2022 Antarctica Day Flight and South East Qld Getaway departing 16 January - 9 Days

Brochure Antarctica flyover and SEQ Getaway

Join us on this unique tour where you will not only explore our own backyard in South East Queensland but will also experience the beauty of Antarctica from above!

Experience a completely different view of Antarctica from above onboard the Chimu Adventures, chartered Qantas Dreamliner.

You will have a unique perspective of ‘The Great White Continent’ from the air giving you a greater appreciation of Antarctica’s size and scale compared to ship-based expeditions.

A team of Antarctica experts from Chimu Adventures will be on board to explain the continent’s landscapes and history as you fly over Antarctica.  

Starting and finishing in Brisbane on January 16th, this 9 night tour includes:
1 night at Ibis Brisbane Airport Hotel at the beginning of the trip
2 nights at Seaworld Nara Resort including entry to the theme park and dinner and show at The Outback Spectacular
3 nights at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat including all meals and activities such as 4WD Billy Tea, damper and history tour, Glow  Worm Caves, Tree Top Walk, birdwatching walks and more.
– Sirromet Winery tour and tastings
Canungra Valley Vineyards lunch and wine
– Q1 SkyPoint Observation Deck visit
2 nights at Ibis Brisbane Airport Hotel at the end of the tour

The tour is broken into two components, land, $3,277pp twin share plus airfare of your choice as there are several classes of flights available and you can choose your own from the following:

Economy Limited View $1,195
Economy Wing $2,195
Economy No Wing $3,195
Premium Economy $3,995
Business $6,495
Premium Business $7,995

Please note:  All classes will be part of a seat rotation with the exception of Economy Class – Limited View, as they do not have direct access to a window.  Please see seating plan and Seat Swap Process information attached:
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Day Flight Tour Inclusions:

  • Seat options from Economy Class-Limited View to Premium Business
  • Two Full-Service Qantas meals plus snacks
  • Full Bar Service including champagne, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Choose your viewing on the inseat entertainment system
  • Knowledge and leadership by experienced Antarctica specialists and photographers

A single supplement of $799 is payable ONLY if you require your own room throughout the duration of the tour.  If you are willing to twin share with a friend or another member of the group, this is not payable.

Itinerary

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Arrive and check in independently to the Ibis Brisbane Airport Hotel at your leisure.  Meet up with fellow travellers in the evening to start our SEQ Getaway.

Enjoy breakfast and late checkout from the hotel.  From here we make our way to the family owned and run Sirromet Winery in Mount Cotton.  Enjoy a tour “behind the scenes” of the state-of-the-art winery facility, hearing the tale of an Australian family who created one of the most famous wine brands in Qld, concluding with a private wine tasting of 6 Sirromet wines.  Your coach will continue to transport you to the Seaworld Nara Resort on the Gold Coast.

Breakfast

Enjoy a free day to explore all that the Gold Coast has to offer. Included is a day entry into Sea World where you can explore the Penguin Encounter as a prelude to your Antarctica flight and to enjoy all the shows and rides. Early evening, put your “cowboy boots” on, making our way to the Gold Coast’s best dinner and show.  Australian Outback Spectacular’s “Heartland” is a stirring tale of life on the land in an amazing arena.

Breakfast, Dinner

Your bus transfer will pick you up after a leisurely breakfast, making your first stop at Australia’s Tallest Building – the Q1 SkyPoint Observation Deck which offers panoramic views of the Gold Coast. It is 270m above sea level, located on top of the Q1 building in Surfers Paradise.   We then continue into the hinterland to the beautiful Canungra Valley Vineyards to enjoy some lunch and a glass of wine.  There is also an Alpaca farm at the winery, so wander over to feed them and look in their gift shop. After lunch we drive up the Lamington Plateau, enjoying the vista towards the mountains in the West. You will understand why it is called “The Scenic Rim”. Upon arrival at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat you will be welcomed with afternoon tea and given time to settle into your room for the next 3 nights.  We finish the day with a sunset experience at a remote location including beer and wine, followed by dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Start the day with an early morning bird walk, followed by breakfast.  Around 9am, we take a 4WD Billy Tea, damper and history tour. This afternoon if you’re still feeling energetic, enjoy a guided walk to visit Python Rock allowing views of Moran Falls. Upon return, we enjoy Afternoon Tea and an Audio visual presentation on the Stinson rescue. To finish our day we enjoy dinner, before heading out to see the Glow Worms.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

If you enjoyed the early morning bird walk yesterday (or missed it) you have the opportunity to do it again. We have another day full of adventure starting with a Wildlife encounter, morning tea, then a guided walk to the Tree Top Walk. This is a spectacular elevated walkway through the beautiful middle and upper canopies of the rainforest. It descends gradually to the lower canopy and following rock pools, waterfalls, a butterfly lookout and local history enclosure. There are sheltered rest areas along the way until reaching the amazing Cantilever. The 40 metre long span soars 30 metres above the valley, with spectacular views over the creek and rainforest canopy below.  Finally, the walk returns along the rainforest floor back to the Visitors Centre. After lunch we take another 4WD tour to either Luke’s Bluff or Duck Creek lookouts finishing with an audio visual presentation on nature at O’Reilly’s.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Once again this is your last opportunity to enjoy the early morning bird walk, before packing our bags, have breakfast and meet your bus. Before leaving Mt Tamborine, we stop off at the Gallery Walk, where there are over 70 specialty shops in one block!  Our accommodation tonight is at the vibrant Ibis Brisbane Airport Hotel, with stunning views of Moreton Bay and Brisbane’s surrounds. You can do some plane spotting from your room, as you dream about your flight over Antarctica tomorrow.

