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Queensland Sand, Sailing & Dreamtime
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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 enthusiasts looking to explore via private 4x4s. Weve got a riverside camp to stay at in the gorgeous Noosa Everglades, and once weve 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, were pretty sure youll 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
  • Tour code: 141293
  • Starts: Brisbane, Australia
  • Finishes: Cairns, Australia
You will Visit
  • Brisbane
  • Cairns

Itinerary

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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.

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.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Brisbane/Fraser Island (1B, 1L)

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.

Additional Notes:
While on Fraser Island and the Noosa Everglades, main luggage will be stored in a secure storage facility. Each person will need to pack a bag for two nights with max weight of 5kg. This is due to luggage capacity restrictions in 4x4 vehicles and canoes. Your CEO will explain further details on arrival into Rainbow Beach.

Depending on the day of the week, some groups may swap the order of the Fraser Island and Noosa Everglades days. Some groups will first travel to the Noosa Everglades for a night before travelling on to Fraser Island. All inclusions will still be offered but just in a different order.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 250km)
Ferry

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Day 3: Fraser Island/Noosa Everglades (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
4x4 Excursion
Noosa Everglades Overnight Excursion

Transport:
Ferry
4x4

04

Day 4: Noosa Everglades/Rockhampton (1B, 1D)

Catch a train up the 'Capricorn Coast' which is well-known as 'Cattle Country'. Arrive at a remote farm and stay the night. The workers from the property are excellent hosts as they teach about the history of the farm, the cattle industry, and some of the challenges of raising cattle in such a harsh environment.

Transport:
Train (6.00-8.00 hours)

05

Day 5: Rockhampton/Whitsunday Islands (1B, 1D)

After a traditional Outback-style breakfast, transfer to the town of Airlie Beach 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.

Included Activities:
Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 1

Transport:
Maxi yacht
Private Vehicle (6.50-7.00 hours, 539km)

06

Day 6: Whitsunday Islands (1B, 1L, 1D)

The sailing route today allows us to follow part of Captain Cook's route up through the Whitsunday Islands. There is the option for certified divers to scuba dive. Again we drop anchor in a secluded bay for the night.

Included Activities:
Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 2

Transport:
Maxi yacht

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Day 7: Whitsunday Islands/Airlie Beach (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 3

Transport:
Maxi yacht

08

Day 8: Airlie Beach/Cairns (1L)

Admire the scenery on the train north to Tully. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch and a tour of the G Adventures-supported Ingan Cultural Centre. Participate in a painting activity with traditional Jirrbal Aboriginal artists before continuing on to Cairns.

Additional Notes:
Get ready for an early morning wake-up today for the journey to Cairns. Make sure to stock up on snacks and bring personal entertainment – it may be one of the longer travel days on this trip, but it's worth it to reach The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef!

Included Activities:
Ingan Cultural Centre & Jirrbal Aboriginal Art Demonstration

Transport:
Train (6.50-7.00 hours, 482km)
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 140km)

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Day 9: Cairns

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

Included Activities:
Big Night Out

10

Day 10: Cairns/Cape Tribulation

Head north to Cape Tribulation. Stop en route to explore Mossman Gorge, take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest and swim in a remote waterfall within the Daintree NP.

Included Activities:
Aboriginal Interpretive Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 140km)

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Day 11: Cape Tribulation/Yungaburra (1B)

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.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s), 185km)

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Day 12: Yungaburra/Cairns (1B)

Stop at Lake Eacham, a volcanic crater lake, before continuing on to visit some of the waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands, including 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.

Additional Notes:
Ask your GCO about booking post night accommodation in Cairns, as this trip arrives back late in the evening.

Included Activities:
Lake Eacham Visit
Babinda Boulders Visit
Millaa Millaa Falls Visit
Departure Day (Activities)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 70km)

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Fraser Island overnight excursion
    • Noosa Everglades overnight experience
    • Entrance fees to Cooloola Recreation Area and Fraser Island in Great Sandy NP
    • Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion (3 days)
    • Visit to Whitehaven Beach
    • G Adventures-supported Ingan Cultural Museum and Jirrbal Aboriginal art demonstration
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hostels (5 nts), cabins (2 nts), swag camping (1 nts), maxi yacht (2 nts), beach hostel (1 nt). All nights multi-share
    • 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 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:
  • Sleep under the stars in a swag
  • Zip over dunes in a 4x4 on a remote sand island
  • Sail from island to island through the Whitsundays on a maxi yacht