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Unique Experiences

Put an interesting twist on your Cairns trip with one of these unique experiences. From learning traditional Aboriginal fishing, to visiting a remote part of the Great Barrier Reef from Cape Tribulation, to hands-on wildlife experiences like swimming with crocodiles or having breakfast with koalas, create some lasting memories with these unique Cairns day tours. You’re sure to have some cool stories to tell folks back home!

Rub shoulders with exotic wildlife, majestic crocodiles and magnificent mammals on your day at Hartley's Wildlife Park!

  • Discover the wondrous worlds of Aussie native wildlife at this sustainable nature park in Cairns! 
  • Head to the fantastic big croc feed show, where YOU get to feed a large saltwater crocodile!
  • From birds to reptiles and mammals to marine creatures, learn, explore and be amazed by a variety of animals, big and small.
  • Head out on a boat ride through Hartley’s Lagoon to spot crocodiles and other marinelife.
  • Complimentary return transfers, educational wildlife presentations, self-guided walks and information sheets are included.
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Nautilus Aviation Heli Golf
FROM: $960
SingleDay

Elevate your golfing experience with this premium Nautilus Heli Golf Tour from Cairns to Port Douglas!

  • Incredible 20-minute scenic helicopter flight from Cairns to Port Douglas
  • Play 18 holes of golf at Port Douglas’s luxury Sheraton Mirage Country Club
  • Golf with lush views of the Coral Sea and Daintree Rainforest
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort’s Feast Restaurant
  • Fly back to Cairns at the end of the day for a total of 40 minutes flight time
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Immerse yourself in Australian native wildlife when you visit the Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat!

  • Learn, observe and explore Australian wildlife in their natural habitats
  • Interact, cuddle and hand-feed the animals
  • Watch saltwater crocodiles live in action during feeding presentations
  • Enjoy a meal in the cafe with free-roaming tropical birds flying overhead
  • Great for families, backpackers, couples, seniors and groups of friends!
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Half Day Rainforest Tubing
FROM: $104
SingleDay

Explore the rainforests and streams of far-north Queensland on this exciting and unique tubing tour! 

  • Zoom down the rapids of a secluded river in Cairns with state-of-the-art tubing gear!
  • A fun and unforgettable half-day perfect for nature-lovers and the young at heart.
  • Spot abundant native animals, marinelife and ancient rainforest life on your journey.
  • Let an experienced local guide take you through this tropical haven far from the beaten path.
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Come and experience the most enchanting tropical wonders of Far North Queensland on the Paronella Experience with Tropic Tours!

  • Return transfers from your hotel accommodation
  • Visit Babinda Boulders for a swim and rainforest walk
  • Enjoy a refreshing afternoon tea at Etty Bay 
  • Guided walk of Paronella Park, dinner and evening light show
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Encounter a taste of the Atherton Tablelands with Tropic Tours and discover some of the finest local produce Far North Queensland has to offer! 

  • Sample a range of the finest chocolates, cheeses, coffee, fruits, spirits and liqueurs
  • Explore the lush countryside visiting crater lakes, waterfalls and wildlife spotting
  • Small group tours for a more immersive and exclusive experience!
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Enhance your knowledge and appreciation of indigenous cultures with a hands-on guided fishing experience in the Daintree Rainforest!

  • Full-day tour of the Heritage-listed Daintree area with Aboriginal guides
  • Guided walk through Mossman Gorge to learn about native traditions and legends
  • Immersive fishing experience near Cooya Beach
  • Try indigenous foraging and fishing methods for yourself with your own spear and guide
  • Transfers and lunch at a sustainable local cafe included
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Nourish your creative spirit and learn about ancient indigenous traditions with this Aboriginal Art and Culture day trip!

  • Full-day tour to the Daintree Rainforest with transport from Cairns or Port Douglas
  • Stroll through Mossman Gorge and learn about the native plants and histories with an indigenous guide
  • Enjoy lunch at a sustainable cafe and browse the gift shop
  • Visit Janbal Aboriginal Art Gallery and have an interactive lesson about traditional story-telling and art techniques
  • Create your own piece of artwork that you can take home with you to cherish forever
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This Ocean Safari half day eco tour visits two different snorkel destinations, each with an extraordinary array of marine life, turtles and coral species.

