Home to two World Heritage-listed natural wonders and boasting a unique environment where Australia's largest rainforest, the Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef, Tropical North Queensland is a natural hotspot for incredible experiences and nature-based adventure. There’s enough reef, sun, and wildlife to keep you occupied for a lifetime.
Green Island Resort, 45 minutes off Cairns in the heart of the unique Great Barrier Reef, is one of the most unique holiday accommodation locations in Australia. Nestled amid tropical rainforest on a coral cay; relax, explore and enjoy your holiday in comfort and style. On Green Island, you’ll find days filled with adventure and relaxation. Dive, snorkel, windsurf, tour the Great Barrier Reef, explore the unique environments of Green Island or indulge in the delights the resort offers. Guest have a wide range of activities included with their stay but there also much more on offer – especially after dusk when the day visitors leave and the island is all yours.
Just a short cruise back to the mainland and a brief drive north, you’ll find yourself in the quaint beach town of Port Douglas, where the Rainforest meets the Reef. Enjoy a unique Aboriginal Dreamtime Walk in the Daintree Rainforest. Take the plunge and learn to dive on the Great Barrier Reef. Take a stroll down Macrossan Street, lined with boutique shops and restaurants. Or perhaps just take time to relax and rejuvenate on the popular Four Mile Beach.
- Roundtrip International Economy Class flights from Los Angeles (domestic US flights can be added at an additional cost)
- Domestic Australia flights
- 3 nights at the 4* Green Island Resort – Island Suite
Inclusions: Welcome sunset drinks, glass bottom boat tour, snorkeling equipment, guided evening nature walks, fish feeding daily, surf skis and canoes, beach chairs and umbrellas
- 4 nights Port Douglas at the 4.5* Shantara Resort Port Douglas – Pool View Studio
- Full Day Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling Tour including lunch
- Half Day Mossman Gorge & Aboriginal Dreamtime Walking tour
- Seat in coach airport transfers
- Catamaran transfers to/from Green Island
- All taxes & fuel surcharges
Day 1 - Depart US
Ask about our options with Premium Economy and Business class airfare.
Day 2 - Cross International Date Line
Day 3 - Arrive Cairns
Upon arrival you will be transferred by shuttle to Cairns Wharf. Your Green Island experience begins with a 45 minutes cruise from Cairns aboard Great Adventures. Once you disembark the boat you will be greeted by one of our resort team, who will introduce you to the island and take you on a short tour before checking into your suite. Porters will deliver your luggage to your room.
ACCOMMODATION - Green Island Resort in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef is one of the most unique accommodation locations in Australia. Nestled amid tropical rainforest on a coral cay; relax, explore and enjoy your holiday in comfort and style.
Days 4 - 5 - Green Island
Relax and explore Green Island
- DAYTIME ACTIVITIES
A wide range of complimentary activities are included in your stay. These include snorkelling, glass bottom boat tour, most non-motorised beach equipment and a host of guided activities with our resident Activities officer. At additional cost you parasail, have an olided massges, entrance to Marineland Melanesia, take a reef helicopter tour, introductory and certified diving and seawalker.
- AFTER DUSK
After dusk when all the day visitors go home, Green Island is yours. Take in the islands tranquility and join the resident Activities Officer for these great activities exclusive to resort guests including island walks, sunset drinks, fish feeding and star gazing.
Day 6 - Green Island - Port Douglas
Relax on the 45 minutes cruise back to Cairns aboard Great Adventures. Upon arrival at Cairns wharf, seat in coach transfer to Port Douglas
ACCOMMODATION - Arrive at Shantara Resort Port Douglas and be greeted by the relaxed and tranquil environment. The courtyard’s two lagoon style swimming pools cleverly encircle the apartment courtyard to provide ground level apartments with poolside access. Shantara is an Adults only retreat with Boutique Holiday Apartments suited for couples or the independent traveler looking for tranquility. The studio rooms have kitchenettes and are perfect for the shorter stay, all rooms have an outdoor balcony facing one of the pools.
Day 7 - Great Barrier Reef
Travel aboard Quicksilver's 45.5 metre high speed wavepiercing catamaran in air-conditioned comfort to a spacious reef activity platform moored in protective lagoons at the renowned Agincourt Reef, on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Quicksilver has facilities to enable both swimmers and non-swimmers to experience this stunning reef world. Explore the reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible, the underwater observatory or by snorkelling. A range of optional activities are available including up to two dives for certified divers, and novices can experience the magic of scuba with a qualified dive instructor or an Oceanwalker helmet dive. Also available are guided snorkelling tours with a marine biologist and scenic helicopter flights over the reef (all optional activities at own expense).
Day 8 - Dreamtime Gorge Walk
You are welcomed with a traditional 'smoking' ceremony that cleanses and wards off bad spirits. The walk then meanders through stunning rainforest and takes in traditional huts or humpies. Your experienced interpretive Indigenous guide demonstrates traditional plant use, identifies bush food sources and provides an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and their special relationship with this unique tropical environment. A stop at 'the beach' where your guide demonstrates traditions like making bush soaps and ochre painting. At the end of the tour enjoy traditional bush tea and damper.
Day 9 - Port Douglas
Explore Tropical North Queensland at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour options - Some of our favorites (additional cost applies) :
- Daintree Rainforest & Cape Tribulation
Travel north along the scenic coastal road, crossing the Daintree River for a morning tea stop at the Daintree Discovery Centre. Take a guided boardwalk through the rainforest before continuing to Cape Tribulation Beach where time is allowed for a beach walk or to relax in a tranquil setting. Enjoy a delicious lunch in a rainforest setting. A stop is then made at the Alexandra Lookout for panoramic views out to sea and the mouth of the Daintree river, followed by a cruise to observe the fauna and flora of this region.
- Daintree Rainforest Jungle Surf
Rainforest has more strata than any other terrestrial ecosystem, and can only be truly appreciated by getting up into the canopy. With its low-impact system of platforms and cables, Jungle Surfing offers unparalleled access to the heart of the Daintree from the bustling forest floor to the giants that tower above the canopy.
- Wildlife Habitat
The award-winning Wildlife Habitat is Australia’s leading immersion exhibit - an open and interactive environment for guests and animals to mingle in a spacious and natural setting. Visitors wander along elevated boardwalks, observing up close a huge range of flora and fauna as birds fly and roam freely. The original Breakfast with the Birds has been a visitor must do for two decades. Guests are immersed within the Wetlands environment whilst enjoying the cacophony of sounds and colors of Wildlife as they wander freely amongst the guests and are treated to a fantastic tropical breakfast buffet.
Day 10 - Depart Cairns for US
This morning return your rental vehicle in time for departing flight
Add on Packages
Like the above travel idea but want to include other areas of Australia ? No problem. Consider one of these add-on packages
From pricing is valid for departures until 31 March 2017 for purchase by 31 March 2017. Prices are per person based on family of four occupancy departures from Los Angeles. Add-on fares are available from other cities. Certain black out dates apply on the accommodation and tour value add offers - check with your Aspire consultant. Seats are limited and may not be available on every flight. Please contact us for child airfare possibilities if under 12 years of age. Hotels are subject to availability. All prices reflect a discount for purchases made by cash/wire transfer/check, please see terms and conditions for credit card payments. There are no discounts for payment made by credit cards. Cancellation penalties and other restrictions apply.