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Tropical Discovery tour

Tropical Discovery

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
5 days
From: $ 639 $ 128 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit the Daintree Rainforest
  • Visit Millaa Millaa Falls
  • Visit Mission Beach
  • Platypus spotting in the wild
  • Visit the Daintree Rainforest
  • Visit Millaa Millaa Falls
  • Visit Mission Beach
  • Platypus spotting in the wild
  • Mossman Gorge
  • Bush Tucker walk

Short Description

Cairns is the perfect starting point for lovers of all things nature on land and under the water. Think beaches, rainforests and islands. You’ll get the chance to see crocs and cassowaries, fish and fauna, wild wallabies and even the odd platypus. If you want to get active, you won’t be disappointed with ziplining, skydiving, whitewater rafting and swimming in waterfalls on offer throughout this trip.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Travel Theme

Cultural Singles Travel

Destinations

Australia

Cities & Attractions

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Activities

Culture

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Trip Includes

  • 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • 4 nights in lodges & hostels
  • Modern air‐conditioned vehicle with Wi‐Fi
  • Awesome Topdeck Driver Guide

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Itinerary

Day 1

After motoring out of Cairns via a few coastal beaches, we're off for an Aboriginal Bush Tucker Walk. This afternoon it's time to get wet and steamy in the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park. After a busy day of travelling it's time for a filling feast and maybe a 'coldie' at the local bar.

Included today:
-Wildlife habitat
-Daintree Rainforest

Meals:
-Dinner

Optional Activites:
-Jungle Night Walk

Day 2

Cape Trib is all yours for exploring. Got a head for heights? There's the optional Jungle Surfing Zip Line. Want to be beach-based? You could pick to go horse riding or ocean safari snorkeling. There's a crocodile cruise for nature-lovers. But if you just need to chill out, you could opt for a beach massage. Round out your day on a deserted beach with glass of bubbles in your hand, new mates to your side.

Included today:
-Use of resort facilities
-Walking trails

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Jungle surfing zip line
-Beach horse riding
-Ocean safari snorkeling
-Crocodile cruise
-Beach massage

Day 3

Hungry for more rainforest action? You're in luck, we're off to Mossman Gorge. Waterfalls, flora and fauna and some 30,000 plant and animal species to spot. Now there's a challenge. Like a nice cup of joe? See where your lattes start life at a coffee plantation before moving on to try some tropical fruit wines or local spirits. Yungaburra is home for the night - see if you can spot the elusive platypus. Head out to spot platypus at dusk, and check out even more wildlife on an optional night time canoe trip.

Included today:
-Mossman Gorge
-Food & wine tastings
-Platypus spotting

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Night kayaking

Day 4

Today cool off with a swim in a volcanic crater lake. At lunch, take in the beauty that is Millaa Millaa Falls, then it's back towards the coast, via a few swimming spots. Tonight we stay in the heart of Mission Beach.

Included today:
-Lake Eacham
-Waterfalls

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 5

Start off with a beachside breakfast before exploring this oh-so-pretty part of the world. Raft your way down Tully River or take boat trip to explore Dunk Island. Or you could choose to pop on a parachute and see the scenery from 14,000ft up in the air. On the way back to Cairns we'll take the Cassowary Coast trail with stops at Innisfail and another spot of swimming at Boulders. This tropical journey closes out as we venture back into the city of Cairns.

Meals included:
-Breakfast

Included today:
-National Park entry
-Waterfalls

Optional activities:
-Skydiving
-White water rafting
-Dunk Island

Day 1

After motoring out of Cairns and up into the hinterland, we’re off for an Aboriginal Bush Tucker walk. This afternoon it’s time to get wet and steamy in the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park. After a busy day of travelling, it’s time for a filling feast and maybe a ‘coldie’ at the local bar (which is almost right on the beach!).

Included today:
-Visit the Daintree Rainforest
-Bush Tucker Walk
Meals:
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

Day 2

Cape Trib is all yours for exploring today. Got a head for heights? There’s the optional Jungle Surfing zipline. Want to be beach-based? You can choose to go horse riding or snorkeling. There’s also a crocodile cruise for nature lovers and thrill seekers (eek!). Round out your day on a deserted beach with a glass of bubbles in your hand and your new mates by your side.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Fly through the rainforest on the Jungle Surfing zipline
-Horse riding on the beach
-Explore the reef with Ocean Safari snorkelling
-Cruise for crocodiles along the Daintree River

Day 3

Hungry for more rainforest action? You’re in luck, we’re off to Mossman Gorge. Besides the many waterfalls, there are some 30,000 plant and animal species to spot here. See where your lattes start life at a coffee plantation before moving on to try some tropical fruit wines or local spirits. Yungaburra is home for the night. Head out to spot platypus at dusk, and check out even more wildlife on an optional night time kayak trip.

Included today:
-Visit Mossman Gorge
-Delicious food & wine tastings
-Platypus spotting in the wild

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Night kayaking in the Atherton Tablelands

Day 4

Today cool off with a swim in a volcanic crater lake. At lunch, take in the beauty that is Millaa Millaa Falls, then it’s back towards the coast, via a few swimming spots. Tonight we stay in the heart of Mission Beach.

