Wild Queensland

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Trip code: 
AQA
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Natural Wonders
Max group size:
14
Min age:
18

Join this exciting expedition to explore the natural beauty of Queensland.

This exciting expedition reveals the natural beauty of Queensland. You'll visit some of Queensland's most celebrated parks, learn about life in the rainforest from the KuKu Yalanji people, and search for nocturnal wildlife including long-tailed pygmy possums, northern leaf-tailed geckos, and bandicoots.

We understand what travelers expect when choosing an expedition company to take them to the ends of the Earth. And, one of the most important factors is having the freedom to focus on immersing yourself in the destination and expedition experience, without having to worry about the finer logistical details of off-the-beaten-path exploration. To that end, we are pleased to include virtually everything in the cost of your wild Queensland trip.

Highlights

  • Visit some of Queensland’s most celebrated parks—Crater Lakes National Park, Warrigal Highland Rainforest Preserve, and Greater Daintree National Park.
  • Meet with the KuKu Yalanji people to learn about life in the rainforest, including traditional plant use and bush food sources.
  • Take a cruise on scenic Lake Barrine to search for fish, birds, turtles and other resident wildlife.
  • Search for nocturnal wildlife during a spotlighting excursion, including striped and long-tailed pygmy possums; rufous, masked, and lesser sooty owls; northern leaf-tailed geckos; swamp wallabies; and bandicoots.

Key information

  • 10 days land only
  • Max group size: 14
  • 2 nights hotel, 5 nights lodges
  • 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Countries visited: Australia

What's included

  • All transportation
  • Daily activity options including nature walks, cruises, and cultural tours
  • All gratuities
  • All accommodations
  • World-class expedition leader
  • All meals including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner
  • All entrance fees and taxes
  • Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
  • Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear
  • Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance

What's not included

  • Airfare from your home city/Cairns and Cairns/home city
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport arrival and departure taxes
  • Transfers for independent arrivals and departures
  • Passport and/or visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above), and other incidentals
  • Email/Internet/fax/telephone charges
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Itinerary

Cairns, Australia
to
Cairns, Australia
  • Days 1-3

    Board your independent flight to Australia

    Board your independent flight to Australia. Arrive in Cairns on July 10 and transfer to the Shangri-La Hotel Cairns for dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation: The Shangri-La Hotel Cairns

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 4

    Learn about how tea is cultivated and processed

    After breakfast, depart overland across the scenic Gillies Range to the Nerada Tea Plantation, to learn about how tea is cultivated and processed. Continue to Crater Lakes National Park for lunch overlooking scenic Lake Barrine, a volcanic crater lake. In the afternoon, take a cruise on the lake to search for birds, fish, turtles, and other resident wildlife. Check in to Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge, set on the banks of Lake Eacham. Enjoy dinner at Nick’s, an award-winning restaurant in nearby Yungaburra, then return to the lodge for a nocturnal wildlife viewing excursion.

    Accommodation: The Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    This morning, drive into the Misty Mountains

    This morning, drive into the Misty Mountains to visit a private highland rainforest preserve. After lunch at Woodleigh Station, a working cattle station, take a drive through ‘billabong’ wetlands and savanna woodland to search for wildlife. Continue to the Ravenshoe Hotel for dinner, followed by a spotlighting excursion to search for rare, nocturnal wildlife at Warrigal Highland Rainforest Preserve, the largest single tract of tropical rainforest remaining in Australia. Species frequently seen while spotlighting include Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroo; lemuroid, green, common, Herbert River ringtail, coppery brushtail, striped, and long-tailed pygmy possums; rufous, masked, and lesser sooty owls; northern leaf-tailed geckos; swamp wallabies; pademelons; and bandicoots. Return to Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge for overnight.

    Accommodation: The Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Rise early this morning to search for wild platypus

    Rise early this morning to search for wild platypus at a nearby creek, followed by breakfast in Yungaburra. Then depart overland, heading north and passing through Granite Gorge, an awesome landscape of gigantic boulders stretching for nearly a mile. Make a stop at the Mareeba Wetlands for lunch overlooking Clancy’s Lagoon. Continue to Mossman and check in to Daintree Eco Lodge. After a chance to settle in, take a walk with the traditional owners of this land, the KuKu Yalanji people, at Cooyacham Beach. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation: The Daintree Eco Lodge

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Drive to Mossman Gorge for a Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk

    After breakfast, drive to Mossman Gorge for a Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk with a member of the KuKu Yalanji people. Stroll along an easy trail through stunning rainforest where your guide will demonstrate traditional plant use, identify bush food sources, and provide an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and the KuKu Yalanji’s special relationship with this unique tropical environment. Then head to the Thala Beach Resort for lunch overlooking the Coral Sea. Make a short stop at a gallery in Mossman to learn about ‘boomerang art’ with Binna, a KuKu Yalanji man, then cross the Daintree River via cable ferry and travel through the lowland rainforest to Cape Tribulation. Check in to the Daintree Heritage Lodge for dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation: The Daintree Heritage Lodge

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Explore the Coopers Creek Wilderness and lowland swamp forests

    Today explore the Coopers Creek Wilderness and lowland swamp forests of the Greater Daintree National Park. After lunch, take an afternoon mangrove cruise around the Cooper Creek estuary. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation: The Daintree Heritage Lodge

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 9-10

    Cruise along the Daintree River to search for estuarine crocodiles

    Depart Cape Tribulation this morning and board a river boat for a cruise along the Daintree River to search for estuarine crocodiles. After lunch, return to Cairns along the scenic coast road and check in to the Shangri-La Hotel Cairns for dinner and overnight. The next morning, transfer to the airport for your independent homeward flight, arriving in the USA the same day.

    Accommodation: The Shangri-La Hotel Cairns

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Australia

All nationalities except New Zealand require a visa for Australia. British, most EU passport holders, Canadian and US passport holders can apply for an electronic visa online. For British passport holders this is done through www.australia.org.uk.

Vaccinations

Australia

There are no specific health risks.

Is this trip for you?

This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company Zegrahm Expeditions. As such the departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups may be a mixture of Exodus, Zegrahm Expeditions, and other clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you would expect. Zegrahm Expeditions operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel.

Know Before You Go

This expedition does not require a high degree of physical fitness. For many activities, a moderate level of exertion is required. You should be able to walk for two to three miles over beaches and forest trails that may be uneven and slippery at times. Expect temperatures in the low to mid-70s°F at most of our stops, with the humidity making it seem warmer. Although we will be traveling in Australia during the dry season, rain is possible any time of year. The sun can be intense in the Southern Hemisphere, so be sure to bring adequate sun protective clothing and something to cover your head.

 

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Luxurious Lodges & Hotels

It is our policy to always use premium quality accommodations, when available, in the regions we visit. Since each destination is different, lodging can range from elegant hotels in cities to rustic inns in more remote areas. You will receive specific accommodation details closer to the time of departure.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]