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8 Day Intrepid Travel Brisbane to Cairns Adventure

8 days 7 nights
Brisbane to Cairns
from NZD$4,026pp
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Explore Australia’s sun-kissed east coast from Queensland's capital of Brisbane to the tropical hub of Cairns on an epic trip that offers one coastal paradise after another. Take an off-road adventure across the undulating dunes of Fraser Island (K'gari), sail through dazzling waters to discover the impossibly white beaches of the Whitsundays, flop and drop on the palm-fringed sands of laidback Mission Beach, soak up the energy and nightlife of Airlie Beach after sunset and explore the colourful underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Get wet and wild in waterfalls and rainforests and salty and sandy on islands and beaches, then retreat to your accommodation for a refreshingly hot shower – Queensland is calling!

Is this trip right for you?

  • There are some long travelling days. (An included flight between Brisbane and Proserpine speeds things up) but it’s all part of the adventure and a great way to get to know your fellow travellers.
  • This trip visits some amazing beaches along the way. Please consider your level of swimming skill before getting in the water.
  • Only some meals are included on this trip. This allows for more freedom and flexibility, as there are often many great dining options along this part of the coast.
    This trip is part of a combination tour, with other travellers joining from Sydney when you’re starting in Brisbane. If you'd like to check out the Sydney to Cairns 14-day trip, please chat with us.
  • A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Days 1, 2, 5 and 6 where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to us for further information.

This Tour Also Features

  • Fraser Island 4WD highlights tour
  • Whitsunday Islands Snorkelling and Sailing Adventure
  • Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise and Snorkelling Adventure
  • Atherton Tablelands Highlights Tour
  • Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
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Itinerary
Day One - Welcome to Brisbane and K'gari (Fraser Island)
Tour day 1
8 Day Intrepid Travel Brisbane to Cairns Adventure - Day 1
Brisbane / K'gari (Fraser Island)

Your east coast adventure kicks off in Queensland’s capital of Brisbane at 10 am today. Head to stunning Fraser Island (K'gari) by ferry. In 2021 Fraser Island had been officially renamed K’gari, the original Butchulla people’s name for the island, meaning 'paradise' - you’ll find out why soon enough. The move was celebrated with a ceremony with Elders and representatives of the region's traditional owners. The name change is a major milestone in a long-running campaign by the Butchulla people. This incredible slice of land is the largest sand island in the world, stretching some 123 kilometres down Queensland's southern coast and tomorrow you’ll have the chance to explore it, so get a good night’s rest ready for a day of adventure – oh, and look out for dingoes!

It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting at 10 am as you will be providing insurance details and next of kin information at this time.

Accommodation: Resort Accomodation or similar
Accommodation type: Comfort

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Day Two - Explore K'gari (Fraser Island)
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8 Day Intrepid Travel Brisbane to Cairns Adventure - Day 2
K'gari (Fraser Island)

After a delicious buffet breakfast, set off on a 4WD adventure through the breathtaking landscape of Fraser Island (K'gari). Visit some of the renowned lookout points – perhaps Indian Head or the Cathedrals – for incredible views of the coast, then take a refreshing dive into the crystal-clear water of Lake McKenzie – an island icon. Visit the Maheno shipwreck and the coloured sands of the pinnacles, Pile Valley’s awe-inspiring Satinay and Brush Box forests as well as Central Station and Wanggoolba, before adventuring along 75 Mile Beach Road – one of the best coastal drives in the country – and taking a dip in the fresh waters of Eli Creek. From tropical dense rainforest to wild offshore waters – witness the contrasting fauna and terrain of this truly unique island as you venture across undulating sand dunes and vast golden beach, in search of that iconic outback creature, the dingo. This evening, relax at your accommodation and perhaps join the rest of your group for dinner at one of the resort’s restaurants.

Accommodation: Resort Accomodation or similar
Accommodation type: Comfort
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day Three - Brisbane to Airlie Beach
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8 Day Intrepid Travel Brisbane to Cairns Adventure - Day 3
Airlie Beach

Transfer back to Brisbane before boarding a flight to Proserpine, then transfer to Airlie Beach, the hub town of the magnificent Whitsundays and home to endless beer gardens, trendy cafes and a lawn-fringed swimming lagoon. You’ll arrive late in the afternoon, so after settling into your lodgings the evening is yours to spend as you please. Perhaps stroll around and explore, or if the sun is still up why not visit some local swimming spots for a refreshing dip. Alternatively, you might feel more at home finding a seat at one of the many bars, grabbing a cocktail or two, and watching the sunset on the shimmering blue water.

