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Cairns is the heart of Tropical North Queensland and is the gateway to the iconic Great Barrier Reef and the ancient Daintree Rainforest. It is a popular tourist destination known for its stunning natural beauty and outdoor activities. Here are some of the top things to do in Cairns:

Great Barrier Reef: Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world's most famous and diverse underwater ecosystems. You can take boat trips, snorkel, scuba dive, or even take a helicopter tour to experience the beauty of this natural wonder.

Daintree Rainforest: Explore the ancient Daintree Rainforest, which is one of the oldest rainforests in the world. You can take guided tours to learn about the unique flora and fauna, go hiking, or take a river cruise to see the mangroves and wildlife. 

Kuranda Village: Take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway or the Kuranda Scenic Railway to reach the charming village of Kuranda. Here, you can shop for local crafts, visit wildlife parks, and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Atherton Tablelands: Go on a day trip to the Atherton Tablelands, where you can visit waterfalls  swim in crater lakes, and explore the lush countryside. Don't miss attractions like Millaa Millaa Falls, Lake Eacham, and the Curtain Fig Tree
Adventure Activities: Cairns is a hub for adrenaline junkies. You can go white-water rafting, skydiving, bungee jumping, or take a hot air balloon ride for a unique perspective of the region. 

There are bustling markets, many beaches, and freshwater swimming holes nearby. It is a treasure trove of endless opportunities to explore and charter your adventures.. There is so much to see and do..
Cairns River Cruise

Cairns River Cruise

Adult $65| Child 2-11yrs $45|Family 2A2C $209

Embark on a journey of tranquility with Cairns River Cruise sightseeing tours as you navigate the serene waters of Trinity Inlet in Cairns. Our modern boat is spacious and meticulously designed for comfort, ensuring uninterrupted views of the breathtaking surroundings.

Experience the beauty of the Inlet through daytime sightseeing tours or indulge in the ambiance of early evening sunset tours. Marvel at the picturesque Inlet and Cairns' tropical foreshore, framed by the majestic backdrop of rainforest mountains.

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Hartleys Crocodile Adventures Tour

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Adult $99|Child $49.50|Family 2A+2C $282
Departs Daily 8.30am or 12.30pm

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures offers a thrilling immersion into Australia's iconic wildlife. Spanning over 10 hectares of natural habitat, the park is renowned for its focus on conservation and education. Visitors can embark on guided tours, encountering saltwater crocodiles, cassowaries, and an array of native species in their natural habitats. The park also features interactive experiences, including crocodile feeding shows and wildlife presentations, providing insight into the region's biodiversity and the importance of preservation efforts. With its blend of adventure and education, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of Australia's wilderness.

 

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Sit back, relax and enjoy the 40-minute scenic coastal drive aboard your comfortable coach to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures with interesting commentary from our driver along the way. Once you arrive, you will have plenty of time to explore this fantastic wildlife park.

Stroll along the boardwalks and pathways through the woodlands and rainforest at your own leisure to see and learn about the unique Australian wildlife.

Make sure to catch the entertaining wildlife presentations including the Snake Show, Cassowary Feeding, Wallaby Feeding, Wetlands Cruise and the must-see Crocodile Attack Show. Meet your driver after a wonderful afternoon for your return transfer back to your hotel.

 

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Daintree Dreaming Day Tour

Daintree Dreaming • Aboriginal Cultural Tour

Departs Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
Embark on a journey of cultural immersion as you are welcomed to the ancestral lands of the Kuku Yalanji people of North Queensland. Choose from two enriching experiences:

Option 1: Traditional Aboriginal Fishing
Adult $330 |Child $294|Family $1240
Discover the time-honoured fishing and gathering techniques of the Kuku Yalanji people as you explore the picturesque Cooya Beach alongside a knowledgeable member of the Kubirri Warra clan.

Option 2: Aboriginal Art & Culture
Adult $265 |Child $203|Family $887
Unleash your creativity in an art class led by acclaimed Aboriginal artist Brian ‘Binna’ Swindley at the renowned Janbal Gallery. Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of Indigenous artistry.

Both options begin with a visit to Mossman Gorge, where you'll partake in a traditional 'Welcome to Country' smoking ceremony and embark on an interpretive guided rainforest walk.

