7 Night PackageUltimate Tropics Explorer

Overview

7 Nights: Reef, Rainforest, Kuranda, Harbour Cruise, Free Time & Hotel

Give us a week and we’ll share the amazing beauty and diversity of Cairns and Tropical North Queensland with you. Day 1, arrive in Cairns and catch your airport transfer to the hotel for check in. Day 2 includes a delightful evening Dinner & Harbour Cruise, exploring Trinity Inlet and its mangrove lined tributaries. On Day 3 it’s a trip to Kuranda, the Village in the Rainforest, travelling on Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Railway. Day 4 is a free day, giving you time to chill out by the pool or explore the local parks and attractions, including the stunning Cairns Botanic Gardens or Esplanade Lagoon. Day 5, you head north to the amazing Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation. Day 6 is the Great Barrier Reef day tour, where you’ll visit two separate reef locations with lots of time for snorkeling and exploring. Day 7 is spent chasing waterfalls in the morning and then enjoying a 45-minute scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, in the afternoon. On day 8, you check out of your accommodation and return to the airport.

  • Please note this tour is not suitable for children under 4, unless on a Private Charter.
  • Don’t forget to bring your swimming gear

Highlights

  • Dinner & Harbour Cruise
  • Kuranda Village in the Rainforest
  • Barron Falls
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Free Day to Relax & Unwind
  • Swimming in Mossman Gorge
  • Daintree River Cruise
  • Daintree Rainforest
  • Cape Tribulation Beach
  • Amazing Lookouts
  • Up to 6 Hours at the Great Barrier Reef
  • Unlimited Snorkeling
  • Opportunity to try Scuba Diving for Free
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tours
  • Marine Biology Presentation
  • Swimming in Davies Creek
  • Clohsey River Boardwalk & Fig Tree
  • Tropical Fruit Tasting
  • Termite Mounds
  • Off Road ‘Soft’ Four Wheel Driving
  • 45 Minute Scenic Reef Flight
  • 7 Nights’ Accommodation
  • All Transfers
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Itinerary

DAY 1. ARRIVE IN CAIRNS

Inclusions: Airport Transfers and Accommodation in Standard Queen /Twin/ Triple
Welcome to Cairns and Tropical North Queensland. An amazing destination on the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef and ancient World Heritage Rainforest. You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Please note check-in is after 11am. If you arrive earlier, you’re free to leave your bags and spend some time exploring Cairns city either on your own or join a guided tour (at your own expense). See the on-site Tour Desk for tips and suggestions.

DAY 2. EXPLORE CAIRNS & SAIL INTO THE SUNSET WITH A DINNER CRUISE

Inclusions: Full day to relax at your hotel and explore Cairns city. Evening Dinner Cruise, including welcome glass of sparkling beer or wine on arrival. Live musical entertainment. Delicious buffet dinner. 2.5 Hour Calm Water Sunset / Evening Cruise. Accommodation in Standard Queen /Twin/ Triple.

Free day. Sleep in, relax and explore the attractions and sites of Cairns, at your leisure. There are many free things to do, including the Cairns Esplanade precinct and Lagoon pool, Cairns Regional Art Gallery, Botanic Gardens and Tanks Arts Centre. Also, lots of centrally located attractions, including the Cairns Museum, Dome and Cairns Aquarium. (Entry and tickets to these, at your own cost.)

In the early evening, make your own way down to the Cairns Marina and board the Spirit of Cairns, for a 2.5-hour dinner cruise, in the calm waters of Trinity Inlet. It departs at 6.30pm and returns at 9pm. During this time, the afternoon turns to evening and the city lights begin to shine, as you explore the waters of the Cairns waterfront. There’s live musical entertainment and a delicious buffet dinner, featuring fresh, local produce. You receive a complimentary welcome drink and can purchase additional beverages from the onboard bar (at your own expense).

