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After pickup from your Cairns, Northern Beaches, or Port Douglas hotel, head northwest for 30 minutes to the Barron Gorge. Acclimate yourself with the beautiful surroundings before taking part in a full safety briefing and getting geared up with all the necessary protective equipment.
Hop aboard your raft with 7 others, including at least 1 experienced guide. For the next 2 hours, raft along the dam-controlled river and take in the stunning greenery of the rainforest surrounding you. The plentiful white rapids reach up to Grade 3 and keep your heart rate pumping. After your adventure, hop on your shuttle back to the front door of your hotel. Read More close
Your tour begins as you make your way to the Botanical Gardens—if the sun's not too intense, hit the trail for a 40-minute hike to the top of Mount Whitfield through rainforest gorges and open grassland. At the top, you're greeted by awe-inspiring views of Cairns' coastline. Take in panoramas that include Trinity Inlet and the surrounding region and snap a photo of this postcard-worthy view.
Continue on the Gondawanan Heritage Walk to the Aboriginal Plants and Gardens area, where you can see and learn about the range of plants used for medicinal purposes throughout Australia. After working up an appetite, it's time for lunch—find a spot in the shade and tuck into a picnic lunch of locally caught fish and chips.
Next, hop back on the bus and head downtown to the Wildlife Dome, a 66-foot (20 m) tall glass domed wildlife center. Climb to the top for another view over the city, and explore the rainforest surroundings on the Dome's different levels—you can encounter exotic animals like parrots, cockatoos, turtles, freshwater crocodiles, and cuddly koalas in this amazing space. Read More close
After a convenient hotel pick-up, head to the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Board the historic train and marvel at the breathtaking scenery as it winds through the World Heritage-listed rainforest – one of the oldest in the world. Disembark at charming Kuranda Village to explore the township and its many heritage markets.
Next, step into a gondola at the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and glide above the lush rainforest canopy. You will then make your way to Cairns General Aviation, where your awaiting helicopter will be ready to take off for an unforgettable ride over the Great Barrier Reef. As you soar high above the piercing turquoise waters of the Coral Sea, gaze down at the incredible coral and sandy cay formations before landing on an Outer Reef helipad.
Greet the friendly crew of the Evolution and hop on board to feast on a delicious lunch of Australian barbecued specialties. Spend the next two hours snorkeling and swimming alongside the vibrant marine life of the Reef, and as evening approaches, relax with a glass of wine or a cold beer on deck for your return cruise to Cairns. Read More close
Start with an important safety briefing before climbing the 196 steps up to the top of Cairns' highest viewing platform. Stop for a few minutes and take in those panoramic views all across the rainforest canopy and as far as the Great Barrier Reef.
Then edge yourself closer to the threshold, take a deep breath, and leap out into the air. Free fall at mighty speeds and if you're feeling extra brave, opt to be dipped into the crystal clear pool at the bottom. After that initial heart-stopping drop, enjoy the subsequent rebounds before being helped off the bungee and onto solid ground.
To prove your courage, you are given an exclusive "Jumpers Only" T-shirt and e-certificate to take away with you. Read More close
Your entry to this all-weather exhibit gives you the chance to be in the natural surroundings of native animals including frogs, turtles, freshwater crocodiles, and an abundance of colorful birdlife. Listen to educational wildlife shows and presentations, feed the birds, and come face-to-face with a huge saltwater crocodile in an underwater viewing tank.
Challenge yourself at 1 or all 4 of the ropes courses.
Mid-ZOOM is a great introduction to ropes courses, perfect for beginners to build confidence with tunnels, wall climbing, swings, and a cargo net.
For the adventurous, Hi-ZOOM has more complex crossings and 3 ziplines. Walk along internal walkways with a unique bird's-eye view of the layout of the Dome.
At the external Dome-Climb, take in spectacular views of the city, the Coral Sea, and the surrounding landscapes.
Experience a free-fall adventure at Power-Jump. Attached by a rope, jump off a 42-foot (13-m) tower, making a rapid descent and a smooth landing thanks to a high-tech fan device. Read More close
With stress-free pickup from Cairns or Port Douglas, head out along one of the country's most scenic drives to the Captain Cook Highway and arrive at the Wildlife Habitat. Enjoy up-close encounters with endangered cassowary birds and wallabies, and even have your picture taken with a koala, snake, or crocodile (at an additional cost).