Today's flight departs from Brisbane and arrives into Proserpine. Please note that during certain times of year you will catch a flight from Brisbane to Mackay instead, and will transfer from there to Airlie Beach by private transfer.

Accommodation: Hotel Accomodation or similar
Accommodation type: Comfort
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day Four - Cruise around the islands and beaches of the Whitsundays
Tour day 4
8 Day Intrepid Travel Brisbane to Cairns Adventure - Day 4
Whitsunday Islands / Airlie Beach

After breakfast, take a leisurely day cruise through the postcard-perfect islands of the Whitsundays, including a stop at the world-renowned Whitehaven Beach. Words can’t do justice to the dazzling white sands, azure waters and densely verdant vegetation of this incredible corner of the world – Whitehaven is about as impressive as a beach can get, and at 98% pure silica, it’s about as white as a beach can get too. Peel your eyes away from the pristine sands and explore the colourful underwater world surrounding the Whitsundays on a snorkelling adventure. Get up close to a beautiful array of rainbow coral, playful fish and, if you’re lucky, maybe even some friendly turtles. Head back to Airlie Beach and enjoy one last drink in this lively town.

Accommodation: Hotel Accomodation or similar
Accommodation type: Comfort
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day Five - Relax and explore at Mission Beach
Tour day 5
8 Day Intrepid Travel Brisbane to Cairns Adventure - Day 5
Mission Beach

Admire the change of scenery today as you jump into your private vehicle and head through undulating cane fields to picturesque Mission Beach, where World Heritage rainforest meets the colourful Coral Sea. Be welcomed by crystal-clear waters, stunning views and a large population of cassowaries – a flightless bird that thrives in the tropical forests of north-eastern Australia. This afternoon you can enjoy plenty of free time to soak up paradise and do as you please. You might like to wind down with an optional yoga class or go for a swim in the pool. Alternatively, head out in search of the famous cassowary or simply grab a book and find a shady spot to sit and enjoy the tropical bliss.

Accommodation: Resort Accomodation or similar
Accommodation type: Comfort
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day Six - Cruise and snorkell around the world famous Great Barrier Reef
Tour day 6
8 Day Intrepid Travel Brisbane to Cairns Adventure - Day 6
Great Barrier Reef / Mission Beach

The breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef is on the bucket list of many travellers who venture to this incredible corner of Australia. The Great Barrier Reef is brimming with colourful coral and an amazing array of tropical fish, and today you’ll get to witness its magnificence with your own eyes on a snorkelling adventure through this underwater paradise. Cruise out to this famous reef this morning as you hear a marine conservation commentary about the importance of preserving the World Heritage-listed region and how you can do your bit. Then, it’s time to put on your snorkelling gear and dive into the dazzling waters, where you can freely explore a wonderfully rich ecosystem. After an incredible day, head back to the hotel, where you can freshen up and get ready for dinner. Compare memories, swap stories, and celebrate your east coast journey with your travel companions.

Accommodation: Resort Accomodation or similar
Accommodation type: Comfort
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day Seven - Venture into the tropic of Atherton Tablelands
Tour day 7
8 Day Intrepid Travel Brisbane to Cairns Adventure - Day 7
Atherton Tablelands / Cairns

Enjoy breakfast in a local cafe before venturing into the wet tropics of far north Queensland. Stop off en route to your next destination and discover a magnificent plunge waterfall nestled in dense tropical rainforest. Take a dip in the cool water, then continue on to Lake Eacham, a crater lake with beautiful blue-green hues in the heart of the Atherton Tablelands. Next, visit the unusual yet fascinating Curtain Fig Tree, a magnificent tree with extensive aerial roots that drop 15 metres to the forest floor, forming a curtain-like appearance. The day draws to a close as you head to your final stop, Cairns, one of Australia’s most lively tropical towns. You may like to head out for dinner to compare memories, swap stories, and celebrate your east coast journey with your travel companions.

Accommodation: Hotel Accomodation or similar
Accommodation type: Comfort
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day Eight - Farewell from Cairns
Tour day 8
8 Day Intrepid Travel Brisbane to Cairns Adventure - Day 8
Cairns

Your east coast experience comes to an end after breakfast. With so much to do in this bustling hub, enquire about booking some extra nights in Cairns for further exploration of this tropical paradise.

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Nov 25, 2022
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