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FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

14 – 19 August 2017

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ITINERARY
Escape the winter chills. Discover Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge, the Daintree, Cairns and Botanical Ark. Witness heliconia, lipstick palms, miracle fruit and fan palms in tropical glory. Visit private gardens, meet gardeners and sample unusual tropical fruits.
DAY 1
Monday 14 August 2017
Home – Port Douglas (D)

Meet up with your Ross Tour Leader, Paul Urquart at Sydney Domestic Terminal for your flight to Cairns. We will board our waiting coach and travel to Port Douglas with afternoo tea at Tabu Garden.
This lush tropical garden sets the scene for our tropical holiday. Tabu is in Freshwater, nestled at the foot of Mt Whitfield. The design here is clever with mass planting of beautiful foliages and flowers. It benefits from a rainforest backdrop, sculpted as it is into the hillside.
Settle in to Peppers Beach Club, Port Douglas our very comfortable accommodation for the next 5 nights and freshen up for our Welcome Dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Accommodation: Peppers Beach Club, Port Douglas

DAY 2
Tuesday 15 August 2017
Mossman (B/L)

An exciting story waits this morning at Botanical Ark. Alan and Susie Carle have an ambitious goal – they want to save the rainforest. So instead of simply writing a cheque, like most of us do, they are going about it with a mix of creativity, practicality and sheer hard work. Here at Botanical Ark, in the lush countryside outside Mossman in far North Queensland, the Carles grow 3000 different species of rainforest plants, more than 400 of which are edible. One of the Carle strategies is to use their love of food and their passion for new flavours to lure us into saving the rainforest by eating it. So lunch at Botanical Ark is a treat. But first there’s a tour of the garden, crammed with unusual fruits and the stunning flowers of tropical heliconias, costus and other treasures.
We are heading to Whyanbeel Arboretum this afternoon, formerly a sugar cane farm that nestles into the hills of the Upper Daintree. Peter Sargent loves living close to the wilderness. His arboretum is so much more; it’s a tropical botanic garden and flower farm. Ferns, mosses and native peppers grow along the shaded river bank. Exotic vanilla orchids grow among native vines scrambling up palms and trees. Peter’s family runs a cut-flower business, producing gingers, heliconias and palms. Many of the bromeliads and cordylines growing there have been bred by Peter and his father.
We will be ready to plunge into our swimming pool when we get back to our hotel.

Accommodation: Peppers Beach Club, Port Douglas

DAY 3
Wednesday 16 August 2017
Daintree Rainforest (B/L)

The Daintree is the world’s oldest rainforest (UNESCO wet tropics world heritage) and that’s our destination today into Mossman Gorge.
First we’ll take a Dreamtime Walk, conducted by the local Indigenous people. Ngadiku (Nar-di-gul) means stories and legends from a long time ago in local Kuku Yalanji language. The walk takes along private, gentle tracks, visiting special places and culturally significant sites, past traditional bark shelters and over meandering cool rainforest streams.
We are heading to Silky Oaks Lodge for lunch today, beautifully situated on the Mossman Gorge River. This is one of Australia’s premier luxury lodges with fine dining in their Treehouse Restaurant.
Brand new, very exciting, world-class, and not yet open is Mossman Botanic Garden and research station provides an arboretum for Wet Tropics World Heritage plants and other important rainforest plants. Our guide John Sullivan will explain what is planned for this Botanic Garden project.
Time to head back to our hotel fully informed about the Daintree.

Accommodation: Peppers Beach Club, Port Douglas

DAY 4
Thursday 17 August 2017
Free Day (B)

Relax in Port Douglas today or choose from your free day options:
Cape Tribulation is the village where two spectacular World Heritage sites meet, the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Located on the northern side of the Daintree River, at the end of the sealed road, here you can position yourself between the tumbling rainforest and glistening corals.
Barrier Reef: Spend the day cruising the Great Barrier Reef with the option to snorkel or dive.
Kuranda: Option to spend part of this day on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, a 7.5 kilometre scenic cableway running above the Barron Gorge National Park in the Wet Tropics of Queensland’s World Heritage Area north of Cairns. Transfers to and from our hotel.

Accommodation: Peppers Beach Club, Port Douglas

DAY 5
Friday 18 August 2017
Port Douglas (B/D)

A morning of private gardens in and around Port Douglas.
Free afternoon. Farewell dinner tonight at top local restaurant.

Accommodation: Peppers Beach Club, Port Douglas

DAY 6
Saturday 19 August 2017
Port Douglas to Home (B)

We’re heading to Flecker Botanic Garden before our flight home. We’ll stroll around this beautiful tropical garden. Follow the Rainforest Boardwalk to Saltwater Creek and Centenary Lakes, to watch the birds. Mt Whitfield Conservation Park has walking tracks through rainforest climbing to viewpoints over the city. There’s time for lunch here before our afternoon flight.

HOW TO BOOK

To secure your booking and make your deposit, please complete our online booking form. You will be contacted by a Ross Tours Travel Manager to confirm your details and preferred method of payment.

CANCELLATIONS

Cancellations received 180-120 days prior to departure will incur loss of deposit.
Cancellations received between 119-60 days prior to departure will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Cancellations received between 59-30 days prior to departure will incur a 75% cancellation fee plus any non-recoverable costs incurred.
Cancellations received within 30 days prior to departure will incur 100% cancellation fee.
Cancellations must be sent in writing.
Cancellation fee is based upon the total amounts paid including tours, airfares and all other travel arrangements.

Please refer to the Ross Garden Tours standard terms and conditions.

TOUR INCLUSIONS
TOUR ESCORTED BY
PAUL URQUHART
  • Qantas return economy group airfare & taxes Sydney / Cairns / Sydney
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach throughout tour
  • Deluxe accommodation for 5 nights
  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Morning and afternoon tea at gardens and sightseeing attractions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Gratuities for porters and drivers
  • Full Escorted by Paul Urquhart
TOUR PRICE

Twin Share land only $2,695 per person
Twin Share including air $2,995 per person
Single Supplement $895
All prices in Australian Dollars.
Prices based on minimum 15 passengers.
Price is based on departure Sydney.

DISCOUNTS

Book and pay in full by 7/4/17 to receive the Early Bird Discount of $100.00 per person off the final instalment.
Previous Traveller Discount $50.00
Garden Clinic™ Member Discount $25.00

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