Australian Wildlife, Island and Bush

Day 1: Cuddle a koala, hold a wombat or handle snakes and crocodiles on an exclusive group tour through the Billabong Sanctuary Wildlife Park. After a private lunch on the scenic Strand beachfront, head to the Great Barrier Reef Aquarium - Reef HQ. See colourful clownfish, living mangroves, dugongs and enormous squid or try a dive in the Predator Tank. Take a private catamaran ride to Magnetic Island, where pristine white beaches meet rocky headlands and wild national park. Spend the night in Peppers Blue on Blue Resort, which offers magnificent views of both mountains and marina. Pamper yourself in the Endote Spa before an exclusive dinner on the deck.

Day 2: Get up close to koalas on a private tour through the Bungalow Bay Koala Village. Or start the day with an exclusive Champagne Bush Breakfast, where you’ll be joined by koalas, wombats, baby crocodiles and operatic birds. The day’s tour options include a Great Barrier Reef snorkel trip and a diving excursion to the Yongala Shipwreck. Spot wild koalas and native rock wallabies on the Koala Forts Walk before taking the ferry back to Townsville. Drive north through ancient rainforest to Hidden Valley Cabins, an award-winning eco-retreat sitting more than 700 metres above sea level.

Day 3: Enjoy a hearty cooked breakfast before an exclusive tour through the lush rainforest of the Paluma Range. Stop to swim in the sparkling waters of Crystal Creek. Spy the normally reclusive platypus on the Hidden Valley Platypus Safar and rare nocturnal animals on the optional night safari. In the evening, relax at a private three-course dinner and soak up the sights and sounds of the Australian bush.

Day 4: After a leisurely breakfast, return to Townsville via Mungalla Station, just east of the sugar-cane town of Ingham. Learn about the rich culture and history of Mungalla Station and its Nywaigi Aboriginal owners on an exclusive group tour. You might even have the chance to try throwing a boomerang or spear before the trip back to Townsville.