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2 Day Reef and Daintree Rainforest

Day 1 -Great Barrier Reef Tour
Departs Daily
Check-in from 7.15am - 7.45am at The Reef Fleet Terminal
Departs 8am | Returns 4.30pm

Great Barrier Reef Tour onboard 'Evolution'

Join the luxurious and spacious yacht, Evolution, to the Outer Great Barrier Reef for your snorkelling experience. The 35-metre vessel, Evolution departs Cairns with  5 hours spent exploring two spectacular and exclusive outer Great Barrier Reef locations for an adventure-filled day!

In the afternoon, you have the option to add additional reef activities. Join us on the Semi-Submersible Tour, learning about the reef with our marine biologist, or add a scuba dive or a scenic helicopter flight over the reef. Finally, you'll cruise back to Cairns while enjoying a free glass of wine and a snack while you reflect on your day on the Great Barrier Reef.​

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Day 2- Daintree Rainforest Tour

Due to the impact of severe tropical cyclone Jasper and the associated flooding & road closures, there have been some itinerary changes to ensure you still have a great time in the Daintree Rainforest.

Includes pick up & drop off from your Cairns, Northern Beaches or Port Douglas accommodation.

Group size is kept to under 17 passengers for a personalized experience. Explore the oldest Rainforest in the World, an essential bucket list experience!

Journey north on the scenic coastal drive to the Daintree Rainforest with spectacular views of the Coral Sea coastline. Embark an informative one hour River Cruise on the mighty Daintree River where you spot and learn about estuarine crocodiles, mangrove forests and endemic wildlife as you unwind in nature's embrace. Light refreshment of tea/coffee and biscuits provided. Your experienced Guide will give an information commentary on the rich local flora/fauna and cultural significance of the area as you drive through the ancient Daintree Rainforest. Get sand on your feet as you join a guided beach walk where the "Rainforest meets the Reef".  Savour a delicious lunch at a local restaurant amidst the unique backdrop of the Daintree Forest (please advise in advance of ay special dietary requirements) followed by a stop for a a delicious tropical fruit ice-cream enroute to the Daintree Ferry.
Your last stop is at the famous Mossman Gorge for a guided rainforest walk on a selection of trails and elevated boardwalks (easy grade) with time for an invigorating freshwater swim (subject to river conditions) before heading back to your hotel.

A forest so spectacular, Sir David Attenborough called it “the most extraordinary place on Earth.”

  • Scenic Coastal Drive: Capture breathtaking views as we journey to the Daintree Rainforest.
  • Daintree River Cruise: Spot crocodiles and native wildlife during a serene river cruise.
  • Guided Rainforest Walk: Immerse yourself in the wonders of the Daintree with a knowledgeable guide.
  • Lunch at Cape Tribulation: Enjoy a delicious meal at a local cafe.
  • Ice-cream Stop: Indulge in exotic homemade ice cream before heading home.

 

Adult $425| Child 4-16 yrs $295| Family 2A+2C 4-16yrs $1280
Departs daily
Experience the very best of Cairns Reef and Daintree Rainforest Tours. This 2 day reef and rainforest package offers great value to visit our two amazing World Heritage National Parks - The Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest during your stay in Cairns. Tours do not need to be taken consecutively.  

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Day 1 - Great Barrier Reef Day Tour

2 Reef Locations, up to 5 hours on the Great Barrier Reef, snorkelling and diving
Day 1 Experience the world’s largest coral reef system and world-heritage-listed site with Down Under Cruise and Dive for an unforgettable, personalised day on the Great Barrier Reef. Departing Cairns, our 35-metre luxury superyacht Evolution provides an unforgettable day on the Great Barrier Reef. Locally operating for 30 years with outstanding customer service, snorkel and dive at 2 Great Barrier Reef locations.

