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Cairns, Daintree and Cooktown Winter Escape

10 Days  |  Departing Saturday 7th August 2021 and returning Monday 16th August 2021

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Highlights

Cairns Half Day Intro Tour
Kuranda Scenic Rail
Jacques Coffee Plantation
Kuranda Village - Heritage Markets, Art & Craft Galleries, Shops & Cafés, Rainforest Board-walk Walk Trail
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Atherton Tablelands - Lake Barrine Rainforest & Wildlife Cruise
Historic Village Herberton
Giant Curtain, Cathedral Fig Tree
Heritage Village of Yungaburra
Green Island Day Semi-Submersible
Paronella Park
Millaa Millaa Falls
Australian Platypus Park
Guided Walk Mossman Gorge
Wildlife Daintree River Cruise
Cape Tribulation Beach
Overnight Daintree Rainforest
The Bloomfield Track
Lunch Lion’s Den Hotel “established 1878”
Cooktown - Grassy Hill Lookout, Cooktown’s Guided History Walk
Endeavour River Sunset Cruise
Heritage Listed Cooktown Cemetery
James Cook Museum
Cooktown Botanic Gardens & Art Gallery
Black Mountain National Park Lookout
Byerstown Lookout
Palmer River Roadhouse
Free Day to explore Port Douglas including the Sunday Markets 

Inclusions

Personally Escorted by an experienced Sisterhood Hostess who is on hand to assist with making your holiday a memorable one
Return Flights to Cairns including luggage ex Melbourne (other cities available upon request)
​Comfortable Coach Touring Throughout
Accommodation with private facilities
​Fabulous Range of Included Sightseeing and Activities
​All Meals as detailed in Itinerary
​Free Time for Personal Discovery
Room Sharing Option
​Meet and Greet prior to Departure (subject to minimum numbers)

Notice

COVID-19 NOTICE

The itinerary is subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Should social distancing measures remain in place, Sisterhood Womens Travel will adapt our itinerary accordingly. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday 7 August 2021

Melbourne - Cairns (D)

Welcome to Sisterhood Womens Travel.  Meet your Tour Hostess and fellow travellers at the Melbourne Aiport for your flight to Cairns.  Upon arrival we are met by our coach driver and start our visit to Tropical North Queensland with a Cairns city highlights tour including St Monica’s Cathedral, Cairns Museum, Cairns Botanic Gardens and Cairns City Lookout. This afternoon, after our tour, it’s time to check in to our hotel before enjoying dinner in the Atrium Restaurant.

Overnight Cairns: DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns

Day 2 - Sunday 8 August 2021

Cairns - Kuranda (B,L,D)

After breakfast this morning we make our way to Freshwater Station and board the Kuranda Scenic Rail, a spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of dense rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls. Rising from sea level to 328m, the journey to Kuranda passes through World Heritage protected tropical rainforest, waterfalls and into the awesome Barron Gorge. We arrive at Kuranda Village and are met by our coach, then make our way to Jacques Coffee Plantation for our tour, tasting and of course, a cuppa. We now return to Kuranda to explore the Heritage Markets, Art and Craft Galleries, Shops and Cafés. This afternoon after our Kuranda experience, we commence the return leg of our journey onboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which takes us 7.5kms over the top of the rainforest whilst taking in the stunning panoramic views from the city of Cairns all the way out to the glittering waters of the Coral Sea. Hop off at the Skyrail’s two mid-stations, Red Peak and Barron Falls and take a walk around the forest floor on board-walks, stop at the scenic look-outs and learn about this diverse area at the state of the art Rainforest Interpretation Centre. Our Skyrail experience is complete when we disembark at Smithfield Station and make our way back to our hotel for dinner.

Overnight Cairns: DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns 

Day 3 - Monday 9 August 2021

Atherton Tablelands - Herberton Village (B,D)

Our day begins early after breakfast, with a scenic drive through the beautiful Atherton Tablelands, situated between the Bellenden Ker Range and the Great Dividing Range. This fertile plateau contains some of the most beautiful ancient rainforests with lakes, waterfalls, rivers and spectacular national parks. First stop is at Lake Barrine, a prehistoric volcano cone and now a deep lake filled by the freshest of spring water and home to the twin Kauri pines and the giant Red Cedar tree. After morning tea in the Teahouse we take a Rainforest and Wildlife Cruise and see close-up, one of the most complex and amazing rainforest eco-systems in the world. Next stop is at the Historic Village Herberton which is like stepping back in time. The village has over 50 original buildings that date from its foundation years and strolling through the village gives a sense of being in a real township complete with chemist, school, bank, grocers store, frock salon, toy shop mechanic, jail and lots more. The Bakerville Pub “Tearooms” provides the perfect spot to buy some lunch. On our return to Cairns a stop at the famous Giant Curtain, Cathedral Fig Tree and delightful village of Yungaburra with its charming cafes, award winning restaurants, arts and crafts galleries plus its 18 heritage-listed buildings making it the biggest National Trust village in Queensland to complete the picture. After another wonderful day out it’s time to return to Cairns and to our accommodation before enjoying a delightful Seafood Buffet Dinner.

