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Essence of the Great Barrier Reef

Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 836

FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Visit the reef and rainforest on this 4-day escape to Port Douglas. Cruise a protected coral cay along the Great Barrier Reef and snorkel off white-sand beaches. Then travel north to Cape Tribulation to explore the Daintree Rainforest and spot Australian wildlife in their natural habitat.


This 4-day Australian vacation takes you along the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest in northern Queensland. It features first-class accommodations and shared tours. 

Your journey begins in Cairns in far northern Queensland, where you’ll connect to Port Douglas and Shantara Resort & Spa, your 4-star, adults-only boutique resort for the next several nights. Explore the waters of the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest living structure, on a cruise to the Low Isles. Snorkel through protected coral gardens and swim off white-sand beaches. You can also ride in a glass bottom boat for intimate views of the undersea life. Then head along the coast from Mossman to Cape Tribulation to explore the Daintree Rainforest. Cruise the Daintree River to spot Estuarine Crocodiles in the water. Reach Alexandra Range where you can admire views of the rainforest meeting with the Coral Sea. Stroll along the boardwalk to keep your eyes peeled for the elusive cassowary and other jungle wildlife. After a barbeque lunch, you’ll go for a rainforest swim in Emmagen Creek before searching for sea turtles and butterflies in the forest and ending the tour at Cape Tribulation Beach. 

At the end of your stay, connect back to Cairns for onward travels. 


 

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Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 836

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Day 1

Cairns Airport to Port Douglas

Duration45 Minutes

Shantara Resort and Spa Port Douglas

Shantara Resort Port Douglas offers adult only boutique accommodation which is suited for couples or the independent traveler who are looking to unwind in a tranquil and tropical ambience. Resort features include the Shantara Day Spa, gym, 2 swimming pools, undercover BBQ area, free secure car parking and elevators. Shantara is a short stroll to Four Mile Beach and cosmopolitan Macrossan Street with its array of restaurants, cafes and shops. The Shantara team offers personalised service and peace and tranquility, in the heart of Port Douglas. If arriving outside regular reception hours (Mon to Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 9am-4pm), arrangements must be made prior to arrival directly with the Resort.

Meal Plan Room Only - Weekly Service
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Shantara Resort and Spa Port Douglas

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    Shantara Resort and Spa Port Douglas



    Shantara Resort Port Douglas offers adult only boutique accommodation which is suited for couples or the independent traveler who are looking to unwind in a tranquil and tropical ambience. Resort features include the Shantara Day Spa, gym, 2 swimming pools, undercover BBQ area, free secure …

    Shantara Resort Port Douglas offers adult only boutique accommodation which is suited for couples or the independent traveler who are looking to unwind in a tranquil and tropical ambience. Resort features include the Shantara Day Spa, gym, 2 swimming pools, undercover BBQ area, free secure car parking and elevators. Shantara is a short stroll to Four Mile Beach and cosmopolitan Macrossan Street with its array of restaurants, cafes and shops. The Shantara team offers personalised service and peace and tranquility, in the heart of Port Douglas. If arriving outside regular reception hours (Mon to Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 9am-4pm), arrangements must be made prior to arrival directly with the Resort.

    Facilities

    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Spa

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Day 2

Low Isles Sailing and Snorkelling Cruise

Join your coach transfer to the wharf this morning and board the vessel to enjoy a full day reef and island cruise to Low Isles. Sail to and explore this protected coral cay, with white sandy beaches and coconut palms, surrounded by coral gardens and the Coral Sea. Sailaway moors in the sheltered blue lagoon for five hours. Just relax on the island, join the guided snorkel tour, take a trip on the glass bottom boat or laze on the deck after a buffet lunch. Later, enjoy sailing back to the mainland.

Duration8 Hours
Day 3

Cape Tribulation Daintree ex Port Douglas

Your naturalist guide will meet you at your accommodation and after introductions all round we then drive north along the scenic route via Mossman to Cape Tribulation.

Lush farmland contrasts with seascape as we approach the majestic Daintree River. Time for a short morning tea break then its 'all aboard' for an informative river cruise. Relax and enjoy the splendour only the Daintree can offer as you learn of Estuarine Crocodiles, mangrove forests and wildlife, this is nature at its best!

We ascend the Alexandra Range and pause for a panoramic view of World Heritage Tropical Rainforest merging with the azure colours of the Coral Sea. Experience the rainforest intimately on our elevated National Park Boardwalk. Accurate interpretations of flora and fauna will be given with ample time for photographs and questions as we search for the elusive, rare and totally unique Southern Cassowary and other wildlife species within this habitat.

A delicious barbecue lunch with freshly prepared salads (dietary requirements catered for with prior notice) is served while you can hand feed Wallabies and enjoy a cold drink from the bar (own cost). Our tour does a little more, it takes you beyond Cape Tribulation along 7klms of the 4WD Bloomfield Track too pristine Emmagen Creek and time for a refreshing rainforest fresh water swim. Seek fish and turtles in the creek, butterflies and exotic birds in the trees and indulge in a taste testing of tropical fruit, a cup of traditional Billy Tea, and damper all of which enhance the tranquil surroundings.

At Cape Tribulation Beach, there is a little time to stroll along the beach and boardwalk to the photographers' platform overlooking the mountains and coast where the 'Rainforest meets the Reef. (There is no swimming at Cape Tribulation Beach due to dangerous Hazards)

After a short afternoon refreshment stop at the Daintree Ice-creamery (own cost), we cross the Daintree River by cable ferry and begin our homeward journey somewhat wiser for our 'Total Rainforest Experience'.

Duration8 Hours
Day 4

Port Douglas to Cairns

Duration1 Hour

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 3 nights first-class accommodation in Port Douglas
  • Shared full day Low Isle Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise
  • Shared full day 4WD Cape Tribulation Tour
  • 2 lunches

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Meals & beverages not explicitly listed as included
  • Gratuities
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable

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 inquire.

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7 Mar 2022
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