Next, step aboard a relaxing cable ferry and cruise across the Daintree River, spotting some more of the diverse flora and fauna that fill the forest. Then walk up to the Alexandra Lookout for jaw-dropping panoramas of sky, sea, beach, and forest.
Later, arrive at Jungle Surfing for the ultimate zipline excitement. Strap in and "surf" through the rainforest canopy, taking in a bird's-eye view of the rainforest's lush green and keeping an eye out for hidden wildlife. Then relax on the return trip to your hotel. Read More close
With stress-free pickup from Cairns or Port Douglas, head out along one of the country's most scenic drives to the Captain Cook Highway and arrive at the Wildlife Habitat. Enjoy up-close encounters with endangered cassowary birds, and even have a picture taken with a koala, snake, or crocodile (at an additional cost).
Next, enter the Daintree National Park in style. Take a purpose-built, cable-driven ferry and glide across the Daintree River, where you get close-up views of the wildlife living in the water and the surrounding rainforest.
If you choose the Go Wild tour, board a relaxing Daintree Rainforest river cruise and spot diverse rainforest flora and fauna, like crocodiles, birds, and mangroves, before heading to the Alexandra Lookout for jaw-dropping panoramic views. Conclude your day with an easy ride back to your hotel. Read More close
Enjoy hassle-free pickup from your Cairns or Northern Beaches hotel and a 20-minute journey inland. After your all-important safety briefing, begin your daunting 196-step climb to the top of Australia's tallest bungy tower. At 165 feet (50 m), the views across the canopy and Great Barrier Reef are incredible. Don't get too comfortable up there, though: the countdown is about to begin, and there's only 1 way down.
Once you've recovered from your bungy jump, get ready to start all over again as you get strapped into the world's fastest jungle swing. After you're lifted to a dizzying 150 feet (45 m), you have the personal challenge of pulling the release lever, which drops you to within 3 feet (1 m) of the ground in just 3. 5 seconds.
After all those thrills, you can then enjoy the waterside bar and perhaps watch some of the other adrenaline junkies taking their own leaps of faith. Included in the cost is a USB stick containing HD photos and a full video of your Minjin Swing, an exclusive "Jumpers Only" T-shirt from your bungy jump, and a certificate for each experience to take away with you. Read More close
Climb into the basket and watch in awe as your guide fills the massive balloon above you with fire, causing the balloon to swell with hot air and slowly rise from the ground. As you float into the heavens, take in the expansive views of the fertile plateau around you as it comes into focus as you gain elevation. This region is covered in everything from dairy farms to small rainforests, and it is cut into pieces by the winding Barron River that runs through its center.
After a gorgeous ride, return to the ground to help your guide pack up the balloon, learning more about how these giant swaths of fabric can take you into the air. Jump in a van to follow along another group's balloon ride from the ground, which offers you an intriguing perspective, reversing what you just experienced as you watch the balloon soar through the skies. Read More close
At the marina in Cairns, step aboard a luxurious, high-speed 65-foot (20-meter) catamaran. Grab a cup of coffee, take a seat on the sun-drenched deck, and set sail for the cerulean Coral Sea. Your skipper steers the way to each reef location depending on the conditions of the day.
Arrive at the Upolu Cay Reef, a sometimes-exposed isle whose appearance shifts with the currents, wind, and waves. After a brief orientation, don your snorkel gear and set out to explore the delicate coral formations and technicolor reef fish in the shallow waters.
Then savor a delicious buffet lunch of smoked salmon, chilled prawns, salads, and fresh breads as you cruise to the impressive “Wonder Wall” on the outer edge of the Upolu Reef.
Rising up 45 astonishing feet (14 m) from the ocean floor, this vertical coral metropolis is truly magnificent. Swim alongside a naturalist guide as you scope out reefs, giant clams, and sponges that decorate the sea wall, and keep your eyes peeled for darting clownfish, shy stingrays, and majestic green sea turtles.
On the return cruise to Cairns, bask on deck as you enjoy a sumptuous spread of tropical fruits, cheese, and cake—a sweet ending to a perfect day at sea. Read More close
After a convenient hotel pickup, travel to the Mossman Gorge where you meet your interpretive guide, a member of the Kuku Yalanji—an indigenous tribe native to the rainforest—and take off on a "Dreamtime Walk" through the gorge's tropical ecosystem. Learn about bark shelters, ritual plant use, historic cave paintings, and listen to your guide recount dream-time legends, or aboriginal creation myths.
