Northern Reef Explorer

from £5534
excluding flights *
13 nights Year round

Overview

This stunning 2-week independent holiday lets you immerse yourself in the natural beauty of northern Queensland focusing on discovering the Great Barrier Reef, acknowledged as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. From Cairns to the pristine Whitsundays, stay at idyllic island resorts Orpheus Island, Lizard Island and Daydream Island and explore at leisure enjoying snorkelling, diving, kayaking and boat trips.

Highlights

  • Explore the underwater wonderland of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Fly over the coral kaleidoscope to idyllic island retreats
  • Snorkel in crystal clear waters from white sand beaches

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All meals at Orpheus Island and selected wines and beers
  • Daily activities at Orpheus Island, plus unlimited use of motorised dinghies, paddle boards, kayaks and more
  • All meals at Lizard Island, plus deluxe picnic hampers for private beach outings, in-room mini bar, non-alcoholic beverages, a selection of wine, beer, spirits & Champagne during meal periods
  • Use of motorised dinghies, paddle boards, clearview kayaks and snorkel equipment at Lizard Island
  • Full daily breakfast at Daydream Island Resort
  • Daily activities at Daydream Island including morning stretch sessions, outdoor fitness classes and wildlife walks, plus use of paddle boards, kayaks and catamarans
  • All necessary island transfers via helicopter, charter plane and boat

Full description

Your journey through this amazing landscape can start from the gateway cities of Cairns in northern Queensland, or Brisbane in the south. We'd recommend at least 2 nights in your chosen city before heading onto Townsville where you itinerary will start.

Throughout this itinerary you'll indulge in extended stays on some of the world’s most magical islands, starting with Orpheus Island, which boasts 1,100 of the 1,500 species of fish on the reef, a snorkelers paradise. It is here that you can take the helm of a motorised dingy complete with gourmet picnic hamper and discover the many pristine coves and reefs that fringe Orpheus.

After a 2 night stay at Kewarra Beach Resort you'll hop over to Lizard Island, the northernmost island on the Great Barrier Reef, home to 24 wonderful beaches. Follow in the footsteps of Captain James Cook and admire the sensational views of the outlying islands from the highest point in the island - Cooks Look.

Your final island stay will be on Daydream Island Resort, in the heart of the Whitsunday islands. Dolphins, turtles and dugong are abundant in the waters of the Whitsundays and each year humpback and pilot whales migrate to the region.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £730 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom

Departure Duration Twin Price (pp)
01 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 13 nights £5,534
01 Apr 2020 - 31 Mar 2021 13 nights £5,717

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All meals at Orpheus Island and selected wines and beers
  • Daily activities at Orpheus Island, plus unlimited use of motorised dinghies, paddle boards, kayaks and more
  • Full daily breakfast at Kewarra Beach Resort
  • All meals at Lizard Island, plus deluxe picnic hampers for private beach outings, in-room mini bar, non-alcoholic beverages, a selection of wine, beer, spirits & Champagne during meal periods
  • Use of motorised dinghies, paddle boards, clearview kayaks and snorkel equipment at Lizard Island
  • Full daily breakfast at Daydream Island Resort
  • Daily activities at Daydream Island including morning stretch sessions, outdoor fitness classes and wildlife walks, plus use of paddle boards, kayaks and catamarans
  • All necessary island transfers via helicopter, charter plane and boat
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

What's Not Included

  • Domestic flights
  • Environmental management charge - to be paid locally

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Townsville - Orpheus Island

We recommend at least 1-night in Townsville before the first day of this itinerary. Today enjoy a 30 minute helicopter transfer over the picturesque coral-studded sea to Orpheus Island. Located amidst the magical waters of the Great Barrier Reef, Orpheus is a secluded island stretching across 11km of immaculate turquoise coastline and comprising 1,368 hectares of pristine National Park in the superb setting of the World Heritage-listed Marine Park. Enjoy a 4 night stay on the island and fully immerse yourself in the incredible experiences on offer in this magnificent natural landscape.
Overnight: Orpheus Island Resort (all meals, selected wines and beers included)

Days 2-4: Orpheus Island

Enjoy time at leisure on this picture-perfect island. Choose an activity from daily snorkelling, fishing and island cruise to unlimited use of motorized dinghies, paddle boards, kayaks, catamarans and light fishing gear.
Overnight: Orpheus Island Resort (all meals, selected wines and beers included)

