Day 1 – USA to Queensland
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary. Please note, international air has not been included in this package price.
Day 2 – Cross the International Date Line
Cross the International Date Line, an imaginary line on the surface of the Earth that runs from the North to the South Pole - and defines one calendar day from the next. Crossing the International Date Line adds one day (24 hours) traveling west, and subtracts one day (24 hours) traveling east.
Day 3 – Welcome to Queensland
Upon arrival, a driver will meet you in the baggage claim area to transfer you to your accommodation. Thala Beach Nature Reserve
In a private peninsula surrounded by stretches of white beaches and dense rainforest teeming with life is Thala Beach Nature Reserve, which is located between Cairns and Port Douglas. The eco-friendly resort is spread out across 145 acres of protected natural area, ensuring that guests experience the unique and untouched ecosystem while conserving its fragile inhabitants. Beaches are quiet and clean, lined by ancient rainforests and mangroves while dolphins leap from the waters of the Great Barrier Reef. High grounds are home to tropical birds and butterflies, and at night, the Milky Way is visible from the resort's observatory. Suites and bungalows are scattered across the grounds and hidden away in manicured gardens, offering privacy, comfort and luxury. Sleep near the beach with calming ocean views or nestled in the jungle surrounded by the sounds of the forest. The main lodge, set among the eucalyptus, is home to the modern Australian restaurant, a free-form pool with hidden grottos and waterfalls and a relaxing massage studio.Starting Accommodation:
Day 4 – Explore the Daintree Rainforest
Enjoy a tour over the top of the Daintree Rainforest to the very edge of the Outback to observe the native wildlife. Experience the Lowland Wet Tropics of the coastal strip, the upper forests and the very edge of the wonderful Eucalypt Savannah Outback. This safari experience takes visitors off the beaten path into the Cape York wilderness for an encounter with rarely seen native animals and a unique look at the local culture and history.Starting Accommodation:
Day 5 – Quicksilver Outer Reef Tour
The Quicksilver vessel departs from Reef Marina for a fabulous full-day tour out to the Agincourt Reef, which is part of the spectacular Great Barrier Reef of Australia. Agincourt is the most southerly link in the chain of ribbon-like outer reefs on the extreme edge of continental Australia. Here, you will view some of the most beautiful reef life in Australia. The air-conditioned 30-meter Quicksilver cruises at 27 knots and can reach Agincourt in just 90 minutes. Once at the pontoon, you have the opportunity to snorkel, swim or scuba dive among the reef. You may also view the reef from glass-bottom boats and semi-submersible subs - a fantastic experience! Lunch is served on board the vessel.Starting Accommodation:
Day 6 – Hartley's Zootastic Experience
Hartley's Zootastic Five includes five popular animal encounters. You will be up close with the wildlife - feeding, patting, holding. There's time for taking photos and hearing about the habits of the wildlife. The Zootastic experience is interactive, informative and fun. You will be in the safe hands of one of the experienced Wildlife team while you feed and handle like an expert. One of the five activities will include koalas - feeding, holding and a photo.Starting Accommodation:
Day 7 – Day at Leisure
Today is at your leisure to explore all that Port Douglas has to offer.
Port Douglas is a Cinderella city located just over a one-hour drive from Cairns. Once a sleepy, seaside hamlet, today Port (as it's called by locals) has transformed into a trendy, tropical resort. In a town where the building code dictates that nothing is taller than the palm trees, sleek resorts, sparkling white marina toys, and chic restaurants line the streets, while celebrities stretch out on the golden sand of Four Mile Beach, tending to their tans. Although it is easy to get star struck by the Port's shiny veneer, the town still has remnants of its humble beginnings, and colonial buildings can be found lazing in the shadows of five-star hotels. It is almost symbolic how the road into town passes through stoic sugar-cane fields before widening into streets lined by prim palm trees.Starting Accommodation:
Day 8 – Queensland to USA
Today, you will begin your journey back to the USA. A driver will meet you in the lobby of your accommodation to transfer you to the Cairns Airport.