10th Oct 2019 (Day 1) - International Flight, Los Angeles to Brisbane
Shortly after departing Los Angeles you will be served dinner and you will be given breakfast before landing in Brisbane.
Relax, watch some movies, and try to get some sleep!
Please confirm with the airlines at check-in that they have all your frequent flyer information on record.12th Oct (Day 2) - Australian Domestic Flight, Brisbane to Cairns
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Brisbane to Cairns.
12th Oct (Day 2) - Shuttle Transfer, Cairns Airport to Accommodation
12th Oct (Day 2) - Shuttle Transfer, Cairns Airport to Accommodation Travel by shuttle from the Cairns Airport to your vacation accommodation in Cairns, Australia.
Luggage restrictions apply as per standard economy Australian domestic flights of 2 standard bags under 30kg (66 lbs) per passenger. If traveling with excess baggage please advise the shuttle company upon reservation confirmation so appropriate trailer size is available.
Departures occur approximately 30 minutes after aircraft arrival-time for domestic flights. For international flights this will be considerably longer because of customs and other formalities.12th - 14th Oct (Days 2 to 4) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Cairns
Travel to your accommodation Cairns, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights. Your 4.5 star accommodation combines contemporary decor with a tropical ambience. The magnificent location of this 176 room hotel is perfect for exploring the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest or Kuranda and the Atherton Tablelands. Other nearby highlights include: Cairns Casino, Marlin Jetty, the Esplanade and the Night Markets. Unwind with a cocktail by the pool or bar followed by a sumptuous meal at the award winning Bushfire Flame Grill.
All rooms and suites have individual balconies, individually controlled air conditioning, refrigerator, television, broadband internet access, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, along with tea and coffee making facilities. Facilities include: 24 hr reception, tour desk, free wireless internet, Bushfire Flame Grill, bar, pool, business services on request, coin operated laundry on four floors, room service, laundry & dry cleaning.13th Oct (Day 3) - Free Day to Explore Cairns
Take the day and explore what could be considered the capital of the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns!
A major outlet to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest amongst its many attractions, the tropical paradise of Cairns is sure to enchant you. With many area activities centrally located there's enough to occupy everyone in the family because Cairns literally has it all! Have a visit to the Esplanade where you can experience all walks of life and make memories. With a nightlife that caters to singles and families alike you're visit will be filled with so many things to do, so take a deep breath and have fun! Insider's Tip: The Esplanade in Cairns
Experience the leisure atmosphere at the playground for locals and tourists alike at The Esplanade in Cairns!
With so many activities available The Esplanade has always been a focal point for this city. This is a place that literally has everything! Take a stroll and do some bird watching on the boardwalk but as you enjoy the views don't forget to stop off at Foreshore Promenade for a bite to eat at the many available restaurants. Access to The Lagoon is easy here which is set overlooking the Barrier Reef and Trinity inlet and features all year free swimming where you can take a dip in this filtered saltwater lagoon. Let the kids can play in the sandy edges and in the shallow waters while you lounge on the semi-shaded timber decks. For the kids, don't miss out on the Trinity Bay foreshore playground "Muddy" with equipment for all ages. For the older kids, stop off at the Skate Park to see some skaters and BMXers in action! Whether you decide to take a morning jog, fly a kite or just relax in the large grassy areas for some lunch you will surely enjoy the tropical lifestyle!
If you happen to be in Cairns on a Saturday be sure to check out the Weekend Markets which feature only locally made arts and crafts, clothing and much more. While you're there listen out for the live music and fun street characters. The market gets into full swing on the promenade (just by the lagoon) every Saturday between 8am - 4pm.
All Year, 6am-9pm
Closed Wednesdays until midday for maintenance 14th - 21st Oct (Days 4 to 11) - Coral Sea Expedition - 7 Day / 7 Nights - 6 Dive Days
Join Spirit of Freedom to explore at least 3 offshore Coral Sea Reefs and the Ribbon Reefs of the GBR. Covering over 1 million square kilometres and three times the size of the Great Barrier Reef, the region is scattered with spectacular coral reefs, in an undersea world of ancient mountains, rising thousands of metres from the ocean floor. In this oceanic wilderness, where mans' influence is relatively insignificant, pelagic fish populations abound including white tip and grey reef sharks, hammerheads, tuna, barracuda, big eye trevally, mackerel and manta rays. Rare sea creatures such as the Nautilus and Lacey Scorpionfish inhabit these waters, alongside an incredibly diverse range of corals, including massive soft corals and gorgonian fans.
Far beyond the continental shelf that harbours the Great Barrier Reef, lie the isolated reef systems of Australia's Coral Sea. We will travel 150 miles east of Cairns to explore the rarely visited Holmes Reef, where you will find the sheer walls, gin clear water, and schools of pelagics typical of the Coral Sea reefs. Heading north we will spend a day at Bougainville Reef, where a half submerged wreck perches on the reef, and we'll explore the caves and canyons of 'Dungeons and Dragons' and other sites. Northwards again we may stop at Shark Reef, wether depending, or head straight through to our favourite reef, Osprey Reef with its' renown and thriving shark populations, mantas, and massive soft corals. The last one or two days will be spent diving some of the iconic sites of the Ribbon Reefs such as the Cod Hole with its' family of massive Potato Cod, and Steve's Bommie, a coral reef pinnacle overloaded with marine diversity.
Note: Exact dive location from Day 2 to Day 7 may be variable dependent on weather and tide conditions.
