Cairns and the Tropical North

The gateway to Queensland’s tropical north, Cairns is a stylish city, which is also renowned for its relaxed, tropical climate and laid back ambience. With islands, rainforests and reefs on its doorstep, from Cairns you can swim, snorkel, dive and sail the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Immerse yourself in the World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest or take the scenic railway to the tranquil, butterfly-fringed village of Kuranda and cruise amongst colourful parrots, platypus and fresh water crocodiles. Don’t miss staying in an eco-lodge in the magical Daintree Rainforest, the planet’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest, or a cruise along the mangrove-lined Daintree River will reveal crocodiles and turtles in clear, sparkling streams. Take the aerial walkway or one of the many hiking trails to experience the extraordinary diversity of life to be found here.

Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef – Full Day Cruise incl. Lunch

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A Quicksilver coach will pick you up from your hotel for your transfer to Marina Mirage Port Douglas, the departure point of your cruise. At 9.30am board Quicksilver’s 45.5 metre high speed wavepiercing catamaran to commence a full day cruise. Travel in air-conditioned comfort to a spacious reef activity platform moored in protective lagoons at the renowned Agincourt Reef, on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Quicksilver has facilities to enable both swimmers and non-swimmers to experience this stunning reef world. Explore the reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible, the underwater observatory or by snorkelling. A range of optional activities are available including up to two dives for certified divers, and novices can experience the magic of scuba with a qualified dive instructor or an Oceanwalker helmet dive. Also available are guided snorkelling tours with a marine biologist and scenic helicopter flights over the reef (all optional activities at own expense). Enjoy lunch on board. Cruise concludes at approximately 4.30pm, at which time hotel drop offs will commence. Intro snorkel tour and diving available at additional cost.
From $258 per person

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Kuranda Rail, Skyrail & Tjapukai – Full Day Tour

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A Down Under Tours coach will pick you up from your hotel to commence a full day Kuranda Rail, Skyrail and Tjapukai tour. Transfer to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park where you will be greeted by an indigenous guide who will escort you through the park to discover this ancient culture through theatres, stage shows and demonstrations. At 12noon board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and glide above the rainforest canopy to Kuranda with stops along the way at Red Peak Station and Barron Falls Station. On arrival there is free time to explore the “Village in the Rainforest”, and its many attractions, including the Heritage Markets which operates daily, the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary or Kuranda Koala Gardens (own expense). Enjoy lunch at one of the many cafes (own expense). At 3.30pm board the Kuranda Scenic Railway to Cairns, and enjoy spectacular views as the train travels through 15 hand cut tunnels and past spectacular waterfalls. Stop at Barron Gorge to view the falls before arriving at Freshwater Station. Tour concludes at approximately 4.50pm, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.
Note: Your Down Under driver will present you with a Kuranda Boarding Pass which offers pre-allocated preferential seating on both the Kuranda Scenic Rail or Skyrail, a detailed itinerary with map and exclusive Kuranda discounts to many of the attractions.
From $196 per person

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Poseidon Outer Reef Cruise – Full Day with Snorkeling & Lunch

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A Poseidon coach will pick you up from your hotel for your transfer to Marina Mirage Port Douglas, the departure point of your cruise. At 8:10 am board your vessel to commence a full day cruise. Travel in comfort aboard Poseidon’s 80 foot high speed catamaran to the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef, to the unspoiled Agincourt Ribbon Reefs. Enjoy snorkeling at three different selected sites. Introductory and certified diving is available at additional cost. On board facilities include spacious air conditioned bar/saloon area and large sun and covered deck areas. Also available are a guided snorkel tour with a marine biologist, and a Reef interpretation talk. Enjoy lunch on board. Cruise concludes at approximately 4:30 pm, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.
Notes & Information: Please ensure you take: swimwear, hat, sunscreen, shirt for sun protection, beach towel, camera, sunglasses and cash or credit card for purchases.
From $225 per person

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Low Isles Sailaway – Full Day Cruise incl. Lunch

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A Sailaway coach will pick you up from your hotel for your transfer to Marina Mirage Port Douglas, the departure point of your cruise. At 8.15am board your Lagoon 500 sailing catamaran vessel to commence a full day cruise to the Low Isles. Relax on the white sandy beaches, snorkel over the coral gardens, enjoy a guided snorkelling tour or have the opportunity to swim with turtles in their natural habitat. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch onboard. Your cruise includes morning and afternoon tea, a guided snorkelling tour and equipment and glass bottom boat viewing. Cruise concludes at approximately 4.00pm, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.
Notes & Information: Please ensure you take: swimwear, hat, sunscreen, shirt for sun protection, beach towel, camera, sunglasses and cash or credit card for purchases.
From $219 per person

