• Pricing From $11,495 pp
  • Single Supplement $1,500
  • From Brisbane
  • Duration 10 Days
  • Max Group Size 12
  • Activity Level Easy Going

Join Bill Peach Journeys, the leader in private aircraft travel for over 36 years and discover Australia’s most magnificent natural treasure, the Great Barrier Reef. One of the seven wonders of the natural world, it is the only living thing on earth visible from space. Viewing this world heritage listed natural region up close in person and from your private aircraft is the perfect way to grasp the sheer magnitude of the southern expanse of the Great Barrier Reef while marvelling at its exceptional beauty.

We will explore the coastal towns that make up this region from Townsville in the north to Mackay, Rockhampton, 1770 and Bundaberg further south. No exploration of this stunning reef would be complete without visiting some of her 100 islands, including Magnetic Island and 2 nights at the luxurious and newly opened Hayman Island. Join us for a private aircraft odyssey of a tropical paradise and see a part of Australia you have only dreamt about.

Highlights

  • Experience spectacular aerial sightseeing of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays including Lady Musgrave Island
  • Luxury accommodation throughout including 2 nights at the exclusive InterContinental Hayman Resort located on its own private tropical island
  • Explore ruggedly stunning Magnetic Island
  • Rare platypus spotting at Broken River
  • Discover the history of 1770 and see the thousands of Blue Tiger Butterflies on the Butterfly Walk
  • Visit the iconic Bundaberg Rum Distillery and the Bundaberg Barrel
  • Touring of Mackay, Rockhampton and Bundaberg
  • Includes domestic economy flights to Brisbane and return from Hamilton Island*
  • All touring, transfers and meals included
  • Escorted throughout by a dedicated Journey Director

Tour Departures

Tour Code SB2000
Departs 12 May 2020
Returns 21 May 2020
Price From $11,495 pp
Single Supplement $1,500
Day 1: Arrive Brisbane

Arrive into Brisbane and transfer to the Marriott Brisbane Hotel, a centrally located stunning mixture of 5-star serenity and cutting-edge urban luxury alongside the Brisbane River. This afternoon we enjoy a city tour and discover what makes Australia’s third largest capital the welcoming, spirited and energised subtropical city that it is. Meet your Journey Director and fellow travellers at a welcome dinner this evening.

Overnight: Marriott Brisbane Hotel or similar

Day 2: Brisbane - Bundaberg

After breakfast we board our private aircraft for our flight to Bundaberg. We will see, smell and taste our way through the process of making Australia’s most famous spirit at the Bundaberg Rum Distillery. At the Bundaberg Barrel, we will discover another iconic local product, ginger beer and its other brewed drinks. Go behind-the-scenes and learn about the local food production industry in Bundaberg before transferring to the Manta Bargara Resort, a first class property overlooking Bargara Beach offering panoramic oceanfront views and resort facilities.

Overnight: Manta Bargara Resort or similar

Day 3: Bundaberg - 1770

Today we board the aircraft for our flight to 1770. On the way, we enjoy exceptional sightseeing of the stunning Lady Musgrave Island, set on 3,000 acres of living reef with an azure protected lagoon. A truly unspoilt uninhabited Southern Barrier Reef island, it is nature’s aquarium, aviary and rookery all in one. Upon arrival, we learn the history of 1770, a coastal town in the Gladstone region which was built on the site of the second landing in Australia by James Cook and the crew of HM Bark Endeavour in May 1770. We visit the Captain Cook Monument and walk along the 1770 Butterfly Walk to view the thousands of magnificent blue tiger butterflies as they flock to the town during their migration.

Overnight: 1770 Lagoons Resort or similar

Day 4: 1770 - Rockhampton

We reboard our aircraft and fly on to the central Queensland town of Rockhampton. A historically rich city, most famous for being the beef capital of Australia, Rockhampton is a modern throwback to the heydays of Queensland’s colonial past boasting heritage-listed streets and colonial buildings. Tour the limestone Capricorn Caves, which originated in an ancient 380-million-year-old coral reef and today are a maze of small tunnels and larger chambers. Visit Mt Archer National Park for outstanding views of the area and stand at the iconic Tropic of Capricorn.