Includes:
Full-day cruise onboard luxury 35-meter superyacht, Evolution
5 hours of reef time at two exclusive outer Great Barrier Reef locations
Unlimited snorkelling with all snorkelling equipment and flotation devices
Free lycra/sun-suit hire
Spacious air-conditioned modern lounges and stylish upper deck to relax in comfort
Delicious Aussie BBQ lunch including fresh seafood (prawns and fish), steak and tropical salads (vegetarian and GF options available)
Exclusive, protected, sheltered reef locations
Free glass of wine and snack on the return journey
What to bring – camera, swimming costume, towel, hat, sunscreen, cash for drinks at the bar, credit card for shopping.
Additional Costs: – Introductory and Certified Scuba dives are available for $50.00 and must be pre-booked. Please click here for the medical questionnaire 10-minute Scenic Helicopter Flights are $199.00

Day 2 – Daintree/Cape Trib/Bloomfield Track Day Tour

Your Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation 4WD Bloomfield Track full-day tour from Cairns begins with being met by your friendly accredited guide at your accommodation. After introductions, we drive north along the magnificent scenic coastal route along the Captain Cook Highway, learning about the history of the area and admiring spectacular views of the coastline and the Azure waters of the Coral Sea.

Stop 1: Daintree Rainforest River Cruise & Morning Tea – our first stop is at the Majestic Daintree River for morning tea (tea, coffee & biscuits) before enjoying an informative guided River Cruise on the Daintree River. Relax and enjoy the splendour only the Daintree Rainforest can offer as you learn of Estuarine Crocodiles, mangrove forests and endemic wildlife. This is nature at its best!

Stop 2: Alexandra Range Lookout – we make our way up over the Alexandra Range and pause for a panoramic view of World Heritage, Wet Tropics, and Tropical Rainforest merging with the azure colours of the Coral Sea.

Stop 3: Guided Boardwalk Daintree Rainforest Tour – experience the rainforest intimately on one of our guided elevated National Park Boardwalks. Your experienced guide will take you on a wonderful journey through this ancient rainforest whilst giving you an interpretation of flora and fauna, and you will have ample time for photographs and questions as we search for the elusive, rare and totally unique Southern Cassowary and other wildlife species within this particular habitat.

Stop 4: Lunch – Enjoy lunch at a local cafe in the Daintree Rainforest region.

Stop 5: 4WD Bloomfield Track to Emmagen Creek Wildlife Spotting & Freshwater Swim – we will take you beyond the famous Daintree Tea Plantation, past spectacular mountains and through spectacular World Heritage Rainforest as we pass Cape Tribulation and continue along the 4WD Bloomfield Track through to pristine Emmagen Creek. Billy Tea Safaris is the only tour operator that goes to this secret Jewel in the Rainforest, and now it is time for a refreshing rainforest stream swim, in crystal clear fresh waters without the crowds of people.

Stop 6: Cape Tribulation Beach – we then make our way to Cape Tribulation Beach after most of the crowds are gone, stroll along the beach and boardwalk to the photographers’ platform overlooking the mountains and coast where the ‘Rainforest meets the Reef.’

Stop 7: Daintree Ice-Cream Company – On the way home, we stop for delicious homemade ice cream at the Daintree Ice-cream Company (ice cream at your expense).

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1 Day Daintree - Cape Tribulation Rainforest Tour

Adult $249| Child $199 (4-14yrs)
Family 2A+2C $849
Departs Daily 7.00am

Due to the impact of Cyclone Jasper we are unable to access Cape Tribulation Beach due to road closures and repairs.

Despite the temporary change in itinerary, our guests will still experience the highlights of the area, including a tour of Port Douglas, a visit to Thornton Beach, an opportunity to indulge in delicious ice cream in the Daintree (at guests' own expense), and an immersive exploration of the renowned Daintree Rainforest at Mossman Gorge

Additionally, guests will embark on a thrilling 1-hour Daintree River Cruise, enjoy a sumptuous lunch at the Daintree Teahouse, partake in a guided walk at Mossman Gorge, and have free time for a refreshing swim (weather permitting)

Small group touring in a comfortable air-conditioned, late-model vehicle. Don’t forget to bring your swimming gear……..One amazing day in our very own, natural paradise.

