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  • Location: Cairns, Palm Cove and Northern Beaches, Australia
  • Duration: Valid for 2 days over a 7 day period
From USD $387.40

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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 25-minute Helicopter Tour
Your trip begins with a cruise aboard Evolution 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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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Selected Cairns, Palm Cove and Northern Beaches centrally located hotels
Departure Time:
8:30am

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time

Duration:
Valid for 2 days over a 7 day period
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point at approximately at 4:00pm on both days

Pricing information

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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

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USD $387.40
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Including Rainforestion
Code: 2DCNSRFS

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

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USD $439.73
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2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef
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Inclusions:
  • 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
  • 25-minute helicopter one-way tour from Great Barrier Reef to Cairns
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • AU$20 Environmental Management Charge and Fuel Levy is payable direct to the operator on the day of travel
  • Accommodation
  • Scuba Diving
  • Semi-submersible tour (payable direct)
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 will be required to pay an extra 50% of an additional seat. Passengers are allowed a weight variance of up to 10% over original recorded weight. Should this variance be found to be more than 10%, your local operator reserves the right to charge an additional fee.
  • There is a maximum of 6 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
Itinerary:
Day 1: Kuranda Scenic Railway with optional Rainforestation Tour
Enjoy a scenic, historical train journey through the Barron Gorge to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest. Spend the day wandering the charming township, exploring the markets 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.

Upgrade with an optional trip to Rainforestation, located close to Kuranda. Experience the rainforest during a 45-minute guided tour aboard a World War II Army Duck amphibious vehicle that takes you on land and lake to see ferns, orchids, strangler figs and stinging trees, as well as other animals, reptiles and birds such as the azure kingfisher. Enjoy a buffet lunch and the Dreamtime Walk where you learn about Aboriginal culture and traditions such as corroboree, boomerang and spear throwing. Meet Australian native 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 25-minute Helicopter Tour
Your excursion begins with a cruise aboard Evolution to the Great Barrier Reef, where you'll spend five hours exploring two incredible reef destinations. Enjoy a tropical barbecue 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 (payable direct on the day of travel). The day concludes with an amazing 30-minute scenic helicopter flight over five reef systems and cays, returning your to Cairns in style at the end of your two-day adventure.
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Patricia A, January 2017

We highly recommend these two days of activity. Beautiful scenery to be seen from the train. Very comfortable ride and wonderful staff. Waterfalls were gorgeous. Next day we snorkeled and saw so many fish it was a treat. Staff was super helpful!!! Food was ok. I and #39;d take snacks onboard though.

Reviewed by: mark s, January 2017

really enjoyed both days of this experience. transportation/shuttle to and from for both days was outstanding ! traveling by train to kuranda was good as the sites from the train and the history shared were wonderful. kuranda itself was an adventure of small open markets and shops along with restaurants and some tourist traps as well. the koala gardens here were fair as i felt the area could have been more spacious for the animals, as the kangaroos and wallabies were sad and somewhat physically unhealthy. however the extra cost to enter and see this was healthy pricey! would liked to have checked out the rainforest and what it entailed while we were here but was overwhelmed with the small markets gong on and the time frame we had to work with. really enjoyed the skyrail as it represented itself well. the second day to the great barrier reef was truly enjoyed by myself and my daughter as we left cairns pier on a incredible big new boat called the evolution. the crew were great and knowledgeable and the boat spacious as they're were many of us onboard. snorkeling on the first part of the trip in the gb reef was awesome and then we travelled to another part of the reef while eating from their buffet which the food served was ok. on the second part of this trip on the boat we took a briefing about scuba diving and we decided to pay the xtra money to do this as we both never experienced this and it turned out be be one of the most enjoyable things i've ever done!! as we pulled up anchor to head back to cairns, we had booked to take the 30 min helicopter flight back with pilot brad whom was really a great person and pilot and rode right on the edge of a storm so this was a great decision to take the helicopter back and stay hi and dry! overall, i would do all of this again and recommend this to all. if i would share one small concern would be that i thought the helicopter flight back to cairns was included in the price i paid for when i booked all of this together back in september, instead of being charged later as we were boarding the evolution.