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  • From Cairns: Green Island Eco Adventure

    1. From Cairns: Green Island Eco Adventure

    Boasting a lush rainforest that is home to over 120 native plant species and colorful bird life, Green Island is surrounded by coral gardens and abundant marine life. The tropical island, just 45 minutes from Cairns offers the unique opportunity for a combined reef and rainforest tour. And with the choice of 3 daily departures, the Green Island eco adventure is perfect for a half or full-day experience with up to 7 hours on the beautiful Great Barrier Reef island. Your cruise includes the choice of an informative glass bottom boat coral viewing tour, or use of snorkeling equipment to snorkel directly off the sandy white beaches. Whether you’re up for adventurous activities or island relaxation, you’ll be spoilt for choice. You can explore the island’s lush rainforest with a leisurely self guided walk, see the reef from the glass bottom boat coral viewing tour, snorkel from the beach, o...

    I really enjoyed the day out to Green Island. It's a small, quiet, relaxing place to be. All the stuff of restaurants, shops, the boat are very friendly and informative. If you want to meet up with turtles, this is the place to go.

  • Port Douglas: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

    2. Port Douglas: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

    Meet your experienced ballooning team at Atherton Tablelands at 6.00 AM, just in time to witness the inflation of the hot air balloons. Experience the fun and unique sensation of a hot air balloon ride over the Atherton Tablelands, Australia. Enjoy the picturesque landscape at sunrise with 60-minutes of flying time. At 6.30 AM the patchwork panorama below brings new sights every day, watch out for the variety of Australian birdlife and take in the peace and serenity that is hot air ballooning.

  • Barrier Reef Snorkeling with Helicopter, Cruise or Both

    3. Barrier Reef Snorkeling with Helicopter, Cruise or Both

    Choose from three options for your Great Barrier Reef experience. For those choosing to start the day off with the cruise out on Down Under Cruise and Dives vessel ‘Evolution’ to the reef, the boat visits one of the true Outer Great Barrier Reef locations (Saxon Reef or Norman Reef) in the morning, where you will enjoy a swim, snorkel or make use of a flotation device. A tasty Australian barbecue buffet lunch is served on the boat. The spread may include fresh fish, sausages, steak, salads, and pasta. Hastings Reef is the second reef location you will visit for those who choose to start the day with a cruise, for those who chose to fly this is where you will meet the boat. Enjoy approximately 1.5 hours at Hasting’s Reef where you can swim, snorkel, make use of a flotation device, or enjoy a Semi-Submarine Tour (at an additional cost and is bookable on the day of travel). For the depar...

    We had the most amazing day our crew was so wonderful and patient ,and made us so comfortable for us being first time snorkeling. The lunch was delicious and the facilities spotless. Our helicopter ride back topped off our incredible “ pinch me ,is this real day”

  • Cairns: Reef Flight, Skyrail & Kuranda Scenic Rail Combo

    4. Cairns: Reef Flight, Skyrail & Kuranda Scenic Rail Combo

    On this full-day excursion, you'll see the best of the Great Barrier Reef on this 40-minute scenic flight in a high wing aircraft. You'll see Cairns, Green Island, Arlington Reef, Upolu Reef, Double Island and Palm Cove. After exploring the reef, you’ll head back toward the mainland with views of the North Queensland coastline. With window seats guaranteed, take in the stunning views as your professional pilot provides you with expert commentary along the way. After your scenic flight, you'll be taken to ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, where you'll soar above 7.5 kilometers of pristine rainforest canopy in a cable car. Visit the beautiful town of Kuranda, nestled in the pristine World Heritage-listed rainforest. You'll have 2.5-hours of free time to explore the eclectic village, local markets, shops and walking trails or sit back and enjoy a bite to eat at one of the many amazing ...

    It was the most amazing trip. To do all 3 in one day was simply the best day. GSL was the airline we booked with for the Reef flight and they organised this for us perfectly.

  • From Cairns: 40-Min Scenic Reef Window Seat Airplane Flight

    5. From Cairns: 40-Min Scenic Reef Window Seat Airplane Flight

    Experience bird's eye views of the Great Barrier Reef aboard a high-wing airplane with guaranteed window seats on a 40-minute scenic flight from Cairns Airport. Make your way to the Cairns Airport to climb aboard the panoramic flight. Then, experience the ultimate views of the reef system and surrounding landscape, including Green Island, Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef. Discover for yourself why the reef is considered one of the "7 Natural Wonders of the World. "Marvel at the contrast of colors as you fly over the Coral Sea and look down on some of the 2,900 reefs and 900 islands that make up the reef system. Get an informative commentary from your pilot as you fly over Arlington Reef, Upolu Reef, Michaelmas Reef, Oyster Reef, Double Island and Palm Cove.

    Very professional staff and an interesting commentary on the reef. Would highly recommend.

