Head out to the Great Barrier Reef Headquarters Aquarium, or discover the local beaches and enjoy the tropical scenery, the seafront promenade, galleries and shops. Venture out to stunning Magnetic Island with its national park, miles of walking trails and wildlife. Take home local artwork, crafts, jewelry and souvenirs. Savor fresh seafood along with a wide variety of international cuisines, perhaps a cold beer or a glass of fine wine.
The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.
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Immerse yourself in the Nywaigi Aboriginal culture at a cattle station where these indigenous people will share details of their past and passion for restoring the integrity of the land.
After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a nearly 2 hour leisurely drive north to Mungalla Station, which sits in a gorgeous area that the Nywaigi Aboriginal people have occupied for 45,000 years. Even when European settlers disrupted their natural lifestyle in other parts of North Queensland, the Nywaigi have lived here in relative harmony with the environment.
James Cassady was one of the few pioneers that helped protect the Nywaigi after he built a homestead at Mungalla in 1901. You will learn the fascinating story of Cassady and his relationship with the Aboriginal people while visiting the 2,500-acre cattle station, which the Nywaigi people now own through a land corporation.
Since the land has been returned to them, the wetlands have been restored, indigenous wildlife is flourishing once again, and the Nywaigi have been more readily sharing their cultural heritage with visitors. For instance, you will have the chance to throw a boomerang, shop for authentic Aboriginal arts and crafts, and enjoy a traditional Kup Murri communal feast of meats, fish and vegetables. The food will be prepared in an underground pit oven lined with palm leaves and stones. It’s a slow-cooking technique that imparts a unique flavor to the ingredients. Following your meal and the cultural activities you’ve been able to experience, you will re-board your coach and travel back to the pier in Townsville.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 3.5-hours of travel by coach. Tour includes 2 - 3 hours of walking/standing on natural uneven surfaces. This tour is not available for wheel chair guests and not recommended for those with walking or mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing, adequate sun protection and flat, sturdy closed toe shoes are recommended.
A short 10 mile drive south of Townsville brings you to the Billabong Sanctuary. Nestled in the hills of the Mutatunga Range and set amongst rainforest, wetlands and eucalyptus trees, the Billabong Sanctuary provides an ideal environment for wildlife and is a popular spot for locals.
While here, you can join a guided tour (optional) by one of the Sanctuary's qualified rangers who will offer you expert insight into Australia's fascinating wildlife. You will also have some free time to explore the different habitats. As you stroll along the pathways, you may see kookaburras, dingoes, Australian black swans, cassowary, cockatoos, birds of prey and other native wildlife. There is an opportunity to hand feed the free roaming kangaroos; take a photo with a cuddly koala or unusual wombat. You may also wish to stop at the on-site souvenir shop before leaving to purchase some mementos of your visit.
At the conclusion of your visit to the Sanctuary, your coach will take you back to Townsville. En route to the pier, you will enjoy a short tour of some of the city's landmarks, such as the Strand Beachfront Promenade, the museum, casino and the historic buildings along Flinders Street. Stop at the top of Castle Hill for a photo opportunity and panoramic views of Townsville.
Please note: Tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair and are able to make their own way on and off transportation. Guests must be self-sufficient or if assistance is required, they should travel with a companion who can provide this. Amount of walking on this tour is mostly at guests’ discretion, on packed earth paths with some slight slopes. Weather appropriate clothing, adequate sun protection, insect repellent, a bottle of water from the ship and flat, rubber-soled walking shoes are recommended. Tour may be conducted by a driver-guide.
Walk through the world’s oldest surviving rainforest, accompanied by a naturalist that will point out the unusual species of plants and animals, many found nowhere else on earth.
After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a scenic drive up the coast before turning inland. On the ascent to McLelland’s Lookout in Paluma Range National Park, the road will become more circuitous and the rainforest denser. While pausing for photos at the lookout, which perches atop Mount Spec, you will enjoy a spectacular view of Halifax Bay and morning tea at the Rainforest Inn before the start of your rainforest walk.
Next, join your expert local guide for a walk through the Wet Tropics Rainforest. This is no ordinary forest, as it has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its exceptional natural beauty and remarkable bio-diversity. All of Australia’s marsupials and most of its other animals originated in rainforests, and their closest living relatives can be found in the wet tropics.
