Head north for Christmas in tropical style! Unpack once for 5 nights in 5 star luxury at the Shangri-La in Cairns. We’ll dive into Green Island on a half-day tour including a semi-submarine coral viewing experience; enjoy an exclusive private twilight tour and dinner at Cairns Aquarium; ride the breathtaking Kuranda Scenic Railway and discover the sweeping plateaus of the cool Atherton Tablelands.
21st December 2022
$1000pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation.
N.B. Full payment is required 60 days prior to departure.
This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control.
This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.
Scheduled flights arrive in Cairns where you will be greeted by your tour host. Board our coach for a short journey to our hotel which is ideally located on the Cairns Marina. Enjoy some free time on the esplanade before regrouping back at reception for check-in after 2pm. This evening we gather for welcome pre-dinner drinks and enjoy waterfront dining overlooking the marina.
Our day takes us to the sweeping plateaus of the cool Atherton Tablelands, that is within an easy day-trip distance of Cairns. Enjoy a relaxing break at beautiful Lake Barrine surrounded by World Heritage listed rainforest teeming with abundant wildlife. Enjoy a scenic drive through farmlands and quaint country towns, stopping at Yungaburra to see the famous 600 year old Curtain Fig Tree nestled in World Heritage Mabi rainforest. We then travel a short distance to see the Crystal Caves. Don on your headlamp and explore these incredible crystal caves and marvel at the remarkable collection of glittering rocks and fossils from around the world. Wind your way through air-conditioned man-made tunnels and grottoes, finishing your visit browsing the on-site jewellery shop. Enjoy lunch at Malanda before our afternoon takes us to world famous Millaa Millaa Falls, one of the most renowned and photographed waterfalls in Australia. We then make our way back to Cairns via the cane growing areas of the tropical north.
Travelling Gold Class on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, enjoy a premium experience offering extra comfort and a little bit of luxury. The one-way ride aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway is a 1.5-hour journey, where we will learn about regional history the train winds through Barron Gorge National Park and wraps around mountain curves for spectacular vistas. Cross Stoney Creek Bridge and chug by gorgeous waterfalls before arriving at the charming Kuranda train station. On arrival at Kuranda village, we join the Kuranda Riverboat for a 45-minute rainforest river cruise among Kuranda’s wet tropics. Sit back and relax as your guide points out flora and fauna along the Barron River. Enjoy time at the village markets before returning to Cairns via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, offering an aerial view of the rain forest as you glide above the treetops.
**Lunch is at own expense today as the catering on Gold Class Kuranda Rail is substantial.
We are off to Green Island where we explore Green Island’s underwater world, part of the Great Barrier Reef in air-conditioned comfort on the Semi Submarine tour… without even getting wet! Seated below water level, we are treated to a divers view of the coral reef and marine life with informative commentary by the crew and see the lively fish feeding. Tonight, is a real treat taking a private guided twilight tour of Cairns Aquarium followed by drinks, canapés, and seafood platter dinner. The restaurant features a large tank showcasing a stunning 70,000 litre saltwater marine aquarium, providing a mesmerising encounter with coastal aquatic life, it sets the backdrop for a truly unique dining experience.
**Lunch is at own expense today**
Christmas day celebrations start with a festive breakfast together and a special Fun Over Fifty Christmas message. Take a walk along the esplanade or relax and read a book poolside before we dress festive and gather for a special Christmas long lunch. Tonight, a light dinner will be provided.
Enjoy one last Far North Queensland breakfast and free morning before meeting at hotel concierge where transfers are provided for your respective flights home.
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To book this tour, all you need to do is get in touch with us. We will take your details and reserve your place over the phone. We can also answer any questions you may have and give you all the information you need.
Our coach tours have a baggage restriction of 17kg per person (regardless of flight and rail allowances) due to our Occupational Health & Safety standards. You can also bring one small, soft carry-on bag not exceeding 30cm wide, 30cm high, and 15cm thick that may be stowed in the overhead compartment.
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Our Gold Class coaches have a seat capacity of between 44 and 46, but we cap Gold Class tours at 40 guests per tour. Our Diamond Class tours have a capacity of just 26 guests. Other tour types may have different capacities depending on the transport and destination. Please get in touch with our team if you have any questions about a specific tour.
In most cases, yes we can. We can accommodate guests who are vegetarian and can assist with diabetic, gluten-free and other medically-recommended diets. Please advise us at time of booking, and we can confirm with our suppliers and restaurants.