Tropical North Queensland Famil

Trip Start Nov 19, 2008
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Trip End Nov 24, 2008


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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

As part of my work as a Travel Consultant we get to travel around and experience all the different hotels, attractions etc as then we can come back and sell it easier as we have been there, done that. 

From 19th - 24th November 2008 I went to Tropical North Queensland.  We stayed a 5 different hotels during our stay and had numerous different activities.  I really enjoyed going out to the Great Barrier Reef with Quicksilver as I like the idea of the Pontoon as Im nto a big swimmer but there was plenty to do and just relax and it wasnt too crowded at all.

ACCOMMODATION:


PORT DOUGLAS:

Peppers Beach Club
www.peppers.com.au/Beach-Club

Oaks Lagoon
www.theoaksgroup.com.au


DAINTREE:

Voyages Silky Oaks
www.silkyoakslodge.com.au


CAIRNS:

Sofitel Reef Hotel & Casino (now Pullmans)
www.reefcasino.com.au


PALM COVE:

Sebal Reef House & Spa
www.reefhouse.com.au


All of the properties we lovely - the staff were great, the rooms spectacular


ACTIVITIES:

Transfers -

Tropic Wings
www.tropicwings.com.au

Down Under Tours
www.downundertours.com


Sunset Cruise
- Sailaway IV
www.sailawayportdouglas.com

Enjoy the thrill of sailing! Relax with a gentle afternoon sail onboard the new luxury ‘Lagoon 500’ from France. Soak up the peace and tranquillity of a tropical Sunset over the Coral Sea with spectacular mountain views.


Hotel Inspections -


Sea Temple Resort & Spa
www.seatemple.com.au/portdouglas.htm

Bay Village Tropical Retreat
www.bayvillage.com.au

Rydges Tradewinds
www.rydges.com/hotel/0/RQTRAD/Rydges-Tradewinds-Cairns.htm

Palm Cove - Novotel Rockford & Angsana Resort & Spa


Tours -

Cape Tribulation & Daintree Rainforest Tour

Tropical Horizons Tours
www.tropicalhorizonstours.com.au

On arrival at the Daintree you can enjoy morning tea, followed by an informative cruise along the River. On crossing the river, the tour heads to the Alexandra Lookout where you can enjoy panoramic views of the coastline. A lunch stop at the Coconut Beach Resort gives you the opportunity to take a swim or walk along the unspoilt Coconut Beach. The next stop is the Cape Tribulation Beach where the rainforest gives way to white sand and fringing reefs. Enjoy a beach walk to the lookout. Enjoy a guided walk in private rainforest with an expert guide with the  oppourtunity to make an easy ascent into the rainforest canopy on the new Canopy Tower at the Daintree Environmental Centre. Following Afternoon tea in the rainforest, the tour crosses the Daintree River on a Cable Ferry and returns to accommodation.


Quicksilver Cruises
Great Barrier Reef
www.quicksilver-cruises.com


Quicksilver takes you to Agincourt Reef, a ribbon reef where you can experience the magic of the Great Barrier Reef.  Complimentary morning tea/coffee is served prior to departure from Port Douglas to the Great Barrier Reef.   During the journey to the reef a Marine Biologist presentation is shown, followed by a snorkelling demonstration.

Once at the Great Barrier Reef, you may choose explore the reef whilst snorkelling or diving. Perhaps experience "Ocean Walker", a unique way to see the fish life whilst being underwater. Or you can stay dry and view the stunning reef from the comfort of a Quicksilver semi-sub, just one metre underwater. Watch the fish feeding from Quicksilver's underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory, or fly in a helicopter over the reef taking in the stunning colours and view from above.

The trip includes: morning and afternoon tea, tropical smorgasbord lunch, snorkel gear and snorkelling, semi submersible tours, underwater observatory and marine biologist presentation.


Kuranda Scenic Rail
www.ksr.com.au

The Kuranda Scenic Railway is universally known as one the world's great train experiences. Built under extremely difficult and dangerous conditions over 100 years ago the line now winds its way from Cairns to Kuranda, 350m above sea level. The journey takes in 34km of world
heritage listed, tropical rainforest in the Barron Gorge National Park. Passengers travel on board original historic carriages past waterfalls, deep ravines, winding tunnels and views to the Pacific Ocean.


The Kuranda Scenic Railway departs twice daily from Cairns (8.30am and 9:30am) and Kuranda (2.00pm and 3:00pm) except Saturday (8:30am and 3:30pm).


Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
www.skyrail.com.au

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a unique rainforest experience taking you on
over Australia's  World Heritage protected Tropical Rainforests.  Spanning 7.5 kms, Skyrail has  comfortable six person gondola cabins which glide just metres above the canopy, providing spectacular and uninterrupted views of the rainforest, tropical Cairns, the Coral Sea and the lush Cairns Highlands. Skyrail has two stations where you can participate in guided boardwalk tours, view Barron Gorge and Falls and learn about the ecology and history of the area.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is situated just 15 minutes from Cairns and 50 minutes from Port Douglas. Voted Australia's best Major Tourist attraction, Skyrail is a world leader in eco-tourism, providing guests with a truly unique rainforest experience available nowhere else in the world.  A one way Skyrail journey takes approximately 90 minutes while a return trip is two and a half hours



Dinner - Flames of The Forest
www.flamesoftheforest.com.au

Flames of the Forest provides an evening of dining and entertainment in the middle of the rainforest is a unique experience. Guests are picked up in Cairns Palm Cove and Port Douglas by air conditioned coaches arriving at the site by 7.30 p.m. Guests are handed a lighted candle which helps light their way along a flame lit trail to clear space underneath the canopy of the rainforest. Dinner is served in the rainforest and entertainment of ancient Dreamtime
stories and aboriginal culture is revealed by Indigenous Australians.



Breakfast with the Birds
- Rainforest Habitat
www.rainforesthabitat.com.au

"Breakfast with the Birds" is a visitor must do. Guests are immersed within the Wetlands environment whilst enjoying the sounds and colours of the birds as they wander freely amongst the guests.  Rainforest Habitat is an award winning wildlife park providing visitors with a window to life within a tropical rainforest and the unique rainforest ecosystem. Visitors have the opportunity to observe a large range of flora and fauna up close. Wander by the wetlands
and lagoons, where the lakes and waterfalls inside the shaded canopy help simulate the conditions of the true rainforest.


Established since 1988, the Rainforest Habitat now extends over two hectares and is divided into three distinct rainforest environments, one of which is home to a variety of wallabies, crocodiles, emus, koalas and other unique Australian animals.


Kuranda - Australia Butterfly Sanctuary
www.australianbutterflies.com

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary located in central Kuranda is Australia's largest butterfly aviary and is listed in the Guiness Book of Records. The lush and diverse environment of the rainforest can be fully appreciated while up to 2000 of local colourful species dance through the dappled light, over waterfalls, pools and pathways. 

Admission price includes an optional guided tour which offers a rare and gratifying insight into the life cycle and behaviour of these fascinating creatures. Your visit to the sanctuary includes you in a small and personalised group which is guided on a tour by one of the butterfly experts.



River Rafting - Raging Thunder
www.ragingthunder.com.au

Raging Thunder Adventures will take you to the Barron River, 20 minutes north of Cairns, which has grade 3 rapids perfect for first time rafters. The tour includes approximately 2 hours of white water rafting with guaranteed water levels all year round. All tuition is provided prior to the tour commencing and no experience is necessary.


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