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Great Barrier Reef Travel Packages

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Travel to Queensland


Qantas Vacations feature a great selection of Queensland travel packages to Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Brisbane, Fraser Island, The Gold Coast, Great Barrier Reef, plus many other destinations.

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world's great natural wonders-stretching 1,200 miles along the tropical waters of Australia's Coral Sea. The only living thing visible from space, the Great Barrier Reef is alive with color and marine life. More than just a natural wonder, the reef is a world-class travel destination with a uniquely Australian flavor. From the gateway towns and cities of the Great Barrier Reef, you can day-trip out to the reef, explore the outback, discover the rainforest and relax on one of the many tropical island beaches, then return to your preferred style of accommodation - a luxury villa tucked away in the lush rainforests, a beach resort or even a cruise ship. Whether you choose to travel in this region, Tropical North Queensland will open your eyes and change your latitude.

Palm Cove & Port Douglas

To the north-along the scenic coastal highway-are the northern beach towns, including Palm Cove and Kewarra Beach. An hour from Cairns, the relaxed and charming seaside town of Port Douglas boasts some of the best restaurants and accommodation in the tropical north.

Palm Cove

Just a short drive north of Cairns, Palm Cove combines the charm of a seaside village and resort style luxuries with the serene beauty of its palm fringed white sandy beach. From bush walking and world-class golf to the beauty and charm of the Great Barrier Reef, Palm Cove has a great blend of unique and varied activities.

A short stroll around Palm Cove will showcase the myriad of dining options awaiting you-not to mention the up and coming spa facilities and international resorts that are taking their place along this chic coastal town. Palm Cove is an all-round vacation destination, boasting a tropical atmosphere, solitude and everyday conveniences.

Port Douglas

Located just 45 miles North of Cairns, Port Douglas has become an international vacation mecca in itself. Port Douglas has village charm and a great sense of community. With wide streets shaded by beautiful big trees and plenty of outdoor dining experiences you're sure to rub shoulders with the friendly locals. Port Douglas is situated along 4 Mile Beach with easy access to the Great Barrier Reef, Cape Tribulation and the Daintree rainforest.

The Whitsundays

A cluster of 74 islands makes up the Whitsundays region, an aquatic playground famous for its tropical islands and smooth blue waters. A truly unique destination, the Whitsundays offer experiences to suit every style. For ultimate luxury, enjoy the sophisticated style of Hayman, or if you prefer a lively village atmosphere, Hamilton Island is for you. The Whitsundays are the perfect stepping stone to Great Barrier Reef adventures, including sailing, diving and cruising. Flightseeing tour packages are also available and are the best way to view
the naturally-formed Heart Reef.

Islands of the Great Barrier Reef

On the resort islands, there are choices to suit every island fantasy. Indulge in intimate adventure and spa treatments on Lizard Island. For nature lovers, the resort at Dunk Island is surrounded by rainforest, and Heron Island is a bird sanctuary and turtle rookery.

What makes the reef so amazing is not just what's under water but also what's above it. Spend time on any of these islands and experience one of the most beautiful places on earth. From the luxury of five-star resorts to the simplicity of tented accommodation in sublime natural settings. Whichever you choose, you are guaranteed a Great Barrier Reef travel experience that will live with you forever.

The Whitsundays are the perfect reef destination-a stepping stone to Great Barrier Reef adventures including sailing, diving and cruising. Flightseeing tours are also available-the ideal way to view the famous Heart Reef.

Heron Island is a natural bird and turtle rookery. You can swim off the beach to an endless coral garden, or enjoy a guided island and reef walk, beach picnic or semi-submersible cruise.

Lizard Island, fringed with coral reefs and 24 powdery white beaches, is an idyllic retreat offering spectacular scuba diving and snorkeling, as well as beach picnics, bushwalking, sailing, fishing and spa treatments.

Dunk Island, a beautiful rainforest island, offers an amazing variety of activities, a superb range of rejuvenating spa treatments and its own island farm.

For a unique Great Barrier Reef eco-stay, ask for details on Wilson Island.

For ultimate luxury, there's the sophisticated style of Hayman, a stunning private island, where visitors are welcomed by lush flora, brilliant white sand beaches, coral reefs and glistening blue waters. This 5-star resort will exceed your expectations.

Or, for a lively village atmosphere, there's Hamilton Island, offering several different accommodation styles, over 40 activities on the island, and a seemingly endless array of restaurant choices' stay here is perfect for all styles and budgets. Qualia is the newest luxury property on Hamilton Island, offering a secluded location on the island's northern tip.

Cruising and Diving Packages

The tropical north and Whitsundays regions are also idea destinations for cruising and, of course, diving. Small ship cruising is a great way to experience the Great Barrier Reef. The warm waters and excellent conditions make diving an adventure of a lifetime for both experienced divers and first-timers alike. Diving the Great Barrier Reef will introduce you to an underwater world of brilliant colors and marine life.

Cultural Experiences & Sightseeing

The rainforest also lends itself to the cultural experience of the local Aboriginal people. Explore sacred Aboriginal rock art sites and learn first-hand about ancestral legends and traditions of this ancient culture.

Rainforest Retreats

Experience the unique Australian flavor of our retreats in the rainforest.

Cairns is the capital of Tropical North Queensland and the major gateway to the reef. Cairns is the base for an amazing selection of day tours and mini-tours encompassing the reef, the outback and the rainforest.

For the ultimate Australian lifestyle atmosphere, travel to Southern Queensland - where the Aussies vacation. This area enjoys an enviable climate of warm, bright summers and mild winters.

Brisbane

Young and vibrant Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, provides an exciting cosmopolitan city experience. Brisbane is the hub of sophisticated shopping, dining, entertainment and nightlife. Be sure to visit the Australia Zoo, made famous by the late Crocodile Hunter.

Fraser Island

To the north of Brisbane, you will find Fraser Island. This World Heritage-listed National Park is the world?s largest sand island. Explore Fraser on a 4WD adventure or guided nature tour from award-winning eco resort, Kingfisher Bay.

The Gold Coast

Just a 1-hour drive south of Brisbane is Australia?s lifestyle capital, the Gold Coast. See page 51. Relax on golden sand beaches and meet the locals over a beer at friendly Surf Life Saving Clubs. Cuddle a koala at Australia's leading wildlife sanctuary or take a winery tour at Mt Tamborine. Nestled in Lamington National Park is O?Reilly?s Rainforest Retreat.

Wildlife Travel Packages

Travel to Southern Queensland offers some of the best access to native animals in Australia. Have your photo taken cuddling a koala and hand feeding kangaroos and their joeys at a nature reserve.