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8 Day Adventure

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Perfect For Ages 40+

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Explore Brisbane, Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef

Guided Queensland

8 Day Guided Queensland Adventure - Explore Brisbane, Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef

Kick off the first four days of your travel in beautiful Brisbane! Discover the highlights of Brisbane and take in the city’s rich history and architecture. Explore Australia Zoo, made famous by the late Steve Irwin (Crocodile Hunter), see the many shows including crocodile feeding, snake handling and more.

The last portion of your travels will be in the tropical paradise that is Cairns and the world-famous Great Barrier Reef! Discover the vibrant reef and explore the spectacular coral and stunning underwater world. Immerse yourself in the world’s oldest living culture and relax on Cairns’ white sandy beaches.

VALID FOR TRAVEL: select dates between 01 Sep – Oct 2019 OR 01 Feb – 30 Mar 2020.

(Some blackout dates may apply)

Departing Vancouver
$4,371CAD
per person, based on double occupancy
  • All accommodations have a 4-star rating.  Includes return airfare & internal airfare.
  • Prices based are in $CAD and based on double occupancy.  Subject to availability at time of booking.
  • Included: Return airfare, quality accommodation, travel by luxury coach, experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide, Airport transfers.
Departing Calgary/Edmonton
$4,471CAD
per person, based on double occupancy
  • All accommodations have a 4-star rating.  Includes return airfare & internal airfare.
  • Prices based are in $CAD and based on double occupancy.  Subject to availability at time of booking.
  • Included: Return airfare, quality accommodation, travel by luxury coach, experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide, Airport transfers.
Departing Toronto
$4,771CAD
per person, based on double occupancy
  • All accommodations have a 4-star rating.  Includes return airfare & internal airfare.
  • Prices based are in $CAD and based on double occupancy.  Subject to availability at time of booking.
  • Included: Return airfare, quality accommodation, travel by luxury coach, experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide, Airport transfers.

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Details of Your Downunder Travel Adventure

Included in your Adventure

Flights/Airfare

Hotel Accommodations

Interal Airfare

Itinerary

Guide

Some Meals

Taxes & Fees

Travel Visa

Airport Transfers

Breakfast Daily

Tour Guide

Cultural Experience

Excluded in your Adventure

Motor Sports

Some Meals

Travel Insurance

Where will you visit?

Cairns
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Tjapukai Cultural Park
Great Barrier Reef
Rainforest Cableway
Stoney Creek Falls
Kuranda
high-speed catamaran
Barron Gorge
world-listed heritage sites
Brisbane River
Gallery of Modern Art

Guided Queensland

Itinerary

Arrive in Brisbane, Depart from Cairns

8 Day Adventure

DAY 1: Depart Canada

Depart Canada today.

Day 2: International Dateline

Cross the International Dateline and lose a day. You will gain this day back on your return journey.

Day 3: Arrive Brisbane

  • On arrival at Brisbane Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this laid-back city, located on the meandering Brisbane River.
  • Meals included: None
Day 4: Brisbane

  • On your morning sightseeing tour, hear about the history of this beautiful city and see why people love to call Brisbane home. Brisbane is rich in history and you will travel past many historical and significant architectural buildings.
  • Enjoy Devonshire Tea while cruising on the Brisbane River, with expert commentary. Learn the secrets of the longest river in southeast Queensland, which empties into Moreton Bay. Hear the history, convict stories, geography, lush vegetation and view the beautiful homes. The tour concludes at South Bank Parklands with time to explore the many attractions including a extraordinary man-made beach, Gallery of Modern Art, restaurants, museum and cultural centre.
  • Meals included: Breakfast
Day 5: Australia Zoo

  • Spend an thrilling day exploring Australia Zoo, made famous by the Crocodile Hunter, the late Steve Irwin, Terri and Bindi Irwin. This wildlife theme park is too good to rush. Spend almost six hours seeing the many shows and demonstrations including crocodile feeding and snake handling. The handlers even walk some animals through the park so you can get ‘up-close and personal’. The zoo has a team of over 500 who believe in conservation through exciting education, and they will ensure you have a wildlife experience you’ll never forget. View the majestic Glass House Mountains bordered by pineapple plantations and pine forests as you travel along the scenic route on your return to Brisbane.
  • Meals included: Breakfast
Day 6: Brisbane

  • Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Brisbane Airport to connect with your onward flight to Cairns.
Day 7: Cairns

  • On arrival at Cairns Airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel.
  • Meals included: None
Day 9: 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.
  • Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 10: 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.

  • Meals included: Breakfast 
Day 11: Sydney

  • Your tour concludes this morning after breakfast, when you’ll be transferred to Cairns Airport for your flight back to Canada.

Guided Queensland

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Information and Facts

Australia: Facts & Information

Weather

Seasons in Australia are opposite to the weather in North America – December to February is summer; March to May is autumn; June to August is winter; and September to November is spring. Australia is a lovely destination to visit year-round; known for having mild weather throughout, even during its winter. The far northern parts of the country are tropical year-round.

Safety

Canadians can enjoy safe travels year-round in Australia. We recommend that all our travellers purchase travel insurance to cover theft, loss, cancellations/travel interruptions, accidents and non-pre-existing medical problems. The (UV) sunrays in Australia are very strong and can cause a burn, even on a cloudy day.

Vaccinations

While some vaccines may be recommended when travelling Down Under – WHO recommends travellers be up to date with their Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B shots – there aren’t any known ailments or endemic diseases where there is a need for a particular immunisation required for travel.

Currency & Customs

The currency in Australia is the Australian Dollar. Tipping is not customary; however, hotels, tour guides/ground operators and restaurants do not add service charges to your bill. If you feel your service provider went above and beyond, it is recommended to tip 10%. You are required to have a valid Australia Travel Visa.

Electricity

The electrical current for Australia (and New Zealand) is 220-240 volts; it is recommended for certain appliances such as hair dryers and straighteners to bring both a plug adapter and converter. For newer electronics such as tablets or smartphones, a plug adapter may only be needed as the voltage could automatically adjust.

Language

The main spoken language in Australia is English. As well, Australia has many multicultural nations, including the world’s oldest nations.

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The tours in Melbourne, Cairns and Sydney were exceptional.  The guides were all very informative and helpful when explaining the sites, sometimes throwing in their own personal stories too.  In Melbourne we enjoyed: the hop on/off bus tour, the Central Historical tram, the Treasury and ANZAC Memorial is is very worthwhile, The Great Ocean Road with our small group tour was fabulous and the Penguin Parade with underground viewing is definitely a must-see!  The Cairns tours are remarkable; I enjoyed our small personalized group travel to Frankland Island (including guided walk), the Kuranda Train, Skyrail and Hartley’s offered a great variety and St. Monica’s Cathedral with its stained glass windows are a hidden gem!  In Sydney, we enjoyed so much; the Ferry boat was easy to manage, The Sydney Opera House was definitely a highlight, our Harbour Cruise was fantastic and our Blue Mountains tour with hike was lovely, definitely another must-experience.

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