  • Departing Cape Tribulation daily
  • Choose a morning or afternoon departure
  • Snorkel the pristine untouched Great Barrier Reef off the Daintree Coast
  • See the beautiful coral reefs up close and mingle with marine life
  • An exhilarating ride on a speedy and comfortable raft
  • Fun, exciting, and educational day suitable for all ages
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Face your fears on your Swim With The Salties experience by plunging into a pool, centimetres away from Australian saltwater crocodiles!

  • Experience saltwater crocodiles from an entirely new perspective in this once-in-a-lifetime experience
  • The only park in Queensland that allows visitors to swim eye-to-teeth with these predators
  • Listen to informative crocodile presentations and feeding shows
  • Gain access to the entire Wildlife Habitat park for 5 consecutive days 
  • Perfect for thrill-seeking individuals, friends or couples! 
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Start your day with a hot breakfast in the company of a cuddly koala!

  • Includes admission to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and optional return transfers
  • Enjoy a hot breakfast at Lilies Restaurant overlooking Hartley's Lagoon
  • Have the opportunity to pat and observe an adorable koala during breakfast
  • Chat with the local Wildlife Keeper to learn more about fascinating koalas
  • Freedom to roam the park after breakfast, go on a boat cruise and watch wildlife presentations
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Delve into the wild world of native Aussie animals at the iconic Hartley's Wildlife Park! 

  • Spot crocodiles, koalas, cassowaries, kookaburras, snakes and more incredible wildlife! 
  • Learn about these weird and wonderful creatures with daily shows, talks and experiences.
  • Cruise the Hartley Lagoon on a crocodile experience where you can rub shoulders with the ancient reptiles! 
  • The perfect day trip for families, small groups, seniors, backpackers and nature-lovers in Cairns! 
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Jump into this quintessential Aussie wildlife experience and immerse yourself in the wild and wonderful world of native creatures! 

  • Explore this lush nature park and rub shoulders with koalas, crocs, cassowaries, lizards and more! 
  • From reptiles to mammals and birds to marine life, spy a diverse array of Aussie animals! 
  • Head out on a boat ride through Hartley’s Lagoon where crocodiles will adorn your journey.
  • Complimentary return transfers, educational wildlife presentations, self-guided walks and information sheets are yours for the taking!
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Come say hello to koalas Lulu, Nellie and Pavlova at the newest wildlife experience located at The Pier Cairns. 

  • Meet the cute resident koalas and get your souvenir photo taken 
  • Situated in Cairns City Centre next to the Marina and Esplanade
  • Open daily and is a suitable activity in all weather conditions
  • Learn about the diverse Australian landscapes and creatures you'll find there
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Cairns Boat Hire
FROM: $189
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See the beauty of Cairns from a different perspective by renting a boat with Cairns Boat Hire!

  • Rent a tinny or pontoon boat for a full or half day to explore the beautiful Cairns' Trinity Inlet.
  • Option to hire fishing gear, esky and purchase BBQ meal packages. 
  • Enjoy a relaxing day out on the calm waters in the company of friends and family.
  • No boat license required.
  • Simple and easy to drive.
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Travel in style to the quaint Kuranda rainforest village by Skyrail and Scenic train with Tropic Wings!

  • Experience two unique modes of travel on your journey to Kuranda
  • Ride the iconic Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Explore the rainforest at Red Peak and Barron Falls lookout platforms.
  • Visit the Kuranda Rainforest Village, browse the markets, cafes and more.
  • Enjoy a relaxing scenic train ride through the mountain ranges.
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Spirit of Cairns Dinner Cruise
FROM: $79
80
SingleDay

Enjoy sunset sailing and starlit dining at its finest aboard the Spirit of Cairns!

  • Indulgent evening of calm water cruising on Trinity Inlet
  • Sumptuous buffet dining menu and welcome beverage
  • Deluxe sailing catamaran with air-conditioned interior
  • Fully licensed bar, perfect for every celebration!
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Cairns Skydivers
FROM: $349
SingleDay

Take a thrilling jump into paradise and skydive over the incredible Great Barrier Reef!

  • Skydive at over 200 km/h from up to 14,000 feet above
  • Land at the exclusive Etty Bay beach for the ultimate experience
  • Capture the fun with photo and video add-on packages
  • Free inclusive transfers from Cairns CBD accommodation
  • See the reef from new heights with the best-rated skydive in Cairns!
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Learn the lore of the land from its Traditional Owners and meet local wildlife on this epic rainforest adventure!

