Cairns’ Reef, Rainforest, Kuranda & Tablelands

Enjoy four fun filled days exploring the Great Barrier Reef, including a free Introductory Dive; visit to the ‘oldest rainforest on earth’ with a day tour to the stunning Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation. Glide over the Rainforest canopy on board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, enjoy free time in Kuranda Village before returning by the amazing Kuranda Scenic Train; Explore the Amazing Tropical Highlands & Paronella Park.

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


  • Up to 6 Hours at the Great Barrier Reef
  • Unlimited Snorkeling
  • Opportunity to try Scuba Diving for Free
  • 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 Village in the Rainforest
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Tablelands waterfalls
  • 1000-year-old twin kauri pines
  • Curtain Fig Tree
  • Yungaburra & Malanda townships
  • Swim at Millaa Millaa Falls
  • Paronella Park & guided walk



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.


Our premium, full day Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation tour takes you deep into the rainforest to discover some of the region’s most dramatic landscapes and scenic vistas. In the comfort of our air-conditioned bus after a pickup from Cairns, Northern Beaches or Port Douglas, we take you to the essential things to do in Daintree and Cape Tribulation. Port Douglas’s Flagstaff Hill offers panoramic views of the Coral Sea, Four Mile Beach and back to Palm Cove, before we journey onward for a guided walk, morning tea and refreshing swim in the rainforest waters of Mossman Gorge

Onwards to the powerful Daintree River, where a one-hour wildlife cruise showcases the many birds, fish, turtles and even crocodiles that call the river home. A cable ferry ride is our ticket to the Daintree Rainforest, where our path winds through the dappled lights under the rainforest canopy, upwards to stunning Mount Alexandra Lookout. Tread the very sands that link reef with rainforest at Cape Tribulation Beach, and learn more about this ancient ecosystem on a boardwalk tour and scenic lookout. Our trip home features another Daintree highlight at a local Daintree Icecream Company, featuring flavours from locally-grown exotic fruits. We’ll return to Port Douglas around 5.30pm, and at around 6.30pm to Northern Beaches and Cairns


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.


After a coach pickup between 7.15 – 7.45am, we begin our Tropical North Queensland tour of discovery heading south from Cairns, taking in the imposing views of 900-metre Walsh’s Pyramid at the border of Wooroonooran National Park. This marks the first of many iconic sights on today’s tour, and as we climb the Gillies Range Road towards the Atherton Tablelands keep watch as the lush rainforest parts to reveal views of the Goldsborough Valley and out to the Coral Sea below.
Lake Barrine was carved into the Tablelands landscape more than 10,000 years ago, and it is here we take a closer look at the surrounding World Heritage-listed tropical rainforest and its inhabitants. A short walk reveals twin kauri pines estimated at more than 1000 years old, the rainforest giants standing watch over a bevy of unique local inhabitants. Keen-eyed explorers may glimpse the abundant wildlife here, including birds, butterflies, turtles, Boyd’s forest dragons and maybe even the tiny yet ancient musky rat-kangaroo.
After morning tea we visit historic Yungaburra and its many photo opportunities of heritage listed buildings, before a boardwalk tour around the Curtain Fig Tree, where our guides share the story of how this 600+ year-old rainforest behemoth’s origins, and the abundance of animal life surrounding it. If you’re lucky, you may spot the elusive Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroo! Onwards for a driving tour through Malanda — home to Australia’s oldest continuously running commercial picture theatre — we come to rest at Millaa Millaa Falls, where you’ll have time to take a dip under the 20-metre falls, secreted away in the rainforest landscape. We then stop for an a la carte lunch.
We wind our way down the Palmerston Highway to the coastal town of Innisfail,  then it’s time to take in the stunning gardens and historic Spanish-style architecture at Paronella Park, where a guided tour and ample free time reveal this must-do attraction’s rich history and natural wonders. After your tropical garden sojourn, it’s time to return north. Time permitting, we’ll stop for another swim, this time in the cool rainforest pools of Babinda Boulders. We’ll briefly stop at a local fruit stall, where you can purchase local, fresh fruit before we return you to your Cairns accommodation or meeting point by around 6.30pm.


Adult $799
Concession $789
Child ( 4 -14 Years) $529

All rates are in Australian dollars and include GST. Conditions: Discovery Tours reserves the right to amend this itinerary due to any unforseen circumstances and accepts no responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged property, lunch destination may be changed without notice, cancellation fees apply.


  • 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
  • Day 1 transfers
    • Included for Cairns City Hotel only.
    • Northern Beaches Hotels (as far north as Palm Cove) are an additional $35 per person, payable to the driver on the day of travel
  • Day 2 transfers
    • Included from Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas.
  • Day 3 Transfers
    • Complimentary transfers from Cairns CBD hotels
    • If you are staying at The Northern Beaches – you will need to make your own way to the Skyrail Terminal at Smithfield, as No Transfers are available.
  • Day 4 Transfers
    • Complimentary transfers from Cairns CBD hotels
    • Complimentary from meeting points at Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (6 Skyrail Dr, Smithfield) and Cairns Central Railway Station (Bunda Street entrance, Cairns).
    • Pickups from Northern Beaches hotels available for an additional $30 per person, payable direct to driver.

Terms and Conditions


What's Included


  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.


  • One-way Skyrail ticket on a ‘standard’* gondola.
  • 3 hours free time in Kuranda, the Village in the Rainforest.
  • One-way Kuranda Scenic Railway ticket, in a Heritage Class* carriage.
  • Cairns CBD bus transfers to and from nearest pick up location


  • Devonshire morning tea. Scones and tea/coffee at Lake Barrine Teahouse.
  • Rainforest lakeside walk. Visit the twin kauri pines at Lake Barrine.
  • Curtain Fig Tree and elevated rainforest boardwalk.
  • Millaa Millaa Falls, including time for a swim.
  • Quality lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Paronella Park including priority entry, 30-minute guided tour free time to explore.
  • Visit iconic local landmarks, including Walsh’s Pyramid, Heales Lookout, Yungaburra, Curtain Fig Tree, Malanda, Crawford’s Lookout, Millaa Millaa Falls.
  • Rainforest swim at Babinda Boulders (time permitting).
  • Taste the tropics. Buy your own locally grown tropical fruit at local fruit stall.
  • Return hotel transfers (Cairns area only). Paid transfers available for northern beaches hotels ($30 per person) or make your way to collection points.
  • Attractions and all national parks permit fees as per itinerary.
  • Small group touring in comfortable, air-conditioned buses.




  • 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


  • 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/Credit Card for purchase at Daintree Ice-Cream Factory
  • Bottle of water, which can be topped up throughout the tour


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


  • Hat and sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Comfortable covered walking shoes.
  • Swimwear, towel and change of clothes.
  • Bottled water.
  • Light jacket in cooler months (June – Oct), when the Tablelands can be quite cool early in the morning, but still hot enough for swimming later in the day.
  • Umbrella (if rain is forecast).
  • Camera with spare batteries and enough room on the memory card.
  • Cash / credit card as we visit two very well-equipped gift shops with mostly locally-made products.
  • A sense of adventure and thirst for great views!

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