Snack on tea and damper (Australian bread), before exploring the quaint sugar town of Mossman. From here, you're escorted to the luxurious Silky Oaks Lodge to indulge in a delicious barramundi lunch against stunning riverside and forested views.
Post lunch, board a boat for a scenic cruise down the Daintree River—be sure to keep an eye out for the stream’s supply of colorful birds, tree snakes, and estuarine crocodiles. Then make a stop at Scomazzon Fruit and Cane Farm to enjoy a sampling of their fresh, tropical fruit, followed by a brief tour of historic Port Douglas before your return trip back to Cairns. Read More close
Board your luxury SUV and head into the tropical Daintree National Park, before relaxing on a tranquil cruise down the Daintree River. While passing under the verdant forest canopy, keep your eyes peeled for turquoise Ulysses butterflies, swooping kingfishers, and even a sunning crocodile or two.
Back on dry land, snag a table at an outback-style café, sip a cup of steaming tea, and prepare for your trip on the Daintree River Ferry into the Wet Tropics World Heritage-protected rainforest.
Here, enjoy a guided nature trek down the Jindalba boardwalk, as well as the Cape Tribulation beach—hearing highlights of surrounding flora, fauna, and wildlife along the way. Munch on an inspired, locally-source lunch, served within the heart of the forest, then head to a stunning viewpoint over the Alexandra Range. Featuring a postcard-worthy vantage point, this lookout offers sights of the river, Snapper Island, and Port Douglas. Read More close
Make your way to the ferry terminal in Cairns, pick up your tickets, and board the vessel for a scenic, 50-minute cruise across calm waters to Fitzroy Island. When you arrive, head to the beach hire hut next to the jetty to arrange a time for the glass-bottom boat tour or pick up your snorkeling equipment.
After that, the day is yours to while away at your leisure. Stroll along walking trails in the National Park, dig your toes into the sand at Nudey Beach, tackle the waves in a paddle ski, or bounce around on the ocean trampoline. Head back to the beach hut when you're ready to pick up your lunch, and enjoy the rest of the afternoon on the island before your return ferry back to Cairns. Read More close
Make your way to the Reef Fleet Terminal on Spence Street and board a ferry that takes you to the beautiful and secluded Fitzroy Island. Disembark the boat and meet your friendly guide, who provides a safety briefing and introduces you to the basics of kayaking. Get into your kayak and set out onto the sparkling water surrounding the island, following your guide along the magnificent shoreline and learning about the abundance of aquatic life that call Fitzroy Island home.
Stop on the shore to enjoy a picnic lunch and refreshing beverages, taking in magnificent coastal views and getting to know your fellow kayakers. Take advantage of an opportunity to snorkel along the coastline, where stunning, rainbow-colored coral reef systems and schools of exotic fish thrive. Your journey may also include a short hike up to a lighthouse, with even more spectacular views. Your experience ends with a relaxing ferry ride back to Cairns. Read More close
Begin your full-day adventure with hotel pickup in a 4-wheel-drive vehicle and then travel along the picturesque Captain Cook Highway. Cross the spectacular Daintree River on a cable ferry before you arrive at the UNESCO-listed Daintree National Park. Admire the the lush green forest and appreciate the diversity of animal and plant life in one of the oldest rainforests in the world.
Next, head through the rough Bloomfield Track in your vehicle while your guide narrates incredible stories about the park. After all that adventure, reach the famous Lions Den Hotel, which was established in 1875, for a tasty lunch. After you refuel your energy, make a visit to Cooktown. Spot the enormous Black Mountain and hear some of the Aboriginal legends behind the rock formations. Marvel at the amazing Endeavour River, Coral Sea, and Cooktown from Grassy Hill Lookout.
On your return trip, travel along the stunning Mulligan Highway, passing through a series of cattle stations and fields. Stop at the authentic Queenslander pub in the old mining town of Mt. Carbine for an evening snack (own expense) before you're transferred back to your hotel. Read More close
Begin with morning pickup from your hotel and a relaxing bus ride to the banks of the mighty Tully River. The bottom of the Tully River Gorge offers spectacular views of towering rock walls and thick forest at every angle. Soak up the scenery while your expert guide gets you familiar with your equipment, explains safety procedures, and teaches you proper paddling techniques.
