Brisbane to Cairns Experience

Brisbane to Cairns Experience

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Tour Itinerary

You can get a sense of just how huge Australia is by looking at a map, but once you’re there, the vastness really hits home. For travellers long on ambition but short on time, this extensive and compact journey up the East Coast of Queensland is nothing short of ideal. Employing a diverse range of transport—yachts, trains, 4x4s and buses—you’ll visit Fraser Island and the Whitsundays, go snorkelling and even spend the night in a teepee and camp out under the stars in an authentic Australian 'swag.' Your time here may not last long, but your memories will last forever.

Please Note: Itinerary is ONLY for 18-30 year old guests

Day 1 Brisbane
Arrive in Brisbane at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city to visit City Hall, the Treasury Building or relax on Streets Beach.

Day 2-3 Fraser Island (2B,1L,1D)
Travel by private bus up the coast. A bus transfer takes us to our ferry for the trip to Fraser Island, the world's biggest sand island. Once settled in enjoy an evening barbeque with good company on the beach.Day 3 offers an included full day 4x4 trip taking in the highlights of this amazing island including; Lake Mckenzie, the rainforest, Pile Valley, 75 Mile Beach, Maheno Shipwreck, Stonetool, Sandblow and the coloured sands. Both nights are spent at a relaxing eco-lodge.Estimated travel time: 5 hoursTravel distance: 250 km

Day 4 Cattle Station (1B,1D)
We transfer off the island by boat then catch the train up the 'Capricorn Coast' which is well-known as 'Cattle Country'. Arrive at a remote cattle station, where we will be located for the night. The workers from the property are excellent hosts as they teach about the history of the cattle station, the cattle industry, and some of the challenges of raising cattle in such a harsh environment.Tonight, experience life in Cattle Country the traditional way by sleeping outside in a swag (canvas bedroll) under the stars. This is bound to be one of the most unique and memorable nights of the trip. No worries, there are toilet and shower facilities nearby.Estimated travel time: 6 hoursTravel distance: 416 km

Day 5-6 Whitsunday Islands Sailing (2B,1L,2D)
After a traditional Outback-style breakfast, transfer to the town of Mackay 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 and enjoy some snorkelling before the anchor drops for the night. We are the only company to sail from south to north through the islands instead of backtracking while starting and finishing in the same point.Take advantage of the included snorkel gear, throw on a mask and see what lives in the Great Barrier Reef. (Note that fins are not provided in order to adhere with local coral conservation efforts.) The sailing route on Day 6 allows us to follow part of Captain Cook's route up through the Whitsunday Islands, stopping for swims and beach visits along the way. Options to SCUBA dive are available also. Again we drop anchor in a secluded bay for the night.Estimated travel time: 4 hoursTravel distance: 281 km

Day 7 Whitsundays/Whitehaven Beach/Airlie Beach (1B)
A morning sail takes us to one of the most famous places in the Whitsundays, 'Whitehaven Beach'. Stroll along the impossibly white sand beach and go up to the lookout for a great view of the area. After an afternoon sail we arrive in the town of Airlie Beach for a comfortable stay in a local beach resort. Feel free to relax by the pool at the end of the day.

Day 8 Cairns
Early morning transfer to the train station. Sit back and admire the scenery as we travel along the coast, through sugar cane country, covering a fair amount of terrain up to Cairns. Please note for December 17 and 18 2013 departures transfer will be a private coach due to train schedule. Estimated travel time: 10 hoursTravel distance: 650 km

Day 9 Cairns (1B)
Depart at any time.

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Sleeping under the stars at a remote cattle station, zipping over dunes in a 4x4 on a remote sand island, learning about Aboriginal dreamtime stories, sailing from island to island through the Whitsundays

Important Notes:
7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners.

