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Tablelands, Waterfalls & Paronella Park

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.

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.

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The Paronella Park Experience

FROM $227
Departs Mon, Tues, Thurs & Sat
11.00am - 9.00pm
Experience a full-day adventure with convenient transfers from Cairns and Northern Beaches. Swim and explore the rainforest at Babinda Boulders, enjoy homemade afternoon tea at Etty Bay Beach, and immerse yourself in Paronella Park with admission to the Hydro Station and Evening Orchestral light show. Spot cassowaries and wildlife, indulge in stargazing, and enjoy a pub-style dinner at the Mena Creek Pub.

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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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Cairns Food Tour

Outback Tasting Tour • Port Douglas

FROM $235
Departs Wed, Thur, Fri & Sat 8am - 5pm 
7 Delicious stops including tastings of liqueurs, wine, beer, spirits, cheeses, coffee, chocolate, tropical fruits, nuts, Crocodile, Kangaroo, Red Claw with Tree Kangaroo & Platypus spotting. Breakfast, Morning tea, gourmet lunch, afternoon tea and all tastings included.

 

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Our first stop is Rainforestation in Kuranda. Set on the balcony of their Tree House restaurant we enjoy a delicious breakfast of Tropical fruits (seasonal) and Wattle seed damper, a selection of tropical jams and local tea and coffee.

After breakfast taste some unique liqueurs made on site at their Mountain Groves Distillery
Mango and Chilli, Pineapple and Cinnamon
Lemon Myrtle Cello & Passionfruit and Pepperberry.

Our next stop is Emerald Creek Ice creamery a family-owned business Positioned on 2.15ha on the Kennedy Highway between Mareeba and Kuranda.
Their Ice-cream is made on-site in their factory using pure cream and full cream milk. Sorbets (dairy free, full fruit) also made on-site using local Tablelands fruit

We will traverse through a patchwork of amazing farmland, diverse crops and rolling green hills for a tasting and shopping treat.

We stop at ‘The Humpy’, the best place to go for freshly harvested Atherton Tablelands products straight from the growers. From vegetables to tropical fruits and hundreds of varieties of nuts, dried fruits, locally produced jams and sauces.

Here we get to taste some seasonal fruits and different flavours of hot local peanuts and macadamia nuts.
We now head towards the historic village of Atherton

Australian Platypus Park Gourmet Lunch. The Australian Platypus Park is home to a thriving platypus population. These wonderful creatures can be found in a spring fed pond surrounded by lush tropical vegetation.

We take a wander down to see them in this magnificent setting then sit down to enjoy flavoured handcrafted smoked products, combined with a unique blend of local Australian native herbs and spices. These tasty treats are all produced in-house using only the freshest quality ingredients and include Crocodile, Red Claw (Yabby) and Kangaroo with fresh local salads topped off with a ‘Tarzali Lakes’ boutique beer, Dragon Fruit cider, Lemon Myrtle tea. (Menu EXCLUSIVE to our tour.) Time to purchase some of the smoked products and sauces.

Driving through this thriving hub, a patchwork of amazing farmland and rolling green hills appear. We are on our way to Gallo Dairyland - a fully operational dairy farm spread across 1000 acres of rich red volcanic soil with delicious handcrafted chocolates and a gourmet cheese factory.

Here we can buy the delicious cheeses we have just tasted and sample irresistible Swiss-style filled chocolates that are a work of art whilst gazing out over the picturesque landscape. Meet some friendly animals before heading back to Mareeba through various diverse crops.

Billy Cart Brewery Afternoon drinks. We visit this locally owned and independent brewery in Atherton, their taproom caters for the adventurous craft beer drinker as well as those who just love a cold beer at the end of the day

Then just down the road, we arrive at Australian Distiller of the year 2017, Mount Uncle Distillery, North Queensland’s first and only distillery. Here we taste some of their Award-winning liqueurs and spirits.

Then wander around this stunning property nestled in coffee and banana plantations, with beautiful gardens and friendly animals.

And if that is not enough, we head across the savannah 'Outback', past giant termite mounds & classic red dirt, to a unique 160-acre Private Property. Here you can soak up the stunning rainforest and pristine environment, a sanctuary for bird & animal species. Watch out for a passing Kangaroo and head down to 'The Platypus Hut' where you can sit in a tranquil setting as the sun goes down, watch for dive bombing Kingfishers & the elusive Platypus (or dip your toes into the most beautiful mountain stream) whilst tasting some Queensland wines & beer, Macadamia nut butter and local bread.

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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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Scenic Heli flight over the Reef and Rainforest Cairns

45 minute Reef-Rainforest Scenic Helicopter Flight

FROM $499
Departs daily
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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Barron river rafting

White water rafting Cairns

FROM $165
Temporarily unavailable 
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

FROM $149
Departs daily 7.30am - 5.30pm
You will be amazed by the Babinda Boulders, steeped in Aboriginal stories,  a morning swim beckons amidst the lush rainforest and cascading crystal clear waters of Josephine Falls. A natural waterslide awaits, while the spectacular backdrop provides photo opportunities and wildlife spotting. You will also visit Australia’s most iconic waterfall Millaa Millaa Falls.

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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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