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.
Day 1 Brisbane
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Brisbane/Noosa Everglades (1B)
Head north to Noosa, and enjoy a free afternoon for surfing or strolling the boardwalk to Noosa National Park, where koala sightings are common.
Day 3 Fraser Island/Noosa Everglades (1B, 1L)
Travel by private 4x4 and ferry to reach Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. Walk through the rainforest, visit Lake Mackenzie, and drive along Australia’s only sand highway.
Day 4 Noosa Everglades/Airlie Beach (1L)
Go canoeing along the calm waters of the Noosa Everglades before hopping an overnight train north to Airlie Beach.
Day 5 Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands (1D)
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.
Day 6 Whitsunday Islands (1B, 1L, 1D)
Hike to an island lookout over Whitehaven Beach, known for its stunning white sand, then enjoy free time on the famous beach. Anchor off of a secluded tropical island at night.
Day 7 Whitsunday Islands/Airlie Beach (1B)
Continue sailing through the gorgeous backdrop of the Whitsunday Islands. Sail to the resort town of Airlie Beach for a night on the town.
Day 8 Airlie Beach/Cairns
Admire the scenery on the train north to Cairns.
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.
Day 10 Cape Tribulation
Depart early and head north. Learn about the flora and fauna with local Aboriginals, before exploring Daintree National Park.
Day 11 Cape Tribulation/Yungaburra (1B)
Enjoy a free 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.
Day 12 Yungaburra/Cairns (1B)
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.
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