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Airlie Beach: 2-Hour Sunset Cruise with Sparkling Wine

1. Airlie Beach: 2-Hour Sunset Cruise with Sparkling Wine

Depart from the Coral Sea Marina in the Northern Village, which is only a short walk from the main street of Airlie Beach. You will cruise around Pioneer Bay and then get up close to many of the points of interest along the Airlie Beach coastline. If you are lucky, you will be able to spot turtles on the way, and on Wednesdays you can see the locals on their weekly yacht race. Watch a picture-perfect sunset and observe Airlie start to light up at dusk, whilst enjoying a glass of bubbly.  The Sundowner is a fully covered purpose-built catamaran designed for socializing. Unlike a yacht, it has a flat surface and no trip hazards. There is ample room to move, and high heels are welcome. Plenty of seating is available on board, and every seat has a great view of the Ocean.

Airlie: Sunset Sail with Aperol Spritz and Antipasto

2. Airlie: Sunset Sail with Aperol Spritz and Antipasto

Enjoy the sunset over the coast on this roundtrip sailing venture to the Whitsundays islands from Airlie Beach. Board a traditional, timber, 72-foot sailing yacht. Discover facts about the local flora an fauna from the crew. Climb aboard the Lady Enid sailing vessel. Stow away your bags and shoes. Walk barefoot on the wooden deck and settle in with a delicious Aperol Spritz. Listen to an introduction of the ship's features and a safety briefing while departing from Coral Sea Marina. Be lost in the moment as the boat recreates that classic age of yachting enjoyed in the 1960’s when sailing was more about elegance and chic than corporate sponsorship and carbon fibre. See the crew hoist the sails. Move freely move around the ship and take advantage of the cushioned seating. Relax and soak up the ambiance as you savor the variety of flavors in your antipasti plate. Admire the rich colors of the sunset reflecting on the water. Let the crew point out various points of interest as you sail and listen as they tell you about the history of the area. Have the option to purchase additional drinks from the bar. Admire the lights of Airlie Beach dancing on the water as you return for the night.

Sarina: Guided Tour of the Sarina Sugar Shed with Tasting

3. Sarina: Guided Tour of the Sarina Sugar Shed with Tasting

Immerse yourself in the journey of sugar cane production on this guided tour of the Sugar Shed farm in Sarina. Discover how sugar cane is planted and explore a sugar cane patch. Visit the miniature mill and see historic cane-cutting machinery. Follow your guide on a trip through the sugar cane production process. Head to the sugar cane patch and see old machinery before visiting the fully operational Plane Creek Mill. Continue to the factory to nibble on raw sugar cane and sip on freshly-squeezed cane juice. Delight your taste buds as you try a range of gourmet sauces, chutneys, relishes, barrel-aged rums, and fruit liqueurs made in the distillery. During the cane crushing season (late June to early December), see the unique miniature sugar that is a replica the large mills.

Spirit of Cairns: Waterfront Dining Experience

4. Spirit of Cairns: Waterfront Dining Experience

A Cairns Dinner Cruise is the perfect way to end a perfect day in paradise.  Set sail aboard a newly refurbished 26-meter 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 delicious dinner with a focus on local and fresh produce, a complimentary beverage on arrival, and views of the Trinity Inlet. A selection of beverages and cocktails are also available for purchase from our fully licensed bar. Throughout the evening you will cruise the waterways of Cairns, exploring the beauty of the natural harbor, and sailing past the waterfront and restaurant precincts. Watch the day transcend into night, against a backdrop of rainforest-clad hills, as the twinkling night lights of the city appear. 

Reef Sleep: 2-Day Great Barrier Reef Pontoon & Gourmet Meals

5. Reef Sleep: 2-Day Great Barrier Reef Pontoon & Gourmet Meals

Explore the Great Barrier Reef during the day, and sleep on an open deck during the night out at sea on this immersive reef experience. Watch the sunset over the water, enjoy gourmet food and watch the stars as you fall asleep. Travel on a high-speed, comfortable vessel 39 nautical miles from shore to the reef. The approximately 3-hour trip to the destination counts as its own sightseeing adventure. Spot whales at certain times of the year. Arrive at the permanently moored pontoon on Hardy Reef – one of the most spectacular stretches of the Great Barrier Reef. A coral wall, home to an ecosystem of magnificent corals and marine life, runs adjacent to the pontoon. Hundreds of fish species at Hardy Reef will surprise and delight you - especially the giant groper.   Explore the reef all day with your choice of swimming, snorkeling, and more. Curb your hunger with morning and afternoon tea and a sumptuous buffet lunch. As dusk approaches, watch for turtles who nibble at the seaweed around the pontoon. Watch the sunset while you sip your sundowner...the reef comes to life in the darkness of the night. Enjoy a delicious gourmet dinner and full use of the bar. Gaze at a gazillion stars from your comfy Reefbed on the top deck of the pontoon. Our Reefbeds are comfortable queen beds with snug bedding. On a clear night, you can sleep with the cover open — just you, the sea air, and the stars. Be lulled to sleep by the tranquility of being in the middle of the ocean. Enjoy a breakfast followed by more time exploring the reef. Embark on optional guided snorkeling and diving trips and visit very special spots. Get the chance to see Giant Maori Wrasse, spectacular coral formations, tropical fish, turtles, and reef sharks (not guaranteed). Choose to visit the underwater viewing chamber and look at the coral from the comfort of our semi-submersible vessel.

