MINKE WHALES, CAS­SOWARIES & PLATY­PUS

The Wildiaries Experience Travel Brochure - - Minkes -

Itin­er­ary:

Day 1 You’ll board the ves­sel in Port Dou­glas and meet the Minke Whale Swim crew for a 9:00 PM de­par­ture and steam overnight to our first des­ti­na­tion.

Day 2 A light breakfast will be served as you wake up to the Rib­bon Reefs stretch­ing out be­fore you take your first dive or snorkel fol­lowed by a hot cooked meal. In the evening you’ll be en­ter­tained by the re­searchers who’ll teach you about the whales and the his­tory be­hind the Minke Whale Project.

Day 3-4 Today you’ll help us look for whales (though of­ten they find you), ex­plore the north­ern Rib­bon Reefs and visit fa­mous sites in­clud­ing the Cod Hole, Pixie Pin­na­cle and Steve’s Bom­mie. Dur­ing en­coun­ters you’ll help the re­searchers iden­tify in­di­vid­ual whales and key be­hav­iours - be sure to keep an ear out for the Minke’s unique acous­tic reper­toire.

Day 5 An­other chance to en­joy a swim with the Minkes in the morn­ing be­fore steaming south back to­wards Port Dou­glas.

Day 6 Dis­em­bark at 10am for pickup and trans­fer to your ac­com­mo­da­tion in Ku­randa for a leisurely and re­lax­ing day in the Ather­ton Tablelands.

Day 7-10 These four days you'll stay at Cas­sowary House, a fa­mous rain­for­est lodge just out­side Cairns, where you’ll have chance to see much of the Table­land’s iconic rain­for­est wildlife. You’ll visit the But­ter­fly Sanc­tu­ary, BatReach, Venom Zoo and mar­kets at Ku­randa, stop at Davies Creek for a dip in the beau­ti­ful pools and Gran­ite Gorge to see the cute Ma­reeba Rock Wal­la­bies. Your guide will take you to mid-al­ti­tude sites in­clud­ing Lake Bar­rine, the Cur­tain Fig and Hasties Swamp, and high-al­ti­tude sites like Mt Hyp­i­pamee and Won­de­cla. You'll even take a boat sa­fari on the Dain­tree River.

Spend a fas­ci­nat­ing night spot­light­ing for Tree Kan­ga­roos while at lunch dine with Platy­pus be­side a se­cret bil­l­abong. Each morn­ing, you’ll be treated to Sue Gre­gory’s fa­mous break­fasts on the ve­ran­dah at her renowned rain­for­est lodge Cas­sowary House. De­part from Cairns.

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