DASH tour 2015
Carnarvon Gorge, Lava Tubes, Cairns Whitsundays & Hervey Bay
9th August 2015 6:15am sharp departure. We travel west via Toowoomba, Miles and Roma before heading north to Carnarvon Gorge. We will arrive late in the afternoon at Takarakka Resort. (Students will be required to bring a packed lunch from their host parents to ensure a reasonable arrival time at Takarakka Resort).
10th August 2015 Today we will spend a full day walking in Carnarvon Gorge. On our walk we will visit the Moss Garden, Ward’s Canyon, the Art Gallery and possibly Bulimba Bluff. After this spectacular walk we return to camp for dinner and time around the campfire.
11th August 2015 An early start today as we head into the Tropics through the Central Highlands Coal area and the township of Emerald. We then travel through to the old Gold Mining town of Charters Towers where we will stay tonight.
12th August 2015 This morning we continue north and travel to the Undara Lava Tubes. On arrival we will set up camp and then do a tour this afternoon to see these amazing Lava flows. Tonight we will have some time around the campfire
13th August 2015 This morning we will travel through the Atherton Tablelands where an amazing variety of crops are grown. We will then visit the village of Kuranda before taking the Skyrail down from Kuranda. Students will buy their lunch in Kuranda. We will then travel to our accommodation and then travel into Cairns this evening for some shopping.
14th August 2015 This morning we will visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Tjapukai. Here we will learn about the Aboriginal history, culture and view some Aboriginal dancing. We then have a free afternoon in Cairns to do some shopping or have a swim at the beautiful lagoon on the Cairns Esplanade. Students will buy their own dinner today.
15th August 2015 This morning we will make our way to the Cairns Port where we will board our boat to Green Island. While at Green Island we will be able to snorkel, view the coral from a glass bottom boat and have some time to look around the island.
16th August 2015 We leave Cairns this morning and make our way south to Townsville and then on to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands.
17th August 2015 We will travel on a Catamaran around the magnificent Whitsundays. We will visit Whitehaven Beach, voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world. The day includes a buffet style lunch, snorkeling and sailing amongst the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.
18th August 2015 We depart early this morning and travel south via Mackay and Rockhampton where we will cross the tropic of Capricorn. Our destination is the beautiful Hervey Bay
19th August 2015 An exciting morning as we board a whale watch cruise to find Humpback Whales. We will be in the pristine waters surrounded by Fraser Island and Hervey Bay where humpback whales come to give birth to their young. We will have lunch before our return trip to Brisbane late this afternoon.
We will supply all the knives, forks, spoon, cups, plates, bowls and tea towels for the group.
Students will need to bring a sleeping bag, a towel and the usual toiletries, clothes, sunscreen, repellent, torch, etc.
All meals are supplied as stated.
This is a camping tour but there will be dorm accommodation in Cairns.