Northern Reef Explorer

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands
from £6081 14 nights | Year round Exc. flights See price details
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This stunning 2-week independent holiday lets you immerse yourself in the natural beauty of northern Queensland focusing on discovering the Great Barrier Reef, acknowledged as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. From Cairns to the pristine Whitsundays, stay at idyllic island resorts including Lizard Island and Hamilton Island and explore at leisure enjoying snorkelling, diving, boat trips and safaris into the rainforest.


  • Explore the underwater wonderland of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Fly over the coral kaleidoscope to idyllic island retreats
  • Snorkel crystal clear water from white sand beaches
  • Take a safari into Daintree National Park

Your journey through this amazing landscape starts from Cairns and Palm Cove. The only place in the world where two World-Heritage listed sites can be found side by side. Here you can dive the depths of the Great Barrier Reef or soar over the world’s oldest tropical rainforest.

Indulge in extended stays on some of the world’s most magical islands. Lizard Island is the northernmost island on the Great Barrier Reef, home to 24 wonderful beaches. Follow in the footsteps of Captain James Cook and admire the sensational views of the outlying islands from the highest point in the island - Cooks Look.  You will also visit Orpheus Island, which boasts 1,100 of the 1,500 species of fish on the reef, a snorkelers paradise. It is here that guests can take the helm of a motorised dingy complete with gourmet picnic hamper and discover the many pristine coves and reefs that fringe Orpheus.

The Whitsunday islands and coast all have fringing reefs – coral gardens very close to the shoreline, with abundant marine life to explore. Hamilton Island lies at the heart of this island group. Snorkel or scuba dive with thousands of brightly coloured fish and coral, feel the adrenaline rush as you take a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef. Dolphins, turtles and dugong are abundant in the waters of the Whitsundays and each year humpback and pilot whales migrate to the region.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Arrive Cairns/Palm Cove
On arrival at Cairns Airport you will be met and transferred by private vehicle to the idyllic Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa for a 3-night stay. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore this wonderful beachfront resort, located between the Great Barrier Reef and the pristine tropical rainforests of North Queensland.
Overnight: Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa (room only)
Days 2-3: Kewarra Beach
During your stay at this idyllic beach Resort you will be able to enjoy a variety of incredible adventures, whether a cruise or diving expedition on the mesmerising Great Barrier Reef or a safari into the World Heritage sites of the Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation. You may even decide to try sunrise Yoga which is available from the Resort beachfront!
Overnight: Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa (room only)
Day 4: Palm Cove/Cairns - Lizard Island
This morning your private vehicle transfer will take you to Cairns airport. Experience a dazzling flight over the Great Barrier Reef and the tropical World Heritage listed rainforest coast enroute to the stunning natural beauty of Lizard island. Lizard Island is the northernmost island resort on the Great Barrier Reef and with its 24 secluded beaches it is consistently ranked as one of the best luxury resorts in the world. Your 3 night stay at the resort is on an all-inclusive basis with premium dining and beverages and there are a wide range of complimentary experiences to enjoy.
M.V. Serranidae snorkel & scuba diving trips are the ideal way to experience the amazing fish and coral of the Great Barrier Reef. A half-day or full day Reef trip with 3 certified dives is available as an option during your stay (at extra cost).
Overnight: Lizard Island Resort (all meals, selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included).
Days 5-6: Lizard Island
Spend time at leisure to explore the myriad wonders of this island and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. An outer reef snorkel excursion is included during your stay.
Overnight: Lizard Island Resort (all meals, selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included).
Day 7: Lizard Island - Cairns/Townsville
Fly back to Cairns airport and catch your connecting flight on to Townsville in north Queensland. The Townsville region is a vibrant mix of rainforests, reefs, sandy beaches, outback towns, and islands packed with interesting flora and fauna.
Overnight: Oaks M on Palmer (room only)
Day 8: Townsville - Orpheus Island
Easily accessible from Townsville Airport, enjoy a 30 minute helicopter transfer this afternoon over the picturesque coral-studded sea to Orpheus Island. Located amidst the magical waters of the Great Barrier Reef, Orpheus is a secluded island stretching across 11km of immaculate turquoise coastline and comprising 1,368 hectares of pristine National Park in the superb setting of the World Heritage-listed Marine Park. Enjoy a 4 night stay on the island and fully immerse yourself in the incredible experiences on offer in this magnificent natural landscape.
Overnight: Orpheus Island Resort (all gourmet meals, selected Australian wines and beers included)
Days 9-11: Orpheus Island
Enjoy time at leisure on this picture-perfect island. Choose an activity from daily snorkelling, fishing and island cruise to unlimited use of motorized dinghies, paddle boards, kayaks, catamarans and light fishing gear.
Overnight: Orpheus Island Resort (all gourmet meals, selected Australian wines and beers included)
Day 12: Orpheus Island - Townsville/Airlie Beach
Return to Townsville airport this afternoon by scenic helicopter flight and connect with your domestic flight to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsunday Island group. On arrival please take a shuttle transfer from Proserpine Airport to your overnight accommodation at Airlie Beach.
Overnight: Peppers Airlie Beach (1 Bedroom Spa Apartment, including full breakfast).
Day 13: Airlie Beach - Hamilton Island
This morning you will be transferred from Airlie Beach Marina to Hamilton Island. Part of the Whitsundays, and in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island is one of Australia’s most spectacular holiday destinations. Here you will be surrounded by pristine white beaches, and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life. Hamilton Island is a perfect base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef and world-famous Whitehaven Beach.
Overnight: Hamilton Island Resort (Beach Club Room including full breakfast)
Day 14: Whitehaven Beach Adventure & Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach is a definite 'must see' in the Whitsundays. The crystal clear aqua waters and pristine white silica sand stretch for over seven kilometres along Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays. It is Mother Nature at her best - the most photographed beach in Australia and named “Queensland’s Most Beautiful Beach”.
Enjoy a leisurely cruise on board your Whitehaven-based vessel, along the full length of Whitehaven, across Hill Inlet to a landing point. From here a guided walk following the path and history of the Whitsunday traditional owners, the Ngaro people, will lead you to the lookout and that picture postcard view! A leisurely pace ensures all fitness levels are catered for, and guests can take the time to enjoy this superb spiritual place. A convenient picnic lunch pack allows you to enjoy your lunch at leisure. Afternoon tea is included on the cruise from Whitehaven Beach.
Overnight: Hamilton Island Resort (Beach Club Room including full breakfast)
Day 15: Hamilton Island - Airlie Beach
You will be transferred to Airlie Marina where your holiday adventure to the Great Barrier Reef ends. Depart under your own arrangements.

