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From Cairns: Daintree Wilderness & Cape Tribulation Bus Tour

1. From Cairns: Daintree Wilderness & Cape Tribulation Bus Tour

On this full-day tour you will discover the beautiful Daintree Rainforest. The remote natural magnificence of Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest is far from the glitz of civilization and brings both awe and peace, a true solace to the soul. Daintree is nature's kingdom, a gem in Australia's crown of natural icons. Here you will find fan palms, Flying Paradise Kingfishers, tree frogs, butterflies of every hue and color, Rainbow Lorikeets, entwining strangler figs, and rampant climbing vines set by crystal streams flowing into a tropical sea. On this tour you will visit the Wildlife Habitat to experience the 5 wildlife environments – the savannah, rainforest, wetlands, nocturnal, and grasslands. Cross the Daintree River on board a cable-driven vehicular ferry. You will travel deep into the Daintree Rainforest to the Cape Tribulation Resort to enjoy a tropical lunch. At Cape Tribulation you can enjoy the dazzling white sand beaches and azure tropical sea and visit Alexandra Lookout to admire the spectacular views of the Daintree River and the Coral Sea. Cruise along the Daintree River among mangroves, impenetrable rainforest jungle, and crocodile-infested waters and enjoy afternoon tea before returning to Cairns.

Cairns: Snorkel & Dive a Secluded Great Barrier Reef Island

2. Cairns: Snorkel & Dive a Secluded Great Barrier Reef Island

Discover the Frankland Islands, a quieter part of the Great Barrier Reef, on a trip from Cairns. Cruise down the Mulgrave River and relax on the pristine shores. Upgrade for lunch and a guided tour. Take a tropical island adventure and take a leisurely 30-minute cruise down the colorful Mulgrave River. Soak up the beauty of the surrounding rainforest-clad hills from the cabin or shaded deck and admire the panoramic views. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for crocodiles along the mangrove’s edge. After a short open-water crossing, arrive at Frankland Islands National Park, your tropical destination for the day. A secluded and ancient marine environment, the Frankland Islands are home to thousands of plants and animals species, all waiting to be discovered. Spend 4.5 hours relaxing and exploring this secluded part of the Great Barrier Reef, which sees no more than 100 visitors each day. Opt for the ferry-only option and choose how you spend your day, or go for the fully inclusive tour and take advantage of a day packed with exciting activities, including a guided snorkel tour, adventure safari, guided island walk, lunch, and the use of stand-up paddleboards and other equipment. Snorkel straight from the pristine white sandy beach, where an expert marine naturalist guides you over colorful corals and tropical fish while explaining this unique and wonderful ecosystem. Back on the island, take part in our guided island walk, led by a resident Master Reef Guide or Marine Biologist, showcasing the amazing diversity of this protected national park. Savor a delicious tropical buffet lunch before departing the island in the afternoon. Enjoy the complimentary coffee, tea, and cake served on board while you sail back to Cairns.

From Cairns: Afternoon Cruise to Green Island

3. From Cairns: Afternoon Cruise to Green Island

Board a catamaran in Cairns and set sail towards the idyllic Green Island. Discover the natural beauty of this 600-year-old coral cay in an afternoon and explore the very best of what the island has to offer. You decide how you'll spend your time once you arrive at Green Island. Indulge in a few hours of relaxation and lounge on white sandy beaches or take a self-guided walk through the island's lush forest. If you prefer to stay dry, join a tour of the island's reef on a glass-bottom boat. Feeling more adventurous? Make use of the snorkeling gear provided and view the thriving marine life and reef up close. 

Cairns: Half-Day City Sightseeing Tour

4. Cairns: Half-Day City Sightseeing Tour

Join a local guide and explore the history, culture, and heritage of Cairns on a half-day sightseeing tour. Visit the Cairns Museum, Cairns Flecker Botanic Gardens, the Lower Barron Gorge National Park, and more. Following pickup in an air-conditioned vehicle, start the day at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Marlin Marina. Admire the breathtaking cathedral of St. Monica's, which features the world's largest themed stained glass windows. Discover the city's vibrant history and rich cultural heritage with a visit to the Cairns Museum. Enjoy the exclusive 20-minute guided tour of the museum with a local expert who will share stories about living in the tropics, cane, railways, reefs, and rainforest. Travel to the leafy suburb of Edge Hill for a guided walk through the Cairns Flecker Botanic Gardens, renowned for having one of the best exhibitions of tropical plants in Australia. Explore the butterfly-lined pathways under the green canopy as your guide explains the various plants you see along the way. Enjoy a delicious Devonshire Tea of homemade scones served with jam and cream and a choice of tea or coffee at a local cafe before continuing to one of Cairns' scenic lookouts with panoramic views of the city and the Coral Sea. Visit the Lower Barron Gorge National Park and Surprise Creek Falls. Continue further to visit stunning Palm Cove, lined with old paperbark trees. Stroll to the end of the jetty to enjoy the stunning beach setting and natural surroundings before being returned to your hotel.

Port Douglas: Daintree National Park and Mossman Gorge Tour

5. Port Douglas: Daintree National Park and Mossman Gorge Tour

Discover Port Douglas and Mossman Gorge on this full-day guided trip filled with adventure. Reconnect with nature and keep an eye out for local wildlife as you spend time in Daintree National Park. Your trip also includes round-trip transfers and lunch. Your guided experience starts with pickup from your accommodation before you take in scenic coastal views of the Great Barrier Reef Drive. Arrive in Port Douglas to start your guided sightseeing tour of the area. Wander through the recreated natural environments of Port Douglas' Wildlife Habitat. Learn about and interact with the many native animals and enjoy lunch while watching a wildlife presentation. At Mossman Gorge, located within Daintree National Park, experience a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony with an Indigenous guide. Then, join a guided walk or explore the area yourself on one of the many hiking tracks before the end of the trip. Don't forget to bring a towel and swimsuit as the water at Mossman Gorge is perfect for taking a refreshing dip.

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What people are saying about Cairns

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 880 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.

Really enjoyable and well organised afternoon. The weather was windy and a bit cold but can’t blame the tour for that! Kids loved the snorkeling, I loved the boat trip. Green Island is in a lovely spot.

Our Tourguide, Lisa, was great! She is very informative and we enjoyed her stories and appreciated the knowledge she has. Highly recommended:)

The experience visiting Green Island was fantastic for me and my son .

Very well organized tour. Nice place for snorkeling.