Day 5: Orpheus Ilsand - Townsville - Cairns - Palm Cove

Return to Townsville today via helicopter transfer. Take a domestic flight from Townsville to Cairns (not included). On arrival in Cairns you will be transferred to Palm Cove. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the wonderful beachfront resort of Kewarra, located between the Great Barrier Reef and the pristine tropical rainforests of North Queensland.
Overnight: Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa

Days 6: Kewarra Beach

During your stay at this idyllic beach resort you will be able to enjoy a variety of incredible adventures, whether a cruise or diving expedition on the mesmerising Great Barrier Reef or a safari into the World Heritage sites of the Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation.
Overnight: Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa (room only)

Day 7: Kewerra Beach - Lizard Island

Today experience a dazzling flight over the Great Barrier Reef and the tropical World Heritage listed rainforest coast en route to the stunning natural beauty of Lizard island. Lizard Island is the northernmost island resort on the Great Barrier Reef and with its 24 secluded beaches it is consistently ranked as one of the best luxury resorts in the world. Your 3 night stay at the resort is on an all-inclusive basis with premium dining and beverages and there are a wide range of complimentary experiences to enjoy.
Overnight: Lizard Island Resort (all meals, selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included).

Days 8-9: Lizard Island

Spend time at leisure to explore the myriad wonders of this island and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Overnight: Lizard Island Resort (all meals, selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included).

Day 10: Lizard Island - Cairns

Fly back to Cairns airport and spend one night here. Relax and unwind or discover any number of Cairns hidden gems.
Overnight: Riley Resort (full breakfast included )

Day 11: Cairns - Daydream Island

Today take a domestic flight from Cairns to Hamilton Island (not included) where you will then take a boat transfer over to Daydream Island, in the heart of the Whitsundays. Here you will be surrounded by pristine white beaches and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life. Daydream is the perfect base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef and world-famous Whitehaven Beach.
Overnight: Daydream Island Resort (full breakfast included)

Day 12-13: Daydream Island

Spend your days here at leisure and take advantage of the variety of included activities and use of equipment. Whitehaven Beach is a definite 'must see' in the Whitsundays. The crystal clear aqua waters and pristine white silica sand stretch for over seven kilometres along Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays. It is Mother Nature at her best - the most photographed beach in Australia and named “Queensland’s Most Beautiful Beach”.
Overnight: Daydream Island Resort (full breakfast included)

Day 14: Daydream Island

You will be transferred by boat from Daydream Island to Hamilton Island where your journey will end. Depart from Hamilton Island airport and continue on with your adventure.

Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa, Palm Cove

Australia

Grade: Superior

Type: Unique And Boutique

Surrounded by expansive tropical gardens and set between the rainforest and the beach...

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Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef

Australia

Grade: Deluxe

Type: Luxury Lodge

Lizard Island known locally as Jigurru, is the most northerly resort in tropical Queensland and is located directly on the Great Barrier Reef.

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Daydream Island Resort, Queensland

Australia

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

Daydream Island Resort in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef offers refurbished modern rooms.

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Responsible Travel

Responsible Travel

Read on for further information on some of the working conservation projects included throughout your itinerary.

Orpheus Island
Orpheus are passionate about preserving the reef that makes guest stay so special. For each guest stay, Orpheus donate towards The Reef Keepers Fund which supports projects and organisations that are committed to protecting and preserving the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef Keepers Fund has supported projects that have helped build research, awareness and education surrounding reef sustainability, and has helped combat issues such as climate change, water pollution, crown-of-thorn outbreaks, clearing of forests and plastic pollution.

Lizard Island
Lizard Island maintain, protect and nurture the diverse ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef by working closely with the Lizard Island Research Station, a world-leader in coral reef education and research. Guests staying at Lizard Island have the opportunity to speak to marine staff at the Research Station on one of the guest tours, providing insight on the day to day health of the marine environment as well as advances in reef conservation and research. Lizard Island’s dedication to the environment is reflected through their waste and recycling. The island recycle with seven main streams: co-mingled recycling, organics, compostable, cardboard, paper, batteries and toner cartridges. Approximately 60 per cent of all waste from the resort is either recycled or deployed for alternative use. And as of September 2018 they have also removed all plastic straws and bottles on Lizard Island.

Daydream Island
Committed to responsible travel, Daydream Island Resort follow the practices of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), to make sure they are doing their best to protect the surrounding environment and operate sustainably. The resort operates a special water reticulation system, conserves power in various ways, reduces energy consumption and actively promotes the ‘Reduce, Re-use, Recycle’ framework.

 

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