BRAMWELL TO CAPE YORK Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
After an early start, we head north travelling along part of the Old Telegraph Track to arrive at Fruit Bat Falls for lunch. Relax, swim, and enjoy this unique area with its enchanting waterfall. Then northwards across the Jardine River, to arrive at Cape York! We will be staying at Seisia. Seisia is ideally located for our next few days, being within walking distance from the Seisia Wharf, the departure point for the ferry to Thursday Island and a famous fishing spot. Our accommodation at Seisia Holiday Park are cottages with ensuite facilities.
Seisia Holiday Park
Thursday 9 June
Join us on our Coast to Cape tour, travelling up the coast to
Cairns, a once-in-a-lifetime tour to Cape York and home
again via Outback Queensland.
It will be a holiday to remember.
June Thursday 9 to Wednesday 29 2016
Deposit on booking $1,000.00
$9,150.00 T/S per person ($1,890.00 s/s)
GYMPIE TO ROCKHAMPTON m/t, dinner
Welcome to our exciting tour to the Far North! After our morning pick ups we have a travel day today so sit back and relax as we make our way north along the Bruce Highway, stopping for morning tea and lunch. (Lunch own cost) Our first night’s accommodation is in Rockhampton.
Quality Hotel Regent Rockhampton
Friday 10 June
Coast to Cape & Thursday Island - 21 days
CAPE YORK TO SOMERSET Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
We have an unforgettable day ahead of us! Stand at the very top of mainland Australia. We then visit Somerset (road conditions permitting), once the home of the legendary Jardine family. We enjoy lunch on palm fringed Anchorage Beach which overlooks the Albany Passage. A walk on the beach completes our day before returning to Seisia.
Seisia Holiday Park
ROCKHAMPTON TO AIRLIE BEACH breakfast, dinner
Following a hearty breakfast, we’re on the road again. We stop for lunch en-route then continue to Proserpine. Here, we leave the highway and drive to the coast. The Whitsunday Coast is located on the same latitude as Rio de Janeiro and Tahiti. The average winter temperature is in the mid 20s.The coastal hub of the Whitsundays is Airlie Beach – a town with a laid back village atmosphere, nestled amongst the rainforest and overlooking the blue waters of the Whitsunday Passage.
Colonial Palms Motor Inn.
AIRLIE BEACH breakfast, m/t, Lunch & Dinner
Today we make our way to Proserpine River Eco Tours for a unique nature experience into the realm of the saltwater crocodile. But it’s not all about crocs either! We’ll cruise the wetland habitat, melaleuca forest and a mangrove ecosystem. This habitat is home to many species of native birds, mammals, reptiles and marine animals – including about 200 estuarine crocodiles. We enjoy a morning tea of Aussie Damper and Billy Tea prepared by our guides, travel in an open-air wagon train through Goorganga Wetlands and see the land as Captain Cook saw it. Our tour also includes a calm water cruise on the Proserpine River investigating the marine mangrove ecosystem and we get the chance to see an estuarine (saltwater) crocodile, rated as one of the most dangerous crocodiles in the world. Our guides will also show us how to catch the delicious Queensland Mud Crab and describe their amazing features and this crab’s fascinating lifecycle before releasing them back into the river. Lunch today is an appetizing Aussie BBQ lunch in the covered campsite. Following a fascinating day, we transfer back to Airlie Beach.
Colonial Palms Motor Inn.
Saturday 11 June
Sunday 12 June
AIRLIE BEACH to TOWNSVILLE Breakfast & Dinner
This morning we farewell Airlie Beach and continue our journey to North Queensland’s Capital - Townsville. Today’s travels include a brief stop in Bowen, then past Ayr and Home Hill. Arriving into Townsville, we have some time to enjoy a lunch break (own expense) then visit the Reef HQ, a federally run venue showing off fish and animals only found on the Great Barrier Reef. We will be given a talk by the Aquarist, including a visit to the turtle hospital. Before checking into our overnight accommodation, we’ll take in the sights of Townsville including a drive along “The Strand”, a 2km long development along the main beach at Townsville with a lovely promenade walk, as well as restaurants, cafes and shops.
Rydges Southbank Townsville
Monday 13 June
TOWNSVILLE to CAIRNS Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Rejoining the Bruce Highway, we drive to Ingham, then Cardwell and Tully, the town with Australia’s highest recorded rainfall. Today, we visit historic Paronella Park. What an amazing place! Created in the 1930’s by Spanish Immigrant Jose’ Paronella, this once thriving social and entertainment centre is today still enjoyed by visitors from near and far. Protected by the National Trust, Paronella Park is what remains of a magnificent castle surrounded by acres of gardens, modelled on the best botanic gardens of Europe. The castle was lit by power generated by North Queensland’s first hydro-electric scheme more than 7000 trees were planted including the magnificent Kauris which line “Kauri Avenue”. We enjoy a late lunch here and time to explore the park before travelling onto Cairns where we settle into our accommodation for the next two nights.