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Cairns Beaches Hot Air Ballooning – Half Day Tour

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A Balloon Hot Air coach will pick you up from your hotel to commence a morning ballooning scenic flight tour. Before liftoff see the spectacle of how a hot air balloon inflates and then take off to gently float over gum trees. Enjoy a 30 minute balloon flight and experience the wonder, romance and silence of the Australian bush. Look out for kangaroos and enjoy the balloon festival atmosphere. Tour concludes at approximately 9.00am, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.
Notes & Information: Please ensure you take: enclosed shoes, hat, sunglasses, casual layered clothing, light jacket, water bottle and camera.
From $220 per person

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30 Minute Reef or Rainforest Scenic Flight

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A GBR Helicopters vehicle will pick you up from your hotel for your transfer to the Cairns City Helipad, the departure point of your tour. After the all-important safety briefing, board your helicopter to commence a 30 minute Reef or Rainforest scenic flight. Ascend over the city of Cairns and soar along the rainforest coastline past Fals e Cape and over Green Island. View the incredible colours and formations of the Great Barrier Reef and enjoy searching for marine life from the air. Tour concludes approximately 30 minutes after commencement, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.
From $405 per person

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Cairns Night Zoo incl. Transfers & Dinner

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A Cairns Night Zoo coach will pick you up from your hotel to commence an evening Night Zoo tour. When the sun goes down it’s all happening at Cairns Night Zoo. Enjoy a barbecue dinner (drinks included) and you may have the opportunity to hold and have your photo taken with a koala (own expense). Then it’s time to see what Australians get up to after dark – torches will be supplied. Join ‘swaggie’ and the tame kangaroos for Billy Tea and Damper round the campfire. Finally enjoy great Aussie live entertainment. Tour concludes at approximately 10.00pm, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.
From $140 per person

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Green Island Reef Cruise – Full Day incl. Lunch & Semi-submersible

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Board your Big Cat vessel at the Reef Fleet Terminal to commence a full day cruise to Green Island. Big Cat is a modern air-conditioned 35 metre catamaran which takes just over one hour to cruise to Green Island. Enjoy over 5 hours on Green Island with many activities such as a semi-sub coral viewing tour, the choice of a glass bottom boat tour or snorkelling equipment for the day, a fish feeding display, self-guided island walks or simply relax on the white sandy beach. Enjoy lunch onboard. Cruise concludes at approximately 5.00pm, at the Reef Fleet Terminal.
Notes & Information: Please ensure you take: swimwear, hat, sunscreen, shirt for sun protection, beach towel, camera, cash or credit card for purchases.
Inclusions: Lunch, Government Environmental Management Charge, Semi-sub coral viewing tour, Glass Bottom Boat or Snorkeling equipment & Fish feeding display
From $135 per person

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Breakfast Time at the Zoo – Half Day incl. Transfers & Breakfast

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A Cairns Tropical Zoo coach will pick you up from your hotel to commence a morning Breakfast Time at the Zoo tour. Arrive at the Cairns Tropical Zoo for ‘Feeding Time’. On arrival at the Koala Café deck, relax, take a seat and enjoy the atmosphere. During Breakfast the wildlife keeper will chat about and introduce some of the interesting animals. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions. You may also have the opportunity to hold and have your photo taken with a koala (own expense). Then enjoy the rest of the morning presentations, including the Snake Show, the Free Flight Bird Show, Endangered Exotics, plus Pelican feeding and so much more. Tour concludes at approximately 12.30pm, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.
Inclusions: Hotel pick up and drop off, Breakfast & Entry to Cairns Tropical Zoo
From $95 per person

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Cape Tribulation & Daintree – Half Day Tour incl. Lunch

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A Down Under Tours coach will pick you up from your hotel to commence a full day Cape Tribulation and Daintree tour. Travel north along the scenic coastal road, crossing the Daintree River for a morning tea stop at the Daintree Discovery Center. Take a guided boardwalk through the rain forest before continuing to Cape Tribulation Beach where time is allowed for a beach walk or to relax in a tranquil setting. Enjoy a delicious lunch in a rain forest setting. A stop is then made at the Alexandra Lookout for panoramic views out to sea and the mouth of the Daintree River, followed by a cruise to observe the fauna and flora of this region. Commence the return journey to Cairns. Tour concludes at approximately 6.15pm, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.
Inclusions: Hotel pick up and drop off, Lunch, Daintree River Cruise & Entry fees
From $200 per person

