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Tropics World Heritage walk

Tropics World Heritage walk

A 7 day / 7 night guided Pack-Free walk

Our Wet Tropics World Heritage 7 Day Pack-Free walk explores the oldest living rainforest on earth. Discover the renowned Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation in and around the Wet Tropics World Heritage area. See roaring waterfalls, crystal-clear waters, gigantic tropical trees, sprawling mangroves and long, golden beaches. As an added highlight of this tour takes you to hike out on Dunk Island. Staying in gorgeous accommodation in pristine habitats, with the daily possibility of seeing cassowaries, dugongs, tree-kangaroos, and a veritable host of other animals, this tour brings you as close to a literal paradise on earth as you can get. 

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Pack-Free Walking Experience

Carry only your water and lunch

No need to carry heavy overnight packs with your clothes and gear, this walk has been designed for those looking for an affordable multi-day walking experience with all the creature comforts. Your overnight bags will be transported each day so all you need is a small day pack for your lunch and water.

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Shangri La Hotel Cairns

Set on the vibrant Marina

Situated on the Marina in Cairns is the superb Shangri La Resort. This hotel features a swimming pool set amongst lush tropical gardens, 2 bars and a restaurant. The shopping district is a short stroll away. Guests will stay in a Deluxe Rooms.

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Heritage Lodge in the Daintree

Private cabins hidden amongst the oldest rainforest on earth

Our stay in the Daintree  features 2 nights in cabins at the Heritage Lodge. Set amongst the rainforest and on the edge of peaceful Coopers Creek, you’ll wake each morning to the calls of the forest. In the evenings enjoy dinner under the stars in the outdoor restaurant.  Each cabin has an ensuite and everything you could need. Guests will stay in Queen or family cabins.

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Eden House Retreat

Set in the rolling green hills of the Atherton Tablelands

We spend 2 nights at charming Eden House Retreat, situated right in the heart of the historic town of Yungaburra in the Atherton Tablelands. The property offers quaint cottages with ensuites and private courtyards, tucked away within tropical gardens.  Guests will stay in Queen or famil cottages. Please noted this is a remote area with limited accommodation, we stay in the best available in the area.

Castaways Resort and Spa

On the beachfront at stunning Mission Beach

Spend 2 nights at the wonderful Castaways Resort and Spa. This property is ideally located on the beachfront at Mission Beach with beautiful views of the swaying palm trees and Coral Sea. The Resort features a superb restaurant and bar to relax after a day’s walking and a lap pool to take a swim. Guests will stay in beachfront rooms with stunning beach views.

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Local produce and Australian wines included

Indugle your tastebuds

Enjoy wonderful meals along your journey featuring fabulous local cuisine all accompanied with Australian wines. During your stay at Castaways Resort and Spa enjoy superb dinners at Buko Restaurant with local specialities such as local reef fish and Prawn Panzanella, Coffin Bay Oysters, Bingil Bay Beef and so much more.

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Our CEO Guides

Chief Experience Officers

Our guides are truly exceptional at what they do. We call them our CEOs – Chief Experience Officers and it’s their job to ensure your tour exceeds your expectations. Our guide’s caring attitude and wonderful outgoing nature ensure your tour is relaxing, fun and informative. They will take into account the weather each day and plan the day’s adventure to suit you and the conditions.

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Personalised Tours

Small and intimate groups

Our group sizes are small and intimate with a maximum of 12 people, we find this delivers more personalised service, a great social environment and has less impact on the environment.

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Genuinely all-inclusive

No more to pay

Our tours are genuinely all-inclusive. From cruises to wine with your restaurant dinners there are no hidden extras. You won’t even pay for credit card fees.

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Tour Inclusions
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This is an all-inclusive tour with no hidden extras:

  • Professionally guided – Our CEO’s – Chief Experience Officers are passionate, well trained and enthusiastic with the ability to bring to life a depth of information
  • 1 night at the Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns
  • 2 nights in Heritage Lodge in the Daintree
  • 2 nights in Eden House Retreat, Atherton Tablelands
  • 2 nights at Castaways Resort and Spa, Mission Beach
  • Wow factor: Reef Snorkelling or wilderness cruise in the Daintree
  • Fresh fruit and trail mix to enjoy during your walk
  • 6 x delicious restaurant dinners featuring beautiful local produce
  • 6 x breakfasts
  • 7 x lunches
Arrival Day: Cairns
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Today is an arrival day. Book your own flight to arrive any time into Cairns and make your own way to the Shangri-La Hotel set on the marina in the heart of the city. Your accommodation has been booked in a deluxe room. Accommodation is based on twin share (note: solo travellers will need to pay a single supplement cost of  $200). Tonight enjoy a free evening to explore one of the many restaurants in Cairns alternatively dine in the hotel’s restaurant. (own expense)

