Australia Retreat: Queensland Daintree


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    Day 1: Cairns – Kuranda – Port Douglas
    Welcome to Cairns! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 11 am. With the formalities out of the way, it’s time to hit the road for Port Douglas, with a couple of stops en route to break up the journey. First up is Barron Gorge lookout that looks over a set of tumbling falls bursting from the rainforest. Spend some time ooh-ing and ah-ing at the lookout, then continue to the town of Kuranda. This little mountain village is the perfect place to grab a quick lunch (not included), before hitting the road again at around 2 pm. Settle back into the vehicle for an approximately 1.5-hour drive along the coast to Port Douglas. Take in views of cliffs covered in distinct native flora on one side and glittering blue ocean on the other, with some photo stops along the way. Arrive at the accommodation and spend a few hours settling in. In the early evening, take an orientation tour around Port Douglas. Stop at Trinity Bay lookout point to admire the perfect crescent of sand and surf in the twilight. Head to a local restaurant for drinks and dinner with your fellow travellers, then return to the resort for the evening.
    Included Activities
    Cairns – Barron Gorge lookout
    Kuranda – Lunch stop
    Port Douglas – Local dinner
    Port Douglas – Leader-lead orientation walk
    Port Douglas – Trinity Bay lookout
    Meals Included
    Dinner
    Special Information
    It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.

    Day 2: Daintree Rainforest – Cape Tribulation – Port Douglas
    Grab breakfast and get ready in time to leave the resort at 8 am, jumping on the ferry and crossing the river into the Daintree Rainforest. Meet up with a local family who live and breathe the rainforest, so much so that they hosted David Attenborough’s documentary crew when they were filming in the area. Spend some time learning from them about the forest, then continue exploring with a cruise along Cooper Creek. Your guide will point out crocodiles, birds and other wildlife while you glide through the water. Stop for an included lunch at a heritage restaurant smack-bang in the middle of the forest. If you need to cool off, there is also time to take a swim before continuing to Cape Tribulation. Take in views over the cape from a lookout, then head down to the beach for a guided walk and to learn about the region’s history. Return to the resort for the evening, where you can grab dinner at one of the restaurants within walking distance or choose to enjoy an optional al fresco dinner experience with Flames of the Forest.
    Included Activities
    Cape Tribulation – Lookout & guided walk
    Daintree Rainforest – Guided nature walk
    Daintree Rainforest – Cooper Creek boat trip
    Daintree Rainforest – Heritage restaurant lunch
    Meals Included
    Breakfast
    Lunch

    Day 3: Port Douglas
    Enjoy a day to explore this tropical paradise at your own pace. There are tonnes of activities on offer today, so be sure to talk to your leader about your options when it comes to snorkelling, reef tours, and nature experiences. Your leader will also be on hand today to provide a transfer to Port Douglas town (and back) at 10 am and 6.30 pm if you want to spend the day shopping or grab dinner. If you’d prefer to move as little as possible, you could always take a day to unwind with spa treatments at the resort or chill by the pool with a book.
    Meals Included
    Breakfast

    Day 4: Mossman Gorge – Kuyu Kuyu – Port Douglas
    Grab breakfast before leaving the resort at 8.15 am for a guided walk through the rainforest of Mossman Gorge. Work up an appetite on this gentle 1.5-hour hike, then grab morning tea (not included) before heading to Kuyu Kuyu (Cooya Beach) for an educational experience with a member of the local Kuku Yalanji community. Learn to throw a spear, which plants are edible and how Kuku Yalanji people live in harmony with the ever-shifting landscape. Enjoy lunch, then join an Aboriginal painting class in the afternoon. Learn about the significance of traditional and contemporary art and storytelling to First Nations people and leave with a small souvenir. Return to the resort in the early evening and enjoy a few free hours to relax. Grab dinner tonight with your group and toast to the beauty of the country around you.
    Included Activities
    Mossman Gorge – Guided rainforest walk
    Kuyu Kuyu – Kuku Yalanji First Nations experience
    Meals Included
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner

    Day 5: Cairns
    Enjoy breakfast and time for one last swim before a 10 am departure for Cairns. We will make one drop-off stop at Cairns Airport and another at a central hotel in Cairns – before your tour begins please let your Intrepid representative or travel agent know which option you would prefer.
    Meals Included
    Breakfast

    Inclusions
    Meals
    4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    Private vehicle, Ferry
    Accommodation
    Resort (4 nights)
    Included activities
    Cairns – Barron Gorge lookout
    Kuranda – Lunch stop
    Port Douglas – Local dinner
    Port Douglas – Leader-lead orientation walk
    Port Douglas – Trinity Bay lookout
    Cape Tribulation – Lookout & guided walk
    Daintree Rainforest – Guided nature walk
    Daintree Rainforest – Cooper Creek boat trip
    Daintree Rainforest – Heritage restaurant lunch
    Mossman Gorge – Guided rainforest walk
    Kuyu Kuyu – Kuku Yalanji First Nations experience

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