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North Queensland Adventure

With Sailing (From April 2022)

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The one that's an unforgettable island-hopping adventure, including the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef

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  • Duration

    9 days

  • Places

    5 places

  • Meals

    7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach, Ferries, Train

  • Group Size

    Maximum 30 people

  • Average Group Age

    18-35

  • Team

    Trip Manager, Skipper & Crew

Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Magnetic Island, Cairns, Townsville

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About this trip

Who needs Greece when the crystal clear waters and spotless sands of Queensland are calling our names? This sun-soaked adventure kicks things off in the paradise of Airlie Beach before an unforgettable expedition sailing along the Whitsundays on a converted racing yacht. And the paradise isles don't stop coming. Heading onto Magnetic Island, you'll get to meet some of the local koalas, before ending on a high in Cairns to get even closer to that wonder of the natural world: the Great Barrier Reef. 

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Trip Variation

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  • With Sailing (Until March 2022)

    Option 1

  • Without Sailing

    Option 2

    On this version of the trip you'll spend a night at a hostel at Airlie Beach, instead of sailing the Whitsundays and overnighting on a yacht. You'll still have the option to book your own day sailing excursion from Airlie Beach if you choose.

  • With Sailing (From April 2022)

    Option 3

Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 1 1 night

    Airlie Beach

  2. 2 2 nights

    Whitsundays

  3. via via

    Townsville

  4. 2 2 nights

    Magnetic Island

  5. via via

    Townsville

  6. 3 3 nights

    Cairns

DAY 1 - Arrive Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach

Hello Airlie Beach! This tropical paradise is the perfect place to kick off our adventure. Our trip starts at Base Backpackers where we'll meet our fellow adventurers. Then we'll bond over a delicious welcome dinner before a free night to explore this laid-back tropical town.

Stay

Base Backpackers Airlie Beach

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included Dinner

DAY 2 - Airlie Beach to Whitsundays

Airlie Beach

This morning we'll transfer to the marina and board a converted racing yacht - our home for the next 2 nights - ready to set sail over crystal clear waters.

Whitsundays

That's right - we're wasting no time getting out on the crystal-clear waters to board a converted racing yacht - our home for the next 2 nights. A delicious dinner is included tonight as we bond and swap stories under the starlit skies.

Stay

Converted racing yacht - Prosail

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Swim, snorkel, eat & repeat as you sail across the breathtaking Whitsundays to Whitehaven beach

  • Enjoy freshly prepared breakfast lunch and dinner on board your converted racing yacht

  • Spend 2-nights on a converted racing yacht in the Whitsundays

DAY 3 - The Whitsundays

Whitsundays

Is there anywhere in the world more beautiful than the Whitsundays? We think not. We'll have more wonders to enjoy today as we spend the day cruising through the islands, enjoying freshly prepared meals on board, with endless opportunities to snorkel, swim and soak up those rays.

Stay

Converted racing yacht - Prosail

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Swim, snorkel, eat & repeat as you sail across the breathtaking Whitsundays to Whitehaven beach

  • Enjoy freshly prepared breakfast lunch and dinner on board your converted racing yacht

  • Spend 2-nights on a converted racing yacht in the Whitsundays

  • Try your hand at Sailing onboard your converted racing yacht in the Whitsundays

  • Snorkel some of the best coral reefs in Australia

DAY 4 - The Whitsundays to Magnetic Island via Townsville

Whitsundays

Waking up on board the yacht this morning, we'll make our way to the shore. With our sights set on another beautiful island destination we'll board a train, heading for Townsville.

Townsville

After soaking up some East Coast scenery on our train journey, we'll hop on a ferry headed towards the spellbinding Magnetic Island.

Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island is an apt name for this captivating isle, with its coastal walking trails and gum trees teeming with lazy koala bears. We'll have plenty of time to explore, try some water sports in the bright turquoise waters or meet some of the local marsupials. But first things first, we'll enjoy a drink (our treat) and watch the sunset over the bay. Blissful or what?

Stay

Base Backpackers Magnetic Island

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Watch the vibrant sunset on Magnetic Island at Hawking's Point

DAY 5 - Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island

We have a whole day on this paradise island - lucky us! We'll waste no time meeting the locals, with a chance to eat an unlimited chef-cooked breakfast with some Koalas at the Bungalow Bay Koala Village. Then we can check out some of the walking trails - such as the Forts Walk which offers up stunning views of the Palm Island Group as well as WWI fortifications, and the chance to see more koalas in the wild-  or enjoy some free time at Horseshoe bay, taking a dip on the azure waters and relaxing on the beach. See Magnetic Island's resident Rock Wallabies at dusk before a free evening, where we can watch the sunset and check out some of the local bars.

Stay

Base Backpackers Magnetic Island

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Enjoy an unlimited chef-cooked breakfast while meeting and learning about Koalas at Bungalow Bay Koala Village

  • Spot native koalas alongside WWII fortifications on a Magnetic Island Fort Walk

  • See Magnetic Island's resident Rock Wallabies at dusk

DAY 6 - Magnetic Island to Cairns via Townsville

Magnetic Island

After breakfast this morning we'll say farewell to our koala friends and depart Magnetic Island on a ferry. But we'll never forget its singular beauty.

Townsville

Back in Townsville we won't hang around too long, as we're hopping on a train headed to Cairns, where we'll arrive late afternoon after a gloriously scenic journey along Australia's East Coast.

