Cairns, Australia

Kuranda Railway at Barron Gorge National Park - Queensland, Australia

Introduction to Cairns, Australia

Cairns used to be popular with visitors who came in search of gold, but now people visit Cairns to discover something even more precious - The Great Barrier Reef. The reef is easily accessible via boat trip from Cairns and is not-to-be-missed. Also home to the beautiful Wet Tropics Rainforest, Cairns is an exhibition of Australia's natural beauty.

People used to come to Cairns in search of gold. Now they come to experience some of the world’s most stunning natural attractions, including the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. The Great Barrier Reef can be explored on tour boats leaving from the port area. An exciting way to see the rainforest is to take the Kuranda Scenic Railway – it goes north from the city, over bridges and through tunnels carved from the cliff-face – to the village of Kuranda. From there, the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway goes on a 7.5km trip, carrying passengers in glass-sided gondolas above the rainforest canopy, with a couple of stops en route to explore the forest floor.

The focal point of Cairns itself is the Esplanade, a two kilometre boulevard along the shore with cafés, bars, piazzas and many of Cairns’ fine historic buildings. It is also worth taking a look at the Tanks Art Centre and the nearby Flecker Botanical Gardens.

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CAIRNS - INFORMATION

Cairns is the best known city on the Queensland Coast – a tropical, laid-back, yet modern centre where anything is possible. This region is as diverse in natural treasures as the cosmopolitan mix of cultures and peoples that call it home.

Listed by the World Heritage Society and acclaimed as amongst the world’s most wonderful assets are the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforests. These year-round natural attractions are truly memorable and inspiring. The colourful, sophisticated capital of the tropical north, Cairns City is alive with life and charm. Here, warm northern hospitality and enthusiasm are the order of the day.

Please note that swimming from coastal beaches will be unsuitable for our call, due to the large number of poisonous jellyfish.

The official currency of Cairns is the Australian Dollar.

Cairns is the best known city on the Queensland Coast – a tropical, laid-back, yet modern centre where anything is possible. This region is as diverse in natural treasures as the cosmopolitan mix of cultures and peoples that call it home.

The city takes its name from the Irish born State Governor of the day, Sir William Wellington Cairns, who does not appear to have taken much interest in his namesake, then a swampy tent settlement. For generations prior to European settlement, the tropical north was home to numerous indigenous tribes who inhabited the coastal plains and the hinterland. Today, that culture and way of life is celebrated by new generations of aboriginals, who proudly trace their roots back to these ancient people. Many galleries of genuine aboriginal arts and crafts can be found throughout Cairns and the district.

Listed by the World Heritage Society and acclaimed as amongst the world’s most wonderful assets are the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforests. These year-round natural attractions are truly memorable and inspiring. The colourful, sophisticated capital of the tropical north, Cairns City is alive with life and charm. Here, warm northern hospitality and enthusiasm are the order of the day.

Please note that swimming from coastal beaches will be unsuitable for our call, due to the large number of poisonous jellyfish.

The official currency of Cairns is the Australian Dollar.

 


Cairns Botanical Garden, Australia

CAIRNS HIGHLIGHTS (TOUR A)

  • Discover the main sights of Cairns on this scenic tour
  • Admire the various tropical plants during a visit to the Botanical Gardens
  • Take the opportunity to explore the charming village of Kuranda
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApprox. 4 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Explore the main sights of Cairns on this insightful city tour.

Travel to the Cairns Botanical Gardens, which feature many tropical plant species including palms, bamboo, cycads, and bromeliads amongst others. There is much to see here, including a formal garden, reserve, twin lake system and boardwalk along with a charming visitor’s centre. The lake area is very important for local wildlife, particularly birds, many of whom can be viewed in the wetlands section here. A brief stop at the gardens will allow you to wander and explore the peaceful surroundings.

Next, ascend from Cairns to Kuranda as your coach climbs high into the rainforest towards the arts and crafts village perched high on the mountain top. Upon arrival at the picturesque village, enjoy time at leisure to browse the local shops and market stalls, purchase souvenirs or taste the local produce (at your own expense).

On your return to Cairns, enjoy a narrated drive through the business district, where your guide will recount the city’s history and point out architectural highlights.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a minimal amount of compulsory walking; however uneven ground and some inclines may be encountered at the Botanical Gardens. All guests must be able to board the coach unaided. Guests are advised to wear lightweight clothing, comfortable walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a bottle of water.