Cairns: Guided Twilight Tour with 3-Course Dinner

6. Cairns: Guided Twilight Tour with 3-Course Dinner

Witness the setting of the sun on Tropical North Queensland’s mountain ranges and experience how steamy rainforests and shallow reef lagoons begin to stir with life. Reptiles, Amphibians, Insects, and nocturnal fish sense the onset of dusk and emerge from their day time lairs.  Get an insight into the unique changes of the region’s nocturnal creatures as they move in the shadows.  Complete your evening at Dundee’s Restaurant with a perfectly matched dining experience while you enjoy a stunning sea life backdrop.

Camira Sunset Sail - Dinks & snacks - Dep Airlie Beach

7. Camira Sunset Sail - Dinks & snacks - Dep Airlie Beach

Take an evening sail into Pioneer Bay and watch the sun dip down behind the Whitsundays from the deck of a catamaran. Relax with a few drinks and snack on a charcuterie selection as you sail along the coast. Look back at the lights of Airlie Beach as night falls. Board the catamaran in the Port of Airlie and sail out into the turquoise sea while the sun is still high and warm. Follow the coast and gaze out over the Whitsunday Islands’ white sand beaches as the sun starts to set. Head back to port as the lights of Airlie Beach spring to life.

From Cairns: Atherton Tablelands Food and Wine Tasting Tour

8. From Cairns: Atherton Tablelands Food and Wine Tasting Tour

STOP 1 Journey to the Atherton Tablelands which is located 1 hour’s drive from the city via the scenic Gillies Highway. Discover a cool highlands where you will sample a delicious breakfast of local produce and enjoy a special coffee or local tea at an 80-year old lakeside tea house over looking Lake Barrine crater lake surrounded by lush rainforest. STOP 2 Next, visit Nerada Tea Plantation situated on the scenic outskirts of Malanda. Here, you will be tasting several of the Plantation grown, single-origin teas, such as Plantation Fresh Black and Royal Devonshire, black tea with a hint of natural vanilla. The teas will be paired with a selection of local cheeses. Whilst enjoying your tastings, overlook the lush fields of Australia’s largest Tea Plantation. Keep your eyes peeled as you might just spot one of the resident Tree Kangaroos, too! STOP 3Enjoy lunch. The Australian Platypus Park is home to a thriving platypus population. Take a wander down to see them in their magnificent setting then sit down to enjoy flavored handcrafted smoked products, combined with a unique blend of local Australian native herbs and spices. These tasty treats are all produced in-house using only the freshest quality ingredients and include Crocodile, Red Claw (Yabby), and Kangaroo with fresh local salads topped off with a boutique beer, Dragon Fruit cider, Lemon Myrtle tea, and finish with a wine tasting of the Murdering Point tropical fruit wine range. STOP 4Arrive at Gallo Dairyland, a working dairy farm where we sample their hand-crafted chocolates and an opportunity to buy their cheeses. STOP 5The Humpy is the best place to go for freshly harvested produce straight from the growers. Marvel at the array of vegetables, tropical fruits, and hundreds of varieties of nuts, dried fruits, and locally produced jams and sauces. Enjoy some seasonal fruits and different hot peanuts and macadamia nuts, and get some time to browse to make any purchases. STOP 6 Continue to the Mount Uncle distillery to taste some of their award-winning liqueurs and spirits. Wander around the stunning property nestled in coffee and banana plantations and meet the friendly animals. STOP 7 Move on to the Jacques Family coffee plantation and get an insight into the finer details of coffee, from the tree to the cup, Stroll through the coffee bushes and gardens, and end with a cup of Jacques coffee made just as you like it and served with homemade scones with jam and cream and sample some coffee liqueurs. Alternate stop: Rainforestation for local coffee and tea with fresh damper, Davidson plum jam, and cream.

