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2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

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icon2 days  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

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.
  • 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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Lunch
Use of Snorkeling equipment
Hotel pickup and drop-off (Cairns City)
Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail Cableway
Great Barrier Reef Cruise
25-minute helicopter one-way tour from Great Barrier Reef to Cairns
Lunch not included on the Day with Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Railway
AUD $20per person for the Environmental Management Charge and Fuel Levy is payable direct to the operator on the day of travel
Accommodation
Scuba diving
Semi-submersible tour (payable direct on the day)
Transfers from Port Douglas hotels are additional cost
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
Stop At:  
Cairns
Board the train at the Cairns station and slowly make your way through Cairns City and Kuranda range.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets
Enjoy the day in Kuranda wandering around the unique township and exploring the markets.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Skyrail Kuranda Terminal
Glide over World Heritage-listed rainforest before descending through the canopy layers and deep into the heart of the lush rainforest. Enjoy stops along the way as you alight and explore the awe-inspiring Barron Gorge and Falls from a network of boardwalks at varying levels.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal
Check-in at Down Under Cruise and Dive desk and make your way to Evolution for your cruise out to the reef. You will cruise to two outer reef destinations each with their own unique coral formations and diverse marine species.
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
2 Pier Point Rd
On the return, take to the air for a spectacular helicopter journey over the magical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Sweep over coral gardens and sand cays, and see marine life from high above before returning to Cairns
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Weight Policy: Individual passenger weights and accompanying carry-on luggage MUST be advised at time of booking. Weight variances greater than 10% may incur an additional fee. Maximum single seat payload of 130kg. For passenger comfort and aircraft weight and balance, passengers exceeding 130kg are required to purchase an additional seat of 50% of ticket price - this is non-commissionable and payable to Nautilus Aviation on day of travel.
  • There is a maximum of 6 to 7 passengers permitted per helicopter (depending on aircraft availability)
  • Evidence of dive certification is required from all divers wishing to participate in a certified dive
  • Diving within 48 hours of flying is not recommended. All participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire prior to diving. Some pre-existing medical conditions (eg asthma, heart conditions, etc) may prevent you from diving, please consult your doctor
  • The Great Barrier Reef Cruise does not need to be taken on the second day, but within 7-days of the Kuranda Scenic Railway tour. You'll be required to reconfirm both tours at least 24-hours from the Kuranda Scenic Railway departure date
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Nautilus Aviation

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by 2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during 2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by 2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during 2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by 2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by 2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during 2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by 2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.

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Worth the price for helicopter
Hilary V
, Oct. 2019
The trip was really nice. Obviously the great barrier reef was a must do and a huge bucket list item. The cable car from Kuranda stole the show on that day and it was so beautiful. The town of Kuranda was a bit of a tourist trap and I felt we spent too much time there but overall it was a nice day.
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star-5
Great two day experience for seeing Cairns, Queensland.
Seaside395191
, Jul. 2019
I highly recommend this tour for those who don’t want to plan. We were taken care of and it was worth it. The helicopter ride back from the GBR was so cool. The boat ride out was rough so having the quicker journey home was great.
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Tami W
, Mar. 2018
Wow. Not enough characters allowed to share all our positive reviews! Top of the line staff for both days. Very organized agendas, felt like a first class guest the whole time! Highly recommend the helicopter ride back from the GBR ... it was AMAZING! Experiences of a lifetime!
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Both the tour of and trip to the...
secure
, Dec. 2017
Both the tour of and trip to the rain forest and the boat trip to the reef were well organized and top notch. The drivers and staff on both were great.
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Good and fun trip to the Great...
Bill W
, Dec. 2017
Good and fun trip to the Great Barrier Reef. I would give this 5 stars, but Unfortunately on the day we went the sea was pretty choppy and lots of people on board got seasick. But, it was a good trip. We took the helicopter ride back, which I recommend.
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Best package ever!! The visit to...
Carmen Angelica R
, Dec. 2017
Best package ever!! The visit to Kuranda was fantastic. For the second day, I have good comment for Down Under Cruise and Dive company. The crew was really fun and helpful. They made every possible effort to help people feel good and were supportive all the time. I totally recommend the option to come back by helicopter. It was well worth the money. One thing to keep on mind is to get all the details to contact the company that is taking the pictures while you are on the boat. Since you return by helicopter you will not see the pictures upon return to Cairns. We had to make several phone calls to contact the photography company.
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super 2 days of adventure. day one...
bruce b
, Nov. 2017
super 2 days of adventure. day one land nature..day two ocean nature. trip delivered everything promised. very safe.
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This was a highlight of our...
Linda S
, Nov. 2017
This was a highlight of our Australia trip. The tours were exactly as described, and better. All transfers were on time and we were given clear instructions on where to be at what time. We paid extra for the Rainforestation which was nice, but cut short our time in Kuranda. We were not given the opportunity to hold a Koala or feed kangaroos, but did get to pet a dingo. I really enjoyed the Aboriginal demonstrations. The Cableway was spectacular, but because of the time spent at the Rainforestation we had to ride straight back without stopping at any of the mid-points. The catamaran is very large and had a lot of people on board the day we were on it. It sometimes felt crowded in the water with all those bodies snorkeling in the same area at the same time. Make sure to bring your own towels, or be prepared to buy one. The crew was helpful but their attention was focused on the novice divers snorkelers were given equipment and then ignored. There was an option to do a 10 minute helicopter flight that we did not know about but we loved the flight back to Cairns in the helicopter instead. We did not have a lot of time there so that saved us a couple of hours, and the views were spectacular.
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We really enjoyed everything that we...
Lynda J
, Jul. 2017
We really enjoyed everything that we did over these two days, but had to find our own way to different locations and tour directors. It was like a tour of tours, without a central guide. Some of the tours were more crowded than we would normally do like hundreds of people trying to snorkel off of one huge tour boat at the Great Barrier Reef. Highlights were the trip to the Rain Forest, returning via air tram, and the helicopter ride over the Great Barrier Reef.
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I loved the variety of this tour...
Brian C
, Mar. 2017
I loved the variety of this tour, and although it was expensive, it felt like a great value...you get to do and see so much! Makes it so simple to have all these activities under one booking, too. Everything on the first day was beautiful and the lunch was huge and delicious. I had a blast petting kangaroos and holding a koala that was an extra charge. Plus, snorkeling on the GBR and then having a helicopter pick you up and fly you over several reef systems before returning you home...that's bucket list kind of stuff right there! Highly recommend.
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