Ibis Styles Cairns -
EXPLORING CAIRNS Breakfast & Dinner
One of the “must do” tours in Cairns is a ride on the historic Kuranda Train for the spectacular ride to the famous, tropical plant clad Kuranda Station. The train journey takes us through the magnificent Barron Falls National Park. Highlights of the ride are picturesque valleys, jungles, railway bridges, tunnels built over a century ago and the Barron Falls themselves. Perched above Cairns on the top of the Range and surrounded by World Heritage Listed Rain Forest is the village of Kuranda. The town is full of arts and craft shops and we have plenty of time to explore the village and purchase lunch. We then board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, across the rooftop of World Heritage listed rainforest areas and back down to the coastal plain (20 minutes). Stretching 7.5 kilometres across the rainforest canopy, Skyrail is the world’s longest gondola cableway. The views are spectacular. We stop off during our descent to visit a rainforest interpretative centre and for a short walk along a boardwalk through the rainforest. There is a coffee shop at the terminal for those who would like some refreshments and we’ll have time to look through the gift shop – perhaps to purchase a souvenir of our holiday. We’ll arrive back at the hotel with some time to relax and freshen up before dinner in the hotel.
Ibis Styles Cairns -
Tuesday 14 June
Wednesday 15 June
CAIRNS TO COOKTOWN breakfast, dinner
Our adventure is about to start! After an early morning pick up , we travel north along the scenic Captain Cook Highway, through the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the reef. Then making our way along the jungle shrouded Bloomfield Track (road conditions permitted), we stop at the unique Lion’s Den Hotel, pass the mysterious Black Mountain, arriving at the old gold port of Cooktown, where we visit Captain Cooks Landing, before settling in our accommodation with ensuite facilities.
Thursday 16 June
COOKTOWN TO MUSGRAVE Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Heading west into the outback, we travel over the legendary Battle Camp Range to the Old Laura Homestead and Lakefield National Park (road conditions permitting), a haven for the many birds and animals native to this area. Lagoons, billabongs, and wide river lakes are home to both fresh and saltwater crocodiles. The afternoon finds us arriving at our overnight accommodation at The Old Musgrave Telegraph Station. (Accommodation with ensuite facilities)
Old Musgrave Telegraph Station
Friday 17 June
MUSGRAVE TO WEIPA Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
This morning, we continue north stopping off at the historic frontier gold town of Coen and the picturesque Archer River, before making our way to the bauxite-mining town of Weipa. Enjoy the spectacular sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria. Our accommodation with ensuite facilities tonight is at the Heritage Resort.
Heritage Resort, Weipa
Saturday 18 June
WEIPA TO BRAMWELL STATION Breakfast & Dinner
We experience the Weipa Mine Tour – The Largest Bauxite Mine in the World – this morning, a fascinating and informative tour of theis enormous open cut mining site and the remote mining town of Weipa. The tour covers just about everything we might want to know about the Western Cape Region and its history plus a comprehensive insight into the whole process of mining and a chance to see the enormous mining equipment, trucks, locomotives and other plant used on the 2,590 square km site.
After time to purchase lunch, we head for our overnight accommodation with en-suite facilities at a true blue Aussie cattle station, Bramwell Station.
Sunday 19 June
Tuesday 21 June
THURSDAY ISLAND TO CAIRNS Breakfast & Dinner
An early morning departure as we cruise through island studded straits to explore our northern community, Thursday Island. Here we will be taken on a informative guided bus tour of the island and its picturesque Harbour, once home to the romantic pearl lugger fleet. We then board the plane at Horn Island for a scenic flight back to Cairns where we will be transferred to the hotel.
Ibis Styles Cairns
Wednesday 22 June
CAIRNS Breakfast & Dinner
Today we have a free day at leisure. Perhaps you would like to take a half day cruise to Green Island, or swim out on the Great Barrier Reef or a day tour to the Atherton Tablelands or Port Douglas. The choices are plenty and all yours to make. Any tours today are at your own expense. Tonight we’ll join together to discuss our day’s activities over dinner.
