ISBIS4
Palm Cove, Tropical North Queensland, Australia
13 - 16 April 2005
 
Pre and Post ISBIS4 Tours
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Pre and Post ISBIS4 Tours

SUGGESTED Optional Tours

All tours will pick up and return to your Palm Cove accommodation. Please provide details on your tour registration form.

TOUR 1: Great Barrier Reef aboard Quicksilver "Wavepiercer"


Large Vessels - 350 passengers
These technologically advanced catamarans, cruising at a high speed, give you the smoothest possible ride in all weather conditions. The friendly crew will take you to an underwater world on the Outer Great Barrier Reef that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and life. Floating like an island in the Coral Sea, the modern dual level platforms provide the ultimate in facilities for reef viewing and relaxation in all weather and wind conditions. You can choose to stay dry and explore the stunning reef world from the comfort of a semi-submersible or underwater observatory or grab some snorkel gear and hit the water. Your ticket includes morning and afternoon tea, tropical smorgasbord lunch, snorkel gear, instruction and safety officer, underwater observatory and semi-sub, marine naturalist presentation. Diving (both certified and introductory with no experience necessary), Ocean Walker Helmet diving and scenic helicopter flights are also available at additional cost. Whatever you choose, you'll bring home a lifetime of memories from this natural wonder.

Departs 7:35am and returns approximately 5.45pm

Wear: swimming costume, shorts, t-shirt, hat
Bring: towel, sunscreen, camera, money for souvenirs

Great Barrier Reef aboard Quicksilver "Wavepiercer"
Quicksilver Fare (including $4.50pp Environmental Management Charge) Adult - $199.00.00
Child (4-14yo) - $99.50
Family - 2 Ad + 2 Ch - $497.50
OPTIONAL EXTRAS:
Adventure Snorkelling Tour with Marine Biologist Adult - $58.00
Child (4-14 yo) - $29.00
Scuba Diving - minimum age 12yo
Introductory Scuba Diving - dive lecture & 1 dive $134.00
Certified Scuba Diving - 1 dive including all equipment $92.00
Certified Scuba Diving - 2 dives including all equipment $134.00
10 minute Helicopter Scenic Flight $125.00


TOUR 2: Scuba Diving & Adventure Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef on "Quicksmart"

Participants will transfer by coach to the Marina. Here they will board their exclusive luxury vessel "Quicksmart" bound for one of the "7 natural wonders of the world," the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Quicksmart, the baby of the Quicksilver fleet is a luxury 24 meter catamaran designed for water based adventures. This sleek vessel takes a limited amount of people for that personal touch, but like its big brothers, gets you where you want to go in style without wasting your precious time. On board, your crew will encourage you to relax and enjoy its full bar facilities, freshwater showers, air-conditioning and a delicious lunch for hungry adventurers. There is morning and afternoon tea as well and the spacious deck areas are just ideal for sharing a cold drink and tales of your adventure. A fully trained crew of marine biologists, snorkel advisers and fishing specialists will be on board the vessel to explain the wonders of the reef and to help the more timid participants into the water should they so desire. The snorkel enthusiasts will also have the opportunity to snorkel in the more idyllic areas of the reef, either before or after lunch. All dive and snorkel activities take part from the back of the vessel.

Wear: swimming costume, shorts, t-shirt, hat
Bring: towel, sunscreen, camera, money for souvenirs


Scuba Diving - minimum age - 12yo

Pick up in Palm Cove 7:30am and drops off approximately 5:45pm

Scuba Diving or Adventure Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef on "Quicksmart"
Snorkelling - including Environmental Management Charge of $4.50 pp Adult - $142.00
Child - $108.00
Certified Scuba Diving
- including all gear and Environmental Management Charge of $4.50 pp
Certified - 2 Dives $214.00
Certified - 3 Dives $229.00
Introductory Scuba Diving
- including all gear and Environmental Management Charge of $4.50 pp
Introductory - 1 Dive $204.00


