Australian Air Holiday Tours to
Gulf, Cape York and QLD Outback Australia
Poruma Island is located between Australia’s tip of Cape York and Papua New Guinea within the Torres Strait Archipelago. The Island is home to 180 saltwater people, who welcome guests to experience their traditional fishing methods, impressive seafood cuisine, and to learn island history and crafts. The fishing around Poruma Island is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. An underwater maze of gin-clear channels, sand flats, reefs and bomboras are home to spanish mackerel, sailfish, marlin, Trevally, Coral trout, rays, sharks, dugongs, jewfish and much more. Great upmarket cabins are situated right on the beach.
Horn and Thursday Islands
Thursday Island is the most developed island in the Torres Strait Islands group. Located just north of the Australia’s most northern point on the Cape York Peninsula, Thursday Island offers tourists an inviting glimpse into a lovely cultural mosaic.
Horn Island, with an area of 53 square kilometres, consists mainly of vacant Crown land. The Aerodrome occupies 6 square kilometres. On the eastern side of the island is a Gold mine which was in operation until recently.
Lotus Bird Lodge… Cape York
Lotusbird Lodge is located 480 kilometres north of Cairns on the western boundary of Lakefield National Park in central eastern Cape York. Lotusbird Lodge comprises 10 individual pole style cabins set amongst shady eucalypts along the inner bank of a large horseshoe shaped billabong. The lodge was named after the Jacana (Lotusbirds) that inhabit the billabong and while not a dedicated bird watchers lodge, the bird watching is exquisite. See Lotusbird.com.au.
Jowalbinna is an inspiring place located 350 kilometres or 5 hours drive north of Cairns. Its amazing rock art, healthy natural environment, fun activities and comfortable accommodation make for a truly memorable Tropical North Queensland experience. Accommodation is in bush safari style tented cabins. See Jowalbinna.com.au and Quinkancc.com.au.
Located 140km west of Mareeba, the limestone caves of Chillagoe have kept people fascinated for many decades. They are the remains of coral that once lived in a sea that covered this in-land area, about 450 million years ago. There are no other places in Tropical North Queensland that offer this kind of caving treat.
Weipa is approximately 804km north west of Cairns and can be reached by the Peninsula Development Road or by QantasLink daily service from Cairns. It is a small town of around 3500 people and is the site of the world’s largest bauxite mine, operated by Comalco Mining & Refining. Great fishing can be arranged on Cape York.
Eulo is a small town that captures the spirit and atmosphere of Queensland’s outback. Once the bustling main centre for opal miners, the area was chosen for settlement due to its proximity to a good waterhole on the Paroo River. Enjoy a visit to Ian and Nan’s Date Wine Farm and then a great “outback sausage” at the Eulo Queen hotel.
The historic Noccundra Hotel was established in 1882. This hotel is the only occupied building in the town and is well worth a visit. It is also the site of a memorial to the ill-fated Hume expedition as the explorer, Hamilton Hume died of thirst west of the town while searching for survivors of the lost Leichardt expedition. The aircraft is lands only 50 m from the hotel.
Boulia is located 300 kilometres south of Mount Isa at the junction of the Diamantina and Kennedy Development Roads. The town’s fame largely rests with its association to the Min Min Light, a strange spectral light that can appear, hover, disappear and reappear with an eerie will of its own. Most often described as a hovering luminescent ball, the light has teased travellers for years, as it never gets close enough to be clearly examined. Scientists still can’t explain the phenomenon. Dick Suter, or Dinosaur Dick as he is known, will show his amazing collection of bones dug up from around this area. They are displayed in the old Stone House Museum. See Stone House Musuem.
Carnarvon Gorge is located in the Southern Brigalow Belt bio-region in Central Queensland, 593 km northwest of Brisbane. Primarily created by water erosion, the gorge is around 30 kms long and at its mouth, six hundred metres deep. It is the most visited feature within Carnarvon National Park due to the diversity of experiences it contains and the ease with which it can be accessed. See Carnarvon Gorge.
Nowhere else in the world do two World Heritage sites sit side by side with the Daintree Rainforest right outside your door, and the wonder of the Great Barrier Reef just across the bay. Enchanting and beautifully remote, in an unspoilt corner of Far North Queensland, this rainforest eco lodge is one of Australia’s most exclusive getaways, where luxury accommodation goes hand in hand with gourmet dining. Bloomfield’s aura of calm and the natural beauty of the rainforest soon takes over, rejuvenating body and soul. Indulge in a soothing massage, relax by the pool or take a stroll along a deserted beach at this most secluded romantic getaway. See Bloomfield Lodge
Lawn Hill- Boodjamulla National Park
Boodjamulla National Park, formerly known as Lawn Hill National Park, is a national park in the Gulf Country region of northwestern Queensland, Australia. The park is 340 km (210 mi) northwest of Mount Isa or 1,837 km (1,141 mi) northwest of Brisbane. The main attractions in the park are the sandstone ranges with deep gorges and a limestone plateau with significant fossil fields. Other attractions include crystal-clear green waters, lush vegetation and canoeing. Surrounding the park are numerous resources reserves, set aside for future mineral exploration and mining if deposits are found. See Adels Grove.