  • Cairns: Tandem Skydive from 15,000 Feet

    6. Cairns: Tandem Skydive from 15,000 Feet

    Get the ultimate adrenaline rush and experience the freedom of the skies on a tandem skydive from up to 15,000 feet. Enjoy panoramic views of the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest on an incomparable freefall. Benefit from a 10-minute instruction and training session before you head for the sky. Then, jump out of the aircraft attached to your instructor. Dive back down to earth at speeds of up to 200 kph, and freefall for up to 60 seconds before you pull the parachute cord! Soar over the rainforest canopy and get spectacular views of the Great Barrier Reef as you descend at a slow speed. You can also help steer the parachute during the ride down and land safely on the drop-zone.

    Great team of professionals looking after everybody - From the bus driver picking us up, to the admin and instructors .Obviously know their stuff and I appreciated seeing how they work in together and have each other’s back. Made it easy to trust and relax in this ‘way cool’ experience. Thanks guys!!

  • From Cairns: Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest Scenic Flight

    7. From Cairns: Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest Scenic Flight

    Cairns is a city positioned between two of Tropical North Queensland's greatest treasures - the magnificent Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics Rainforest. What better way to experience the sheer size and beauty of both in one awe-inspiring flight. After pickup from your accommodation, take to the air in a scenic helicopter flight. Soar over the rainforest canopy of Barron Gorge National Park and Kuranda, then experience the cascading waters of both the Stoney Creek and Barron Gorge waterfalls. As you fly, listen to commentary from experienced and knowledgeable guides. The flight path then takes you over emerald-covered mountains. Pass over spectacular Palm Cove and the northern beaches before making your way out to the awe-inspiring Great Barrier Reef to take in the size and splendor of one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Including views of Green Is...

    Our flight was breathtaking! The staff were professional and informative. Our helicopter pilot made us feel comfortable and at ease which was particularly comforting to me as a nervous first-timer! Absolutely highly recommend this experience to anyone looking for an amazing time in Cairns.

  • Cairns: Hot Air Balloon Ride

    8. Cairns: Hot Air Balloon Ride

    Start with an early morning pickup and transfer from your accommodation in Cairns. Travel to the Atherton Tablelands and arrive at the launch site to see the amazing display of the balloons being inflated.  Take off from Mareeba and soar into the air. Enjoy the picturesque landscape at dawn as you float in a hot air balloon. Admire the scenic views of vast open spaces on all sides. Keep watch for local wildlife, including native birds or even kangaroos roaming free. Cruise through the air with a professionally-trained crew, who will maximize enjoyment and ensure your safety. After you land, help out with fun pack-up games and receive a commemorative certificate. Then, then head back to your accommodation in Cairns.

  • Cairns: Great Barrier Reef 30-Minute Helicopter Flight

    9. Cairns: Great Barrier Reef 30-Minute Helicopter Flight

    Enjoy a spectacular view of Cairns city as you take off towards the world's largest coral reef system. Experience the sheer size and beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and gain a true appreciation of one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Sightings of manta rays, turtles and other marine life are not uncommon on the reef scenic flight and if you’re flying in the winter months there is even a chance of spotting whales. However, as the marine life are wild animals, this cannot be guaranteed. Your pilot will speak to you throughout the duration of the flight about the wildlife, view below and the aircraft. After a whole 30 minutes in the air, you will return to Cairns for the end of the tour.

    Really beautiful! The best way to see the reef and for some great lifelong memories :)

  • Cairns: Helicopter and Outer Reef Packages

    10. Cairns: Helicopter and Outer Reef Packages

    Discover the iconic Great Barrier Reef combining an awe-inspiring helicopter flight with a Great Adventures outer reef day experience. The spacious activity platform moored on the spectacular outer reef makes possible exciting inclusive and optional activities for all ages in and out of the water. With options to transfer to and from the platform by helicopter (and cruise the other), you will have the best seat to witness this natural wonder.

    Interesting, entertaining and fun. Well worth it, well rounded experience. Had the added bonus of feeding a Maori Wrasse friendly fish from the diving platform. Loved it!

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What people are saying about Cairns

Great deal combo, Loved the flight over the reef, excellent pilot, very informative and helpful. Skyrail was great, first time on it, great views and comfortable ride. Kuranda rail trip was fantastic, did it 40 years ago, still didnt disappoint.

It was the most amazing trip. To do all 3 in one day was simply the best day. GSL was the airline we booked with for the Reef flight and they organised this for us perfectly.

Interesting, entertaining and fun. Well worth it, well rounded experience. Had the added bonus of feeding a Maori Wrasse friendly fish from the diving platform. Loved it!

The staff were so friendly and knowledgeable. The flight was awesome. The rest of the day was also full of beauty and inspiration.

Sensational…Jurgen & Andrew highly professional, knowledgeable and fun!