Tropical North Queensland Self Drive

from £1337
excluding flights *
8 nights Year round
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Tropical North Queensland offers a wealth of experiences combining adventure and relaxation within some of Australia and indeed the world’s greatest natural wonders.

From Aboriginal encounters deep in the world’s oldest living rainforest to luxury sailing on the Great Barrier Reef, the scenery, wildlife and activities of Tropical North Queensland are a-plenty and encapsulate some of the very best that Australia has to offer.


  • A full day catamaran cruise to the Great Barrier Reef
  • A Skyrail experience over the World Heritage Listed rainforest
  • Champagne Sunset sailing on-board a luxury catamaran

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch
  • Car rental
  • Excursions as per itinerary

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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, including car hire

Departure Duration Car category Twin price (pp)
Year round 8 nights Mid-range £1337

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch
  • Car rental (mid-range vehicle)
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • Ocean Freedom Great Barrier Reef Cruise
  • Skyrail and Scenic Rail Experience
  • Aquarius Sunset Sailing Cruise
  • Morning Dreamtime Gorge Walk
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation


Day 1: Cairns

On arrival at Cairns Airport you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Pacific Hotel Cairns

Day 2: Cairns

This morning head to the Cairns Reef Fleet terminal for your full day cruise to the Great Barrier Reef (lunch included onboard). Journey on board Ocean Freedom, a high speed 20-metre luxury catamaran that provides personalised tours to the Great Barrier Reef’s Upolu Cay. Specially designed to travel with both speed and comfort, you will be the first guests to arrive at Upolu Cay, thus ensuring you experience this pristine paradise uninterrupted. Spend the day snorkelling or diving in search of giant clams and turtles at this renowned spot on the reef or join the glass bottom boat tours around the crystal clear waters. After a day of exploration Ocean Freedom will cruise back to Cairns.
Overnight: Pacific Hotel Cairns

Day 3:Cairns - Port Douglas

This morning collect your rental car and begin your journey up the Captain Cook Highway towards the seaside town of Port Douglas. On the way enjoy an amazing Skyrail and Scenic Railway experience near Kuranda. Traverse high in your Skyrail gondola over the World Heritage Listed tropical rainforest, stopping at two rainforest stations on the way to learn about the flora and fauna of the region. Journey along the boardwalks with your ranger guide and visit the Rainforest Interpretation Centre before arriving in Kuranda, the village in the rainforest. Enjoy time at leisure in Kuranda before boarding the Kuranda Scenic Railway, one of Queensland’s oldest railways. Marvel at the spectacular views as the train winds through the dense rainforest, traverses tumbling waterfalls and crosses dramatic gorges. On arrival at Freshwater Station, disembark and take the free transfer back to the Skyrail terminal and your vehicle.
Overnight: Thala Beach Nature Reserve

Day 4: Port Douglas

Today spend the morning at leisure enjoying the many delights of beautiful Port Douglas. With a plethora of cafes, galleries, boutique shops and not forgetting the world famous 4-mile beach, this seaside town offers something for everybody. Alternatively, enjoy an optional scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest offering a different perspective on these two natural wonders. Later this afternoon head down to Port Douglas Marina where you will board the luxury sailing vessel Aquarius. Sail through the Dickson Inlet of Port Douglas and out over the Coral Sea where you will enjoy canapes as you watch the sun set over the glistening water.
Overnight: Thala Beach Nature Reserve

Day 5:Port Douglas - Daintree Rainforest

This morning depart Port Douglas and travel north into a pristine area of natural beauty, the Daintree Rainforest. On the way stop at Mossman Gorge and join an Aboriginal led morning dreamtime gorge walk. Walk through the dramatic rainforest and learn about traditional plant use, identify bush food and hear enchanting stories of this ancient landscape and its relationship with the local Indigenous communities. Refresh yourself with a swim in a natural swimming hole before enjoying traditional bush tea and damper. Continue on to your accommodation in the rainforest, the perfect place to stay for close encounters with Australia’s outdoors.
Overnight: Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa

Day 6: Daintree Rainforest

Today you can spend the day at leisure either enjoying a guided rainforest walk or cruise down the Daintree River. Alternatively you may choose to embark on a voyage of adventure and fly through the treetops over cascading rivers on a jungle surfing canopy tour.
Overnight: Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa

Day 7: Daintree Rainforest - Atherton Tablelands

Your drive today will take you into the heart of the Atherton Tablelands and provide you with a completely different perspective and experience of Queensland. Your accommodation this evening is uniquely situated beside the World Heritage listed Wooroonooran National Parks and offers an unforgettable tropical bush experience. Keep watch for the smallest and most primitive kangaroo in the world, the musky rat-kangaroo, and also the colourful King Parrot and Rainbow Lorikeet. Spend time admiring the rainforest scenery from your treehouse or explore one of the many nearby rainforest walking tracks.
Overnight: Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat

Day 8: Atherton Tablelands

Today enjoy the serene quiet of the Atherton Tablelands. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy as you wish.
Overnight: Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat

Day 9: Atherton Tablelands - Cairns

This morning drive the short distance to Cairns and return your hire car before continuing with your onward journey.

Pacific Hotel, Cairns


Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

Boasting a magnificent location directly on the picturesque Esplanade overlooking Trinity Harbour, traditional Aussie hospitality and a personalised service, the Pacific Hotel Cairns is the is the ideal base for your Northern Queensland adventure.

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Thala Beach Nature Reserve, Port Douglas


Grade: Superior

Type: Unique And Boutique

Thala Beach Nature Reserve is an exclusive tropical nature reserve in Northern Queensland a mere…

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Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa


Grade: Deluxe

Type: Unique And Boutique

With 15 'bayans' (tree-houses) set amongst the world's oldest rainforest, this is the only property to be found on the isolated banks of the Daintree River.

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Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat, Atherton Tablelands


Grade: Standard

Type: Unique And Boutique

Featuring nine unique timber tree-houses with spectacular views over rainforest and mountain scenery, Rose Gums is an incredible place from which to explore pristine rainforest streams and kilometres of walking tracks.

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