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Topdeck | 11 Day Reef Suntanner reverse | Cairns - Gold Coast

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26

Departure Days

Departure Point: 6.30am Hides Hotel 87 Lake Street, Cairns QLD

Returning Days

Trip Length

11 Day 9 Night

Things to bring

1 pair of comfortable walking shoes 1 pair of smart casual shoes 1 pair thongs/jandals/flip-flops 2 pairs jeans/trousers 2 pairs shorts/skirts 4 shirts/t-shirts 2 sweaters/jumpers Smart casual evening wear 1 rainproof jacket 1 warm jacket Underwear and socks

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Totally Topdeck
 
Brisbane City River Cruise
Full-day 4WD experience on Fraser Island
Authentic'goat rodeo' at Kroombit Park Outback Cattle Station
Overnight sailing in the Whitsunday Islands
Visit to stunning Whitehaven Beach
Two nights on a tropical island
Great Barrier Reef catamaran cruise
AnchorAlso Included
 
10 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D)
3 nights in hotels, 6 nights in lodges/cabins
1 night'liveaboard' sailing
Escorted services of a fully trained Topdeck Trip Leader and Driver
AnchorGroup Size
 
Average 15, maximum 36
AnchorTransport
 
Modern air-conditioned vehicles
 
Tour code: (AAISCG)
DAY 1: CAIRNS
G’day and welcome to your Reef Suntanner trip with Topdeck! Renowned for its relaxed vibe and tropical climate, our home for the next two nights is the stylish city of Cairns. Enjoy the oceanfront energy of the Cairns Esplanade and perhaps even take a swim in the lagoon, or simply wander the many cafes, bars and shops this afternoon with your new travel companions. To celebrate the beginning of our amazing east coast trip together, we have arranged a group welcome dinner at one of Topdeck’s favourite Cairns restaurants. (D)
OVERNIGHT
Hides Hotel
Cairns QLD
 
DAY 2: CAIRNS
Known as the adventure capital of Australia, today’s the perfect opportunity to go wild with optional activities and day trips, from white water rafting on the Tully River* to a full day tour of the World Heritage listed Daintree region*. Why not get up close and personal with a cuddly Koala or even zip line over a Saltwater Crocodile*! There’s also horse riding*, quad biking*, bungy jumping*, tandem skydiving*, hot air ballooning* - you name it, Cairns has it! A very popular option and a Topdeck favourite is of course a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef* with our friends at Passions of Paradise. This is certainly an incredible, almost unbelievable day - one that we guarantee you’ll remember forever. Setting sail for the outer reef onboard this multi award winning catamaran; we’ll stop at two unique locations - Michaelmans Cay and the exclusive Paradise Reef. All snorkelling equipment is included and if you’re keen to dive, optional introductory* and certified scuba diving* is available too. Michaelmans Cay National Park is a world-famous bird sanctuary featuring a beautiful sandy beach that provides the rare opportunity to snorkel and dive straight off the edge in calm, protected waters. Sea turtles are abundant here and you’re likely to see giant trevally, small black tip reef sharks and bat fish among many other species. Paradise Reef is an exclusive mooring just for Passions of Paradise so there are no crowds as you snorkel the hard coral reef with depths of up to 25 metres. There’s also a tasty buffet lunch included on this day trip, freshly prepared by our onboard chef and including prawns and fresh tropical fruit. (B)
OVERNIGHT
Hides Hotel
Cairns QLD
11 DAY REEF SUNTANNER
(CAIRNS to GOLD COAST)
11 DAY REEF SUNTANNER (CAIRNS to GOLD COAST) 2
This itinerary is valid for departures 1 April 2014– 31 March 2015 and is subject to change without notice.
 
DAY 3: CAIRNS TO THE WHITSUNDAYS (SAILING)
Who’s up for sailing the Whitsundays? Today we’ll do just that as we make our way to Airlie Beach. This buzzing party town is your gateway to the beautiful Whitsunday Passage and the 74 nearby tropical islands, and by far the best way to experience the islands is onboard our own private yacht! This will be our home for the night and the experienced sailing crew will provide us with a feast of freshly prepared meals along the way. You’ll be able to learn the basics of sailing by lending a hand with hoisting and trimming the sails and there is plenty of time for swimming and snorkelling the reefs at your leisure too. By night we’ll stargaze at the Milky Way without a worry in the world– it’s a tough life, but someone has to do it! If there’s a heaven on earth, this is it. (B, D)
OVERNIGHT
Live-aboard Sailing
Whitsundays QLD
 
DAY 4: LONG ISLAND RESORT (WHITEHAVEN BEACH)
Wake up to pure paradise in one of the many sheltered coves that make up the Whitsundays. Today we’ll set sail for golden sandy beaches, snorkel over coral reefs and soak up the sun. A visit to the famous blinding white sands of Whitehaven Beach and Blue Pearl Bay will also be an option if the weather behaves - fingers crossed! If you’re a budding captain, you can even help set the sails and have a turn at the helm whilst further exploring the islands. Later this afternoon set course for land where we’ll spend the next two nights at the stunning Long Island Resort. (B, L, D)
OVERNIGHT
Long Island Resort
Whitsundays QLD
 
DAY 5: LONG ISLAND RESORT
Live the Island life and relax over an indulgent buffet breakfast as the day unfolds on this little slice of paradise. You will soon discover the many sides to Long Island, it’s all yours to explore at your own pace. Be submersed in the endless array of activities this idyllic resort has on offer. You have access to hectares of unspoilt National Park featuring over 20 kilometres of walking trails and many secluded beaches to explore. You might choose to get the blood pumping with a Zumba class or if you’re feeling adventurous, enjoy the numerous water sports on offer*. Even challenge your trip leader to a game of mini golf or tennis*, but be warned– they can get quite competitive! Of course, if a slower pace is more your thing you can always relax in a hammock in the shade of the coconut palms, feed the fish from the jetty, take a leisurely paddle in a kayak or simply watch the sunset by the pool bar, cocktail in hand. (B)
OVERNIGHT
Long Island Resort
Whitsundays QLD
11 DAY REEF SUNTANNER (CAIRNS to GOLD COAST) 3
This itinerary is valid for departures 1 April 2014– 31 March 2015 and is subject to change without notice.
 
