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.
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
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