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Brisbane to Cairns (Reef & Rail Cruise)

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,894

This fabulous tour features a journey onboard the Spirit of Queensland train, in an innovative RailBed seat, an eco-cruise through Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, and a rainforest and Aboriginal experience.


Travel along the beautiful coast of Queensland on the Spirit of Queensland, a great way to see regional Queensland

Relax in a comfortable RailBed seat during the day that converts to a fully flat bed at night on your way to Cairns, where you’ll board the famed Coral Princess for 3 nights exploring the Great Barrier Reef. This unique environment is home to over 1200 species of fish and 500 species of coral. You’ll also cruise through Hinchinbrook Channel, keeping an eye out for sea life including crocodiles, dolphins, turtles and dugongs.

Return to Cairns for a full day exploring the nearby rainforest, including a trip on the Kuranda Scenic Train and a ‘Dreamtime’ walk with an Aboriginal guide, for an authentic taste of Queensland’s indigenous culture.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,894

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Day 1

Brisbane Airport International Terminal to Brisbane Hotels

Duration60 Minutes

Sofitel Brisbane Central

Sofitel Brisbane Central is located in the heart of Brisbane, above Central Station and close to shopping, restaurants and cafes. The property's 433 elegantly appointed rooms and suites are complemented by the finest personal luxuries and additional services are available to make your stay all the more memorable.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Sofitel Brisbane Central

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    Sofitel Brisbane Central



    Sofitel Brisbane Central is located in the heart of Brisbane, above Central Station and close to shopping, restaurants and cafes. The property's 433 elegantly appointed rooms and suites are complemented by the finest personal luxuries and additional services are available to make your stay all ...

    Sofitel Brisbane Central is located in the heart of Brisbane, above Central Station and close to shopping, restaurants and cafes. The property's 433 elegantly appointed rooms and suites are complemented by the finest personal luxuries and additional services are available to make your stay all the more memorable.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Brisbane Hotel to Brisbane Railway Station

Duration1 Hour

Queensland Rail

The RailBed is a spacious seat by day that includes a state-of-the-art personal entertainment system, a 240v powerpoint and a USB point. In the evening the seat converts to a lie-flat bed with all linen provided.

Duration24 Hours
Day 3

Cairns Train Station to Cairns Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Pacific Hotel Cairns

The Pacific Hotel Cairns boasts a magnificent location, personalised service and award winning hospitality. Contemporary, and with a tropical ambiance, befitting a bygone era, an era when great service and friendly hospitality were the rule rather than the exception. Spacious rooms all offer balconies. Enjoy the onsite restaurant and bar, outdoor pool and complimentary WIFI throughout the hotel.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Pacific Hotel Cairns

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    Pacific Hotel Cairns



    The Pacific Hotel Cairns boasts a magnificent location, personalised service and award winning hospitality. Contemporary, and with a tropical ambiance, befitting a bygone era, an era when great service and friendly hospitality were the rule rather than the exception. Spacious rooms all offer balconies. Enjoy ...

    The Pacific Hotel Cairns boasts a magnificent location, personalised service and award winning hospitality. Contemporary, and with a tropical ambiance, befitting a bygone era, an era when great service and friendly hospitality were the rule rather than the exception. Spacious rooms all offer balconies. Enjoy the onsite restaurant and bar, outdoor pool and complimentary WIFI throughout the hotel.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 4

Kuranda Classic Tour with Train Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Rainforestation

The Classic Kuranda Experience includes the main attractions of Kuranda, but gives you more free time to explore Kuranda. You will travel to Kuranda by scenic railway and then spend some free time in the village. Wander through the many shops and local markets, which offer a full range of local handicrafts, souvenirs, and gifts.

You will then be transferred to Rainforestation Nature Park, where you will enjoy a delicious Australian BBQ lunch, a guided tour of the rainforest on board an amphibious Army Duck, and the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance performance, followed by the Dreamtime Walk. You will learn how to throw a boomerang, see a spear-throwing demonstrations, and learn about aboriginal culture.

A guided tour of the Koala and Wildlife Park will commence at the Cultural Centre. Your coach will then transfer you to Kuranda Skyrail Terminal for the 7.5 kilometre Skyrail Rainforest Cableway journey down the mountain. Your coach will then return you to your accommodation.

Duration9 Hours
Day 5

Cairns Hotel to Cairns Trinity Wharf

Duration30 Minutes

Depart Cairns

4:00pm: Board your Coral Expeditions small ship for a 5:00pm departure from Cairns. As you depart Cairns and cruise Trinity Bay, there is time to settle in and discover your home for the next four nights. In the evening, join the crew and your fellow travellers in the lounge to enjoy a glass of champagne as you cruise northward with views of Double Island and the pretty beachside village of Palm Cove. Admire a spectacular sunset over the World Heritage-listed rainforest of the Macalister Range before sitting down to a sumptuous dinner.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Coral Expeditions II

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  • Coral Expeditions II



    At just 35 metres in length, Coral Expeditions II is the ideal small ship for discovering the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Small enough to allow snorkelling directly from the ship, yet equipped with the facilities of a much larger vessel, your cruise aboard Coral ...