Depart Cairns: On selected Monday at 12:00 noon
Return Cairns: The following Monday at 07:00am
Day 1: Cairns City accommodation transfers begin at 11.15am, for a 12.00 noon departure. Diving this afternoon on the outer reefs from Cairns, before overnight travel to Holmes Reef.
Day 2: Diving Holmes Reef, Coral Sea
Day 3: Diving Bougainville Reef, Coral Sea
Day 4: Diving Shark and/ or Osprey Reef, Coral Sea
Day 5: Diving Osprey Reef, Coral Sea
Day 6: Diving Osprey Reef, Coral Sea /or The Northern Ribbon Reefs.
Day 7: Diving Steve's Bommie and various sites Number 3 to 5 Ribbon Reefs
Day 8: Arrive Cairns early morning. Breakfast on board and disembark 7.00am.
Please note that above itinerary is a sample only and sites may vary or the sequence may change. Access to the Coral Sea is weather conditional and while every attempt will be made to keep to the advertised itinerary, the Coral Sea and specific sites on the Great Barrier Reef are not guaranteed.
Cabin types available: Quad, Double/Twin, Stateroom, Ocean View Standard, Ocean View Deluxe.21st - 24th Oct (Days 11 to 14) - 3 Nights Accommodation in Cairns
Travel to your accommodation Cairns, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.
Your 4.5 star accommodation combines contemporary decor with a tropical ambience. The magnificent location of this 176 room hotel is perfect for exploring the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest or Kuranda and the Atherton Tablelands. Other nearby highlights include: Cairns Casino, Marlin Jetty, the Esplanade and the Night Markets. Unwind with a cocktail by the pool or bar followed by a sumptuous meal at the award winning Bushfire Flame Grill.
All rooms and suites have individual balconies, individually controlled air conditioning, refrigerator, television, broadband internet access, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, along with tea and coffee making facilities. Facilities include: 24 hr reception, tour desk, free wireless internet, Bushfire Flame Grill, bar, pool, business services on request, coin operated laundry on four floors, room service, laundry & dry cleaning.22nd Oct (Day 12) - Day Tour, Skyrail, Kuranda Village & Scenic Railway Tour
Today you'll board the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway for an awe-inspiring journey to Kuranda. You'll enjoy exploring Kuranda Village and gliding over the rainforest canopy aboard Skyrail, the "World's Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience."
Travel onboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway from Cairns as this famous historic journey winds its way along the Kuranda Range through 15 tunnels and over 40 bridges passing the impressive Stoney Creek and Barron Falls, considered to be one of the world's most spectacular railway journeys. Spend free time in Kuranda "Village in the Rainforest" your destination, wandering the many shops and markets offering a full range of local and unique handcrafts, souvenirs and gifts. The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (optional own expense) is renowned to be amongst the worlds largest, offering the visitor a close look at these beautiful creatures. Other optional attractions include Birdworld, boasting over 70 species of Australian and Exotic birds. Return to Cairns via Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, renowned as the "World's Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience." Glide over the rainforest canopy and take advantage of the two stops en route to enjoy a rainforest walk and the magnificent view of the Barron Falls. Be sure to visit the CSIRO Rainforest Interpretive Centre which features hi-tech interactive displays and video presentations. Please note: Tour may operate in reverse
Includes: Skyrail Rainforest Cableway & Kuranda Scenic Railway
Estimated Times: Departure: 8:00am Return: 5:30pm
Operation Days: Daily23rd Oct (Day 13) - Day Tour, Tully River Rafting Adventure - Full Day
Full Day Take an exclusive white water rafting trip with the very best river guides taking you on the wildest ride possible of the Tully River.
Located 2 hours south of Cairns, the Tully River is situated in stunning World Heritage Listed rainforest and offers an awesome day out! With exhilarating grade 3 to 4 rapids it's no wonder it's considered to be some of the best rafting in all of Australia. Guaranteed small groups allow you to raft faster, further, and with less interruptions. Highly experienced guides take you on more thrilling paths through the rapids. As one of the first raft tours to head out onto the river each day, you'll have a better chance of spotting wildlife and rafting without waiting for the people in front of you. For an extra challenge to your day, enjoy other activities including rock jumping, rapid swimming, and raft surfing. You'll stay well fed with a BBQ lunch and afternoon snack. With 5 hours of white water rafting you will be sure to take home some exciting memories to share.
What to bring: Voucher, swimming suit, lace up shoes or reef sandals that will get wet, sunscreen, a change of dry clothes and towel.
Includes transfers from Cairns hotels.
Not Included: AUD$30.00 Environmental Levy (Payable at time of Rafting)
Departs Cairns Daily 6:30am
Returns: Cairns Approx 6:30pm
Restrictions: Must be 15 years or older, ages 15-17 must be accommpanied by an adult. Passengers should be confident swimmers. Not recommended for pregnant women.24th Oct (Day 14) - Shuttle Transfer, Cairns Accommodation to Airport
Travel by shuttle from your Cairns vacation accommodation to the Airport in Cairns, Australia.
Luggage restrictions apply as per standard economy Australian domestic flights of 2 standard bags under 30kg (66 lbs) per passenger. Excess baggage is AUD$5.00 per bag payable on board. If traveling with excess baggage please advise the shuttle company upon reservation confirmation so appropriate trailer size is available.24th Oct (Day 14) - Australian Domestic Flight, Cairns to Brisbane
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Cairns to Brisbane.24th Oct (Day 14)
- International Flight, Brisbane to Los Angeles
Mid-day Departure from Brisbane, In-flight Dinner and Movie with arrival in the USA. Note: You will be traveling back across the International Date line so you will gain a day. You actually arrive in the USA on the same day you leave Australia.