As you walk along the trails, a naturalist will point out the extraordinary flora and fauna. Many of the species are found nowhere else in the world, including green possums, tree kangaroos and tooth-billed catbirds. More than 2,800 types of plants thrive here, including cycads and some of the world’s first flowering plants. The Wet Tropics is a true wonderland, and the experience of walking through this natural cathedral is mesmerizing.
Following your nature walk, you will enjoy lunch at the nearby Hidden Valley Cabins before heading back to the pier in Townsville.
Please note: This tour includes over 2-hours of moderate walking/standing. There will be some uneven surfaces that can be slippery, and a significant number of steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing, adequate sun protection and rubber-soled hiking or walking shoes are recommended.
As the home of Australia’s largest defense base, Townsville, North Queensland, possesses a fascinating military history like no other. This Military History Tour weaves together Townsville’s history, culture and scenery allowing you to delve a little deeper into the personality of Northern Australia’s largest city. You will explore museums, memorials, monuments, barracks and lush tropical gardens as you piece together the stories of the people and events that have played an integral part in Townsville’s military history.
Leaving the pier, you will head to nearby Kissing Point Fort for a visit. Overlooking beautiful Cleveland Bay, the fort was built at the end of the 19th Century to defend the city against the Russians and has played an important role in the city’s defense since then. Approximately 100 years after its construction began, the old fort was restored to house the North Queensland Military Museum, which you will also visit. The museum on this site closed for further restoration in 2008 and relocated to its current premises at the center of Jezzine Barracks in 2009.
The museum focuses on the history of the Australian Army in North Queensland, with extensive collections and displays in three different galleries. Museum guides are positioned around the museum to provide visitors with valuable information.
You will also visit the Air Force Museum or RAAF Townsville Aviation Heritage Centre, which focuses on North Queensland’s aviation heritage through photographic displays, artefacts, memorabilia and some unusual items. The museum received high commendations from the North Queensland Tourism Awards in the early 200’s and since then, added very interesting and significant displays.
On the return drive, you will stop in front of number 24 French Street, the location from which the first Australian wireless unit code breakers operated from for a short period during WWII. Your guide will tell you all about the buildings and the important role the code breakers played – it’s an interesting story that tells of US General Douglas MacArthur and his arrival in Australia after the fall of the Philippines.
Please note: Tour includes nearly 3-hours of walking/standing and some steps to negotiate at the different stops. This tour is not available for wheel chair guests and those with walking or mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Weather appropriate clothing, adequate sun protection and flat comfortable shoes are recommended. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.
Enjoy an orientation tour of the city en route to the Museum of Tropical North Queensland, an architecturally stunning museum. While here, you will have the opportunity to explore the many delights of tropical North Queensland, as presented through marine exhibits and pioneer lore. The fascinating story of the HMS Pandora, the ship that chased the Bounty mutineers, only to be wrecked on the Great Barrier Reef in 1791, is recounted here as well.
Visit the Great Barrier Reef Headquarter, often referred to as Reef Wonderland. Actually built out into the harbor, the magnificent Reef Headquarter Aquarium contains the largest living coral reef in the world. At two stories high, with giant panoramic windows, the aquarium features a glass tunnel that allows for walking beneath the ocean surface amongst colorful tropical fish. Come face-to-face with the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef as you discover an underwater world of brilliant coral that is home to thousands of incredible reef creatures. A wave machine which simulates the ebb and flow of the ocean, maintains natural marine living conditions, with algae used in the purification system.
Please note: Tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair and are able to make their own way on and off transportation. Guests must be self-sufficient or if assistance is required, they should travel with a companion who can provide this. Tour includes over 2.5-hours of walking/standing on level surfaces. Guided tours are offered at both venues, however guests can explore at leisure if preferred. Weather appropriate clothing, adequate sun protection and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Tour may operate with a driver-guide.
Discover the best of North Queensland on this tour of Townsville and the Magnetic Island. You will hear about the over 150 years rich history of Townsville and the Magnetic Island - from the original settlement of the township as a port city connecting northern Australia to now being the largest urban center in Northern Australia. You will also learn about island life from locals who live on Magnetic Island, which lies in the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and was also an important defensive post during World War II.
Your tour starts with a scenic introductory drive through Townsville, during which your driver/guide will share stories and information on the European settlement in the area and the region’s military history. Drive through South Townsville, the City, and the Strand before boarding your vessel for a scenic and informative cruise along the shores of Magnetic Island.
