Enjoy a fabulous day cruising to family-friendly Green Island, then ride the Skyrail gondola and journey on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway.
Beautiful Green Island boasts the magic three that keep international and national visitors coming back for more: pristine white beaches, lush rainforest and great reef snorkelling. Just 45 minutes from the mainland by fast ferry, Green Island makes the Great Barrier Reef accessible to every type of traveller and every budget.
This amazing day tour doesn't stop after a Great Barrier Reef and island adventure. You'll also visit the iconic Daintree Rainforest and ride on a Skyrail gondola above the rainforest canopy, then journey on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway train – recognised as one of the "Great Train Journeys of the World".
Truly one of the best reef and rainforest one-day combo deals with something to suit everyone.
Make your way to the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal (or book a transfer for a small extra cost) for check-in at 8.15am. Your friendly reservations team will issue you with your return transfer boat and activity pass.
You'll depart Cairns at 9.00am aboard the speedy Reef Rocket vessel which takes just 45 minutes to get to Green Island. Onboard crew members will be available to assist with any questions you may have and an informative commentary about Green Island will be played over the speakers. There is a small onboard bar selling drinks, snacks, sunscreen and souvenirs.
By 9.45am you'll disembark at the Green Island jetty. Turtles love to lurk in the shadows under the jetty, so keep an eye out to spot one. And you'll notice that the water is so clear you can already see the many fish species that call the Great Barrier Reef home.
Over the next two hours, you will have time to snorkel or ride the glass bottom boat tour, depending on your nominated choice (or upgrade to do both!). You can laze around on the beach, browse the boutiques, go for a swim in the pool or off the beach, or even add an extra optional activity like visiting the largest crocodile in captivity at Marineland Melanesia.
Make sure you are back at the jetty before 12.00pm, when your return vessel departs and brings you back to Cairns Marina.
You'll arrive back in Cairns Marina at 12.45pm. This is a good opportunity to enjoy some lunch (own expense) before your transfer to the Skyrail. Al Porto Café is located at the Cairns Marina and has a delicious selection of sandwiches, pastries and drinks available.
At 1.45pm, you'll be picked up by a comfortable transfer coach and taken to the Skyrail gondola terminal in Smithfield. The journey takes around 20 minutes, moving through farmland and the outer suburbs of Cairns.
Once at the Skyrail terminal, you will be given your tickets, and very soon you will be on your way for the ride of a lifetime over the giant treetops of the world’s oldest rainforest.
The Skyrail journey covers a distance of 7.5kms and takes around 45 minutes. However, there are two stops included along the way that provide a unique insight into the rainforest and geology of the area.
Skyrail rainforest stops
The first stop is Red Peak Station. Here, on a 100-metre long boardwalk, a qualified ranger conducts a free 10-minute guided walk. Your guide will be able to answer any questions you have and point out the more unique features of this special environment.
While the guided walk is not compulsory, you do need to disembark as the Skyrail line ends and another line begins at this point.
The second stop is at Barron Falls, where several lookouts offer fantastic opportunities for photographs.
The gondola carts sit just above the tips of the trees, and a chorus of birdsong will follow you as you glide over the trees, before arriving in the quaint little rainforest village of Kuranda.
After disembarking from the Skyrail station in Kuranda, you'll have a bit of free time to take a quick look around Kuranda Village. Then it’s straight back to the Kuranda Scenic Railway station to collect your tickets and hop aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway train for a 3.30pm departure.
Enjoy an amazing journey through hand-hewn tunnels, over bridges that defy gravity, and past beautiful waterfalls stemming from water sources that keep the area alive.
A 10-minute stop at Barron Falls allows for some great photography. All the carriages have water taps on hand for your comfort.
Arriving back in Cairns at approximately 4.45pm, a waiting coach will take you back to your accommodation where you can reflect on the amazing day you had.
Have a look at the fabulous range of optional upgrades on offer with this combo deal. Pre-book with your package deal.
Upgrade to snorkelling gear AND glass bottom boat
Can’t decide between the free snorkelling gear or the glass bottom boat tour? For a small added cost, you can do both.
Green Island – Semi-submersible
Ride an underwater viewing semi-submersible submarine vessel for a unique coral viewing experience – without getting wet!
Wear a unique helmet and breathing apparatus that keeps your face and hair dry, and walk along the ocean floor amongst a multitude of fish. No prior experience is required and this is also a great activity for non-swimmers to experience the reef up close.
Gold Class – Kuranda Scenic Railway
Why not add some extra luxury to your Kuranda Scenic railway journey with the Gold Class option. This feature puts you in soft, comfortable club style seating and provides you with a first class drinks service.
Unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are served throughout your journey, along with local produce such as fresh cheeses. All first class passengers also receive a souvenir pack.
Skyrail – Diamond View Upgrade
Diamond View Upgrade your Skyrail Gondola to have a full clear perspex floor so you can see the rainforests down below under your feet. Note this option is not for those scared of heights.
January - December
2 hours on Green Island
1.5 hours Skyrail
45 minutes in Kuranda Village
1.5 hours Kuranda Scenic Railway
No Scuba Diving or Sea Walker available on half day tours on Green Island
The sea was a bit rough when we went to Green Island, and unfortunately when we arrived there, so much sand was billowing up from the bottom of the sea that we couldn't see anything at all when snorkeling. Even the glass-bottomed boat didn't allow us to see very much although the boat driver was excellent and tried his very best. We were short of time with only 30 minutes to eat something when we returned to shore before the bus took us to the skyrail terminal. The skyrail trip was great, but beware that the most of the shops etc in Kuranda close about 3.30 pm so there isn't a lot to see or do by the time you get there on this trip. If you have more time it would probably be better to take a whole day for Kuranda. Because of so much rain the week before we were there, the return trip from Kuranda by train was cancelled, so we returned by skyrail. The tour company informed us of this problem a few days before we went and offered us the choice of cancelling the tour, rescheduling or returning by skyrail. The pick up and drop off were fine.
Response From Barrier Reef Australia
Thanks for your feedback Zvi. Unfortunately for numerous visitors to the Far North, the weather this April was not so kind. We are pleased to hear the glass bottom boat skipper did their best to help you view the reef. We hope to see you back again to see our beautiful Cairns region when it is blessed with better weather.
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