Day 1 Arrive Cairns
After transferring from Cairns Airport, settle into your accommodation. The 4 star hotel is in the heart of the city, only a block from the ocean, and is surrounded by lush foliage and swaying palms.
Gather in the afternoon for a welcome orientation over drinks and tapas.
Board a sunset boat cruise on the Trinity Inlet � a perfect introduction to Cairns and its harbour.
Enjoy an elegant meal at a Cairns restaurant in the heart of the city, where you have the opportunity to sample classic Australia cuisine.
Day 2 Cairns to Port Douglas to Cairns
Considered one of the most scenic drives in Australia, the Captain Cook Highway winds north from Cairns and treats you to views of golden beaches and translucent sea.
Meet your Aboriginal guide for a hike to the rainforest through the eyes of the indigenous Kuku Yalanji. Learn about the Dreamtime and native plants. Listen for the call of the wild cockatoo or the laughing kookaburra.
A sonorous didgeridoo demonstration completes your morning. Next visit a refuge for Australian animals such as the endangered cassowary, crocodiles, kangaroos, koalas and countless exotic birds.
Have the opportunity to interact with the animals up close, whether its holding a python, feeding a lorikeet or meeting a kangaroo. Enjoy a stroll and a seaside dinner in the charming town of Port Douglas.
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Day 3 Cairns to Great Barrier Reef
Set sail for the Great Barrier Reef on a 65 foot yacht with a crew dedicated solely to your small group. Enjoy intimacy, flexibility and personal service not available on larger boats.
Take the time to trim the sails, learn to jibe, and steer the vessel, or simply soak up the sun on the deck. Snorkellers will delight in viewing the incredible array of life and colours that exist just below the surface.Snorkellers can also take the opportunity to try an introductory scuba dive. Scuba divers can log up to five dives in the two days, including a phenomenal night dive on the reef.
In the evening, the crew offers up a hearty meal, good conversation and perhaps a round of karaoke. Have the option to sleep on the deck under the stars.
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Day 4 Great Barrier Reef to Cairns
Spend another day exploring the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. A roving marine park permit allows the flexibility to choose different sites at which to snorkel or dive.
Have the chance to see thousands of shades of hard and soft corals, angelfish and Nemos in anemones, elusive white-tipped reef sharks and giant turtles. Learn about the ecology and conservation of the reef.
On the sail back to civilization, look out for dolphins swimming and playing alongside the boat, while in the winter season both humpback and minke whales may make an appearance.
Enjoy a free evening to explore Cairns and the Cairns Esplanade waterfront only steps from your hotel.B L
Day 5 Cairns to Mission Beach
Wooroonooran National Park hosts some of the oldest continually surviving rainforest in the world, and the park reaches its highest diversity in the area of todays hike. Hike to an enchanting set of waterfalls with a special Aboriginal significance.
Explore the Waterfalls Circuit: a set of three grand waterfalls under which you can swim or view from above. Learn about Australias unique rainforest species like the brilliant blue Ulysses butterfly, the giant tree frog and the musky rat kangaroo.
Take a short hike through the jungle to Josephine Falls � where the triple tiered cascades end with a natural waterslide and a refreshing swimming hole.
Travel to Mission Beach, home of at least 33 rare and threatened plants, including endangered ferns, orchids and flowering plants. Nestled in the rainforest, your accommodation boasts private natural trails, views to the Coral Sea and meals al fresco.
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Day 6 Mission Beach to Tully River
The Tully River ranks high with rafting enthusiasts around the globe for its stunning course through natural parklands, thrilling rapids and reliable all year round flows. First timers and experienced rafters alike will be exhilarated.
Raft through UNESCO World Heritage rainforest and below waterfalls that tumble from the walls of the gorge.
Rousing rapids with evocative names like the Staircase, Corkscrew and Alarm Clock mark the start of the day, after which you paddle through another 41 rapids, stopping midway for a riverside BBQ.
Return to your eco-lodge in the evening where you can listen to the sounds of the rainforest or learn more about rainforest ecology.
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Day 7 Little Mulgrave Valley to Cairns
Mountain biking in Cairns is a bikers dream: mid to challenging track, fun rolling terrain, gorgeous vistas and little seen wilderness areas.
Each person can choose from one of two options: a thrilling singletrack circuit in the Little Mulgrave Valley, or a more relaxed scenic route.
Either path rewards you with a gorgeous ride ending at a refreshing swimming hole. Not to miss Australias other watering hole, stop for a stubbie at a classic Aussie pub at the routes end.
Return to Cairns for a celebratory dinner and a recounting of your groups adventures over the past week.
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Day 8 Depart Cairns
After breakfast, depart for your journey home or enjoy a few optional activities such as the Kuranda Skyrail, a sunrise balloon flight or a scenic helicopter tour.