Queensland Sand, Sailing & Dreamtime

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Brisbane to Cairns

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

This is hardly a sleepy trip. Rather, this is the perfect 12-day adventure for sailing buffs that want to experience the blue waters of Australia, as well as off-road lovers looking to explore via 4x4. We’ve got a riverside camp to stay at in the gorgeous Noosa Everglades, and once we’ve left Airlie Beach, you'll learn about Indigenous artisan crafts from local Aborigines, then check out the swimming holes of the Atherton Tablelands. While “Dreamtime” is a mythology central to Indigenous Australian society, we’re pretty sure you’ll want to be wide awake for this trip.

What’s included

  • Carte Blanche: Cairns Big Night Out: Cairns
  • Fraser Island 4x4 excursion
  • Noosa Everglades overnight experience
  • Noosa Everglades canoeing excursion
  • Entrance fees to Cooloola Recreation Area and Fraser Island in Great Sandy NP
  • Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion (3 days)
  • Whitehaven Beach visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Zip over dunes in a 4x4 on a remote sand island
  • Sail from island to island through the whitsundays on a maxi yacht
  • Cool off in picture-perfect waterfalls

Itinerary

Day 1 Brisbane Arrive in Brisbane at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city. Opt to visit the Botanical Gardens, admire views of the city from Mt Coot-tha, or relax at Streets Beach on the South Bank. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Brisbane/Noosa Everglades (1B) Head north to Noosa, and enjoy a free afternoon for surfing or strolling the boardwalk to Noosa National Park, where koala sightings are common. Included Activities: Noosa Everglades Overnight Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 135km)
Day 3 Fraser Island/Noosa Everglades (1B, 1L) Travel by private 4x4 and ferry to reach Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island. Walk through the rainforest, visit Lake Mackenzie, and drive along Australia's only sand highway. Included Activities: 4x4 Excursion Noosa Everglades Overnight Excursion Transport: 22-seat 4x4 truck Ferry Ferry 22-seat 4x4 truck
Day 4 Noosa Everglades/Airlie Beach (1L) Go canoeing along the calm waters of the Noosa Everglades before hopping an overnight train north to Airlie Beach. Included Activities: Canoeing Transport: Overnight train (airplane seats) (12.00-14.00 hours)
Day 5 Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands (1D) After arriving in Airlie Beach, transfer to the marina and embark on a maxi yacht which will be our home for the next three days. Set sail to a secluded cove in the Whitsunday Islands where you will drop anchor for the night. Included Activities: Whitsunday Islands Sailing Trip, Day 1 Transport: Maxi yacht
Day 6 Whitsunday Islands (1B, 1L, 1D) The sailing route today allows us to follow part of Captain Cook's route up through the Whitsunday Islands. Again we drop anchor in a secluded bay for the night. Included Activities: Whitsunday Islands Sailing Trip, Day 2 Transport: Maxi yacht
Day 7 Whitsunday Islands/Airlie Beach (1B) After three days at sea, we sail back to Airlie Beach for a night on land in a local beach hostel. Feel free to relax by the pool at the end of the day. Included Activities: Whitsunday Islands Sailing Trip, Day 3 Transport: Maxi yacht
Day 8 Airlie Beach/Cairns Admire the scenery on the train north to Cairns. Additional Notes: Get ready for an early morning wake-up today for the journey to Cairns. Make sure to stock up on snacks and bring personal entertainment – it may be one of the longer travel days on this trip, but it's worth it to reach The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef! Transport: Local bus (0.75-1.00 hours) Train (10.00-11.00 hours)
Day 9 Cairns Enjoy a free day to visit the Great Barrier Reef or get the adrenaline pumping by whitewater rafting or bungee jumping. Cap it all off with a Big Night Out in Cairns. Included Activities: Big Night Out
Day 10 Cape Tribulation Head north to Cape Tribulation. Stop en route to explore Mossman Gorge and take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest. Included Activities: Aboriginal Interpretive Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 140km)
Day 11 Cape Tribulation/Yungaburra (1B) Enjoy a free morning to further explore the rainforest or chill out poolside. Head towards Yungaburra in the Atherton Tablelands for the night, and enjoy additional free time to explore the area. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s), 185km)
Day 12 Yungaburra/Cairns (1B) Stop at Lake Eacham, a volcanic crater lake, before continuing on to visit some of the waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands, including Josephine Falls and the famous Millaa Millaa Falls. Later, go for a swim in the waters of Babinda Boulders before travelling back to Cairns where the tour ends upon arrival. Additional Notes: Ask your GCO about booking post night accommodation in Cairns, as this trip arrives back late in the evening. Included Activities: Lake Eacham Visit Babinda Boulders Visit Millaa Millaa Falls Visit Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 70km)
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