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Daintree, Mossman Gorge & Cape Trib Tour with Cruise & Lunch

1. Daintree, Mossman Gorge & Cape Trib Tour with Cruise & Lunch

Start your adventure with a scenic coastal drive from Cairns to Port Douglas, the far north’s very own great ocean road with panoramic views of the sparkling Coral Sea. The first stop is Mossman Gorge, which is in the southern sector of the world-famous Daintree National Park. The gorge has been carved out by the cold mountain waters of the Mossman River, which winds through large granite boulders, bordered by lush green rainforest. It’s a magical place and you’ll be welcomed by the traditional owners, the Kuku Yalanji people, who will also cleanse you of evil spirits during a smoke ceremony. Also, enjoy a refreshing swim in the cascading waters. Cross the mighty Daintree River and head to the beach for lunch. Experience waterfront dining and enjoy the sand between your toes. After lunch, it’s time to explore the ancient rainforest environment on an interesting guided tour of the Marrdja Botanical Boardwalk. Highly trained guides will give expert rainforest interpretation, which will inform and impress. Be amazed at the huge diversity you will encounter, you will discover everything from low-lying ferns and shrubs, to the massive rainforest canopy and even mangrove ecosystems - all in one short easy walk. You can choose to taste locally made ice cream, at your own cost, and prepare for a photo opportunity at the Alexandra Range Lookout, which provides sweeping views over the Daintree River, its rainforest delta, and out to the Coral Sea. In the afternoon, experience a wildlife cruise on the river. During the cruise, you may see a crocodile, while learning about the fragile ecosystem of this impressive serpent-like river system. On the return journey to Cairns, drive through Port Douglas, a picturesque beachside village with a laid-back vibe and loads of bars and cafes.

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From Cairns: Fitzroy Island Full-Day Adventure Tour

2. From Cairns: Fitzroy Island Full-Day Adventure Tour

Fitzroy Island was once part of mainland Australia, before being separated by rising waters. Over time a fringing coral reef surrounded the island, providing a sheltered home to a variety of fish and coral species. Explore this marine wonderland on a day tour from Cairns, crossing by ferry to enjoy wilderness hiking trails and snorkeling adventures. Choose from a range of packages, including transfers for you to explore on your own, or a package including snorkel or glass-bottom boat activities. Explore the Island's 339 hectares of lush rainforest that covers 94 percent of the island and is protected and managed as a National Park. Walking trails are suitable for all levels of fitness, allowing you to explore areas of the island at your leisure. The fast catamaran departs from the Marlin Marina, with check-in directly on the vessel. Cruise south along the calm waters of the coastline to reach Fitzroy Island in just 45 minutes, giving you up to 7 hours to explore the tropical island.

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Kuranda, Skyrail and Scenic Rail Experience

3. Kuranda, Skyrail and Scenic Rail Experience

The itinerary is as follows: Hotel pickups commence from Cairns Beaches at 8:30 AM, 9:45 AM from Palm Cove, and Cairns at 10:00 AM. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Transfer to Caravonica Lakes to board Skyrail Rainforest Cableway  for your journey to Kuranda. Once aboard you will be amazed as you glide silently over the rainforest. There are 2 stations en route where you can alight and enjoy a walk through the rain forest to spectacular lookouts or visit the CSIRO Interpretive Center. Arrive in Kuranda. You have approximately 3 hours free time to explore the many and varied shops, as well as the Heritage Markets which operate daily. 2:00 PM: Kuranda Scenic Rail. Board the famous train for an amazing journey, as you travel one of the world's most scenic rail routes, through hand-hewn tunnels and over bridges spanning spectacular gorges. Please note: if Gold Class requested, Kuranda Scenic Rail will be 3.30 PM not  2.00 PM, and return transfer will depart at 5.00 PM not 3.30 PM. 3:30 PM: Coach departs for Cairns and Cairns Beaches.