DAY 3. KURANDA VILLAGE, INCLUDING SKYRAIL AND KURANDA SCENIC RAILWAY

Inclusions: All travel. A one-way ticket* on Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. A one-way ticket* on Kuranda Scenic Railway. 3 hours free time in Kuranda, the Village in the Rainforest. Accommodation in Standard Queen /Twin/ Triple

Kuranda the Village in the Rainforest, is located on the banks of the Barron River, high in the mountains above Cairns. Its relaxed vibe includes two large markets, a range of buskers and a few rainforest walking trails. There’s cafes, restaurants and pubs. Galleries, boutiques, jewelry shops and more. The best way to get there is a combination trip of Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Railway, which is what we’ve included in this fantastic day of exploration.

It begins with a 7.5km ride over the rainforest treetops on Skyrail. Travelling in 6-person gondola cabins, you’ll enjoy panoramic views over the rainforest and Cairns hinterland. There’s the opportunity to stop at two rainforest mid-stations along way, where you can enjoy a Ranger guided tour and walk on the cantilevered viewing platform over the Barron Gorge. It’s a 90-minute, one-way journey, from Caravonica to Kuranda.

Enjoy 3 hours free time in Kuranda and return to Cairns in the afternoon, on Kuranda Scenic Railway. This historic rail journey tracks along and through the Barron Gorge National Park, including many tunnels. Arrive back at your hotel at around 5.30-6pm.

Optional Extras:

  • *Kuranda Scenic Railway. Gold Class upgrade to enjoy individual seating in lounge style chairs with a dedicated host service provided. Includes a range of refreshments with tasty appetizers and a gift pack. (Extra cost – contact us for more information)
  • *Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Diamond View Gondola- Be amazed by the spectacular tropical rainforest from the unique viewing perspective of Skyrail’s glass floor Diamond View Gondolas. (Extra cost – contact us for more information)

DAY 4. FREE DAY - DO AS MUCH OR LITTLE AS YOU LIKE

Inclusions: Accommodation in Standard Queen /Twin/ Triple.
Today is yours to explore the other wonders of our beautiful region. There’s lots of free things to do, including a visit to Cairns Regional Art Gallery, the Cairns Botanic Gardens, Esplanade Lagoon Precinct and Munro Martin Parklands. Alternatively, the hotel has a full tour desk to assist you with other touring options (this would be at your own expense), or just relax by the pool soaking up the tropics.

DAY 5. DAINTREE RAINFOREST AND CAPE TRIBULATION FULL DAY TOUR

Inclusions: All travel, including an informative commentary by an accredited tour guide. Mossman Gorge. Daintree River Cruise. Daintree Rainforest Walk. Cape Tribulation Beach. Lunch, refreshments and all attractions and activities mentioned. Accommodation in Standard Queen /Twin/ Triple

Get ready to explore the ancient World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest. Today we collect you in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle and head north on the Great Barrier Reef Drive. Mossman Gorge is our first official destination. A beautiful gorge carved out by the Mossman River and tumbled with large granite boulders. You have the chance to swim in its cool, clear waters, before we continue to Daintree Village for a restaurant lunch with a range of meals available.

After lunch, enjoy a 1-hour cruise on the Daintree River where you might see crocodiles, birdlife, turtles and more. We then cross the river on a cable ferry and head deep into the rainforest. A guided boardwalk tour allows you to see more of this complex, tropical environment up close. Our most northern point of the day is Cape Tribulation beach, the only place on earth where two natural World Heritage sites – the reef and rainforest – exist side by side. From there we retrace our steps to Cairns, but not before a final stop at the Daintree Ice-Cream Company where you’ll be tempted with unique, tropical flavours (which can be purchased at your own expense).

DAY 6. GREAT BARRIER REEF FULL DAY TOUR

Inclusions: Transfers to and from accommodation to the boat. Transfers to and from the Great Barrier Reef. All meals and snacks throughout the day. Snorkel and scuba dive equipment. Marine Biology presentation. Up to 6 hours at the Great Barrier Reef, visiting 2 reef locations. Unlimited snorkeling. Option for a scuba dive. Glass bottom boat tours (pending conditions). Accommodation in Standard Queen /Twin/ Triple.

This is an amazing day spent exploring the Great Barrier Reef. Transport is on a spacious and comfortable boat, which gets you to the outer Great Barrier Reef in style. Enjoy up to 6 hours at the reef, visiting 2 separate reef sites. Unlimited snorkeling, including equipment and instruction, and the chance for a scuba dive. Glass bottom boat tours provide a different perspective (and run, pending weather conditions).