TOUR 3: Hot Air Balloon Flights

Participants transfer by coach to the Atherton Tablelands, the home of Far North Queensland Ballooning. At the crack of dawn, we will introduce you to the safe, exciting sport of ballooning. Participants will enjoy 30-minute flights with a "chase" vehicle tracking the balloon from the ground. Spectacular views of the Atherton Tablelands and surrounding mountains can be seen from high in the sky. As the sun rises in the outback sky, the opportunity to take photos is amazing. On touch down you will be taken to enjoy a delicious cooked breakfast, fruits and pastries, and champagne and juices, before heading back to Palm Cove.

Wear: comfortable clothing (long trousers recommended)
Bring: light jacket, camera, money for photos/souvenirs

Minimum age: 4yo
Until 14 April - Departs Palm Cove - 4:30am
From 15 April - Departs Palm Cove - 4:45am
Returns approximately 10:00 am

Hot Air Ballooning
30 minute balloon float (including Civil Aviation Fees $25.00 pp) Adult - $190.00
30 minute balloon float (including Civil Aviation Fees $25.00 pp) Child 4-13yo - $124.00


TOUR 4: RNR White Water Rafting - HALF DAY


The Barron River flows through the Barron Gorge just 20 minutes from Cairns. This river is a fantastic introduction to white water rafting for anyone who has not experienced the thrill. The rapids are exciting but easy and the scenery is superb. The river is dam controlled, providing a constant water level for three hours of fun in this beautiful national park so close to Cairns. When you have conquered the Rooster Tail you will paddle through the tranquil waters of Lake Placid and view the beautiful scenery before enjoying a light lunch beside Lake Placid.
All safety equipment included (life jackets & helmets worn).
Experienced and professional white water rafting guides and safety crew.

Wear: swimming costume, shorts, t-shirt, lace up shoes (that will get wet)
Bring: towel, change of dry clothes & shoes, water resistant sun screen, a cap or visor that can be worn under the helmet and some money for souvenirs. Hire shoes are available for a small extra charge.

Minimum age is 13yo

Departs Palm Cove Hotel 9:30am and returns 2:30 pm

RNR White Water Rafting - HALF DAY (Including levies & fees) $123.00pp


TOUR 5: RNR White Water Rafting - FULL DAY

The Tully River south of Cairns is the perfect spot for a full day' s rafting. Rafting takes place at the upper gorge of the Tully River ensuring loads of action and fun. Excitement builds as you tackle world famous rapids like Alarm Clock Falls and Wet'n'Moisty! Enjoy a barbecue lunch on the banks of the river and a chance to take in the spectacular scenery before hitting the foaming white water for afternoon action. On the way home, watch the day's action on video over a light meal before the homeward trip.


All safety equipment included (life jackets & helmets worn). Experienced and professional white water rafting guides and safety crew.

Wear: swimming costume, shorts, t-shirt, lace up shoes (that will get wet) Bring: towel, change of dry clothes & shoes, water resistant sun screen, a cap or visor that can be worn under the helmet and some money for souvenirs. Hire shoes are available for a small extra charge.

Minimum age is 13yo

Departs Palm Cove Hotel 6:10 am and returns 8:00 pm




RNR White Water Rafting - FULL DAY (Including levies & fees) Adult (min 13yo) - $185.00pp


TOUR 6: Hartley's Creek Crocodile Farm


This is one of the longest-established wildlife attractions in Far North Queensland as well as being a working crocodile farm producing skins and meat. The farm dates back to the great depression of the 1930's. It is also one of the first places in Australia to hold crocodile shows and is renowned for presenting 'the Best Crocodile Show in Australia'. This unique attraction also features koalas, kangaroos, cassowaries, dingos, snakes, reptiles and other Australian species. On specially constructed boats, you will be up close and personal with the Australian Saltwater Crocodiles, while your guide explains the fascinating facts about these prehistoric reptiles. Other activities include:



Wetland Wildlife - help the keeper feed turtles, fish & water birds, whilst learning about the significance of wetland ecosystems.