Overnight: Empire Hotel or similar

Day 5: Rockhampton - Mackay

We fly on to Mackay today and tour this historic town that is set in the Pioneer Valley, home to lush coastal ranges and fertile plains. Tour the city centre’s heritage and art deco buildings which are unique for a Queensland city and reflect Mackay’s turbulent past. We transfer to the cool tranquillity of Broken River in Eungella National Park, one of the best locations in the world to see the platypus in the wild.

Overnight: Mackay Marina Hotel or similar

Day 6: Mackay - Charters Towers - Townsville

We travel to the outback town of Charters Towers where the heritage streetscapes hark back to the gold rush days of the late 19th century. We tour this historical town learning about life in the late 1800’s which is reflected in its colonial architecture, including the world’s first stock exchange. Fly on to Townsville, gateway to Queensland’s far north. A coastal city, Townsville is a vibrant mix of modern architecture and Federation-style buildings, bustling outdoor cafés, restaurants, boutiques and quirky galleries, all linked by a shady park-lined beach promenade.

Overnight: The Ville Resort & Casino or similar

Day 7: Magnetic Island

Today we take a day trip to the ruggedly stunning Magnetic Island. Although Magnetic Island sits within the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, the landscape here is different to the usual tropical rainforest found on many nearby islands. About 275 million years ago, nature’s forces created an extraordinary landscape of rocky terrain and giant boulders. Magnetic Island has less rainfall than other Queensland islands so it has a dry tropical climate and is covered with eucalypt woodlands. Possessing the natural beauty and serenity of an untouched paradise, cameras at the ready as we tour today. Keep an eye out for koalas and rock wallabies, WWII military base ruins, secluded bays and magnificent national park beaches including Arthur, Radical and Florence Bay.

Overnight: The Ville Resort & Casino or similar

Day 8: Townsville - Hayman Island

Reboard our private aircraft this morning for another scenically breathtaking flight over the Whitsundays, an archipelago of 74 tropical islands famed for its idyllic white beaches and crystal clear teal and azure waters. We cruise from Hamilton Island to our exceptional accommodation for 2 nights on Hayman Island.

Overnight: InterContinental Hayman Island Resort

Day 9: Hayman Island

A day at leisure to enjoy this world renowned island paradise.

Overnight: InterContinental Hayman Island Resort

Day 10: Depart Hamilton Island

After breakfast this morning we enjoy a launch transfer from Hayman Island back to Hamilton Island, where we will board our flight home. Say a fond farewell to new friends and take away memories of an unforgettable Barrier Reef adventure.


About Aircruising

Aircruising is an exceptional and fascinating way to travel, allowing you to land directly in some of Australia’s most extraordinarily remote locations. Your time on the ground will be spent exploring the local region with your dedicated Journey Director, experiencing the finest accommodation available and dining in absolute splendour.

Fully Inclusive

Every tour offered by Bill Peach Journeys is fully inclusive. Our team of professional Journey Planners work meticulously with the Journey Directors to map out every step of the journey, and plan for every eventuality as well. The tour cost includes all accommodation, dining, travel, taxes, porterage fees, entrance fees and luggage. As the intrepid traveller, just like Bill, all you’ll have to worry about is making sure you relax and enjoy every moment.

* Domestic economy flights are from Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Adelaide only.

Mode of transport

This journey will be operated by a variety of aircraft. All aircraft are perfect for landing in the isolated airstrips throughout this journey. To ensure a variety of viewing for everyone, we change seat allocation each day. The aircraft is operated by an experienced pilots and accompanied by a Journey Director. The coaches that we use for the ground component of this journey are fully air-conditioned. There will also be air-conditioned 4WD vehicles used in some areas.

Level of fitness required: Easy Going

These journeys are not physically demanding unless you want them to be. They include easy guided walks, which are mainly on flat ground. There will be times when you are required to board a launch for shore excursions. You must be able to walk up to 500 metres unaided and will not need any foreseen assistance throughout the journey. For all clients to fully enjoy this travel experience, excellent health and mobility are required by all.

We strongly urge you to consider the fitness rating before selecting your preferred journey, in respect for your fellow travellers. Bill Peach Journeys reserves the right to refuse travel to any client whose fitness level is below the recommended rating.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to cover you against such things as personal illness or accident, cancellation, loss of baggage etc. Please make sure you carry a copy of your Travel Insurance policy with you at all times.

Terms and Conditions

Please refer to the T&C’s for more information. Terms & Conditions (PDF)