Immerse yourself in the Essence of the Sunshine State, discovering tropical villages, indigenous customs, and extraordinary scenery before getting up close and personal with the world’s largest marine eco system on an alluring exploration of Cairns.
Begin your adventure by embarking on an impressive Spirit of Queensland train journey to the enchanting city of Cairns, the gateway to 2 of the world’s natural wonders, The Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef. The contemporary and comfortable carriage features a comfortable and spacious seat by day that transforms to a lie-flat bed at night. Each RailBed seat is equipped with on-demand entertainment options and generous wide flat screens. Be treated with gourmet meals served directly to your seat as well as a selection of beverages on offer.
You will spend five incredible nights in Cairns, from where you will experience a scenic ferry journey out to one of Queensland's somewhat hidden gems the alluring Fitzroy Island, home to just one Resort and not much else, there is little to distract you from the pure natural goodness awaits, like snorkelling coral gardens and quaint nature walks with rewarding views. A guided Great Barrier Reef tour will leave you in awe as you learn all about the aquatic wildlife from a professional marine biologist. Venturing out by catamaran to the outer reef, you will get up close and personal with some of the reef’s most mesmerising creatures, from schools of coral trout to turtles.
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Join fellow guests as you board Spirit of Queensland for your train journey to Cairns. The moment you step on board, you’ll be transported into a world of relaxation. With state-of-the-art facilities, the Spirit of Queensland tilt train offers you the classic old-world charms of rail travel with the ultimate mix of modern-day comforts. Turn on your personal in-seat entertainment or simply admire the spectacular vistas from your window as the scenes transform from the urban sights of Brisbane to the lush green landscapes of rural Queensland.
After you disembark from the comfort of the Spirit of Queensland, the balmy air and the azure waters of Cairns will transport you into a tropical paradise. The gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns enjoys thriving tourism, but a leisurely pace of life prevails here.
Hire a car and explorer the region with its numerous waterfalls, farmers markets or perhaps visit nearby Port Douglas. Take a stroll along the Cairns Esplanade, enjoy the ocean views in the beautiful evening light and try some of the Balinese-inspired cuisine in one of the harbour-front restaurants.
Today you’ll be transported to the enchanting Fitzroy Island home to only one resort, two restaurants, a general store, and a hire hut, there’s not much to distract you from the simplicity and pure natural goodness that it affords, like snorkelling coral gardens right off the beach or nature trails with views so beautiful and peaceful, you’ll never want to leave. Be sure to take the short stroll to Nudey Beach, consistently voted as 1 of Australia's best beaches, or for the more adventurous take your trainers and hike up to the lighthouse for expansive views out over the barrier reef.
No trip to Cairns is complete without visiting the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll embark a catamaran for morning refreshments before sailing out to Moore Reef to learn about the astonishing natural history of the Great Barrier Reef during a guided tour. Relish an escorted coral-viewing tour from a semi-submersible vessel and a glass-bottom boat, where you’ll take in the incredible sights of these astonishing coral formations. Enjoy buffet lunch and afternoon tea with incredible views of the outer reef before returning to shore, still in a state of awe at this vibrant, bustling underwater ecosystem.
Originally home to the Yirrganydji and Yidinji peoples, Cairns offers a rich range of cultural attractions. Discover some of the incredible indigenous artwork at Cairns Art Gallery or delve into the town’s remarkable history at Cairns Museum. Continue your Marine life education with a visit to Cairns Aquarium. Renovated in 2017, the impressive displays and exhibits represent not only reef life but also rivers, estuaries and billabongs. Round off your Cairns discovery by sampling some of the fusion flavours with views over the harbour or simply enjoy the sun set with a cocktail.
Today you bid farewell to Cairns as you are taken to the airport for your return flight home.