Exclusive Experiences Across Tropical North Queensland

Exclusive Experiences Across Tropical North Queensland
May 2021

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Rediscover nature at its wildest in indulgent luxury under tropical skies where balmy days dissolve into sultry nights under a mantle of stars. From the palm-fringed beaches of the Coral Sea to underwater paradise on the Great Barrier Reef; the crystal-clear creeks of the Daintree Rainforest and remote outback cattle stations to 20,000-year-old rock art galleries which tell the stories of the land and its people. This is Tropical North Queensland where rare treasures await.

Below is a small sample of some of the kinds of exclusive experiences curated by Abercrombie & Kent to inspire you in planning your next holiday to this spectacular region. Contact one of our expert Journey Designers or talk to your travel agent to find out more about our full range of Tropical North Queensland journeys, and how we can custom-design a bespoke itinerary just for you.


Outback to the Reef by Air – A Small Group Journey

Contrast Queensland’s rich outback spirit with the pristine natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and the remote Cape York peninsula on this adventure which combines the ancient landscapes and untamed wilderness of Mount Mulligan, a working cattle station in the Atherton Tablelands, with the rich marine life of tropical hideaway, Lizard Island. An exhilarating helicopter trip from Horn Island to Roko Island in the Torres Strait reveals hundreds more pristine islands and beaches as well as the region’s rich pearling heritage. Travel by a combination of private 4WD vehicle, charter aircraft and helicopter maximising your time spent in each destination. 

Journey Highlights

  • Admire raw pastoral landscapes from above on your private charter flight north through northern Queensland to Horn Island
  • Discover the outback spirit of Queensland at historic Mount Mulligan cattle station and heritage site
  • Discover pearling history from an expert at Roko Island
  • Marvel at the hundreds of pristine islands in the Torres Strait islands on a scenic helicopter adventure
  • Be enchanted by the underwater delights of idyllic Lizard Island on diving and snorkelling adventures

Small group of up to 10 guests
7 days
Three departure dates: 8 August, 5 September & 8 October 2021
Price: $12,500 per person twin share, $5,680 single supplement

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Far North Exploration

Delve into the tropical delights of the far north with its seductive climate where balmy days dissolve into tropical evenings under clear starry skies. Relax and revitalise in the aquamarine waters of the Coral Sea, the crystal creeks of Mossman Gorge, and on the palm fringed golden sands of Port Douglas’ Four Mile Beach. Discover Australia’s breathtaking northern tropics through pristine Daintree Rainforest walks and safaris, diving and snorkelling the reef and sailing the waterways. Be inspired by the myriad natural wonders and revel in its glorious simplicity.

Journey Highlights

  • Discover two World Heritage listed jewels – the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef
  • Snorkel the sandy coral islands of the Inner Reef and gaze upon its many marine wonders
  • Bed down in a deluxe eco-resort nestled in the rainforest
  • Take part in a traditional Kuku Yalanji smoking ceremony
  • Meet the inspirational owners of a private conservation garden in the heart of the rainforest
  • Uncover Cooktown’s colonial and Indigenous history and its pristine natural surrounds

Private Tailor-Made Journey
6 days
Price: From $3,900 per person twin share

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Insider’s Cairns: An Indigenous Art Immersion

Experience the vibrant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures of Queensland at the 2021 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) on this exclusive celebration of indigenous art and Tropical North Queensland. The CIAF is focused on offering an ethical art marketplace, commissioning new work and providing pathways for emerging visual and performance artists. The works on display are for sale and as part of the journey you have exclusive preview privileges which give you the opportunity to purchase art ahead of the public.

Journey Highlights

  • Be privileged to an exclusive pre-opening viewing of the CIAF exhibition
  • Enjoy a personalised tour of the fair with CIAF Artistic Director Janina Harding
  • Meet the designers and curators who bring the CIAF fashion show to life
  • Attend an exclusive VIP gallery event with the indigenous artists and their families
  • Spend a day in the Daintree Rainforest and meet the inspirational owners of a private conservation garden
  • Take part in a hands-on Aboriginal art workshop

Small group of up to 24 guests
6 days
Departs 17 August 2021
Price: $3,195 per person twin share, $1,350 single supplement

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Stories of Outback Queensland

Soar across ancient sandstone escarpments, magnificent rivers and endless outback landscapes on this heli-experience like no other, exclusive to A&K. In the company of your indigenous host and guide, a traditional custodian of this region, you’ll be choppered inland from Cairns or Port Douglas to the remote ancient lands where an extraordinary cultural experience awaits. Be guided on a unique and privileged discovery of the amazing Quinkan rock art, regarded by UNESCO as one of the 10 most significant bodies of rock art in the world, spellbound as your indigenous guide interprets the painted stories of his people, the Kuku-yalanji. Learn more about Australia’s Indigenous history at this magnificent and culturally significant site and admire the extraordinary depictions of Quinkan spirits, fertility symbols, ancient guardians, totems, turtles and crocodiles, some at least 20,000 years old.

