SOMETHING DIFFERENT
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Well, this page is for you. We've dug deep and found a number of unique experiences that we reckon will raise your eyebrows.
IN THIS PAGE YOU WILL FIND ALL THOSE ACTIVITIES THAT WE THINK ARE DIFFERENT FROM THE TYPICAL VACATION ACTIVITIES. THE LIST OF ACTIVITIES WILL KEEP ON INCREASING AS WE FIND NEW TOURS AND ATTRACTIONS. SO KEEP COMING BACK!

The Capella Steam Train, which trundles the rails each week between Ravenshoe and Tumoulin, in the Cairns Highlands, Australia.The 1925 vintage steam locomotive 'Capella' crossing a bridge between Ravenshoe and Tumoulin, on the Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland.CAPELLA STEAM TRAIN
Ravenshoe Railway, Ravenshoe
Phone (07) 4097 6005

www.ravenshoesteamrail.com.au

History buffs, train enthusiasts and kids of all ages will enjoy an outing on Ravenshoe's 'Capella', a 1925 vintage steam locomotive. Every Sunday at 1:30pm, this historic steam train leaves Ravenshoe station, pulling its original carriages through open bushland and across trestle bridges to the little siding of Tumoulin, at 960 metres above sea level, the highest railway station in Queensland. The train makes its way back to Ravenshoe at around 3.30pm.

Mount Surprise Gems is the perfect place to break your journey, with real coffee, snacks, meals and home-made treats served from breakfast to dinner.While in Mount Surprise, why not join in a fossicking tour, and find some Topaz, Aquamarine and Smoky Quartz.MOUNT SURPRISE GEMS
Garland Street, Mount Surprise (MAP)
Phone (07) 4063 3055 / Fax (07) 4062 3099

www.thegemden.com.au

Stop awhile and have some fun!

Relax unwind and enjoy...

See how semi-precious gems are made to sparkle, and check out the jewellery and gifts for purchase in the shop. The café is renowned for its snacks, meals and home-made treats served from breakfast to dinner. There is plenty to do around the native gardens with giant games to test your skills. Experience fossicking at its best. Buckets of wash available at the shop, or hire some gear, buy some gear and go it alone. The choice is yours. Mount Surprise Gems can:

Hire you the equipment
Issue you a licence
Give you a mudmap of the fossicking area
Give you lots of information about the minerals of the area and tell you how to go about finding them. Then you pack your own food and drinks etc and head out on the 45K gravel road to have a fun day.

It's a great experience and who knows what you might dig up. On your return Mount Surprise Gems are happy to appraise any of your treasures and suggest how to use them.

BALLY HOOLEY STEAM RAILWAY
Port Douglas
Mobile 0417 949 354 / Fax (07) 4053 6818
The Bally Hooley Steam Railway operates on 4 km of track, commencing at Port Douglas Marina Mirage station, on Sundays and public holidays. The station is the old cane cutters barracks from the Mossman Mill.

GONDOLA CLASSIQUE
Cairns
Mobile 0417 790 628
If you are looking for a unique and romantic experience, then nothing better than a cruise around the Trinity Inlet and Cairns Harbour aboard a Gondola. You can also choose to have dinner onboard, a bottle of champagne or just relax and enjoy the beautiful views.

ISLAND PARTY
If you're over 18 but under 35 or so, and it's Saturday night, you may want to take the boat to the DJs or live bands at the Raging Thunder Beach Bar on Fitzroy Island. The Fitzroy Flyer leaves Cairns' Reef Fleet terminal at 4pm and 7pm, and returns at 1am on Sunday for A$15 (US$12). You must book ahead, through Raging Thunder Adventures.

But if you really want a wild wild night, head to Fizroy Island and literally dance the night away. A catamaran will take you to the Island in 45 minutes and once there, you can let your hair down and party in a very relaxed and open bar. Doesn't it sound appealing? Ok, what about this? If you need a break from the party, stroll down to the beach and have a swim. Then go back to the dance floor and back to business. It could be an idea to do this early in the night, before you have consumed too much alcohol, we want to see you come back to us. It is a magnificent way to finish a day of fishing, sailing or relaxing on the glass-bottomed boat around the island.


FARMSTAYS
What about spending some time on a genuine working cattle station or fruit farm? Apart from different styles of accommodation, Farmstays and Station Stays offer you the possibility to join in on the everyday activities of a working sheep or cattle property, such as drafting, mustering or shearing. There is probably good fishing as well, you can take property tours, enjoy birdwatching, meet local people and make new friends.

Check out our special FARMSTAYS page.