2018 Australian Association of Special Education National Conference

8 - 10 July 2018


Welcome to Cairns – Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

Pre book your Airport Transfer here online and save $$$. PROMO CODE – “DCM18”

Visit the Shuttle Desk at either the Cairns Domestic or International Terminal to board your Cairns City Shuttle Service.

One Way Shuttle Transfers – $13.00pp  (Save $2.00pp)

Return Transfers – $25.00pp   (Save $5.00pp)

Private Vehicle and Transport Options also available here.

Welcome to Cairns for the 2018 AASE National Conference to be held at the award winning Cairns Convention Centre.

The Conference aims to provide participants the opportunity to listen, share and learn from a range of exceptional keynote speakers, invited guests and concurrent presenters. We anticipate this year’s conference will challenge participants to think about and reflect on how we create connections with students, families, and staff.  We also encourage participants to consider how we can better facilitate connectedness through the Australian Curriculum for the range of diverse learners in our schools.

All of this to take place in Australia’s most stunning Destination!

DESTINATION CAIRNS

Local Destination Managers, Destination Cairns Marketing have been appointed as the Travel company to handle a range of touring program for visitors attending this National Conference.

Please browse our hand selected range of touring options on this website, including some great value pre/post conference packages.

CONTACT US

Destination Cairns’ team of qualified local travel experts are at your service. Please contact us with anything you need to know about your upcoming trip and let us help to make “Your Visit” to “Our Backyard” the most memorable it can be.

Email: info@destinationcairns.com.au 

Phone:  1800 807 730 (Toll Free within Australia) or +61 7 4040 7544 (Outside Australia)

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Great Adventures

Great Barrier Reef Adventure

The beauty of the Great Barrier Reef is yours to experience when you cruise from Cairns to our luxury 3 level pontoon on the Outer Reef. Escape into a world of surprises to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Outer Great Barrier Reef. From the comfort of the stable reef activity platform, this is the perfect base for swimmers and non-swimmers to explore. Snorkel and dive, visit the underwater observatory and cruise in a semi-sub, or just relax on the sundeck with a delicious buffet lunch.

The pontoon features undercover seating and tables, a sundeck, full bar facilities, swimming enclosure for children, change rooms with fresh water showers, and scuba diving facilities with a semi-submerged dive platform.

Further Details:

  • Return luxury air-conditioned fast catamaran to Outer Reef
  • Morning and afternoon tea & coffee
  • Hot & cold buffet lunch
  • Coral viewing from semi-submersible vessel
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Use of buoyancy vests
  • Underwater observatory
  • Reef education presentation

Extras:

An additional $6.50 Environmental Management Charge per person is payable at the time of check in.

Book now for only$250.00

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Great Adventures

Green Island Eco Adventure - 1300 Cairns Departure

Green Island is a beautiful 6000 year old coral cay located in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park - a premier world heritage site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Aboard Great Adventures' fast catamaran journey from Cairns, you can be there in just 45 minutes! Green Island's unique reef and rainforest environment awaits to provide the one-stop tropical island experience. Revel in an array of activities or relax and let your day unfold in this tropical paradise. Stroll through magical rainforest, laze on white coral sand beaches, swim, dive or snorkel...

Further Details:

  • Return air-conditioned fast catamaran cruise
  • Two (2) hours on Green Island
  • Tea and coffee served until departure from Cairns
  • Self Guided Eco Island Walk
  • Choice of Glass Bottom Boat coral viewing tour OR use of snorkelling equipment
  • Use of Island swimming pool exclusive for Great Adventures guests
  • Use of day visitor facilities

Book now for only$99.00

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Tusa Dive

*Tusa Day Cruise

Dive or snorkel the Great Barrier Reef with the experts! With more than 30 years experience, a choice of 16 outer reef locations, modern, comfortable vessels, and a friendly professional team to look after you; you are in for an exceptional Great Barrier Reef adventure with Tusa Dive. Your day begins with a cruise to the outer reef on board our custom built catamaran Tusa 6. A crew to passenger ratio of 1:5 and a maximum 60 guests on board, ensures you will receive great service, while your captain will select the best two reef sites for the day's conditions. Activities include marine interpretation presentations, guided snorkel tours, introductory diving and certified diving (additional cost - see booking options) with up to 3 dives in the day available.

