Short Breaks

Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef

4 days | Cairns Return

Great Barrier Reef • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway • Kuranda Scenic Rail • Kuranda Heritage Markets • World Heritage Rainforest



February 2022: WED & FRI
March 2022: MON, WED & FRI
April 2022 onwards: DAILY


Morning of day 4

Prices From Code: CC11


Adult Twin i Two people sharing a room, one of whom must be 18 years and over. All prices are per person, land only.


Child i A child must be accompanied by a person 18 years+. Some tours have min. age requirement


Single i A person 16 years and over (note a person 16–17 years must be accompanied by a person 18 years and over).
Prices above are in USD, for selected departures, Superior Accommodation
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On arrival at Cairns Airport, make your own way to your hotel (flights anytime). This afternoon is free for you to explore the city.

  Hotel: 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. Throughout the day, the ‘beach buggy shuttle’ will transfer you between Ocean Spirit and the beach.

  Included Meals: Lunch, Breakfast

On arrival at Freshwater Station, board the Kuranda Scenic Rail for an historical rail journey to Kuranda enjoying breathtaking views across the cane fields of Cairns, to the tropical rainforest of Kuranda. Wind through hand-hewn tunnels, across bridges and curves, all the time appreciating what an amazing engineering feat it is. 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

Your Short Break concludes this morning after breakfast. Make your own way to Cairns Airport (flights anytime).

  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.

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.

Flynn, A Crystalbrook Collection Resort
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.

Trip Details

What's included

  • • 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
  • • Warm layers in cooler months
  • • Swimmers & towel (if swimming)
  • • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • • Water bottle

Fitness Requirements

  • • Low level of fitness required


  • • Breakfast (3)
  • • Lunch (1)

Flight Information

  • • Day 1: Flights to arrive anytime into Cairns Airport
  • • Day 4: Flights to depart anytime from Cairns Airport

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