 6 - Flights to depart anytime from Cairns Airport


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