There’s also time for you to relax on the boat and enjoy the weather. Meals and refreshments are available and included throughout the day. This includes a bacon and egg roll on arrival, a fresh buffet lunch and cheese, crackers and a cold refreshment served on the way back to Cairns. NB: Additional cold drinks and ice-creams are available for sale from the bar, at additional cost. An amazing Great Barrier Reef day tour, showcasing the outer reef in all its beauty. BYO towel.

DAY 7. CHASING WATERFALLS & FLY OVER THE REEF

Inclusions: ½ Day 4WD Tour. Visit Davies Creek and Clohsey River Boardwalk. Tropical Fruit Tasting. Giant Trees. 45 Minute Scenic Reef Flight. All Transfers. Accommodation in Standard Queen /Twin/ Triple.

The day begins with an exclusive Forest Waterfalls 4WD Adventure. Travelling in a comfortable 4WD vehicle, you’ll visit three Wet Tropics Rainforest National Parks, including an exclusive location which the general public can’t access. Visit mighty trees, swim in crystal clear waters and taste some tempting tropical fruit. This is a premium, small group touring experience, which is fully guided and accompanied and with an informative commentary.

Returning to Cairns, it’s time for a 45-minute scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The aerial perspective really shows the size and scale of the Great Barrier Reef. Remember to take your camera, as there’s the chance to get some amazing photos. A soaring way to end the touring component of your trip.

DAY 8. FAREWELL CAIRNS

Inclusions: Airport Transfers
Sadly, all good adventures come to an end. Today it’s time to check out of the hotel and catch your transfer to the airport. We thank you for choosing Discovery Tours Australia and look forward to seeing you in Cairns and Tropical North Queensland, some time again soon.

Rates

RATES & DATES
Adult (Per Person – Triple Share) $1,389
Adult (Per Person – Twin Share) $1,489
Adult (Single Rate) $1,969
Child (4 – 14 years) $959

Please note

  • Accommodation is subject to availability and subject to change.
  • This tour is not suitable for children under 4, unless on a Private Charter.
  • The Child Price is for ages 4 – 14.

Terms and Conditions

Inclusions

What's Included

ACCOMMODATION

  • Complimentary transfers for all hotel and tours.
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in a 3-star hotel.

EVENING DINNER & HARBOUR CRUISE INCLUSIONS

  • Welcome beverage. Choice of sparkling wine, beer or soft drink on arrival.
  • 2.5-hour calm water sunset / evening cruise, in Trinity Inlet and along the Cairns waterfront.
  • Live music by some of Cairns’ best musicians.
  • Delicious buffet dinner featuring some of the region’s best produce.
  • Luxurious air-conditioned vessel, with large outdoor decks.
  • Stunning scenery of the estuary, mangroves, rainforest and mountains.
  • Perfect for all weather conditions. Air-conditioned interiors and exterior decks.
  • Fully licensed bar on board with snacks and souvenirs available.

SKYRAIL – KURANDA VILLAGE – KURANDA SCENIC RAILWAY DAY TOUR

  • One-way Skyrail ticket on a ‘standard’* gondola. [*Upgrade to a Diamond View Gondola and be amazed by the spectacular tropical rainforest from the unique viewing perspective of Skyrail’s glass floor Diamond View Gondolas. Extra cost.]
  • 3 hours free time in Kuranda, the Village in the Rainforest.
  • One-way Kuranda Scenic Railway ticket, in a Heritage Class* carriage. [*Upgrade to Gold Class to enjoy individual seating in lounge style chairs with a dedicated host service provided. Includes a range of refreshments with tasty appetizers and a gift pack. Extra cost.]
  • Transfers from the Freshwater Kuranda Scenic Railway Station to Skyrail’s Caravonica Terminal. Return transfers from Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

