Kuranda ~ Palm Cove ~ Mossman Gorge ~ The Daintree ~ Cape Tribulation ~ The Low Isles ~ Port Douglas

The peninsula of Port Douglas was the traditional home of the Yirrganydji people until European settlement turned it into a remote port and fishing village. Port Douglas really developed in the 1980s, thanks largely to the late entrepreneur Christopher Skase, becoming a sophisticated and upmarket resort town that’s quite a contrast to Cairns’ tourist scene. Port Douglas is well connected: the Low Isles is 1.5 hours offshore, the Mossman Gorge is just 30 minutes away and its an hour from Cairns airport which has one of the most scenic drives in the world!

A growing number of flashpackers, cashed-up couples and fiscally flush families choose Port Douglas over Cairns as their Far North base, and for good reason. We will have the opportunity to soak in the beauty of this little town as we are staying right in the centre of it all, just a few minutes walk to the main street. Time is set aside for you to wander the shops, book a massage or enjoy a yoga class. This is ultimate tropical escape. 

YOUR HOST

Tammie Day  is the founder of Vibrant Women, a retreat and travel company. Tammie spends her days creating inspirational journeys so you can travel in the security of a small group, whilst enjoying another culture. We like to base our trips around the three F’s, yes! Fun, Food and Friendship. It is Tammie’s role is to ensure you feel well taken care of throughout your trip. 


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Set sail for the sandy coral cay islands of Low Isles and enjoy some snorkelling off the beach or explore this small island paradise, or just relax with a book on the beach

  • Visit world famous Kuranda markets with stalls offer a wide range of Aboriginal artifacts, handmade leather goods, wood and jewellery

  • Have two separate and amazing experiences that take you to the wonderful Kuranda village, the scenic railway and the skyrail cablecar

  • Enjoy a walk around the shops on the esplanade and an afternoon cocktail at stunning Palm Cove

  • Enjoy a morning at the Port Douglas markets with its hand crafted goods and delicious food

  • Dine in a variety of wonderful and yummy cafes and restaurants

  • Take a walk through beautiful Mossman Gorge along the new aerial walkway

  • Take a cruise along the Daintree River for some Croc spotting

  • Visit stunning Cassowary falls and take a dip

  • Walk through one of the oldest continuous rainforests on earth at the gateway to the Daintree National Park

  • See Cape Tribulation, the area famous for the saying where the “Rainforest meets the Reef.” Stroll along the beach or to the lookout

Relax ~ Refresh ~ Rejuvenate in tropical paradise

ACCOMMODATION – HIBISCUS RESORT

 A unique rainforest experience in the heart of Port Douglas with 2 swimming pools to relax and unwind by. Rustic Balinese charm, with a day spa in a great location. 

Each morning a continental breakfast is served by the pool showcasing seasonal local tropical produce including; delights like local honey, housemade jams, biodynamic dairy, fresh bakery treats and tropical fruits.

We have 1 bedroom apartments for each of you which you can have all to yourself or twinshare is an option too. If travelling with a friend we can arrange a two bedroom apartment for you so each have your own room but share the living space. This is the same price as a single room. 

Each self contained apartment offers:

  • Spacious living area with relaxing daybed

  • Private balcony or terrace deck with outdoor setting

  • Kitchenette with stove top, microwave and fridge as well as crockery, cutlery and utensils

  • Air Conditioning and ceiling fans for perfect year temperature control

  • Flat screen TV with Foxtel channels and DVD player – there is also a library of popular DVDs to choose from at reception

  • Free Wifi throughout the resort

  • A mid stay fresh towel change

  • Linen and towels and a starter pack of amenities are included for your arrival. Pool towels can be hired for your stay from Reception

*Please note these apartments are not serviced

MEALS

Breakfast is included daily along with two morning teas and two lunches, all other meals are self pay.