CAIRNS REEF SCENIC FLIGHT - TOUR K

  • Experience a spectacular flight over the Great Barrier Reef
  • Admire both inner and outer reefs from a unique vantage point
  • Marvel at the breathtaking vistas
Price£120.00 - £130.00
DurationApproximately 1½ hours (40 minutes flying time)
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to embark on a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the natural world.

Form the pier, transfer to Cairns Airport, where you will embark on your scenic flight, heading to the Great Barrier Reef. During your approximate 40-minute flight, you can marvel at sights including the city of Cairns, Green Island, Arlington Reef, Upolu Reef, Double Island and Palm Cove.

After exploring the Reef, you will head back towards the mainland, admiring views of the tropical North Queensland coastline en route.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is dependent upon safe flying conditions, and can be cancelled, or flight paths altered at the pilot’s discretion or by direction from Cairns International Airport Traffic Control. The maximum weight of each guest must not exceed 110 kilograms (240 pounds). Your weight must be advised at the time of booking, as there is also a maximum weight for the aircraft. There may be steps to negotiate to board the plane and, for safety reasons, participants cannot be carried on to the aircraft. If you are unable to board the aircraft, no refund will be possible. The pilot will decide seating arrangements - please note that not all guests may be seated next to a window, although we are assured that everyone will enjoy a good view.


Saltwater Crocodile, Australia

CROCODILES, WILDLIFE HABITAT & PORT DOUGLAS (TOUR D)

  • Discover the natural habitat of the Australian saltwater crocodile  
  • Marvel at the diverse habitats, from Melaleuca Wetlands to riverside rainforest and eucalyptus  woodland
  • Admire the beautiful views as you travel along the magnificent Captain Cook Highway
  • Get up close to Australian flora and fauna with a visit to the award-winning Wildlife Habitat
  • Explore the charming town of Port Douglas, the heart of the region
Price£100.00 - £110.00
DurationApprox. 8 hours
LimitationLImited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

On this tour explore the highlights along the picturesque Captain Cook Highway, one of Australia’s most scenic coastal roads linking Cairns to Port Douglas.

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is one of the best places to observe crocodiles and native wildlife in tropical north Queensland. Learn about the ecological significance of the Melaleuca Wetlands found throughout Northern Australia, and then explore the wetlands with a ride aboard a lagoon boat. Head into the habitat of the Australian saltwater crocodile, and keep an eye out for the fascinating reptiles during your cruise.

Continue along the Captain Cook Highway, admiring the picturesque coastline of dazzling beaches, secluded coves and the azure waters of the Coral Sea en route to The Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas. Here you can hand-feed kangaroos, wallabies and ducks, pet a koala or snake and get up close to tree kangaroos, cassowaries and crocodiles!

Finally, explore picturesque Port Douglas, with its relaxed seaside village ambience, which blends with the vibrant atmosphere of tropical style and sophistication. Nestled at the end of a peninsula, the tranquil waters of a natural harbour on one side of the village embrace a lively marina. Along the other side of the peninsula stretches the breathtaking sandy sweep of the beautiful Four Mile Beach. Enjoy the opportunity to soak up the sunshine on the beach, browse the village shops, galleries and historic buildings, or relax at a boardwalk café.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: All guests must be able to board the coach unaided. Please note that not all areas of Harley’s Crocodile Adventures are wheelchair accessible. What flora and fauna may be seen cannot be guaranteed. Don’t forget sun protection and a bottle of water.
 


Mud Crabs, Australia

DAINTREE RAINFOREST & ABORIGINAL HERITAGE (TOUR F)

  • Discover Australia’s rich Aboriginal heritage
  • Learn about traditional hunting techniques
  • Take in the stunning scenery
Price£130.00 - £140.00
DurationApprox. 7 hours
LimitationLImited capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

This tour allows you to enjoy an Aboriginal cultural experience whilst savouring the pristine natural beauty of the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park.

Travel to Cooya Beach, located north of Port Douglas, where you will meet the Kubirri Warra brothers, who follow the traditions of their Aboriginal ancestors. Join them for an approximate two-hour walk along the golden sands of Queensland’s most alluring tropical coastline. The brothers will teach you how to throw a spear and demonstrate how to search and hunt for fish, mud crabs and mussels. Then you can learn about bush tucker and medicines whilst sampling traditional homemade damper (bread).