DAINTREE RAINFOREST DAY TOUR

  • Full Interpretation and commentary by naturalist guides.
  • Port Douglas. Flagstaff Hill lookout with views over 4 Mile Beach.
  • Mossman Gorge. Guided walk and swim in the cool waters of Mossman River.
  • Morning Tea & Lunch. Choice of meals at lunch.
  • Daintree River Cruise. 1-hour cruise.
  • Daintree River Cable Crossing. Both ways.
  • Alexandra Lookout. Amazing photo opportunity.
  • Daintree Rainforest. Oldest surviving tropical rainforest on earth.
  • Botanical Walk. Through the Daintree Rainforest.
  • Cape Tribulation Beach and Lookout. Where reef meets rainforest.
  • Attractions and all national park fees and permits as per itinerary.
  • Small Group Touring in comfortable, late model, air-conditioned vehicles.

GREAT BARRIER REEF TOUR

  • All snorkel equipment hire is included in your trip.
  • One free scuba dive including scuba diving equipment hire.
  • Unlimited snorkeling at two reef locations.
  • Non-swimmer snorkel tours throughout the day, for those who require assistance in the water.
  • Glass bottom boat tours (weather permitting) are a great way to witness life beneath the waves.
  • Selection of meals and refreshments. This includes breakfast bacon and egg rolls, lunch buffet and afternoon cheese, wine and biscuits are served. Dietary requirements will be met; please advise upon booking.
  • Interactive Marine Biology Presentation, a great way to learn about the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Cairns CBD bus transfers to and from your accommodation to the boat.
  • All mandatory reef tax and fuel levies are included in the trip cost.
  • Tea and coffee served throughout the day except during journey times.
  • Sunscreen lotion is provided onboard free of charge.

CHASING WATERFALLS & FLY OVER THE REEF

  • Naturalist Guides. Informative guided walks and commentary.
  • Private World Heritage Rainforest. Not open to the general public.
  • Off Road ‘Soft’ Four Wheel Driving. Through rainforest creeks, in an air-conditioned, late model 4WD vehicle.
  • Davies Creek. A local ‘secret spot’.
  • Tropical Fruit Tasting. Option to purchase some, at additional cost.
  • Clohsey River Boardwalk. Enjoy the peace and serenity of this private, secluded rainforest.
  • Clohsey Fig Tree. Ancient tree, amazing experience.
  • Termite Mounds. Dot the open country savannah.
  • Barron Falls. Possibly the most famous waterfall in North Queensland.
  • National Parks. Travel through three Wet Tropics National Parks; the tour price includes all relevant fees and permits.
  • Secret Giant Trees. We’ll show you hidden giants in World Heritage Rainforest.
  • 45-Minute flight over Great Barrier Reef, with guaranteed window seat.
  • In-flight commentary, flying a modern high-wing aircraft. .

Checklists

WHAT TO BRING

EVENING DINNER & HARBOUR CRUISE

  • Light jacket for cooler months
  • Suitable shoes for boating
  • Cash / cards for bar purchases
  • Your smile and camera

SKYRAIL – KURANDA VILLAGE – KURANDA SCENIC RAILWAY DAY TOUR

  • Lightweight clothing (shorts & t-shirts are fine)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Hat & sunscreen
  • Cash/credit cards for lunch and purchases in Kuranda Village

DAINTREE RAINFOREST DAY TOUR

  • Swimmers & towel, if you wish to swim at Mossman Gorge (subject to conditions on the day)
  • Lightweight clothing (shorts & t-shirts are fine)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Hat & sunscreen
  • Cash for purchase at Daintree Ice-Cream Factory
  • Bottle of water, which can be topped up throughout the tour

GREAT BARRIER REEF TOUR

  • Hat & sunscreen (SPF 30+)
  • Sun protective clothing, like a t-shirt or rash vest
  • Swimming costume & towel
  • Cash/Credit Card for drinks at the bar (soft drinks, beer, wine)
  • Camera

CHASING WATERFALLS & FLY OVER THE REEF TOURS

  • Swimmers & towel, if you wish to swim at Davies Creek (subject to conditions on the day)
  • Lightweight clothing (shorts & t-shirts are fine)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Hat & sunscreen
  • Cash for additional purchases
  • Bottle of water, which can be topped up throughout the tour

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