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Far North Queensland Educational activities

Our most recommended Far North Queensland Educational activities

Cairns: Outer Great Barrier Reef Full-Day Tour with Lunch

1. Cairns: Outer Great Barrier Reef Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Tour the Outer Great Barrier Reef by boat with time to snorkel and explore this world-famous National Park. Complement your experience with a gourmet buffet lunch, glass of wine, and a light snack. Board your high-speed vessel, and visit some of the most beautiful spots in the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a seamless experience with knowledgeable staff to ensure a safe and fun-filled tour. Stop at 2 spectacular Outer Great Barrier Reef destinations and snorkel with equipment and lessons provided. Feel free to jump in the water and explore this natural wonder up close. Later, sit down for a delicious barbecue lunch with salad before taking off for the second half of the tour.

Cairns: Paronella, Lake Barrine & Millaa Millaa Falls Tour

2. Cairns: Paronella, Lake Barrine & Millaa Millaa Falls Tour

The departure is from Cairns, we head south travelling past Walsh’s Pyramid, one of the largest naturally formed pyramids in the world. Here your guide will stop so you can grab a photo of this unique North Queensland landmark. Now it’s time to travel up the World Heritage-listed Gillies Highway climbing 730 metres above sea level whilst enjoying the breathtaking views over the Goldsborough Valley. Just before the top of the amazing Gillies Range is a short photo opportunity at the Heales Lookout before heading into the gorgeous Atherton Tablelands. The first stop is the beautiful World Heritage Listed Lake Barrine Crater Lake National Park. On arrival, your tour guide will take you on a short walk to visit the 1000-year-old Twin Kauri Pines, true giants of the rainforest. Enjoy a Devonshire morning tea with freshly-baked scones before departing for the historical town of Yungaburra, which has the most Nationally Listed Heritage buildings in Queensland. Go on a driving tour around this quaint town, showcasing the many Nationally Heritage buildings. Next stop is The Curtain Fig Tree located in the Curtain Fig Tree National Park. This amazing feat of nature reaching 45+ metres up into the tropical rainforest canopy. Follow your guide on the boardwalk to learn about the amazing formation of this 600-800-year old epiphyte. Spy endemic wildlife species in the rainforest canopy, like the rare Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo. From here, head through the historical dairy town of Malanda, home to Australia’s oldest continuously running commercial picture theatre. Your guide will drive you around this charming town showcasing the beautiful old pub and theatre. Travelling through extensive beef, dairy, sugar cane, and other diverse types of farming areas, arrive at Millaa Millaa Falls, one of Australia’s most photographed waterfalls. Have an option of swimming under the cool waters or you sit back, relax, enjoy the tranquility of nature. Now it’s time to descend from the mountains down the Palmerstone Highway through sugar cane & banana fields to the coastal town of Innisfail, after leaving Innisfail you will enjoy a delicious lunch. Paronella Park is the next destination with a 45-minute guided tour in English, Chinese or Japanese. Be guided through the extensive National Trust Gardens while learning the rich history of Hose Paronella’s wonderful achievements and the colorful history of how he built his Spanish Castle in the rainforest; you will have amazing photo opportunities of the breathtaking Mena Creek and Theresa falls. Spend approx 2.5 hours here allowing plenty of free time to enjoy the rest of the park at a leisurely pace. Then, return to Cairns.

Cairns: 4-Day PADI Open Water Course

3. Cairns: 4-Day PADI Open Water Course

Benefit from expert tuition offered over two days of pool and classroom training at a diving facility in Cairns. Learn the theory and basic principles of safe scuba diving with expert teachers. Then, practice your skills in controlled diving environments at the school. Apply what you have learned across two day-trips to the warm tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Board a purpose-built vessel and journey to the outer reef. Enhance your skills at two stunning locations with colourful and abundant marine life. After your four certification dives, there may be time for an additional "fun dive", time permitting.

Cairns: Guided Twilight Tour with 3-Course Dinner

4. Cairns: Guided Twilight Tour with 3-Course Dinner

Witness the setting of the sun on Tropical North Queensland’s mountain ranges and experience how steamy rainforests and shallow reef lagoons begin to stir with life. Reptiles, Amphibians, Insects, and nocturnal fish sense the onset of dusk and emerge from their day time lairs.  Get an insight into the unique changes of the region’s nocturnal creatures as they move in the shadows.  Complete your evening at Dundee’s Restaurant with a perfectly matched dining experience while you enjoy a stunning sea life backdrop.

From Port Douglas: Kuranda Tour with Skyrail & Scenic Train

5. From Port Douglas: Kuranda Tour with Skyrail & Scenic Train

Discover the beauty of the rainforest on this day trip from Port Douglas. Ride on the Captain Cook Highway aboard an airconditioned bus, see the canopy from above on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway with 2 stops to enjoy and visit Kuranda Village. Return aboard the Kuranda Scenic Train. Be picked up from your hotel in the late morning and board an air conditioned comfortable bus. Head down the Captain Cook Highway to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Journey over the World Heritage Rainforest and stop for pictures at 2 stations along the way. Arrive in Kuranda and meet your guide who will show you the Kuranda Village. Visit the vibrant markets, see the best places to eat, and visit some small animal parks. Board the Kuranda Scenic Train and head down the mountain. Pass through tunnels and by stunning waterfalls along the way. On arrival at Freshwater Station, head to Palm Cove, a beautiful beach side village where you can stop for a cocktail (at own expense) or take a walk on the beach.  Head back to Port Douglas and arrive at your accommodation in time for supper.

From Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling Experience

6. From Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling Experience

Enjoy a total of five hours of water activities split between two unique sites showcasing a variety of colourful corals and marine life on The Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel over stunning coral gardens where anemones, sea whips, clams and plate corals are home to clownfish, angelfish and batfish. Large schools of giant trevally, red bass and sweetlip congregate between the bommies, while turtles, cuttlefish, rays, and sharks are frequently seen. Admire the beauty of the reef on a boat tour, where your experienced guide will explain the natural history of the reef, as well as its importance to the indigenous tribes of the region. Guides will recount the stories of the Gimuy Walubara Yidinji, Gunggandji, Mandingalbay, and Yirrganydji people to help you gain a deeper cultural understanding of this diverse ecosystem. Enjoy morning and afternoon tea, as well as a delicious buffet lunch to keep you fuelled throughout the day.

Cairns: Pre-Opening Guided Tour of the Cairns Aquarium

7. Cairns: Pre-Opening Guided Tour of the Cairns Aquarium

Get sunrise access to the Cairns Aquarium with this pre-opening guided tour. Expereince the animals and habitats endemic to Tropical North Queensland and learn about the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Meet your guide at the aquarium before it is open to the public with this special access ticket. Discover the world above and below the water on a guided tour with a wildlife educator. Go on an adventure as your guide takes you through 10 reef and rainforest ecosystems. Learn how animals behaviors adapt from night time survival to daytime feeding and socializing. View over 16,000 reef fish, river fish, and magnificent live corals. Come face to face with the Coral Sea’s largest predators including sharks, rays, groups, and trevally.

Reef, Rainforest & Outback 3-Day Tour Combo from Cairns

8. Reef, Rainforest & Outback 3-Day Tour Combo from Cairns

On day one from Cairns, climb aboard a state-of-the-art vessel and explore some of the most beautiful spots in the Outer Great Barrier Reef on a 5-hour trip. Jump in the water and explore this amazing natural wonder up close! Access exclusive, protected reef locations away from the crowds and benefit from the services of friendly and attentive staff for a safe and fun-filled experience. Enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch with salad. Free snorkel guides are available all day long to guide you through the natural maze of beautiful coral and fishes. On day two discover the amazing biodiversity of the Wet Tropics of Queensland! Drive north along the scenic route to Cape Tribulation. Observe the rainforest along elevated boardwalks on a guided nature hike and cruise through the World Heritage-listed Daintree River with morning tea. Relax and learn about Estuarine Crocodiles, mangrove forests and wildlife -  this is nature at its best! At a tranquil lunch site nearby, enjoy a traditional Aussie barbecue lunch with grilled meat and homemade salads. Hand feed wallabies, swim at Emmagen Creek and taste-test local tropical fruit, a cup of Billy Tea and damper. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon walking and exploring Cape Tribulation beach. Taste local ice-cream and enjoy the relaxing journey home. On day 3 travel from Cairns by 4WD vehicle with a naturalist guide who has extensive knowledge of flora, fauna, history of the area and aboriginal culture, with a maximum of 16 participants. Ascend the McAllister Ranges and the Great Dividing Range as you explore the Australian Outback. Travel through historical towns and rolling hills rich in minerals eventually giving way to towering limestone karsts scattered around Chillagoe. See fossilized remains of the ancient coral reefs with hidden limestone labyrinths. Millions of years in the making, the limestone formations are nothing short of spectacular. Your guide will delve into the history of the copper smelters, whose old chimneys dominate the western horizon, experience Aboriginal Rock Art and the Balancing Rock. Enjoy an Aussie pub lunch, souvenir shopping.

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Amazing day on the reefs! The crew was informative and attentive. Great cultural experience in the water with the marine biologist and aboriginal guide doing a “point” and tell around the reef. We went to Hastings Reef then Saxon and were in each spot for around 90 minutes. There were delicious breakfast sandwiches on arrival, plenty of lunch options, and even an afternoon snack. Only weird thing was I thought we were on the reef magic boat and turns out this get your guide booking had us on the Dream Time boat. Confusing for a second but we had a small group and I’m very glad we ended up with Dream Time!

The entire experience was fabulous. They staff were knowledgeable, very helpful, and seemed to enjoy their job. The boat, called the Evolution, was clean and large enough that it didn’t feel cramped. The lunch was excellent, and there was plenty for a second helping.

Great way to spend time at beautiful Mossman Gorge, our guides were fun and knowledgeable, the smoking ceremony and talk was excellent. we highly recommended this activity if you are looking for a little adventure during your holiday. Thanks guys

Fantastic day from start to Finnish Very professional and organised Fantastic boat food and staff All equipment and assistance for snorkelling superb reef experience

Michelle was sensational and I honestly had such a fantastic day! I really enjoyed the whole day! Was so fun and really engaging!