Fuel up with a delicious barbecue lunch on the riverbank before getting into the raft and pushing off into the river's steady current. Raft the lower section of the river, taking on rushing rapids and marveling at the dense rainforest scenery that surrounds you. Listen as your guide points out the gorge's primitive plant life, and be sure to watch for the many animals that call this marvelous canyon home.
Bring the raft ashore at an open space along the riverbank and disembark. Change into dry clothes and make your way to Feluga Hotel, where you have the opportunity to purchase drinks and photos. Your experience ends with a hassle-free ride back to your hotel. Read More close
Your journey begins aboard a high-speed catamaran steering for the soft, white beaches of Green Island. This 6000-year-old coral cay boasts its own rainforest—the only of its kind in the Great Barrier Reef. Mid-cruise, tune in to your local guide's informative snorkeling and reef presentation.
Upon arrival, step ashore to soak up the turquoise waters, glittering sand, and fringe of emerald palms ringing the island. Climb into a glass-bottom boat and lean over the railings to get an up-close look at a colorful underwater world. Feast your eyes on brilliant colonies of zany Brain Coral, orange sea stars, and scores of blue damselfish flitting to and fro.
If you're craving a swim, strap on a snorkel mask to see everything up close: black and white angelfish feeding on sponges and striped clownfish nestled among anemones. Emerge from the water to amble around the island at your leisure. Relax on the beach to soak up the sun, or choose to indulge in an optional semi-submarine tour, or buffet lunch before cruising back to Cairns.
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After you're picked up from your hotel, enjoy a relaxing ride to Barron Gorge National Park, which is among the Cairns area's most popular points of interest. After a brief safety orientation, put on your life jacket, grab a paddle, and hop into a spacious raft that's fully equipped to transport you down the gently flowing river comfortably.
Drift along the river's peaceful current, taking on occasional rapids from every angle and feeling a rush of adrenaline. Listen as your knowledgeable guide points out the primitive plant life that thrives throughout the gorge, as well as animals that call the canyon home.
This thrilling afternoon rafting adventure is great for both first-time and experienced rafters. There's no better way to admire the canyon's towering cliffs, crashing waterfalls, and rich vegetation. Your adventure ends with hassle-free transportation back to your hotel in Cairns. Read More close
Your journey begins aboard a high-speed catamaran that takes you to the soft, white beaches of Green Island. Along the way, listen to your guide explain the basics of snorkeling and the environment of the 6,000-year-old coral cay.
Upon arrival, step ashore to admire the turquoise waters, glittering sand, and fringe of emerald palms ringing the island. You can climb into a glass-bottomed boat and lean over the railings to get an up-close look at a colorful underwater world with brilliant colonies of brain coral, orange sea stars, and scores of blue damselfish flitting to and fro.
If you're craving a swim, strap on a snorkel and mask to see the sights up close. Mingle with black-and-white angelfish as they feed on sponges, or look for striped clownfish nestled among anemones. Spend the rest of your time relaxing on the beach to soak up the sun before cruising back to Cairns. Read More close
After the drive out from your hotel and into the national park, climb onto your rugged off-road vehicle to start your journey through the wilderness. Whether you're driving an ATV or letting your expert guide carry you in a Hummer through the jungle, you get a look at the thick woodland, rushing streams, and amazing wildlife to be found in the Australian tropics.
While you're navigating the sights of the jungle, admire great trees like the immense Curtain Fig Tree known for its towering curtain of roots descending from a diagonal trunk. Watch for native wildlife like the elusive Cassowary, one of the largest flightless birds in the world, and find plenty of excitement before you hit the road for the ride back to Cairns. Read More close
Leave the city of Cairns behind as you head into the rainforest, enjoying a scenic drive through thick swaths of vegetation before arriving at Cystal Cascades. Step outside and change into the canyoneering gear that is provided for you, including padded activity shorts, a helmet, canyoneering boots, carabiners, and a harness.
Once you've changed into your gear, walk deeper into the forest before arriving at a viewing platform that offers an expansive view of the region. Receive a safety briefing that provides you with all of the basic information you need to safely participate in the day's activities.
Start your descent into the canyon, where your route includes 8 rappels, 3 jumps, 2 slides, and 1 very fun zipline. Revel in the excitement of canyoneering through this rocky watercourse in a safe and controlled environment under the constant supervision of professional guides. Your course ends at another viewing platform where you can change into dry clothes and grab a quick bite to eat before boarding the bus back to Cairns. Read More close
After a mid-day pickup from your hotel, sit back for the scenic drive to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. Here, learn about Australia's cuddling, crawling, and slithering claims to fame. Animals in attendance include koalas, snakes, wallabies, and beady-eyed crocodiles.
