Edge of the Outback – Cairns to Sydney
Wallabies, walkabouts and authentic cultural immersion are some of the many highlights awaiting you during this 12-day cruise along Australia’s eastern coastline.
Master spear throwing fundamentals and discover the traditional fishing techniques of the Kuku Yalanji tribe during a trek into the mangroves and coastal flats along Cooya Beach outside Port Douglas. Slip beneath the shady canopy of the world’s oldest surviving rainforest, where colourful birds, quiet possums and rock wallabies await your discovery. Slip a kayak blade into the turquoise sea near Shute Harbour as you learn about unique marine life throughout Airlie Beach’s shore and scenic islands. Bite into tangy quandongs and spicy, raisin-like bush tomatoes during an authentic tour of Australian bush life survival, then savour refreshments paired with grilled emu, crocodile, and kangaroo. Sample sweetly intense ginger candies and local macadamias dipped in chocolate at beach shacks lining Noosa’s sandy shores—key elements for a quintessential Australian vacation destination.
Here is the gateway to see the Great Barrier Reef and no one should miss it if you’ve come this far, so plan to expand your stay here. Other highlights of Cairns include the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park with stories of the indigenous aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, the beautiful gorges, beaches and mountainous rainforest of Daintree National Park and the Cairns Esplanade full of local flavour in its bars and restaurants.
Day 2 & 3: Port Douglas
Port Douglas is known for sitting adjacent to two UNESCO sites, the world’s largest reef system, Great Barrier Reef and the biodiverse Daintree Rainforest. It has delightful beach resorts and popular Macrossan Street, lined with boutique shops and restaurants. Swim in crystal-clear Mossman Gorge, crocodile watch at Daintree River, relax on the palm-fringed golden sands of Four Mile Beach or snorkel the Low Isles and the outer reef.
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: Townsville
Townsville is a popular gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, the Wet Tropics and the outback of Queensland. Sights to see here include the Reef Aquarium with marine life and coral from the Great Barrier Reef, the Strand Esplanade with its water park, and the Billabong Sanctuary Wildlife Park, home to koalas, wombats and crocodiles.
Day 6: Airlie Beach
Located on the Great Barrier Reef, Airlie Beach is also home to the well-known Whitsunday islands. This relaxed resort town is also home to one of the most famous beaches in the world – Whitehaven Beach, only accessible by sea or air. Find the Airlie Beach Lagoon or the award-winning Fish D’Vine & the Rum Bar.
Day 7: Middle Percy Island
Tiny Middle Percy Island is well-known in yachting circles for its long-standing tradition of hospitality and is one of the few places left in Australia where seafarers can freely go ashore and explore. The first structure in sight is an A-frame covered in signs and souvenirs from passing boats. Note: this call includes a wet landing. No other cruise line comes to this beach and we’re able to work with local operators to make this special event come to life. Sign up ahead of time for a Signature Expedition to explore this area with our onboard experts by kayak or Zodiac.
Day 8: Fraser Island
There are many activities to do on this former logging station island full of towering trees. Stroll along the Wanggoolba Creek boardwalk with its King ferns and freshwater flowing across the sand. Look for birds of prey above and dingoes along 75-Mile Beach, float down Eli Creek or take a swim in the crystal-clear waters of Lake Makenzie.
Day 9 & 10: Brisbane
Located on the Brisbane River, the capital of Queensland offers idyllic subtropical weather all year round. Climb Brisbane’s Story Bridge for impressive panoramic views. Explore the South Bank cultural centere and visit the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, among Australia’s major art museums with more than 17,000 works of art. It’s also a foodie’s delight as Brisbane chefs proudly emphasise Queensland local produce.
Day 11: At Sea
Day 12 & 13: Sydney
Best known for its distinctive harbour-front Opera House, which is a UNESCO site, Sydney is viewed as not only one of the most expensive cities in the world, but also one of the most liveable. The metropolis surrounds the world’s largest natural harbour and covers about 44 miles. Sydney’s outdoor platform, the Skywalk offers a 360 degree view of the city and surrounding area. Other sites to see include the Royal National Park, the Royal Botanic Garden, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
- All Meals including 24-hour room service
- All non-alcoholic beverages including cappuccino, espresso and other speciality drinks
- Welcome cocktail at reception
- Unlimited use of all water sports equipment
- Onboard entertainment
- Unlimited use of fitness centre and exercise classes
- Informative nightly port talks and destination briefings
A day on board your Windstar ship is a day of choices, all of them good. Perhaps you’ll begin with a relaxing massage in World Spa by Windstar. Or maybe an invigorating workout in the Fitness Center. Even better, why not both? After a sumptuous lunch in Veranda, make a splash from the Watersports Platform off the ship’s stern. Everything you can think of for fun in the water is there — swimming, kayaking, sail-boarding, even water skiing. And it’s all complimentary, of course. Sun yourself on deck, take a dip in the whirlpool, then catch up on email or order a cheese plate for your stateroom or suite. After dinner, dance to live music in the Lounge. This is your yacht, so of course you’re welcome on the Bridge, where the Captain and officers are delighted to share charts, routes, and vistas with you.
10 – 22 November 2022