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2-Day Package Great Barrier Reef, Kuranda & Rainforestation

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

Save $227.00 On Combo Package Deal
  • Upgrade your wildlife experience and have your photo taken cuddling koala at Kuranda Rainforestation Nature Park
  • When snorkelling the Outer Great Barrier Reef, make sure to keep an eye out for the local Maori Wrasse, Wally. Sometimes he likes a pat!
  • The Pamagirri Aboriginal Dancers in Kuranda treat guests with a spectacular and interactive performance

A Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef tour over two days with this great Cairns Combo Package Deal. Day 1 explore the rainforest, Aboriginal culture & interact with wildlife at Rainforestation. Day 2 snorkel, learn to dive or take a scenic helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef.

Save $227.00 on our 2 Day Reef and Rainforest Family Package Combo Deal 

This great $$$ saver combo deal package offers excellent value and is a must-do for anyone wanting to experience two World Heritage sites over two days.

A really great combo package deal for families, adventure lovers and nature & wildlife lovers of all ages, and there's plenty to do and see for non-swimmers.

Rainforest

On day two, Your rainforest tour will begin with a trip on the Kuranda Train through mountain ranges and hand cut tunnels up to Kuranda Village.

View the beautiful cascading Barron Falls as you travel to the unique village of Kuranda. 

At the Koala and Wildlife Park, you’ll be invited to cuddle up to a furry koala.

The tribal secrets of the Aboriginal Pamagirri people will be revealed in a dance performance, and you’ll experience the rainforest up close while riding a real WWII Army Duck.

Great Barrier Reef Tour

On day one, you’ll take a World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef tour onboard a spacious vessel to Marineland – an interactive floating pontoon on the Outer Barrier Reef.

With so many activities on offer at the platform, you'll be spoilt for choice:

  • Join a guided snorkelling safari
  • Explore the reef on a glass bottom boat tour
  • Try your first scuba dive
  • Soar above the reef in a scenic helicopter flight.

After a tropical buffet lunch, you might choose some more underwater exploration, or if you prefer to relax, laze on deck and even treat yourself to a massage onboard the floating platform.

 

Day 1: Kuranda Train, Skyrail, Kuranda Village, Rainforestation

Your one day tour to Kuranda Village begins with your tour vehicle picking up at approximately 7.30am for Cairns and 8.30am for Northern Beaches (you will be given more precise timings when you book).

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Recently voted one of the best train journeys in the world, the Kuranda Train and Scenic Railway winds its way from Cairns to Kuranda, the “village in the rainforest”.

Enjoy breathtaking, diverse scenery as you travel on the historic train through ancient World Heritage rainforest, over rocky ravines, and past stunning waterfalls including Stoney Creek Falls and Barron Gorge National Park. 

Your Kuranda Train Scenic Railway journey includes commentary (in English) on the scenery as you are passing and on the history of this amazing railway.

Discover Kuranda – the "Village in the Rainforest"

A popular tourist destination for over a hundred years, Kuranda, also known as "the Village in the Rainforest" is home to the spectacular Barron Falls and a vibrant arts and crafts scene and market culture.

Here you can browse around the market and find unique souvenirs and gifts, from handcrafted didgeridoos to one-of-a-kind local clothing designs, fossils, gemstones and intricate crystals as well as gourmet homemade pies, sweets and other treats. 

You will have a bit of time to wander around before meeting up to be taken to the Kuranda Rainforestation Nature Park.

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

With over 1,500 butterflies, the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary will impress you with the lively beauty and colour.

Catch sight of the electric-blue Ulysses or wander to the moth exhibit for a look at the massive Hercules, with a whopping wingspan of up to 36cm.

Guided tours run throughout the day taking you through not only the aviary but also the adjoining museum and breeding laboratory.

Kuranda Rainforestation Nature Park

The Kuranda Rainforestation Nature Park is set on 100 acres of World Heritage Rainforest and offers amazing experiences for your day.

Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience

In a spellbinding amphitheatre, with the rainforest serving as its walls, the Pamagirri people express their rich history of hunting, gathering and relationships with wildlife.

Try your hand at throwing a boomerang and, if you're lucky, you may get the opportunity to recreate the sounds of wildlife on a didgeridoo.

Army Duck Rainforest Tour

Your remarkable vehicle on this tour is a genuine WW II Army Duck amphibious 6 wheel drive.

This allows you to roam over ravines and through running streams, as you adventure into a 100 million-year-old rainforest.

Your ‘Duck Captain’ will share some fascinating facts about the flora and fauna of this World Heritage landscape, and will point out a few turtles in the shallows. Commentary sheets are available in 17 languages.

Koala & Wildlife Park

The Kuranda Koala and Wildlife Park is all about enriching your experience by interacting with wildlife.

Stroll around the rainforest-fringed sanctuary at your own leisure or join a guided tour for a formal introduction.

 The staff here are as friendly as the animals, and you’ll soon become acquainted with Kitta the 2m cassowary, and Neville, the only Tasmanian devil in Far North Queensland.

You’ll have the opportunity to handfeed a kangaroo and even have your photo taken cuddling a koala.

The park is a wonderland of lush gardens and elevated walkways that allow you to view animals up close, including ‘Jack the Ripper’, a 5m Saltwater crocodile.

Lunch 

Lunch is included and will be available to you as a BBQ buffet lunch.

Kuranda Skyrail

The Kuranda Skyrail cableway spans 7.5kms over the pristine rainforest.

You’ll glide above the rainforest canopy, over the Barron River, and past tumbling waterfalls.

Along the way, you’ll have an opportunity to alight at two stations to explore the World Heritage-listed rainforest on foot.

The first stop is at Barron Falls Station where you can visit the CSIRO Rainforest Interpretation Centre. Red Peak Station is the second stop.

Here we recommend you join a complimentary ranger-guided tour. Allow approximately 20 minutes for each stop.

Transfers to your accommodation

The coach will meet you at the Skyrail Terminal to transfer you to your accommodation in Cairns or Northern Beaches. 

Day 2: Great Barrier Reef Tour, Activity Platform

Cruise to Marine World Activity Platform

On Day 1 your Great Barrier Reef tour is on a spacious catamaran that provides a smooth yet speedy ride that ensures a fast arrival for more activity time on the Great Barrier Reef.

The Marine World floating platform is ideally suited for activities for all levels and ages.

It's also a great place to simply relax and perhaps indulge in the only reef-based massage, and enjoy the delicious tropical buffet lunch included in your tour. 

Your pontoon day includes:

  • Free use of snorkel, mask and floatation devices.
  • Semi-submersible submarine tour with interactive commentary.
  • Glass bottom boat tour with interactive commentary.
  • Fish feeding and identification session with Marine Biologist.
  • All day use of underwater observatory.
  • All day use of sundeck, fresh water showers and changing rooms.
Snorkel on the Outer Great Barrier Reef

You can snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoons or join one of the privately guided Marine Biologist tours as they take you out on a guided snorkel safari (extra cost).

The friendly crew will share some snorkelling tips and fit you with a set of mask and fins. 

Once you are in the warm waters, marvel at the sight of blue starfish and huge clams, spectacular coral, clownfish, angel fish, parrot fish and wrasse.

And it might be your lucky day to spot a sea turtle or friendly reef shark. 

Glass Bottom Boat Tour

You won’t even have to get wet to indulge in this marine expedition!

The glass bottom boat tour is a classic way to discover the world’s largest living organism and a fabulous way for non-swimmers to view the reef.

Keep your eyes on the glass floor for sights of branch, plate and flowery corals as well as anemones with their clownfish  (Nemo) colonies.

You'll also get to enjoy a fish feeding show.