After lunch at the Mossman Gorge Centre, take in a guided walk through this pristine environment and enjoy a traditional welcome with a country smoking ceremony, which cleanses and wards off bad spirits, before returning to the pier.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves up to two hours of walking and standing at Cooya Beach, and optional walking at the lunch venue. Uneven, sandy and grassy terrain will be encountered, therefore this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Toilet facilities are available at the lunch stop. This tour will be conducted by a knowledgeable coach driver, who will also act as your guide.


DEBARKATION TOUR - CAIRNS & KURANDA (O)

  • Make the most of your time in Cairns as you discover the highlights of this beautiful city
  • Rest assured that you will arrive at the airport in suitable time for your flight home

THIS TOUR IS FOR GUESTS TAKING FLIGHTS ORGANISED THROUGH FRED.OLSEN CRUISE LINES ONLY. THE TOUR WILL CONCLUDE AT THE AIRPORT IN TIME FOR YOUR RETURN JOURNEY. THIS TOUR IS NOT BOOKABLE FOR OUR WEBSITE, PLEASE EMAIL YOUR BOOKING REQUEST TO SHORE.TOURS@FREDOLSEN.CO.UK

 

Price£35.00
DurationApproximately 5 Hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included

Enjoy a scenic drive through Cairns before heading up the mountain range to the Artisan village of Kuranda.

A drive around the city will provide you with an insight into this busy tropical city, which acts as a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. It is a laid back and relaxed city abundant with palm trees and traditional Queenslander style homes. The city swells in the summer months with a large influx of guests, eager to take in the natural beauty of the Far North Queensland region and UNESCO listed rainforest.

Travelling by coach, you will take in the city highlights, passing buildings of historical importance before heading Northbound to ascend the Kuranda Ranges. As your coach climbs high into the rainforest, the views back to Cairns are spectacular, with a vision of glistening blue seas and ancient rainforest surrounding the city centre.

Upon arrival at the picturesque Kuranda village, enjoy time at leisure to browse the local shops and market stalls. You may like to admire the local produce or simply stop for a spot of lunch (at your own expense) and revel in the warm hospitality of the locals.

Your tour will conclude at the airport.

THIS TOUR IS FOR GUESTS TAKING FLIGHTS ORGANISED THROUGH FRED.OLSEN CRUISE LINES ONLY. THE TOUR WILL CONCLUDE AT THE AIRPORT IN TIME FOR YOUR RETURN JOURNEY. THIS TOUR IS NOT BOOKABLE FOR OUR WEBSITE, PLEASE EMAIL YOUR BOOKING REQUEST TO SHORE.TOURS@FREDOLSEN.CO.UK

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a minimal amount of compulsory walking, the amount of walking undertaken during the period of free time will be at the discretion of the individual. For your reference, you will have approximately one hour and 45 minutes of time at leisure. Meals and refreshments are not included in the cost of this tour. Participants must be able to get on and off the coach unaided. Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described. It is recommended to wear lightweight clothing and comfortable shoes, sun protection and a bottle of water would be a handy addition to your bag.

THIS TOUR IS FOR GUESTS TAKING FLIGHTS ORGANISED THROUGH FRED.OLSEN CRUISE LINES ONLY. THE TOUR WILL CONCLUDE AT THE AIRPORT IN TIME FOR YOUR RETURN JOURNEY. THIS TOUR IS NOT BOOKABLE FOR OUR WEBSITE, PLEASE EMAIL YOUR BOOKING REQUEST TO SHORE.TOURS@FREDOLSEN.CO.UK

 


Kuranda Range, Australia

EASY CAIRNS & SKYRAIL (TOUR I)

  • Appreciate a breathtaking ride aboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Savour spectacular views of the rainforest
  • Discover the picturesque village of Kuranda

 

Price£50.00-£60.00
DurationApprox. 4 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included

On this tour, marvel at the amazing scenery as you experience a ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway; one of the most popular tourist attractions in North Queensland.

Travel past sugar cane fields to the Kuranda Range where, from the base, you can experience the awe-inspiring ascent from Cairns to Kuranda aboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Travel high above the rainforest canopy onboard a six-passenger gondola, and enjoy magnificent views of the tropical rainforest below, the surrounding region and the sparkling North Queensland coast. The cableway will take you over the rainforest canopy, affording spectacular views of the Coral Sea and Green Island.

