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Queensland Sand, Sailing & Dreamtime
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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

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
  • For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Surfing
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: OAQE.C/201751
  • Starts: Brisbane, Australia
  • Finishes: Yungaburra, Australia
You will Visit
  • Brisbane
  • Noosa Everglades
  • Rockhampton
  • Whitsunday Islands
  • Airlie Beach
  • 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/Noosa Everglades

Head north to Noosa, and enjoy a free afternoon for surfing or strolling the boardwalk to Noosa National Park, where koala sightings are common.

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Day 3: Fraser Island/Noosa Everglades

Travel by private 4x4 and ferry to reach Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island. Walk through the rainforest, visit Lake Mackenzie, and drive along Australia's only sand highway.

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Day 4: Noosa Everglades/Emu Park

Enjoy a free morning in the Noosa Everglades. Hop on board a northbound train. Travel to laid back Emu Park on the Capricorn Coast, and enjoy an Aussie barbecue in the evening.
Catch a train up the 'Capricorn Coast' which is well-known as 'Cattle Country'.

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Day 5: Emu Park/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.
Drive north 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.

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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. There is the option for certified divers to scuba dive. 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 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.

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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.

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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
    • G Adventures for Good: Cafe Chloe, Tully Big Night Out: Cairns
    • Fraser Island 4x4 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
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hostels (6 nts), cabins (2 nts), maxi yacht (2 nts), beach hostel (1 nt). All nights multi-share
    • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 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