Cairns' Top 3'Must Do’ Tours

Overview

Cairns’ Reef, Rainforest & Kuranda

Get ready for three amazing days, where you’ll take in the best sights, experiences and tourism attractions Cairns and North Queensland has to offer. We start with the Great Barrier Reef. This full day tour provides you with up to 6 hours at the reef, visiting 2 reef sites, with plenty of time for snorkeling and a free scuba dive. As well as seeing the Great Barrier Reef firsthand, you’ll learn more about it with a Marine Biology presentation. From saltwater to freshwater, the second day takes you deep into the heart of the Daintree Rainforest World Heritage Area. Swim in the cool waters of Mossman Gorge, take in the views of Cape Tribulation Beach, where the reef meets the rainforest, and watch for crocodiles on a 1-hour Daintree River Cruise. Day 3 is all about Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Kuranda, the Village in the Rainforest. There’s plenty of time for shopping, sight seeing and just enjoying our unique tropical vibes. The best of Cairns and Tropical North Queensland.

  • 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

  • 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
  • Visit 2 Reef Sites
  • Swimming in Mossman Gorge
  • Daintree River Cruise
  • Daintree Rainforest
  • Cape Tribulation Beach
  • Amazing Lookouts
  • Port Douglas
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Kuranda Village in the Rainforest
  • Barron Falls
  • Small Group Touring
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Itinerary

DAY 1. CAIRNS TO THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

The Great Barrier Reef is an international icon and now it’s your time to experience it for yourself. This amazing full day tour takes you to the Great Barrier Reef, with up to 6 hours spent exploring it from above and below the water. Enjoy unlimited snorkeling, with equipment and instruction provided, at 2 different reef sites. Want to try scuba diving for the first time? You can do it for free today. There’s also glass bottom boat tours, pending conditions, and plenty of time to just relax on board the boat too.

This great value day tour is packed with inclusions. All meals and snacks, including a bacon and egg roll in the morning, fresh buffet lunch, iced water and tea and coffee throughout the day with cheese, wine and biscuits served on the way back. There’s complimentary sunblock available on board the boat and an interactive Marine Biology presentation, will reveal the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem and some of its creatures.

If you’re staying in the Cairns CBD, bus transfers to and from your accommodation to the boat are included. There’s an extra charge for those on the Northern Beaches. All snorkel and dive equipment and instruction are provided and included in the tour price. BYO towel.

DAY 2. DAINTREE RAINFOREST & CAPE TRIBULATION

Today it’s all about the Wet Tropics World Heritage listed Rainforest, with a premium day tour to the Daintree National Park. You’ll travel in small group style, aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. Stopping to enjoy the sights, sounds and ambience of this complex tropical environment, throughout the day.

We start with pick-ups from Cairns and the Northern Beaches. Those guests will enjoy a scenic tour on the Great Barrier Reef drive, to Port Douglas. After collecting any additional guests it’s a quick trip to the top of Flagstaff Hill lookout for views over 4 Mile Beach. From here, we head to the rainforest, starting our exploration at Mossman Gorge. After a cold drink, or local tea and coffee, you’ll take a guided tour of the Gorge, with the option of swimming in the crystal-clear waters. Afterwards, enjoy a restaurant lunch with choice of meals, before we continue our adventure with a 1-hour cruise on the mighty Daintree River.

Then we head into the Daintree National Park and explore the rainforest, on a guided boardwalk tour. We visit the famous Cape Tribulation Beach, where the reef meets the rainforest, and stop by the Daintree Ice-Cream Company in the afternoon. Here you have the option of purchasing a tropical fruit ice-cream (at your own expense), before we head back to Port Douglas, the beaches and Cairns. BYO towel if you want to swim at Mossman Gorge.

DAY 3. SKYRAIL RAINFOREST CABLEWAY – KURANDA VILLAGE – KURANDA SCENIC RAILWAY

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway glides just metres over the rainforest on a 7.5km journey, from Caravonica to Kuranda. Travelling in 6-person gondola cabins, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the Barron Gorge National Park, Barron Gorge itself and Barron Falls. There’s two mid-station stops along the way, where you can explore the rainforest on boardwalks and pathways, including a cantilevered bridge over the Gorge.

The Skyrail journey to Kuranda takes around 90-minutes, if you stop at both the Red Peak and Barron Falls Stations. Stopping is highly recommended, there’s Ranger guided tours and a range of interpretive displays and materials. Skyrail ends at Kuranda, the Village in the Rainforest, and is adjacent to the railway terminal, where you’ll commence your trip back at the end of the day.

Kuranda is a quaint village, full of markets, shops, boutiques, cafes, galleries, restaurants and tourist attractions. It also has self-guided walking trails. Enjoy a few hours here, where you can tailor your time to suit your interests. Lunch is at your own expense. In the afternoon, you return to Cairns on Kuranda Scenic Railway. This historic journey takes you back through the Barron Gorge National Park, providing a completely different and complementary experience to Skyrail. Another great day, in our natural paradise.

Rates

RATES
Adult $565
Concession $555
Child $365
Family $1,595
  • Please note this tour is not suitable for children under 4, unless on a Private Charter.
  • The Child Price is for ages 4 – 14 with no dive inclusion.
  • Transfers for the Great Barrier Reef tour are included for Cairns City Hotels, Northern Beaches Hotels are an additional $22 per person, payable to the driver on the day of travel.

Terms and Conditions

Inclusions

What's Included

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.

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.

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.

Checklists

WHAT TO BRING

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

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

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

All Inclusive Price

from $565

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