Your journey up the mountain includes a stop at the Rainforest Interpretive Centre and Red Peak Station, and concludes at the charming village of Kuranda. Here you rejoin your tour coach for a trip through Kuranda and down the mountain range, during which you can admire panoramic views of the mountains, the city of Cairns, fields of sugar cane and the Coral Sea.

En route back to the quayside, enjoy a brief drive through the business district, where your guide will recount the city’s history and point out architectural highlights.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a minimal amount of compulsory walking. There is one step to negotiate to board the gondola, however these are wheelchair accessible. All guests must be able to board the coach unaided. Loose clothing and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Don’t forget sun protection and a bottle of water. This tour may operate in reverse order. This tour may not be suitable for guests who suffer from vertigo or a fear of heights due to the height travelled in the aerial gondolas.


Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park

FLAMES OF THE FOREST (TOUR J)

  • Gain an insight into Aboriginal traditions
  • Witness a cultural performance featuring didgeridoo playing and storytelling
  • Savour a banquet-style dinner in the rainforest 

 

Price£120.00-£125.00
DurationApprox. 5.5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Enjoy a mystical dining experience, a world away from the everyday as you are transported to the middle of the rainforest and a candle-lit, silk and velvet lined marquee featuring crystal chandeliers. Feel the wonder of this legendary place and explore the mysteries of time and culture in the spell-binding drama that is the enchanted forest.

Your dinner will be accompanied by a showcase of two local Aboriginal brothers who will share their remarkable culture with you during the evening. Their performance features a cultural background, with storytelling, didgeridoo playing and song. The rainforest provides a natural, authentic backdrop for this spiritual and mystical culture. Learn about their timeless oral traditions during this unique performance of Flames of the Forest.

The meal itself is a sumptuous affair that begins over pre-dinner drinks with hors d’oeuvres and sparkling wine. To follow, enjoy platters served banquet-style to the table and dessert accompanied by Tableland coffee and Daintree tea. Australian sparkling and red and white wines, beer and soft drinks are also included for your enjoyment.

All too soon it will be time for you to re-board your tour coach for the return journey to Cairns and your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

This tour involves a minimal amount of compulsory walking, some of which will be over grassy and earthy terrain, with some inclines and a few steps to negotiate. Unfortunately it is not considered suitable for wheelchair users. Guests are advised to wear lightweight clothing and comfortable, flat shoes. Please note that the location is weather dependent. If access to the location is closed due to weather constraints, an alternative venue will be offered. 

 


Kuranda Railway, Australia

KURANDA EXPERIENCE (TOUR C)

  • Enjoy a scenic journey along the world-famous Kuranda Railway
  • Take in stunning vistas of deep gorges and rugged mountains
  • Savour spectacular views of the rainforest aboard the Skyrail Cableway

 

Price£100.00 - £110.00
DurationApprox. 6 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Experience two of the most popular tourist attractions in Northern Queensland – the Kuranda Scenic Railway and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway!

Board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for a picturesque ride through the spectacular Barron Gorge. Travel past magnificent waterfalls, through approximately 15 tunnels and across 37 bridges on your journey up the Kuranda Ranges.

Arriving at Kuranda Village, enjoy time at leisure to browse the many arts and crafts studios, visit the Australian Butterfly Farm (at your own expense) or relax in a café and observe the colourful and vibrant village life.

Experience the breathtaking descent from Kuranda to Caravonica aboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, travelling high above the rainforest canopy aboard a small gondola. Admire spectacular views below of the region, the North Queensland coast, the Coral Sea and Green Island. Your journey down the mountain includes a stop at the Rainforest Interpretative Centre and Red Peak Station, where you can gain a fascinating insight into the intricate ecosystems that make up the rainforest.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately 50 metres (165 feet) of walking at the train station, 100 metres (328 feet) at the Skyrail, and optional walking at Kuranda Village, plus a few steps to negotiate. All guests must be able to board the tour transport unaided. For reference there will be approximately 30 minutes of free time at Kuranda Village. Slight inclines will be encountered from Kuranda Village to the Skyrail. This tour may operate in reverse. Please note there are no refreshments included in this tour – these will be at your own expense. For your reference, the train is not air-conditioned and guests will be seated on bench-style seats. Toilet facilities will not be available on board the train. We do not recommend this tour to guests who suffer from vertigo, fear of heights or claustrophobia.
 


