2-Day Best Of Cairns And The Great Barrier Reef

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
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  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    8:30 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Transfer from Cairns and Northern Beaches (up to and including Palm Cove) are included for all tours. Transfers to/from Port Douglas are $205 per car (up to 4 passengers).. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point at approximately at 4pm on both days
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Spend two days exploring the very best of Cairns. Enjoy a full day in tropical Kuranda and on your second day discover why the Great Barrier Reef is one of the world's a natural wonders. Including a reef cruise and a scenic helicopter flight, this two day package is the ultimate reef and rainforest experience, leaving you with plenty of time to fully appreciate Australia's tropical north.

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Day 1 - Kuranda Scenic Railway with optional Rainforestation Tour
Enjoy a scenic, historical train journey through the Barron Gorge past cascading waterfalls to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest. Spend the day wandering the unique township, exploring the markets, unusual handicrafts and all that Kuranda has to offer.

Return to Cairns aboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and glide over pristine World Heritage-listed rainforest suspended high above the lush tropical canopy. Enjoy stops along the way with interpretive boardwalks through the rainforest. The return transfer to your original departure point is included.


Day 2
Great Barrier Reef Cruise and Scenic 25-minute Helicopter Tour
Your trip begins with a cruise aboard Evolution to the Great Barrier Reef, where you'll spend five hours exploring two incredible reef destinations. Enjoy a tropical BBQ lunch with fish, prawns, steak and salads. Snorkeling is also included in your reef adventure with up to three optional dives (own expense) available for either the beginner or advanced diver. Glass-bottom boat coral viewing tours are also available but are payable direct on the day of travel. The day concludes with an amazing 25-minute scenic helicopter flight over five reef systems and cays arriving back in Cairns and finishing off your two day adventure in style.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Kuranda Scenic Railway with optional Rainforestation Tour
Enjoy a scenic, historical train journey through the Barron Gorge to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest. Spend the day wandering the charming township, exploring the markets and all that Kuranda has to offer.

Return to Cairns aboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and glide over pristine World Heritage-listed rainforest suspended high above the lush tropical canopy. Enjoy stops along the way with interpretive boardwalks through the rainforest. The return transfer to your original departure point is included.

Upgrade with an optional trip to Rainforestation, located close to Kuranda. Experience the rainforest during a 45-minute guided tour aboard a World War II Army Duck amphibious vehicle that takes you on land and lake to see ferns, orchids, strangler figs and stinging trees, as well as other animals, reptiles and birds such as the azure kingfisher. Enjoy a buffet lunch and the Dreamtime Walk where you learn about Aboriginal culture and traditions such as corroboree, boomerang and spear throwing. Meet Australian native animals including wombats, dingoes and crocodiles, hand-feed kangaroos or have your photo taken cuddling a koala.

Day 2: Great Barrier Reef Cruise and Scenic 25-minute Helicopter Tour
Your excursion begins with a cruise aboard Evolution to the Great Barrier Reef, where you'll spend five hours exploring two incredible reef destinations. Enjoy a tropical barbecue lunch with fish, prawns, steak and salads. Snorkeling is also included in your reef adventure with up to three optional dives (own expense) available for either the beginner or advanced diver. Glass-bottom boat coral-viewing tours are also available (payable direct on the day of travel). The day concludes with an amazing 25-minute scenic helicopter flight over five reef systems and cays, returning your to Cairns in style at the end of your two-day adventure.

Inclusions

Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

Use of Snorkelling equipment

Air-conditioned vehicle

Hotel pickup and drop-off (Cairns City)

Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail Cableway

Great Barrier Reef Cruise

25-minute helicopter one-way tour from Great Barrier Reef to Cairns

Exclusions

Food and drinks on Day 1

AUD $20per person for the Environmental Management Charge and Fuel Levy is payable direct to the operator on the day of travel

Accommodation

Scuba diving

Semi-submersible tour (payable direct)

Transfers from Port Douglas hotels are additional cost

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Weight Policy: Individual passenger weights and accompanying carry-on luggage MUST be advised at time of booking. Weight variances greater than 10% may incur an additional fee. Maximum single seat payload of 110kg. For passenger comfort and aircraft weight and balance, passengers exceeding 110kg are required to purchase an additional seat of 50% of ticket price - this is non-commissionable and payable to Nautilus Aviation on day of travel.

