Day 1 (Lunch / Dinner)
This morning you will travel 240km north to the coastal town of Rainbow Beach ? the gateway to World Heritage Fraser Island.
This afternoon you will be treated to a unique experience as you design and paint your own boomerang, a traditional Aboriginal hunting implement. Yarra (Bunjalung tribe) and local artist Ze will help you using Aboriginal symbols, animals and activities to create a personal memento of your Australian adventure.
Rainbow Beach gets its name from an Aboriginal legend that tells of Yiningie ? the spirit of the Gods represented by a rainbow ? who was killed in a fight over a woman. When he crashed into the cliffs his spirits created the coloured sands that are visible today.
On the walk we will explore these ‘rainbow’ dunes, made up of more than 70 different colours of sand and also learn how to throw our boomerangs.
We settle into our accommodation for the evening with a meal in the bar/restaurant.
? Boomerang Making Lesson ? Bushtucker lunch
Day 2 (Lunch / Dinner)
Welcome to World Heritage Fraser Island.
Your adventure onto the famous island begins in the morning when your local guide picks you up in Rainbow. After a short 10-minute ferry ride you start your two full days of four-wheel-driving on the roads of sand.
During your stay on Fraser you will have the chance to spot dingoes in the wild, swim in crystal clear freshwater lakes and swimming holes and explore the diverse landscapes in this unique habitat. Don?t forget to bring your new boomerang with you to practice your throwing on the beach.
Before heading to bed don?t forget to look up to enjoy the millions of stars and maybe even spot the five stars on the Aussie flag ? the Southern Cross.
Day 3 (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
In the late afternoon of day three your guide will return you to your Rainbow accommodation where you have a group dinner.
Day 4 (Dinner)
Not many mornings start with hand-feeding wild dolphins but today you are in luck as we visit Tin Can Bay to witness the resident Indo Pacific dolphins come into the harbour to be fed their daily breakfast by you. This National Park run activity is included in the price of your tour.
It?s then onto our cattle station where we will arrive in the evening and settle around the campfire for a traditional home-cooked dinner.
Day 5 (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Awake to the sounds of birds chirping and the crackle of the campfire preparing for your camp oven breakfast.
Today is a day of Aussie Outback life as you will try your hand at whip cracking and lassoing, cow-milking and a farm tour. You can also participate in a horse ride or motorbike ride through the cattle station (both optional and at additional expense). In between these activities experience a traditional Aussie BBQ to keep your energy levels up.
In the evening we return to the campfire for another camp oven dinner.
Day 6 (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
This morning we bid farewell to our outback paradise and head to the gateway of the Whitsundays region, Airlie Beach.
As we will be driving a lot of the day, we suggest counting kangaroos.
Airlie is one of the liveliest towns on the East Coast and has entertainment to cater to just about every taste.
? Outback to the Coast
Day 7 (Breakfast)
Today you will have the option of relaxing in Airlie Beach to rest up and take in the tropical atmosphere of this chilled out town. For those wanting a more action-packed experience you have the option to upgrade to a 2 day/1 night sailing experience with our partners Explore Whitsundays. Sail on a maxi-yacht with young fun loving people and experience sleeping overnight on a fast sailing yacht
? Day at leisure at Airlie Beach ? Optional Overnight Sailing adventure.
Day 8 (Breakfast / Lunch)
This morning we head to Abel Point Marina for our cruise through the magnificent Whitsunday Islands.
Our sleek catamaran features a boom net where you can laze about as you watch the blue water break against the sides and the islands slowly cruise by.
In the morning we will venture onto Whitsunday Island to take in the breathtaking seven kilometre-long Whitehaven Beach where you can snorkel, swim and even clean your jewellery with the white pristine silica sand.
For lunch we return to the boat for a BBQ and cruise around the area before returning to Airlie in the late afternoon.
If you don?t have a case of the sea legs, then tonight you may want to check out the nightlife which makes Airlie Beach so famous.
? Catamaran sailing in the Whitsundays ? Whitehaven Beach ? Airlie Beach nightlife
Day 9 – (Breakfast / Dinner)
An early start this morning as we continue our journey north with a coastal drive to Yungaburra, a village in the heart of the Atherton Tablelands.
En-route you will get to participate in a game of Australian folk-lore, ‘lawn bowls’. Stop at one of the great little towns in rural Australia to test your skills against your group and the locals that frequent these watering holes for the ‘sport’.
Yungaburra is a beautiful town nestled away from the coastline, amongst beautiful crater lakes, rainforest and tropical fruit farms. From our accommodation this night you will have the opportunity to go wildlife spotting by canoe, looking for the rare ‘Lumholtz?s Tree Kangaroo’ (yes a real kangaroo that lives in amongst the rainforest canopy), ring tail and brush tail possums, carnivorous possums, bandicoots, gliders and platypuses.
? Australian Lawn Bowls ? Night wildlife spotting by canoe
Day 10 (Breakfast / Dinner)
After your big night of activities we awake this morning to participate in a platypus spotting walk (in fact we have a 98% success rate in seeing the elusive platypus), with the option of biking in the neighbouring area.
Our final destination of Cairns by road takes us through other parts of the stunning Atherton Tablelands. Here we will visit the magnificent Millaa Millaa Falls, the Curtain Fig Tree and the volcanic crater of Lake Eacham. Swim, bike and walk amongst nature.
Following an amazing last day in the Tablelands we arrive in Cairns and our group joins together again at a local Cairns restaurant for our end of tour dinner.
On this final morning our group will meet by the pool to plan further activities and to take an end of tour group photo before the guide leaves the group. If staying on in Cairns then the Great Barrier Reef is your oyster. Your guide can organise a boat trip on the Silverswift luxury catamaran where you can spend five hours on the world?s most famous reef swimming and snorkeling to your heart?s content.
The awe-inspiring Great Barrier Reef carries many titles: one of the seven wonders of the natural world, the largest coral reef system on the globe and the only living thing on Earth visible from space.
The beauty of this magnificent piece of nature will remain in your mind long after you leave.
If you opt to stay on dry land then perhaps you?d prefer to soar above it. Hot Air Ballooning is a unique and tranquil way to greet the day and can be organised by your guide, along with a range of extensions including the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest from Cape Tribulation, Fitzroy Island or some thrill seeking adventures like Skydiving or Bungy.
We look forward to seeing you again on the great East Coast of Oz.
? Cairns at leisure ? Optional Outer Great Barrier Reef cruise