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

This full-day tour for those being picked up in Cairns and the beaches begins with a trip along the scenic coastal Great Barrier Reef Drive to Port Douglas. The road hugs the mountain side, and we stop at Rex Lookout to enjoy stunning views of the Coral Sea. From here, we continue to Port Douglas, picking up any extra guests and stopping at Flagstaff Hill, which overlooks the famous 4 Mile Beach.

The next stop is Mossman Gorge, where we refresh with local tea, coffee or a cold drink, before exploring this secluded gorge and rainforest paradise. The cool, clear waters of Mossman River tumble through and over giant granite boulders. We’ll take a guided walk, and you have the opportunity for a swim, should you wish to do so.

We then continue north to the Daintree Tea House and enjoy a quality restaurant lunch, with a choice of meals available, before stepping aboard a solar-powered electric boat to take a 1-hour cruise on the Daintree River. Keep your eyes peeled for crocodiles and other local wildlife.

Cape Tribulation is where the rainforest meets the reef, and you can take it all in from the Kulki Lookout. However due to road closures & repairs we are only able to travel as far as Thornton Beach which is approx 13 km south of Cape Tribulation Beach.This is the most northern point of our day tour adventure, so from here, we begin the journey home, but not before a quick stop at the Daintree Ice-Cream Company, where you can purchase locally made tropical ice cream (at your own expense)

Our small group Rainforest tours are conducted in comfortable, air-conditioned, late-model vehicles, ensuring a pleasant journey throughout. Don't forget to pack your swimming gear for an opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty of your own paradise.

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Down Under Cruise from Cairns

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Join this amazing Cairns reef tour, and travel onboard the spacious, modern yacht, Evolution, to the Outer Great Barrier Reef for your snorkelling and/or diving experience. The 35-metre 'Evolution', departs Cairns exploring 2 spectacular and exclusive outer Great Barrier Reef locations for an adventure-filled day! Great for families with older children as the child age on this tour is 4-16 Years old ! Optional extras available.

 

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Departing Cairns with  5 hours spent exploring 2 spectacular and exclusive outer Great Barrier Reef locations for an adventure-filled day! Evolution caters to both dive beginners and certified divers. Scuba diving packages include full dive & safety briefing & specialised top-rated dive gear. Introductory divers are guided by a fully qualified dive instructor with a ratio of 4 divers per instructor. Certified divers can book a guided dive as an optional extra. Join us on the Semi-Submersible Coral Viewing Tour, learning about the reef with our marine biologist or adding a scenic helicopter flight over the reef for a Birds Eye view of this amazing icon. Enjoy a BBQ buffet lunch onboard. Finally, you'll cruise back to Cairns while enjoying a complimentary glass of wine and a snack while you reflect on your day on the Great Barrier Reef.​

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Daintree Rainforest - Cape Tribulation Rainforest Day Tour

Adult $229| Child (4-16yrs) $179
Family 2A+2C $780

Departs Daily 7.00am
Revised itinerary until further notice as some areas are not accessible or are closed due to Cyclone Jasper Dec 2023
Explore the Daintree Rainforest by 4wd air-conditioned vehicle as you journey north along the Captain Cook Highway with spectacular views of the coast. Take a Daintree River cruise to spot crocodiles, learn about the region on a guided boardwalk tour through Mossman Gorge. Guided beach walk in Cape Tribulation where the rainforest meets the reef. Enjoy a tropical fruit Daintree ice cream before your journey back to your accommodation

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Group size is kept to under 17 passengers so you have a more personalised experience. As the oldest Rainforest in the World, this is definitely something to tick off your bucket list.

Scenic Coastal Drive
Your day starts by being picked up by your local eco-accredited tour guide. As you meet and greet your fellow travellers, sit back and relax as we start to make our way to the Daintree Rainforest. This coastal scenic road is one of the best drives in the world, so have your camera ready!

