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  • Location:Cairns, Australia
  • Duration:90 minutes (approx.)

Cairns Sunset Cruise and Optional Dinner

Spend an enchanted evening in Cairns with a 90-minute sunset cruise along the scenic Trinity Inlet. Sip a glass of sparkling wine and enjoy nibbles as city lights come on and the fading sun casts a colorful glow across the water, mangrove swamps and mountain ranges. Extend your night with an optional 3-course waterfront dinner at Dundee’s Restaurant — a local favorite where you can enjoy a bounty of fresh seafood, pasta, salads and grilled meats. 


  • Cairns sunset cruise along Trinity Inlet
  • View the mangroves, mountains and waterways surrounding Cairns
  • Great photo opportunities
  • The option to complete your cruise with a 3-course dinner at one of Cairns' best waterfront restaurants

What You Can Expect

Cairns Sunset Cruise and Optional Dinner

Cairns Sunset Cruise

Get a new perspective on the coastline and waterways of Cairns on this enchanting sunset cruise. Make your way to the Reef Fleet Terminal in the early evening and climb aboard a comfortable boat, where you’ll be welcomed with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and appetizers.

As you head away from the dock and through the waterways of Trinity Inlet, watch the surrounding tropical scenery become bathed in the rosy hues of sunset. Admire the diverse landscape of mangroves and mountains in the distance from the open-air decks or an indoor cabin.

After a 90-minute tour of the inlet, return to the terminal just after sunset. If you choose the dinner upgrade, take a short stroll along the waterfront to Dundee’s Restaurant, known as one of the best in Cairns. Savor a 3-course meal of regional cuisine highlighting fresh-caught seafood like garlic prawns, seared barramundi, and soft-shell crab tempura. A children’s menu is offered for little ones, and drinks are available to purchase from the bar. 

Customer Reviews

Antony K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed this cruise and the evening dinner

Viv C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

A great way to see the river. The nibbles were great and they restocked them when it was low.

Mark B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

A truly lovely way to start trip to Cairns. Staff were wonderful on both cruise ship and at Dundee's restaurant where the dinner is.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

We did this on our first night in Cairns. A shame about the cloudy sky but we ended up having a relaxed evening with everything done for us. The food was...well you could tell they had it waiting for you and was microwaved. So if you can tell it's going to be a night sun set and you've missed the opening times for the supermarket then go for it.

Lidia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Tour was excellent! Highly recommend it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

beautiful and well worth a see, amazing seeing 100's of bats flying past us so low, the sunset was beautiful and information was very informative!! Good value

Sarah A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

We arrived too late in the day to schedule a big event, so this was a relaxing way to begin our time in Cairns with a drink, snacks and beautiful scenery. We didn't see any crocodiles, unfortunately, but the sunset was awesome, the boat staff friendly and polite and we saw things we couldn't have seen from the shore.

Eshan A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Not a bad way to spend an evening roaming around the water, with some complimentary snacks and a wine or two aboard, before heading to Dundees for dinner (which was also awesome btw)

Wulguru Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

I didn't realise how big the Cairns harbour was - now I do.
It was a comfortable cruise, with lots of relevant information as part of the commentary.
I recommend this cruise to others.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Beautiful day.

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