Cairns was settled by Europeans in 1876 who arrived in search of gold. Modern-day Cairns is now seen as the city "where the rainforest meets the reef" as it is the gateway to both the Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef for the many tourists that pass through each year.
The main tourist centre in town is along the Esplanade, which has a swimming lagoon, bustling weekend markets, and plenty of great food options.
Be collected from your accommodation at pre-dawn and taken to the Balloon launch site to witness the inflation of the Balloon. Once the balloon is inflated- be amazed at how tall it is ( over 10 stories tall). Your guide will have you in the balloon ready for launch as the backdrop is setting and the sun is coming up feel at peace as you look out at the forest, hills, and mountains and the sun rises as the balloon is gently floating into the sky. Be amazed once you are in the air at the breathtaking views you are greeted with overlooking the Atherton Tablelands, the coast, and the Great Barrier Reef. As your flight is coming to an end the pilot will slowly guide the ballon to the landing point where the fun continues- once you have landed, experience the pack down of the balloon and come together with the pilot and crew, share a toast with a glass of bubbly to celebrate the amazing flight you had before you receive your commemorative certificate!
The Dreamtime Cruise and Snorkel is a unique activity that combines experiencing the world's oldest living culture and some of Australia's most amazing marine life. You will gain a deeper cultural understanding of the reef's diverse ecosystem and indigenous heritage of the region throughout your guided snorkel tour and demonstrations by Traditional Owners. Your morning commences with a safety briefing and Indigenous welcome after boarding the catamaran. The in-water activities begin after your 90 minute journey to the Outer Great Barrier Reef, where you will snorkel in its pristine waters. After a couple of hours here you will head to the next reef site to continue exploring. As you depart the reef in the afternoon you can enjoy afternoon tea and share your experience with the Indigenous Sea Rangers on board.
Departing from the Cairns Marina, you will board a comfortable vessel and cruise out to the unspoiled Fitzroy Island across pristine reef waters. The journey takes about 45 minutes, and once you arrive you will have up to 6 hours to explore. Part of your adventure on the beautiful island includes a glass bottom boat tour where you will see some of the best coral reefs in the area and spot sea turtles and colourful fish.
Departing from the Cairns Marina, you will board a comfortable vessel and cruise out to the unspoiled Fitzroy Island across pristine reef waters. The journey takes about 45 minutes, and once you arrive you will have up to 6 hours to explore. Part of your adventure on the beautiful island includes 50-minute snorkelling tour with a Marine Biologist. A boat will drop you and your expert guide off at one of the beautiful coral reefs around Fitzroy Island giving you exclusive access to areas not accessible to other guests.
The Frankland Islands archipelago is a natural wildlife haven and a protected national park. Travel on the Turtle Islander through the Mulgrave River to the beautiful Normanby Island, surrounded by pristine sandy beaches, with rock pools and healthy fringing reefs which can be snorkelled from the beach.
Aboard the 32 Catamaran Ocean Spirit and embark on a 2-hour sail to the beautiful Michaelmas Cay for a full day of exploring this haven! During the sail, enjoy an informative presentation from the onboard Marine Biologist learning about the reef and the marine life. Arriving at the reef there is plenty to do and explore, Watch the fish feeding presentation or if you are keen to get amongst it- there is snorkelling and diving on the reef! If you would prefer to stay dry- board the glass bottom boat and cruise around the reef as your skipper explores the surroundings or relax in the sun on one of the spacious decks. Stopping for a buffet lunch served aboard before heading back out to relax on the beach or try out more of the activities offered. As the day comes to a close at the reef enjoy a glass of wine and cheese and crackers as you enjoy the homeward journey.
OceanQuest is the ultimate Great Barrier Reef overnight experience from Cairns. When just one day at the reef isn’t enough, an overnight trip from Cairns gives you all the time you need. Visit colourful dive and snorkel sites during the day, and at night everything from the air-conditioned cabins with en suites, lounge and bar, is designed for your comfort.
Discover the natural beauty and history of the Atherton Tablelands on this full-day tour, covering over 300km packed with pristine rainforest waterfalls, ancient tropical rainforests, and the intriguing history of heritage-listed Paronella Park.
Amongst a small group in our air-conditioned bus, our expert guides reveal the secrets of the rolling landscapes and charming townships of the Tablelands, taking time to pause for unforgettable scenic views, rainforest encounters, and of course, a dip in the cool rainforest waters of Milla Milla Falls and Babinda Boulders.
Experience the dazzling environment and marine life of the Great Barrier Reef when you visit not one, but two pristine Outer Great Barrier Reef locations on this all-inclusive Full Day Reef Tour with Reef Experiences! An all-inclusive experience that offers up to 6 hours at two pristine Outer Great Barrier Reef locations, scuba diving, unlimited snorkelling, glass-bottom boat tours, breakfast and lunch, a complimentary cheese & fruit platter and wine on the return journey, a marine biology presentation, and pick up and return to Cairns City accommodations.
A Cairns dinner cruise is the perfect way to end a perfect day in paradise. Board the sailing catamaran and enjoy an evening of calm water cruising on Trinity Inlet, taking in the sights and sounds of this tropical port city and its surrounds as they transition from day to night.
Experience the dazzling environment and marine life of the Great Barrier Reef when you visit not one, but two pristine Outer Great Barrier Reef locations on this all-inclusive Top Deck Club Full Day Reef Tour with Reef Experiences! An all-inclusive experience that offers up to 6 hours at two pristine Outer Great Barrier Reef locations, scuba diving, unlimited snorkelling, glass-bottom boat tours, breakfast and lunch, a complimentary cheese & fruit platter and sparkling wine on the return journey, a marine biology presentation, and pick up and return to Cairns City accommodations. Additional inclusions of the Top Deck Club Reef Experience are a dedicated personal valet service for the day, a private snorkel or dive guide, and access to spacious VIP accommodation at the exclusive Captain’s Wheelhouse Top Deck Lounge.
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