Semi-Submersible Submarine Tour

Enjoy a scuba diver's perspective of the reef without getting wet!

Join the semi-submersible submarine tour and relax in air-conditioned comfort on a journey under the water. 

The glass windows offer uninterrupted views of the reef and marine life.

You'll also learn some fascinating facts about the reef and its inhabitants from listening to the Great Barrier Reef Presentation. 

Underwater Observatory

Stay dry and view the amazing underwater from the underwater observatory.

Look through the perspex windows beneath the floating pontoon and watch all the different types and colours of fish being fed as they go crazy swimming around to find the food.

Take happy snaps of your family snorkelling and scuba diving from this vantage point. 

Great Barrier Reef Tour: Optional Activities

Introductory and Certified Scuba Diving (optional activity) 

The outer Great Barrier Reef location offers excellent conditions for your first ever introductory scuba dive.

A friendly instructor will brief you on the skills you need, and assist as you enter the ocean at your own pace.

You will then venture under the water, perfecting your buoyancy and catching close up views of the corals and the amazing range of reef fish – parrot fish, emperors, damselfish, clownfish, unicorn fish and more.

If you are already a Certified Scuba Diver, you’ll explore with a buddy of equal experience; if you don’t have one, there’s plenty of dive staff available to dive with you. 

Scuba diving is subject to a medical questionnaire and children must be over 12 years to participate.

Pre-booking is highly recommended. 

Helmet Diving (optional activity) 

Helmet diving is a unique, scuba-style underwater experience, where you are able to walk rather than swim underwater (and you won’t even get your hair wet). 

This underwater activity is also subject to a medical questionnaire.

Must be over 12 years to participate. Pre-booking is recommended. 

Scenic Helicopter Flight (optional activity) 

Experience the beauty and vastness of the Great Barrier Reef from above on a scenic helicopter flight. 

With a choice of a 5, 10 or 20-minute flight, you’ll get the most spectacular views and aerial photo opportunities. 

Take a short ride to a helipad in the ocean, and from there you’ll ascend with a friendly and informative pilot. 

Have a massage (optional activity) 

Enjoy some pampering and relaxation with a massage on the spacious sundeck with the only massage therapist that you’ll find on the Great Barrier Reef.

Feel your tensions and stresses melt away. Pre-booking is recommended. 

Included In Price

  • Day 1: Kuranda: Courtesy return transfers on the Kuranda day
  • Kuranda Scenic Rail
  • Entry into Rainforestation
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Lunch At Rainforestation
  • Army Duck Rainforest Tour
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Koala & Wildlife Park
  • Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience
  • Day 2: Outer Great Barrier Reef: Return catamaran to the Outer Reef Pontoon
  • 5 full hours on the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Unlimited snorkelling and all equipment and instruction provided
  • Underwater observatory to see the reef up close. Fish feeding and coral viewing for the non swimmers and children.
  • Wet Suit or Lycra Suit
  • Cruising the reef and staying dry in a glass bottom boat
  • Informative reef presentations with Marine Naturalists
  • Semi-submersible boat tour
  • A safe swimming enclosure for the children - Children are well catered for!
  • Morning tea at Outer Reef
  • Buffet lunch at Outer Reef
  • Afternoon tea at Outer Reef
  • Lowest passenger numbers to a large two storey platform “Marine World”
  • A really friendly, personalised and professional service
Tour Languages Offered
  • Chinese
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Departs From

Cairns

Departure Time
  • Outer Reef Tour departs Marlin Marina at 9.00 am
  • Kuranda Tour departs Freshwater Station at 8.50 am
Departure Instructions
  • For the Outer Reef Tour, check-in at the Reef Fleet Terminal between 8.00am and 8.30am
  • Kuranda Tour pick ups from Cairns and Northern Beaches are between 7.30am and 8.30am on the day of travel
Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Palm Cove
  • Pick up only included on Kuranda Day
Destinations
  • Kuranda
  • Moore Reef
  • Rainforestation Nature Park
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Daily

