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.

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Townsville

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 6 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 10 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 6 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

    Read More
  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 10 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Townsville City & Reef Wonderland

    Your tour begins at the pier where you will board your coach and 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.

    Before returning to the pier, your final stop will be at 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: It is recommended that guests wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a hat, sunglasses and sun screen. The order of sights visited may vary and the itinerary may be reversed. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.

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  • Charters Towers Gold Rush

    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, mechanised 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 inspect 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: The sites on this tour are not wheelchair accessible and therefore, it is not available to wheelchair guests. Guests with mobility concerns are cautioned that they may experience uneven areas and there are some slight inclines. It is recommended that guests wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a hat, sunglasses and sun screen. Beverages are not included with lunch and are at guests' own expense. The order of sights visited may vary and the itinerary may be reversed. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.

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  • Townsville and Billabong Sanctuary

    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 will have a personalized guided tour by one of the Sanctuary's qualified rangers who will offer you expert insight into Australia's fascinating wildlife. You will also be afforded free time to explore the different habitats at your own pace. As you stroll along the pathways, you may see kookaburras, dingoes, Australian black swans, cassowary, cockatoos, birds of prey and other native wildlife. There also exists the opportunity to hand feed the free roaming kangaroos, take a photo with a cuddly koala or unusual wombat, or watch the menacing crocodiles being fed. 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 be given a short tour of some of the city's landmark sights, such as the Strand Beachfront Promenade, the museum, casino and the historic buildings along Flinders Street as well as stopping at the top of Castle Hill for a photo opportunity of the panoramic views offered here of Townsville.

    Please note: The sites on this tour are not wheelchair accessible. It is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned due to some moderate walking on packed earth paths and sloping grounds. It is recommended that guests wear comfortable, flat, rubber-soled walking shoes and bring a hat, sunglasses, sun screen and insect repellent. The order of sights visited may vary and the itinerary may be reversed. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.

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  • Mungalla Aboriginal Cattle Station

    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 various meats, seafood 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 1/2 hours of travel by coach. Your visit at Mungalla Station is approximately 3 1/2 hours which includes some moderate walking and standing. There will be some uneven surfaces and steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat comfortable walking shoes with a closed-toe are recommended.

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  • World Heritage Rainforest Discovery

    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 picturesque 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.

    Next, you will begin a guided walking tour 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, remarkable bio-diversity and ancient ancestry. 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 and then afterwards, transfer back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes just over 90 minutes of moderate walking/standing. There will be some uneven surfaces that can be wet and 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 to include a light jacket; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat comfortable walking shoes with a closed-toe are recommended.

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