This unique itinerary combines white-sands relaxation on Palm Cove, a luxury retreat in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest and five unforgettable days on Lizard Island – the northernmost resort in the Great Barrier Reef. Throughout, you'll stay in some of Australia's most enticing accommodation, from private-island getaways to luxury treehouses and beach-side boutiques.
Whether you're a keen scuba diver, a sun worshipper, a wildlife enthusiast or a culinary connoisseur, this unique region has something special to offer. From the restaurants and bars of Port Douglas' waterfront to the verdant rainforests of the Daintree National Park, the sheer diversity of experiences on offer will satisfy even the most demanding traveller. And let's not forget the obvious allures of the Great Barrier Reef, where palm-fringed islands shine like sparkling jewels in the clear blue waters of the Coral Sea, which in turn hide a myriad of underwater wonders from impressive coral gardens to rays, dolphins and turtles.
Days 1-2: Depart UK
Board your flight and depart the UK, beginning your journey to Australia and tour of the Great Barrier Reef, via a stopover.
Days 3-4: Palm Cove
On arrival in Cairns you'll pick up a hire car and make the scenic coastal drive along the Captain Cook Highway to Palm Cove. Here, on your doorstep, you’ll have both the treasures of the Great Barrier Reef and the surrounding rainforest – perfect for wildlife walks. Your hotel base is delightfully boutique, offering complimentary punch and canapés each night. Indeed, after a day's exploring with the free kayaks, bikes and fishing rods, you’ll be able to relax with your accommodation’s spa and direct beach access. In short, it’s a white-sands paradise, complete with swaying palms.
Stay: The Reef House Palm Cove (Superior)
Days 5-7: Daintree National Park
It's just a short drive north to Silky Oaks Lodge in the ancient rainforests of the Daintree National Park. With an enchanting setting on the edge of Mossman Gorge, Silky Oaks Lodge is the perfect base for exploring. The sights and sounds of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park make Silky Oaks a very special place to stay, and the hammocks on private verandas and oversized spa baths are indulgent spots from which to take them in.
You'll stay in spacious treehouses and riverhouses, and amenities include a swimming pool, tennis court and the wonderful Healing Waters day spa. You can also enjoy yoga classes, guided nature tours, canoeing and snorkelling trips in the Mossman Gorge and incredible 4WD tours of the region. Fine dining in the Treehouse Restaurant is another highlight, with the river running by and a choice of the finest Australian wines to accompany your meal whilst the Healing Waters Spa is regarded as one of the best in Queensland.
Days 8-12: Lizard Island
Leaving the mainland behind you'll drive back to Cairns for your flight to Lizard Island in the northern Great Barrier Reef. The short but breathtakingly scenic flight takes just 60 minutes and gives you a birds eye view of the Great Barrier Reef and verdant rainforest of Cape Tribulation as it tumbles down to the sea.
Lizard Island is the ultimate in understated luxury, ideal for divers looking to explore the best of the reef, but just as good for sun worshippers with no less than 24 secluded white sand beaches to choose from. Enjoy wonderful dining at Osprey's Restaurant or take a gourmet hamper to the beach to enjoy in between swims in the warm, turquoise waters of the Coral Sea. A multitude of activities are included and you can be as energetic or as relaxed as you choose.
Day 13: Departure
After breakfast, board your scheduled flight back to Cairns for your onward flight home.
Day 14: Arrive UK
Arrive back in the UK after an overnight flight and continue your journey home.
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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