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MARCH 2014

Discover Queensland

Beaches & Beyond GOLD COAST

Where the fun doesn't stop!

SUNSHINE COAST

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INTRODUCING COAST'S

Brian Kelly To find out more call

We’ve partnered with Coast to share Kiwi insights into Queensland with you! Popular breakfast show radio host Brian Kelly recently travelled to the Sunshine State and mingled with the locals to bring you all the best spots for your trip.

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Get lost on the

GOLD COAST With all the soft sand, dazzling blue water and shining sun you could ever dream of, why wouldn't you head to the Gold Coast? From Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise to Coolangatta and Burleigh Heads, when it comes to where to stay and what to do, here are some tips to help you plan:

WHERE TO STAY >

Surfers Paradise iconic Gold Coast

Broadbeach a sophisticated vibe

Take in a mix of stunning beachside and an impressive vista of towering skyscrapers in popular Surfers Paradise. Enjoy a lively surfing, shopping and nightlife culture that you won’t find elsewhere in Queensland.

Amazing cafés and restaurants along Surf Parade ensure absolute coffee indulgence with a view.

There’s shopping options galore, from highend boutiques at the Marina Mirage, to the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets on the Promenade that take place each Wednesday and Friday night. Cavill Ave comes alive at night with live music, fairy lights and pumping nightclubs to dance the night away!

SURF PARADE RESORT

5 nights in a 1 bedroom apartment

$

285

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Expand your palette in the bustling Broadbeach Mall and Oracle Precinct just round the corner. A fantastic atmosphere is on offer with plenty of street musicians, artists and performers on Surf Parade, plus the huge Jupiters Hotel & Casino nearby hosting a multitude of entertainment options.

OCEAN PACIFIC RESORT

5 nights in a 1 bedroom Garden View apartment

$

545

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One of Australia's “

best surf beaches,

have a go at learning to surf or go for gold with your own board

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Coolangatta sleepy surf town

Burleigh Heads laidback & local

Surfers are everywhere! With surfboards in hand, spot ‘em on the beach, in cafés, restaurants, shopping malls, on bikes, skateboards and more. It truly gives the town a ‘good times’ feeling.

Halfway between Coolangatta and Surfers Paradise you’ll find this true Aussie gem.

The actual Heads is a national park so expect breathtaking scenery and manicured parkland. Chill on the beach or head out on a nature walk around the coastline.

For great surf and swimming, the stunning Coolangatta, Greenmount and Rainbow Bay beaches are sure to impress. Or hit the pavement with 36km of walking tracks on offer, treating you to stunning headland views.

With a famous surf break, hip cafes and bars, Burleigh is also loved for its unique shops and eclectic weekend markets.

MANTRA COOLANGATTA BEACH

BURLEIGH MEDITERRANEAN

5 nights in a 1 bedroom Ocean View apartment

$

5 nights in a 1 bedroom apartment

445

$

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HOT tips

from Coast's

BRIAN KELLY To find out more call

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1. BEST BEACH/COASTAL ESCAPE - Arguably Australia’s

most famous beach is Main Beach in Surfers Paradise. It's worth visiting just for the people watching, and to get your iconic shot of ‘true blue’ Aussie lifeguards and the surf scene. Beginner surfers who are looking for slightly more sheltered waters, pull into Currumbin.

2. BEST BIT BEYOND THE BEACH - Half an hour into the

Hinterland, I look back on the expanse of the Coast and quite literally turn my back on the glitterati coastal lifestyle for the peace and tranquility of the Tamborine

Mountains. A strong arts and crafts community and artisan producers make up a colourful array of characters and places to stop in on.

3. BEST TREATS - If you’re looking for somewhere to go

to wear your shopping, then an afternoon at Palazzo Versace takes you into a whole new world where everything that glitters really IS gold. Le Jardin is the perfect place to experience a high tea where you really can feel like you are having a ‘big Wednesday’ moment!

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GOLD COA ST > ( TO DO LIS T (

EVENTS OPERA ON THE BEACH ( 09-11 May Enjoy the show as you laze on a blanket and savour a picnic by the sea.

THEME PARKS

5 nights at Surf Parade Resort & A Reserve ticket to Mozart’s Magic Flute from $339pp share twin. Travel: 06-14 May 14.

( From Broadbeach & Surfers Paradise, you're perfectly placed to explore other parts of the Gold Coast including theme park fun for the ride of your life!

BLUES ON BROADBEACH

( Maximise the bang for your theme park buck with multi-park passes. A Village Roadshow Superpass will gain you multiple entry to Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World and Wet'n'Wild. A Holiday World Pass will get you into both DreamWorld and WhiteWater World.

