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Queensland Coasts & Island's Adventure

Daintree, Tropical North Queensland

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Discover a sliver of paradise on a 7-day adventure, bouncing from northern Queensland’s sparkling coast to its secluded islands. See beneath the surface of the beautiful Magnetic Island during an afternoon of snorkelling, meet the First Nations owners of Mungalla Station, discover the untouched wonders of Hinchinbrook Island and walk through heavenly scenery on Dunk Island. If you’re looking to spot incredible wildlife, hike to waterfalls, swim in clear waters, relax on beautiful beaches and learn about local life from a leader, then this is the adventure for you.

 
Departure Dates: Multiple dates available between Jan 2022 - Dec 2022
Nights: 6 Nights
Was: $2,450 | NOW From: $2079*pp Twin share | Ask us about solo traveller pricing 
Tour operated by: Intrepid
Flexi Pledge: Travel local with peace of mind - $99 deposits, the ability to change your dates or to cancel up until 48 hours before departure^
 
Inclusions:
  • A total of 6 meals; 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 1 dinner
  • Transport: Private vehicle, Bus & Boat
  • Accommodation: 2 nights in a Bungalow with shared bathrooms, 3 nights Resort, 1 night Motel

Included activities:
  • Magnetic Island - Day bus pass
  • Magnetic Island - Snorkelling
  • Mungalla Station - First Nations Tour
  • Hinchinbrook Island - Half day tour
  • Dunk Island - Island Circuit Hike
  • Dunk Island - Picnic lunch
  • Atherton Tablelands - Millaa Millaa Falls
  • Atherton Tablelands - Windin Falls hike
  • Atherton Tablelands - Windin Falls hike picnic lunch
  • Atherton Tablelands - Tolga Bat Hospital
  • Kuranda - Kuranda Markets
  • Kuranda - Mt. Uncle Distillery
 
 
 
Why you'll love this trip:

  • Catch the ferry to Magnetic Island where you’ll find the sweeping sands of Horseshoe Bay. It’s even more beautiful beneath the surface, which you’ll find out during an afternoon of snorkelling.
  • Travel to Mungalla Station to meet the First Nations owners of the land, the Nywaigi People, and learn about their culture and history, then explore the wetlands in search of birdlife.
  • Discover the untouched wonders of Hinchinbrook Island National Park. You’ll feel like you have the whole place to yourself as you explore the rainforests and beaches of this uninhabited island.
  • Walk through the paradisical scenery of Dunk Island, passing through rainforest filled with birdlife while keeping an eye out for dugong, sea turtles and Ulysses butterflies.
  • Visit the postcard-perfect Millaa Millaa Falls to snap some pictures, then hike up the Windin Falls to a stunning natural infinity pool overlooking the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.


 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Townsville, Magnetic Island

Welcome to Queensland! Your adventure begins in Townsville, a delightful coastal city and your gateway to the islands of northern Queensland. A welcome meeting will take place at 12 pm today where you’ll meet your local leader and new travel companions. After the meeting, you may like to get to know your group over lunch in one of the city’s fantastic eateries, recommended by your leader. You won’t have to wait long to see scenery to take your breath away – this afternoon you’ll hop across to the beautiful Magnetic Island on a ferry. Dinner this evening will be quintessential Aussie fare – fish and chips. After an exciting first day, retire to your eco-lodge bungalows surrounded by the flora and fauna of the island.

Day 2 - Magnetic Island

Wake up in paradise! This morning board a bus to Horseshoe Bay, a gorgeous 3km crescent of golden beach. Here you'll go snorkeling and come face to face with the marine life beneath the bay’s clear blue waters. The rest of the day is free for you to experience all this island has to offer. There’s certainly no shortage of stunning places to explore or incredible things to discover. One of the best ways to get to know the island is on foot – you may like to set off on the Hawkings Point Track, offering epic views over the island and one of the best places to watch the sunrise or sunset, or the Forts Walk, leading you to historic WWII fortifications, with the chance to see koalas hanging out in the trees along the track. You may prefer to relax in Arcadia Village, home to charming cafes and shops, plus plenty of beaches to while away an afternoon on. Your leader will be on hand to make suggestions on how to get the most out of your time here.

Day 3 - Mungalla Station, Lucinda

Leave the pull of Magnetic Island behind and catch a ferry back to Townsville, where you’ll hop aboard a private vehicle and drive to Mungalla Station. If time permits, you’ll stop off at Big Crystal Creek for a refreshing swim. On arrival to Mungalla Station, meet the First Nations owners of the land, the Nywaigi People, and learn about their culture and history, including brutal conflicts with European settlers. The story you’ve been told will come to life as you visit an exhibition of pictures within the historic homestead, then head out and explore the Mungalla wetlands in search of aquatic birdlife. Enjoy an evening at leisure at your accommodation on the Cassowary Coast, serving up unforgettable views of the Hinchinbrook Island National Park.

Day 4 - Hinchinbrook Island, Mission Beach

Today will be spent exploring the untouched wonders of Hinchinbrook Island. Not only is this the largest island on the Great Barrier Reef, but it also only permits 40 visitors at a time in the name of preservation, so you’ll really feel like you have the whole place to yourself. Jump on a boat across the water, then get to explore with the guidance of your local leader. From swathes of rainforest and eucalyptus trees to towering peaks and golden sand dunes, there’s so much to uncover on this uninhabited island. In the afternoon head on to your overnight stay in Mission Beach.