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Small group touring of 16 passengers

Tour departs from Cairns, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach and Port Douglas

Option 1 - Traditional Aboriginal Fishing

Arrive at Cooya (Kuyu Kuyu) Beach for your Coast & Cultural Walk with a Kubirri Warra clan member. Cooya Beach is the traditional fishing grounds of the Kuku Yalanji people. Your guide will take you on a journey across Cooya Beach, demonstrating and teaching traditional fishing and gathering techniques that are still used today to source food for their family. The experience calls for a medium to high level of fitness as guests will be walking across Cooya Beach, through mudflats and wading through coastal waters up to knee height

Option 2 - Aboriginal Art & Culture

Delve into the ancient culture of local Aboriginal people. Join an art class at Janbal Gallery with Aboriginal artist Brian ‘Binna’ Swindley. Binna will share his experiences, his culture and how his people share their stories through art. Make your own canvas to take home, learning techniques from Binna

Both options include Mossman Gorge

Visit Manjal Dimbi, the traditional lands of the Kuku Yalanji people. Arrive at Mossman Gorge Cultural Centre, where you will be greeted with a traditional Aboriginal Welcome to country smoking ceremony. Take some time to peruse the gallery and local crafts store at the centre before journeying into the rainforest of Mossman Gorge itself with your experienced Aboriginal guide for an interpretive walk through this ancient environment. Learn about the local Kuku Yalanji people’s special relationship with the land here.

Return to the Mossman Gorge Centre for a delicious lunch at the Mayi Café.

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Cairns River Cruise & City Sights Tour

Adult $199|Child $149
Departs daily 9.30am to 6pm
On this Cairns Tour you will experience a calm water cruise along Trinity Inlet, which is an oceanic inlet and serves as the port for the city of Cairns. It meanders through pristine creeks and takes in some of the quirky sites of the backwaters of Cairns too. Includes lunch on the waterfront at the award-winning Dundees restaurant before joining your afternoon Cairns City Sights Tour

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Make your way to the Cairns Marina, 1 Spence St Cairns and board the Cairns River Cruise at Berth A1 "A" Finger. 9.30 am - (Return Hotel transfer included)

Cairns River Cruise 9.45 am - 11.00 am

  • 1 1/4 hr guided calm-water cruise explores the stunning sights of the Trinity Inlet and waterfront of Cairns. The extensive and stunning Inlet is mountain-mangrove-lined and is a sanctuary for many types of wildlife. The tour meanders through pristine creeks (the home of saltwater crocodiles) and takes in some of the quirky sites of the backwaters of Cairns. The Cairns River Cruises vessel is spacious and carries a maximum of 18 guests - so the tour is bespoke and personal, and everyone has access to the fantastic views of Cairns.

Free time for a stroll along the Marina or Pier Shopping Centre before enjoying a delicious lunch

  • Lunch at Dundee's on the Waterfront at 12 noon.
    Relax and take in the waterfront views at Dundee's Restaurant short 2 minute walk from where your river cruise ends before joining Cairns Discovery Tours City Sights afternoon Tour.

Cairns City Sights & Highlights 1.00 pm - 6.00 pm

You will be collected at 1.00 pm from the Cairns Marina at the front of the Reef Fleet Terminal. Discover our vibrant city's history and learn about the rich cultural heritage unique to Cairns and the Far North.

  • St. Monica’s Cathedral - Step inside one of Australia's most breathtaking cathedrals, featuring the World's largest themed stained glass windows.
  • Cairns Museum - visit the Cairns Museum. join our exclusive tour of the School of Arts building in the city's heart to see yesteryear's highlights.
  • Afternoon Tea A true local delight of warm, fresh-from-the-oven scones with strawberry jam and cream and your choice of Tea, Coffee
  • Cairns Botanic Gardens - Enjoy a professional guided walk through the lush Flecker Botanic Gardens, renowned for having one of the best exhibitions in Australia's tropical plants. Meander through the butterfly-lined pathways under the green canopy as your guide explains the various plants and wildlife you see along the way.
  • Cairns Lookout - Take in the panoramic views of the city and the Coral Sea
  • Lower Barron Falls - Enjoy a walk at the lower section of the Barron Gorge National Park, Surprise Creek Falls.
  • Palm CoveTake a stroll along the jetty or on the sand on this picture-perfect beach, fringed with coconut trees. Nestled behind the beach is the quiet seaside suburb of Palm Cove, with its’ magnificent paperbark trees.
  • Your day of discovery ends, returning to your chosen Cairns CBD accommodation at approx. 6.00 pm. Northern Beaches 5.30 pm