Tropical produce and seafood reign supreme in Port Douglas restaurants and combine with an appetite for multi-cultural flavours with an Australian twist. There are so many fabulous restaurants locally that we will be spoilt for choice. On the last night there is the option to attend a 5 course degustation at Nautilus Restaurant, you have a seafood and vegetarian option.

*Please note we cannot unfortunately accommodate complex dietary requirements. You must be able to manage these yourself if you choose to attend.

PRICE PER PERSON

Twinshare – $2190

Single – $2690

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Itinerary

ARRIVE IN TROPICAL PARADISE!

Today is set aside just to arrive and settle in to your new surroundings.

Airport shuttle transfers are included in your tour and depart within 30 minutes of your arrival to Cairns. Drivers meet you at Cairns airport with your name on a sign at carousel 4. Please note these shuttles are not private transfers so other people travelling to Port Douglas will also be on the shuttle. You must arrive before 8pm to be elgible to receive this shuttle service. You will be given contact details closer to the time. The drive to Port Douglas take approximatley 60 minutes. Please note check in to the hotel is 2pm

6pm Meet Poolside to head out for our welcome dinner!

*No meals included

DAY 2: EXPLORE THE SIGHT AND SOUNDS OF THE DAINTREE ON A TOUR AND RIVER CRUISE

Experience this magnificent area rather than just looking. It’s a great place to be first thing in the morning, absorbing all the sights and sounds of the forest and birds.

  • Your day begins at 7:30 in the morning with your guide taking you out to the beautiful Mossman Gorge. You are given an introduction to the rainforest here while walking along the new aerial walkway!

  • Next, we head along the Captain Cook Hwy through the township of Mossman and past the cane fields up to the mighty Daintree River. Here we have morning tea, including the great Aussie Lamington and a cruise along the river enjoying the riverine environment, all the while keeping an eye out for the area’s wildlife. We may see a snake laying on a branch of a tree, a green tree frog, or the estuarine crocodile.

  • After the cruise, it is off towards Cape Tribulation, the area famous for the saying where the “Rainforest meets the Reef.” You have time for a walk along the beach or to the lookout, an area steeped in history that is explained by your knowledgeable tour guide.

  • After leaving Cape Tribulation, we then travel to our very own Daintree hideaway, a private lunch site surrounded by rainforest and a rainforest stream. Hear the natural sounds of the forest while eating a sumptuous lunch and chatting with your new friends.

    • Here, you can walk along a rainforest track to truly get an insight into the world’s oldest continual living rainforest.

    • This is a fascinating area full of history and amazing plants and animals, including one of the largest birds in the world, the cassowary.

  • After lunch, we’re off to the famous Daintree Ice Cream Company, where you can purchase a tropical fruit ice cream on our way to the stunning Cassowary Falls.

  • Here, we jump into our soft-top Land Rover for a 4WD ride along the tracks and through the creeks of River Home Cattle Station towards the falls.

    • The waterfall has been featured in various television shows, so as you can imagine, it is a very special location.

    • Go for a swim, feed the fish and turtles, or just sit back and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. What a memorable way to end the day before heading back home to Port Douglas!

What to Bring

  • Swimwear and towel

  • Sensible shoes

  • Hat and sunscreen

  • Camera

What’s Included

  • Morning tea and lunch

  • Drinking water

  • Insect repellent

  • Raincoat

  • Use of binoculars and books

*Meals – Breakfast, morning tea and lunch

DAY 3: PORT DOUGLAS DAY TO EXPLORE THE TOWN

Starting with a relaxing yoga class by the pool or near the beach, (if you would like to attend please bring your own yoga mat, thin ones that can be folded are easiest to travel with) or just indluge in a luxurious sleep in. 

Meet poolside at 10am for a trip to the Port Douglas Markets

Each Sunday a market is held in Market Park, which adjoins ANZAC Park, Port Douglas. Bordered by Dickson Inlet and Wharf Street. The location is picturesque with the mountain ranges and Coral Sea in the background. Established almost 35 years ago, Port Douglas Sunday Markets provide locally produced food, fruit and veggies as well as hand crafted goods of every description.