SCUBA DIVING CONDITIONS (additional cost - see booking options):
All divers (Introductory & Certified) must complete a medical questionnaire on board. A history of certain medical conditions and/or prescription medicines may preclude you from scuba diving, and a Doctors release (arranged prior to your trip) may be required. Tusa Dive recommends a wait of 24 hours after diving before flying or ascending over 300 metres.

Further Details:

  • Fresh & healthy buffet style lunch
  • Morning tea & self serve tea & Coffee
  • Quality snorkel equipment & wet suits
  • Guided Snorkel tour
  • Reef interpretation presentation
  • Environmental Management Charge

Book now for only$220.00

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Silverswift

Outer Reef Cruise

Departing daily from Cairns... Silverswift is ready to whisk you away for a day of fun and adventure on the Great Barrier Reef. This is an active day all about being in the water for your snorkel adventure of a lifetime!

You'll explore spectacular coral formations and underwater gardens awash with vibrantly coloured marine creatures as you visit three different outer reef sites at Flynn, Pellowe, Milln and/or Thetford Reefs. Locations vary with the day's conditions however each site is chosen for visual impact, ecological diversity and the challenge of discovery!

Onboard, our friendly crew will encourage you to relax and enjoy Silverswift's comforts and in between water activities there's a delicious lunch for hungry adventurers. The spacious deck areas are great to bask in some sunshine or share a refreshing drink from the licensed bar and tales of your adventures.

Further Details:

  • Scrumptious morning tea including focaccias and muffin cakes on boarding
  • Afternoon tea cakes ~ cheese ~ biscuits
  • Hot and cold tropical buffet lunch
  • Reef Interpretation
  • Snorkelling equipment (mask ~ snorkel ~ fins)
  • Guided Snorkel Tour
  • Snorkel brief at each site
  • Qualified lifeguard supervision
  • Hot freshwater showers
  • Prescription masks available at no additional cost
  • Lycra suits included

Extras:

An additional $6.50 per person Environmental Management Charge is payable at the time of check in.

Book now for only$233.00

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Ocean Spirit Cruises

Michaelmas Cay Day Cruise

Set sail aboard the beautiful 32 metre sailing catamaran, Ocean Spirit, to experience Michaelmas Cay's unique reef environment - a pristine sand cay surrounded by fringing reef and a protected sanctuary for migratory seabirds. Your cruise will combine motor and sailing, depending on the day's conditions.

Be active and enjoy all the included activities - snorkel in the cay's protected shallow waters, cruise in the semi-sub for a diver's view of the reef, watch the fish feeding presentation and observe the island bird life. Throughout the day, the "beach buggy shuttle" will transfer you between Ocean Spirit and the beach. To protect this renowned bird sanctuary, access on the cay is limited to the roped beach area. If you prefer a more leisurely day on the Great Barrier Reef, relax on the beach or on board Ocean Spirit's spacious decks. The choice is yours!

Further Details:

  • Return cruise to the Barrier Reef on luxury sailing vessel
  • Morning & Afternoon Tea refreshments
  • Superb hot & cold buffet with Seafood freshly prepared on board
  • Snorkelling demonstrations & tuition
  • Free use of all snorkelling equipment
  • Free use of flotation vests
  • Informative ecological presentations by qualified Marine Biologists
  • Informative tours on our air-conditioned semi-submersible
  • Guided nature tours of the island & bird sanctuary

Extras:

An additional $6.50 per person Environmental Management Charge is payable at the time of check in.

Book now for only$219.00

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Value Day Tours

Kuranda, Skyrail & Train (VSQ1)

Our driver will meet you at your accommodation and check you in for your tour using our Kuranda Boarding Pass. The pass includes a detailed itinerary, pre-allocated preferential Kuranda Scenic Rail seating, map of Kuranda and discounted entry into selected attractions.

