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8 Day Southern Coastal Rail Explorer

FROM $1,641

From beautiful iconic beaches and the Great Barrier Reef to luscious rainforests and laidback cities, discover it all and more on a coastal rail journey. Our packages allow you to travel in comfort and style along Queensland’s coastline as you discover the people and places that capture the Queensland spirit.

  • TYPE Rail Holiday
  • DEPARTS Cairns


DAY 1 Spirit of Queensland – Cairns to Tully

Join the Spirit of Queensland this morning and travel through picturesque landscapes from Cairns to Tully. On arrival in Tully, be transferred to your accommodation at Mission Beach. This little hidden gem is situated just south of Cairns and is the perfect place to catch a glimpse of the endangered Cassowary in the rainforest or try your hand at beach, reef or estuary fishing. Stay the next three nights at Castaways Resort and Spa, Mission Beach.
Stay: Castaways Resort and Spa

DAY 2 Yunba Guided Rainforest Walk

This morning enjoy a unique and authentic Aboriginal experience. Take a guided walk to the beautiful ‘healing pond’ with an interpretation of the rainforest environment. Learn about the story of Yunba (the black water python) and how this mystical character healed the sick and wounded. Taste billy tea and damper and sit back and enjoy the day with your guide. (B)
Stay: Castaways Resort and Spa

DAY 3 Mission Beach

Enjoy a leisurely day exploring Mission Beach. Nestled against lush tropical rainforest, Mission Beach is home to a variety of restaurants, galleries, gift stores and boutiques. Explore the beaches by kayak, fish from the beach or hire a boat to a deserted tropical island (all own expense). Walk up to the top of Bicton Hill for awesome views over to Dunk and Hinchinbrook Islands while hopefully spotting a Cassowary on the way. (B)
Stay: Castaways Resort and Spa

DAY 4 Spirit of Queensland – Tully to Proserpine

Transfer from your accommodation back to Tully to re-join the Spirit of Queensland. Wind your way down the coast and arrive in the early evening at Proserpine. Transfer by RailBus Coach Connection to your accommodation in Airlie Beach. The gateway to the 74 Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef, Airlie Beach is a lively coastal hub where the atmosphere is relaxed and there’s so much to do every day of the week. Explore the Port of Airlie precinct with a range of shops, restaurants, parklands, marina and the sandy Boathaven Beach. Stay the next three nights at Airlie Beach Hotel.

Stay: Airlie Beach Hotel

DAY 5 Great Barrier Reef Cruise

Cruise through the Whitsunday Islands National Park en route to the outer Great Barrier Reef. Truly one of the great wonders of the natural world, the Great Barrier Reef is a must see for any visitor to the region. Spend the day exploring the underwater wonderland and be awed by the magnificent corals and abundance of fish and marine life. Enjoy discovering life under the sea from the underwater viewing chamber, the semi-submersible submarines or snorkelling with the fish. Throughout the day enjoy morning and afternoon tea and a sumptuous buffet lunch prepared by the on board chef. (L)
Stay: Airlie Beach Hotel

DAY 6 Whitsunday Crocodile Safari

Join a fully guided tour into the estuaries of the Whitsundays on the Whitsunday Crocodile Safari. The Proserpine River and the Goorganga Wetlands is home to Saltwater crocodiles, and a variety of birdlife and native mammals. Enjoy a traditional style bushman’s billy tea and damper and barbecue lunch. Your experienced guide will provide comprehensive commentary throughout the day. (L)
Stay: Airlie Beach Hotel

DAY 7 Spirit of Queensland – Proserpine to Brisbane

Spend the morning at leisure exploring the village of Airlie Beach with its relaxed atmosphere and collection of eclectic shops and cafés. This afternoon transfer back to Proserpine on the RailBus Coach Connection to re-join the Spirit of Queensland and continue your southbound trip. Overnight on board the Spirit of Queensland. (D)
Stay: on board the Spirit of Queensland

DAY 8 Brisbane

Arrive into Brisbane this afternoon, where your holiday concludes. (B)


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