Tour code: 3262CNS_2DAYCOMBO
See the best of Cairns with a two-day package that provides the ultimate reef and rainforest experience. First, explore the town of Kuranda, traveling via the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Then discover the aquatic wonders of the Great Barrier Reef on a 5-hour ocean cruise with stops for snorkeling and scubadiving. Return to Cairns by helicopter, taking a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef. Have the option to add on admission to Rainforestation in Kuranda to learn about Aboriginal culture and Australian wildlife.

Highlights

  • 2-day tour to Kuranda and the Great Barrier Reef, from Cairns
  • Ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway between Cairns and Kuranda
  • Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef by luxury catamaran from Cairns
  • Admire the Great Barrier Reef when snorkeling
  • Enjoy a tropical barbecue lunch with fish, prawns, steak and salad aboard the cruise
  • Upgrade to include admission to Rainforestation near Kuranda
  • Learn about Aboriginal traditions and rainforest ecology at Rainforestation (if option selected)

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What You Can Expect

2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

2-Day Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Cruise and Helicopter Tour

Your first day takes in land-based highlights of Cairns, traveling out on the Kuranda Scenic Railway to the quaint town of Kuranda for the day. Admire cascading waterfalls, lush tropical rainforest and the charms of the township on your day out, before returning to Cairns on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Have the option to upgrade to include admission to Rainforestation Nature Park, situated just a few minutes from Kuranda. There, you can take a 45-minute rain forest tour on an amphibious vehicle, learn about Aboriginal culture during a dance performance and Dreamtime Walk, and get close to Australian wildlife including koalas.

Explore the Great Barrier Reef on your second day, taking a 5-hour cruise out to two top sites on the reef for snorkeling, scuba diving and other water-based activities. Return to Cairns on a scenic helicopter flight that offers a stunning aerial perspective on the Great Barrier Reef.

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 30-minute Helicopter Tour
Your excursion begins with a cruise aboard Osprey V 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 30-minute scenic helicopter flight over five reef systems and cays, returning your to Cairns in style at the end of your two-day adventure.

Customer Reviews

DANIEL

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Tour muy bien organizado. El primer día sin un guía pero con traslados, viaje en el scenic train almuerzo, recorridos y vuelta en teleférico cronometricamente indicados en el brief. El segundo día se llega a la Barrera de Coral en una embarcación lujosa y con buenos servicios buffet. Incursiones con snorkel y buceo, a elección, muy divertidas. Todo el tour muy recomendable.

Sarah

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Simply amazing! First you get to ride in a brand new first class boat out to the reef. Then you get to snorkel or dive in two different locations - the best snorkeling in the world as far as I'm concerned. Even though there are lots of people this tour has everything very organized. It's easy to get away from the crowds once your in the water as well. You get plenty of time to swim with the fishes. Kuranda was also very nice. The scenic railway and riding the gondola were highlights for me!

Stuart C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Two days that were very well organised with top class tour operators in the local area. The reef trip was a game of two halves. The first, treated to a brand new boat, first step class crew providing entertainment and excellent advice with a brilliant lunch. The second half a huge disappointment as the helicopter ride was cancelled due to heavy rain. Can't hold that against the tour operator ! The second day in the rain forest was very good, really enjoyed the optional trip to tai forestation.

Rodney P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

It was great!!! Guides were wonderful. Weather cooperated. Food was good. We had a wonderful time. My wife and I are in our 70's yet felt very safe and had a great time at the reef.

Girish V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

It was quite an experience. Thanks.

Heather M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Worth it! We loved the package - we were well taken care of and exceeded our expectations. The heli ride back from the GBR was the highlight - definitely don't skip that.
If anything, I could have skipped the Rain Forestation - was very crowded and felt rushed and herded through a tourist trap. I read about more adventures through the tableland, and think we might have enjoyed that more.
Overall, I was pleased with the 2-day package and thought it was an excellent value for the cost looking at individual prices. It was nice to not have to spend time while in Cairns sitting at travel agents office and compare prices while there. Having it set up and taken care of ahead of time was the way to go!

Barry W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Both the train trip and the gondola through the tropical forest were great. I also really enjoyed snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef although the weather wasn't the best the reef was still something.A big thanks to the crew of our boat for looking after my other half she had bad sea sickness and couldn't get on the helicopter back quick enough, which was a great ride

Milts

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Diving in the reef was a great experience and seeing the aerial view of the reef thru the helicopter back to Cairns was really just jaw-dropping! Will definitely come back and dive in the Great Barrier Reef!

Nigel China

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

It was fantastic! The best tour ever! Way beyond expectation!

Russell Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

These were my first 2 days in Australia and, besides the sea sickness, was a great introduction of things to come during the rest of my trip.

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