Daintree River Cruise
After a light morning tea refreshment, it's time to board your Daintree River cruise. This peaceful and relaxing 1 hour Daintree River Cruise is precisely what the doctor ordered, sprinkled with a little adventure spotting crocodiles, other native Australian wildlife and mangroves.

Alexandra Lookout
Alexandra Lookout provides a fantastic photo opportunity. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Daintree Rainforest to the ocean.

Guided Rainforest Walk Mossman Gorge 
Your local guide will then take you along an elevated boardwalk into the Southern end of the Daintree National Park, providing detail on the flora, fauna and cultural history and significance of the Daintree Rainforest.  Opportunity for a freshwater swim at Mossman Gorge, subject to conditions on the day.

4WD Bloomfield Track- CLOSED
Billy Tea Safaris is one of the only operators who can travel on the Bloomfield Track due on their custom-made 4WD vehicles.

Emmagen Creek Freshwater Swim- NOT ACCESSIBLE
Cool off with a freshwater swim at Emmagen Creek. This also makes for a fabulous photo opportunity and is relaxing and refreshing! Swimming in the middle of the Daintree Rainforest?! What more could you ask for?

Lunch 
Enjoy lunch with your fellow travellers, and then it's off to Cape Tribulation Beach. The only place where the rainforest meets the reef. All dietary requirements must be notified at the time of reservation or at least 48 hours before travel. We cater for vegetarians and most other requirements within reason and providing they are of a medical nature.

Ice-cream stop
No Daintree Rainforest day tour is complete without a stop for exotic homemade ice cream at the Daintree Ice-creamery. You will be amazed at the array of flavours made from the orchids on their property. After your sweet ice cream treat and a little exploration of this lush property, it's time to head home.

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Great Barrier Reef Day Tour with Ocean Freedom

Adult $279| Child $200| Family $870
Departs daily 8.00 am - 4.30 pm
Cruise to 2 unique Great Barrier Reef sites in style and speed on a 20-metre motor catamaran. Ocean Freedom is the only boat in Cairns offering a total of 6 hours on the reef, meaning there’s absolutely no rush in the day. You get to enjoy all the complimentary water activities whilst still having time to relax and enjoy a long lazy lunch. 

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Maximum 75 guests, extremely personal tour - Outstanding customer service. All guests are assessed for their snorkelling and diving abilities and are appropriately assisted in ensuring that all can experience and enjoy the Great Barrier Reef.

Experience two different Great Barrier Reef locations – “Wonder Wall” on the outer edge of Upolu reef and a beautiful turquoise aquarium-like coral garden “Upolu Cay Reef”. This fast, sleek motor CAT takes just over an hour to get to the reef.

This tour is great for those who want a  small, personal, customer-oriented Great Barrier Reef tour with absolutely no rush in the day! Enjoy 6hrs of actual reef time between the two destinations. Plenty of time to do all the in-water activities, glass bottom boat tour, enjoy your lunch and relax!

If you’ve never dived and wish to try it, we have introductory dives - guaranteed 2 divers to one instructor! (the usual ratio is 4:1) If you are a certified diver, you can enjoy the wonders of the reef with our experienced complimentary guides. Note - some medical conditions and medication can exclude you from diving. Please see dive medical below for further information.

 

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Reef and Island • Moore & Fitzroy Island

Adult $285.00| Child $165 (4-15yrs) | Family 2A+2C $735
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Pay only $87  - Normally $149.00 

Departs Cairns 8.00am - 4.30pm Sat, Tue & Thur
Experience the ultimate Great Barrier Reef adventure combining 2 hours at Moore Reef Pontoon + 3 hour Fitzroy Island stop over in a day! Moore Reef Pontoon includes coral viewing with semi-submersible, glass bottom boat, underwater observatory, snorkelling & kids waterslide. Then a leisurely time at Fitzroy Island to relax & unwind including lunch.

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