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2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

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  • Location: Cairns, Palm Cove and Northern Beaches, Australia
  • Duration: Valid for 2 days over a 7 day period (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3262CNS_2DAYCOMBO
Spend two days exploring the very best of Cairns. Enjoy a full day in tropical Kuranda and on your second day discover why the Great Barrier Reef is one of the world's a natural wonders. Including a reef cruise and a scenic helicopter flight, this two day package is the ultimate reef and rainforest experience, leaving you with plenty of time to fully appreciate Australia's tropical north.
Day 1 - Kuranda Scenic Railway with optional Rainforestation Tour
Enjoy a scenic, historical train journey through the Barron Gorge past cascading waterfalls to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest. Spend the day wandering the unique township, exploring the markets, unusual handicrafts and all that Kuranda has to offer.

Return to Cairns aboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and glide over pristine World Heritage-listed rainforest suspended high above the lush tropical canopy. Enjoy stops along the way with interpretive boardwalks through the rainforest. The return transfer to your original departure point is included.

Rainforestation Upgrade: You can enhance your rainforest experience with an optional trip to Rainforestation. Experience a 45-minute rainforest tour, aboard a World War II Army Duck while your guide points out ferns, orchids, strangler figs and stinging trees, as well as birds such as the azure kingfisher and a host of other animals and reptiles. Enjoy a buffet lunch and the Dreamtime Walk where you will learn about Aboriginal culture with a traditional corroboree, boomerang and spear throwing. Meet Australian animals including wombats, dingoes and crocodiles, hand feed kangaroos or have your photo taken cuddling a koala.

Day 2
Great Barrier Reef Cruise and Scenic 30-minute Helicopter Tour
Your trip begins with a cruise aboard Osprey V to the Great Barrier Reef, where you'll spend five hours exploring two incredible reef destinations. Enjoy a tropical BBQ lunch with fish, prawns, steak and salads. Snorkeling is also included in your reef adventure with up to three optional dives (own expense) available for either the beginner or advanced diver. Glass-bottom boat coral viewing tours are also available but are payable direct on the day of travel. The day concludes with an amazing 30-minute scenic helicopter flight over five reef systems and cays arriving back in Cairns and finishing off your two day adventure in style.

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Selected Cairns, Palm Cove and Northern Beaches centrally located hotels
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Valid for 2 days over a 7 day period
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Returns to original departure point at approximately at 4:00pm on both days

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2 Day Best of Cains only
Code: 2DCNS

2-day Best of Cairns. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off from Cairns or the Northern Beaches on both days

USD $357.42
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Including Rainforestion

2-day Best of Cairns including admission to all 3 attractions at Rainforestation Nature Park with buffet lunch, and hotel pick up and drop off from Cairns or the Northern Beaches on both days

USD $405.71
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2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Professional guide
  • Use of snorkel equipment
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail Cableway
  • Great Barrier Reef Cruise
  • 30-minute helicopter one-way tour from Great Barrier Reef to Cairns
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Glass-bottom boat coral viewing tours (payable direct)
  • AU$20 Environmental Management Charge and Fuel Levy is payable direct to the operator on the day of travel
  • Accommodation
  • Scuba Diving
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • All passenger weights MUST be advised at time of booking
  • Due to comfort and weight / balance of the aircraft, passengers weighing over 110kg (242 pounds) will be required to pay an extra AU$70 per person
  • There is a maximum of 4 passengers permitted per helicopter
  • Evidence of dive certification is required from all divers wishing to participate in a certified dive
  • Diving within 48 hours of flying is not recommended. All participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire prior to diving. Some pre-existing medical conditions (eg asthma, heart conditions, etc) may prevent you from diving, please consult your doctor
  • The Great Barrier Reef Cruise does not need to be taken on the second day, but within 7-days of the Kuranda Scenic Railway tour. You'll be required to reconfirm both tours at least 24-hours from the Kuranda Scenic Railway departure date

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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Girish V, December 2015

It was quite an experience. Thanks.

Reviewed by: Heather M, December 2015

Worth it! We loved the package - we were well taken care of and exceeded our expectations. The heli ride back from the GBR was the highlight - definitely don't skip that.
If anything, I could have skipped the Rain Forestation - was very crowded and felt rushed and herded through a tourist trap. I read about more adventures through the tableland, and think we might have enjoyed that more.
Overall, I was pleased with the 2-day package and thought it was an excellent value for the cost looking at individual prices. It was nice to not have to spend time while in Cairns sitting at travel agents office and compare prices while there. Having it set up and taken care of ahead of time was the way to go!

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Tour code: 3262CNS_2DAYCOMBO