Brisbane River / Moreton Bay 6 day / 5 nights
Cruise the upper reaches of the Brisbane River enjoying the spectacular skyline of Brisbane City & surrounds, the Islands of Moreton Bay (North & South Stradbroke & Peel). View the Gold Coast from a water perspective & discover this water playground.
DAY 1: The tour will commence at the ‘Airport International Motel’ (Hamilton) just prior to dinner. ‘Hamilton’ is a Brisbane River suburb and very close to Brisbane Airport (only 10-minutes’ drive by taxi), also convenient from the city for guests arriving by other means. Our welcome dinner at the hotel (6:30pm) takes the opportunity to meet with your crew and other travellers for the exciting week ahead.
OVERNIGHT: ‘AIRPORT INTERNATIONAL MOTEL’ – Hamilton (Brisbane)
DAY 2: Breakfast at the motel, and luggage ready for collection by our crew (who will take them directly to our next motel). At 9.00 am we board our transfer bus and travel via the city to the Western Suburbs and the upper reaches of the Brisbane River. At Kookaburra Point we meet our boat crew and board our ‘Spirit II’ Vessel. Cruise down the Brisbane River enjoying morning tea and lunch on board as the delightful scenery of the river suburbs will quite amaze the traveller with tropical parks and a side of Brisbane that many do not normally see. A highlight is passing by the central city area and the South Bank complex. In the afternoon we leave Brisbane passing by the port areas and enter a section of Moreton Bay. Passing by St. Helena Island we arrive at the bay side village of Manly and enter the marina of the ‘Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron’. This will be our home for the next two nights – right in the grounds of the yacht club staying at the Manly Marina Cove Motel. Our dinners and breakfasts will all be at the Yacht Club with great views over the Marina. OVERNIGHT: ‘MANLY MARINA COVE MOTEL’ – Manly
DAY 3: Relaxed breakfast at the club. Manly is a delightful village on Moreton Bay and for those who enjoy a pleasant walk it is just an 800-metre level stroll into town along the marina area. At 9.30am we board our vessel for a day exploring the waters of Moreton Bay, first travelling to Peel Island and depending on tide and weather conditions we may be able to stroll along the white sandy beach. Enjoy morning tea in Horseshoe Bay before we cruise by one of the old wrecks, now utilised as a reef for marine life. From Peel Island is only a short distance to Dunwich the main settlement on North Stradbroke Island. Today we will undertake a coach tour of the islands’ main features and settlements including Amity and Point Lookout and learn of the Island’s mining history. A very pleasant lunch arranged today at the Little Ship Club – right on the water. There is time for those interested in short walks including a ‘gorge’ walk at Point Lookout. For those not so interested in the walk - perhaps an ice cream or a peak in the local shops. Mid-afternoon we return to Manly at the Yacht Squadron. Dinner at the club. OVERNIGHT: ‘MANLY MARINA COVE MOTEL’ – Manly
DAY 4: Breakfast and your luggage will be collected for direct transfer to our next accommodation. No rush this morning as we depart Manly and proceed south passing by the coastal villages of Cleveland and Victoria Point. Today you will discover the importance of the local ferry services that are the only transport serving the many island communities that make up the Brisbane area. We will see Macleay, Karragarra, Russell, Cobby Cobby and several other islands that dot this area. Passing by the southern extent of North Stradbroke as we enter the channel that opens to the sea; this is the Canaipa Passage and Jumpinpin Bar. Late morning pass by the northern extent of South Stradbroke Island for a highlight of the day – lunch at “Tipplers Resort” – a great restaurant in a very isolated area. After lunch we continue along South Stradbroke and pause at the Couran Cove Resort - just one of the very few settlements on this island. Late afternoon we enter the Coomera River (North Passage) and it is not long before we pass Sanctuary Cove and our first example of the Gold Coast developments that are everywhere! Nearby is Hope Island and our home for the next two nights - the Ramada Hotel in the Hope Harbour Marina. We can dock right out front of the hotel and walk to reception. Dinner at the Ramada OVERNIGHT: ‘RAMADA BY WYNDHAM’ – Hope Harbour (Gold Coast)
DAY 5: Breakfast at the Ramada. Many Australians may avoid the Gold Coast, perhaps worried about the glitter, crowds and noise. Our cruise will put a completely different feel to this delightful area, from the water one can discover the “ambiance” of mansions and high-rise buildings along with the many waterways and marinas. At the same time, we will feel the original water courses and what attracted the developers of the 1950’s. We will pause for lunch right alongside the Nerang River at a local restaurant, very central location and time will be allowed for those wishing to walk into Surfers Paradise and view the beach. Our cruise will take us past many highlights including Marina Mirage, Sea World and the huge mansions on Sovereign Island. Mid- afternoon return to Hope Harbour and the Ramada for our final dinner. OVERNIGHT: ‘RAMADA BY WYNDHAM’ – Hope Harbour (Gold Coast)
DAY 6: Breakfast and farewells. At 9.15 am our coach will depart with transfers to Brisbane Airport and then into the city dropping off at the Roma Street Railway Station. For clients booking on flights it is strongly recommended to book flights departing after 1.00 pm. Traffic conditions can be very busy on the motorways and delays can occur. In good conditions the transfer may normally only take a little over an hour.