Day 5 - Dunk Island, Mission Beach

Start your day by catching a water taxi to Dunk Island, part of the Family Islands group and home to the beautiful Mission Beach. Get to know the island on foot during a three-hour circuit walk, passing Palm Valley and shady rainforest filled with birdlife before arriving at Coconut Beach. Your leader may share stories of the island’s fascinating history as you hike. Dunk Island also hosts plenty of magnificent wildlife, so be sure to be on the lookout for dugong and sea turtles in the ocean, and the famous blue Ulysses butterflies dancing around you. After your walk and your return to Mission Beach on the mainland, the rest of the afternoon is yours to spend as you wish.

Day 6 - Atherton Tablelands

Make the morning drive to the Atherton Tablelands, and Millaa Millaa Falls. This place looks like a postcard for paradise, with a perfect cascade tumbling into a pool surrounded by lush rainforest. Take some time to soak it all in and snap some pictures, then carry on to Windin Falls. Here you’ll embark on a two to three-hour hike up the falls towards a natural infinity pool offering unbeatable views of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. After your hike, pay a visit to the Tolga Bat Hospital, Australia’s largest bat rehabilitation facility. Here you’ll learn about the research, advocacy, and community education undertaken by the facility and make some new upside-down friends before continuing to the town of Atherton. For this evening’s meal, you may like to dine at the historic hotel in the heart of town, first built in the 1880s.

Day 7 - Kuranda, Cairns

Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore Atherton. Perhaps browse the popular antiques and collectibles store, or check out the heritage-listed Hou Wang Temple and its attached museum to learn about Atherton’s Chinese cultural heritage. Then it’s time to leave Atherton behind and drive on to the Kuranda Markets, stopping along the way at the Mt Uncle Distillery. The markets sit in Kuranda village, a laidback place with a hippie vibe surrounded by rainforest. Take some time out to explore the colourful stalls of this iconic Australian market – if you’ve not picked up any souvenirs on your journey yet, this is the place to do it! Perhaps grab a bite to eat from one of many vendors, then continue your drive towards Cairns. You may like to get together for a final dinner as a group tonight, after which your adventure will come to an end.

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Prices are per person based on twin share, land only and include all savings. Prices are correct as at 24 November 2021 and subject to availability until confirmed. *From price is based on 15 Dec 2021 departure date. Surcharge applies to other departure dates. Itinerary may be subject to change. Intrepid reserves the right, to modify or cancel any holiday (definite or not), accommodation, in-destination activity or arrangement at any time. Additional/optional experiences are available on your holiday and can be purchased for an extra charge during your holiday. Tips/gratuities are included for services on guided holidays, except to your Motorcoach  Driver and Travel Director (and your Local Host and Local Guides) whose tips/gratuities should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis at the end of your holiday. Included tips/gratuities cover all services provided by dining-room waiters, housekeeping staff and porters at hotels. Some holidays are based on a minimum number of persons travelling. If a holiday fails to satisfy minimum numbers, the holiday may be cancelled or rescheduled. Intrepid strives to improve holiday itineraries, services and features. If improvements can be made, or if circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. At certain peak periods multiple departures may operate, sometimes in reverse order; accommodation may vary from those stated on the itinerary pages. Departures in early and late season are potentially operated in cool weather conditions. As a result, itinerary variations may occur. Certain activities may not be precisely as described or may not be available due to seasonality or weather conditions or other circumstances beyond our control. We will try to notify you of changes. Please contact us for full terms and conditions.

^Unless otherwise specified in these Flexi Pledge terms and conditions below, our Booking Conditions shall apply to your trip. Flexi Pledge applies to domestic Intrepid Travel trips in Australia (except trips in Western Australia) and New Zealand, booked by 31 December 2021 and departing until 31 December 2021. The Flexi Pledge terms and conditions apply to domestic travellers only. The Flexi Pledge excludes bookings for trips travelling in Western Australia, Urban Adventures, Tailor-made Experiences and Intrepid Drives product. Flexi Pledge Deposit: You are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of $AUD99 per person, per trip, for any Australia or New Zealand trip for your booking to be confirmed. Full payment is due at least 28 days prior to departure. If your booking is within 28 days full payment is due at time booking. Flexi Pledge change policy: You can change the date of your trip up to 28 days prior to departure and no change fee will be incurred. Flexi Pledge cancellation policy: Cancellation by the customer: You can cancel your trip up to 28 days prior to departure and Intrepid will hold the money on file as a future travel credit with no expiry date. You can cancel 27 days or prior to departure and Intrepid will hold 50% of the monies paid by you in connection with the booking as a credit and retain the remaining 50% of monies paid by you in connection with the booking You can cancel your trip up to 48 hours prior to departure if the cancellation is due to you having COVID-19/ “flu-like symptoms”, (supported by a medical certificate) or you can no longer physically get to the location of the trip due to an internal border closure or government–imposed travel restrictions. In such instances Intrepid will hold 100% of monies paid by you in connection with your booking as a future travel credit with no expiry date.

*Please note - cancellations outside of business hours may incur fees. 

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