Meals Included:
Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. On truck trips in Africa, aboard the M/S Expedition or our Galapagos yachts, while trekking in remote regions etc. food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Private bus, yacht, boat, train, 4x4, ferry

Private bus, yacht, boat, train, 4x4, ferry

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Hotels (2 nts, multi-share), eco-lodge (2 nts, multi-share), 'swag' (1 nt), maxi yacht (2 nts, multi-share), beach resort (1 nt, multi-share)

Accommodation will be varied throughout your adventure. When camping on this tour, you will have the choice between a tent or the truly Aussie 'swag'u2014a canvas bedroll with built-in padding and perfect for a night under the stars. We'll have both with us, so mix it up and try out the Aussie way. Towels and soap are not always provided at overnight stops, so it's best to bring your own for bathing. Bathroom and showering facilities are shared and are very rarely en-suite.Multi-share accommodation (typically 4-6 people per room) is very common in Australia and is the way you will be spending most of your nights. We have specifically chosen unique accommodations to give local flavour to your trip.

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By Eric S on Dec 18, 2016

I've taken a number of trips with G Adventures and have always been a happy customer.

By Betty Phuong Q on Oct 14, 2016

Definitely would recommend this tour for South Korea.

By Michael S on Sep 23, 2016

I got to see so much of Israel; cities, historic & religious sites, seas, countryside, desert, and mountains. Moving at a relatively fast, but doable pace with stops and breaks, we got to see a lot of Israel which made the vacation still more varied, interesting and enjoyable. The experiential component of the vacation e.g. eating lunch at a family\'s home, staying at a Bedouin camp, and floating in the Dead Sea was a big plus, and aided in getting a feel for the people and the culture. Lastly, a relatively small tour group, a nice tour group and tour guide made it a still more enjoyable experience.

By Ramiro R on Jul 09, 2016

Trip of a lifetime, amazing service and a great adventure!

By April L on Jun 29, 2016

The trip was great! Our CEO was especially wonderful. The trip was fast-paced and challenging both physically and emotionally but was one of the best experiences of my life. Well done G-Adventures!

By Richard S on Jun 19, 2016

I prefer to travel independently whenever possible, but there are certain spots in the world where an organized, group tour works better due to concerns such as local transportation or safety. Recently, I was able to get a bit of time away from my client and did not have time to plan an individual journey. I elected to visit a spot or two that would work best on a tour. After scouring sites for potential trip(s) that would fit into the time I had available, I chose two handled by G Adventures (a company that I did not know previously due to my choice to usually travel independently). One trip was to Jordan (Explore Jordan tour) and the other was to India (Golden Triangle tour). I was highly pleased with the Explore Jordan tour, but disappointed by the Golden Triangle tour. As I sit here and write this review and ask myself the reason, I can say that it was the difference was primarily because of the tour guide (or CEO, as G Adventures calls them).

The Explore Jordan tour guide exhibited strong leadership, was well being organized and professional, and he handled changing situations very well. It was Ramadan during the time of my trip which means that hours and conditions varied, often with no advance notice, and he was able to successfully navigate the rough landscape to the pleasure of the tour participants. He also was presented with a couple of unique "challenges" that almost seemed like plants to see how a tour guide could handle them. I am pleased to say that the CEO succeeded with flying colors. Since I am not a veteran of many organized group tours, I admit that I took his accomplishments a bit for granted.

I gained an increased appreciation for our previous CEO after completing the Golden Triangle tour and seeing a tour guide who lacked the leadership capabilities of our previous one, seemed less than prepared, and took minimal interest in helping tour participants with the optional activities. The tour participants, who were veterans of organized group tours, spoke rather highly of G Adventures, so I do hope that preponderance of G Adventures tour guides are similar to my previous experience.

