Far North Queensland walking tour
Join us on this marvellous exploration of Far North Queensland: Port Douglas, the Mossman Gorge, the Daintree Forest and the Great Barrier Reef: great walks, excellent accommodation, fine food and good company!
There aren't many places in the world where you can walk out of one World Heritage Area and straight into another one. Daintree in Far North Queensland is one such place. Here, you walk out of the Daintree Rainforest (the world’s oldest rainforest) and into the Great Barrier Reef (the planet’s largest living thing). These are not the only things the area has to offer. It has a fascinating Indigenous and colonial history; endless beaches, excellent accommodation and fabulous food. This new Hidden Italy all-inclusive, guided walking tour will allow you to explore all this, and more.
The seven-day tour starts with a night in a suite in a 4-star hotel overlooking Four Mile Beach in the heart of Port Douglas. From here we move north to a fabulous ‘ecolodge’ in the heart of the Daintree Forest. This will be our base for the next four nights. Our activities includes five guided walks; a lazy drift down the Mossman River; an introduction to the traditions of the Kuku Yalanji people; a visit to Cape Tribulation; a day visiting the Great Barrier Reef; good company; and lots of delicious food.
We will stay in the very best accommodation the region has to offer: in Port Douglas, you will have a Spa Suite with sea views over Four Mile Beach at Peppers Beach Club; and then ‘Canopy Bayans’ (spacious rooms with balconies in the heart of the world’s oldest rain forest) at the marvellous Daintree Ecolodge, a breath-taking retreat nestled on the southern banks of the Daintree River.
Port Douglas and the Daintree offer some spectacular walks and we have included five of these. Three of the walks should be enjoyed by anyone who is a reasonably fit and confident walker. On the other two days you will have options: to do a very challenging (but very rewarding) hike up into the surrounding mountains with spectacular views (suitable for the very fit) or to do a less challenging (but equally satisfying) walk without the big climbs. You will be able to make the choice on at the time. Each walk will have two local guides. Please see the daily itineraries for the details of each walk.
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinners) are included in the cost of the tour and showcase the region’s fine produce. You will have plentiful breakfasts each day; a mix of light lunches and picnics in the middle of the day; and generous dinners at the end of the day at some of the FNQ’s best restaurants, including the Ecolodge’s own Julaymba Restaurant and Sassi La Cucina Restaurant in Port Douglas. Wine is included with the dinners.
Health and safety:
All aspects of the tour will comply with the New South Wales government recommended health, safety and cleanliness procedures, including: the maintenance of social distancing; regular deep cleaning of the accommodation and transport, compulsory hand sanitizer use entering and leaving the accommodation, transport and restaurants.
We require a $500 non-refundable deposit. Should government restrictions prevent the tour from operating we will reschedule the tour. If this doesn’t suit, any payments will be refunded, minus the deposit, which will be help as future credit. Click here for full details.
The tour leader:
The tour will lead by Simon Tancred. "I first went to Italy as a backpacker in 1980 and fell in love with the country. I returned in 1983, living and working in Milan until 1988. Afterwards I worked at the Institute of Languages, University of New South Wales (Sydney) taking guided tours to Italy annually. I spent two years with my family in Prato (Florence) in 2003 and 2004, working at the Monash University (Melbourne) Centre. Since then I have dedicated myself full-time to Hidden Italy. I love photography and writing and have had articles and photographs on Italy published in most major Australian newspapers and travel magazines. I speak fluent Italian, alas with a pronounced Australian accent. "Great Walks" magazine recently said I had the best job in the world.. there are other much more worthy jobs around but I am lucky my passion has become my profession - click here to read their interview."
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A seven day tour to Port Douglas and the Daintree
7 August to 13 August, 2021
Tour Size10 people
Single supplement: $900
- 6 nights’ accommodation in 4-star accommodation
- All breakfasts, all lunches and all dinners with wine included (see itinerary for details)
- All transfers listed in the itinerary
- 5 guided walks, accompanied by two guides
- Boat tour on the Great Barrier Reef
- All paid admissions during the tour