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Queensland Sand, Sailing & Dreamtime

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.

  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: OAQE/141293
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Brisbane, Australia
  • Finishes: Cairns, Australia
  • Age requirement: 18 - 39
You will Visit
  • Brisbane
  • Noosa Everglades
  • Fraser Island
  • Airlie Beach
  • Whitsunday Islands
  • 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

Set off to the Noosa Everglades for an evening surrounded by stunning wilderness.

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Day 3: Noosa Everglades/Fraser Island

Travel by private vehicle and ferry to reach Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island. Explore the island by 22-seat 4x4 truck.
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.

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Day 4: Fraser Island/Airlie Beach

Enjoy a morning of exploring by 4x4 to hit the remainder of Fraser Island's highlights, before hopping an overnight train north to Airlie Beach.

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Day 5: Airlie Beach/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.
After arriving in Airlie Beach and some time for brunch, head to the marina and embark on a maxi yacht which will be our home for the next two nights. 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. Learn about community efforts to protect and restore coral in the Great Barrier Reef before heading out to snorkel over a Planeterra-supported coral garden. 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.

Planeterra has partnered with Reef Ecologic, a nonprofit specialized in creating innovative solutions to challenges facing coral reefs. In the Whitsundays they are working to engage the community and travellers to restore the reef following the 2017 cyclone. Reef Ecologic's new coral gardens in the Whitsundays foster natural coral fragments to be replanted into the reef for a healthy marine environment.

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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 Cairns.

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Day 9: Cairns

Enjoy a free day to visit the Great Barrier Reef or get the adrenaline pumping by whitewater rafting or bungee jumping. Cap it all off with a Big Night Out in Cairns.
Opt to pre-book the "Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling" activity on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

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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 free time in the 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.
Up for a ziplining adventure? Opt to pre-book the "Jungle Surfing Through The Daintree Rainforest" activity on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

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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
    • Your G for Good Moment: Reef Ecologic Coral Restoration, Whitsunday Islands Your Discover Moment: Cairns Your Big Night Out Moment: Cairns
    • Fraser Island 4x4 excursion
    • Noosa Everglades overnight experience
    • Noosa Everglades canoeing excursion
    • Entrance fees to Cooloola Recreation Area and Fraser Island in Great Sandy NP
    • Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion (3 days)
    • Whitehaven Beach visit
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hostels (6 nts), cabin (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt), maxi yacht (2 nts), beach hostel (1 nt). All nights multi-share
    • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 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
  • Cool off in picture-perfect waterfalls