In 1998 Council decided that the Port Douglas Sunday Market would be a “Cotters Market”, thereby ensuring that goods offered for sale were made by the stallholder. You will have 2 hours free time to wander the markets, have a coffee and take in the scenic view before meeting for lunch at 12.30pm at a local wharfside restaruant. Did someone say seafood? Yes please!

This afternoon after lunch is free time! Enjoy a massage at the Hibiscus day spa, (must be booked well in advance), or at one of the other local spas within walking distance or just enjoy laying by the resort swimming pool in true holiday style.

6pm Meet by the pool if you would like to join for dinner at a local restarant or take the night for yourself 🙂

*Meals – Breakfast

DAY 4: LOW ISLES – FULL DAY TOUR

Idyllic Coral Cay Island

Departs 8.30am – 4.00pm
Enjoy a full day experience of the Great Barrier Reef with a snorkelling and sailing tour to Low Isles. Relax on the white sandy beach of the island, snorkel over the magnificent coral gardens in the blue lagoon on a guided snorkel tour with a marine biologist and swim with turtles in their natural habitat. Enjoy a trip on the glass bottom boat with reef interpretation by our skipper, and explore the nature and history of Low Isles on an Island Heritage Walk with our expert guides. Enjoy delicious morning and afternoon teas and a buffet lunch and the thrill of pure sailing on Sailaway VI, a luxury Lagoon 560 sailing catamaran. Sailaway is perfect for the discerning traveller looking for a unique, special reef and island experience with a small group of likeminded people.

Included

  • Morning tea upon boarding and afternoon tea and coffee with muffins and pastries

  • Superb tropical buffet lunch (including prawns)

  • Snorkelling equipment

  • Snorkelling instruction and in-water assistance

  • Guided snorkel tour

  • Glass bottom boat viewing and reef interpretation

  • Low Isles Heritage Walk

  • Five hours at Tropical Low Isles

  • The experience of sailing on board a luxury sailing catamaran

  • Eco Shamba Environmental Initiative $20 to local re-forestation

This is an adventure tour suitable for travellers with good mobility. To participate in snorkelling you must be confident in the water with good swimming ability, as snorkelling can be a strenuous activity.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Beach towel

  • Swimwear

  • Hat

  • Sun-shirt

  • Sunscreen

  • Camera

  • Sunglasses

  • A friendly smile and your consideration for this precious Marine National Park and World Heritage site

  • Booking voucher (if you booked via a tour desk or travel agent)

  • Cash

    • At check-in for the Environment Management Charge  -see your confirmation document for details – $6.50pp

    • For onboard purchases of alcoholic beverages, soft drinks/juices

    • For underwater camera hire – ensure you select this as an add-on to your booking if you would like to use it

6pm – Meet by the pool to head out for dinner or have a quiet night in after your day or sailing, your choice. 

*Meals – breakfast, morning and afternoon tea and lunch

DAY 5: KURANDA

Enjoy a small-group tour of Kuranda departing from Port Douglas. Visit the multi award winning Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Enjoy a journey to Kuranda over some of the oldest rainforest on earth. Explore the ‘village in the rainforest’ colorful arts and crafts markets and a trip to Cairns on one of the most spectacular rail journeys in Australia. Head home via the beautiful Palm Cove for a signature cocktail over looking the palm fringed beach before arriving back at your departure point late afternoon.

Itinerary
Head to Kuranda via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and enjoy the views over the rainforest – Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Kuranda Heritage Markets wander the arts and crafts markets – Duration: 2 hours

Return back from Kuranda via the Kuranda Scenic Railway Enjoy this beautiful train journey – Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

On the way back to Port Douglas stop at Palm Cove Beach, cruise the shops, take a beach walk or sip a cocktail overlooking the palm fringed beach – Duration: 40 minutes free time

*Meals – Breakfast

DAY 6: PORT DOUGLAS

We included an extra day in this tour just for some down time, there are no planned activities as such however if people would like a morning yoga and or mediation class we can accommodate that and also afternoon walk to Flagstaff Hill and along 4 mile Beach can be done as a group.