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Kuranda Rail, Rainforestation & Skyrail – Full Day Tour incl. Lunch

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A Down Under Tours coach will pick you up from your hotel to commence a full day Kuranda Rail, Rainforestation and Skyrail. Transfer to Freshwater Railway Station to board the 8.45am Kuranda Scenic Railway for a journey to the village of Kuranda. Enjoy spectacular views as the train travels through 15 hand cut tunnels and past spectacular waterfalls. Stop at Barron Gorge to view the falls before arriving at Kuranda Station. Enjoy 1 hour free time in Kuranda Village before boarding your coach for transfer to Rainforestation, which is set in 40 hectares of gardens and rainforest. Try an amphibious Army Duck ride, join the Dreamtime Walk, witness the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dancers. Enjoy lunch before visiting the Koala and Wildlife Park. After Rainforestation, coach transfer to Skyrail, and glide above the rainforest canopy to Caravonica Lakes. Tour concludes at approximately 4.50pm, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.
Inclusions: Hotel pick up and drop off, Lunch, Kuranda Scenic Railway, Entry into Rainforestation, Pamagirri Aboriginal Dancers, Army Duck Rainforest Tour, Entry to Koala & Wildlife Park & Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
From $265 per person

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Frankland Island – Full Day Cruise incl. Lunch

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A Frankland Island Cruise and Dive coach will pick you up from your hotel for your transfer to Deeral Landing, the departure point of your cruise. At 8.10am board your 24 metre catamaran vessel for an unsurpassed tropical and uninhabited island adventure. The day begins with a leisurely cruise down the Mulgrave River. At the mouth of the river, the Frankland Islands slowly come into view and it is only a short open water crossing to the day’s destination. The day is yours to enjoy as you wish. Frankland Islands is the perfect location for snorkellers to drift over the amazing variety of corals and marine life that inhabit the area, including fish, sea turtles and octopus. Divers are able to discover the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef with a certified or introductory dive (own expense – must be pre-booked). The guided snorkelling tour offers a chance to discover and interact with the reef under the guidance of the marine naturalists. Equipment is provided, as is the tuition to get you comfortably using your mask, fins, and snorkel. Alternatively, stay dry and discover this underwater paradise with a coral viewing tour from the semi-submersible or glass bottom boat. A highlight unique to Frankland Islands is a guided island Rock Pool Discovery Walk. Join the marine naturalists for an informative and fascinating exploration of the island’s forest, sandy beaches and the reef’s nursery – the rock pools. A tropical buffet lunch is served on the island. At 2.30pm depart the island and transfer back to the main vessel. Afternoon tea is served enroute before arriving back to Deeral Landing. Cruise concludes at approximately 4.00pm, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.
Notes & Information: Please ensure you take: swimwear, hat, sunscreen, shirt for sun protection, beach towel, camera, comfortable shoes for beachcombing, cash or credit card for purchases. Diving is available onboard however must be pre-booked.
Inclusions: Hotel pick up and drop off, Lunch, Government Environmental Management Charge, Guided snorkel tour with Marine Naturalist, Guided Island Rock Pool Discovery walk & a Semi-submersible or glass bottom boat coral viewing
From $228 per person

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40 Minute Deluxe Outer Reef Helicopter Flight

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A GBR Helicopters vehicle will pick you up from your hotel for your transfer to the Cairns City Helipad, the departure point of your tour. After the all-important safety briefing, board your helicopter to commence a 40 minute Deluxe Outer Reef scenic flight. Fly from Cairns city along the rainforest coastline of False Cape and across the ocean to Green Island and Arlington Reef. Get a close up view of Vlasoff Sand Cay and marvel at the wonders and colours of the Great Barrier Reef. Tour concludes approximately 40 minutes after commencement, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.
Notes & Information: Due to Aviation Weight Restrictions, client’s weight must be advised at the time of booking. Should any individual’s weight vary by more than 10% of that advised, a 100% cancellation fee will apply.
Inclusions: Hotel pick up and drop off & a 40 minute scenic flight
From $508 per person

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Snorkel Adventure – Full Day Cruise incl. Lunch