Please note - Wheelie Walkers and mobility scooters are not permitted as our vehicle is not equipped with a luggage area

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Fly/Cruise Great Barrier Reef Half Day Tour

FROM $489
Depart daily 12.10pm - return 4.30pm
Ideal for cruise ship passengers or those with limited time who still want to experience the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef. Departing Cairns at 12.40pm, enjoy a 25-minute scenic helicopter flight over the reef to meet the superyacht Evolution. Spend 1.5 hours at Hastings Reef snorkelling before cruising back to Cairns whilst enjoying a late lunch and a complimentary glass of wine.

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Great Barrier Reef 'Highlights' Tour. This tour is perfect for those with limited time and who still want to experience the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef. Departing Cairns at 12.40pm, enjoy a 25-minute scenic helicopter flight over the reef to meet superyacht, Evolution. Spend 1.5 hours at Hastings Reef snorkelling before cruising back to Cairns whilst enjoying a late lunch and a complimentary glass of wine.

Enjoy a leisurely start to your day with a 12.10 pm check in at The Nautilus Aviation Office - Cairns Heliport 2 Pier Point Rd, Cairns.

Experience the magic of the Great Barrier Reef from above and below, with an exhilarating helicopter flight over picturesque reef systems and up close on board luxury vessel, Evolution. be treated to an Aussie BBQ lunch and snorkelling to discover the mysteries of the underwater world. Cruise back to Cairns at 4.30pm

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Barron river rafting

White water rafting Cairns

FROM $165
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This fun and adrenaline experience from Cairns will have you rafting down the Barron River for 2 hours on Grade 3 rapids. No experience is necessary, all equipment and life vests are supplied. Your highly trained River Guide is expertly trained and will share some of the area's scenic highlights and historical points of interest. In between rapids, you will have the chance to admire and take in the dense rainforest and outstanding scenery of the Barron Gorge.

 

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The Barron River – is 20 minutes from Cairns but a world away. This Cairns rafting tour has action and adventure, combining calm water floating with a series of rapids. Half-Day Cairns Rafting Tours. It's fun, exciting, and suitable for all the family (aged 12 and over). Paddle through the World Heritage-listed Rainforest of the Barron Gorge National Park and take on the thrilling Grade Three rapids of the Barron River as it winds its way towards the Coral Sea. This tour includes up to 2 hours of White Water Rafting, a professional guide and all safety equipment.

Cruise ship passengers - Meet at Bus Stop 7 at the Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence St, at 2.00 pm, a short walk from the Cruise Terminal

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Waterfall and Rainforest Tour Cairns, Australia

Waterfalls and Rainforest Tour

Adult $149|Child 2-11yrs $129|Family 2A+2C $427
Departs daily 7.30am - 5.30pm
On the Waterfalls and Wanderer tour you will travel south as you discover nature and the beauty of north Queensland’s most iconic waterfalls. This is a MUST-SEE for anyone wanting to experience pristine rainforest, cascading waterfalls, stunning panoramas of Queensland’s highest peaks and maybe a glimpse of rare and unique native wildlife. This fun tour is ideal for the young and the young at heart, looking to see the best of the Atherton Tablelands and waterfalls.

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Walk amongst boulders, slide into cool pools, soak in the spray of waterfalls and dive into crater lakes, and that’s just the ‘wet’ stuff! On this full day tour you'll also visit and learn about culturally important places, visit the biggest tree you’ll ever see (the Curtain Fig Tree which is believed to be 500 years old!), and have the chance to spy a diverse array of rainforest creatures - if you're lucky you'll even spot an elusive platypus!

Travel south and discover the majesty and beauty of north Queensland’s most iconic waterfalls, a MUST-see for anyone wanting to experience pristine rainforest, cascading waterfalls, stunning panoramas of Queensland’s highest peaks and maybe a glimpse of rare and unique native wildlife. This fun tour is ideal for the young and the young at heart, looking to see the best of the Atherton Tablelands.

Waterfall Wanderers will provide morning and afternoon tea, lunch, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, biscuits and fruit throughout the day, as well as heaps of games and puzzles to keep you entertained as we explore the Atherton Tablelands by luxury air-conditioned coach.

