WHEN 8 days, 5 – 12 May 2021 ex Cairns
PRICE from $6,695 pp twin share ($1,240 solo suppl.)
This tour includes all listed accommodation and experiences and most meals. See online for details and enquire about our COVID and payment policies.
If you'd like information on alternative self-drive, semi-guided or budget tours, check out our Wet Tropics page.
Interstate travellers looking for a sophisticated alternative to their next overseas break, might consider joining Wildiaries/Diverse Travel Australia’s Ultimate Reef to Rainforest Culture, Food & Wildlife Tour this May. This trip sets a new environmental standard for travel packages to the wet tropics.
Wildiaries director Simon Mustoe says:
This deluxe, small group tour for as few as 14 guests, is a rich smorgasbord of art, heritage, fine food, iconic wildlife and the best of the region's reef to rainforest experiences. Led by internationally-acclaimed experts and narrators all the way, it’s an intimate fully-guided adventure that will take you places the ordinary tourist never gets to see and spend quality time in nature, with people passionate about the region, its conservation and culture.
Key suppliers are actively involved in their own habitat restoration and conservation, plus the entire trip, including guest flights, is carbon offset with biodiverse forest restoration of habitat for Cassowaries. Guests even get to plant their own coral reef!
The journey begins with ascent into the cool climate Atherton Tablelands, on one of the world's longest cable-car journeys, over majestic mountains and breathtaking scenery. For four nights, guests are hosted in a world-famous luxurious rainforest retreat-style accommodation, nestled in its own private nature reserve.
Expert wildlife guides take you on a journey to swim in waterfalls, dine al fresco, look for elusive Tree Kangaroos, Platypus and maybe even a wild Cassowary. You will taste local produce grown in the forest, and learn about habitat regeneration, medicinal plants and rainforest fruits. You’ll be accompanied by internationally-acclaimed conservation-photographers and explorers, while local Aboriginal guides will take you on a special journey through their culture, art and music, exploring secret waterholes and learning their unique connection to country.
On board one of the fastest and most environmentally-conscious vessel operations on the whole Great Barrier Reef, you'll meet the team who have have the largest coral nursery on the reef, developed with University of Technology Sydney, and join marine biologists to participate in the program and see how it's effecting change. You'll learn from experts about how the reef works and explore their favourite spots in outer and inner-reefs with the chance to swim with turtles, see clownfish and maybe even spot whales and dolphins.
In the evening, you can luxuriate in your accommodation and relax in the secluded swimming pool, nestled among protected rainforest.
This trip has been specially designed to offer guests a fascinating and low-impact experience with some of the region's most accomplished conservation protagonists. May is traditionally one of the calmest weather periods and the low season for visitation. In every possible way, this tour offers exclusivity and access to one of Australia’s most rewarding destination.
Environment & sustainability
This 8-day tour is priced from $6,695pp twin share (single supplement, $1,204). This trip is for over 18s only. It is suitable for anyone with a reasonable minimum level of fitness.