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Fly/Cruise Great Barrier Reef Half Day Tour

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

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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1 Day Chillagoe - Aussie Outback 4WD Tour

FROM $195
Departs 7am - 6pm
Join this small-group tour in a luxury 4WD, 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 with local Chillagoe Gift Shop is a must-see! Explore the famous Chillagoe Caves, view 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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Cairns City Sights Tour & Surrounds

FROM $95
Departs Mon to Sat 12.30pm - 6pm 
Welcome to the half-day afternoon Cairns tour, journey through the tropical paradise of Cairns and its stunning surroundings. Explore the highlights of Cairns city, including St Monica's Cathedral and its breathtaking themed stained glass windows. Cairns Museum with 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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Complimentary Cairns Hotel pick-ups start from 12.30 pm
Palm Cove, Kewarra Beach, Trinity Beach pick up available 12-noon

Discover Cairns’ natural beauty and cultural heritage on the half-day afternoon tour. Throughout your journey, you'll travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle, ensuring a relaxed and enjoyable experience. Our knowledgeable and friendly guides will regale you with fascinating stories and insights, enhancing your appreciation of Cairns and its unique blend of natural wonders and cultural heritage.

Your afternoon Cairns tour begins with complimentary hotel pick up as we embark on an unforgettable journey through the tropical paradise of Cairns and its 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 at Noa’s Café 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 to your chosen accommodation at approx. 6.00 pm.

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Cruise/Fly Great Barrier Reef with Quicksilver Cruises

FROM $669
Departs daily from Port Douglas 10am - 4pm
Transfers daily from Cairns 8am
For your experience of a lifetime depart Port Douglas, Quicksilver’s friendly crew will take you to the renowned Agincourt Reef, a jewel-like ribbon reef on the very edge of the Great Barrier Reef.  The 35 minute scenic flight between Port Douglas and Agincourt Reef delivers stunning panoramic views extending from the tropical rainforest clad coastline

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Includes a 35-minute scenic helicopter flight to or from the reef.  Please note this is subject to the availability of the helicopter. We will email you immediately with confirmation.

For your experience of a lifetime, Quicksilver’s friendly crew will take you to the renowned Agincourt Reef, a jewel-like ribbon reef on the very edge of the Great Barrier Reef. From the spacious activity platform, discover an underwater world filled with a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance.

Quicksilver departs from Port Douglas and takes you to Agincourt Reef, at the very outer edge of the Barrier Reef. Here, special reefs known as ‘ribbons’ run parallel to the Continental Shelf. Adjacent to the Coral Sea trench, these ribbon reefs are recognised as the most pristine eco-systems in the reef’s environment. Clear water provides the best possible underwater visibility, encourages rich coral growth and supports spectacular marine life. As the region’s outer reef pioneer, we chose the best location available to show you nature’s finest.

It’s a day that engages all your senses, lifts your spirit and takes you into another realm. Sharing the wonder of the world’s largest living entity, realising its breathtaking colour and majesty, seeing nature at its most perfect is an awakening and, quite simply, the memory of a lifetime. Come and experience nature’s finest with Australia’s best. At Agincourt ribbon reef, you’ll feel as if you’ve embraced paradise.

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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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30 or 40 minute Scenic Reef Flight

FROM $399
Departs daily
Experience a breathtaking 30 or 40-minute Cairns helicopter flight to the outer Great Barrier Reef. Marvel at stunning coral formations and vibrant marine life with insightful commentary from our knowledgeable local pilots.

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30 minute Reef Explorer
$399.00 per person(minimum 2)

40 minute Outer Reef Odyssey
$499.00 per person (minimum 2)
Helicopter takes maximum 3 persons

Solo travellers welcome - subject to minimum numbers

Flights depart from Cairns General Aviation Airport - 15 minutes north of Cairns

30-minute Great Barrier Reef scenic flight takes in the highlights of the inner reef. There is simply no better way to appreciate the sheer size and scale of the Great Barrier Reef than from the air. Expect picture-postcard views of the reef and an abundance of wildlife - sharks, turtles, rays and even whales (July to Nov).

A spectacular 40-minute scenic Cairns helicopter flight will take you beyond the inner reef to the outer regions of the Great Barrier Reef, where the frequency of coral structures is outstanding. Explore more widely, watching out for the incredible reef wildlife flourishing in this World Heritage-listed icon. You will pass sandy Vlasoff Cay and on to the outer reaches of the Great Barrier Reef to provide you with the ultimate reef experience. The colours and textures of the reef and clear blue waters framed by the massive North Queensland skies provide unforgettable backdrops for the keen photographer to capture once-in-a-lifetime images. Our local pilots/guides provide informative commentary and insights into the history of the reef and its abundance of marine inhabitants.

 

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Great Barrier Reef Day Tour with scenic helicopter flight

FROM $340
Departs daily 8.00am - 4.30pm
Experience the ultimate adventure value package on the Great Barrier Reef with views from above and below the Reef. Includes a 10-minute scenic Helicopter flight to see the colours of the Great Barrier Reef from the air! Full day with to two locations on the Outer Barrier Reef on board the luxury vessel "Evolution" including snorkelling, lunch and sunbathing.

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Experience the ultimate adventure package and best value day on the Great Barrier Reef with amazing views from above and below. Enjoy a full day to two locations on the Outer Barrier Reef on board the luxury vessel "Evolution" including snorkelling, lunch, sunbathing and in the afternoon; you will board a Nautilus Aviation Helicopter for an incredible 10-minute scenic flight to see the magical colours of the Great Barrier Reef from the air! Departs 8.00 am Return 4.30 pm. 7.30 am Check-in at Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence St Cairns

Join a fantastic Cairns reef tour, and travel onboard the spacious super-yacht Evolution to the Outer Great Barrier Reef for your snorkelling and/or diving experience. The 35-metre superyacht Evolution departs Cairns with a record 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 a full dive & safety briefing, specialised top-rated dive gear, and a fully qualified dive instructor.

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