Cairns Rainforest Tour | Half Day 4WD Rainforest Tour

Tour Code: 273

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns

Half Day Tour
  • Walking in the shadows of the anchient King Ferns and giant Stangler figs of the Great dividing Range
  • Get exclusive access to private boardwalks in lush rainforest settings, sit back and view the mighty waterfalls and then stop for a Home-made ice cream in Kuranda Village- this tour has it all!
  • Choose from a half day morning tour or an afternoon tour to see the waterfalls and the rainforest behind Cairns
  • Marvel at the sheer size and complexity of trees hundreds of years old and stand in awe of the beautiful waterfalls of Cairns 

Included In Price

  • Giant Clohesy River Fig Tree
  • National Park Fees - visit 3 different National Parks
  • Small group (max 13)
  • National Park Fees and Permits
  • 5 Stunning Lookouts for photos
  • 2 Waterfalls - Surprise & the Barron Falls
  • Guided rainforest Boardwalk
  • Soft off-road four wheel driving through creeks and rivers
  • Complimentary pick up and return from your accommodation
  • Eco certified guides
  • Light refreshments provided

Your half day Cairns rainforest tour begins with one of our friendly and knowledgeable Accredited Naturalist Guides collecting you from your Cairns or Northern Beaches accommodation in a comfortable 4WD vehicle to begin your journey on your half day rainforest adventure.

Departing daily from Cairns we offer a unique small group half day 4WD rainforest tour that heads through some of Tropical North Queensland's amazing National Parks and rainforest spots that are not open to the general public, giving you a personalised and exclusive rainforest experience in regions where you will not see other tourists.

Your eco tour guide will show you the wildlife and teach you about the flora and fauna and history of the region and its inhabitants. If you are looking for a half day rainforest day tour from Cairns or the northern beaches then we suggest you call now to book your seat early as places are limited daily.

This really is a great half day tour that is also perfect tour for Cruise Ship passengers!

Cairns Lookouts & Lakes

First up on our half day Cairns rainforest tour we will head north for the beautiful Surprise Falls nestled amongst the Barron Gorge National Park.

These glorious falls cascade 243m into the Gorge and its here we can admire the stunning views from Campbell’s Lookout.

From here you will make your way up the Lamb Range to the west of Cairns whre we stop at the Lake Morris lookout where you will be able to take in the amazing panoramic views of beautiful Cairns..

We continure onto to visit Copperlode Dam, Cairns water supply that is surrounded by World Heritage Listed Rainforest mountains. 

Cairns Rainforest Half Day Tour - 4WD Time

Now it’s time for the 4WD adventure to begin... crossing over the dam wall heading into the spectacular World Heritage Rainforest you will discover the world’s largest ferns.

These prehistoric ferns will make for a fabulous backdrop for those holiday photos.

Oue exclusive access permit will take us into areas where no one else can go!

Exciting creek crossings await (during green season) to give you a unique 4WD experience suitable for all adventure levels.

Clohesy Boardwalk

This is where you have time to enjoy morning or afternoon tea taking in the secluded surrounds.

The journey then continues arriving at the Clohesy River.

It’s time to stretch your legs and enjoy the informative guided walk along the Clohesy River Boardwalk, appreciating the peace and serenity of the secluded rainforest surrounds.

Here you will see the amazing, ancient Clohesy Fig Tree that is estimateed to be hundreds of years old.

Cairns Waterfalls

The 4WD will then make its way up to Wrights Lookout with spectacular views of Cairns city and surrounding region. Just spectacular!

Your four wheel drive tour will continue onto the mighty Barron Falls/Lower look out.

This is one of the most well-known waterfalls in Tropical Far North Queensland, boasting a lovely view all year round. This will allow for more fantastic photo opportunities.

Henry Ross Lookout

As the tour concludes and after a drive through Kuranda Village we will make our way down the Kuranda range to the spectacular Henry Ross Lookout.

This spot provides a breathtaking backdrop overlooking the Coral Sea before making your comfortable journey back to your Cairns and Northern Beaches accommodation.

We need a little flexibility too

Please note: the morning and afternoon half day tours work in reverse and we can alter our Cairns Rainforest tour itinerary to match cruises ship timetables for groups.

See more half day tour options.

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From


Departure Time
  • Morning tour Depart 7:00 am - Return 12:00 noon
  • Afternoon tour Depart 1:00 pm - Return 6:00 pm
Departure Instructions

Pick from your accommodation

Pickup Locations


  • Cairns Northern Beaches & Palm Cove transfers only available on the Afternoon tour
  • Pick-up times Pickup times are approximate due to traffic / weather conditions
  • Lake Morris & Copperlode Dam
  • Barron Gorge National Park
  • Drive through Kuranda Village
  • Lamb Ranges
  • Surprise Falls
  • Clohesy Boardwalk
  • Wrights Lookout
  • Barron Falls
  • Henry Ross Lookout
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation



5 hours (approx)

Fitness Level Required


  • Hat and Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Walking shoes
  • Camera

Customer Reviews

Average Rating

Robert D

Reviewed on August 26, 2017

We enjoyed our tour, pick up was on time, our driver Jean knew his stuff and local history, a well informed and traveled man, and a very good driver. If we wanted to stop for a photo or something we could, and it all made for a relaxed atmosphere. The rainforest trek was a feature, plus the exclusive access with it, not something we'd otherwise see and experience. Everything was well timed so there was no rushing to get things done, and this appealed to us. The time allocated for the tour was a nice amount of time without it being an all day marathon from just after dawn til dusk, which when you're older you don't necessarily want to do all day marathon tours.

Response From Barrier Reef Australia

Wow- we are delighted to hear the Half Day Rainforest 4WD Adventure was the ideal way for you to explore and discover the pristine rainforest on our door step!

  • Child rate applies for 4 -14 year olds
  • This tour is not suitable for children under 4 years old

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.

  • Cancellation fees Less than 24 hours prior to departure will result in the loss of a 100% of the tour costs
  • Less than 48 hours prior to departure will result in the loss of a 50% of the tour costs

Cairns Rainforest Tour | Half Day 4WD Rainforest Tour

Tour Code: 273

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns

Half Day Tour



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

Child: au$115.00
Family: au$475.00

Tour Code: 273



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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