( 22-25 May Enjoy live entertainment on outdoor stages and throughout fantastic Broadbeach venues.

GOLDIES ( 12-22 June Dubbed “Schoolies for the over-50s”, featuring a Golf Tournament, Bowls Tournament, Film Festival and educational seminars based on Health and Wellbeing, Finance, Superannuation, Technology and Real Estate.

Village Roadshow Theme Parks: Superpass from $139pp

BROADBEACH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL ( 20-22 June Uniquely combining Country with the Coast, the festival will feature an enviable herd of incredible country music talent.

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Dreamworld: Holiday World Pass: Adults at Kids Prices from $89pp

CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY ( Stop in at the home to crocs, koalas, dingoes, snakes & more. General Admission from $55pp

HINTERLAND ( Travel to the fascinating Hinterland with ease. Head out of the city by bus or car and embrace your inner explorer with thriving wet rainforest, wild mountains and bushland. 3 days Hertz rental car hire from $225 Toyota Corolla sedan or similar Pickup/Drop-off from Coolangatta or Brisbane Airport

Surfers Paradise Broadbeach Hinterland experienc

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Aaaaaaaaaahhhhh!

Burleigh Heads

V8 SUPERCARS ARMOR ALL GOLD COAST 600 ( 24-26 Oct Three days of heart stopping action packed racing, where drivers battle through one of the world's toughest street circuits to claim the ultimate endurance racing title! 4 nights accommodation & 3 day Trackside Pass from $499pp share twin. Airfares are additional

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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary!

Opera on the Beach :)

Coolangatta


Surrender to relaxation on the

SUNSHINE COAST Mellow is the only way of life on the magical Sunshine Coast, which is why many of the locals from Brisbane choose to holiday here. Check out some of the best spots up the Coast that are sure to enchant you.

WHERE TO STAY >

Noosa stylish and relaxed

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Noosa has long been a favourite for Kiwi holidaymakers. Pristine beaches, endless Hinterland and the breathtaking Noosa National Park. That's just the beginning!

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Mooloolaba a waking dream

By day, indulge in glorious spa treatments, chill at Noosa Main Beach or explore the parklands. At dusk, wander the town and discover the fantastic array of dining options, from sophisticated restaurants to trendy bars.

Mooloolaba has it all. The long, safe white sand beach is naturally sheltered from harsh winds, so it's always a pleasant place to soak up the sun and enjoy the afternoon.

Hastings Street’s elegant shopping strip offers a range of designer brand names worth checking out.

Explore the boutique shopping and dining scenes on The Esplanade along the waterfront. Or perfect your swing at one of the many breathtakingly beautiful golf courses.

CORAL BEACH NOOSA RESORT

5 nights in a 2 bedroom townhouse

$

345

pp share twin Airfares are additional from TRAVEL: 01-16 Apr, 21 Apr-19 Sep 14 & 06 Oct-30 Nov 14

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MANTRA MOOLOOLABA BEACH

5 nights in a 1 bedroom apartment

$

409

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Check out some of the

Caloundra timeless memories

best spots

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Stroll the immaculate boardwalks and beaches in Caloundra, and stop by the Kings Beach fountain. Relax with a picnic in the shade of a beachside park or take your pick of dining options along The Esplanade. From here you’ll see the very tip of Bribie Island. For those keen on catching some waves, head to Moffat Beach, popular for its awesome surf break.

BREAKFREE GRAND PACIFIC

5 nights in a 1 bedroom Garden apartment

$

275

pp share twin Airfares are additional from TRAVEL: 01-11 Apr, 27 Apr-27 Jun, 13 Jul-19 Sep & 06 Oct-30 Nov 14

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Coolum - sit back, relax & 'be' Enjoy the tight-knit, community vibe that is evident as soon as you arrive in Coolum and get ready for whale watching from June to October. Grab an ice cream, take a seat on a picnic bench and simply watch the world go by. Hire a tandem bike and take to the peaceful streets, check out the entertainment at the Coolum Surf Club or the much-loved Beach Bowls Club for a good laugh. Go for a bushwalk near Mt Emu, Mt Coolum or Yaroomba, or play a round at a championship golf course.

THE BEACH RETREAT COOLUM

5 nights in a 1 bedroom apartment

$

399

pp share twin Airfares are additional from TRAVEL: 01-16 Apr, 21 Apr-18 Sep &06 Oct-30 Nov 14

1. BEST BEACH/COASTAL ESCAPE - There’s no denying

Noosa as being the jewel in Sunshine Coast’s crown. It really is the hub of the region and a great place to start or finish your “sunny” holiday.