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From Cairns: Luxury Great Barrier Reef Snorkel & Dive

4. From Cairns: Luxury Great Barrier Reef Snorkel & Dive

Depart in the morning for your once in a lifetime adventure to the spectacular Outer Great Barrier Reef aboard this modern, luxury vessel. The friendly crew will ensure you get the most out of your day on the reef, whether you’re a snorkeler, trying SCUBA diving for the first time, or you are an experienced diver.  Purpose built, the vessel boasts 3 large sun decks, 2 air-conditioned indoor saloons, a spacious dive deck, and a sunken platform for easy access in and out of the water. This new vessel has everything you need to experience the Great Barrier Reef in unrivaled comfort, and numbers are capped at 80 to ensure everybody has a great day.  You will have the opportunity to snorkel or dive at 2 exclusive reef locations across your day, allowing you to see an abundance of marine life that calls the Great Barrier Reef home. The reef sites are chosen on the day by the experienced skipper, depending on weather and sea conditions to ensure the best in-water experience.  If this is your first time snorkeling, don’t worry — it’s fun and safe for the whole family. You can see the best of the Great Barrier Reef just floating on the surface, including colorful coral, many fish species, and other wildlife. Free guided snorkeling tours are available, meaning you won’t miss a thing. These free tours are great for those who aren’t as comfortable in the water. All of the snorkeling equipment required is supplied as part of your trip, including a wetsuit or stinger suit.  If you would like to try diving but don’t have a diving licence, then why not try an introductory dive? You can see the underwater world in the care of an experienced instructor. If you are already certified, you can go guided or non-guided during your time on the reef — it's up to you.  You will enjoy a light morning tea, afternoon tea of fruits, cheese and crackers, and a delicious pre-packed picnic lunch. Complimentary tea, coffee, and chilled water are served throughout the day (snacks, soft and alcoholic beverages are also available for purchase). Whether you are a snorkeler, first-time SCUBA diver, or already certified diver, you will love this once in a lifetime adventure aboard a luxury day trip to the great barrier reef.

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Cairns: Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Sailing Tour

5. Cairns: Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Sailing Tour

Board a classic sailboat with its crew and grab a Danish pastry, a piece of fresh fruit, and tea or coffee. Settle in the aft section or anywhere on the foredeck. Once all guests have boarded, the boat pulls away from the dock and the sails are hoisted. Lend a hand or just relax and watch. Enjoy the journey as your full-day program begins and Cairns disappears in the distance. Within 2 hours, arrive at the exclusive Great Barrier Reef mooring that’s just 1-kilometer off Green Island. From there, Pinnacle Reef awaits, and it’s just a step off the boat. After a snorkeling briefing, receive your snorkeling equipment, including a wet suit or lycra suit and snorkeling jacket. Be assisted as needed for the first snorkeling adventure. The crew will conduct many small, personal snorkeling tours that can be enjoyed throughout the day. Pinnacle Reef is a coral garden featuring several outcrops that allow for easy viewing. Expect to see hard and soft corals and numerous schools of colorful reef fish meandering through the coral garden. Stingrays, turtles, and black-tipped reef sharks (very shy and perfectly safe) are also a common sight. Enjoy a personal first dive (optional extra) with just 2 divers per instructor. No previous experience is required. If you are a certified diver, expect a small group with a complimentary dive guide. This tour is great for conservative diving, but not for deeper water or drift dives. After a morning of snorkeling and/or diving at this exclusive site, enjoy a large smorgasbord lunch back on board the boat. Feast on fresh Tasmanian salmon, prawns, mixed meats, chicken, and 3 different salads. Enjoy some land time on Green Island and relax on the beach or enjoy island activities (not included in the tour price). The short transfers to the island are by dinghy. You can opt to enjoy a cocktail at the island’s resort, walk across the island along an interpretative trail, or visit Marine Land Melanesia where you can see crocodiles (in captivity) and other marine life. Glass bottom boat tours and semi-submersible tours are also available. If you are interested in any of these optional island extras, inform the skipper when boarding the boat in the morning so that they can be booked. Note that the cost of these options is payable directly to the island operators on the day. You’ll have 4.5 hours to enjoy the reef and island, and how you divide your time between the reef and the island is up to you. Some opt to spend all day on the reef. After a day of reef and island activities, set sail for the return trip. Enjoy fresh fruit, cheese, and crackers, a glass of wine, and finally, a piece of cake to end on a sweet note. You’ll arrive back in Cairns at around 5:00 PM to 5:15 PM.

