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  • Location:Cairns and Northern Beaches, Australia
  • Duration:2 days (approx.)

2-Day Reef and Rainforest Package Combo: Green Island Cruise and Kuranda Day Trip

Your 2-Day Reef and Rainforest Package Combo will take you to the two extremes of Tropical North Queensland during your stay in Cairns. Spend a day discovering the Great Barrier Reef on a cruise to Green Island. Your second day sees you exploring the rainforest with a trip on the Kuranda Scenic Rail and the Skyrail.


  • Enjoy two of Tropical North Queensland's famous natural attractions - Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage rainforest
  • Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef's Green Island
  • Snorkeling equipment will be provided on the Green Island Cruise
  • Semi submarine coral viewing or snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Travel on the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Experience indigenous culture, meet local wildlife and take a Duck tour at Rainforestation
  • Explore Kuranda Heritage Markets and meet the locals
  • Hotel pickup and drop off

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What You Can Expect

2-Day Reef and Rainforest Package Combo: Green Island Cruise and Kuranda Day Trip

Snorkeling at Green Island

Day one: Green Island Reef Cruise
Cruise from Cairns to Green Island, a protected coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef. On arrival you can explore the island at your leisure or just relax on the beautiful white sandy beaches. Entry to the resort pool is included. Alternatively you can get closer to the reef. If you want to stay dry, take a semi-submarine coral viewing tour, or if you prefer to get wet make use of the snorkeling equipment for a closer look. Introductory and certified diving available at an additional cost.

During the day you can return to the boat at any time to cool off in the spacious, air-conditioned interior cabins, and a buffet lunch wil be served. This is a great cruise for an introduction to the Great Barrier Reef for all ages.

Day two: Kuranda Scenic Rail, Rainforestation Nature Park and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Travel to Kuranda aboard the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway, one of the world's most spectacular railways. On arrival in picturesque Kuranda, enjoy free time to explore the attractions and markets before a visit to Rainforestation Nature Park. Here you can meet koalas and other local wildlife, splash about on an amphibious duck tour, and experience indigenous culture with the the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dancers and Dreamtime Walk.

Return to Cairns on the Skyrail, the world's only rainforest cableway. Glide silently over the rainforest canopy and take advantage of the two stops en route to enjoy a walk through the rainforest. Lunch is not included. Please note: the order of your itinerary is subject to change.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour includes the main things to do in Cairns, and is well organized, interesting, and enjoyable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

this combo is a must for anyone going to cairns both days were excellent the island was very good and the railway up the mountain and sky lift down from Kuranda were excellent all i can say it was two fantastic days

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

We really enjoyed our day on the Big Cat to Green Island. The crew were very friendly and helpful. Lunch was great. The semi submersible was awesome. Our family really enjoyed the day, thank you!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

excellent value for money. collected/dropped off at hotel both days, well looked after by staff and got to see some amazing sights at Green island and the rainforest, really enjoyed both days.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Two excellent days out. Lots more fish and turtles to be seen, whilst snorkelling, when the tide is higher.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Fantastic - very well organised.
Both days quite rushed and could have done with more time snorkelling and more time at Kuranda but great overview of what Cairns has to offer.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

It was a great tour and by going through Viator we got extras on the reef tour which by going directly through Big Cat would have cost us extra. We were also able to recommend it to another couple, who were also very happy with it!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Bit of a mix up with pick up, but day was fantastic highly recommend this trip to everyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2013

The Kuranda Day trip was fantastic. The relaxing train ride provided wonderful views. The Rainforestation provided a day full of excitement-the Army duck ride through the rainforest was very informative, holding a koala provided a cuddly memory, the wild life park and dance/spear and boomerang throwing very interesting and fun. The Skyrail down gave a beautiful view of the rainforest and distant views. The reef cruise made for a relaxing day out-don't forget your sunscreen. The boat staff were very friendly and helpful. The snorkeling was a bit disappointing due to limited coral and fish. However, the semi-sub provided a great glimpse of underwater life.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

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