Today is set aside for you to fully relax before heading home, rejuvenated and re-inspired for life, do some shopping, head to a local art gallery, take yourself for a coffee at a local cafe or just enjoy the resort swimming pool or day spa, today is yours, InJoy!

6pm – Depart for our Farewell dinner to “Nautilus Restaurant” Enjoy a 5 course degustation menu either seafood or vegetarian for $99 per person, self pay, does not include drinks. Wear a flower behind your ear for this special final dinner together. 

Meals – Breakfast

DAY 7: DEPARTURE DAY

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and get ready for your airport shuttle to collect you and take you to the Cairns airport. Check out is 10am. You can have your bags stored and enjoy the pool area until departure if you flight is leaving later in the day. Pick up times are usually around 3 hours before your flight depart so keep thin mind when booking return flights. 

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

  • 6 Nights accommodation

  • Return shuttle bus to and from Cairns airport to Port Douglas, (only provided on arrival and departure days, otherwise self-pay)

  •  Full day Kuranda tour including skycable, scenic rail and Kuranda markets

  • Full day trip to Low Isles aboard Sailaway Catamaran, lunch, morning tea, snorkelling equipment and guided tours included

  • Full day trip to Cape Tribulation, Daintree rainforest and Mossman gorge, including lunch, river cruise and guided bushwalk.

  • 6 Breakfasts, 2 morning teas and 2 lunches

  • Visit to local markets

  • New friends and fun guaranteed

Exclusions

  • Transport to and from Cairns

  • Travel Insurance, (which is compulsory). We suggest taking travel insurance within 14 days of booking your tour as your deposit is non-refundable.

  • Lunch & Dinners (Except if it is not mentioned in the itinerary) and beverages.

  • Early check-in on arrival & late check-out on departure

  • Optional tours and excursions other than those listed in the itinerary

  • Spa Treatments

  • Entry to Butterfly Sanctuary at Kuranda

  • Pool towels

Important Information

The Trip Notes on this link are always the most up to date version. When booking a tour in advance things regularly change such as visa application processes or pick up information, please always refer to these notes on the website as the most recent version of trip notes for your tour. 

You have two payment options for this trip. To pay a $750 deposit and the remainder 90 days prior to the start of the tour or to organise a payment plan. *Please note that deposits are fully refundable until 1st of December 2020, after this time your deposit will become non refundable and non transferable. 

Deposits can be paid via Direct Bank Transfer or via PayPal.

If you pay via PayPal you can use your credit card.

Direct Bank Deposit

Vibrant Women

National Australia Bank

BSB: 082810 

Acct No: 876225650 

Swift Code: NATAAU3302S 

Please write your name and tour in the reference section.

PAYPAL

$750 Deposit via PayPal (3% surcharge applied) Credit Card Option




PAYMENT PLANS

For monthly repayments please use the buttons below, included is a $100 administration fee. Payments are programmed to complete 2 months before the start of the tour. 

Single Room

Twinshare Room

It is essential all guests take out their own travel insurance and to travel with a credit card in case of emergencies. We recommend taking travel Insurance within 14 days of travel. If you are looking for travel insurance please visit Travel with Jane

*Please note that deposits are fully refundable until 1st of December 2020, after this time your deposit will become non refundable and non transferable. 

From the 1st of December until 90 days before the start of the tour a $750 non-refundable, non transferable deposit will be retained. For between 90 days and 60 days,  50% will be forfeited in addition to the non-refundable, non transferable deposit.  For less than 60 days or for no shows the entire amount will be retained as we would have already had to pay for accommodation, transport, flights and activities, and this money will not be returned to us.  Once the tour has commenced no monies will be returned to you.  This is why travel insurance is compulsory.

Arrivals and Departures are from Cairns International Airport.

