The Natural Wonderment Tour
Natural Wonderment Tour
Natural Wonders and Timeless Pasts
9 Day Tour
AUD $$$$ p.p.
Single Supplement POA
Tuesday 14th to Wednesday 22nd September 2021
Tuesday 6th to Wednesday 14th September 2022
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Walk the fascinating and cavernous Carnarvon Gorge and the “Roof of Queensland” at Mt Moffatt admiring the aboriginal rock art and towering sandstone cliffs. Meander through picturesque farmland and quaint villages as you travel east to the Queensland coast to visit a famous distillery at Bundaberg. Take a scenic flight out to the outer Great Barrier Reef for a two day exploration of the natural wonder of Lady Elliot Island, home to Manta Ray, Turtles and all manner of marine life in a coral cay regarded as one of the worlds best for snorkelling.
Marvel at the Cooloola Coastal Wilderness on one of the longest beach drives in the world, between Rainbow Beach and Noosa Heads. Enjoy scenic views of the Cooloola sandmass in the Great Sandy National Park. End your tour taking in the Sunshine Coast’s hidden natural gems, some amongst the Wallum wildflowers that will be in full bloom, others in the enchanting rainforests of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
Day By Day Presentation:
Day 1 : Bilbys and Skyward Secrets
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXwe travel to Charleville to meet up close a Bilby, one of our cutest marsupials. Experience the Top Secret WW11 Tour of the little known USAAF Base that housed 3500 US Servicemen and 160 aircraft. After exploring Space at the Cosmos Centre you’re off to Morven with its eclectic collection of objects from a bygone era and tonight’s rest stop.
Departing Morven we enjoy morning tea at Major Mitchell’s 1845 expedition’s remote campsite. In the Mount Moffatt section of the Carnarvon National Park be mesmerised by Aboriginal rock art in a shelter that contained burial chambers. Hear tales of a colourful pastoral past involving outlaws and cattle duffing amongst stunning rock outcrops including the Cathederal Rock, The Chimneys, The Looking Glass, Lots Wife and Marlong Arch. Then your off to the marvels of Carnarvon Gorge.
Day 3 : Carnarvon’s Gorgeous Gorge
Water has carved a mosaic of winding gorges, towering sandstone cliffs and basalt capped tablelands to create a wonderland at Carnarvon Gorge. Explore the beauty of the Amphitheatre, Ward’s Canyon, the Art Gallery and the Moss Garden. For the fitter participants venture further to Cathedral Cave and Boowinda Gorge. Expect encounters with local wildlife on the shady banks of Carnarvon Creek including whiptail wallabies, a rummaging echidna or a playful platypus.
Day 4 : Simple Country Pleasures
After viewing the Moura’s open cut coal mine on the way to the coast, we meander through picturesque farmland and quaint villages interrupted by ranges of wonderous sandstone mountains. We pass through the towns of Theodore and historic Cracow before lunching in Eidsvold. Continuing through scenic countryside and interesting rural communities we arrive at Bundaberg where we visit the Rum distillery, sleeping the night on Bargara’s beachfront.
Day 5 : Manta Rays and Marine Marvels
Your 30 minute flight departs Bundaberg early to the spectacular Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, on a coral cay located at the southern tip of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Situated within a highly protected ‘Green Zone’ the coral cay is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life.
Two days of Snorkelling or Scuba Diving will get you up close with an abundance of manta rays, turtles and spectacular marine life on unspoilt coral reef.
Lady Elliot Island
Did you know ?
Lady Elliot Island is the southern most coral cay of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia and is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life. Lonely Planet voted Lady Elliot Island number two of the seven best beaches for snorkelling around the world in 2020. Lady Elliot Island is known as the ‘Home of the Manta Ray’ and these giant kites of the sea are the world’s largest ray, with a wing span of up to seven meters. Three species of sea turtles frequent Lady Elliot Island throughout the year – Hawksbill,
Green and Loggerhead turtles are the only ones that nest on the Island.
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Day 2 : Explore the “Roof of Queensland”
Day 6 : Best Snorkelling in the World
Lonely Planet voted Lady Elliot Island #2 of the ‘7 best beaches for snorkelling around the world in 2020. As one of the most important seabird nesting sites in the entire Great Barrier Reef it is a magnet for bird watchers. It boasts a noddy bird rookery and is home to several breeding pairs of red-tailed tropic birds and many other species. We depart at 4.00 pm by plane to Hervey Bay, recognised as the world's first Whale Heritage Site and one of the best places in the world to view humpback whales with their calves.
Day 7 :Coasting the Cooloola Wilderness
Further south we depart from Rainbow Beach in the 4wd vehicles along the Cooloola Coastal Wilderness for the next 60 kilometres, on one of the longest beach drives in the world. Marvel at where wind and rain has constantly re-sculpted cliffs of coloured sands. View the Cooloola sandmass and a variety of diverse plants and birds on the way to Noosa Heads. Upon exiting the Great Sandy National Park we drive up to your Sunshine Coast Hinterland rainforest accommodation for a meal and rest.
Day 8 : Rainforest and Wallum Wildflowers
The day will commence with a scenic drive through the Sunshine Coast Hinterland rainforest and a walk in the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary, host to seven different vegetation communities and over 200 species of birds. Along the coast in the Wallum Heathland you will walk amongst a mosaic of brilliant colour and foliage. Your day amongst the rainforest and wildflowers will end enjoying the beach at Marcoola where critical habitat provides for wallum frogs and many birds species.
Day 9 : Climb Through 25 Million Years
Your last day commences with a short climb up Mount Coolum, a 25 million year old dome composed of rhyolite. Ecologically it is one of the most diverse square kilometres in Australia with 590 flowering plants, 49 ferns and over 100 mosses and lichens recorded. The views once atop are astounding. A final dip in the briny sea will cap off your tour before preparing to transit to the airport to return home to reflect on your adventure!