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See some of Australia's most famous natural wonders — the rainforest and Great Barrier Reef — during an action-packed full-day tour from Cairns. Spend the morning in the mountains, taking the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway between Cairns and Kuranda, where you explore the rainforest and go shopping at Kuranda Market. In the afternoon, head to the Great Barrier Reef in style on an approximately 25-minute helicopter tour. Transfer to an afternoon cruise on the Outer Reef to admire the underwater world while swimming, snorkeling or diving.

Highlights

  • Full-day combination Kuranda Scenic Railway, Great Barrier Reef helicopter flight and reef cruise, from Cairns
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Stoney Creek Falls and Barron Falls from the Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Browse the vibrant Kuranda Markets and get photo opportunities from the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Take a stunning 30-minute helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef
  • Refuel with a tasty lunch served on board the reef cruise
  • Discover the Great Barrier Reef with free time to swim, snorkel or scuba dive
  • Includes pickup and drop-off from Cairns hotels and surrounding areas

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You cover two of the top attractions of Far North Queensland on this tour — the Great Barrier Reef and Kuranda. A very active day that includes a train ride, cable car ride, helicopter flight, cruise, snorkeling and diving!

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What You Can Expect

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

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

After morning pickup from your hotel, board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for a scenic 1.5-hour journey to the charming township of Kuranda.

Take in the natural beauty of the mountains as you pass Horseshoe Bend, Stoney Creek Falls and Barron Falls, while hearing informative commentary about regional history. The train winds through Barron Gorge National Park to Kuranda, where you have time to browse crafts and Aboriginal artifacts at Kuranda Markets.

Return on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, riding in a fully enclosed six-passenger gondola that glides for 4.5 miles (7.5 km) over the rainforest canopy and offers views of the tropical foliage and the Coral Sea.

Next up, go sightseeing on the sea. Board your helicopter for a spectacular approximately 25-minute flight to the Outer Great Barrier Reef, landing gently at the heli-pontoon at Hastings Reef. From there, hop on board a speedboat where lunch is served, followed by swimming and snorkeling. If you prefer to stay dry, learn about the delicate coral reef ecosystem during a narrated semi-submersible boat tour (payable direct, time permitting). Scuba diving is available for experienced divers (additional cost).

As you sail back to Cairns on the luxury vessel, relax and enjoy live entertainment provided by the guides. Your tour ends with hotel drop-off at the end of a long fun-filled day.

Itinerary

Snorkeling:
Please be aware that snorkeling may be a strenuous activity. Your level of fitness and any existing medical conditions should be considered prior to snorkeling. Buoyancy vests are available onboard the vessel. Please consider wind strength or the roughness of the sea before booking.

Scuba diving:
For certified divers, a history of asthma, ear and heart conditions and any other medical conditions may preclude a passenger from scuba diving unless a current Australian Diving Medical can be shown to the instructor. It is advisable to discuss any existing medical condition with the Down Under Helicopter staff before embarkation. All intending divers over the age of 65 years must provide a current Diving Medical certificate. All divers must complete a medical questionnaire/declaration onboard the vessel prior to diving and their fitness to dive will be assessed by the diving instructor.

Flying:
In the interest of safety, we recommend you do not fly on high altitude flights within 48 hours of your last dive. It must be noted that all helicopter flights are low altitude flights.

Certified Diving (optional activity):
All equipment is included. Age restrictions apply. Some medical conditions and medications may preclude passengers from scuba diving and divers MUST be certified. Certified divers must show a 'C' card. (Additional charge). Please note that some medical conditions and medications may preclude you from diving.

Customer Reviews

Kitty S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Awesome tour, got to see Cairns in a day! Loved it

Sandra R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Amazing!!!
The helicopter tour of the reef was incredible---great way to see the massiveness of the reef and capture on video! Also, enjoyed the cruise back with sub to see marine life. Definitely fulfilled a couple of bucket lists

michael o

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

every thing advertised and more

,would recommend to folks who wants an exceptional adventure,,,,

B V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This one is worth every penny.

Lc

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was an incredible way to see the are in the one day we had to see everything. It was well done - all people involved were terrific. It was truly amazing and we weren't tired, but very relaxed. There was nothing bad about this tour. I would highly recommend it to everyone.

Gwendolyn A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was an excellent tour. The pickups were all coordinated and on time, we went from one event to the other with no problems. This was very well organized and executed. When you book something on-line and don't talk with anyone it can be a bit intimidating when in another country to know if things will happen on time.

Mike S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The best part was the helicopter ride to the reef and snorkelling on the reef. Good lunch on the boat. Kuranda Scenic railway and sky rail was a great view of the area. I would have liked to have visited Kuranda but that would have made the day too long since I chose such a tour with some much in it.

kaylah t

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

What a great way to fill a day starting with our hotel pick up and delivery to the train our driver was great very helpful making sure we had everything we needed or wanted the staff on the train where great offering to take photos of everyone adding a personal touch to the trip the day was so well planned and ran so smoothly we where extreamly impressed with all staff and the helicopter ride was amazing the semi sub is a must for everyone to see the reef we where well catered and had an amazing holiday ..

Robert M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Brilliant! It's a lit to do in a day, so didn't really get to see much when we got off the railway, but we always knew it was a busy day.mifnyou are an explorer, I'd suggest two separate trips!
Transport was prompt and guides were helpful and knowledgable.
The helicopter ride was amazing. The crew on the boat were fantastic and helped me with my first snorkel.. An experience I was so glad I did!

Björn T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

A great exeperience in Cairns. Well organized and never a dull moment. I would love to come back.

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