From Port Douglas: Atherton Tablelands Food & Wine Tasting

9. From Port Douglas: Atherton Tablelands Food & Wine Tasting

Enjoy a food and wine tour from Port Douglas and taste some of the best food and wine that the Atherton Tablelands has to offer. Be taken through various contrasting landscapes from lush rainforests to stunning ochre Savannah plains. The rich volcanic soil allows farmers to grow many diverse crops from bananas, coffee, sugar cane, avocados, mangoes, macadamia nuts, citrus, and more which you will learn about once you taste your way around the region's food bowl.' Stop 1: Creamery Make your way to the first stop at a family-owned creamery in Emerald Creek. Enjoy a delicious breakfast of seasonal tropical fruits, pikelets, syrup, and homemade strawberry and blueberry jam. Taste 2 scoops of homemade ice cream and sorbet from the creamery as well. Stop 2: Jaques Family Coffee Plantation Enjoy a visit to a working coffee plantation all run on solar energy. Try a tasting paddle of coffee and tea matched with tasty treats whilst overlooking the coffee bushes. Stop 3: The Humpy The best place to go to for freshly harvested Atherton Tablelands produced straight from the growers. From vegetables to tropical fruits and hundreds of different varieties of nuts, dried fruits, locally made jams, and sauces. Taste some seasonal fruits and many different flavors of hot local peanuts and macadamia nuts. Stop 4: Lunch at The Australian Platypus Park The Australian Platypus Park is home to a thriving platypus population. Take a wander down to see them in their magnificent setting then sit down to enjoy flavored handcrafted smoked products, combined with a unique blend of local Australian native herbs and spices. These tasty treats are all produced in-house using only the freshest quality ingredients and include Crocodile, Red Claw (Yabby), and Kangaroo with fresh local salads topped off with a ‘Tarzali Lakes’ boutique beer, Dragon Fruit cider, or Lemon Myrtle tea. Then enjoy Tropical fruit wine and liqueur tasting. Stop 5: Gallo Dairyland A fully operational dairy farm spread across 1000 acres of rich red volcanic soil with a gourmet cheese factory. Here, taste a selection of their delicious cheeses and homemade chocolates whilst gazing out over the picturesque landscape. Stop 6: Mt. Uncle Distillery Just down the road, arrive at Australian Distiller of the year 2017, Mount Uncle Distillery, North Queensland’s first distillery. Here you can taste some of their award-winning liqueurs and spirits. Stop 7: Platypus Hut - Queensland wines and beers A unique 160-acre private property. Head down to 'the Platypus Hut' where you can sit in this tranquil setting as the sun goes down and watch for dive-bombing kingfishers and the elusive platypus (or dip your toes into the most beautiful mountain stream while tasting some Queensland wines and beer. Then, head down the Julatten range and be dropped back to your accommodation.

From Cairns: Rainforest & Nocturnal Wildlife Tour

10. From Cairns: Rainforest & Nocturnal Wildlife Tour

Departing from your Cairns or Northern Beaches accommodation, head south to view the agile wallabies that live within the city limits. Make a second stop at the Cathedral Fig Tree, an 8,000-year-old Strangler fig with a giant root system. Enjoy an afternoon tea at the world-renowned Lake Barrine before walking through the rainforest. Keep your eyes out for musky rat-kangaroo, Boyd's forest dragon, rainforest birds, butterflies and flying foxes. After a quick stop at Lake Eacham, visit a private access platypus viewing area in Yungaburra for a 90% chance of seeing the unique mammal. Enjoy a delicious dinner at a restaurant in the township of Yungburra. Then, your nighttime spotlighting adventure begins! Walk under the night stars and into the rainforest. Look out for Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo, northern leaf-tailed gecko, ringtail possums, gliders, frogs, owls and more. Return to Cairns at around 10:00 PM and Northern Beaches at around 10:30 PM.

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A very nice trip. We were on the sailing boat with around 25 guests. The Aperol was already served in the harbor and then shortly after the small antipasti platter. After leaving the port, we went out a bit under sail. Photos could be taken in the bow and additional drinks could be purchased if desired. On the way back the beautiful sunset could be admired.

Lovely trip regardless of the wet weather. Knowledgeable captain, good humoured and professional. Jasmine was lovely, very friendly. Decent wine, little snacks and a great atmosphere. Good for spotting sea turtles sand the occasional dolphin or dugong. Great for all types of travelers.

Very knowledgeable and personable guide did a wonderful job in explaining the process of sugar production from the initial planting of cane to the finished product. We all ejoyed the tastings immensely and highly recommend the tour for anyone travelling through or living in the area.

We had a great time on the Spirit of Cairns, Captain James had a sense of humour. The wait staff were very friendly and accommodating. The food was tasty and plentiful. It rained a bit, but that didn’t stop us sitting on the bow watching the lights of Cairns on the pier. Had a ball!

Great enjoyment, staff great fun, few drinks and finger food, good music, nice group on the boat, would highly recommend this trip