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Experience Breathtaking Heron Island on Over 50s Tour

$ 4475 or 5 monthly payments of $895.00
10 days/9 nights
Per Adult

10 Day Heron Island & Carnarvon Gorge in 'Diamond Class'

Get back to nature in Carnarvon Gorge with it’s beautiful escarpments, unique Safari Cabins, daily naturalist guided walks and a breathtaking scenic helicopter flight. Take bird watching tours and eco reef walks on a coral cay whilst staying on secluded Heron Island. Then venture out on a full Paradi...

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Highlights

  • Enjoy 2 nights at Heron Island Resort with daily naturalist eco & bird watching tours
  • Experience luxury Coach travel on Diamond Class coach travel ex Brisbane
  • Scenic helicopter flight over the escarpment included 
  • Perfect Domestic tour for the over 50's mature traveller
  • Comfortable transport and accommodation throughout your journey
  • Departures in June and July 2018

Itinerary

Day 1
Departing on one of Fun Over Fifty’s signature luxury coaches ‘Diamond Class’ or ‘Gold Class’ from Brisbane Transit Centre on Roma Street, travel through the rich fertile area of the Lockyer Valley, arriving at Picnic Point Toowoomba, for a cuppa, taking time to admire the stunning view. Continue through Dalby, breaking for lunch at Chinchilla, then continuing to Roma.
Stay: Explorers Inn, Roma 
Meals: Morning Tea, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 2

This morning, visit Roma’s Cattle Sales (the largest in Australia). Join a local cattle farmer on the raised walkway around the yards, where you'll find an excellent vantage point over the proceedings. Then head north, breaking at Injune, before making your way into the Carnarvon Gorge National Park, an oasis hidden in the rugged ranges of Queensland’s Central Highlands. Featuring towering white sandstone cliffs, spectacular scenery, incredible bushwalks, pockets of rainforest, amazing diversity of flora and fauna, and ancient Aboriginal art and cave paintings. Arrive and check-in to unique timber and canvas Safari Cabins that ooze outback charm and blend unobtrusively into the natural bush land.
Stay: Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 3 
Today, enjoy a range of walking tours (not compulsory) with different fitness levels for you to choose. Spot an elusive Platypus on our early morning easy nature trail, or for more adventure embark on the moss garden walk, which offers a rich mosaic of mosses, ferns and lichens where the micro climate sustains a lush rainforest environment. The Baloon Cave Aboriginal cultural walk is a short walk among the fan palms and cycads and leads to a small sandstone overhang featuring stencilled Aboriginal rock art.
Stay: Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 4 
Today, enjoy a chartered Heli-Central to give you a birds-eye view of the sandstone cliffs and picturesque gorges of the famous Carnarvon National Park. Absolutely the best view of the plateau! Take in a 20-minute flight in a modern, comfortable helicopter and see the white cliffs and hidden wonders that cannot be seen any other way. Sit back and watch as Carnarvon Gorge opens into the vast bushland.
Stay: Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 5
For the early risers, you may wish to take a self-guided walk and stroll along the shady banks of Carnarvon Creek that provides a snapshot of the plant life on the gorge floor. Departing your wildlife and wilderness oasis, travel through cattle and crop country, breaking for a cuppa at Rolleston. Then continue through the Bauhinia Shire and travel the Capricorn Highway, breaking at a charming country pub at Westwood for lunch. The afternoon will take you through the beef capital, Rockhampton, before making your way to the coastal township of Yeppoon to bed down for the night in beachfront accommodation. Tonight, let our hair down and have a night of laughs when you visit Footlights Theatre Restaurant for a dinner and show.
Stay: Salt, Yeppoon 
Meals: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 6 & 7 
This morning, travel via the coastal scenic loop back into Rockhampton taking time to drive past some of the famous heritage buildings before heading south to Gladstone. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at the Yacht Club overlooking the busy bustling harbour before taking a short town tour. At 1:30pm, make your way to Gladstone Marina to board our fast cat ferry for transfers to beautiful Heron Island. Located in the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef off northern Queensland’s east coast, Heron Island is a haven for nature lovers and is surrounded by pristine beaches and brilliant blue waters. A true coral cay, the island is surrounded by colourful coral teeming with marine life and as a Marine National Park, all flora and fauna is protected. We check-in to our Reef Rooms which are located near the beach and offer filtered water and reef views with a living area which extends out to a private balcony or garden. Enjoy 2 nights at Heron Island Resort where you will join naturalist eco guides for daily activities discovering the birdlife, coral cay formations, and native flora and fauna. At low tide, take the Reef Walk that will expose some of the most fascinating creatures found on the coral reef.
Stay: Heron Island Resort in Reef Rooms 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

**Fast cat transfers take 2 hours and are in open waters. Those who suffer motion sickness are advised to take the necessary precautions**
Optionally, at additional expense you may like to organise return helicopter transfers from Gladstone.


