5 day tour – Far North Queensland Waterfalls and Rainforests

AUD $1,790.00
  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Location: Airlie beach

Highlights

  • Daintree river cruise
  • Mossman Gorge
  • Port Douglas
  • Historic Kuranda
  • Army Duck ride
  • Port Douglas Sunset Cruise
  • Lake Tinaroo at sunset
  • Historic Herberton
  • Atherton Tablelands
  • Yungaburra Village
  • Millaa Millaa waterfalls
  • 500 year old Curtain Fig
  • Trinity Bay Lookout
  • Great ideas to explore on your own
    • Great Barrier Reef Cruise (additional cost)
    • Spa Treatments (additional cost)

Itinerary

Day 1 – Let the adventure begin

Welcome to North Queensland. We will pick you up at a pre-arranged location at 11am and make our way to the beautiful Barron Falls. This walk is in the upper section of Barron Gorge National Park, accessed via Kuranda. Explore this elevated, wheelchair-accessible walkway, suspended high above the forest floor, as it winds through lush rainforest and open eucalypt forest canopy to Din Din Barron Falls lookouts.

We will explore the Karanda Markets where you can enjoy a nice lunch.

We will take an Army duck ride through the worlds oldest rainforest on an amphibious World War II Army Duck. During this 45 minute rainforest tour, your knowledgeable Duck Captain will identify and explain fascinating plants and wildlife as you pass by before splashing into the lake for a cruise with more wildlife to be seen.

This tour is all about waterfalls and rainforests, lets combine the two with a visit to Millaa Millaa falls. The most beautiful and iconic waterfall of the waterfall-laden Atherton Tablelands region. What the falls has going for it, is a lush rainforest setting fringed with broad ferns, colourful flowers and a plunge pool suitable for swimming.

Before the day end a visit to the 500-year-old Curtain Fig is a gigantic strangler tree. Circumnavigate the base of the tree and giant buttress roots on the easily accessible boardwalk.

Meals – Welcome BBQ Dinner at Lake Tinaroo

Overnight in Yungaburra

Day 2 – Historic Herberton

Prepare to be wowed as you step back in time to an era that has been long forgotten.

Herberton is an unusual town which is set on a ridge of the rolling hills of the Atherton Tablelands. Historically it was a tin town with both a mine and a smelter nearby.

The town came into existence in 1880 when a party of prospectors led by Willie Jack and John Newell discovered tin in the area. They named the settlement Herberton because it was at the headwaters of the Herbert River.

Here we will visit the Herberton Historic Village. A remarkable collection of over 60 buildings which is reputedly the largest collection of Australiana in Queensland. Its buildings include an old school, a coach and livery stable, a miner’s hut, a slab hut dating from 1870, a bank, a presbytery, a telephone exchange, a pub (which is a composite of a number of buildings) and many more.

Now we make our way down the Great Dividing Range towards Port Douglas along one of the most coastal scenic drives. This is where two world heritage sights meet, the world heritage daintree rainforest and the other being the world heritage Great Barrier Reef.

A stop over at Trinity Bay Lookout, an easy walk and a vista that awaits you is well worth the effort and makes for very memorable photos.

This evening your in for a treat of visual delights onboard the lady Douglas. Take in the spectacular wilderness and scenery of the mangroves, wildlife, shipwrecks, and plenty of time to go in search for wild estuarine crocodiles. Enjoy a drink and nibbles as the sunsets over the river (additional drinks can be purchased onboard)

Meals – Breakfast

Overnight in Port Douglas

Day 3 – Port Douglas

Enjoy this tropical paradise at your leisure with so much to do.

Take a Great Barrier Reef Cruise onboard a high speed comfortable vessel to 2 exclusive and stunning outer reef site (additional cost)

Relax with a spa treatment at the resort (additional cost)

Explore Port Douglas and teak a stroll along the 4 mile beach

Or relax around the resort pool with a great book

This evening we are all going to dinner at one of Port Douglas’s highly recommended restaurant

Meals – Breakfast and dinner

Overnight in Port Douglas

Day 4 – Daintree River and Mossman Gorge

Today we visit the world heritage listed Daintree Rainforest.

We will take a river cruise on the Daintree river admiring the amazing birdlife, schools of fish, and hopefully sneaky snakes and salt water crocodiles plus a variety of the mangrove species lining the riverbank.

We will tour through Mossman Gorge, which is the gateway to the worlds oldest rainforest, the Daintree Rainforest. Take an easy 10 minute stroll along the elevated boardwalk that meanders through the lower rainforest canopy and return along the riverside track, enjoying views from several small lookouts along the way.

Be amazed by bright butterflies and look closely for well-camouflaged Boyd’s Forest Dragons clinging to tree trunks.

Meals – Breakfast and lunch

Overnight in Port Douglas

Day 5 – Homeward bound

All great adventures must come to an end but the memories will last forever.

After breakfast take time to explore some more before making your way to the airport or train station. Remember, don’t loose yourself  in this tropical paradise and forget the time. leave yourself plenty of time for check-in.

Meals – Breakfast