Day One: Transfer from Cairns to the Daintree, via Barron Gorge National Park.
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TRAIL NOTES: 9km of walking over two tracks

TERRAIN: Walk 1: Expect a steady climb from the start all the way to glacier rock about 470m over 4km, a variety of terrain underfoot and of course all downhill on the way back. Walk 2: Easy board walked track

WALK ITINERARY: Enjoy breakfast in the hotel restaurant, before meeting your guides in the hotel foyer at 7.30am for our transfer north to Barron Gorge National Park.  Located just outside of Cairns, Barron Gorge National Park is home to the precipitous Barron Falls, a roaring torrent of tumbling water that thunders with unimpeached ferocity from the Atherton Tablelands to the coastal lowlands, 265 metres below.  Our walk today will take us on a circuit through the lush vegetation and cascading falls of Barron Gorge National Park getting us away from the more touristy areas as we eventually travel through the beautiful rainforest to Glacier Rock Lookout, which gives us an overarching view of the vibrant landscape we have just been wending through.  After our hike we will duck up to an easy board-walked path to see the stunning Barron Falls, before continuing our journey by road, making our way up into the Daintree Rainforest itself and your awaiting accommodation at the Heritage Lodge. Set amongst the rainforest this charming accommodation is your home away from home for the next 2 nights. Tonight enjoy dinner in the lodge’s open-air restaurant featuring candles and flaming torches. Savour in the local produce created by the resident chef accompanied by wonderful wines.

Day Two: Morning Daintree wilderness cruise or Great Barrier Reef snorkelling. Afternoon Daintree Rainforest walk.
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TRAIL NOTES: 6.5km walk.

WALKING ITINERARY: Today is a day of unparalleled choice, beauty, and variety.  After breakfast, we will head for today’s adventure.

This morning choose from one of two options:
OPTION 1: Choose to do a Daintree wilderness discovery river cruise with your naturalist guide pointing out wildlife and the foreshore. From the rainforest to the mangroves the scenery is spectacular. Cruise down the river watching out for colourful birdlife such as parrots and Azure Kingfishers and keep your eye out for the estuarine crocodiles.

OPTION 2: Alternatively with the Great Barrier Reef just a stone’s throw away, visitors are able to explore one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. This beautiful part of the tropics is truly where the rainforest meets the reef. Our morning ocean adventure explores the Mackay Cay with eco appreciation presentations. This is a snorkelling paradise, teeming with colourful tropical fish and coral and you can snorkel alongside sea turtles which are often found in abundance swimming over the coral reef.

Enjoy a beachside lunch, before the group comes back together and enjoys an afternoon walk in the beautiful Daintree Rainforest in the Cooper Creek Wilderness region. Today’s walk takes us through the beautiful Daintree Rainforest, the best place to witness the world’s oldest rainforest and the extraordinary biodiversity found in the region’s backyard, which has survived all the changes wrought by time. Walk with your local guides and learn about the cultural and natural heritage values of this complex eco system.

Afterwards, we head back to the remote Heritage Lodge with time to relax. Tonight dine at the historic Yungaburra Hotel with its Federation architecture and enjoy a traditional Queenslander Pub style fare accompanied with Australian wines.

Day Three: Mossman Gorge . Whartons Lookout and Carrington Falls walk
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TRAIL NOTES:  12km over two walks. Optional 8km shorter walk available by excluding the walk to Wharton’s Lookout.

TERRAIN: At Mossman Gorge expect well-maintained tracks footbridges and boardwalks and occasional small sets of stairs. Carrington Falls: 300m ascent/descent. Steep in places, dirt tracks.

WALK ITINERARY: Enjoy a peaceful morning waking up to the sounds of the forest. Savour breakfast in the restaurant before we depart the Lodge and head south towards beautiful Mossman Gorge. This 56,000 hectare region located within the Daintree National Park is is a landscape of spellbinding crystal-clear pools cascading over large granite boulders and surrounded by lush rainforest.  Our walk today takes on a gorgeous circuit over bridges under and through the lush rainforest canopy.  Afterwards, we’ll be privileged to meet with some of the local Kuku Yalanji people who will share their vast knowledge of their home, pointing out just a few of the countless useful plants that grow in this beautiful part of the world. Enjoy a sit-down lunch before we bid farewell and continue on our way towards the Atherton Tablelands. Our afternoon 8km walk explores Carrington Falls offering great views over the Atherton Tablelands. Today’s walk takes us up to the ridge with a pretty natural pool above the falls, where you can cool off on a warm day. Afterwards, we’ll head to the historic town of Yungaburra in the Atherton Tablelands and your accommodation at the charming Eden House Retreat where we spend the next 2 nights. Tonight enjoy a superb dinner featuring wonderful local produce, perfectly matched with Australian wines.   