Pack your swimmers. Australia’s most famous rainforest waterfalls await. Our Cairns waterfalls and rainforest tour is an epic road trip, which will have you in and out of the water all day. It takes you from Cairns, up, over and through the beautiful rainforests of the Atherton Tablelands.

Babinda Boulders – Stunning scenery and refreshing swimming. Culturally significant to the Yidinji Traditional Owners, learn the tragic love story that still ‘haunts’ this beautiful place.

Josephine Falls – Ready to slide and take a wild ride down the rocks, into a cool rainforest pool? This is it, and it doesn’t get any better, bring the Go Pros.

Millaa Millaa Waterfall – World famous hair flick waterfall which tumbles 18m down into a natural amphitheatre. Strike a pose, swim and explore.

Volcanic Crater Lake – Dive right into Lake Eacham, a 65m former volcanic crater, now filled with crystal clear rainwater.

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Spirit of Cairns Buffet

Cairns Dinner Cruise

Adult $129 |Child $69 4-14yrs
Departs daily from Cairns Marlin Marina 6.30pm - 9.00pm
Indulge in the ultimate evening experience with a Spirit of Cairns dinner cruise, a perfect finale to your day in paradise.

Enjoy a pre-dinner drink to set the tone for your evening as you sip your beverage, take a leisurely stroll along the interior or exterior decks. Your voyage navigates through the heart of Trinity Inlet, offering panoramic vistas of Cairns' waterfront precinct from the Cruise Liner Terminal to the Esplanade.

Indulge in a lavish buffet spread featuring an array of hot and cold dishes, fresh local seafood, and local delicacies.

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Enjoy a relaxing evening cruising on a luxury 26-metre sailing catamaran around the calm waters of Trinity Inlet, Cairns Harbour. The two-level Spirit of Cairns has exterior decks and an air-conditioned interior. Take in the sights and sounds of Cairns' tropical port city and its surroundings as they transition from day to night. Begin the evening with a refreshing pre-dinner drink. The water is calm, the weather mild, and the night is yours to enjoy. Sit down to a sumptuous buffet meal with a wide range of hot and cold dishes, fresh seafood, and delicious local produce. Spirit of Cairns sailing catamaran is fully licensed, selling a range of beverages to complement your meal and enhance your evening. This is Cairns' only dinner cruise and is a popular experience with locals and has limited numbers.

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The Paronella Park Experience

Adult $229|Child 4-12 yrs $189.
Not recommended for children under 4 years old.

Departs Mon, Thurs & Sat
11.00am - 9.00pm
The Paronella Experience is one of North Queensland Must-See attractions. Swim and explore the rainforest at Babinda Boulders, enjoy homemade afternoon tea at Etty Bay Beach to spot Cassowaries.

Upon arriving at Paronella Park, you'll explore the enchanting ruins of a Spanish-inspired castle, surrounded by vibrant gardens and cascading waterfalls. Discover the fascinating history of its visionary creator, José Paronella, and the park's intriguing past. Immerse yourself in the magical ambiance as you wander through the grounds, making this day and night tour an unforgettable experience for nature and history enthusiasts alike.

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Departing Cairns at approx 11.15am , we journey south to the Cassowary Coast our first stop at the township of Babinda and to explore the beautiful Babinda Boulders with time for a swim or nature walk.

We then travel further south through the Art Deco township of Innisfail and onto the Cassowary Coast featuring an interpretive overview of the rich history of agriculture in the Banana and Sugar Cane Industries. Taking the scenic coastal road over the Moresby Range, we stop at Etty Bay. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe and photograph a Southern Cassowary on a rainforest beach. At Etty Bay, we enjoy afternoon tea, with time to walk along the beach to experience this unique environment where the rainforest meets the reef.

Upon arrival to Paronella Park, begin your experience with a fully guided tour including Queensland’s first privately owned hydroelectricity plant. Or, if you prefer, explore the grounds at your leisure & discover why the park was voted the number 1 must-do attraction in Queensland. Meet your guide at the museum and take a look at the many interesting pieces of history, before taking a leisurely stroll across the suspension bridge and over the beautiful Mena Creek Falls to capture an amazing photo opportunity.

After the epic photos, we’ll make our way to Mena Creek Hotel, voted the best country pub in Queensland, where an authentic "Pub Style" dinner will be served.

