Your first day takes in land-based highlights of Cairns, traveling out on the Kuranda Scenic Railway to the quaint town of Kuranda for the day. Admire cascading waterfalls, lush tropical rainforest and the charms of the township on your day out, before returning to Cairns on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Have the option to upgrade to include admission to Rainforestation Nature Park, situated just a few minutes from Kuranda. There, you can take a 45-minute rain forest tour on an amphibious vehicle, learn about Aboriginal culture during a dance performance and Dreamtime Walk, and get close to Australian wildlife including koalas.
Explore the Great Barrier Reef on your second day, taking a 5-hour cruise out to two top sites on the reef for snorkeling, scuba diving and other water-based activities. Return to Cairns on a scenic helicopter flight that offers a stunning aerial perspective on the Great Barrier Reef.
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 25-minute scenic helicopter flight over five reef systems and cays, returning your to Cairns in style at the end of your two-day adventure.