As far as other things on the trip, I found the Grand Palace Hotel to be lacking in consistent attentiveness of the staff. Some of the staff (mostly the younger staff members) were quite good, but others could not have cared less about the guests. Hotel Petra Moon was quite decent and the location was excellent. Ramada Dead Sea scheduled a rather loud and late event that was very much of a sound intrusion (read, no way of sleeping through it), but once I finally reached the manager on duty, I was able to get my room changed. The time spent at the Rahayeb Desert Camp was a highlight, but it is in the desert and there is not air conditioning in the tents (or anywhere else), which is just something of which to be aware. Due to Ramadan, we were not able to get into the National Museum in Amman, and the CEO was able to substitute a visit to Little Petra for us. I am very appreciative of this and would strongly encourage G Adventures to figure out how to make Little Petra a part of the regular itinerary. The time spent at the various locations was adequate, or at least as adequate as the number of days in the trip would allow. If I had it to do again, I would have figured out how to add a second day at Petra. But that is a me thing, and nothing against G Adventures. There was one shopping stop during the trip. I know that many organized tours have way too many "merchandise opportunities" so I am grateful that there was only the one stop, which was of a reasonable length and was at a location that helped the local people in Jordan. I am not much of a person for local foods, so I brought a good amount of things in my suitcase and kept myself fed well enough. While the taste of local cuisine is truly appreciated by most people on an organized tour, I did wish that there were a few more choices that would meet my palate.

If anyone is doing the Explore Jordan trip, I would encourage them to get into Amman a bit early so that they can add a tour of the so-called "Desert Castles." They are the main sites in Jordan (except Kerak Castle) that are not part of the Explore Jordan tour. It only takes about 6 hours to do, and is well worth it. The tour does not include the Roman Theater either, and it is also worth a look if time allows. But you will get a good view of the Roman Theater from above when the tour goes to the Citadel, so you will not feel cheated for not visiting it. Jordan exists in a tough neighborhood of the world, but I found the Jordanian people to be good folks and felt safe most of the time that I was there. As with anything today, you always need to be careful, but I would not avoid visiting Jordan because of the wars in a couple of its neighboring countries (but keep aware of events after I write this review, as things can change quickly). An upside for those visiting Jordan today is that, because of the state of that corner of the world, tourism numbers as very depressed. That means for someone visiting Jordan, there is not the crush of tourists that you would find elsewhere.

By Jay H on Jun 18, 2016

From start to finish the trip was excellent..The Tour operater G Adventures was fabulous..Our guide was the best ..He did everything for us..Will definitely book with you guys again

By Amol U on May 06, 2016

One of the best tours I ever had. Thank you,

By John A on Oct 28, 2015

Small group, great activities, mix of culture, history, fiesta, varied food, hotel was very nice, great breakfasts, good location in city center, When we changed planes in Mexico City we had to get luggage and go on sky train to get tickets on AeroMexico recheck luggage and had difficulty finding good directions to do this. It took quite a while and help from fellow tourists. Never had to do this in traveling all over the world.

By Aileen A on Sep 05, 2015

I've been traveling with g adventures, but in this specific trip I had problem with my room/roommate. I had an 23 hr flight from San Francisco to Budapest. I arrived in Budapest at 1am. By that time all I wanted is to get to my bed and get some sleep. But for some reason there was another person sleeping in my bed when I got to my room. The CEO of g adventures said this 2 people can't room together already but they decided to do it anyway. So I was left with no bed. I had to wake the CEO and had him to talk to my roommate and get that person out of my bed. Then I have to ask for clean sheets which the hotel didn't have. So we had to get the some sheets. From where that guy is supposed to be sleeping and then I had to do my own bed.

By Irene M on Aug 15, 2015

By choosing G Adventures, the service and the hassle free is above exceptional.

By Carlos S on Apr 04, 2015

G Adventures offered us a comprehensive tour that covered everything we wanted to see.

By Katherine M on Apr 04, 2015

Excellent guide and good value.

By Jane G on Apr 02, 2015

My whole experience was beyond my expectation. Our tour guide made my experience to Japan most memorable. It was the best way to experience Japan in a small size group tour. Thanks for your constant dedication to each and everyone in the group. Thank you for the unforgetable experience, for answering our questions, accommodating our concerns, and for making us feel at home just by being around you. You are such a great guide and we are so greatful GAdventure chose you for our group.

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