2. BEST BIT BEYOND THE BEACH - The Glasshouse

Mountains and little town of Montville are well worth stealing yourself away from the Coast for at least a day. A beautiful drive and part of the region’s excellent network of gourmet food trails.

Alexandra Headland chilled & convenient

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Alexandra Headland is a small, relaxed town between Mooloolaba and Maroochydore. Enjoy the small town warmth as soon as you step foot here. With a white sand beach and good surf – your chances of riding a perfect barrel are pretty good! Public BBQs are dotted along the beach for a tasty seaside meal or wander to Mooloolaba or Maroochydore for plenty of dining options.

GRAND PALAIS

5 nights in a 1 bedroom Standard apartment

$

479

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3. DONT LEAVE THE REGION WITHOUT SEEING - The

stunning marine and birdlife from the vantage point of your kayak on a guided eco-kayak tour. Cross the beautiful Pumicestone Passage, from Caloundra across to Bribie Island National Park.


S UNSHINE COA ST > ( TO DO LIS T (

GLASSHOUSE MOUNTAINS ( Set aside time to explore the awe-inspiring Glass House Mountains and Hinterland there are some great walking tracks that can give those legs a stretch after days of lounging on the sand and some cute villages for refreshments.

NOOSA EVERGLADES ( Explore this enchanting area of wilderness including waterways, sandbanks, mud islands, rare wildlife such as dugongs, inshore dolphins and more. Noosa Everglades BBQ Lunch Cruise from $117 per adult

Noosa

2 nights accommodation at Glasshouse Mountain Ecolodge from $132pp share twin

LOCAL MARKETS ( Head to one of the local Hinterland or seaside markets to stock up on local produce, specialty fare, arts and crafts. The Eumundi Markets is one of the most famous on the Coast, their ethos is “Make it, bake it, grow it or sew it�.

AUSTRALIA ZOO ( Made famous by Steve Irwin, it's easily accessible from all parts of the Sunshine Coast. Don't miss the cantankerous crocs, slithering snakes and toothy tigers, to name a few! The Wildlife Warriors midday show in the Crocoseum is worth viewing, get in early to get a good spot! One Day Admission from $66 per adult

To find out more call

Thilba Thalba Viewpoint :)

Coolum Australia Zoo

NOOSA FOOD & WINE ( Make sure you're in town for the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival, 15-18 May. Over 200 invited chefs, producers and winemakers descend on the town and its iconic surroundings to join foodies from all over the world in celebration of the good things in life. 3 nights at Culgoa Point Beach Resort & General Admission ticket (17 or 18 May) from $299pp share twin. Travel: 15-19 May 14

Alexandra Headland Mooloolaba

Caloundra

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Southern Great Explore the

Barrier Reef

Colourful coral bursting with life, warm and inviting azure waters and mile upon mile of soft, golden sand – this is life on the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Explore the amazing islands and fun activities, and prepare to fall in love with this beautiful part of Queensland.

WHERE TO STAY >

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Heron Island a special piece of paradise

Lady Elliot Island a natural oasis

Imagine snorkelling in twinkling waters amongst scores of rainbow-coloured fish, bright coral and the sun beating down on you. Get up close with giant sea turtles and maybe even reef sharks as you experience this special piece of paradise.

Lady Elliot Island is a natural oasis hosting an eco-friendly resort. It's small, and you can walk around its gorgeous entirety in 45 minutes.

When you're all worn out from a long day of getting amongst nature, indulge in a relaxing spa treatment to work out those tensions and knots.

HERON ISLAND

3 nights accommodation in a Turtle room & return Heron Island boat transfers

$

849

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There's nothing quite like seeing majestic creatures up-close such as manta rays, whales and dolphins and there are over 1,200 different marine species in these dazzling waters whether you decide to swim, snorkel or plunge into the depths.

LADY ELLIOT ISLAND ECO RESORT

3 nights accommodation in a Garden unit & return flights to Lady Elliot from Hervey Bay/Bundaberg

$

1159

pp share twin International airfares are additional from TRAVEL: 01-16 Apr & 21 Apr-30 Nov 14


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giant sea turtles and even

“ reef sharks as you experience this special piece of paradise ” Get up close with

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Yeppoon & Rockhampton gems of the Capricorn Coast

Bargara turtle and whale watching

Home to a quaint seaside community, pristine beaches and delightful coves, Yeppoon has an unbeatable tropical climate. There are dozens of beautiful offshore islands to explore, and one not-to-be-missed excursion is a day trip to Great Keppel Island, just 20km offshore.