Taste some of the local beers or challenge your skills on the game tables. After dinner, we return to Paronella Park for the ‘Darkness Falls Tour’ allowing for more spectacular photo opportunities of the waterfalls and structures of the castles by night.

Sitting under the stars surrounded by the dense rainforest, the grand finale and highlight of the tour set the scene of a captivating, extraordinary, magical moment, witnessing the Spanish Castle come to life through the orchestral light show, elevating your senses for an experience you will never forget.

Depart Paronella Park for one last stop – to gaze at the beautiful stars in the clear, picturesque North Queensland sky before being dropped off at your chosen accommodation at around 9pm.

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Scenic Heli flight over the Reef and Rainforest Cairns

45 minute Reef-Rainforest Scenic Helicopter Flight

FROM $499
Departs daily from Cairns Heli pad
The most popular scenic flight combines 30-minute Great Barrier Reef scenic with an additional 15 minute bird's eye view of the oldest continually surviving tropical rainforest on earth. Commencing over the reef, we cross back over the coast near Double Island and the resort township of Palm Cove before ascending the coastal rainforest-clad mountains into the heart of the Barron Gorge National Park.

 

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This is the only place on earth where two World Heritage Listed icons exist side by side. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef & Wet Tropical Rainforest. The sheer scale and beauty of these incredible natural assets must be seen from the air! You will be amazed by the stunning blue and green hues of these pristine coral sea waters and their thriving coral gardens. This flight includes incredible photo opportunities of picturesque Green Island, Arlington Reef and Upolu Sand Cay. Many of the larger marine species can be most easily spotted from the air. Inflight sightings have included Sea Turtles, Sharks, Manta Rays, Dolphins, Dugong and even majestic Humpback Whales (Jul-Sep) during their annual migration from Antarctica, stopping by briefly to give birth and raise their calves in our warm tropical waters.

Please note flights operate with a minimum of 2 people - Solo traveller bookings are accepted and will be confirmed once minimum numbers are reached. Please note the tour is subject to availability at the time of booking. Please make your way to The Cairns Pier Heliport -30 minutes before your flight.

 

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Green Island & Cairns City Sights Full Day Tour

Adult $215 |Child 4-14 yrs $127| Family 2A2C $686
Departs Mon to Sat 9am - 6pm
Green Island and Cairns City Sights Tour is an exciting day tour that takes you on a journey to explore the natural beauty and cultural highlights of two unique destinations. Morning begins with a visit to the beautiful Green Island, where you have the opportunity to snorkel or do a glass-bottom boat tour to discover the Great Barrier Reef. Return to Cairns where you'll explore the sights and sounds of this vibrant tropical city.

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Green Island. Make your way to the Cairns Marina and check in at the Reef Fleet Terminal, Big Cat Cruise Desk for your boarding passes. Boarding commences at 8.15 am and Cruise departs at 9.00am.  Green Island is a beautiful coral Cay on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and is a Marine National Park uniquely rainforested and surrounded by white sandy beaches, coral reefs and abundant marine life. Your visit allows you 2 hours at Green Island and included is the choice of snorkelling gear or a glass bottom boat tour. “Reef Rocket” is a modern comfortable air-conditioned highspeed catamaran with a relaxed atmosphere. Travel time to Green Island is 45 minutes from Cairns. Passengers can take part in the many activities available or simply relax on the beach. Staff will help you to organise your activities to make the most of your time on Green Island. Depart Green Island at 12 noon arrive Cairns 12.45pm and Cairns Discovery Tours will collect you in front of the Reef Fleet Terminal at 1.00pm.

Lunch is not included and we recommend an early lunch on the Island

Cairns City Sights & Surrounds Tour. This afternoon you will discover Cairns' history and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage that is unique to the Far North. One of the highlights is the St. Monica's Cathedral featuring the World's largest themed stained glass windows. Cairns Botanic Gardens which contains an amazing collection of tropical plants, including exotic herbs, spices, valuable timber trees, orchids, fruits, bromeliads, giant bamboo and many other spectacular flowering plants. Everything about this tour experience is designed to delight discerning travellers of all ages and interests.