Cassowary Feeding - Learn about these magnificent endangered rainforest birds and watch them devour tropical fruits.

Crocodile Farm Tour - Gain an insight into the operation of our crocodile farm. Learn how farming contributes to the conservation of wild crocodiles and their habitat.

The highlight of the visit will surely be the Crocodile Attack Show - "the best in Australia". Watch our professional, experienced keepers hand feed these prehistoric creatures and demonstrate the notorious death roll and head shake.

9:00 amWetland Wildlife
9:00 amBoat Cruise
9:30 amCassowary Feeding
10:00 amCrocodile Farm Tour
10:30 amBoat Cruise
11:00 amCrocodile Feeding
11:30 amDigital Crocodile Photos
Lillie's Restaurant overlooking the lagoon serves up tasty treats for lunch
1:00 pmBoat Cruise
1:30 pmCrocodile Farm Tour
2:00 pmSnake Show
2:30 pmBoat Cruise
3:00 pmCrocodile Attack Show
3:45 pmDigital Crocodile Photos
4:00 pmBoat Cruise
4:15 pmCassowary Feeding
4:30 pmKoala Feeding


Wear: Loose comfortable clothing and walking shoes
Bring: Camera, hat, sunscreen, and money for refreshments & souvenirs

Transfer times from Palm Cove are 9.30am, 11.30am or 1.00pm and 2.30pm
Return transfers are 1.15pm or 4.45pm from Hartley's Creek

Hartleys Creek Crocodile Farm Transfers & Entry Adult - $50.00
Child (4-14yo) - $25.00




TOUR 7: Daintree, Cape Tribulation & Mossman Gorge Safari


The Cape Trib' Daintree region offers us a spectacular backdrop for this fantastic full day tour. You will travel in air-conditioned comfort with an experienced rainforest guide to one of Queensland's most beautiful areas. You'll marvel at the undisturbed and magnificent World Heritage listed rainforests, cool canopies, breathtaking views and have a bit of fun too! You will learn about some of the unusual fruits of the jungle in our rainforest commentary, hear some of the Aboriginal legends of the area and top off the experience by sharing in a Daintree River wildlife spotting cruise.


Lunch away from it all in the privacy of a rushing jungle stream or go for a refreshing swim in our clear jungle waterholes (no crocs here!).

We make the special effort to secure use of private property for some of your itinerary so that you feel and lean about the environment around you, have fun and, most of all, have a very special time. Take home memories you can cherish forever.

  • Personal group (up to 16 people)
  • Daintree River wildlife cruise
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Tropical BBQ lunch with wine and soft drinks
  • Private jungle stream lunch spot
  • Daintree National Park botanical walks
  • Cape Tribulation Beach
  • Mossman Gorge National Park

Wear: Loose comfortable clothing and walking shoes
Bring: Camera, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and money for refreshments & souvenirs

Pick up 7:40 am return 5:30 pm

Daintree, Cape Tribulation & Mossman Gorge Safari Adult - $140.00
Child (4-14yo) - $100.00
Family (2 Ad + 2 Ch) - $400.00


TOUR 8: Kuranda All Inclusive



Kuranda Scenic Rail
It's all aboard the scenic railway for a great 90-minute adventure that began with the commencement of construction of the railway in 1886. Passengers will be amazed at the tremendous engineering feat and in awe of the 1,500 men who tackled jungle, mountains and escarpments with only hand tools for the five years it took to complete the line. The train winds through lush tropical rainforests on rugged mountain ridges, over deep gorges and across roaring waterfalls. Arrive at the top of the range at picturesque Kuranda station, which boasts a fabulous collection of ferns.

There is plenty of time to explore Kuranda Village.