Accommodation Options

Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa, Palm Cove

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Unique and Boutique

This 44-room property is surrounded by expansive tropica…

Hamilton Island Beach Club, Great Barrier Reef

  • Grade: Deluxe Breakfast Included
  • Type: Hotel

One of Australia’s most spectacular and sought-after h…

Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef

  • Grade: Deluxe
  • Type: Luxury Lodge

Experience the luxury of Queensland's most northerly res…


A variety of accommodation options are included in this holiday, some of which are listed above. For further details, please contact us.

Prices & Dates

Prices from £ per person

 Twin ShareSingle Occupency
 £6,081  £10,052

Price Includes
Return transfers by car and ferry ● Return helicopter transfers to Orpheus Island ● 14-nights accommodation ● All meals and selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages on an all-inclusive basis at Lizard Island Resort and Orpheus Island Resort  ●  Orpheus experience daily – snorkelling, fishing, island cruise & unlimited use of motorised dinghies, paddle boards, kayaks, catamarans, snorkelling equipment and light fishing gear ●  Outer reef snorkel for 2 at Lizard Island Resort ● full day Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet cruise including picnic lunch  ● Breakfast at Peppers Airlie Beach  ● Breakfast at Hamilton Island Resort

Price Excludes
International and domestic mainland flights and airport taxes ● Additional meals not specified above ● Personal travel insurance ● Environmental Management Charge in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park ● Gratuities & items of a personal nature


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