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1 Day Chillagoe - Aussie Outback 4WD Tour

Adult $229|Child 4-16 yrs $179|Family 2A2C $750

Departs 7am - 6pm
Join this small-group 4WD tour that travels inland to Chillagoe, North Queensland's Outback. Enjoy morning tea at Skybury Coffee Plantation in Mareeba, spot kangaroos, emus, wildlife galore! Drive past diverse dry tropical farmlands. Pass through historic mining ghost towns and small outback communities. Visit the local Aboriginal Rock Art and Balancing Rock. Explore the famous Chillagoe Caves  and see the once-booming Chillagoe smelter ruins, enjoy an Outback Aussie lunch in a 100-year-old pub.

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Explore the Chillagoe Caves, Granite Gorge and other highlights of Tropical North Queensland on this full-day tour from Cairns.

Stop 1: Skybury Coffee Plantation for Morning Tea - enjoy a coffee or tea and a morning snack (such as scones, jam and cream, and tropical fruit) while enjoying the balcony views.

Stop 2: Private local ranger-guided Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park Tour - take a step back in time and be inspired by the knowledge of your guide as he explains about the fossilized remains of the ancient coral reefs some 400 - 420 million years old, with hidden limestone labyrinths give a portal to a lost world just like our own Great Barrier Reef. This was once the inland sea. Millions of years in the making, the limestone formations and Chillagoe-Munagana Caves are nothing short of spectacular.

Stop 3: Chillagoe Smelter Ruins - here we delve into the history of the Chillagoe copper smelters, whose old chimneys dominate the western horizon. We visit the remains of the once-mighty smelters to ponder what it was like working there.

Stop 4: Aussie lunch at Chillagoe's 100-year-old pub - a true Australian Outback Pub built at the turn of the century! There is time to visit the unique gift shop in Chillagoe, which specialises in Chillagoe marble and local Aboriginal art.

Stop 5: Visit Balancing Rock for an iconic photo opportunity!

Stop 6: See Aboriginal Rock Art and learn about some Dreamtime stories.

Stop 7: Visit Granite Gorge to see the wallabies - get up close and personal with these local rock wallabies at Granite Gorge National Park and have time to explore this National Park before making your way home.

There are also stairs to climb to get into the caves. A reasonable level of fitness is required for this tour. It is not suitable for people with mobility issues or wheelchairs
Please advise of any dietary requirements at the time of booking. Itinerary may be subject to change due to weather conditions in the wet season. Tour is only available from Cairns. Tour Operator will provide Baby Seats or Booster Seats. Please advise upon booking; all children up to 7 years.

Please note: Itineraries may be changed or operated in a different order, or some destinations may not be reached at the discretion of Billy Tea Safaris' guide during the day due to weather and possible road closures, and for the safety of all passengers.

 

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Tablelands, Waterfalls & Paronella Park

FROM $195
Departs daily 7.30am - 6.00pm
Join our small group tour for an unforgettable adventure led by expert guides. Explore scenic lookouts, World Heritage rainforest, waterfalls, ancient kauri pines, and iconic sights like the Curtain Fig Tree. Discover Yungaburra and Malanda townships, swim at Millaa Millaa Falls, and enjoy a restaurant-quality lunch. Conclude with a guided walk at Paronella Park to explore the enchanting ruins of a Spanish-inspired castle, surrounded by vibrant gardens and cascading waterfalls. Discover the fascinating history of its visionary creator, José Paronella, and the park's intriguing past.

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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.

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Cairns City Sights Tour & Surrounds

Adult $99.00| Child $69.00
Palm Cove, Trinity Beach & Yorkeys Knob Marina pick-up at 12 noon - Adult $20 Child $10

Departs Mon to Sat 12.30pm - 6pm 

Discover Cairns city and surrounds on a small group afternoon guided Cairns tour showcasing the best of Australia's most famous tropical city. Explore the cities rich history, admire it's natural beauty, cultural heritage as you visit some of the city's iconic landmarks. Marvel at the breathtaking themed stained glass windows of St Monica's Cathedral and explore the Cairns Museum.  Take in the views of the Coral Sea, and lush rainforest-clad mountains that surround the city. Venture out of the city to visit the Cairns Botanic Gardens, lower Barron Gorge National Park. Final stop is Palm Cove, a charming beachside village renowned for its palm-fringed beaches and laid-back atmosphere, all in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle.

 

 

 

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Your afternoon Cairns tour begins with complimentary Cairns CBD hotel pick up as we embark on an unforgettable journey through this tropical paradise and it's stunning surroundings.