Included today:
-Visit Lake Eacham
-Visit Millaa Millaa waterfalls

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 5

Start off with a beachside breakfast before exploring this oh-so-pretty part of the world. Optionals today: raft your way down Tully River or take a boat trip for a snorkelling session at Dunk Island. For the adrenalin junkies, you could choose to pop on a parachute and see the scenery from 14,000 ft up in the air. Yep, we’re talking about a skydive over this beautiful location. On the way back to Cairns we’ll take the Cassowary Coast trail with stops at Innisfail and another spot of swimming at Boulders. Say your goodbyes to your travel mates tonight, and get planning that next adventure.

Meals included:
-Breakfast

Included today:
-Entry to the National Park
-Visit the waterfalls
Optional activities:
-Skydiving over Mission Beach
-Whitewater rafting down Tully River
-Snorkel at Dunk Island

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Extremely knowledgeable

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Amazing staff who are very friendly and also extremely knowledgeable. My trip was amazing and I enjoyed every minute of it. I did the Spirit of Europe last year and couldn’t recommend Topdeck enough.
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Fast-Paced Tour of Western Europe that highlighted most Bucket List Sights. Awesome Company. Great Food and Tour Leader

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I jumped on this tour with very little notice and planning, and I was thoroughly impressed. Our Topdeck trip leader was very knowledgeable, fun, and adjusted the trip to the group (34 people). The meals provided were delicious, and they worked hard to cater to dietary needs. Accommodations were good, typically with 2-6 people in a hostel room. Keep in mind they are hostels, not hotels (bring your own towel).

I loved the itinerary, as it highlighted the must-see places and had variety (ex. Paris, Rome vs. Switzerland). The optionals in each city were all wonderful. However, many were not presented in the Topdeck literature online and were not introduced on the trip more than a day in advance. All are paid for in cash (Euros). Because of how the optionals were presented, it was a bit harder to budget. I would recommend inquiring more about the optionals when booking and at the beginning of your tour via your trip leader. Don't feel pressured to do all of them and remember to keep your own interests in mind.

The solo travelers easily found others with similar interests to explore with. For many on this trip, drinking and going out to bars/clubs was a major component (as alcohol is often cheaper than water). Because of the shortness of this tour along with all the destinations, prepare for lots of driving and to make the most of the time you have in each city.

This trip provided am amazing sampling of Western Europe and opened my eyes to cultures and history I was unfamiliar with. Overall, I would highly recommend this itinerary and touring company, as it provided a good balance between budget and experiences.

P.S. Stay flexible with plans, but some of the popular sights need more pre-planning than expected, like the Eiffel Tower and the Anne Frank House (Amsterdam).
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Overall amazing value. Food, particularly by Topdeck staff, excellent. Spontaneous/flexible; be prepared to pay for lots of extra excursions, on and off your itinerary, in cash.

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Food was excellent. Accomodations were better than expected: hostels, but usually with in-suite bathrooms and always only with other members of your tour of the same gender. Don't try to overplan; trip is quite spontaneous and flexible and you won't know much about the schedule/optionals for each city more than a day or so in advance. Optionals will be plentiful and paid in cash. Only do those that are right for you, even if your trip leader really encourages them and most other people are going. These trips are great for solo travelers, but make sure you find people interested in the same things as you...it will probably be easy to find groups to go to bars and clubs with in the evenings, but harder to find people who prefer other evening plans. Driver was excellent and bus was very comfortable and clean, but be prepared to spend a lot of time on it as there is no driving at night. Trip leader extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and helpful. Overall, excellent value and a trip with plenty of time to see the bucket list highlights in each city.
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Winter Spirit around Europe!

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I did the 24 day Winter Spirit around Europe! I would definitely recommend booking a Topdeck tour! It was the best experience ever. Doing my second Topdeck in July around New Zealand!
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Most amazing experience ever!

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Did Uluru discovery in Australia and Grand Kiwi in NZ back in November and it was the most amazing experience ever! Awesome guide and driver. Well organized and took great care of us!
Only one bad hostel accommodation wise, but other than that it was amazing.
It was so nice not having to worry about accommodations, transportation, and most meals when we got there! On the days it wasn’t included, the guide/driver would tell us what’s in the area!
For sure will be doing another topdeck tour in the future!
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Extremely knowledgeable

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My partner and I just completed the 20 day Discover Winter tour and it was absolutely outstanding! What really made the trip though was the Trip Leader, Alex, and the driver, Deyan. They were both extremely knowledgeable people and explained everything we needed to know to enjoy every place we went to. I highly recommend this tour and hope that everybody else has the opportunity to meet Alex and Deyan.
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Accomodations

On your trip you will stay at a variety of multi-share accommodation, which may include hostels, motels, cabins, lodges, and camping out in tents and even a traditional Aussie swag! The number of people in a room varies depending on the type of accommodation. To keep costs down accommodation is based on a multi-share, same sex basis.

The 'More Inclusions' section of this document details what type of accommodation will be used for our overnight stops.

If you are travelling with a friend and require twin or double accommodation, this is available at a small extra charge (not available while in the Northern Territory). Should this be required, you can select this at the time of booking.

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Meals Included:

Your included meals are detailed in the 'More Inclusions' section of this document.

Breakfasts are included each day (except on the first morning). A typical breakfast consists of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, a range of spreads, and fruit juice, tea or coffee. It is rare to get a hot breakfast, though on some occasions it may be available.

Included evening meals will be combination of those prepared by the Topdeck Road Crew, local restaurants and places in which we stay.

If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent or Topdeck Trip Consultant when you book. But please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.

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