• Pricing From $6,695 pp
  • Single Supplement FREE
  • From Cairns
  • Duration 8 Days
  • Max Group Size 16
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Departs 10 Aug 2020
  • Returns 17 Aug 2020

Join Bill Peach Journeys for an exploration of Far North Queensland’s spectacular rainforests, lakes and waterfalls. From the magnificent coastal sights of Cape Tribulation, Cooktown, Port Douglas and Mission Beach to the breathtakingly beautiful creations of nature to be found inland. We explore the lush green world of the Atherton Tablelands and the hypnotic cascades of the famed Waterfall Circuit. Marvel at the natural beauty of World Heritage listed waterfalls including Josephine Falls and the majestic and picturesque Millaa Millaa Falls surrounded by stunning tropical rainforest.

We will discover the natural ecosystem which exists in this remarkable region while cruising on Lake Barrine and learn about the unique flora and fauna that bounds. Uncover the region’s timber and mining history in Mareeba and discover gold rush history in Cooktown. We will also learn about the fascinating and unique farming techniques of the region. Truly an enchanting sojourn of pristine wilderness complimented by Bill Peach Journeys style including a two night stay in a tropical nature reserve at the renowned Thala Beach Lodge.

Highlights

  • Spend 2 nights at Thala Beach Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World
  • 1 night beachfront at Castaways Resort and Spa
  • Enjoy wildlife cruises on serene Lake Barrine and the iconic Daintree River
  • Explore unique & fascinating local farming techniques
  • Visit World Heritage listed Millaa Millaa Falls and Josephine Falls on the famed Waterfall Circuit
  • Discover the history of the region in Mareeba and Cooktown
  • Take in the natural beauty of Mission Beach, Tinaroo Lake, the Bloomfield Track & Cape Tribulation
  • Experience meaningful cultural insights with a Nugal-warra Elder and the Kuku Yalanji
  • All meals included - breakfast, lunch and dinner including
  • Escorted throughout by a dedicated Journey Director

Tour Departures

Tour Code NQ2000
Departs 10 Aug 2020
Returns 17 Aug 2020
Price From $6,695 pp
Single Supplement FREE
Day 1: Arrive Cairns

Transfer from Cairns airport to Kewarra Beach, a tropical beachside eco-resort that fits seamlessly into its natural rainforest surroundings. Tonight there will be a welcome dinner, the perfect opportunity to meet your fellow travellers.

Overnight: Kewarra Beach Resort or similar

Day 2: Cairns - Mission Beach

Heading south we visit Josephine Falls, a scenic tiered cascade fed by rains falling on Queensland’s highest peak, Bartle Frere. Renowned for its crystal clear waters, Josephine Falls is located in Wooroonooran National Park and is a gazetted World Heritage Site. Next, we visit the award-winning Fruit Forest Farm to learn about their unique and innovative style of growing exotic fruit trees in the tropics. We arrive at Mission Beach and check in to our luxury beachfront accommodation set in the unspoilt tropical paradise of World Heritage rainforest fronting 14 kilometres of golden, sandy beach.

Overnight: Castaways Resort & Spa or similar

Day 3: Mission Beach - Tinaroo Lake

After breakfast, we visit Charley’s Chocolate Factory, one of the only places in the world where you can experience the journey of chocolate from “Tree to Bar”. We then head north west and visit the Mungalli Creek Bio-Dynamic Dairy, which has planted rainforest and created wetlands to cultivate a living farm organism. Heading further North, we explore the breathtaking Waterfalls Circuit, including the majestic and picturesque heritage-listed, Millaa Millaa Falls hoping to spot platypus and secretive tree-kangaroos along the way.

Overnight: Tinaroo Lake Resort

Day 4: Tinaroo - Cooktown

This morning takes us to serene Lake Barrine to learn about one of the most complex and amazing rainforest eco-systems in the world during a wildlife cruise around the volcanic crater brim. After morning tea at the renowned Lake Barrine Teahouse, we will visit the Mareeba Heritage Museum which hosts a wide variety of incredible exhibits that teach us about the local area’s rich and fascinating history. We head to Historic Cooktown, discovered when Captain James Cook’s Endeavour hit a reef in 1770.

Overnight: River of Gold Motel or similar

Day 5: Cooktown

Time today to explore this historic town – visit the James Cook Museum with its treasure trove of memorabilia to learn of Cooktown’s discovery and eventful history, the Botanic Gardens and Interpretive centre. Later, a rare opportunity to accompany a Nugal-warra Elder on his traditional lands and to see this ancient, untouched country through his eyes.

Overnight: River of Gold Motel or similar

Day 6: Bloomfield Track – Port Douglas

Travel along the famed Bloomfield Track enjoying breathtaking coastal vistas and lush tropical rainforests. Visit Cape Tribulation, one of the most picturesque tropical regions on the far north coastline. Cruise on the waters of the Daintree River and view the variety of bird, animal and plant life. Transfer to the luxurious Thala Beach Nature Reserve.

Overnight: Thala Beach Nature Reserve or similar

Day 7: Port Douglas

Today we join the Kuku Yalanji for a cultural habitat tour exploring the coast and mangroves at Cooya Beach. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Port Douglas before our farewell dinner this evening.

Overnight: Thala Beach Nature Reserve or similar

Day 8: Depart Cairns

After a leisurely breakfast transfer to Cairns airport. Say farewell to new friends and take away fond memories of a delightful Queensland Sojourn.


About Sojourns

Our Sojourn programmes are short break journeys put together in conjunction with themes, events or experiences. These programmes range from cruising New Zealand’s North Islands to world-class sporting events and unique experiences throughout Australia and New Zealand.

About Single Traveller Journeys

We recognise the specific requirements of single travellers and that’s why a number of our journeys are single supplement free, affording you the benefit of your own single room, without any, or with significantly reduced extra cost. In fact, over 40% of our guests travel alone and return to Bill Peach Journeys again and again. In this way, you can enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow travellers during the day, along with the safety and security of travelling with an escorted group, but still retire to your own personal room in the evening. Note: The single supplement free offer cannot be taken in conjunction with any other offer.

Fully inclusive

This journey includes accommodation, all meals as specified, touring throughout, transfers, services of a dedicated Journey Director.

Coaches

The coaches that we use for the ground component of this journey are fully air-conditioned.

Pre Tour

Flights from your home port to Cairns are not included in the journey price. Should you require flights to and from Cairns, we can provide a competitive quote on airfares and pre and post tour accommodation in Cairns, at the commencement and conclusion of your journey.

Level of Fitness Required – Moderate

This journey is more challenging and designed for the more active traveller who is looking to venture off the beaten path. To fully participate in all activities, the traveller must be able to walk up to 1km on even surfaces unaided, travel by four-wheel drive vehicles along ungraded roads and walk up steps unassisted.  It is a requirement that all children are able to swim confidently.

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.

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)