Ibis Styles Cairns
Thursday 23 June
CAIRNS TO ATHERTON Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
For those continuing on, we have a great day planned. Our destination today is an area known as the Atherton Tableland. First we head to Mareeba where we visit Jaques Coffee. Here, we discover the world of Coffee and how it is grown by joining one of the guided "Jacques Coffee Plantation Tour". Our tour includes a short movie which will show us the different aspects of the Coffee Plantation and learn about the processing and harvesting of coffee in Australia – this video also tells the interesting story of the Jaques life in coffee which will amaze you!). We are taken to have a look at "Coffee Shuttle One", the world’s first Coffee Harvester and then on out to the coffee field to examine up close the coffee trees. If there is coffee fruit in season, our guide will let us taste the sweet coffee fruit from the trees (which tastes nothing like coffee whatsoever). We then embark on a "Safari" around the Plantation to view the coffee processing mills. Arrive back at the Plantation Cafe for a Cappuccino, Latte, Short Black or Long Black with morning tea and the opportunity to sample the house speciality "Jaques Coffee Liqueur". Time to say farewell to Jacques as we head across the range to visit the Curtain Fig Tree. To count the tangled roots of the Curtain Fig would take a week. It’s curtain of aerial roots drop 15 metres (49 feet) to the ground. Large basalt boulders cover the forest floor, which is probably why the forest here wasn't cleared for farming - and why the curtain fig tree remains standing. The Atherton Tableland is rather a unique place in Australia and what makes it so special is the combination of its geographic location in the Tropics (between 400 and 1100 metres), its pleasant climate and the volcanic activities which have shaped large parts of its landscape. One of the most dramatic examples of this is Lake Barrine –a beautiful volcanic Crater Lake. It’s here we enjoy lunch in the Lake Tearooms before a cruise with great commentary. We have the chance to stop at one of the tableland villages for some “retail time” before checking into our accommodation.
Atherton Rainforest Motor Inn
Friday 24 June
ATHERTON TO UNDARRA Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
This morning, we drive to Undara National Park where we check into some unusual accommodation at the Undara Lodge. We enjoy lunch, then this afternoon we take a tour of the amazing Undara Lava Tubes (Undara is an aboriginal word meaning
“a Long Way”). We take a guided tour of one of the world’s longest and largest single lava tube systems. Formed some 190 000 years ago when a major crater in the McBride Volcanic Province erupted, the Lava Tubes are a truly a rare geological wonder. Our accommodation this evening is in restored rail carriages (shared facilities).
Undara Lava Lodge
Saturday 25 June
UNDARRA TO CHARTERS TOWERS Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Today is a travel day as we drive south on the Gregory Developmental Road. At Greenvale, we’ll enjoy lunch at the Three Rivers Hotel, made famous by Slim Dusty in a song by the same name. This afternoon, we make our way to Charters Towers.
Cattlemans Rest Motor Inn, Charters Towers
CHARTERS TOWERS TO EMERALD Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Following breakfast, we’re on the road again as we continue south on the Gregory Developmental Road stopping at a suitable spot en-route for our picnic lunches. Our destination is Emerald.
Western Gateway Motel, Emerald
Sunday 26 June
Monday 27 June
EMERALD TO ROMA Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
This morning, we take in the sights of Emerald including a look at the National Trust listed Railway Station. Built in 1900 and restored in 1986, the station with its fossilized tree aged 250 million years outside the Emerald Town Hall. We now start our journey to Roma, stopping enroute for lunch at Injune. As we drive to our motel later this afternoon, we make our way along The Heroes Avenue – 93 bottle trees (Brachychiton rupestre) were planted by 1920 as the initial memorial to those in the First World War. Each tree originally bore a brass plaque stating the name of one of the 93 local men who fell during the war. Only one of these plaques survives, now on a cairn outside the post office.
Tuesday 28 June
ROMA, MILES, DALBY Breakfast & Dinner
Following breakfast, we join the Warrego Highway to Miles. Here, we visit the Miles Historical Village Museum which features authentic buildings from the early pionering days such as a dairy, church, school and police cells. Also on display are many articles from the early days, including Aboriginal artefacts and momentos from both World Wars. The museum houses an interesting display of semi-precious stones and a large shell collection. Take a stroll into history down the main street and visit a variety of stores including the blacksmith's shop, bakery, hotel, bank and cafe. We have lunch here with plenty of time to explore the 21 authentic buildings. Mid afternoon, we drive to Dalby for our final night on tour.
Wednesday 29 June
DALBY TO HOME Breakfast & Lunch
All good things must come to an end and so must our tour as we make our way home. We stop for a hot lunch at The Bunyas before our afternoon drive back to Gympie to complete a fantastic holiday!
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Monday 20 June