Just 5 miles from Townsville, the island is practically a suburb of Townsville, with approximately 2,500 permanent residents. Most of the island is a National Park, and has become a popular natural tourist attraction, with beautiful bays, coves, beaches and lush vegetation. The course taken by your cruise will be decided by the vessel’s master depending on sea conditions, but no matter the route, you’ll definitely enjoy the scenery.
Morning/afternoon tea will be served while a local resident tells you all about life in Magnetic Island. After your cruise, your coach will be waiting for the return to the ship.
Please note: Tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair and are able to make their own way on and off transportation. Guests must be self-sufficient or if assistance is required, they should travel with a companion who can provide this. Weather appropriate clothing, adequate sun protection and flat comfortable shoes are recommended.
Shortly after your arrival in Townsville, you will board your coach and head for the other side of the mountains to the Australian Outback. En route, you will have a chance to view the highlights of the city of Townsville before crossing the mountain ranges that lay to the west of the city. Your coach will ascend gradually to a low plateau of dry, undulating scrubland that is typical of so much of Australia's outback - a land of gum, goanna and kangaroo.
Lying approximately 87 miles southwest of Townsville, you will find the old gold rush town of Charters Towers, where you will be treated to some morning refreshments upon arrival. Today, Charters Towers is a city of over 10,000, but during the height of the gold rush, it maintained a population three times that size. In 1871, three itinerant prospectors discovered gold here and between that date and 1911, some seven million ounces of gold were extracted from the region. The enormous gold reserves prompted the building of Australia's first regional stock exchange. This magnificent heritage building has been fully restored in recent years and is an impressive sight to see. Grand hotels, banks and public buildings of that era are still in use today, affording the visitor a glimpse of what life must have been like back in those boom times.
Mining continues to be an important part of Charters Towers life, but the rich veins have long been worked out and the remaining gold can only be reached by modern, mechanized methods. These present day processes are a far cry from the pick and shovel or the steam driven processing which was carried out at the Venus Battery Mill. As part of your tour, you will have the opportunity to have a close look at this amazing remnant of the past which is the only mill remaining out of the 25 reducing mills that existed at the end of the 19th century. In recent years a few small-scale operations have recommenced, and gold is still being collected from the area. You may wish to keep your eyes open as you walk about as there is still gold waiting to be found. In fact, it's been said a few of the locals have been looking very pleased with themselves lately. Adding to your enjoyment, a local guide joins your tour and shares with you some colorful tales of the "olden days" as he provides an unforgettable commentary and insight into the history of Charters Towers.
Included in your tour is a casual lunch served at a local café. Your sightseeing will continue throughout the afternoon before returning to the ship in Townsville.
Please note: Tour includes over 1-hour of walking/standing on natural surfaces with uneven areas and some inclines. The sites on this tour are not wheelchair accessible and therefore, it is not available to wheelchair guests. Weather appropriate clothing, adequate sun protection and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Tour may operate with a driver-guide.
Discover a piece of Townsville’s History on a half day tour to one of the region’s most sought-after destinations. Cape Cleveland Lighthouse was the first lighthouse to be built in Townsville in 1879 and is listed as a heritage site. Experience the isolation and beauty of this unique location; take in the 360-degree ocean, island and mainland views.
Shortly after leaving the pier with your driver/guide, this exclusive and informative tour commences with an approximately 40-minute journey across Cleveland Bay by ferry, taking in the spectacular views along the way.
On arrival to Cape Cleveland you will transfer to the beach, by shore barge, where a local guide will take you on a walking tour to the lighthouse, which marks the northern point of the cape and is listed as a heritage lighthouse since 1998.
Walk around the old homestead buildings and discover a piece of Townsville history through historical displays of past and present residents. Take in the natural beauty this location offers, and if you're lucky, you might even spot foraging Green Turtles that inhabit the waters surrounding the cliffs.
A delicious morning tea of fresh baked scones and local jams will be served at the lighthouse – featuring products sourced from the region. Then, walk back to the beach where you will transfer to the ferry by barge, to start your return cruise to Townsville.
Please note: Guests must be in good physical condition as tour includes a 20 minute walk from the beach to the summit where the lighthouse is, with a steep incline and natural surfaces. This tour is not available for wheel chair guests or those with walking or mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing, adequate sun protection and flat, sturdy walking shoes are recommended. Wildlife sightings, although likely, cannot be guaranteed.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.