Cairns Combo Package Tours | Hot Air Ballooning | Great Barrier Reef Tour

Tour Code: 130

Departing: Cairns

Combo Package Tour Deal $$$ Saver
  • Greet the sunrise in the early hours of the morning in your hot air balloon and then meet Wally the famous instagram Maori Wrasse fish on the Great Barrier Reef for the afternoon.
  • Snap a selfie with you, the sunrise and the hot air balloon behind you as you ascend into the sky early in the morning 
  • On your hot air balloon flight the folks and animals below have no clue you are up above them so make sure you say hello as they come out in their PJ's to collect the newspaper and give them a surprise  
  • Ride a scenic hot air balloon over the beautiful Atherton Tablelands and witness the first rays of the sun wake up the world below
  • Enjoy a full day of activities on the big pontoon on the outer Great Barrier Reef off Cairns. Enjoy unlimited snorkelling, pristine coral gardens and abundant marine life at a spectacular Outer Reef location

Included In Price

  • Sunrise: 30 Min Scenic Hot Air Balloon Ride
  • 10:30am Great Barrier Reef Tour
  • Morning pick up - tour ends at Cairns Marina
  • EMC included - AFP Levy not included
  • Return air- conditioned fast catamaran cruise
  • Tea & Coffee served until departure from Cairns
  • Morning Tea cake selection on outward journey
  • 3 hours at the outer reef activity platform
  • Hot & cold buffet lunch with seafood
  • Use of snorkelling equipment
  • Buoyancy vests
  • Reef Education Presentation
  • Semi-submersible coral reef viewing tour
  • Underwater observatory
  • Eco Reef Talk with marine naturalist in underwater observatory
  • Afternoon Tea & Coffee available whilst on the platform
  • Cheese & Biscuits on the return journey

Waking up early in the morning has never been so worth it! You'll soar up in the sky in a hot air balloon and witness a magical sunrise over the Atherton Tablelands. Then head to the Great Barrier Reef for the day to snorkel, dive and swim with turtles and giant Maori Wrasse.

You'll save big $$$ on this all day Cairns combo package tour deal with a 30 minute hot air balloon flight in the morning and a Great Barrier Reef tour for the balance of the day.

Just imagine swimming with sea turtles and a huge Maori Wrasse fish called Wally greets you as you enter the water from the floating outer Great Barrier Reef pontoon.

Whilst out in the big blue you will be viewing colourful coral as you ride around nice and dry on the semi-submersible submarine tour and enjoying unlimited snorkeling or even upgrading to scuba diving and other amazing options such as scenic helicopter flights all on the one day in Cairns Tropical North Queensland Australia.

This Cairns tour is the perfect day tour package for Non-swimmers 

Now how amazing does that sound?

Hot Air Balloon Flight - Cairns

You will get picked up at approximately 4.00am from your Cairns and northern beaches accommodation for your early morning hot air balloon flight.

The early morning start ensures that you won't miss out on the beautiful sunrise up on the Atherton Tablelands and will be up in the sky just in time for this nature’s spectacle.

Watch the wildlife waking up and the sun's first rays touching the nearby farmlands and rainforest clad mountaintops.

You are literally on top of the world in Tropical North Queensland Australia!


  • Early morning pick up time to be confirmed on booking
  • Around 5.30am Scenic 30 minute hot air balloon flight
  • Approximately 10.15am Coach to Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal

Cairns Great Barrier Reef Tour

Once your 2000ft (approximately 600 metres) higher-than-clouds hot air balloon flight is over you will have a relaxing hour-long coach journey down the mountains straight to Cairns Marlin Marina to board your boat that takes you to now see the iconic outer Great Barrier Reef.

It takes about 90 minutes to reach the Outer Barrier Reef activity platform - your reef base for the afternoon.


  • Three hours here to enjoy all the fun in-water activities
  • Unlimited use of snorkeling equipment
  • A semi-submersible submarine tour
  • Hot and cold buffet lunch
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Guided Eco reef talk in the underwater observatory
  • Buoyancy vest and lycra suits
  • Cheese and biscuits on return trip to Cairns

A delicious lunch is included in your combo package tour deal. Enjoy a generous buffet with daily selections of potato bake, various salads, cold meat cuts, fruit, prawns and bread rolls.