Breakfast

Experience a completely different view of Antarctica from above on board the Chimu Adventures, chartered Qantas Dreamliner.

You will have a unique perspective of ‘The Great White Continent ‘ from the air giving you a greater appreciation of Antarctica’s size and scale compared to ship-based expeditions.  A team of Antarctica Experts from Chimu

Adventures will be on board to explain the continent’s landscapes and history as you fly over Antarctica.  Generally, it takes around three hours of flying time south of Australia before we start to see scattered icebergs and shortly after we normally reach the continent itself, where, weather permitting, we’ll get to take in the dramatic mountains, glaciers and frozen landscapes of Antarctica.  For the regular Antarctica flights we will spend 3 – 4 hours flying over the Antarctic continent and weather permitting we’ll hope to reduce the flying altitude to approximately 20,000 feet to give improved viewing of some areas.  On each departure date we carefully consider a number of factors, including weather, cloud cover and ice conditions to help provide you the best viewing experience on the day. Working with Qantas, we have 20 different potential flight paths to choose from, all of which have a variety of interesting features to see.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning after breakfast we say our goodbyes and go home with great memories of the incredible experiences we’ve had and the amazing things we’ve seen and done over the past week.

Breakfast

INCLUSIONS

  • Transfers and transport as shown.
  • Breakfast daily (except day 1). Other meals as shown on itinerary.
  • Accommodation in twin share.
  • 3 nights O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat including meals and activities.
  • All entries, touring and activities as shown on itinerary.
  • Entry and dinner at Australian Outback Spectacular.
  • Entry to Seaworld.
  • Full time GOT escort.

EXCLUSIONS

  • Flights
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Personal items, travel insurance
  • Anything not specified above

FAQ's ANTARCTICA DAY TRIP

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How does the seat swap work?

We will be doing a seat swap during the flight. As can be seen on the
Seat Swap diagram on the Seating Plan the aim is to give passengers
in the seating classes that will be doing a seat swap time in a window
seat or seat next to a window. Please Note the Economy Class –
Limited View category will not be doing a seat swap. The helpful
Qantas staff onboard will be facilitating the seat swap and instructing
on the cleaning regime required during the process.

Where will we fly & what if it is bad weather?

Weather is not generally the issue, cloud cover is our biggest
challenge. We have 20 different routes we can follow and the Captain
will choose the route with they anticipate will provide the best viewing
on the day. It is noted that weather conditions can change quickly in
Antarctica, even mid-flight.

What time will we fly?

Most Antarctica flights will depart early morning with the exception
of the New Years flight which will depart in the evening and enjoy the
midnight sun.

Are there any age Restrictions for the Flight?

There are no age restriction on the flights, although please be aware
that there is no discounted pricing for children.
Please Note: this is a long flight for young children and we do not
recommend the trip for children aged 8 years and younger.
Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Can I use or redeem Qantas Frequent Flyer points or credits for my flight?

As this is a chartered flight, they do not accumulate or accept frequent
flyer points. Any credits held with Qantas can also not be used to
purchase these flights.

Can I access the Qantas Airport Lounge?

Yes, the Qantas Airport Lounges can be accessed for passengers
who hold the required loyalty status.

Can I reserve a particular seat?

You can select a seating class but not a particular seat. The Seating
allocation will be finalised close to departure taking into consideration
all booking requirements.

Do I have to pay single supplement if I'm travelling alone?

No, if you’re willing to twin share with a friend or another member of the group you will not be required to pay the single supplement. This is only payable if you choose to have your own room throughout the course of the tour.

What Covid measures do you have in place?

We take the health and safety of our passengers and crew seriously during COVID 19. As such we will be undertaking these additional COVID
safety measures during your flight, in partnership with Qantas and airport authorities:
• In the days prior to departure and for the peace of mind of all passengers, everyone boarding the flight will be required to complete a Health
and Safety declaration form.
• A contactless temperature test will be conducted on all passengers prior to embarkation (depending on transmission rates in the
state of departure at the time). Those people with a fever (38°C or higher) will be denied boarding, but, will receive a credit for a future
Antarctica Flight.
• To reduce congestion on board, not all seats in Economy Class will be utilised. This will allow more space for passengers.
• Each passenger will receive a personal Qantas pack for the flight including disposable mask, sanitiser and disinfectant wipes.
• There is enhanced cleaning of the aircraft with a disinfectant effective against coronaviruses including during the seat swap process. The
aircraft’s air conditioning system is fitted with hospital-grade HEPA filters, which remove 99.9% of all particles, including viruses. Air inside
the cabin is refreshed every few minutes, ensuring high air quality.
• Additional sanitisers will be available on board throughout the duration of the flight.
• Depending on transition rates in your state at the date of departure and the latest medical advice at the time, there may be additional
measures implemented closer to departure.

Trip Facts

  • 9 days
  • Judy Polkinghorne
  • 10/12/2021
  • Min $1,000

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