Embark on a lagoon cruise through the park’s preserved wetlands, domain of greatly feared saltwater crocodiles, and chat with resident zoologists about the reptile’s often-misunderstood reputations. A stop by the Snake Show ensures a front-row seat to some of the world’s deadliest serpents, while a visit to the Crocodile Attack Show allows you to see experienced zookeepers climbing into the water with the toothy giants.
Hold your breath during tricks like the ‘’head shake’’ and ‘’death roll,’’ then continue on to meet other fascinating critters in the park. Before calling it a day, be sure to feed a koala, and check out what kind of diet a cassowary—weighing an incredible 132 pounds (60 kg)—subscribes to. Read More close
These easy-to-traverse riding trails meander through striking bushland, providing perfect ground for beginners and experienced riders alike. Safety is key, so you start with a short introductory riding lesson. In addition, your calm and friendly horse is chosen to suit your personal skill level.
Once you're ready, begin your ride along the nature trails and make your way to a beautiful waterhole, home to hundreds of native birds and a locally renowned flock of geese. Keep your eyes peeled, because you may spot a crocodile lurking in the waters close by.
Stop for an old fashioned tea break around a campfire before making your way back to the ranch. At the end of the ride, savor some traditional Australian snacks and refreshments. Read More close
Float over the lush landscape of the expansive Atherton Tablelands on a scenic hot air balloon flight that allows you to witness the golden Australian countryside from above. After your revealing journey, learn even more about the delicate art of ballooning as you take part in packing up the giant balloon once you land.
Explore the outdoors even more by heading to the majestic Barron River to take part in a rafting adventure. Listen to experienced guides as they educate you on the primitive plant life you see lining the river's banks while you float downstream. Gain a completely different perspective from the water as you compare and contrast the views against what you witnessed earlier in the day when you soared through the sunny heavens above. Read More close
Join your experienced zip line guide and ecology expert as you set off on your sky-surfing excursion. At the Harnessing Center, begin with a brief safety rundown and introduction to basic zip line techniques before you emerge fully prepared into the Daintree Rainforest.
Jumpstart your jungle run on the Human Hamster Wheel. The first of its kind, this open-latticed, drum-like mechanism hoists you up to the initial treetop platform. After ascending to the skies, speed along 5 thrilling zip lines, some reaching up to 65 feet (20 m) in the air.
Your guide controls the speed of every zip line, allowing you to experiment with a variety of acrobatic poses to optimize your view as you glide along each jaw-dropping course. Try out fearless tactics while swinging between the trees—from a standard sitting style, to a trip backwards, or even an adrenaline-pumping ride upside down. Read More close
Start out at the Human Hamster Wheel, an eco-friendly solution to hoisting surfers up into the trees. After being lifted to your initial treetop platform, speed along 5 thrilling ziplines, some reaching as high as 65 feet (20 m) in the air. Friendly guides provide insight into the inner workings of the forest at each stop, and you can experiment with a variety of acrobatic poses to see the jungle from plenty of different perspectives.
Paddletrek Kayak Adventure
Serene, calming, and vibrant, this leisurely kayak trek exposes you to the area's beautiful tropical beaches, mangroves, and marine life. Glide along the Daintree coast and look out for turtles, sea eagles, dolphins, dugongs, stringrays, and even whales. No experience is necessary, so this is an excellent introduction to both kayaking and the rainforest's unique surroundings.
Jungle Night Walk
As the sun sets, the jungle comes alive with its nocturnal residents. Embrace your inner explorer and brave the rainforest's wilderness on a jungle night walk with your expert scientist-guide. Free from any technology but a flashlight, marvel at the fascinating furry, feathery, and scaly critters that you come across. Read More close
Jumpstart your morning as you board the modern, high-speed catamaran, Reef Rocket. Grab a sunny seat and set sail for Green Island, the only coral cay in the Great Barrier Reef containing a rainforest. Upon arrival, squeeze the warm, soft sand between your toes, and start scoping out the local marine inhabitants.