Cairns

Welcome to the city where rainforests meet reefs. We'll enjoy an included interactive Bush Food tutorial and dinner at Ochre restaurant. An experienced chef will guide us through a history of Bush Food as you sample a variety of native spices and fruits, explaining their tastes, origins, and traditional uses before we enjoy our dinner, which features native game. It's in an incredible cultural feast, and the perfect way to start our adventure in Cairns.

Stay

Gilligan's Backpackers

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Chef Guided Bush Food Tutorial & Dinner at Ochre Restaurant

  • Scenic train ride along the East Coast of Australia from Townsville to Cairns

DAY 7 - Cairns

Cairns

Rise and shine, today is day packed with history, heritage and natural beauty, as we take a day trip to the oldest tropical rainforest in the world: Daintree. With its ancient ferns and vibrant canopies, this place will take our breath away. There's a reason David Attenborough called it 'the most extraordinary place on earth.' As well as admiring the lush rainforest, we'll also meet the local Kuku Yalanji people and learn about their rich Aboriginal culture and history. We'll get the chance to view a smoking ceremony and take an art class with an Aboriginal artist. We'll also learn about ancient Dreamtime stories, local history and how these are shared through art. Then, we'll get to create our own unique souvenir to take home in the form of a canvas that tells our own stories. What a day; and we're not done yet. 

Stay

Gilligan's Backpackers

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Day Trip to the Daintree Rainforest

  • Experience the Daintree Rainforest with an experienced Aboriginal guide for an interpretive rainforest walk through this ancient environment

  • Learn ancient Dreamtime stories, local history and see how these are shared through art with an Aboriginal artist

  • Create your own unique piece of art at the Janbal Gallery

DAY 8 - Cairns

Cairns

Today you'll have the option to board a catamaran out to the reef to snorkel or dive in the crystal waters and gaze at the colourful coral and even more vibrant marine life. Back on board, the expert marine crew will tell us all there is to know about this stunning, but vulnerable, natural miracle.

Stay

Gilligan's Backpackers

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Scuba Diving (in addition to Outer Barrier Reef Cruise)

    from A$65 (certified dive); from A$100 (introductory dive)

  • Great Barrier Reef Cruise

    A$200

DAY 9 - Depart Cairns

Cairns

Our adventure ends this afternoon, but not before we have a chance to escape our comfort zones and try some of the adventurous activities that Cairns is famous for. Anyone for bungy jumping?

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Jungle Swing or Bungy Jump

    A$95/ A$135

  • Cairns Skydive

    From A$209

  • One way Skyrail Experience & One Way Kuranda Scenic Railway

    A$115

  • Return Skyrail Experience

    From A$105

  • Half Day White Water Rafting Barron River

    A$ 145.00

Travel your way

These trips have flexible itineraries, so whether you want to sleep aboard a sailboat in the Whitsundays or prefer to stay on dry land, the choice is always yours

Top Experiences

19 included & 7 free time add-ons available to add later

  • Day Trip to the Daintree Rainforest

    Included

    Cairns

  • Jungle Swing or Bungy Jump

    A$95/ A$135

    Cairns

  • Snorkel some of the best coral reefs in Australia

    Included

    Whitsundays

North Queensland Adventure With Sailing (From April 2022)

19 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Included Dinner
  • Swim, snorkel, eat & repeat as you sail across the breathtaking Whitsundays to Whitehaven beach
  • Enjoy freshly prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner on board your converted racing yacht
  • Spend 2-nights on a converted racing yacht in the Whitsundays
  • Swim, snorkel, eat & repeat as you sail across the breathtaking Whitsundays to Whitehaven beach
  • Enjoy freshly prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner on board your converted racing yacht
  • Spend two nights on a converted racing yacht in the Whitsundays
  • Try your hand at Sailing onboard your converted racing yacht in the Whitsundays
  • Snorkel some of the best coral reefs in Australia
  • Watch the vibrant sunset on Magnetic Island at Hawking's Point
  • Enjoy an unlimited chef-cooked breakfast while meeting and learning about Koalas at Bungalow Bay Koala Village
  • Spot native koalas alongside WWII fortifications on a Magnetic Island Fort Walk
  • See Magnetic Island's resident Rock Wallabies at dusk
  • Chef Guided Bush Food Tutorial & Dinner at Ochre Restaurant
  • Scenic train ride along the East Coast of Australia from Townsville to Cairns
  • Day Trip to the Daintree Rainforest
  • Experience the Daintree Rainforest with an experienced Aboriginal guide for an interpretive rainforest walk through this ancient environment
  • Learn ancient Dreamtime stories, local history and see how these are shared through art with an Aboriginal artist
  • Create your own unique piece of art at the Janbal Gallery

7 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Scuba Diving (in addition to Outer Barrier Reef Cruise) from A$65 (certified dive); from A$100 (introductory dive)
  • Great Barrier Reef Cruise A$200
  • Jungle Swing or Bungy Jump A$95/ A$135
  • Cairns Skydive From A$209
  • One way Skyrail Experience & One Way Kuranda Scenic Railway A$115
  • Return Skyrail Experience From A$105
  • Half Day White Water Rafting Barron River A$ 145.00

Where You'll Stay

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    Base Backpackers

    Magnetic Island, Australia

    Located right on Magnetic Island’s beach with an outdoor deck, a swimming pool and hammocks, it’s the perfect place to either kick back or party, depending on your mood

    2 nights

  • 8 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    6 nights in Hostel, 2 nights in Yacht

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