Airport Transfers on the 30th of April and the 6th of May 2021 are included. Airport transfer before or after these dates must be organised by the traveller at their own expense. Please note there are no activities planned for the 30th of April or the 6th of may 2021 and check in time at the resort is 2.00pm and check out is at 10.00am, so please take this into consideration when booking your flights.

SHUTTLE SERVICE

  • Direct Cairns Airport to Port Douglas to Cairns Airport – no stops

  • Drivers meet you with your name on a sign at carousel 4.

  • No bus to fill – we collect booked passengers and target leave within 30 mins

  • On return your departure time from Port Douglas is confirmed with you the day before departure

  • 90% of departures leave Port Douglas 3.0 hours before your flight leaves Cairns

FLIGHTS

If you need assistance with FLIGHT BOOKINGS please contact Donna McHugh from Wauchope Travel on (+61) 02 65852288 or email info@wauchopetravel.com.au

·                     Beach towel

·                     Yoga mat and clothes, (if you want to practice yoga, a thin one you can fold in four is easiest to transport)

·                     Swimwear

·                     Sensible shoes

·                     Hat

·                     Sun-shirt

·                     Sunscreen

·                     Camera

·                     Sunglasses

·                     Casual and comfy clothes for walking in the rainforest

·                     A dress up outfit for the last nights fancy dinner

·                     A friendly smile and your consideration for this precious Marine National Parks and World Heritage sites

The Weather

Glorious warm, sunny days give way to comfortable evenings but it’s still considerably warmer than the cooling climes of down south. The weather is gorgeous in May.

Expect a Celsius-range of between 20 degrees in the evening to 27, or higher, during the day. Some days can reach the early 30s.

The Daintree has had a good soaking too, so a visit to the oldest continuously living rainforest is a must-do. And the waterfalls, creeks and swimming holes are flowing with pristine, cool waters after the plentiful rainfall of the ‘green season’, or the ‘big wet’, as it’s known to the locals.

Beach Please!

Yes, the iconic Four Mile Beach is there all year-round and yes, it pretty much always looks stunning but May is when you’ll have it all to yourself.

In April the stingers shove off so you can enjoy the beach without the aid of a protective suit.

The waters are still warm with hardly any waves, so it’s perfect for floating around. The Surf Life Saving Club monitors a netted area at the south end where you can hire surf skis, stand-up paddle boards, sun lounges and umbrellas. So with a slip, slop, slap you can settle in for a day at the beach.

If you’re an early bird, walk the shores at sunrise – you may even spot a pod of dolphins in the distance.

Surrounded by nature’s riches of two iconic World Heritage areas, the majestic Great Barrier Reef and the ancient Daintree Rainforest, Port Douglas is approximately 70km north of Cairns, Tropical North Queensland. Founded in 1877, Port Douglas came into being as a port where riches from the goldfields of the Hodgkinson and Palmer Rivers were trafficked by bullock drays to be loaded onto vessels for southern cities.

Today Port Douglas welcomes visitors from all over the world to experience the riches of this international holiday mecca which until as recently as the 1960s was a sleepy fishing village.

Port, as affectionately known by locals, is enjoyed by everyone. Families, couples, singles and celebrities are all inspired by the laid back lifestyle, superb natural attractions and effortless sophistication which blend together to create the unique flavour of Port Douglas.

Whether it’s the enchantment of experiencing the magical world of the Great Barrier Reef through snorkelling, or in a glass bottomed boat at the spectacular Low Isles, or seeing the timeless rainforest by hiking, 4WD safari or though the eyes of a local guide, nature’s charms here delight everyone.

When you’re ready to rest and restore, discover the luxurious spas the region offers. When you’re ready to play, experience the famous Four Mile Beach, or step out under starry evenings to world class restaurants, funky bars and stylish cafes.

Port Douglas is Australia’s tropical jewel; a paradise which once discovered is never forgotten.

Please note that on this tour there is some walking and also one day of snorkelling.

Please complete and return your important guest information form to us 60 days before departure. Click HERE

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