Reef, Kuranda & Cape Tribulation

Starting from: $AU550.00

Tour Overview

  • Tour: Outer Reef, Kuranda & Cape Tribulation Tour
  • Package to be completed in 3 days
  • Departure location: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkelling & diving
  • Suitable for backpackers
  • Number of passengers: Reef: 150 / Kuranda: Open to public / Capetrib: 28
  • Reef locations (permit areas): Norman, Saxon & Hastings Reefs
  • Number of reef sites visited: 2 sites
  • Travelling time to the reef: Reef: 1hr 30min
  • Time exploring the reef: 5hrs
  • Vessel type and size: Motor Catamaran / 35 meters with 3 levels
  • CapeTrib locations: Places visited: Daintree river ferry, Alexandra Lookout, Lync Haven animal refugee, Emmagen Creek, Cape Tribulation Beach, Daintree Ice Cream Factory.
  • Reef duration: 08:30am – 5:00pm
  • Kuranda tour duration: 07:30am – 4:30pm
  • Capetrib tour duration: 6:30am – 6:30pm
  • Lunch included
  • Hotel coach transfer included on day 2 & 3


Outer Reef, Kuranda & Cape Tribulation Package

Day 1: Great Barrier Reef

Evolution is a brand new $5 million dollar catamaran. Their luxury vessel offers class, and style of a motor yacht. It is ultra-spacious and comfortable with decks over 3 levels with large well glazed interior spaces on the main and upper deck. Enjoy a choice of big outdoor seating areas fitted with comfortable lounges and well protected from the sun. Also the fold-down platforms at the end of the vessel provides comfortable and safe access to the water.

Visiting two spectacular outer reef sites in one day travelers will spend around 5 hours in the water and minimum time travelling. Free guided snorkelling tours, free scuba diving lesson, onboard entertainment and a barbecue lunch including a selection of prawns, fish, steak, sausages, vegetarian, tropical salads and pastas are all included in the main price.If you never snorkeled before this is not a problem, you can have a one-on-one tuition on gear use and snorkeling techniques. Also to help clients a selection of buoyancy aids (foam noodles, life jackets and wetsuits) are available.

Extra activities include:

  • Introductory diving (for clients who have never dived before)
  • Certified diving (for experienced divers)
  • Semi-submersible submarine tour (underwater coral viewing tour)
  • Helicopter scenic flights (see how colorful the reef is from the top)

Day 2: Kuranda

Kuranda is a little township in the rainforest, situated where both Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the Kuranda Scenic Train journeys terminate.

This Kuranda Tour is the most popular way to visit Kuranda. Travelers travel up to Kuranda by the Kuranda Scenic Railway and travels down back to Cairns on the famous Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Also pick up & drop off from hotels and accommodations are included in the day package.

Kuranda provides visitors with many shopping opportunities, all within easy walking distance around the CBD, including the famous Kuranda markets which consists of a range of stalls with locally made arts, crafts and produce. Kuranda has also numerous art galleries and specialty shops offering a wide selection of locally made and designed art, clothing and handicrafts as well as a variety of sidewalk cafes and restaurants. Kuranda is also a major centre for opals and didgeridoos.

Day 3: Cape Tribulation

This tour company offers great tours to Cape Tribulation through the Bloomfield Track, one of the most scenic short 4WD drives in Queensland.

The Bloomfield track attracts a lot of tourists every year because of its beautiful rainforest, natural swimming holes, creeks and beaches. The Bloomfield track was constructed in 1983- 1984 and led to one of Australia's most important environmental protests. Today the area has World Heritage protection.

This Cape Tribulation Tour is a personalised taking a group of maximum of 16 passengers in a custom built 4WD. Travellers spend the day in the company of a guide who talks about the flora, fauna, and history of the area, including aboriginal culture. The tour is quite educational, making the whole rainforest experience even more special.

This Cape Tribulation tour is the only one that travels to the pristine Emmagen Creek. Emmagen Creek is located 7 km north of Cape Tribulation and it is a beautiful location with many swimming holes. This is where all participants get in the water for a swim.

Other places visited include the Daintree river ferry, Alexandra Lookout, Lync Haven animal refugee, Cape Tribulation Beach and the Daintree Ice Cream Factory (if time permits).

