Discover some of Australia’s remarkable wildlife on this 16-day tour that includes stays in a luxury rainforest treehouse, an eco-retreat on its own private island and a resort in a nature reserve on the East Coast. Marvel at the outstanding marine life of the Great Barrier Reef, explore the Mossman gorge and visit the zoo made famous by the ‘crocodile hunter’ Steve Irwin.
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Arrive into Adelaide and transfer to the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel where you will overnight. (N)
Transfer to the airport and fly to Kangaroo Island. Upon arrival you will begin a 2-day 4x4 private tour. Walk through a colony of Australian sea lions, climb the sand dunes of Little Sahara, enjoy a gourmet lunch, and observe kangaroos and wallabies during the day. If you are lucky you may also get to see the elusive echidna (spiny ant-eater). Overnight at Wanderers Rest (or similar). (L, D)
Your 4x4 tour will continue today including a stop for a barbecue lunch. Go in search of kangaroos in Flinders Chase National Park, look for New Zealand fur seals at the limestone formations of Admirals Arch, see the impressive Remarkable Rocks and coastline, watch koalas in the manna gums and go fossicking on the beach. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Adelaide. Arrive and transfer to the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel for 1 night. (B, L).
Transfer to the airport and fly to Cairns*. Upon arrival transfer to Silky Oaks Lodge and stay 3 nights in a Deluxe treehouse. Part of the Luxury Lodges of Australia collection, this eco lodge is surrounded by lush rainforest and overlooks the crystal-clear waters of the Mossman river. (D)
Included in your stay in Daintree rainforest is an exploration walk at Cooya Beach (Kuyu Kuyu), a spa treatment and a guided walking tour through Mossman gorge. Conclude each day with a threecourse à la carte dinner. (B, D)
Today transfer to Thala Beach Nature Reserve and stay for 2 nights. The property is located within almost 60 hectares of land between Cairns and Port Douglas with complimentary experiences including birdwatching, nature walks and stargazing in the observatory. (B)
Enjoy a full-day cruise of the Great Barrier Reef on board a 25-metre catamaran with three stops in the outer reef. Guided snorkelling tours, talks about the reef and lunch are all offered aboard the cruise. (L)
Transfer to the airport and fly to Brisbane*. From here you will be transferred to Noosa via Australia Zoo (entrance included). The zoo is one of the largest and best wildlife conservation facilities in the world. Here you can book a one-on-one animal encounter where you can hold a koala or walk a wombat. Stay 3 nights at Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort. (B)
Take a private 4x4 tour along some of the best beaches in Australia with the chance to see dolphins, turtles and whales (Jul – Nov). Explore the coloured sands of Rainbow Beach, enjoy breathtaking 360-degree views over the Pacific Ocean and Great Sandy National Park, and journey through the rainforest growing in the sand dunes. (N)
Half-day bridwatching and wildlife experience. Remainder of the day at leisure to explore the national park. (N)
Transfer to Brisbane and stay overnight at the Sofitel Brisbane Central. (N)
Transfer to Brisbane airport and take the scenic flight to Lady Elliot Island where you will stay for 2 nights at Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort†. This basic yet comfortable accommodation provides an excellent base for exploring the wonders of the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. During your time on the island, snorkel directly from the shore to the reefs to see colourful fish and coral, take an included boat trip out to swim with manta rays and turtles, and watch the breathtaking sunsets from the beach. (L, D)
Take the scenic flight to Brisbane where, during the
months of July to November, you may be able to enjoy the breathtaking sight of whales breaching in the water. Stay 1 night at Sofitel Brisbane Central. (B)
Transfer to Brisbane airport for your flight home or continue your holiday in Australia. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
International flights and internal flights as indicated with an asterisk are not included with this itinerary. If you would like flight options and prices, please call your Cox & Kings tour consultant.
Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort should be considered 3-star accommodation.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
For a price quote including flights, alternative accommodation standards, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 3930 5042 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
Located on Lady Elliot Island on the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort has a range of accommodations designed to minimise impact on the island. Built in 1984, the simple rooms do not have telephones, televisions or radios, in keeping with the natural eco-friendly lifestyle. The island is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life with manta rays, turtles and pristine coral reef. All stays include use of snorkelling equipment, breakfast, dinner, a range of guided tours and a glass bottom boat / guided snorkel tour (one per person per stay).
Features: 41 rooms, salt water pool, reef education centre, lounge, cafe-bar, restaurant.
Room amenities: Coffee & tea facilities, mini fridge, cooling fan (except Eco...
Majestic Roof Garden Hotel is a stylish boutique hotel ideally located in the heart of Adelaide city, within walking distance of restaurants and shops. The hotel has 120 rooms with contemporary decor, a restaurant, roof garden and...
Silky Oaks Lodge is situated in the world heritage-listed Daintree rainforest, on the northern bank of the Mossman river. Surrounded by lush rainforest, just downstream from Mossman gorge and 20 minutes' drive from Port Douglas, the property is a perfect way to experience the tropical rainforest in style. The property has 36 treehouses, riverhouses and suites. Treehouses are set beside the rainforest and surrounded by natural gardens, each with a large bathroom and spa bath, and a private veranda with a hammock. Riverhouses are in riverfront locations, with rainforest views and a spa bath. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, spa and car parking. Stays include breakfast daily, selected guided nature walks, a complimentary transfer service once a day to / from Port Douglas, tennis, bicycles, canoeing and snorkelling in the Mossman river.
Features: 36 treehouses, riverhouses & suites...
Located on Noosa's Hastings Street, Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort is a premier property on the Sunshine Coast. The resort has the Aqua Day spa offering over 60 beauty and body treatments and a restaurant serving a range of contemporary cuisine.
Features: 176 rooms, outdoor pool, health club, restaurant, sauna, spa.
Room amenities: Television, minibar, air conditioning, hairdryer, coffee & tea...
Located 16km south of the village of Port Douglas, Thala Beach Nature Reserve is situated on the northernmost headland of a 2km stretch of untouched coastline. The lodge provides a tranquil haven at the end of a hard day's exploring. Air-conditioned bungalows are set among the trees, each with a private veranda from which to enjoy the tropical surroundings. Features: 84 bungalows, restaurant, private beach, bar, spa.Room amenities: Television, air conditioning, safe, hairdryer, tea & coffee...
Located in the small town of American River on Kangaroo Island, Wanderers Rest of Kangaroo Island is a small country guesthouse providing warm hospitality and friendly service. The property is set on a hillside with views over the Eastern Cove and American River Channel that leads to the bay. Enjoy the surrounding bushland, watch the sun rise over the sea and wake up to the sound of native bird calls.
Features: 9 rooms, outdoor pool, restaurant.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, ceiling fan,...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
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