Great Barrier Reef
The cosmopolitan city of Cairns is the northern gateway to Australia and the capital of Tropical North Queensland. The Great Barrier Reef, consisting of thousands of islands and reefs, features more than 1500 marine life species with some of the best diving and snorkeling opportunities in the world. Infinite islands offer secluded lagoons and palm-fringed beaches along with first class resorts hidden within the sanctuary of tropical islands.
Tropical North Queensland also offers a window into one of the world’s oldest cultures. Visitors can venture into the rugged landscape of outback Australia to witness ancient rock art or be similarly inspired by the vivid stories, songs and dances of Australia’s indigenous people at the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Park, a 15-minute drive from Cairns.
Visiting Tropical North Queensland onboard a private charter yacht presents a one-of-a-kind opportunity for visitors to receive first class service with accessibility to World Heritage Reef, a tropical rainforest and the Australian Outback all from one port-of-call.
Itineraries: Cairns to Lizard Is.
Day 1- Cairns to North Opal via Upolo Cay, Green Island, Norman Reef. Shimmering crystal-like coral cay appears as though a mirage as the boat passes World Heritage Reef. Savor a glass of champagne on the soft shores of Upolo Cay before visiting the impressive Quicksilver tour operation for a scenic pontoon flight over the Great Barrier Reef.
Day 2- North Opal to North Escape Reef. Enjoy a deep sea fishing expedition or take to the turquoise waters on a paddle ski to float with turtles and manta rays for a day to remember.
Day 3- North Escape to either No 7 Ribbon Reef, Cooktown or No 3 Ribbon Reef. Experience impeccable dive sites or cruise to historical Cooktown which offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of Australia.
Day 4 – Cruise to No Name Reef via dive sites at No 7, No 9, No 10 and Cormorant Pass. Witness the world renowned Cod Hole, spectacular reef drop offs and a marine life so alive it will leave you breathless.
Day 5, 6 & 7 - Motor to either Osprey Reef or Lizard Island. Choose from world-class diving sites of the Coral Sea or succumb to tropical decadence at the exclusive Lizard Island Resort and take advantage of the land-based activities this island has to offer.
Alternately, a quick flight can take you to the Gold Coast which is considered a sister city to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Even the street names are the same! Or you may opt for the quiet coastal beauty of Byron Bay. Farther south lies the cosmopolitan city of Sidney where you have everything at your finger tips: fine hotel accommodations and fabulous restaurants featuring all the ethnic foods of Eur-Asia as well as the good old fashioned and popular Aussie “Barbie”-Que! Visit the Opera House or take a hike across Sidney Harbour Bridge to stretch your legs. World class shopping abounds in Sidney, especially when it comes to opals, sapphires and South Sea pearls. Sidney is also a great location to get direct worldwide airline connections for your flight back home.