A Romp in the Wild - Nature Tour
A Romp in the Wild - Nature Tour
A Coral Reef Island, Coastal Wilderness, Hinterland Rainforests, Heathland Wildflowers and abundant marine life, birds and creatures
6 Day Tour
AUD $$$$ p.p.
Single Supplement POA
Friday 17th to Wednesday 22nd September 2021
Friday 9th to Wednesday 14th September 2022
XXXXXXXXXXXXXMeander 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 : Simple Country Pleasures
XXXXXXXXXXXXX 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 2 : 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
Day 3 : 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.
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 5 : 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 6 : 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!
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.