Return to the helicopter for the short hop to Palmerville, experiencing an exclusive immersion into life on this working cattle station. Meet the station manager and get a firsthand glimpse into outback life - mustering cattle, fencing or dam building, depending on the time of year and the season.

Return to your coastal retreat at the end of a rewarding and insightful outback adventure.

Journey Highlights

  • Discover ‘Magnificent Gallery’, a 20,000-year-old outback museum
  • Experience unique perspectives, soaring by helicopter from the tropical coast to the heart of Queensland’s Outback
  • Hear the stories of the Kuku-yalanji from one of their proud sons and now traditional custodian
  • Drop in at Palmerville Station for an exclusive immersion into outback pastoral life

Private Tailor-Made Journey
Price: From $5,355 per person twin share

Pricing based on one day adventure and private helicopter charter
Note: Price per person reduces with larger groups of people travelling together, available for up to 6 guests.

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Exclusive Reef House Palm Cove Escape Package

Cocoon in colonial luxury amidst the tropical idyll of Palm Cove with a 5-night escape. Perfect for a holiday with friends or a romantic getaway with the one you love, our friends at Reef House Palm Cove have a 5-night offer just for A&K guests. Relax and unwind with a smorgasbord of included indulgent experiences, delicious dining opportunities and other treats, while admiring a piece of local history. Built in 1958, Reef House was once operated by Brigadier Thomson as a private residence, with much of the history and tradition incorporated with subtle style into the resort design and experiences.

Package highlights

  • Five nights’ accommodation for two guests
  • Daily a la carte breakfast and an included 2-course dinner at Reef House Restaurant
  • A rejuvenating massage for two at The Reef House Day Spa
  • Poolside cocktails and the chance to try your hand at a cocktail mixology class
  • Welcome drink, chocolates and a bottle of in-room champagne on arrival
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi & parking
  • Daily activities including yoga and aqua aerobics

Private Tailor-Made Journey
Price: From $1,247.50 per person twin share
(Brigadier King Studio)
Upgrade: 5 nights from $1,397 per person twin share(Verandah King Room)

On sale: 23 April 2021 - 30 May 2021
Travel: 1 Sep 2021 – 31 Mar 2022
Blackout dates 25 Dec 2021 – 03 Jan 2022

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Hands-on conservation efforts in the Great Barrier Reef

Embrace a rare opportunity to explore the remote northern Great Barrier Reef on a luxurious expedition aboard the 70ft luxury motor yacht Aroona. Travelling with a small group of like-minded travellers, you also have the exclusive opportunity to participate in the Great Reef Census - a world-first citizen science effort to survey the Great Barrier Reef. This partnership project developed by the Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef in collaboration with leading research and management institutions, allows you to help gather data that drives impactful on-the-ground projects, delivers vital insights for management and ultimately, advances conservation outcomes for the iconic Great Barrier Reef.

Be spellbound on daily diving and snorkelling adventures, exploring miles of reef in world-renowned sites from Lagoon Reef to Raine Island, each home to spectacular seascapes and shipwrecks, thriving schools of fish, captivating coral gardens and reef walls bursting with a kaleidoscope of marine life. Led on daily explorations by Aroona's experienced crew, there is also plenty of time to relax aboard in five-star comfort, savouring personalised dining delivered by your private chef. Your charter includes fishing rods and tackle, snorkelling and scuba gear including protective suits and wetsuits, a five metre inflatable pontoon and two stand-up paddle boards.

Journey Highlights

  • Spend six nights* aboard fully-crewed luxury vessel Aroona with chef-prepared meals
  • Participate in the Great Reef Census
  • Snorkel or dive the reef daily taking photos and documenting what you see, all equipment provided for
  • Share the experience with no more than five other guests

7 days (*shorter experiences and different itineraries on other vessels can be customised to suit, pricing will vary)
Price: From $8,350 per person – based on 3 x twin share travelling together

$50,100 for private charter

Note: The Great Reef Census takes place between October – December 2021. Bookings are available between October – December 2021. 

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To learn more about Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef and their Great Reef Census project, please watch this video.


Contact one of our expert Journey Designers or talk to your travel agent to learn more about any of these programs or travels in Tropical North Queensland and start planning.