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Tropics World Heritage walk

Tropics World Heritage walk

8 day guided Pack-Free walk

Our Wet Tropics World Heritage 8 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

Please noted this is a remote area with limited accommodation, Eden House have six cottages onsite and only one cottage is available as a twin. Single Supplements, solo travellers and guests twin sharing may need to be accommodated at the best available nearby accommodation.

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 with a COVID Booking Guarantee

No more to pay

Our walking tours are all genuinely all-inclusive and once you pay for your tour there are no hidden extras. During your evening meals, you won’t need to put your hand in your pocket to pay for wine or beer as this is included in the price of the tour.

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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 – 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
Day 1: 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. Tonight enjoy a free evening to explore one of the many restaurants in Cairns alternatively dine in the hotel’s restaurant. (own expense)

Day 2: 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 3: Morning Daintree Wilderness Cruise
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TRAIL NOTES: 6.5km walk.

WALKING ITINERARY: Following breakfast, we will embark on today’s adventure, starting with a Daintree wilderness discovery river cruise. Your naturalist guide will point out wildlife and the foreshore, providing insights as we traverse from the rainforest to the mangroves, where the scenery is nothing short of spectacular. Keep a keen eye out for vibrant birdlife such as parrots and Azure Kingfishers, and be on the lookout for estuarine crocodiles as we cruise down the river.

Indulge in a delightful lunch before partaking in an afternoon walk through the beautiful Daintree Rainforest in the Cooper Creek Wilderness region. This walk offers a unique opportunity to immerse ourselves in the world’s oldest rainforest, showcasing the remarkable biodiversity that has withstood the test of time. Accompanied by local guides, delve into the cultural and natural heritage values of this intricate ecosystem.

Afterwards, we head back to the remote Heritage Lodge with time to relax. 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 4: Mossman Gorge - Lake Barrine
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TRAIL NOTES:  12km over two walks. Option to walk Eacham an extra 3km if time permits.

TERRAIN: At Mossman Gorge expect well-maintained tracks footbridges and boardwalks and occasional small sets of stairs. Lake Barrine: A walk around the crater lake that passes through rainforest.

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, enjoy a sit-down lunch before we bid farewell and continue on our way towards the Atherton Tablelands. Our afternoon 5km walk explores the crater lake (Lake Barrine) that passes through rainforest characteristic of the type found on fertile basalt (red) soils in areas of high rainfall. This walking track offers secluded forest-fringed views of the lake and excellent opportunities for viewing wildlife, including saw-shelled turtles and eastern water dragons. You may be lucky enough to see the long olive-green body of a freshwater eel. This unusual-looking fish spends up to 30 years in Lake Barrine before migrating to the sea, via Toohey Creek and the Mulgrave River, to breed and die.

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 5: Yungaburra - 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.

WALK ITINERARY: After a delectable brekkie we start the day by walking Peterson Creek Wildlife & Botanical Walking Track, located in the heart of Yungaburra where you may be able to view platypus, a rare Lumholtz Tree-Kangaroo, the unique ‘Lloyd’s Suspension Bridge’, historical objects and more. 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. Tonight enjoy a wonderful dinner served with Australian wines. 

Day 6: Curtin Fig Tree, Hypipamee Crater and Millaa Millaa Falls
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TRAIL NOTES: 7.5km over multiple walks. Easy to moderate

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

WALK ITINERARY: After breakfast 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 to walk the Hypipamee Crater located high on the southern Evelyn Tableland, in the Hugh Nelson Range. The crate is in Hypipamee Crater National Park, centred around a volcanic pipe, thought to have been created by a massive gas explosion. A platform at the end of a 400m walking track through the rainforest provides an uninterrupted view of the remaining crater. The crater is almost 70m across with sheer granite walls. Fifty-eight metres below the rim is a lake over 70m deep, covered with a green layer of native waterweed. It is a hot spot for possums with several different species found in the area and a good place for seeing high-altitude birds. Afterwards, 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 Mila Mila falls an 80-metre waterfall surrounded by lush rainforest  We will then enjoy a delicious lunch at a local cafe taking in the views and enjoying locally sourced organic produce. We head to Nandroya Falls, a 50-metre vertical plunging waterfall located in the rainforest valleys of Wooroonooran National Park, Queensland. One of Tropical North Queensland’s most incredible rainforest waterfalls.

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 7: 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 make our way 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 8: Bicton Hill, Josephine Falls, Babinda Boulders - Cairns
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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: Well maintained walking tracks with some ups and downs 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 a 4km circuit track up Bicton Hill at Bingil Bay is in the Clump Mountain National Park, and has unsurpassed views and an enormous variety of rare rainforest plants and animal life, one of which is the unusual nesting site of the buff-breasted paradise-kingfisher.  Next we head to Babinda Boulders, an iconic local attraction surrounded by lush rainforest, and its fast-flowing creek and learn about the legend of the Devil Pools. We finish our tour with pretty Josephine Falls, ranked as one of the most beautiful in Tropical North Queensland. 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

DEPARTURE DATES:
We run regularly scheduled tours from June to August every year. We will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email us at walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

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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Spot Special saving of up to $500 per couple or $250 per person available on specific departures when you pay in full at time of booking.
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If you are a solo traveller willing to share a room, we will attempt to match you with another solo traveller of the same gender. If we can’t find you a match of the same gender by around 8 weeks prior to the tour, you will be charged the single supplement cost.

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For those wanting to guarantee their own room, a single supplement cost will be charged at the time of booking. Subject to availability.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $1163
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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. This discount will automatically be deducted from future bookings when you book online using the same email address used for past bookings.

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.

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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 .

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  • 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.
  • No Credit Cards fees.
  • Payments must be made online via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
  • 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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If a tour activity has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances a credit for this missed activity can be applied to any future bookings. Click here.

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  • 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
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