Overnight Cairns: DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns

Day 4 - Tuesday 10 August 2021

Cairns - Green Island (B,L,D)

This morning after breakfast, we spend a day in paradise with a trip out to Green Island, departing from Cairns marina. Enjoy a boat ride, followed by a leisurely experience on the island where we can swim, snorkel, sunbathe or just admire the beautiful scenery. Explore the island shops and museum before dining on a beautiful buffet lunch. This afternoon explore Green Island’s underwater world, part of the Great Barrier Reef in air-conditioned comfort on our exclusive Semi-Submarine… without even getting wet! Seated below water level, we are treated to a diver’s view of the coral reef and marine life with informative commentary by the crew. Afterwards return to our accommodation to freshen up before dinner in the hotel restaurant. After dinner why not take a 5 minute walk down to the famous Cairns Night Markets.

Overnight Cairns: DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns

Day 5 - Wednesday 11 August 2021

Paronella Park - Milla Milla Falls (B,L,D)

Another exciting day ahead as we head south past Innisfail to the fascinating Paronella Park which was developed in the 1920's and 1930's by Spanish immigrant Jose Paronella, an early eco-tourism operator. This park was 'lost' for 45 years and rediscovered in 1993, but it wasn't until 2009 that a full restoration was completed. The park is powered entirely by the flow of the Mena Creek Falls. Our tour includes the story of Jose Paronella's dream and is a unique piece of Australia and well worth the visit! Following our visit which includes lunch at the Café on the Deck our return journey back up to Cairns takes us via the scenic Millaa Millaa Falls and Australian Platypus Park at Tarzali Lakes. Back in Cairns at our hotel there will be time to rest up before dinner.  

Overnight Cairns: DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns

Day 6 - Thursday 12 August 2021

Mossman Gorge - Daintree - Cape Tribulation (B,L,D)

Today after breakfast and checkout we begin the journey north along the scenic Great Barrier Reef Drive to Mossman Gorge. Enjoy morning tea at Mossman Gorge Centre before a driver-guided walk in the rainforest of the Gorge. Next is a 1 hour Daintree River Cruise, this unique environment is abundant with wildlife including Saltwater Crocodiles. A tropical BBQ lunch is included at a private rainforest location before visiting the renowned Cape Tribulation Beach, named by Captain Cook. It’s then time to check into our Daintree Rainforest accommodation where there will be time to freshen up before drinks at own cost and dinner in the open air “On the Turps” Bar and Restaurant.. Evenings in the restaurant are very special and what more spectacular way to end the day than listening to the wild night life come alive in the heart of the Daintree as we ponder the day just gone or those ahead, surrounded by the smells and sight of the dark night here at the Lodge. Candles and flaming torches set the scene for a wonderful evening. The Head Chef Andrew will delight with his cuisine, sit back enjoy a cool drink and let the lodge team do the rest for an evening to remember.

Overnight Daintree Rainforest: Heritage Lodge  

Day 7 - Friday 13 August 2021

Bloomfield Track - Cooktown (B,L)

Part of our Daintree experience is starting the day with the smell of fresh bread and home-made jams drifting from the kitchen, as we sit and enjoy the rainforest as our backdrop whilst enjoying a complimentary continental tropical breakfast. The open air restaurant sitting on the edge of Cooper Creek with the rainforest enveloping us is idyllic as it is tranquil. Jungle Perch and Catfish sharing the creek with the fresh water turtles and birds high in the canopy slows our pulse. Following breakfast and checkout we are joined by our Cooktown guide and continue making our way further north along the 4WD only Bloomfield Track through the rainforest. Our driver will share the fascinating history of the World Heritage Rainforest and areas we will travel through before arriving at the iconic Lion’s Den Hotel for lunch. This iconic pub is one of Queensland’s oldest, having been established in 1878. Once arrived in Cooktown, first stop is Grassy Hill Lookout which boasts 360 degree views from where James Cook surveyed his route in 1770.Learn of Cooktown’s history on a guided walk along the foreshore and its monuments. Late afternoon we arrive at our Cooktown accommodation for the night. After a freshen up head out on one of the tours highlights, a 2.5 hour Endeavour River Sunset Cruise. Dinner tonight is at own cost and choice.

Overnight Cooktown: Sovereign Resort Hotel

Day 8 - Saturday 14 August 2021

Cooktown - Port Douglas (B,L,D)

Discover more about the history of this frontier town visiting iconic locations in Cooktown with our experienced guide, including the heritage listed Cooktown cemetery, the James Cook Museum and the Cooktown Botanic Gardens and Art Gallery. Leaving Cooktown our journey down to Port Douglas takes us via the outback and experience the contrasting difference between the rainforest we experienced on the way up. Stops at Black Mountain National Park Lookout, Byerstown Lookout and the Palmer River Roadhouse where remnants and pieces of history from the gold rush era. Standing at the solitary Palmer River Roadhouse perched on the hill above the famous river it is hard to imagine that in the 1870s tens of thousands of miners flocked to this area searching for gold. We arrive in Port Douglas late afternoon and check into the Oaks Resort before dinner in the Oak and Vine Restaurant.  

Overnight Port Douglas: Oaks Port Douglas Resort.

Day 9 - Sunday 15 August 2021

Port Douglas - Free Day (B)

Enjoy a day in Port Douglas at leisure, take a pre-breakfast walk along Four Mile Beach and then after breaky, catch the Sunday Markets then hit the shops along the Macrossan Street shopping precinct. Tonight our suggestion is to head into the Salsa Bar and Grill for dinner.

Overnight Port Douglas: Oaks Port Douglas Resort.

Day 10 - Monday 16 August 2021

Port Douglas - Cairns - Home (B)

This morning, we pack our bags and enjoy our final breakfast before transferring to the Cairns airport to check in for our homeward flight to Melbourne arriving in late afternoon.  Thank you for travelling with Sisterhood Womens Travel and we look forward to welcoming you back for your next adventure.

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