Experience the diversity of Cairns and its surrounds on this full-day tour. You’ll venture out to the idyllic coral cay of Green Island located only 15 nautical miles offshore. A protected area, Green Island is unique as it’s the only coral cay in the Great Barrier Reef with a rainforest.
Once there you’ll have two hours to swim and snorkel among the colourful and inquisitive marine life. If you prefer to stay dry, then laze on the beach, explore the island in your own time, or hop aboard the glass-bottom boat to watch the underwater locals go about their day on the reef.
Then it’s time to head back to the big smoke of Tropical North Queensland. Upon your return you’ll be met at the Reef Fleet Terminal by your City Sights Tour Guide at 1.00pm.
From there you’ll embark on the afternoon tour of Cairns where you’ll delve into the city’s rich cultural heritage, waterfalls, beaches and tropical flora and fauna.
This tour is designed to appeal to travellers of all ages and interests.
Make your own way to the Reef Fleet Terminal for check in at 8:30 am. Alternatively, ask at the time of reservation to add a morning pick up to your booking.
Your pick-up time will depend on where you’re staying in Cairns. For those staying on the northern beaches, pick-ups will start from 7.20am. If your accommodation is in the city you’ll be picked up at approx. 8.15am.
Here you’ll board Reef Rocket. This air-conditioned, high-speed 24-metre catamaran will take you on the easy ride to Green Island. It’s during this journey that you’ll receive your snorkelling safety and procedures briefing if you plan on donning a mask, snorkel and flippers.
Both Green Island and its reef are part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. What makes Green Island unique is that it’s the only coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef with rainforest. Once you have arrived at your destination you’ll have two hours to explore this natural wonder. Feel free to walk around the island at your own leisure.
If you’d rather focus on beach action you can swim, snorkel, or just laze on the sand. Another fun activity for those who wish to stay dry while still experiencing the wonders of the reef is to hop aboard the glass bottom boat and watch the lively marine life go about their day from above.
The cost of either the snorkel gear or glass bottom boat tour is included in your tour price.
If you’d rather not lug around your belongings while on the island you can hire lockers on the Big Cat vessel which is stationed at Green Island all day. There are also lockers on the island.
And if you want to freshen up after snorkelling, swimming, or working up a sweat walking around the rainforest, the facilities on the island include toilets, fresh water showers and change rooms. Remember to bring a towel. If you forget though, you can always buy one on the island.
Feeling a little peckish? There are plenty of lunch options on Green Island or you can purchase snacks on board Reef Rocket or the Big Cat vessel.
At about midday you’ll start your journey back to Cairns. Your tour guide for the afternoon will meet you at the Reef Fleet Terminal at 1pm.
From here you’ll head straight to St Monica’s Cathedral.
While unassuming from the outside its elegant interior, rich with history, will impress.
Among other showcases of beautiful craftsmanship throughout the cathedral, the star of the show is the world’s largest themed stained glass windows.
The series of 24 windows, known as the ‘Creation Windows’, depict the creation story by the Book of Genesis, with a local Australian slant. You don’t need a religious affiliation to appreciate this artwork.
Additionally, the stained glass windows on the Abbott Street end of the church surrounding the main entrance commemorate 50 years of peace in the Pacific and are known as the ‘Peace Windows’.
Next stop the Cairns Museum for a 20 minute guided tour - your entry to the Cairns Museum is valid 3 days so you can visit again at your own pace.
Next stop... Flecker Botanic Gardens to discover the unique flora of the tropics.
Enjoy a guided walk in the gardens before heading to Noa's for afternoon tea.
Next stop is a spot of afternoon tea, we visit Noa’s a local cafe in Edge Hill for a Devonshire afternoon tea.
Your guide will then take you to one of Cairns’ top lookouts, the Copperlode Dam Lookout, where you’ll enjoy uninterrupted scenic views.
From there you’ll be taken to the lower section of the Barron Gorge National Park to take in the spectacle of Surprise Creek Falls.
Then it’s on to the final spot for the afternoon... Palm Cove.
Named after the palm trees that line the beach, Palm Cove has mix of sophisticated restaurants, casual cafes, bars, boutiques, and resorts.
Take in the sunset with the sand between your toes, or stroll down the jetty before your return transfer to your accommodation.
nd between your toes, or stroll down the jetty before your return transfer to your accommodation.
If making your own way in the morning, check in at the reef fleet terminal by 8:00am
January - December
Monday - Saturday
Daily except Sundays & public holidays
Northern Beaches 7:00am - returns 5:15pm
Cairns 7:30am - returns 6:00pm
Morning accommodation transfer from Cairns and Nothern Beaches
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.
Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.
Tour Code: 201