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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

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.

This itinerary is valid from 1 April 2018

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

One of 74 tropical islands that make up the Whitsunday group in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island boasts pristine beaches and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life. Tonight, meet your Travel Director at a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Reef View Hotel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Cruise to Whitehaven Beach and wander in peace along its 7 kms of pure white sand. Or if you’re feeling energetic, take a walk to Hill’s Inlet for views over the Whitsunday islands and the sparkling waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Back on Hamilton Island, the afternoon is yours in this tropical paradise.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Take the ferry back to the mainland this morning and continue along the Bruce Highway, stopping off in Townsville with time for a stroll along the Strand with its views to Magnetic Island. Your next destination is Mission Beach, where your accommodation offers superb views over the Coral Sea.

Hotel: Castaways Resort & Spa

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Take some time out this morning to wander along the shores of Mission Beach, before setting out on today’s journey to the high tropical plateau of the Atherton Tablelands, where lush rainforests, spectacular waterfalls and peaceful lakes abound. Visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the heritage-listed 500-yearold Curtain Fig Tree, and keep an eye out for the magnificent Ulysses butterfly. Then, enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the local markets, before travelling on to Cairns via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

Hotel: Hilton Hotel Cairns, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

Board a high-speed catamaran today and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkelling (equipment provided) to view this natural living wonder at first hand, or view the coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on board before you return to Cairns. Be my guest dining experienceThis evening join a family in their Cairns home for a Be My Guest Aussie BBQ dinner. Spend a leisurely evening enjoying an informal chat with the family and learning about life in the tropics.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and Be My Guest dinner

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

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.

    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
 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! 

    Features

  • 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

    Features

  • 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 by 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 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.)

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.

Adult Price: AUD 214.00

Cape Tribulation Day Tour (CTR)

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 a driver/guided tour & morning tea at the Mossman Gorge Centre, delicious tropical lunch set amongst the rainforest, and a walk on famous Cape Tribulation Beach.

* If your tour ends in Cairns, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

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Adult Price: AUD 164.00

Kuranda Skyrail and Scenic Railway (KQS)

Join your luxury Down Under Tours coach for the journey to Caravonica Lakes. Here you join Skyrail and marvel at the technology that has created the World's Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience. Stop at Barron Falls Station and learn more about this amazing Eco-system at the CSIRO Interpretive Centre. View the Barron Falls or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the rainforest boardwalk. 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. Spectacular scenery is the order of the day before arriving at historic Freshwater Station, where you will board your coach back to your accommodation.

* If your tour ends in Cairns, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

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Adult Price: AUD 48.00 - Dep 1.30pm from Reef Fleet Terminal

Cairns Harbour Afternoon Cruise - 2 hours

With waterways winding through a 300 square kilometre maze of mangroves, expect rich diverse wildlife, stunning scenery and a relaxing cruise with informative commentary from the crew. This is the saltwater crocodile’s natural habitat – with a chance to spot them basking on the muddy banks particularly in the cooler months.
* If your tour ends in Cairns, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: AUD 216.00 (Operates Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday)

Daintree Walkabout (DWA)

After arriving at Mossman Gorge, you will be treated to a guided rainforest walk along private, easy graded tracks, visiting special places and culturally significant sites, past traditional bark shelters and over cool rainforest streams. Your experienced interpretive Indigenous guides demonstrate traditional plant use, identify bush tucker sources, share their dreamtime legends, explain the history of cave paintings and provide an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and their special relationships within this unique tropical environment. After your 1.5hr walk, enjoy tea, damper and question time with guide.  Later enjoy a fascinating hour cruising through this wildlife environment, which is home to birds, tree snakes, unique plants and the estuarine crocodile – a great photo opportunity. Enjoy afternoon tea after your cruise. Lunch included. 

* If your tour ends in Cairns, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

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Adult Price: From AUD 95.00 (Operates Wednesday to Saturday)

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 cruise of dining, entertainment, and panoramic mountain and city views. Throughout the evening you cruise the calm water inlet and waterfront precinct of Cairns, whilst enjoying fabulous dining, live music, and (optional!) dancing after dinner.

* If your tour ends in Cairns, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: AUD 230.00 + flight levy

Hot Air Cairns - 30 Minute Flight

Enjoy a spectacular balloon flight over the Atherton Tablelands the hot air ballooning capital of the southern hemisphere.

*Additional $30.00 insurance levy to be paid direct to Hot Air Cairns applies.

** If your tour ends in Cairns, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: AUD 83.00

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.

* If your tour ends in Cairns, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: AUD 144.00

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.

* If your tour ends in Cairns, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: AUD 50.00

Ochre Restaurant - 2 Course Dinner

Ochre Restaurant has created a whole new Australian Cuisine utilising the abundant and, until recently, untapped traditional native fruits, berries, game meats and seafood, as well as the best of Australian wines and beers.

* If your tour ends in Cairns, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: AUD 211.00

Kuranda, Skyrail and Tjapukai Day Tour (KQST)

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. Ride the Skyrail Cableway above the Barron Gorge National Park to the village of Kuranda, where there is time to stroll through the markets.

* If your tour ends in Cairns, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

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$175 adult

Great Barrier Reef Helicopters

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


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
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months
  • Swimwear and beach towel

Fitness Requirements

Dining

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

Flight Information

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

Queensland Islands and Rainforest

6 Day Guided Vacation

Hamilton Island to Cairns

Early Bird Savings Available

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.

  • Tropical paradise Hamilton Island
  • Stay on Hamilton Island- everyone has a view over the Whitsundays from their balcony
  • Stop at Millaa Millaa Falls and the Curtain Fig Tree
  • Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Visit Kuranda

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! Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and get to know them over a delicious meal.

Hotel: Reef View Hotel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Dinner with wine

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 semi- submersible craft. 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.

    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
 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! 

    Features

  • 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

    Features

  • 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 by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

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 fitness required

Dining

  • 5 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 2 Dinners with wine
  • 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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