Transfer to Smithfield to board Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for your journey to Kuranda. Be amazed as you glide silently over and through the rainforest. There are two stations en route where you can alight and enjoy a walk through the rainforest; visit the Rainforest Discovery Zone at Red Peak Station, and take in the amazing views of Barron Falls from The Edge Lookout.

Upon arrival in Kuranda, free time is allowed to do your own exploring in the village and markets - why not take advantage of the exclusive Kuranda discounts on your Kuranda Boarding Pass!

At the scheduled time, board the Kuranda Scenic Rail - your seats are pre-allocated. Your journey winds through 15 tunnels, across bridges and around curves to Freshwater Station where you will be transferred back to your accommodation.

*You have a choice of Skyrail & Train times. See booking options for times available.

Further Details:

  • Return hotel transfers from Cairns & Cairns Beaches
  • Kuranda Boarding Pass
  • Express check-in at Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (one way)
  • Free time in Kuranda
  • Kuranda Scenic Rail (one way)

Book now for only$151.00

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Value Day Tours

Kuranda Rail, Skyrail & Hartleys Crocodile Adventure

Start your day journeying to Kuranda via the historic Kuranda Scenic Rail where you have limited time to explore the village. Board Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to glide over and through the rainforest. Meet our driver for your scenic transfer to Hartleys Crocodile Adventures - the best place to see crocodiles & wildlife in Tropical North Queensland.

Board the famous train for an amazing journey, as you travel one of the world's most scenic rail routes, through handhewn tunnels and over bridges spanning spectacular gorges.

Upon arrival in Kuranda, limited free time is allowed to do your own exploring - why not take advantage of the exclusive Kuranda discounts on your Kuranda Boarding Pass!

Board Skyrail, an experience which takes you over & through the rainforest canopy with stops along the way to explore. On arrival at Smithfield Terminal, board the coach for your transfer to Hartleys Crocodile Adventures.

Hartleys is the best place to see crocodiles in Tropical North Queensland! Highlights of the Park include the Wetlands Cruise, Crocodile Attack Show and Snake Show.

Further Details:

  • Return hotel transfers to Cairns and Cairns Beaches
  • Kuranda Boarding Pass
  • Kuranda Scenic Rail (one way)
  • Limited free time in Kuranda
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (one way)
  • Coach transfer & entry to Hartleys Crocodile Adventures
  • Snake show at 2pm
  • Wetslands Cruise at 2.30pm
  • Croc Attack Show at 3pm
  • Cassowary Feeding at 4.15pm
  • Koala Feeding at 4.30pm

Book now for only$204.00

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Spirit of Cairns

Dinner & Harbour Cruise

A Cairns Dinner Cruise is the perfect way to end a perfect day in paradise. Set sail aboard our newly refurbished 26-metre catamaran on the calm waters of Trinity Inlet, for an evening of dining, entertainment, and panoramic mountain and city views.

The ultimate in waterfront dining, your cruise includes a gourmet buffet style dinner, complimentary beverage on arrival, live entertainment, and (optional) dancing after dinner. A selection of beverages and cocktails are available for purchase from our fully licensed bar.

Further Details:

  • 2.5 hour calm water sunset / evening cruise
  • Luxurious air-conditioned vessel with large outdoor decks
  • Complimentary glass of sparkling wine beer or soft drink on arrival
  • Delicious hot and cold buffet featuring fresh seafood and local produce
  • Live entertainment

Book now for only$95.00

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Tjapukai by Night

Tjapukai by Night Dinner Show

Come and join us, the traditional people of this land, in a specially crafted evening that lets you learn not only about Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture, but also experience it in the most powerful and personal way. Fire explosions, spectacular special effects, music and dance as giant spirits come to life and take you on a Dreamtime journey. The evening finishes with a sumptuous buffet dinner and performance by the World Famous Tjapukai Dancers.

