Join with a group of like minded travellers for a week long cruise holiday on board the Pacific Aria. Take the opportunity to fall in love with Australia all over again when you visit north Queensland and the incredible Great Barrier Reef – one of the seven wonders of the natural world. With three ports stops, you can explore the pristine reef, coral cays, rainforests, waterfalls and tropical islands.
A cruise aboard the opulent Pacific Aria is an excellent choice for anyone wishing to explore Australian waters or simply have a sea break on a stylish, contemporary Australian cruise ship. It features an impressive line-up of dining establishments, a top deck pool, premium cinema, the Marquee Theatre, spa and fitness centre, casino, tennis and basketball courts, and more. Entertainment is also first-class, with everything from stand-up comedy to full-scale musical productions. In your cabin, you’ll find all of the luxuries of a hotel room like a comfy bed and fluffy white towels, flat screen TV, personally-controlled air conditioning and wardrobe. All serviced daily with a smile.
The magnificent sights at Airlie Beach are the hallmark of the Whitsundays as the entire area boasts of excellent beaches and crystal clear waters. Spend a day with your tour group exploring the beaches and rainforest by coach.
Spend two days in Cairns with its magnificent mountain backdrop and easy access to the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Rainforests.
The last destination is Willis Island, 450 kilometres east of Cairns. It is the only permanently inhabited island in the Coral Sea Islands Territory. Enjoy some time contemplating the quiet and tranquility, and marveling at the sights.
At the end of your cruise disembark in Brisbane.
Brisbane (flights and transfers available from other major cities)
Meet up with your fellow travellers in Brisbane and embark on the Pacific Aria at Brisbane Portside Cruise Terminal in the early afternoon. Settle into your cabin or explore the ship before joining your companions for dinner.
Spend a leisurely day on board the Pacific Aria. Join your fellow group members for a morning worship and dine together for a meal.
Head to the Conway National Park for a coral beach walk and take in further spectacular views from the Shute harbour Lookout. Take a short drive to the natural amphitheater of Cedar Creek Falls. This waterfall, is spectacular and offers a natural swimming pool at the base of the falls. Travel back through the beautiful scenic countryside to the coastline for stunning views of the Coral Sea, sandy beaches, secluded coves and palm trees. Soak up this picturesque coastal environment.
If you are feeling energetic on our return to Airlie Beach, take a stroll along the Bicentennial Walkway which stretches from Cannonvale Beach to Airlie Beach’s lagoon for wonderful outlooks both to the open water, and of the Abell Point Marina. Alternatively, spend time at the local markets before rejoining the ship.
Cairns is surrounded by a natural wonderland – the world famous Great Barrier Reef on one side and the equally beautiful lush rainforest hinterland on the other.
After docking in Cairns Harbour, take a day trip with the rest of the group. Hop in a six-person gondola cabin and take a skyrail ride through the lush rainforest. The views are breath-taking as you glide over the rainforest just meters above the canopy. Explore Aboriginal town, Kuranda ‘the village in the rainforest’ including arts and craft market stalls shaded by giant fig trees.
This evening, join the Tjapukai Aboriginal people to celebrate Indigenous culture through a series of performances passed down by generations of elders. Participate in an awe-inspiring corroboree ritual and welcoming ceremony complete with spectacular effects including a stunning fireball display. Dine at a beautifully presented buffet, which showcases the best of the region’s produce and overlooks the Caravonica lakes. After dinner, the lights dim and the Tjapukai performers take to the stage, presenting their culture with a unique blend of theatre and humour.
Today, you will have leisure time to explore Cairns or choose from a range of optional tours including:
– Green Island Discovery Tour
– Cairns Scenic Reef Flight
– Port Douglas
– Outer Reef visits
– Cruise Trinity Inlet and Cairns Harbour
– Cruise to nearby island for snorkeling or a glass bottom boat ride
Willis Island is one of a number of atolls and cays that stretch across 780,000 square kilometres of Australia’s Coral Sea Islands Territory. Willis Island’s real value to Australia has been as a weather station. Since 1921 it has provided north east Queensland with an early warning “ear” that detects cyclones. Located 450 kilometres northeast of Townsville, Willis Island is one of Australia’s most remote weather stations. It is staffed by three observers and one technician who live and work there for six months at a time.
Enjoy some time contemplating the quiet and tranquility, and marveling at the sea birds that call tiny Willis Island home. Boobies and wedge-tailed shearwaters can also be seen in the surrounding waters, or nesting on the atoll. It is also a a rookery for green turtles. You might see them swimming near the island or enjoying the sun. Green turtles can grow to just over a metre in length.
Today is a leisure day as we travel south along the coastline. Choose to meet up with the rest of the group for a friendly trivia quiz with prizes for the winners.
On board, there is also a wide range of activities and experiences including:
– Tennis Courts
– Pool Deck
– Cooking Classes
– Range of Deck Games
– Spectacular Shows
– Live Music
Arrive into Brisbane in the morning and transfer to your Brisbane accommodation or onward travel.