DAY 6: THE WHITSUNDAYS TO EMU PARK
Our short morning ferry lands us back in Shute Harbour where it’s time to jump back aboard the coach and continue south along the coast. We journey through the beef capital of Queensland– Rockhampton, or“Rocky” to the locals– before arriving at Emu Park. This casual coastal town is the perfect place to sit back and‘chillax’. Take a walk along the unspoilt beach, dip in the resort pool or join your crew for a game of beach cricket– one of Australia’s favourite sports! Tonight you’ll enjoy some local hospitality as we sit down together to enjoy a delicious combination of local beef and seafood. (B, D)
OVERNIGHT
Emu’s Beach Resort
Emu Park QLD
 
DAY 7: EMU PARK TO KROOMBIT FARM
Today we go from the beach to the bush as we head into Central Queensland for some real Outback hospitality. You’ll be welcomed by the local Sandilands family and into the tranquil bush lifestyle on their 10,000 acre cattle station. Think dusty plains, kangaroos, wide-open spaces– this is the Australia many dream of. In fact, this afternoon we even catch a glimpse of Kroombit Park’s famous“Goat Rodeo”! Feel free to take a swim in the pool before enjoying Kroombit's renowned camp oven cuisine, followed by steaming billy tea and an evening around the campfire. Before heading to your purpose built bush cabin for a well deserved rest, we dare you to don your Akubra and test your skills on the station’s Mechanical Bull! (B, L& D)
OVERNIGHT
Kroombit
“Lochenbar Station”
Biloela QLD
 
DAY 8: KROOMBIT PARK TO FRASER ISLAND
Greeted this morning with a campfire breakfast cook up (including the delicious“Cowboy Caviar”), you will be refreshed and ready to take on the day ahead. Horse riding*, quad bike riding* or trap shooting* are just some of the activities you might want to try this morning before we say goodbye to the Sandilands’. Leaving the farm behind, we continue south on our way to Fraser Island. Crossing the Great Sandy Straight on the ferry, you may be lucky enough to catch the sunset before we arrive to a hearty dinner waiting for us at the infamous Dingo Bar. Be sure to fill up as we have an awesome day of exploring planned for tomorrow! Perfectly located at Kingfisher Bay, our Wilderness Lodge accommodation is set in a eucalypt forest, on the western side of the island.
(B, D)
OVERNIGHT
Kingfisher Bay Resort
Wilderness Lodge
Fraser Island QLD
11 DAY REEF SUNTANNER (CAIRNS to GOLD COAST) 4
This itinerary is valid for departures 1 April 2014– 31 March 2015 and is subject to change without notice.
 
DAY 9: FRASER ISLAND
Fraser Island - Great Sandy National Park is World Heritage Listed and the world’s largest sand island. It was home to the Badtjala Aboriginal people for some 5000 years and was known as”K’gari”. This special place supports an extraordinarily diverse rainforest, wildflower heath, mangroves, birds and a now small population of dingoes. The island has dunes that reach 240 metres in height and about 40 dune lakes– unbelievably, half the total number of dune lakes in the world. The very best way to explore this vast national park is with an expert local guide on our included 4-wheel drive trip. As we travel along Seventy-Five Mile Beach get your camera finger ready for the iconic Pinnacles Coloured Sands and Maheno Shipwreck, learn about the rich logging history amongst the ancient rainforest at Central Station, and float your troubles away at the picturesque Eli Creek. You’ll even have an opportunity to try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding on the crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie! The more you learn about Fraser Island, the more you’ll understand how truly a remarkable place it is. At the end of the day, you might like to join your crew for a bite to eat poolside at the always popular Sand Bar*. (B, L)
OVERNIGHT Kingfisher Bay Resort
Wilderness Lodges
Fraser Island QLD
 
DAY 10: FRASER ISLAND TO GOLD COAST
From remote wilderness to cosmopolitan charm today as our journey takes us to the Gold Coast’s entertainment hub and our home for the night, Surfers Paradise. First though we we’ll stop off in Brisbane, Queensland’s Capital city. Enjoy a meander around the river city, indulge in a spot of shopping or relax over a coffee before continuing south. Tonight we’ll take you on a short walk to Cavill and Orchid Avenues where we’ll enjoy some of the Coast’s hottest night spots! (B)
OVERNIGHT
Vibe Hotel
Surfers Paradise QLD
 
DAY 11: GOLD COAST
Enjoy a buffet breakfast this morning before heading out to enjoy Queensland’s fabulous climate - today is yours to explore all the Gold Coast has to offer! From world famous surf beaches, extreme adventure activities* and well known Theme Parks*, the options are endless. Our East Coast adventure sadly draws to a close this afternoon as travellers bid their farewells and continue on their own paths. We hope you have enjoyed the past 11 Days travelling with Topdeck and we look forward to seeing you on one of our great trips again soon. If you are looking to travel further afield Down Under, Topdeck also have trips on offer throughout the Northern Territory, Southern States and even across the Tasman in New Zealand! (B)

Departs: Either Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast OR Cairns. Contact Reservations for more details.

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