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Trip List by 2oldtourists

Queensland, Australia

4 May 2008  Bus tour of East Coast Australia. 12 days of exploring. The best road trip ever.
3.0 of 5 stars based on 1 vote

Great snorkelling, swimming, beaches and even shopping and eating. Must do - take helicopter flight over Whitsunday's from Ribbon Reef. It's expensive but well worth the lifetime of memories and photos. View Heart Reef and Whitehaven Beach - most photographed areas in Australia. Best time to go - August - less bugs and no stingers in the ocean to speak of. The water is a bit cooler and can get a little murky at that time of year due to windstorms. Outer Barrier Reef from Port Douglas is also a must. If you go with kids and want to take them on a snorkel adventure - Green Island out of Cairns is best. They have a shallow bay with a reef you can walk on from the beach. It is a very busy resort island and they do have food/drink and a pool available for kids to swim afterwards.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Queensland
  • Category: Roadtrip
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Shopping, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter
  • 1. Queensland
    Queensland, Australia

    Snorkelling Great Barrier Reef - Ribbon Reef, (Whitsunday's), Outer Barrier Reef & Green Island

  • 2. Fabulous Bus Touring - 12 Day East Coast adventure

    12 days from Sydney to Port Douglas, visiting small towns, beaches & opportunities for snorkelling. For someone who is afraid of fish - I think I did pretty well. The fish were so colourful and I found "Nemo" in the Outer Barrier Reef tour I took from Port Douglas. The hotels were great. Breakfast was pretty much the same each morning except at Daydream Island when we had a wonderful buffet with just about anything you could dream up. The bus driver "Marty" (also semi-finalist in "Biggest Loser Australia") kept us busy non-stop. The trip to Australia Zoo was amazing - I never expected it to be so big. The aviary was fantastic - I loved seeing all those colourful birds in one place and free to fly around. Walking through the kangaroo site was also an experience - being up close and personal with them. The trip up to Binna Burra was a little hairy with winding roads and drop-offs but once there, the views were spectacular. Another top moment was being able to try out the zip-line (my first time). I loved it. This was the trip of a lifetime and I don't regret a minute of it.

  • 3. Port Douglas, Australia

    My husband and I spent 7 days in Port Douglas after our 12 day bus tour (APT). Port Douglas was beautiful and quaint. The weather in August was not too hot and we didn't have any problems with bugs. The beach was very nice but packed down. Awsome views from the look-out. Quicksilver tours from Port Douglas took us out to the Outer Barrier for snorkelling. This was a wonderful trip and the water was so clear. There was a wonderful underwater viewing area as well as semi-submersibles available for those who didn't want to get into the water. Port Douglas has some wonderful although expensive restaurants. Shopping for souvenirs was fun at the weekly Sunday market. There were a few local pubs offering entertainment such as toad races. One week was more than enough time to see and do everything we wanted to do there. The accommodations at Villa San Michele were in an excellent location - on the main street. The owners made us feel so welcome as we celebrated our anniversary there. They welcomed us with a bottle of bubbly wine on arrival, our first evening. The 2 pools in the hotel were quite cold - but I'm sure they would be welcomed during their summer months.