Kuranda Railway, Australia

KURANDA SCENIC RAIL- GOLD CLASS (TOUR EXC)

  • Travel in style aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway, one of the region’s main attractions
  • A great opportunity for some spectacular photographs of your beautiful surroundings!
  • Indulge in a taste of the tropics with local delicacies
  • Spend time exploring the picturesque village of Kuranda
Train Tour
Price£115.00 - £125.00
DurationApprox. 4 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Experience the world-famous Kuranda Scenic Railway with a touch of tropical class!

After boarding your Gold Class carriage, sit back and relax as you enjoy a ride on the Kuranda Railway. Travel in style through 15 tunnels and across 37 bridges with sheer cliff faces, and enjoy spectacular panoramas including views of the Coral Sea and across Trinity Bay to Green Island, with Cairns in the foreground surrounded by green and brown sugar plantations. During your unforgettable journey, sample delicious local produce and enjoy an accompaniment of beverages.

Arriving at Kuranda, enjoy time at leisure to explore the charming village and browse the local shops or relax in a nearby café.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately 50 metres of walking at the train station, and up to three steps to negotiate to board the train, which is not wheelchair accessible. Please note that toilet facilities are available at Kuranda village – the train does not have toilet facilities. The carriage may not be exclusive to Fred. Olsen guests.


Star gazing, Cairns Night Zoo

NOCTURNAL NIGHTS (TOUR B)

  • Get up close to nocturnal wildlife with a visit to Cairns Night Zoo
  • Learn more about the behaviour of these night creatures
  • Enjoy a traditional Aussie BBQ

 

Price£80.00 - £90.00
DurationApprox. 4 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

On this evening tour, experience nocturnal wildlife in the tropics at Cairns’ one and only Night Zoo.

Upon arrival at Cairns Night Zoo, you will be greeted by guides who will escort you to the famous Aussie BBQ. Savour a casual and delicious barbecue dinner of steak, sausages and seafood with fresh garden salads followed by a dessert.

After dinner, your guides will provide you with a torch and lead you into the darkness to meet the creatures of the night. Learn how owls hunt, touch a possum and pat a koala. On clear nights you can even star gaze, keeping your eyes peeled for the Southern Cross, Big Dipper and other well-known constellations. Follow the trail through to the crocodiles’ lair and see the reptile’s eyes glow bright in your torchlight.

In the Aussie bush, there’s always a chance you will cross paths with a Swaggie (an original Australian bushman). Join the hospitable Swaggie and enjoy Billy tea and damper (bread) with him by the campfire. His friends, the kangaroos, will come down to say “G’day” and may even share a bite to eat! Following a complimentary beer or glass of wine, join in the fun as you learn some famous Aussie bush dances!

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Is this tour right for you?

This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which will be over uneven, earthy and gravelled terrain. There will be approximately ten steps to negotiate, therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Please note that this tour involves negotiating the venue by torchlight, therefore all participants must be comfortable with walking in dimly-lit conditions. Guests are advised to wear lightweight clothing and flat, comfortable shoes. Please note that during dinner, drinks will be available from the bar (at your own expense).

 


Port Douglas, Australia

PORT DOUGLAS ON YOUR OWN (TOUR G)

  • Discover the picturesque village of Port Douglas
  • Savour approximately four and a half hours to explore this charming area at leisure

 

Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApprox. 7 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

For those of you who have visited Cairns before or just prefer to do your own thing, this tour is perfect! Port Douglas is just an hour and a half north of Cairns via a spectacular coastal road which is surrounded by forest and the Coral Sea. The drive itself is stunning and you will be more than amply rewarded upon arrival into the tropical resort township, filled with cafés, restaurants, boutiques and arts and crafts shops.

Upon arrival, you will have approximately three and a half hours to explore at leisure. Laze the day away soaking up the sun on the beach, relax in a nearby café, or browse the boutiques and shops for souvenirs and explore the lifestyle that the locals love. Whatever you choose to do you’ll find a friendly village atmosphere and a tropical delight that’s sure to leave a lasting impression!

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this is a transfer only. All meals and refreshments will be at your own expense. The amount of walking during this tour is at the discretion of the individual. All guests must be able to board the coach unaided. Don’t forget to bring swimwear, a towel, sun protection and local currency. Guests wishing to swim must stay within the flagged area. At certain times of the year, jellyfish are present in the ocean and swimming can only be undertaken with suitable stinger suits, therefore it is not recommended that guests go in the water. Guests take part in  all beach and water activities at their own risk. The transfer will be conducted by a driver/guide.


