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Cairns & Great Barrier Reef Experiences
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Dazzling corals, vibrant marine life and an intricate underwater world like nowhere else on the planet: welcome to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Explore this dazzling kaleidoscope as part of a dreamy holiday to Tropical North Queensland that will stay with you long after you’ve returned. Jump on board the Coral Expeditions II, cruise the calm blue waters and discover the best of this marine wonderland. Choose to don your snorkel or scuba gear and get up close and personal with the reef, before relaxing on the picturesque beaches when back onshore.
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Fly from the UK to Cairns
Trinity Beach and Cairns
Arrive at Cairns and head straight to Trinity Beach, to check into your hotel located along one of the region's most beautiful beaches. From fantastic shopping to delectable cuisine, and museums and art galleries to soaking up the sun beside the beautiful esplanade lagoon, this region has plenty to brag about. Take a day to discover the picturesque mountain retreat of Kuranda, travelling by rainforest cableway, the Skyrail, allowing you to glide just metres above the rainforest canopy. In Kuranda itself you can shop for impressive artistic souvenirs and keepsakes, stroll around the heritage markets and soak up the laid-back, small-town feel.
Accommodation at 4* Blue Lagoon Resort
4* Amaroo at Trinity
Atherton Tablelands to Mission Beach
These verdant highlands form part of Queensland’s Great Dividing Range, an idyllic carpet of emerald green tropical forests and bucolic countryside. It’s all rather picturesque, with waterfalls plunging majestically into blue lakes, lush ferns and palm trees contrasting with green fields and rolling hills. Get your camera ready for a myriad of natural attractions, such as craters and lava tubes - and look up to spot tree kangaroos among the foliage. Despite its popularity, Mission Beach has retained a dreamy, laid-back vibe and the welcoming locals are never outnumbered by tourists. The area around Mission Beach is home to one of the highest concentrations of the endangered cassowary in Australia. These large flightless birds can be spotted walking through fields and gardens, and even occasionally swimming across rivers.
Accommodation at 4* Castaways Resort & Spa Mission Beach
Great Barrier Reef
Great ready for your Northern Great Barrier Reef Cruise onboard the Coral Expedition II. Settle into your beautifully appointed surroundings, which include spacious guest rooms, modern amenities and all the home comforts you’d expect from a larger vessel, while offering an intimate atmosphere and the ability to access reef and island sites inaccessible to larger ships. You’ll sail north along the coast and past Palm Cove, where you can admire the sunset, glass of bubbly in hand. Pause at historic Cooktown then head to picture postcard Lizard Island, where a hilltop viewpoint offers spectacular Great Barrier Reef views. Explore the diverse reefs and islands before continuing on to the rarely-visited and remote Ribbon Reefs for a bit of snorkelling or diving. This cruise is also available in a seven-night version.
Accommodation included with your Northern Great Barrier Reef Cruise - Coral Expeditions
Onwards to Port Douglas’s beautiful Four Mile Beach, sprinkled with white sand and lapped by turquoise waters. Explore this busy port, whose dappled streets and historical architecture, mixed in with contemporary constructions give it a small town feel. Use Port Douglas as your base to explore the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, which spreads right down to the sea at Cape Tribulation. This is the only place in the world where two World Heritage Sites lie side by side, and home to a variety of coastal and rainforest-dwelling wildlife.
Accommodation at 4.5* Shantara Resort Port Douglas Adults Only Retreat
Depart Port Douglas and return to the UK
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