Day 8
Bid beautiful Heron Island goodbye and depart on the 10am fast cat heading back to the mainland where you'll break for lunch before taking a short journey to the Town of 1770. On arrival at Agnes Water, take in the unspoilt beaches before you visit the Joseph Banks Conservation Park in 1770. It’s part of the Gooreng Gooreng people’s traditional homeland and is considered to be Captain Cook’s first landing place in Queensland. Visit the rock cairn marking Cook’s 1770 shore visit from the Endeavour. Then make your way to check-in to our resort accommodation.
Stay: Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 9
This morning, take the ideal getaway on the Pink Amphibious LARC. The Paradise Tour takes you along the coastline of Eurimbula National Park, where you are given commentary on wildlife and the history of Bustard Bay. Cross four tidal creeks and 4WD drive up the steep climb to the historic Bustard Head Light Station. Return to Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa.
Stay: Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa 
Meals: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 10
Homeward bound this morning, you'll break at historic Childers for a cuppa and time to visit the Palace backpacker memorial. Back on the road, your next break is at the historic Hideaway Hotel at Tiaro for a BBQ lunch in the beer garden. Return to Brisbane Transit Centre at approximately 4:30pm.
Meals: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch

INCLUDES

INCLUDES 

  • Diamond Class’ coach travel ex Brisbane
  • 1 night Roma
  • Visit the Roma Saleyards at auction with local grazier guide
  • 3 nights Carnarvon Gorge National Park
  • Enjoy fine dining in front of the log fire at the lodge restaurant
  • Guided gorge walks with nature guide
  • Baloon Cave aboriginal culture walk
  • Scenic helicopter flight over the escarpment
  • 1 night Yeppoon on the Capricorn Coast
  • Footlights Theatre Restaurant dinner & show
  • Rockhampton city heritage tour
  • 2 nights Heron Island Resort with daily naturalist eco & bird watching tours and reef walks on the coral cay at low tide
  • 2 nights Town of 1770
  • Full day amphibious LARC tour to Bustard Head Light Station
  • Childers
  • Historic Hideaway Hotel at Tiaro
  • 28 meals

EXCLUDES
  • Travel Insurance 
  • Meals not mentioned
  • items of a personal nature 

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fine print

  • Multiple Departures in Jun and Jul 2018 
  • Subject to availability at time of booking for new bookings only
  • All prices are subject to change at any time without notice
  • Valid for sales unless sold out prior
  • If you need to cancel your trip after travel has been confirmed, the travel operator may impose cancellation fees.  In addition, MyDiscoveries will charge a $100 per person cancellation fee. We recommend taking out travel insurance as soon as you have booked your travel dates so you have protection against emergency cancellations that might be needed.
  • Please note all our holidays are subject to availability at time of booking. Should your dates not be available please note the My Discoveries Booking Guarantee applies. The MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can't get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we'll give you your money back, no questions asked.
  • Travel insurance not included, customers are advised to purchase appropriate cover.
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Active Tour -  Passengers must be able to:
  • Walk 20 min without stopping
  • Ascend stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 45 min without sitting
  • Walk over uneven ground
  • Embark/debark transport unaided
  • Manage their own luggage

booking essentials

  • Once your MyDiscoveries Voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by the MyDiscoveries Reservations team will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates.
  • If for any reason we are unable to book you onto your preferred dates please refer to the MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee to understand our refund policy.
  • When booking in your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements (e.g. vegetarian etc)
  • The MyDiscoveries team will send an email to you confirming all of your booking information.
  • We recommend you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed.

booking guarantee

The MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can't get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we'll give you your money back, no questions asked.

travel period





Departures in 2018:
Jun: 13
Jul: 18

pricing options

Twin / Single Departure City Price
twin Brisbane $4,475.00
single Brisbane $5,534.00

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