Dive or snorkel along the greatest marine habitat on earth, come face to face with turtles and pods of dolphins and spot kookaburras and koalas in the diverse and unique Queensland rainforest
Day 1 & 2: Peppers Beach Club, Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia
Upon arrival at Cairns Airport, you will collect your hire car and drive north to your accommodation in Port Douglas, Peppers Beach Club.
Over the next two days, you will be able to snorkel, dive and try a wide variety of water sports on the marina in town. We can organise a two-day tour, or allow you to have the days at leisure to rent a boat, enjoy the beach or snorkel at your own pace.
Info: Pepper’s Beach Club & The Great Barrier Reef
Port Douglas has numerous restaurants and shops, as well as the award-winning Rainforest Habitat, which gives you a taste of the real Australian rainforest. However, its main attraction is the Great Barrier Reef, a short boat journey off the coast. The world-renowned Great Barrier Reef is the largest in the world, stretching over 2,600km, and is very strictly protected, ensuring that the wildlife is both abundant and in good health, which makes for excellent diving and snorkelling.
The resort is ideally suited to those wishing to relax after a long journey, a busy day diving on The Great Barrier Reef or returning from a trek in the nearby rainforest. Peppers has an elegant, open-air design, lush and colourful gardens and various water features that all ease you into the sense of relaxation that a holiday requires. The rooms are tastefully decorated and luxurious, with kingsize beds, private barbeques and en-suite bathrooms. An additional feature of some of the rooms is that they have their own private deck and pontoon which lead on to the exquisite main pool.
Day 3 & 4: Silky Oaks Lodge, Mossman, Queensland, Australia
Upon arrival at Cairns Airport, you will collect your hire car and drive north to your accommodation outside of Mossman, Silky Oaks Lodge. You can stop for lunch en-route in Port Douglas, which has numerous restaurants and shops, as well as the award-winning Rainforest Habitat, which gives you a taste of the real Australian rainforest.
Once checked-in, you will have the rest of the day at leisure to relax and recover. The second day will be free to allow you to explore the surrounding area. A walk into the Queensland rainforest to visit Mossman Gorge, which has excellent swimming holes along the way and abundant wildlife, is recommended. You may even be lucky and spot a Boyd’s Rainforest Dragon sunning itself on the rocks.
Info: Silky Oaks Lodge & Mossman
Silky Oaks Lodge is a beautifully-designed eco-lodge set right in the heart of the rainforest, secluded from the busy tourist area Port Douglas, whilst also only being a short drive away from all the attractions. Accommodation is in the form of river-houses and tree-houses that blend into the rainforest and allow you to be immersed in nature. The restaurant offers exquisite food that is served overlooking the rainforest and river, while there is also a secluded river-side section reserved for special, romantic occasions.
The Mossman area is a wildlife-lover’s paradise. A river cruise on the Daintree River in the rainforest-clad McDowall Ranges will allow you to see the rainforest’s abundant wildlife at its best, including crocodiles. Also, the beaches, lagoons and rainforest of Cape Tribulation National Park make for an enjoyable day out in the wilderness.
Day 5 & 6: Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat, Atherton Tablelands, Queensland, Australia
After breakfast, you will drive on to Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat in Atherton Tablelands, where you will spend 2 nights enjoying nature in the heart of the rainforest.
After check-out on your final morning here, you will drive to Cairns Airport for your flight onwards.
Info: Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat & Atherton Tablelands
Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat has only 9 hand-crafted pole and timber tree-houses set well apart from each other to ensure privacy and serenity in being surrounded by the rainforest. Each lodge has a spa bath, wood-burning fire, private balcony, self-contained kitchen and a king-size bed. From the lodge, you can go on nature walks, swim in pristine mountain streams, play tennis and try and spot some of the 160 bird species in the area, as well as the Musky-Rat Kangaroo and Platypus. There is also a nocturnal tour available.
Atherton Tablelands has a lot to offer for any visitor: Crater Lakes National Park has excellent hiking routes and Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham are both beautiful and are great places to view wildlife from. Also, the quaint town of Yunguburra and the regional capital of Atherton provide a respite from nature and the rainforest, as the temperature is much cooler.