Duration

Day 1: 9 hours (approx)
Day 2: 9.5 hours (approx)

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Scuba Diving: introductory & certified
  • Guided snorkel safari at Outer Reef
  • Helmet diving at Outer Reef
  • Scenic Helicopter Flight at Outer Reef
  • Return coach transfers on the Outer Reef day
  • Massage treatment
  • Security lockers
  • Gold Class Upgrade on Kuranda Scenic Rail
  • Diamond View Upgrade on Skyrail Cableway
Fitness Level Required

Low, Medium

IN-WATER RESTRICTIONS

Scuba Diving, Scuba Doo and Helmet Diving Restrictions

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving and helmet diving/scuba doo.
  • Participation is subject to medical questionnaires completed on board with the tour operator.
  • Minimum age for scuba diving and helmet diving/scuba doo is 12 years.
  • Flying after diving: A wait of 12 hours is recommended but preferably 24 hours, if doing multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.

Intro Dive Medical Advanced Dive Medical Seawalker Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

Additional Information

Multilingual staff: please note not all multilingual staff are available daily – please enquire at time of booking if you require assistance in another language

Eco Certifications
Advanced Ecotourism Certified
Eco Climate Action Leader
Ecotourism Certified
  • Swimming costume on Outer Reef Day
  • Towel on Outer Reef Day
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Certification card / scuba license if doing Certified Diving
  • Cash or credit card for drinks, snacks and souvenirs
  • Comfortable walking shoes on Kuranda Day
  • Kuranda Day: If you decide to visit the Butterfly Sanctuary you should wear a bright colourful shirt to attract a maximum of butterflies
  • Camera (charged)

Containes notes on wheelchair accessContaines notes for the visually impairedContaines notes for the hearing impaired
Wheelchair Accessibility
Number of Steps

Glass bottom boat – 4 steps~|~Semi-sub – 8 steps~|~Snorkel 2 steps – with seats and hand holds in snorkel area

Boarding Access

Gangway to boat

Visually Impaired Notes

Announcements made throughout the day

Hearing Impaired Information

Written information can be given on request

Facilities

Disabled bathroom on board (and access from the platform)

Activities

Snorkel guided tour (extra cost) can pull disabled person around on a guided tour of the reef using a life ring.

There is a chairlift on one of the boats to negotiate 10 stairs. If you are disabled and need this chairlift then the boat with the chairlift needs to be used – ask upon booking.

Wheelchair Accessibility

Transfer Vehicle – assistance needed to get onto bus – there are a few steps – collapsible wheelchair required.

Kuranda Scenic Railway – will require assistance to be helped on and off the train – there is a special disabled carriage.

Rainforestation Nature Park – wheelchair ramps.

Skyrail – If you have a collapsible wheelchair then this is fine – they will stop the gondola to allow enough time to get on or off.

Visually Impaired Notes

Commentary is provided throughout the day on all activities

Hearing Impaired Information

Written information can be given on request. Rainforestation offers translations in 17 languages.

Facilities

Rainforestation Nature Park – disabled toilets

  • Child price applies to children age 4 to 14 Years.
  • Children 3 & under travel free.
  • Family Fare: 2 Adults and 2 Children

All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our Terms and Conditions for details prior to booking.

  • Operator's Cancellation Policy: 100% cancellation fee applies to tours of 2 days duration and longer, if cancelled 72 hours prior to departure.
  • 100% cancellation fee applies to day tours if cancelled within 24 hours prior to departure or no shows.

2-Day Reef, Kuranda and Rainforestation Tour

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

Save $227.00 On Combo Package Deal

From

au$480.00

Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$240.00
Family: au$1,200.00

Tour Code: 188

From

au$480.00

15 yrs & over

4 - 14 yrs

0 - 3 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
Phone
1300 231 118
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+61 427 074 745
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