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A Reef Experience coach will pick you up from your hotel for your transfer to Cairns Marlin Jetty, the departure point of your cruise. At 7.15am board your vessel, a 24 metre catamaran, to commence a full day cruise. Enjoy breakfast before departing Cairns, then spend 6 full hours snorkelling, swimming and visiting 2 spectacular reef locations. Come face to face with schools of tropical reef fish and amazing spectacular coral formations. Highly trained scuba dive instructors and crew show you the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef on an introductory scuba dive or certified scuba dive. The glass bottom boat departs regularly for coral and marine life viewing. After lunch depart for the second reef location, Breaking Patches, which is renowned for its forest staghorn coral, large sea fans and black coral trees, yielding some 400 species of coral and a vertical wall teaming with marine life. On departure keep a lookout for dolphins as they sometimes surf alongside the vessel. View the days video and watch the sun go down on one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Enjoy complimentary wine, cheese and tropical fruits on the return journey. Cruise concludes at approximately 4.30pm, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.
Notes & Information: Please ensure you take: swimwear, hat, sunscreen, shirt for sun protection, beach towel, camera, cash or credit card for purchases.
Inclusions: Hotel pick up and drop off, Breakfast, Lunch, Guided snorkel tour, 1 Introductory Dive or Certified Dive, Wet suit hire, Glass bottom boat, Informative talk by marine biologist, Government Environmental Management Charge, Fuel levy & Administration fee
From $198 per person

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Marine World Outer Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise incl. Lunch

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Board your Reef Magic Cruises vessel at Cairns Marlin Jetty to commence a full day Marine World Outer Barrier Reef cruise (check in at Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, which opens at 8.00am). Travel aboard a fast stable motor catamaran for the 90 minute trip to Marine World on the Outer Reef. Spend approximately 5 hours at this private Reef location, which is not shared with other vessels with access to the Reef from the stable, all weather Marine World reef activity platform. Choose from a range of activities including snorkeling, semi-submersible and glass bottom boat tours, underwater observatory or relax on the spacious sundeck. Also available are optional activities including introductory diving, certified diving, helmet diving, guided snorkel tours with Marine Biologist and Reef scenic helicopter flights (all optional activities at own expense). Change rooms and fresh water rinse showers are available. Lunch is included. Depart the Reef for the journey back to Cairns. Cruise concludes at approximately 5.00pm at Cairns Marlin Jetty.
Notes & Information: Please ensure you take: towel, swimwear, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, cash or credit card for on board purchases.
Inclusions: Lunch, Government Environmental Management Charge, Semi Submersible tours, Glass Bottom Boat tours, Underwater Observatory, Use of sundeck, fresh water showers and change rooms, Snorkeling equipment plus German & French speaking crew available
From $216 per person

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Half Day Barron River Rafting

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An RnR White Water Rafting or Raging Thunder coach will pick you up from your hotel to commence a half day Barron River rafting tour. Travel by coach to the Barron River, just 20 minutes south of Cairns. Feel the rush of white water rafting within the wilderness of Australia’s tropical rainforests. Spend up to two hours of rafting through Barron Gorge National Park on the Grade 2 to 3 Barron River, with experienced, fully trained river guides. Tour concludes at approximately 5.30pm, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.
Notes & Information: Please ensure you take: swimwear, towel, sunscreen, lace up shoes/reef sandals that will get wet, a cap to wear under your safety helmet and a change of clothes. No jewelry is to be worn – it is recommended that all valuables be left in hotel safe. Passengers must be able to fit into supplied life-jackets.
Additional Charges: A Rafting Levy of AUD25.00 per person is payable direct.
Inclusions: Hotel pick up and drop off
From $120 per person

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Tjapukai by Day – incl. Lunch & Transfers

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A Tjapukai coach will pick you up from your hotel for your transfer to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. The Park showcases the People of the Rainforest’s indigenous culture, allowing guests to watch theatrical performances and engage in interactive activities, to learn the traditional culture and customs of the Tjapukai people. Allow 3-4 hours for the total experience. Visit Tjapukai’s award winning retail gallery for all indigenous souvenir purchases. Lunch is included. Coach transfers depart from the Park at regular intervals, for return transfer to your hotel.
Notes & Information: Tjapukai is a non-smoking cultural attraction, however a dedicated smoking area is located at the front of the park. Please ensure you take: comfortable enclosed shoes, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and camera.
Inclusions: Hotel pick up and drop off, Day park entry & Lunch
From $100 per person