Further Details:

  • Spirit Welcome in the Magic Space
  • The Serpent Circle (an interactive aboriginal experience)
  • Delicious buffet dinner
  • Performance by the world famous Tjapukai Dancers

Book now for only$123.00

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Hot Air Cairns

Balloon Hot Air Scenic Flight ex Cairns

Our region is the most popular place in Australia to go for hot air balloon rides. Hot Air's specially chosen location at Mareeba provides ideal weather and climate conditions for this gentle activity. Our beautiful region offers unrivalled panoramic views of our unique Australian landscape.

Enjoy the picturesque landscape at sunrise with 30 minutes flying time over the Atherton Tablelands. Breathe in the wide-open spaces! We will return you to your accommodation, or other places around town. Just let us know where you would like to go.

Further Details:

  • Free Hotel Pickup
  • Spectacular Hot Air balloon scenic flight over the Atherton Tablelands
  • Expert interpretive commentary
  • Cross Country Balloon Chase
  • Free Commemorative flight Certificate
  • Return Hotel transfer

Extras:

An additional $30 per person Compulsory Civil Aviation levy payable on the day of travel

Book now for only$290.00

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Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome

ZOOM (with Wildlife Entry)

The Cairns Wildlife Dome is a spectacular all-weather wildlife exhibit, encased by a 20-metre high glass dome on the rooftop of the prominent Reef Hotel Casino, right in the heart of Cairns. Visitors are immersed in a rainforest environment whilst parrots, cockatoos, lorikeets, and other birds native to the Wet Tropics region fly freely around, with the opportunity to observe free-roaming rainforest wallabies and bettongs, and curlews, frogmouths, kookaburras, frogs, turtles, pythons, crocodiles and lizards. The Wildlife Dome is an immersion exhibit, which means the birds and most of the animals can roam free within the confines of the large aviary enclosure. This allows more interaction between humans and the environment.

Complimentary guided tours and animal presentations take place throughout the day, providing an interactive learning experience about rainforest wildlife and superb photo opportunities.

The Cairns ZOOM takes this to a higher level (pun intended) by having visitors experience a challenge Ropes Course at different heights within the Dome so that birds and tourists can interact, appreciate and be educated about our native fauna while having an exhilarating experience. Cairns ZOOM includes a number of different elements which challenge participants personally, physically and mentally. Challenge ropes courses encourage creative problem solving - thinking "outside the square"; teamwork and co-operation and also challenge the individual to push their own boundaries and comfort level. Ropes courses can create a great sense of achievement in the participant when they complete the course and is therefore a positive and fun experience.

At Cairns ZOOM, enjoy YOUR favourite activities. Each Activity ticket is valid for any of the Activities at the Cairns ZOOM, so you can choose to do any combination of activities, or repeat the same activity multiple times. It's completely up to you, and you don't have to decide which activities beforehand, simply buy as many Activity tickets as YOU want to, and use them however YOU want.

Hi-ZOOM
At a greater level of difficulty, consisting of more complex crossings and ziplines for the more adventurous, featuring three ziplines - on of which where you dangle over Goliath the Croc.
Height & Weight Restrictions: Must be over 140cms tall and less than 120kg.

Mid-ZOOM
An easier level of difficulty, suitable for initial training and young people.
Height & Weight Restrictions: Must be over 120cms tall and less than 120kg.

Power Jump Extreme Adventure
This exhilarating component is a free fall adventure, where you jump off a 13m high tower attached by rope to make a rapid descent, with a fan device ensuring a gentle and smooth landing.
Height & Weight Restrictions: Must be over 140cms tall and less than 120kg.

Dome Climb Adventure
An easy level of difficulty - walk along internal walkways with a unique birds-eye view of inside the Dome, and then, whilst still attached to the Saferoller belay system, along the external 60cm wide platform, with spectacular view of the city and surrounding land and seascapes.
Height & Weight Restrictions: Must be over 120cms tall and less than 120kg.

