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Queensland Sand, Sailing & Dreamtime

This is hardly a sleepy trip. Rather, this is the perfect 12-day adventure for sailing buffs that want to experience the blue waters of Australia, as well as off-road lovers looking to explore via 4x4. We’ve got a riverside camp to stay at in the gorgeous Noosa Everglades, and once we’ve left Airlie Beach, you'll learn about Indigenous artisan crafts from local Aborigines, then check out the swimming holes of the Atherton Tablelands. While “Dreamtime” is a mythology central to Indigenous Australian society, we’re pretty sure you’ll want to be wide awake for this trip.

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  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: OAQE/141293
  • Starts: Brisbane, Australia
  • Finishes: Cairns, Australia
  • Age requirement: 18 - 39
You will Visit
  • Brisbane
  • Fraser Island
  • Noosa Everglades
  • Airlie Beach
  • Whitsunday Islands
  • Cairns
  • Cape Tribulation
  • Yungaburra

Itinerary

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Day 1: Brisbane

Arrive at any time.
Arrive in Brisbane at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city.

If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city. Opt to visit the Botanical Gardens, admire views of the city from Mt Coot-tha, or relax at Streets Beach on the South Bank.

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Day 2: Brisbane/Fraser Island

Travel by private bus, private 4x4 and ferry to reach Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island. Explore the island by 4x4.
Once on the island, enjoy a 4x4 tour of Fraser Island, driving along over 100km of beach. Go for a swim in Lake McKenzie, and enjoy a rainforest walk along the way.

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Day 3: Fraser Island/Noosa Everglades

Enjoy a morning of exploring by 4x4 to hit the remainder of Fraser Island's highlights, then set off to the Noosa Everglades for an evening surrounded by stunning wilderness.

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Day 4: Noosa Everglades/Airlie Beach

Go canoeing along the calm waters of the Noosa Everglades before hopping an overnight train north to Airlie Beach.

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Day 5: Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands

Embark on a 3-day maxi yacht sailing adventure. Enjoy beach visits, island bush walks, and time to snorkel the reefs. Anchor off of secluded tropical islands at night.
After arriving in Airlie Beach, transfer to the marina and embark on a maxi yacht which will be our home for the next three days. Set sail to a secluded cove in the Whitsunday Islands where you will drop anchor for the night.

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Day 6: Whitsunday Islands

Hike to an island lookout over Whitehaven Beach, known for its stunning white sand, then enjoy free time on the famous beach. Anchor off of a secluded tropical island at night.
The sailing route today allows us to follow part of Captain Cook's route up through the Whitsunday Islands. Again we drop anchor in a secluded bay for the night.

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Day 7: Whitsunday Islands/Airlie Beach

Continue sailing through the gorgeous backdrop of the Whitsunday Islands. Sail to the resort town of Airlie Beach for a night on the town.
After three days at sea, we sail back to Airlie Beach for a night on land in a local beach hostel. Feel free to relax by the pool at the end of the day.

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Day 8: Airlie Beach/Cairns

Admire the scenery on the train north to Cairns.

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Day 9: Cairns

Enjoy a free day to visit the Great Barrier Reef or get the adrenaline pumping by whitewater rafting or bungee jumping. Cap it all off with a Big Night Out in Cairns.

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Day 10: Cape Tribulation

Depart early and head north. Learn about the flora and fauna with local Aboriginals, before exploring Daintree National Park.
Head north to Cape Tribulation. Stop en route to explore Mossman Gorge and take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest.

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Day 11: Cape Tribulation/Yungaburra

Enjoy a free morning to further explore the rainforest or chill out poolside. Head towards Yungaburra in the Atherton Tablelands for the night, and enjoy additional free time to explore the area.

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Day 12: Yungaburra/Cairns

Stop at Lake Eacham, a volcanic crater lake, before continuing on to visit some of the waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands, including Josephine Falls and the famous Millaa Millaa Falls. Later, go for a swim in the waters of Babinda Boulders before travelling back to Cairns where the tour ends upon arrival.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your Discover Moment: Cairns Your Big Night Out Moment: Cairns
    • Fraser Island 4x4 excursion
    • Noosa Everglades overnight experience
    • Noosa Everglades canoeing excursion
    • Entrance fees to Cooloola Recreation Area and Fraser Island in Great Sandy NP
    • Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion (3 days)
    • Whitehaven Beach visit
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hostels (6 nts), cabin (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt), maxi yacht (2 nts), beach hostel (1 nt). All nights multi-share
    • 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, maxi yacht, boat, train, 4x4 vehicle, ferry, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Zip over dunes in a 4x4 on a remote sand island
  • Sail from island to island through the Whitsundays on a maxi yacht
  • Cool off in picture-perfect waterfalls