Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef
4 days | Cairns Return
Great Barrier Reef • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway • Kuranda Scenic Rail • Kuranda Heritage Markets • World Heritage Rainforest
If you would prefer to spend 3 nights in Port Douglas instead of Cairns, see tour PD11.
Morning of day 4
Prices From Code: CC11
On arrival at Cairns Airport, make your own way to your hotel (flights anytime). The rest of the day is at leisure.
Hotel: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort or Flynn, A Crystalbrook Collection Resort, 3 nights
After a 2-hour motorised sail on board the 32-metre sailing Catamaran, Ocean Spirit, you will arrive at Michaelmas Cay where there is so much to see and do. Enjoy snorkelling in the cay’s protected shallow waters, try an introductory scuba dive in the fringing reefs, cruise in the semi-sub for a diver’s view of the reef, watch the fish feeding presentation, observe the bird life or just chill out on Ocean Spirit’s spacious decks or on the beach. A tropical lunch served on the deck. Throughout the day, the ‘beach buggy shuttle’ will transfer you between Ocean Spirit and the beach.
Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
On arrival at Freshwater Station, board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for a historical rail journey enjoying breathtaking views across the cane fields of Cairns and the tropical rainforest. Wind through hand-hewn tunnels, across bridges and curves, all the time appreciating this amazing engineering feat. In Kuranda, it’s time to explore this fascinating village. The Heritage Markets are full of colourful and interesting arts and crafts. You might also like to visit Birdworld, the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary or Kuranda Koala Gardens (own expense). Later, board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for your 7.5km journey over and through World Heritage protected rainforest to Smithfield. Your 90-minute iconic rainforest experience showcases ancient rainforest and spectacular views, with time at both Red Peak and Barron Falls Stations for education and interpretation.
Included Meals: Breakfast
Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.
Prices above may vary according to your departure date. This tour is operated by our partners at Down Under Tours & Great Adventures.
Choose from a range of accommodation standards below. AAT Kings has hand-picked a range of hotels in key destinations to suit all kinds of budgets and we’ve pre-negotiated amazing prices for you.
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort, 3 nights
Centrally located in the heart of Cairns the multi award winning Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort is situated on 5 acres of tropical gardens and has the largest lagoon style pool in the City Centre, complete with its own white sandy beach and swim up bar. Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort is within walking distance of the Esplanade, Reef Terminal & Marina, Night Markets and Reef Casino.
Please Note: The Novotel Cairns Oasis will be undergoing refurbishment between 11 June - 31 January 2019. Novotel Cairns Oasis will be working to ensure there is little to no disturbance to its operation and guests, however services may be relocated to alternative areas of the hotel if needed.
Flynn, A Crystalbrook Collection Resort, 3 nights
Situated on the Cairns Esplanade Boardwalk, Flynn features 311 stylish rooms, two glass pools, an Eléme Day Spa and 24-hour gym. Boardwalk Social, the market-style food and beverage hub is home to live music, local ingredients and brews. The hotel’s signature restaurant, Flynn’s Italian, will bring some European charm to Cairns offering locally sourced heartfelt Italian food that celebrates local produce.
Need accommodation before or after your tour?
Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Ask our friendly reservations at the time of booking.
- • Accommodation
- • Snorkel equipment provided for Great Barrier Reef Cruise
- • Experienced Driver Guide
- • Comprehensive commentary
- • Travel in an air-conditioned coach
What to Bring
- • Enclosed walking shoes
- • Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen
- • Water bottle
- • Warm layers in cooler months
- • Swimmers & towel (if swimming)
- • Low level of fitness required
- • Breakfast (3)
- • Lunch (1)
- • Day 1: Flights to arrive anytime into Cairns Airport
- • Day 4: Flights to depart anytime from Cairns Airport