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Pre Famil 3 – Mysteries and magic

October 16, 2019 - October 18, 2019

- Free


3 days, 2 nights

If you thought fairytales were just contained to the pages of books and plot lines of movies, get ready to see two places of deep mystery and magic as you make your way through the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics to Mission Beach. This famil takes in the ancient myths of Mount Bartle Frere and its surrounding waterfalls and the modern magic of Paronella Park. We’ll road trip through the rainforest to find them both, before finishing in Mission Beach for the night. A camera will be your only packing essential for this photogenic famil.

Wednesday 16th of October

PM: Transfer to Mission Beach

There might only be 2.5 hours separating Cairns and Mission Beach, but today we’ll be taking our time to discover two magical sites on our way there.

First up, Josephine Falls, which you’ll find at the foot of Mount Bartle Frere (aka Queensland’s tallest peak). Pack your swimmers because this famil includes swimming. When Josephine Falls isn’t looking beautiful and serene, she doubles as a triple-decker waterslide, with backpackers and ASTW famil participants scooting down it!

PM: Paronella Park Tour

After lunch at Josephine Falls, we’ll tour our second magical stop, Paronella Park. Described as a real-life fairy tale – Paronella Park is the brainchild of Jose Paronella, who transformed the disused farmland into an exquisite castle and garden for his wife. We’ll join the evening experience for a guided tour to bring Jose’s history and vision to life, covering everything from the landscaping, to the Spanish ruins and hydro-power.

Before hitting the road south to Mission Beach where we’ll be staying tonight, we’ll eat dinner at the historic Mena Creek Hotel.

Overnight: Castaways Resort and Spa, Mission Beach

Thursday 17th of October

Day: Discover the Great Barrier Reef

Dive into the Great Barrier Reef today aboard Mission Beach Dive. This all-day trip to the reef will have us out longer than a school day, discovering the famous faces of the reef. We’ll be covering two dive locations today, with the option to either snorkel or scuba, before returning to the mainland in time for sundowners and dinner at Castaways.

Overnight: Castaways Resort and Spa, Mission Beach

Friday 18th of October

AM: Breakfast and transfer for Cairns

The most important meal of the day will be served onsite at Castaways. Following breakfast, we’ll check out of our accommodation and transfer back to Cairns.


October 16, 2019
October 18, 2019
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