    At just 35 metres in length, Coral Expeditions II is the ideal small ship for discovering the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Small enough to allow snorkelling directly from the ship, yet equipped with the facilities of a much larger vessel, your cruise aboard Coral Princess II will be truly memorable. Refurbished during early 2015, Coral Expeditions II is fully equipped for the ultimate Great Barrier Reef cruising experience. Australian flagged, registered and staffed, Coral Expeditions II was purpose-built for cruising in this region and is the ideal size to access the very best parts of the Great Barrier Reef. Coral Expeditions II operates an open bridge policy, allowing you to spend time with the Captain and his maritime crew as you cruise.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Gift Shop
    • Laundry Facilities (Surcharge)
    • Library
    • Lounge
    • Scuba Diving
    • Spa/Jacuzzi
    • Sundeck
    • WiFi

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Day 6

Cooktown

You have the morning to discover historic Cooktown. It was here that the famous explorer Captain James Cook took refuge during his voyage of discovery after claiming Australia as a British colony in 1770. You have the option to visit Cooktown's fascinating historical museum, featuring artefacts from Cook's ship, Endeavour. See the original anchor and cannon, jettisoned overboard after Endeavour struck a reef and began taking on water. Cooktown is steeped in history with most stone buildings dating back almost a century. Enjoy time to discover Cooktown at your own pace. Perhaps visit the Botanic Gardens, where you may catch a glimpse of native Australian wildlife including kangaroos and wallabies.

This afternoon, you will visit one of the remote uninhabited islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Join the marine biologist for a glass bottom boat tour over the colourful coral gardens and discover some of the 1,500 species of tropical fish found in these waters. Enjoy your first snorkelling opportunity for an up-close view of the hundreds of varieties of coral growing on this section of reef. The experienced crew will be on hand to provide assistance, advice and guided snorkelling tours for less experienced swimmers.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Lizard Island

This morning, awaken moored beside the beautiful Lizard Island. The energetic may join the guides on a walk to 'Cook's Look' on the island's peak. It was from here, the highest lookout on this part of the reef, that Captain Cook was able to navigate a safe passage back through the treacherous waters after repairing the Endeavour near Cooktown over 200 years ago. A photographer's delight, the views from the lookout over the World Heritage-listed reef and surrounding tropical islands are magnificent. Lizard Island's fringing reef, in the shallow waters just metres off the beach, offers some fantastic snorkelling opportunities. Discover giant clams and a profusion of fish. Enjoy the remainder of the morning at your leisure. You may wish to simply relax on the golden beach soaking up the sun, join the marine biologist for a glass bottom boat tour, or for the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience, take the plunge with the dive instructor on a guided SCUBA dive. The choice is yours!

This afternoon, cruise to Ribbon Reef No. 9, a spectacular and seldom visited part of the reef where your activities will include more snorkelling opportunities and glass bottom boat tours with the marine biologist.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Ribbon Reef No. 3 and Rachel Carson Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is not actually one continuous reef, but a series of thousands of individual coral cays stretching over 3,000 kilometres between the town of Bundaberg and the tip of Australia at Cape York. Spend today visiting two of the most pristine sections of the reef, Ribbon Reef No. 3 and Rachel Carson Reef. Explore the coral gardens and marine life with guided snorkelling and glass bottom boat tours. The on board marine biologist will explain the natural history and evolution of the reef and help you discover the local wildlife, which includes sea turtles, giant clams, rays and over 200 different species of native birds. Today will also be your last opportunity to experience the reef through SCUBA diving, so allow the dive instructor to guide you on an unforgettable experience of a lifetime. This evening, enjoy your final memorable night cruising the Great Barrier Reef.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Arrive Cairns

8:00am Bid farewell to your Captain, crew and new-found friends before disembarking at Trinity Wharf in Cairns.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Cairns Trinity Wharf to Cairns Airport

Duration30 Minutes

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DEPARTS:

Departs from Brisbane on Thursdays and from Cairns in a reverse itinerary on Saturdays.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • First class hotel accommodation
  • Railbed seating on board the Spirit of Queensland train
  • Cabin accommodation onboard Coral Princess
  • Select meals
  • Private transfers as indicated in itinerary 
  • Touring as listed in itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not specifically noted in the itinerary
  • Drinks unless specified
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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22 Feb 2018
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