Brisbane to Cairns Experience Map
Day 1 Brisbane
Arrive in Brisbane at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Please try to arrive before 6pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city to visit City Hall, the Treasury Building or relax on Streets Beach.
Day 2-3 Fraser Island (2B,1L,1D)
A morning guided walking tour of Brisbane is followed by a train ride up the coast. A bus transfer takes us to our ferry for the trip to Fraser Island, the world's biggest sand island. Once settled in enjoy an evening barbeque with good company on the beach.
Day 3 offers an included full day 4x4 trip taking in the highlights of this amazing island including; Lake Mckenzie, the rainforest, Pile Valley, 75 Mile Beach, Maheno Shipwreck, Stonetool, Sandblow and the coloured sands. Both nights are spent at a relaxing eco-lodge.
Estimated travel time: 5 hours
Travel distance: 250 km
Day 4 Cattle Station (1B,1D)
We transfer off the island by boat then catch the train up the 'Capricorn Coast' which is well-known as 'Cattle Country'. Arrive at a remote cattle station, where we will be located for the night. The workers from the property are excellent hosts as they teach about the history of the cattle station, the cattle industry, and some of the challenges of raising cattle in such a harsh environment.
Tonight, experience life in Cattle Country the traditional way by sleeping outside in a swag (canvas bedroll) under the stars. This is bound to be one of the most unique and memorable nights of the trip. No worries, there are toilet and shower facilities nearby.
Estimated travel time: 6 hours
Travel distance: 416 km
Day 5-6 Whitsunday Islands Sailing (2B,1L,2D)
After a traditional Outback-style breakfast, transfer to the town of Mackay and embark on a maxi yacht which will be our home for the next three days. Set sail to a secluded cove in the Whitsunday Islands and enjoy some snorkelling before the anchor drops for the night. We are the only company to sail from south to north through the islands instead of backtracking while starting and finishing in the same point.
Take advantage of the included snorkel gear, throw on a mask and see what lives in the Great Barrier Reef. (Note that fins are not provided in order to adhere with local coral conservation efforts.) The sailing route on Day 6 allows us to follow part of Captain Cook's route up through the Whitsunday Islands, stopping for swims and beach visits along the way. Options to SCUBA dive are available also. Again we drop anchor in a secluded bay for the night.
Estimated travel time: 4 hours
Travel distance: 281 km
Day 7 Whitsundays/Whitehaven Beach/Airlie Beach (1B)
A morning sail takes us to one of the most famous places in the Whitsundays, 'Whitehaven Beach'. Stroll along the impossibly white sand beach and go up to the lookout for a great view of the area. After an afternoon sail we arrive in the town of Airlie Beach for a comfortable stay in a local beach resort. Feel free to relax by the pool at the end of the day.
Day 8 Cairns
Early morning transfer to the train station. Sit back and admire the scenery as we travel along the coast, through sugar cane country, covering a fair amount of terrain up to Cairns.
Estimated travel time: 7 hours
Travel distance: 650 km
Day 9 Cairns (1B)
Depart at any time.