Explore Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest

by  Laurel Angrist | Dec 3, 2009
Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef
Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef / chameleonseye/iStock

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The Luxury Australia’s northern Queensland is one of world’s top ecotourism destinations and it’s easy to see why. The spectacular region around Daintree and Cape Tribulation encompasses one of the world’s oldest surviving rainforests. Offshore, the Great Barrier Reef contains over 1,500 species of colorful tropical fish.

The Value Explore the region’s natural wonders with Qantas Vacations’ 6-night Reef and Rainforest package and save $150 per couple. Priced at $1,129 per person, it includes three nights at the posh Shangri-La The Marina in Cairns and a 3-night stay in a lavish Jungle Walk Bungalow (pictured) at the Thala Beach Lodge in Port Douglas. Other highlights include a full-day Great Barrier Reef cruise and a full-day tour that featuring a scenic train trip, rainforest gondola ride, and entry into Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Plus, Sherman’s Travel subscribers enjoy an exclusive free upgrade to gold class on the Kuranda Scenic Railway (valued at $100 per person). The deal is available for travel through March 31, 2010; book by December 15.

The Catch The wet season lasts from November through April. Expect balmy temperatures and tropical thunderstorms.

The Details 866-914-4359, www.qantasvacations.com

From the November 2009 issue of Sherman’s Travel magazine.

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