  • Get a taste of authentic Aboriginal culture as local Pamagirri Guides introduce you to their customs, traditions, dances and Dreamtime stories
  • Traverse through rainforest, mudflats and croc-infested creeks on an amphibious WWII Army Duck
  • Catch your breath in the idyllic township of Kuranda while you have lunch
  • Get up close and personal with all things Aussie at the Koala and Wildlife Park, from the cuddly to the creepy
  • Cool down and rehydrate at the Tropical Fruit Orchard as you sample the luscious fruits, ice creams and juices from local farms
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Enjoy a scenic helicopter ride over the iconic Great Barrier Reef to the secluded sands of Vlasoff Cay, where a picnic hamper and sparkling wine awaits!

  • Woo your special someone with this romantic day trip
  • Exclusive scenic helicopter flight to and from Vlasoff Cay with sensational views of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Spend 2 hours bathing in the sun on Vlasoff Cay’s pure white sands
  • Snorkel through the crystal clear waters over Vlasoff Reef
  • Gourmet picnic hamper and sparkling wine included!
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The ultimate excursion combining a stunning island experience and the Outer Great Barrier Reef, in one amazing day

  • A relaxed catamaran cruise to your island and reef destinations
  • Enjoy two relaxed hours on Green Island, a unique reef and rainforest coral cay
  • Discover three adventurous hours at the activity pontoon on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Experience world class snorkelling, coral viewing, underwater observatory, beach time and more! 
  • Learn about the reef with crew education and a guided eco reef talk 
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Learn about Mandingalbay Yidinji Aboriginal culture on this fascinating sunset cruise from Cairns!

  • 2-hour sunset cruise departing from Cairns Marina
  • Cruise through the lush wetlands and mangrove forests of East Trinity Reserve
  • Join a Welcoming to Country smoke ceremony at the unique Stingray Shelter
  • Enjoy delicious canapes and beverages throughout the evening
  • Learn about indigenous languages, customs, and ceremonies from your Mandingalbay Yidjinji guide
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Sail into a Great Barrier Reef sunset with spectacular backdrops of the Daintree Mountains!

  • Leisurely, authentic sailing experience off the Port Douglas coastline
  • Say cheers with a welcome beverage and delicious canapes
  • Luxury catamaran offering a fully licensed bar 
  • Ideally suited for adults looking for a delightful afternoon on the water
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Frankland Islands Reef Cruise
FROM: $229
100
SingleDay

Cruise from the river to the reef on an exclusive escape to the pristine Frankland Islands!

  • Scenic cruise through the Mulgrave River to the Frankland Islands
  • Explore the secluded Normanby Island within the Great Barrier Reef
  • Guided snorkel safari, SUP and kayak amongst flourishing fringing reefs
  • Enjoy up to 5 hours of unparalleled island time! 
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Meander through the majestic Daintree Rainforest and onto the sandy shores of Myall Beach on the only Horseback Riding tour in Cape Tribulation!

  • Explore the best of Cape Trib on a 90-minute horseback riding tour
  • Stroll through the world's oldest rainforest out onto pristine shores of Myall Beach.
  • Awe-inspiring views of the Daintree National Park
  • Suitable for all riding levels and experience
  • All equipment including helmets, riding boots and a dry bag for cameras/phones
  • Transfers from local accommodation (optional)

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Enhance your understanding of the Great Barrier Reef on a fully guided snorkel tour with a marine biologist!

  • Visit two unique Outer Reef locations onboard Passions of Paradise
  • Absorb knowledge and learn skills from your personalised Master Reef Guide
  • Conduct guided water surveys and research activities alongside marine biologists and scientists
  • Small-group day tour with a maximum of 8 participants
  • An immersive and educational way to learn about marine conservation with a hands-on approach
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Join Billy Tea Safaris for a unique and fun tour of the interesting Chillagoe Outback!

  • Travel with a family owned and operated company
  • Journey in a comfortable air-conditioned bus through interesting terrain, enjoying the sites!
  • See the famous Australian Outback at its best!
  • Includes Chillagoe, Mareeba, Aboriginal Rock Art and the Australian Outback
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Soar gently above the ancient Atherton Tablelands with a unique hot air balloon experience!

  • Watch the tropical rainforest come to life on a scenic balloon ride at dawn.
  • Take in the spectacular sites from above for over an hour.
  • Enjoy a pre-flight health beverage and a glass of sparkling wine on landing.
  • Reflect on your experience with an included Digital Photo Package worth $80!
  • The ultimate way to see the Atherton Tablelands and celebrate your Cairns getaway.
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