Be it by glass-bottomed boat, or while strapped into a snorkel mask, the world’s largest reef system is on full display for you. Marvel at an abundance of under-the-sea action—from colonies of colorful fish, to starfish and seahorses—and if you’re lucky, spot a family of shy sea turtles floating by.
In the afternoon, climb into a gondola and glide through the air above a World Heritage-listed rainforest canopy. Peer down over emerald trees, vibrant spurts of flora, and the expansive Cairns Highlands. When you reach picturesque Kuranda, enjoy some downtime perusing its quaint shops. Then hop aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway and soak up the breathtaking scenes of tumbling waterfalls and steep ravines on your journey back to Cairns. Read More close
Start with an important safety briefing before getting strapped into your harness and swing. Then, when you're ready, you are hoisted high above the rainforest canopy to a dizzying 150 feet (45 m). Once you catch your breath and take in the majestic views across the rainforest to the Great Barrier Reef, it's your personal challenge to pull the release lever. Feel the incredible rush as you zoom down to within just 3 feet (1 m) of the ground in a mind-blowing 3. 5 seconds, reaching incredible speeds as you fly.
After your legs have stopped shaking and your instructor has helped you safely out of the swing, enjoy a well-deserved celebratory drink at the waterside bar as you watch other adrenaline junkies taking the leap of faith. Included in the cost is a USB stick containing HD photos and a full video of your experience, as well as a certificate of achievement. Read More close
Depart from Cairns in a comfortable modern cruise, heading out into the coastal waters of the Outer Great Barrier Reef to your destinations of the day. The reefs you visit are selected daily to ensure the most beautiful experience possible. Upon reaching your reef du jour, gather your snorkeling or scuba gear and slide into the waters to begin your aquatic adventure with a guide. As you submerge yourself in the calm, crystal-clear waters of the Outer Great Barrier Reef, take a look around you to find one of the richest ecosystems on the planet.
Twisting and vibrant, incredible coral formations reach toward you from the sea floor, schools of rainbow-hued fish flitting between the colorful sculptures. Move slowly through the water, getting intimate looks at an abundance of marine life including sea turtles, manta rays, and even sharks. You can explore to your heart's content at 2 unique locations, relaxing on the boat's deck in between each one and refueling with a scrumptious barbecue lunch. On the way back to shore, enjoy live music performances and end your tour on a cheerful note. Read More close
Your day commences with convenient pickup from your hotel and a short drive to the Blazing Saddles farm. Once you've arrived you go through a safety lesson and brief orientation to the ATV. Feeling confident in your riding ability, set off to explore the farm astride your quad bike.
As you cruise around with the wind in your hair, keep an eye out for the animals that call it home. Blazing Saddles is now a working sugar cane farm and the property also boasts an 18-acre billabong which is abundant with native birds and amphibious creatures of all shapes and sizes. You also meet the resident geese, peacocks, and ducks, perhaps even spotting a crocodile.
After your ATV adventure head back to the ranch to enjoy a meal of sizzling sausage fresh off the barbie before returning to your hotel. Read More close
After you're picked up from your hotel, take a relaxing drive to the launch site and hop inside the basket of a colorful hot air balloon. The aircraft rises along with the sun, giving you breathtaking views of the landscape as it becomes bathed in morning light. Gaze down upon the Atherton Tablelands in all their serene beauty, with thick vegetation and rolling plains stretching as far as the eye can see.
This peaceful yet exciting experience lets you take in Norther Queensland's magnificence in a way few get to see. A friendly pilot pointing out the sights, as well as 360-degree views, make for a perfect start to the day. Bring the entire family—this experience is sure to take you to new heights of fun and exhilaration. Read More close
Meet your guide and hop on local transport as you head towards the Botanical Gardens, where you get ready for your hike up Mount Whitfield. As you arrive at the top via the Red Arrow Route, panoramic views of Cairns' coastline await. Take in the beauty of Trinity Inlet and its natural surrounding areas.
Continue along the Gondawanan Heritage Walk to the Aboriginal Plants and Gardens area—home to an array of medicinal plants used throughout Australia. After working up an appetite, it's time for a lunch of fresh fish and chips.
Pop back on the bus and head to the Wildlife Dome—a glass dome wildlife center. Explore the rainforest surroundings and see various animals at different levels, before getting to the top for a sunset view of the city.
Your tour continues to Cairns Night Markets—home to food stalls and artists, including glass blowers and didgeridoo players. After a wander, it's time to unwind with a relaxing massage before sampling some native dishes featuring fish, beef, kangaroo, and crocodile.