Along the sweeping Bundaberg coastline, you'll find Bargara. You'll be forgiven for thinking you're in a far-flung exotic paradise, with dramatic rocky headlands, vast stretches of sand and a world-class sunset.

Frolic in the waves as a humpback whale passes by in the distance, or visit the nearby Mon Repos National Park where you can witness adorable hatching turtles - a sight like no other. Head to the beach at dusk for the best chance of spotting these waddling wonders.

Rockhampton is a sun-drenched piece of paradise which experiences over 300 days of sunshine every year, so you can enjoy lounging beachside, sipping on fruity drinks and soaking in the scenery.

MERCURE CAPRICORN RESORT YEPPOON

THE POINT BARGARA

3 nights in a 1 bedroom Sunset apartment

$

3 nights in a Standard room

215

$

pp share twin Airfares are additional from TRAVEL: 15 Mar-04 Apr, 28 Apr-21 Jun, 13 Jul-19 Sep & 06-30 Oct 14

HOT tips

from Coast's

BRIAN KELLY To find out more call

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pp share twin Airfares are additional from TRAVEL: 01 Ap-12 Aug & 19 Aug-30 Nov 14

1. BEST BEACH/COASTAL ESCAPE - Just 20 minutes drive

out of Bundaberg is a little coastal town called Bargara, which reminds me so much of Mount Maunganui. There are some wonderful apartments along the beach frontage that overlook the Coral Coast.

2. BEST EATS - Indulge Café in Bundaberg’s main street

has a reputation for serving the freshest local produce. Owners Amanda and Larry Hinds source all their food locally. Make sure you try the burgers.

3. BEST TREATS - The variety of ginger beers that are

produced at the famous Bundaberg Ginger Beer factory. At last count they let me sample 14 different flavours, a real tasty treat.

4. DON’T LEAVE THE REGION WITHOUT VISITING - The world famous Bundaberg Rum Distillery. The guided tour is a must, ending up in the tasting room. Again, I didn’t realise there were so many different types of rum!

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CAPRICORN CAVES ( Take a tour and explore vast underground cathedrals, caverns and awe-inspiring rock formations. Those willing to get a little more adventurous can head beneath the surface abseiling, squeezing through narrow cave passages and crawling through dark shafts.

LARC! TOURS ( This iconic pink amphibious craft is at home both on land and at sea, with the ability to climb steep headlands. Explore the national parks and waterways bordering the picturesque town of 1770, known as the birthplace of Queensland. Soak up the pristine natural environments and spot Australian wildlife and migratory birds at its best.

Capricorn Caves Rockhampton

Yeppoon

Great Keppel Island

LARC! Afternoon Cruise from $43pp

GREAT KEPPEL ISLAND ( Just a 30 minute ferry ride from the Capricorn Coast mainland, this tropical paradise has 17 pristine beaches, lush green forest, wonderful wildlife, great snorkelling and plenty of walking tracks – perfect for a day trip!

BUNDABERG DISTILLERY ( The Bundaberg Distillery is well-worth a visit for lovers of rum. Take a distillery tour and see the inner workings of the factory - not to mention you'll get to taste a tipple or two on your way around!

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Great Keppel Island :)

LARC! Tours!!!!

Mon Repos Conservation Park

1770

Lady Elliot Island

MON REPOS CONSERVATION PARK ( The largest loggerhead turtle rookery in the South Pacific. There are nightly tours from AUD$11 (6.45pm-9.00pm) from November to March, where you see the turtles come to shore and lay their eggs, and then later in the season the hatchlings can be seen heading from their nests out to sea.

Mon Repos Conservation Park Bargara Bundaberg


Tropical

Queensland adventure

North

Being the only place in the world where the rainforest meets the coral reef, there’s loads on offer to get you packing up and heading to the Tropical North for fun in the Queensland sun. Whether you want to kick back and relax on the beach or head out on a bucket list adventure, it’s all here waiting for you… in all its tropical goodness!

WHERE TO STAY >

Cairns - energised by nature

Tropical North Queensland's biggest city still retains its small-town feel, with that laid-back beachside vibe stretching from the shore into the cafés and shops. Indulge in day spa treatments, dine with sea views, and explore stunning surrounding landscapes that include cascading waterfalls, lakes and an everexpansive tropical rainforest. Surrender to this relaxed way of life where days can be spent enjoying the surf, biking on the beach or exploring the wilderness. Make sure you try a taste of Cairns' famous tropical flavours too.