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Cairns: Outer and Coral Cay Snorkel and Dive Cruise

6. Cairns: Outer and Coral Cay Snorkel and Dive Cruise

Step foot on a super-fast, luxury 20m CAT, feeling welcomed and pampered, and embark on an ocean-filled journey of discovery. After your early boarding from Marlin Marina, breathe in the morning ocean breeze as you sail to one of two snorkel and dive destinations. From there, explore the ocean's brilliant fish and coral reefs. At the stunning Upolu Coral Cay Reef, learn about graceful blue-spotted stingrays, tenacious green sea turtles, bright damsel fish, and other amazing creatures that call this reef their home, as you observe them from a glass bottom boat. You’ll then have the chance to see these inquisitive creatures up close, while snorkeling within the incredibly clear, turquoise water. The second snorkel and dive site is the fascinating ‘Wonder Wall’, located on the outer edge of Upolu Reef. Enjoy snorkeling on the top of the wall for easy viewing of all the marine life and coral. Sign-up for the optional, certified or introductory guided dive, encountering a huge variety of aquatic flora and fauna, including hard and soft corals, giant clams, fans, turtles and a vast assortment of colorful tropical fish as you descend and meander along the side of the wall .  In between visiting these two sites, enjoy a smorgasbord lunch fit for a king. Savor smoked salmon, prawns, three types of cold meat, a chicken platter, three fresh salads and a variety of breads. After a relaxed six hours of diving and snorkeling, spend the trip home indulging in even more delicious food, arriving back at Cairns at around 4:30 PM.

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Daintree & Cape Tribulation Small Group 4WD Tour

7. Daintree & Cape Tribulation Small Group 4WD Tour

Explore Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation on a small group tour. Ride a 4WD vehicle as you spot wildlife, catch incredible views, and try regional food along the way. After being picked up in a 4WD around 7:00 AM, make your way north along the Captain Cook Highway. Stop first at the Daintree Cruise Centre for a cup of coffee and biscuits before setting out to explore the Daintree River on a 1-hour guided cruise. During your cruise, you may spot estuarine crocodiles, from youngsters to massive 4-meter adults. Learn about the birds and wildlife that make this area their home. Then, make your way to the Alexandra Range Lookout, located in the heart of the rainforest, to enjoy spectacular views of the rainforest, the ocean, its surrounding reefs, and the majestic Daintree River. At the Jindalba boardwalk, you'll go on an informative 45-minute guided tour to experience the Park's beauty up close. See ancient 900-year-old palms, and keep your eyes peeled for the elusive Boyd’s Forest Dragon. Enjoy lunch at Lync Haven, an animal refuge, where you'll be treated to BBQ lunch steaks and tasty garden fresh salads, fish, or a vegetarian burger. After lunch, have a look at some of the animals here which include different species of python snakes and Boris the Estuarine Crocodile. You can even hand-feed some of the Kangaroos in care — an amazing experience. Your journey continues, heading further north to Emmagen for an afternoon tea stop. You’ll have ample time to enjoy a beautifully refreshing swim in this amazing freshwater mountain stream. Then, indulge in a feast of exotic tropical fruits and enjoy a sample cup of traditional Billy Tea, made in a traditional Australian Billy (by your guide) and damper, all of which enhance the tranquil surroundings. Head to Cape Tribulation beach itself for a leisurely stroll along the beach to admire the views. Those feeling a little more energetic can take the short botanical boardwalk to the Cape Tribulation beach lookout. After Cape Tribulation beach, if there's time, stop at Daintree’s hidden secret, the Daintree ice creamery. Your taste buds will be tantalized with exotic tropical fruit homemade ice cream. As the day comes to the end, head back toward Cairns. You will be dropped off at your accommodations at around 6:30 PM.