There is a maximum of 6 to 7 passengers permitted per helicopter (depending on aircraft availability)

Evidence of dive certification is required from all divers wishing to participate in a certified dive

Diving within 48 hours of flying is not recommended. All participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire prior to diving. Some pre-existing medical conditions (eg asthma, heart conditions, etc) may prevent you from diving, please consult your doctor

The Great Barrier Reef Cruise does not need to be taken on the second day, but within 7-days of the Kuranda Scenic Railway tour. You'll be required to reconfirm both tours at least 24-hours from the Kuranda Scenic Railway departure date

Traveler Reviews

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  • 23-Oct-2019

    The trip was really nice. Obviously the great barrier reef was a must do and a huge bucket list item. The cable car from Kuranda stole the show on that day and it was so beautiful. The town of Kuranda was a bit of a tourist trap and I felt we spent too much time there but overall it was a nice day.

  • 19-Jul-2019

    I highly recommend this tour for those who don’t want to plan. We were taken care of and it was worth it. The helicopter ride back from the GBR was so cool. The boat ride out was rough so having the quicker journey home was great.

  • 16-Mar-2018

    Wow. Not enough characters allowed to share all our positive reviews! Top of the line staff for both days. Very organized agendas, felt like a first class guest the whole time! Highly recommend the helicopter ride back from the GBR ... it was AMAZING! Experiences of a lifetime!

  • 28-Dec-2017

    Both the tour of and trip to the rain forest and the boat trip to the reef were well organized and top notch. The drivers and staff on both were great.

  • 05-Dec-2017

    Good and fun trip to the Great Barrier Reef. I would give this 5 stars, but Unfortunately on the day we went the sea was pretty choppy and lots of people on board got seasick. But, it was a good trip. We took the helicopter ride back, which I recommend.

  • 04-Dec-2017

    Best package ever!! The visit to Kuranda was fantastic. For the second day, I have good comment for Down Under Cruise and Dive company. The crew was really fun and helpful. They made every possible effort to help people feel good and were supportive all the time. I totally recommend the option to come back by helicopter. It was well worth the money. One thing to keep on mind is to get all the details to contact the company that is taking the pictures while you are on the boat. Since you return by helicopter you will not see the pictures upon return to Cairns. We had to make several phone calls to contact the photography company.

  • 29-Nov-2017

    super 2 days of adventure. day one land nature..day two ocean nature. trip delivered everything promised. very safe.

  • 17-Nov-2017

    This was a highlight of our Australia trip. The tours were exactly as described, and better. All transfers were on time and we were given clear instructions on where to be at what time. We paid extra for the Rainforestation which was nice, but cut short our time in Kuranda. We were not given the opportunity to hold a Koala or feed kangaroos, but did get to pet a dingo. I really enjoyed the Aboriginal demonstrations. The Cableway was spectacular, but because of the time spent at the Rainforestation we had to ride straight back without stopping at any of the mid-points.

    The catamaran is very large and had a lot of people on board the day we were on it. It sometimes felt crowded in the water with all those bodies snorkeling in the same area at the same time. Make sure to bring your own towels, or be prepared to buy one. The crew was helpful but their attention was focused on the novice divers snorkelers were given equipment and then ignored. There was an option to do a 10 minute helicopter flight that we did not know about but we loved the flight back to Cairns in the helicopter instead. We did not have a lot of time there so that saved us a couple of hours, and the views were spectacular.

  • 04-Jul-2017

    We really enjoyed everything that we did over these two days, but had to find our own way to different locations and tour directors. It was like a tour of tours, without a central guide. Some of the tours were more crowded than we would normally do like hundreds of people trying to snorkel off of one huge tour boat at the Great Barrier Reef. Highlights were the trip to the Rain Forest, returning via air tram, and the helicopter ride over the Great Barrier Reef.

  • 24-Mar-2017

    I loved the variety of this tour, and although it was expensive, it felt like a great value...you get to do and see so much! Makes it so simple to have all these activities under one booking, too. Everything on the first day was beautiful and the lunch was huge and delicious. I had a blast petting kangaroos and holding a koala that was an extra charge. Plus, snorkeling on the GBR and then having a helicopter pick you up and fly you over several reef systems before returning you home...that's bucket list kind of stuff right there! Highly recommend.

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