Day Four: Wooroonooran National Park. Windin Falls and natural Infinity Pool
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TRAIL NOTES: 9km walks. 278km ascent and one steep descent.

TERRAIN: Expect well-maintained tracks with boardwalks and smooth track especially Lake Eacham, Lake Barrine has more ups and downs and is not as wide in places but it is still an easy walk.

WALK ITINERARY: After a delectable brekkie we start the day by checking out the Curtain Fig Tree, a strangler fig of epic proportions and one of the largest trees in all of Queensland – well worth a visit to posit away the image in the memory banks. After this, we will set out on day’s walk through the beautiful Wooroonooran National Park, passing through rainforest and open woodlands of the Atherton Tablelands. Our journey takes us to the plateau of beautiful Windin Falls, from here we will see spectacular views across the mountains which has been rated as one of the most views in Far North Queensland. Atop this incredible waterfall is a stunning natural infinity pool the perfect place to cool off.  We return to our accommodation to relax or join a short optional platypus walk in the township of Yungaburra with the chance to view platypus, the unique Lloyds Suspension Bridge, Historical objects and more. Tonight enjoy a wonderful dinner served with Australian wines. After dinner back in Yungaburra, we offer the option to join with a local on a spotlighting tour to see if we can find the rare and only-found-here Lumholtz’s Tree-kangaroo.

Day Five: Waterfalls Waterfalls Waterfalls and the Coral Sea
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TRAIL NOTES: 7.5km over multiple waterfall walks. Easy to moderate

TERRAIN: Variety of terrain from paved tracks to dirt tracks, most well maintained.

WALK ITINERARY: If the name of the day didn’t give it away, today is all about one oxygen atom and two hydrogen atoms and their one-sided interplay with the forces of gravity.  With that in mind, after breakfast we’ll head on to the aptly named Waterfall Circuit in the Atherton Tablelands region. Our walks today will be easy but indescribably beautiful, with the aquamarine and emerald colours cascading all around us. We walk to the iconic Millaa Milla falls an 80-metre waterfall surrounded by lush rainforest as well as Zillie and Ellinjaa Falls that cascade perfectly to a pristine waterhole below the perfect place to enjoy a swim. Afterwards, we stop at a charming farmhouse cafe with the dramatic Me Bartle Frere as a backdrop. Here we will enjoy a relaxed lunch on the verandah taking in the views and enjoying locally sourced organic produce. We head south-east to Mungalli Falls, the last of our waterfall walks for today. From here we make our way to the charming Castaways Resort and Spa, Mission Beach. Ideally located on the beachfront this Resort offers sweeping views of swaying palm trees and the beautiful Coral Sea. Tonight enjoy a 2-course dinner in the beautiful poolside Buko Restaurant which specialises in a modern menu of fresh local cuisine such as reef fish. Dinner will be accompanied by Australian wines.

Day Six: Dunk Island
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TRAIL NOTES: 11km walk with gradual inclines. Shorter 4km walk available.

TERRAIN:  Some beach walking, then gradual climb on a dirt track to Mount Kataloo.

WALK ITINERARY: Today is something amazingly special, as we board our boat and cruise and head across to the beautiful Dunk Island. This island was originally the home of a resort that was destroyed by two consecutive ‘once in a hundred-year’ cyclones which devasted the facilities. The abandoned ghost town resort can be seen at the start of our walk today, as we may our away along the beachfront. From here our trail gradually climbs through the tropical rainforest, with colourful butterflies fluttering past us as we make our way up to the top of Mount Kataloo. At the top, we will rest and take in the spectacular views across the neighbouring islands and Coral Sea. After this we head down into Palm Valley and across to Coconut Beach. Enjoy time for a swim on the island before our boat transfer collects us for the journey back to the mainland. Return to Castaways Resort and Spa with the rest of the afternoon at leisure to enjoy the resort. Tonight we savour another sensational meal in the Resort’s Buku restaurant served with fine Australian wines.

Day Seven: Josephine Falls, Babinda Boulders and Behana Gorge and Clam Shell falls
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TRAIL NOTES: 6.5km

*Please note that a very difficult hike up a 900m granite pyramid is available on this day for the brave and/or adventurous in addition to a 6.5km walk

TERRAIN: Nandroya Falls, A well maintained walking track with some ups and downs the track itself is relatively smooth with occasional slippery stream crossings.

ITINERARY: After breakfast, we bid farewell to Mission Beach and head north towards Cairns. Enroute we will discover a number of short walks to some favourite locations frequented by the locals. Our first walk is through the rainforest to the pretty Josephine Falls, ranked as one of the most beautiful in Tropical North Queensland. We then make our way on a scenic walk to Baninda Boulders and its fast-flowing creek and learn about the legend of the Devil Pools. Our final walks takes us to Behana Gorge with a breathtaking and peaceful walk up the mountain trail, this amazing walk features white water rapids, waterfalls and crystal clear swimming holes. From here we make our way back to Cairns. The end of a fabulous journey.