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Cape Tribulation, Daintree and Mossman Gorge Day Tour

8. Cape Tribulation, Daintree and Mossman Gorge Day Tour

The itinerary for this tour is as follows: • 6:45 AM: Hotel pickups commence from Cairns. • 7:30 AM: Pickups commence from the Cairns Beaches. • 8:10 AM: Pickups commence from Port Douglas. • 9:20 AM: Mossman Gorge Centre. Visit the Mossman Gorge Gateway Centre and board your shuttle for the transfer into Mossman Gorge. Your driver/guide will take you for a guided walk sharing their knowledge of this enchanting rainforest environment. Learn about the fascinating secrets of one of the world’s oldest rainforests. Return to the Centre for morning tea. • 11:15 AM: Daintree River Cruise. Reach an understanding of this wildlife environment for one hour. See bird habitats, tree snakes, unique plants and of course the saltwater crocodile. • 12:45 PM: Tropical Lunch. With special access at a private rain forest property, enjoy a short walk along a delightful rain forest creek before a delicious tropical lunch. Enjoy a choice of quality steak, fish or vegetarian meal with fresh salads and fruit platter, followed by coffee or Daintree Tea. • 2:00 PM: Cape Tribulation. Walk on this world-renowned rainforest beach and admire the coastline and fringing coral reef from the Kulki Lookout. • 3:15 PM: Daintree Ice Cream Company. Included is an afternoon refreshment at the Daintree Ice Cream Company. Enjoy a delicious tropical fruit ice cream made from fruit grown on their own organic orchard. • 4:00 PM: Alexandra Lookout. After winding through the rainforest of the Alexandra Range, enjoy this spectacular lookout over the Daintree River estuary, Snapper Island, and beyond to the Coral Sea.

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Cairns: Behana Canyon Experience

9. Cairns: Behana Canyon Experience

This Behana Canyon experience is a canyoning tour run out of Cairns by passionate locals who want to share this natural waterfall spectacle with people from all over the world. Your guides pride themselves on being 100% eco-friendly, a passion that is reflected throughout this tour. After meeting your guides at the meeting point, you'll depart for the gorge to soak in the beautiful sights. Your guides will provide instruction on rappelling techniques from the safety of flat ground before you begin the adventure near the top of the gorge and abseil into the freshwater. From there you'll go swimming, walk over rocky gorges and through the tropical rain forest, leap off rocks into the deep pools below, and canyon through Behana Gorge. Enjoy some free time to chill out and enjoy this beautiful natural area. At the conclusion of your experience you will return to Cairns where you will be dropped off back at your accommodation before 4:00 PM.

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Port Douglas: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

10. Port Douglas: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

Meet your experienced ballooning team at Atherton Tablelands at 6.00 AM, just in time to witness the inflation of the hot air balloons. Experience the fun and unique sensation of a hot air balloon ride over the Atherton Tablelands, Australia. Enjoy the picturesque landscape at sunrise with 60-minutes of flying time. At 6.30 AM the patchwork panorama below brings new sights every day, watch out for the variety of Australian birdlife and take in the peace and serenity that is hot air ballooning.

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What people are saying about Cairns

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 31 reviews

Really enjoyed the day and the trip was a memorable one. The island has a lot of stunning views and the water was crystal clear. Snorkel safari was wonderful and it was a real joy to swim with beautiful fishes along the stunning reef. The tour operators were super friendly and they make you feel very comfortable. They are very passionate and have the willingness to show us the best of the island. Highly recommend this activity.

Fabulous day. Very organised, all the staff were super friendly. Great food and plenty of it. Plenty of time on the reef . We had a magical day. We saw several turtles and a reef shark too! Thank you to ocean freedom. So glad we chose your boat .

Paradise found… Nearly canceled due to weather predictions. So glad we went ahead with this trip. Most definitely the highlight of our journey. Spent the day a Nudie beach and didn’t want to leave.

Professional staff with a good sense of humour. Lots of fun and laughs while flying high above the cloud topped mountains. Beautiful!

Have morning coffee before you hop in. It’s a great trip but bring lots of snacks.