Finish off your tour at Esplanade, known for its sea-front walkway. Enjoy a leisurely stroll before ending at a local area hotspot, reflecting on your day over drinks and tapas. Read More close
After arriving at the Reef Fleet Terminal, climb aboard the 54-foot (16. 5-m) Ocean Free—a true stunner. With only 35 guests sharing her decks, you’re ensured maximum comfort and personalized attention. Sit back and enjoy a steaming cup of coffee as you set sail for the open seas.
Drop anchor at Pinnacle Reef and prepare to greet tropical fish, sea turtles, and starfish alike. Admire the palm-strewn beaches of Green Island—a mere 765 yards (700 m) away—as they beckon to your ship, then strap on your snorkeling mask and fins.
Take the plunge—feet first—and open your eyes to a variety of vivid sea life. From yellow-tailed fusiliers, to schools of spangled emperors, there’s plenty of underwater action to spy on. If you feel a bit more adventurous, sign up for a scuba diving session (surcharge applies), and—with a guided expert—descend to even greater depths.
Following a tropical smorgasbord lunch on deck you’re allotted leisure time to truly take in Green Island. Stroll the long white beaches or discover the island's native flora and fauna, with abundant bird species overhead. When it’s time to embark for a return cruise to Cairns, sip on a glass of wine and toast to an incredible day at the Reef. Read More close
Enjoy hassle-free, air-conditioned transportation from your hotel and arrive at the departure lounge. While you wait, take advantage of the excellent onsite facilities, including a swimming pool and tropical gardens. Relax with a tea or coffee before heading into your thorough safety briefing.
Then board the plane and climb to 14,000 feet above the rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef far below. Gaze out at the breathtaking scenery before making your way over to the plane door for that mind-blowing leap of faith. Feel the rush of the initial freefall—it's an unforgettable, out-of-this-world experience.
As the instructor releases the cord, the speed slows right down, giving you stunning views all over the tropical landscape and the crystal-clear turquoise waters. Upon landing, receive a full color certificate an easy transfer back to your hotel in Cairns. Read More close
Enjoy a 30-minute journey from Cairns, with stress-free pickup from your Cairns or Northern Beaches hotel, into beautiful surroundings before taking part in a full safety briefing. Then get kitted out in all the necessary equipment, like high quality twin-chamber tubes, and get ready to ride.
Jump in your inflatable single tube and bob in the water along with at least 2 guides in close proximity to ensure your safety and fun. Drift along and let the exciting rapids carry you along the river. This is a safe and enjoyable activity for the entire family. And after your tubing fun, hop aboard your shuttle bus and head back to the front door of your hotel. Read More close
The Tully River is Australia's premier whitewater rafting location, just a scenic drive away from Cairns or Mission Beach. Take in the beautiful surroundings before listening to the full safety briefing and getting fitted with all the necessary equipment.
Then hold on tight as you thunder down the rapids with your experienced guide. The next few hours are spent rafting along the raging river, taking in the picturesque rainforest surrounding you. In the top section of the river, hurtle down steep drops and burst through rapids with barely enough time to catch your breath. The rapids range up to Grade 4, plenty to keep your heart pumping and your knuckles white.
Halfway through the trip, stop for a delicious barbecue lunch on the banks of the river. When you've recharged your batteries, it's back into the white water for more action, including rapid swimming, raft surfing, and rock jumping. Read More close
Board the Reef Rocket—a sleek, high-speed catamaran—and revel in the ride to spectacular Green Island, the only coral cay in the Great Barrier Reef with a rainforest. On the way, listen as your expert guide goes over a snorkeling demonstration and provides information about the marine habitat.
Upon arrival, pull on your flippers and snorkel among the mosaic of ocean life below the crystal-clear waters of the cay, gliding by schools of sapphire damselfish, electric-colored anemones, and even majestic sea turtles. For an equally stunning experience, hop aboard the glass-bottom boat to peek into the spectacular underwater marine universe of neon-colored parrot fish and colonies of bottlebrush coral—all while staying dry.
Back on the mainland, travel by coach to the Barron River. Tune in to a safety briefing, then buckle your life jacket and clutch your oar as you tackle the grade-3 rapids heading downriver. While steering these whitewaters, be sure to admire the lush surrounding jungles and roaring waterfalls before concluding your day of adventure and returning to Cairns. Read More close