FINISH TIME: We arrive back at the Shangri-La Cairns at approximately 3.00pm.
Clients wanting extra nights in Cairns should book these independently.

 

Tour Availability

We run regularly scheduled tours from June to August every year.

We run regular weekly departures during the months late May to August. Dates are listed below however availability changes by the hour – to see real-time availability click on the monthly calendar at the bottom of the page and select the month you require. We will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email us at walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

SPECIALS
Check below to see if your preferred departure has a special savings. Conditions apply see pricing page.

DepartureAvailabilitySpecial Notes / Savings
2021 DATES:
27 Oct 2021Available
2022 DATES:
8 Jul 2022AvailableSuper Earlybird Saving

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PRIVATE GROUPS:
Date of your choice is available for groups of 10 -12 people. Subject to availability.
Please contact us for more details on (02) 9975 4553 or email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

 


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Tour Prices

Super Earlybirds save $300 per person.

Super Earlybirds savings of $300 per person when you book and pay in full at time of booking. Plus check out our COVID Booking Guarantee (see details below).
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PRIVATE GROUPS
Private groups of 10 -12 people can choose the date of your choice subject to availability.


FIRST TIME TRAVELLER SUPER EARLYBIRD
$ 4295 /p

Prices for those doing their first walk with us

DEPARTURES
2022

Super Earlybird Price*…..$4295
Normal Price………………. $4595

* Super Earlybirds available only when you book and pay in full at time of booking. Normal Price requires $300 deposit only, with final payments due 8 weeks prior.

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PAST PASSENGER SUPER EARLYBIRD
$ 4195 /p

Guests that have travelled with us before

DEPARTURES
2022

Super Earlybird Price*…..$4195
Normal Price………………. $4495

* Super Earlybirds available only when you book and pay in full at time of booking. Normal Price requires $300 deposit only, with final payments due 8 weeks prior.

Guests that have completed at least one Life’s An Adventure walk in the past. Email us for your special promotional code.

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Private Groups Super Earlybirds
$ 4195 /p

Your own Private Group of 10-12 guests

PRIVATE GROUPS
10-12 participants

Departure of your choice subject to availability.
Super Earlybird Price*…..$4195
Normal Price………………. $4495

Additional Past Passenger discount not available for groups.

* Super Earlybirds available only when you book and pay in full at time of booking. Normal Price requires $300 deposit only, with final payments due 8 weeks prior.

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The following extras can be purchased with your tour:

SOLO TRAVELLERS

IN CAIRNS:
All solo travellers will need to pay $220 extra for accommodation at the The Shangri-La in Cairns for the arrival day.

REST OF TOUR:
During the rest of the tour solo travellers will have the choice to share with another solo traveller at no extra cost or pay a single supplement cost of $825

 

Our COVID Booking Guarantee

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FlexiWalk Option – Cancel for any Reason

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Discount Information:

PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: Those who have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously, receive a past passenger discount of $100. In order to receive this discount please email us for your special “promo code” to use when booking. In your email, you should outline what Life’s An Adventure tour you have done with us in the past so we can cross-check.

EARLYBIRD & SPOT SPECIAL CANCELLATIONS: Refunds or cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Spot Specials, however, transfers to another date are permitted 8 weeks or more prior to departure. We advise taking out travel insurance, in case unexpected circumstances prior to the trip, prevent you from joining this tour. Early bird or Spot Special discounts cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. To receive these special discounts, full payment must be made at the time of initial booking. Flexiwalk Add-On option not available on these tickets.

Travel Insurance

We strongly advise our clients travelling within Australia to take out Travel Insurance. We have partnered with Cover-More to provide travel insurance to our guests. To get a quote or purchase travel insurance directly with them CLICK HERE .

Additional Information

  • Prices are per person in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • A deposit of $300 per person is required to secure your booking. (unless taking advantage of Earlybird or Spot Specials in which full payment is required at time of booking).
  • Note: If you are booking within 90 days of your departure date – we will require full payment at the time of booking
  • Prices are based on twin share of rooms. If you are travelling solo you may be required to share with someone of the same gender. If this is not suitable you can request to pay a single supplement, however, limited single rooms are available per trip so are on a request basis.
  • Payments must be made online via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
  • NO Credit Card fee applies.
  • We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc.

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Contact Us
  • Address: HEAD OFFICE: Shop 7, 1306 Pittwater Road
    Narrabeen NSW 2101.

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    Guests can meet this tour at our Life’s An Adventure Premises:
    29/6955 Arthur Highway, Port Arthur.
  • Phone: (02) 9975 4553
    After Hours: 0457 002 482
  • Email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au
  • Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday - Sunday: Closed
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