SOUTHERN CROSS ATRIUM APARTMENTS, CAIRNS

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5 nights in a 1 bedroom Standard apartment

$

335

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Trinity Beach welcoming & laidback

Trinity Beach, situated on the northern beaches of Cairns, is one of the region's treasures. This is a laidback town where you’ll really feel like a local in no time. Lay down your towel on a golden stretch of sand surrounded by palm trees and listen to the waves lapping on the shore…pure bliss.

ON THE BEACH

5 nights in a 1 bedroom Beachfront apartment

$

479

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The Daintree tropical rainforest “ is the oldest rainforest in the world ” Port Douglas relaxed resort town

Palm Cove - romantic escape This stunning beach offers pure escapism. Stroll The Esplanade, laze on the beach or spend your day rejuvenating at a local spa.

Where the rainforest meets the reef, a pristine beach with palm trees, and a great community feel, you can't want for a thing here. Locals and visitors alike mix and mingle at the town’s restaurants and bars where you can find a variety of fresh local fare.

You could even get active kayaking or perfecting your swing on the local green. Whiz around on a jet ski or simply paddle in the shallows. Whatever you choose, you'll work up a hearty appetite that can be satiated at one of the sumptuous local restaurants.

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You can even examine the marine realm from an underwater viewing chamber of a semisubmersible submarine - with the bonus of staying dry!

MANTRA AQUEOUS

MANTRA AMPHORA

5 nights in a 1 bedroom apartment

$

5 nights in a 1 bedroom apartment

365

$

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1. BEST BEACH/COASTAL ESCAPE - Fitzroy Island, just

3. DONT LEAVE THE REGION WITHOUT SEENG - The Daintree

2. BEST BIT BEYOND THE BEACH - The amazing Treehouse

4. INSIDERS TIP - Take an overnight train journey on the

a short 45 minute ferry trip from Cairns. Explore the Island’s rainforest, or swim and snorkel in the tropical island’s crystal clear waters and visit the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. restaurant located in the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest National Park. Walls and windows have been replaced with spectacular open air views of the Mossman River and surrounding rainforest.

Discovery Centre, a 30 minute drive from Port Douglas. The Daintree tropical rainforest is the oldest rainforest in the world and at the centre everything is built off the ground to protect the fragile root systems.

Spirit of Queensland. This state of the art train passes through historic Queensland towns and cities like Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton. The Rail beds are amazing on board.


TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND> JUNGLE SURFING

( TO DO LIS T (

( Adventure through the Daintree Rainforest on a day tour, or just on your own take a hike through ancient thick trees, seeing what wildlife you can spot. For the more adventurous try your hand at 'Jungle Surfing' - soar over the canopy on ziplines and onto platforms where you get amazing birds' eye views. Jungle Surfing Canopy Tour from $100pp

MOSSMAN GORGES ( The Mossman Gorge, in the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park, is an absolute gem with pristine rainforest, cool streams and the dramatic Gorge. Gain an insight into the lives, culture and beliefs of the local Kuku Yalanji people at the Mossman Gorge Centre before heading off on a walk through the rainforest

SKYRAIL & KURANDA SCENIC RAILWAY

REEF TOURS

ISLAND FUN

( The World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, the largest reef structure in the world, comprises more than 2900 reefs and 900 islands stretching over 2000km! Dive, snorkel or simply be ON the water (you don’t even have to get wet!). There’s loads of adventurous options for everyone.

( Imagine wandering off the beach to float in an aquamarine sea, watching fish swarm around the coral formations, while the sun warms your back…sound like your idea of heaven? Take a few days to relax and enjoy one of the islands of Tropical North Queensland. Discover Green and Fitzroy Islands, both easily accessible from Cairns, or the luxurious Lizard Island which you can only get to by plane.

From Port Douglas - Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef Experience from $243pp From Cairns - Great Adventures Great Barrier Reef Adventure from $246pp

Daintree National Park

( In your Skyrail Cableway gondola you will be transported over the top of the rainforest to Kuranda, a village tucked away amongst the forest. Explore the town, learn about its Aboriginal heritage, plus have a close encounter with local wildlife. Head back on the Kuranda Scenic Railway winding your way through the mountain ranges. Skyrail Cableway Experience & Kuranda Scenic Railway from $120pp

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Tongue Reef

Mossman Gorge

Port Douglas

Coral Sea

Kuranda Scenic Railway!

FLAMES OF THE FOREST

Kuranda

( A magical dining experience which takes place amidst the rainforest. Indulge in fantastic food, delectable wine and a magical fairy light setting. Aboriginal Cultural Experience from $238 per adult Includes: transfers from Port Douglas Operates: Tuesday & Thursday

To find out more call

Batt Reef

Great Barrier Reef xx

Palm Cove Trinity Beach Cairns

Flames of the Forest :)

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