What's included in the main price

  • Day 1: Reef Cruise:
  • Return cruise to the outer reef by a luxuary air-conditioned fast catamaram
  • Five hours of snorkelling at two outer Great Barrier Reef locations
  • Guided snorkelling tour
  • Scuba diving lesson so clients can try it first
  • State of the art snorkel and flotation devices
  • Live musical entertainment
  • Delicious Aussie BBQ lunch including prawns, fish, steak, sausages, vegetarian, tropical salads and pastas.
  • Tea & coffee available
  • Exclusive, protected, sheltered reef locations
  • Large and spacious comfortable decks
  • Day 2: Kuranda:
  • One way coach transfer from accommodation
  • One way Scenic Railway to Kuranda
  • One way Skyrail Rainforest Cableway back to Cairns
  • Day 3: Cape Tribulation:
  • Hotel pick up & drop off
  • Small personalised group
  • 4WD experience
  • 1 hour Daintree River Wildlife Cruise
  • Vehicular cable ferry crossing over the Daintree River
  • Morning tea
  • Gourmet barbecue lunch
  • National Park fees
  • Visit: Bloomfield Track, Emmagen Creek, Alexandra Range Lookout, Lync Haven Animal Refugee, Cape Tribulation Beach
  • Day 1: Reef Cruise:
  • Introductory dive
  • Certified dive
  • Semi-submersible tour
  • Scenic helicopter flight (10 minute)
  • Wetsuit or Stinger suit ($10.00 on the day)
  • Digital underwater camera hire ($50.00 on the day)
  • Hotel coach transfers
  • Day 2: Kuranda:
  • Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Koala Gardens
  • Birdworld Kuranda
  • Restaurant & cafes available at Kuranda village
  • Day 3: Cape Tribulation:
  • Purchase of souvenir shops

Tour Itinerary

Time Description
Day 1: Reef Cruise:
07:30-08:20 Check-in at the Down Under Cruise & Dive desk inside the Reef Terminal, Cairns
08:30 Boat departs Cairns Marina
Travel time is 1 hour 30 minutes from Cairns on a fast stable motor catamaran
10:00 Boat arrives in the Outer Reef
Enjoy around 5 hours exploring the reef
15:30 Boat departs the Reef
17:00 Boat arrives back in Cairns
Day 2: Kuranda:
10:30 Pick up from your Hotel
11:00 Skurail departs Smilthfield Station to Kuranda
Travel time is 1 hour 30 minutes to Kuranda Village
12:30 Train arrives in Kuranda
Enjoy your free time exploring Kuranda Village
15:30 Train departs Kuranda to Cairns
Travel time is 1 hour 30 minutes to Cairns Central Station
17:00 Train arrives at Cairns Central Station
17:10 Make your way back to your Hotel
Day 3: Cape Tribulation:
06:30 Pick up from your Hotel
Scenic Coastal Drive
08:30 Arrive at Port Douglas
10:00 Arrive at Mossman George
Daintree River Cruise
Alexandra Lookout
Guided Rainforest Walk
4WD Bloomfield Track
Emmagen Creek Freshwater Swim
Lunch at a local cafe
Ice-cream stop
Small group experience
18:30 Bus arrives back in Cairns & hotel drop off
  • Day 1: Reef Cruise:
  • Beach clothes and accessories such as swimmers, towel, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • Dry change of clothes for the trip home
  • Motion sickness tablet is recommended to take 30 minutes prior to boat departure
  • Dive card and log book for certified divers
  • Day 2: Kuranda:
  • Casual clothing & walking shoes suitable for safe track walking
  • Hat & sunscreen for sunny days
  • Day 3: Cape Tribulation:
  • Comfortable clothing and walking shoes suitable for safe track walking
  • Beach clothes and accessories such as swimmers, towel, hat, sunscreen if going for a swim
  • Light coat & drinking water

Please Note:
All Divers: In accordance with Australian Diving law, ALL DIVERS must complete a medical questionnaire on board, before diving
Flying after diving: If only one dive is undertaken then a minimum of 12 hours is recommended before flying. If more than one dive is conducted in the day, an interval of 24 hours is recommended.This is not applicable for low helicopter flights over the reef.
Introductory Divers - NOTE: Certain medical conditions may prevent you from diving, (e.g. Asthma, Heart Disease), please contact our office. Min. age to dive is 12 years.
Cape Tribulation & Kuranda: Level of fitness:The rainforest walk is graded easy and it can be done by anyone with any level of fitness.

Tour Prices

Rates & Tariffs

Season: 2024 - 2025 Rates Dates: 1st April 2024 - 31st March 2025 Action
Package Price $550.00 per adult
$325.00 per child
$1,600.00 per family

Age: Adult age: 15 yrs + / Child age: 4-14 years inclusive.
Reef Tax: $20.00 is levied for all adults and children entering the Great Barrier Reef. This charge and other levies are INCLUDED in the cruise fares.

Booking fees: Tourism Cairns do not charge any booking fees.

Deposit and final payment: At Tourism Cairns clients are required to pay a deposit only at the time of booking. Final payment is to be completed 48 hours prior to departure or on the day of travel, depending on each tour operator's policy.

Cancellation by the traveller: If the tour is cancelled by the client up to 7 days prior to departure, a full refund is applicable. If the tour is cancelled by the client 7 days prior to departure, the deposit amount might be retained. If the tour is cancelled by the client 48 hours prior to departure, 100% cancellation fee may apply.

Booking amendments: If the date of a tour needs to be changed, Tourism Cairns must be notified in writing by the client up to 48 hours prior to the tour date.

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