Open Daily 9am to 6:15pm
(Closed Christmas Day)

Further Details:

  • Wildlife Entry
  • Guided Tours & Animal Presentations (at scheduled times)
  • ZOOM activity

Book now for only$45.00

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Tjapukai

'Tjapukai By Day'

Tjapukai is dedicated to preserving and presenting authentic Aboriginal culture with the aid of the most modern technology. Four theatres, a museum, an art gallery and a traditional Aboriginal camp combine to give visitors a complete and meaningful glimpse of a rich and ancient culture.

Further Details:

  • Day Park entry to all Tjapukai attractions

Book now for only$92.00

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Blazing Saddles

Horse Riding Adventure - PM

Our Horse-riding tour offers a safe, relaxing way to meander through rainforest pockets, mangrove wetland, sugarcane fields and native bush! With a stable of horses to suit all ages and levels, this is a perfect family adventure. Our horses have a friendly, mature nature and will be matched to each riders experience and ability.

Tour commences through bushland surrounding Blazing Saddles complex. Native Australian forest and rainforest surroundings provide interesting and adventurous trails and also many native animals and birds. Draw up on horse-back alongside our 18 acre billabong for a billy tea over a camp fire and the chance to see a croc in the wild!

What to Bring: Wear long pants, enclosed shoes, peak cap, sunscreen, insect repellent & bring money for souvenirs and photos.

Departs Cairns at 12.45pm & Returns at 4.00pm

Further Details:

  • Safety equipment
  • All tuition & Safety Lesson - no experience necessary
  • Bottomless Tea & Coffee
  • Return transfers to your accommodation

Book now for only$135.00

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Foaming Fury

*Barron River Rafting - Half Day

Join Foaming Fury's professional team for an afternoon of thrills and spills on the Barron River. Travel just 20 minutes North West of Cairns to the Barron River and let Foaming Fury's guide entertain you in eight person rafts. Spend two hours paddling rapids up to Grade 3 (four hour round trip). Barron River is a Dam controlled river, allowing consistent supplies of water all year round. A professional photographer accompanies each tour, providing top quality rafting photographs for purchase.

Further Details:

  • A fun filled 2 hours of rafting grade 3 rapids
  • Rafts carry up to 7 passengers plus your experienced river guide
  • No experience necessary
  • Minimum age is 12 years.

Extras:

An additional $30 per person compulsory rafting levy is payable on day of travel.

Book now for only$145.00

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Foaming Fury

River Tubing - Morning

Take in some of the Tropical Norths most fascinating Rainforest scenery as you float gently along the Mulgrave River or Behana Gorge through the World Heritage Listed Wooroonooran National Park. Relax on the professional high quality twin chamber tubes and drift through small fun rapids! This is a safe water activity that can be enjoyed by all age groups.

Half Day tour - Approx 2 hours of tubing!

Further Details:

  • Half Day tour
  • Morning Tea
  • Cooler box provided if you want to bring extra snacks - No alcohol
  • Return Transfers from Cairns and Northern Beaches

Extras:

An additional $15 per person or $60 per family (2ad/2ch) levy is payable on the day of travel.

Book now for only$90.00

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Tandem Cairns

Beach Skydive - 14 000ft

Experience the rush! Get the once in a lifetime chance of a 60 second Free Fall at 200km's an hour from 14 000 ft.

Tropical North is a spectacular location for a Tandem Skydive and your extreme adventure. See some spectacular scenery as you land on your own beautiful exclusive beach, the closest beach landing to Cairns.

Be back in Cairns in time for lunch and other activities with this half day trip.

Further Details:

  • Return transfers from Cairns accommodation
  • Jump certificate
  • 25 minute spectacular scenic flight over Cairns and Great Barrier Reef
  • Awesome skydive from 14 000 ft
  • Highly trained and experienced tandem masters
  • Personalised training and professionalism instruction
  • Use of extensive drop zone & Self Contained Skydive Centre with pool and BBQ

Extras:

An additional $25 per person APF (Australian Parachute Federation) levy is payable on the day of travel.
A surcharge will apply for passengers over 95kg.

