Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef
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Day 1: Welcome to Cairns
On arrival at Cairns Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime).
Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns (Standard) or Hilton Hotel Cairns (Superior), Cairns, 3 nights.
Day 2: Great Barrier Reef
Board a high speed catamaran and cruise to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Covering approximately 35 million hectares, it is the largest reef structure and marine park in the world and offers an experience like no other. View the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semisubmersible craft. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkelling and experience this natural wonder up-close (equipment provided). Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before returning to Cairns early evening.
Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3: Tjapukai – Skyrail* – Kuranda
Visit the fascinating Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Australia’s largest indigenous cultural park which has been built in a spectacular rainforest setting. Discover this ancient culture through bush food lessons, didgeridoo demonstrations, movie theatres, fire making demonstrations and the famous Tjapukai Dance. A short distance from Tjapukai is the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Skyrail takes you over and through the breathtaking World Heritage of the Barron Gorge National Park. There are two rainforest stations where you can enjoy a ranger guided boardwalk and observe this ancient rainforest from spectacular lookouts. On arrival in Kuranda there is free time to explore the ‘village in the rainforest’ and its many attractions, including the Heritage Markets. After exploring, board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for a historic journey travelling through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Passing the spectacular Stoney Creek Falls your journey winds through man-made tunnels, across bridges and around curves to arrive at its final destination, Freshwater Station.
Included Meals: Breakfast
Day 4: Farewell from Cairns
Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Cairns Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).
Included Meals: Breakfast
4 Day Short Break
Daily from Cairns
If you would prefer to spend 3 nights in Port Douglas instead of Cairns, see tour PD11.
Morning of Day 4, Cairns
Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts.
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- Breakfasts (3)
- Lunch (1)
- Great Barrier Reef Cruise (snorkel equipment provided)
- Skyrail Rainforest Cableway* & Kuranda Scenic Railway
- Experienced Driver Guides
- Detailed and informative commentary
- Travel in an air-conditioned coach
- Return airport transfers- flight details to be provided 14 days prior to travel
What to bring
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
- Water bottle
- Jacket in the cooler months
- Swimmers & towel
Low level of fitness required.
Accommodation Standards & Prices
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.
Tour with Standard Accommodation (CC11R)
Where you'll be staying
- DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns
Tour with Superior Accommodation (CC11S)
Where you'll be staying
- Hilton Hotel Cairns
Your choice of accommodation standards
Choose from a range of accommodation standards. 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.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns121-123 Esplanade, Cairns City QLD 4870
Boasting uninterrupted views of the Coral Sea, and a stunning natural setting amidst landscaped tropical gardens, the oceanfront DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns is just a short walk from the city center, and Cairn’s business, retail and entertainment districts. The hotel overlooks the picturesque Cairns Esplanade, and is just moments from Cairns Lagoon and Cairns Casino. The Great Barrier Reef departures terminal is 100m away, and Cairns International Airport is only 10 minutes’ drive from our Cairns hotel. Our onsite tour desk will help you explore the wonders of this unique region.
Hilton Hotel Cairns34 Esplanade, Cairns QLD, 4870
The Hilton Cairns hotel boasts a unique tropical setting, enjoying spectacular scenery surrounded by lush gardens. The hotel offers bright accommodation with spacious bathrooms and private balconies with stunning waterfront views of Trinity Inlet, the Cairns Esplanade and blue-green mountains beyond
- Air Conditioning
- Private balcony
- Bathroom Amenities
- Hair Dryer
- Internet Access
- Hair dryer
- Mini Bar
- Iron / Ironing Board
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The Great Barrier Reef is comprised of over 900 individual islands.
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The Great Barrier Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage area and listed as one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World”.
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