Scuba Doo and Scenic Helicopter Flights for the Adventure-Seekers

If you love adventure, then Scuba-Doo underwater scooters and scuba diving are just some of the optional extra activities you may be looking to try out on the Great Barrier Reef.

 Another option is a low level scenic helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef to spot manta rays, sea turtles, dolphins and sharks from the skies and see the various lace like patterns of the coral below the gin coloured waters surface.

Try as many or as little different optional extra activities as you wish - the choice is yours, there are so many ways to see and explore the Great Barrier Reef even if you are a non-swimmer.

Must be pre-booked with combo package tour deal

Back to Cairns Just in Time for Dinner

After a fun, active day in the water, you'll enjoy kicking back and relaxing on the leisurely cruise back to Cairns while indulging on cheese, crackers, cakes, coffee and tea on the way. You will reach Cairns Marlin Marina by 5.30pm. 

Depending on how far your accommodation is you could either walk or get a bus transfer back to your hotel from the marina (small fee applies).

Alternatively, if you still have some energy left in your bones after that big day then you could either experience the Tjapukai by Night Aboriginal dinner show or take a romantic sunset dinner cruise on the Trinity Inlet.

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Tour Languages Offered
  • Chinese
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Korean
Departs From


Departure Time

1 hour prior to sunrise


Hot Air Balloon over Atherton Tablelands & Outer Great Barrier Reef: Moore Reef or Norman Reef depending on weather conditions.

Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation



Approx 12 hours

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Introductory scuba diving (no experience necessary, subject to medical questionnaire)
  • Certified scuba diving
  • Scuba Doo underwater scooter
  • Supervised snorkelling trips
  • Helicopter scenic flights (subject to availability — ask us on booking)
Fitness Level Required


Additional Information
  • This package ends at Cairns Marina
  • Hot Air Balloon: Additional Aviation Insurance of $30.00 per person which is payable direct to Hot Air at the time of pick up.
  • Infants 3 and under travel freeFamily Fare: 2 Adults and 2 Children (not applicable with other discounts)
  • For scuba diving and helmet diving, medical, height and age restrictions apply; must be 12 to 70 years.
  • All schedules, activities and prices may be varied without notice.
  • Please note that Chinese, Korean and German speaking staff are not always available on the reef boat. The reef boat always has at least one Japanese crew member rostered. If you require a specific crew member to translate for you this must be arranged with advanced notice and at an extra cost. 
Eco Certifications
Eco Advanced Tourism
  • Warm clothes for the early morning balloon ride, Sunscreen, Hat, Sunglasses, Swimming costume, Towel,
  • Cash or credit card, Camera, Souvenirs available for sale on board the boat.

  • Family Fare: 2 Adults and 2 Children (not applicable with other discounts)
  • Children must be aged FOUR and above to travel on the balloon flight in accordance with Civil Aviation Safety Authority rules. Children less than four years of age may travel with their parents on the buses and parents have the option to fly on successive balloon flights. 

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

Operator's Cancellation policy:

For cancellations after 4pm on the day prior to travel a 100% cancellation fee will apply.

For cancellations between 12 midday and 6pm on the day prior to travel a 50% cancellation fee will apply.

For cancellations before 12 midday on the day prior to travel no cancellation fee will apply.

On rare occasions, services can be subject to the effect of weather or unforeseen circumstances. 

Should a cruise not operate for any reason passengers will be offered an alternative day of travel or a refund will be authorised.

Operator Cancellation Policy: During School Holiday and Chinese New Year periods: Any cancellation made after 6.00pm on the day prior to travel will incur a 100% cancellation fee. Any cancellation made between 12.00pm and 6.00pm on the day prior to travel will incur a 50% cancellation fee. Any cancellation made before 12.00pm on the day prior to travel will receive no fee from tour operator and full refund will be provided.

Cairns Combo Package Tours | Hot Air Ballooning | Great Barrier Reef Tour

Tour Code: 130

Departing: Cairns

Combo Package Tour Deal $$$ Saver



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

Child: au$418.00
Family: au$1,964.00

Tour Code: 130



15 yrs & over

4 - 14 yrs

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

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