Book now for only$325.00

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Great Barrier Reef - Liveaboard

Port Douglas Escape

Rainforest & Waterfalls

Reef & Rainforest - 2 Day Package

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ProDive Cairns

3 Day/2 Night - Snorkeller

The best way to really experience the Great Barrier Reef is to stay out there for a few days. This gives you much more time to really enjoy the reef in a more relaxed environment. The amount of diving and snorkelling combined with 2 nights accommodation, makes this live aboard adventure unmatched for experience and value. Our 3 premium dive boats provide you with fully air conditioned, comfortable and spacious living conditions. Accommodation on board is all double or twin-share at no extra cost.

On every trip we visit a large variety of our 16 exclusive sites. These sites provide some of the best outer reef snorkelling and diving available and have been selected for their variety and quality of coral and marine life, as well as great visibility. We rarely dive the same site more than twice.

Further Details:

  • Accommodation transfers City and Northern Beaches
  • 2 nights accommodation on board vessel
  • All meals while on board
  • Bed linen
  • Prescription masks if needed
  • Long leg wetsuit
  • Full snorkelling equipment for snorkellers including wetsuit

Extras:

An additional fee of $80 per person is payable direct to Pro Dive Cairns. This fee consists of a $21 Government Environmental Management Charge, a Port Departure Tax and administration charges.

Book now for only$790.00

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Down Under Cruise and Dive

2 Day Combo: Reef & Rainforest

DELUXE PACKAGE - only $329.00pp (SAVE $35.00pp)

DAY 1 - FULL DAY SNORKELLING ON EVOLUTION
Evolution is a high-speed vessel, with a cruising speed of 30 knots, providing comfort and safety for a maximum of 100 passengers. Evolution departs Cairns daily offering a fast, comfortable and affordable cruise, with five hours spent visiting two spectacular Outer Great Barrier Reef Destinations. (Hastings, Saxon or Norman Reef) Professional, friendly and attentive staff ensures a safe and enjoyable fun filled experience.
What is included:
Delicious Aussie BBQ lunch including fresh Fish, prawns, steak, sausages, vegetarian burgers, tropical salads and pastas, Afternoon tea, Complimentary glass of wine with cheese and fruit platter on return journey, Live Australian Musical Entertainer, Free guided snorkelling tour or scuba diving lesson (5 minutes trial)

DAY 2 - CAPE TRIBULATION DAY TRIP
Enjoy an unforgettable day of fun, discovery and adventure exploring the majestic rainforests, pristine rivers and white sandy beaches of the World Heritage Listed Cape Tribulation and Daintree National Parks with our professional, friendly and experienced guides. Cape Tribulation is the only place in the world where two-world heritage listed regions live alongside each other.
What is included:
Visit the Wildlife Habitat and feed kangaroos (Deluxe PAK only), Visit World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park and Mossman Gorge for a guided walk, Tropical Lunch of either Barramundi, steak or vegetarian option available (Deluxe PAK only), Cape Tribulation Beach and foreshore walk, 1 hour cruise on the Daintree River spotting Crocodiles & wildlife, Complimentary pick up and drop off from your Cairns and Northern Beaches accommodation.

Further Details:

  • DAY 1:
  • Five hours snorkelling or diving at our two outer reef locations
  • FREE scuba diving lessons (5 mins) - try it first. It fun and easy
  • FREE Snorkelling instruction
  • State-of-the-art snorkel & dive equipment and flotation devices
  • Delicious aussie BBQ lunch including steak & sausages (vegetarian options available) cold meats & tropical salads and pastas
  • Tea or coffee & biscuits
  • Complimentary glass of wine & cheese + fruit platter on return journey
  • DAY 2:
  • Transfers to and from your accommodation
  • Professional naturalist tour guide
  • Guided walk through Mossman Gorge National Park
  • 1 hour famous Daintree River Crocodile / Wildlife Cruise
  • Delicious chef prepared lunch at Cape Tribulation Beach House (Deluxe PAK only)
  • Wildlife Habitat tour (Deluxe PAK only)
  • Breathtaking views of North Queensland & scenic lookouts
  • World Heritage Daintree National Park

Book now for only$329.00