Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef
R/T Cairns, Australia
ARRIVE CAIRNS (3 NIGHTS)
On arrival at Cairns Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). The afternoon is free for you to explore this vibrant city.
Great Barrier Reef
Board a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a reef education presentation by a marine naturalist and view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and the semi-submersible craft. There is the opportunity to go snorkeling and view this natural living wonder up-close (equipment provided). Enjoy a delicious tropical buffet lunch. Return to Cairns early evening.
TJAPUKAI - SKYRAIL - KURANDA RAILWAY
Visit the fascinating Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Upon arrival you will be greeted by your Indigenous Guide who will escort you through the park as you discover this ancient culture through theatres, stage shows and demonstrations. Later, travel on the Skyrail Cableway that takes you above the canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park. On arrival in Kuranda there is free time to explore the ‘village in the rainforest’ and its many attractions, including the Heritage Markets. Board the Kuranda train for a historic journey traveling through some of the oldest rainforest in the world, passing the spectacular Stoney Creek Falls before arriving at Freshwater Station, where your coach awaits to return you to your hotel.
You won’t believe your eyes as you travel into the Monteverde Cloud Forest, where trees grow to heights of 100 feet! In this spectacular ecosystem, you will encounter many incredible species of flora and fauna. Upon arrival in Monteverde, a nature walk allows you to discover the natural beauty of the cloud forest first hand. This forest is the home of the world’s largest population of the endangered quetzal, celebrated for its gorgeous jewel-toned plumage. Keep your eyes peeled and you may be lucky enough to spot this elusive bird!
•Airport transfers in Cairns
•Buffet breakfast daily and lunch on Day 2
•Four days including Great Barrier Reef presentation by marine naturalist, Kuranda and Aboriginal Culture
•Hotel accommodation at Hilton Hotel Cairns