Skyrail
The Rainforest Cableway is just a short coach ride away. This spectacular trip takes you over the Kuranda Range through the treetops of World Heritage rainforest. There are two stops along the way, where clients may disembark and take a walk along a rainforest board walk or discover the CSIRO Environmental Interpretation Centre with touch screen information centres and educational narratives about the ecological balance of the rainforest and its flora and fauna.











Train, Kuranda, Skyrail & Tjapukai with lunch departs 8:50am returns 5:30pm
K3BE Fares Adult - $105.00
Child (4-14yo) - $53.00
Family (2 Ad + 2 Ch) - $265.00


TOUR 9: Kuranda All Inclusive with TJAPUKAI Aboriginal Cultural Park



As per tour 8 above, with an extension at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
A park dedicated to preserving and presenting authentic Aboriginal culture with the aid of the most modern technology. 5 theatres, a museum, an art gallery and a traditional Aboriginal camp combine to give visitors meaningful glimpse of the rich and ancient Aboriginal culture. Separate but interwoven shows run continuously through out the day. We allow 2 hours for the total experience. This park combines perfectly with a visit to Kuranda.

Wear: Loose comfortable clothing and walking shoes
Bring: Camera, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and money for refreshments, shopping & souvenirs

Train, Kuranda, Skyrail & Tjapukai with lunch departs 8:50am returns 5:30pm
K6BF Fares Adult - $162.00
Child (4-14yo) - $85.00
Family (2 Ad + 2 Ch) - $425.00


TOUR 10: All Terrain Vehicles (ATV)


These vehicles are fun for all standards. After a quick briefing and safety lesson it's off into the rainforest to tackle winding tracks, steep slopes and rivers. All Terrain Vehicles are the "Ultimate Fun Machines". Whether you're fast or slow, what a fabulous way to see the pristine rainforest and harsh bush land this area has. The views from the top of the slopes will take your breath away. Be prepared to smile a lot and come back covered in mud.

Our friendly staff will greet you with tea, coffee and traditional Australian damper. After you have mastered your ATV on our obstacle course, enjoy our bush adventure trails through rainforest, up to spectacular lookouts over ocean, beaches & islands for approximately 2 hours.

Morning tour includes a BBQ lunch. Afternoon tour includes afternoon tea.

No experience necessary. No licence required. Experienced guides. Safety lesson & skill improvement. All safety equipment included. Minimum age 12yo.

Wear: Long pants & long sleeve shirt recommended. Closed in shoes.
Bring: Camera, sunscreen, insect repellent

Morning tour departs 9:05 am returns 12:15 pm
Afternoon tour departs 2:05 pm returns 5:15 pm

ATV Cost including insurance levy Adults (min 12yo) - $122.00


TOUR 11: Horseriding


For something a little more low key, sit back and let your Horse do all of the work. Deep into the bushland, your guide will take you, pointing out some of the most fascinating aspects of the rainforest. Taking in its sheer beauty and tranquillity, the rainforest has to be one of the best places to ride a horse and really feel that you are in the middle of nowhere.

Our friendly staff will greet you with tea and traditional Australian damper. Our horses have a friendly nature and will be matched to each rider's experience and ability. We cater for beginners and experienced riders. Our guides will give you a safety lesson before your tour. You will enjoy a 2 hour horseride and experience the beauty of the rainforest flora and fauna.

Morning tour includes a BBQ lunch. Afternoon tour includes afternoon tea.

No experience necessary. Wide range of horses suitable for all ages and levels of experience. Experienced guides. The highest standard of equipment with Saferider safety stirrups with quick release mechanism. Minimum age 4 yo.

Wear: Long pants & long sleeve shirt recommended. Closed in shoes.
Bring: Camera, sunscreen, insect repellent

Morning tour departs 9:05 am returns 12:15 pm
Afternoon tour departs 2:05 pm returns 5:15 pm

Horseriding Cost including insurance levy Adults - $102.00
Child - (4-14yo) $82.00
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