St. Monica’s Cathedral - This Heritage Listed cathedral, dedicated as a memorial to the Battle of the Coral Sea, houses 24 amazing stained-glass windows, depicting the creation story. They are reputably the largest themed stained-glass windows in the world.
Cairns Museum - A local guide will take you on an exclusive tour to discover the story of Cairns and living in the tropics. Learn about the city's fascinating heritage and its transformation into the vibrant, modern metropolis it is today. The museum is a treasure trove of artifacts and exhibits that vividly showcase the unique history and the diverse communities that have called Cairns home.
Delicious Afternoon Tea – Take a break and enjoy a delicious Devonshire Afternoon Tea in the leafy suburb of Edge Hill.
Cairns Botanic Gardens –Venture out of the city to explore the enchanting Cairns Botanic Gardens, a haven of tropical flora. Renown as one of the best exhibitions of tropical plants in Australia.  Your tour guide will lead you through this vibrant ecosystem, where you'll discover the unique and exotic plants that thrive in the tropical climate.
Scenic Lookout  and Lower Barron Gorge National Park Have your camera ready as we visit a spectacular lookout with stunning views over the city of Cairns and the Coral Sea, before continuing to Lower Barron River Gorge National Park and Surprise Creek Falls. Here  you'll be surrounded by the serene beauty of the rainforest and Barron River.
Palm Cove – Stroll along the jetty or on the sand on this picture-perfect beach, fringed with coconut trees. Nestled behind the beach is the quiet seaside suburb of Palm Cove, with its’ magnificent paperbark trees. Sit back and relax on the return drive to Cairns arriving at your accommodation approximately 6.00pm

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Cairns Aquarium by Twilight

FROM $179
Available Tues to Sat 3pm - 6:15pm
Aquarium by twilight gives you an insight into the unique changes of the region’s night-time creatures as they move about in the shadows. Witness the predators in the Oceanarium with appetiser and drink in hand, before completing your evening at Dundee’s Restaurant with a perfectly matched 3 course dining experience while enjoying a stunning marine life backdrop.

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Looking to relax during the day, maybe by the hotel pool and then enjoy a leisurely afternoon and evening learning about the wide variety of ecosystems from across the local region of Tropical North Queensland, Australia

As the sun sets on North Queensland's mountain ranges, steamy rainforests and shallow reef lagoons begin to stir with life. Nocturnal reptiles, amphibians, insects and fish sense the onset of dusk and emerge from their daytime lairs.

Aquarium by Twilight gives you an insight into the unique changes of the region's night-time creatures as they move about in the shadows. Witness the predators in the Oceanarium with appetisers and drinks in hand before completing your evening at Dundee's Restaurant with a perfectly matched dining experience while enjoying a stunning marine life backdrop.

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Frequently Asked Questions

At Cairns Discovery Tours, we offer a range of tours designed to cater to diverse requirements. While most of our tours are family-friendly, some may have age or fitness level restrictions. For instance, our White Water Rafting Tour is suitable for individuals over the age of 12 and requires a moderate level of fitness. It's always best to check the specific tour details or consult with our team to ensure the tour is appropriate for all members of your group.
Most of our tours do not have a minimum group size requirement and are designed to accommodate individual travellers and larger groups. However, certain tours or private bookings may have different criteria. If you have a specific query about group sizes, please contact us for more information.
The duration of our Cairns area tours varies depending on the tour type. For example, our Fly/Cruise Great Barrier Reef Half-Day Tour lasts approximately four hours, while our Waterfalls and Rainforest Tour spans a full day. Detailed information about the duration of each tour can be found on our website or you can contact us for assistance.
Yes, most of our tours offer transportation options to and from various accommodations in Cairns. For instance, our Daintree Dreaming - Aboriginal Cultural Tour provides pick-up and drop-off services. However, some tours may have self-drive options, so it's advisable to check the specific tour details for transportation information.
Absolutely, we can arrange private or custom tours tailored to your group's interests and needs. Whether it's a corporate event, a family reunion or a special occasion, we can create a unique experience for you. Please reach out to our team to discuss your requirements in detail.
Our cancellation policy aims to offer flexibility. Generally, cancellations made 24 hours prior to the tour are eligible for a full refund. However, some tours may have specific cancellation policies, so we recommend checking with our team for detailed information.
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