Cuddle a Koala

RAINFORESTATION NATURE PARK (TOUR H)

  • Explore the Rainforestation Nature Park, set in the midst of a World Heritage rainforest
  • Enjoy the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience, and learn more about the indigenous culture
  • Brace yourself as you enjoy a thrilling ride on an amphibious army duck ride
  • Get up close to Australian creatures with a visit to the Koala and Wildlife Park
Price£60.00 - £70.00
DurationApprox 5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

Your tour today will allow you to experience Aboriginal culture, wildlife and enjoy an amphibious army duck ride at Rainforestation Nature Park. Discover fascinating facts about the indigenous culture on the Dreamtime Walk and witness the Pamagirri Dancers perform traditional song and dance in the Rainforest Amphitheatre.

The Dreamtime Walk along the Rainbow Serpent walkway takes you through Aboriginal traditions, myths and legends. You will be able to watch spear throwing, learn to throw a boomerang or play the didgeridoo!

Next, discover the magic of the rainforest from an amphibious army duck vehicle as your guide explains the mysteries of the ancient ferns and trees. Once onboard, travel around the 40 hectare property along rainforest tracks before your vehicle splashes into the lake and cruises up through the rainforest at the water’s edge.

Following your adventurous journey, observe the many unique Australian animals that are found in the Koala and Wildlife Park. Take the opportunity to feed the kangaroos, cuddle a koala, see wombats and other native Australian wildlife and meet Jack, a large saltwater crocodile!

On your return journey to the quayside, savour views of Cairns and the Coral Sea as you descend the Kuranda Range, passing through lush rainforest and fern gullies.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? For reference, the drive to the Rainforestation Nature Park will take approximately one hour each way. Some uneven ground may be encountered, and there are up to two steps to negotiate to board the army duck vehicle, which is not wheelchair accessible. There are around 20 steps to negotiate at the entrance of the park, however an alternative entrance is available around the back of the building. All guests must be able to board the coach unaided. The running order of the Rainforestation activities is subject to change. Guests are advised to bring a bottle of water, however refreshments are available to purchase at the park (at your own expense).

 


TJAPUKAI BY NIGHT (TOUR E)

  • Experience an evening of Aboriginal culture as you learn about the Tjapukai people
  • Gain an insight into ancient Indigenous traditions
  • Savour a buffet dinner featuring the best local dishes

 

Price£80.00 - £90.00
DurationApprox. 4 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included

On this evening tour, enjoy a magical Aboriginal experience and dinner.

Leaving the quayside, travel approximately 30 minutes to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park, where your experience begins. Thunder and lightning herald the Gadja, a Dreamtime spirit in a glowing, fibre-optic costume. He is a good spirit and will tell of the past. Suddenly his opposite will appear from nowhere – the Quinkan will tower almost eight metres (26 feet) above you, bidding you to enter the past.

You’ll be handed a tapstick and will join the Tjapukai Aboriginal people at the lakeside, where you’ll become part of an ancient corroboree ritual which climaxes in the ceremonial making of a fire. The Tjapukai hurl a fire spear across the lake where it contacts the ancient tribal lands to become a mushrooming fireball, illuminating the lakeside and the audience. A canoe will appear, guided by the Tjapukai carrying flaming torches. The dancers from the corroboree will guide the canoe and its people to shore. You will follow their flaming torches as they create a pathway from the darkness up into the glowing restaurant overlooking the Caravonica Lakes.

At the restaurant, enjoy a buffet dinner, which comprises the best of the region’s fare. Afterwards the light will dim, heralding the finale of the night. The Tjapukai will claim the stage, presenting their culture with an inimitable blend of theatre and humour. The tribe’s hunters will conduct a witty, unsuccessful kangaroo hunt and then they must sing for their supper as they break into the No Food Blues.

Following this unique performance, take photos with the Tjapukai dancers and browse for souvenirs at the award-winning Tjapukai Gallery.

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Is this tour right for you?

This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which may be over gravelled and earthy terrain, and there are a few steps to negotiate. Unfortunately it is not considered suitable for wheelchair users. Guests are advised to wear lightweight clothing and flat, comfortable shoes. Please note that the booking deadline for this tour is Thursday 3rd March 2016. Water will be available with dinner.

 


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