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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.

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Cairns: Guided Twilight Tour of the Aquarium with Dinner

2. Cairns: Guided Twilight Tour of the Aquarium with 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.

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From Cairns: Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest Scenic Flight

3. 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 Island and Vlasoff Cay,  the flight concludes with a spectacular view over Cairns city and the surrounding area. There are plenty of photo opportunities throughout the tour.

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From Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling Experience

4. 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 and dive 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.

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Airlie Beach: Kangaroos at Beach Sunrise & Wildlife Tour

5. Airlie Beach: Kangaroos at Beach Sunrise & Wildlife Tour

Break out your binoculars and walking boots to experience a day of Australian nature and wildlife from Airlie Beach. Learn about Indigenous people and their connection to the land. Encounter local wildlife as you navigate through pristine nature reserves. Get an early start to the day as you set out on a road trip to share the sunrise with local kangaroos and Wallabies. After a walk through the National Park rain forest and a sacred Indigenous fish trap site, enjoy a delicious breakfast on the beach. Walk off your breakfast with an interpretive wander through a subtropical rain forest or a hike to the lookout. Then, hop back on your guide-driven vehicle and continue the road trip to a local farm. Get your cameras ready from some of the most beautiful sights. Once at the farm, get a chance to interact with several tropical birds in a walkthrough Aviary and some friendly farm animals. Sip on a cup of light morning tea before heading back to Airlie Beach. Use your free time in some locations to swim and relax. This is an educational experience is crafted with a personal touch in a small group so you can have a completely personalized experience close to nature. Encounter wildlife such as kookaburras, fruit doves, birds of prey, goannas, turtles, platypus, and lizards.

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Cairns: Aquarium Reef Tank Diving Experience

6. Cairns: Aquarium Reef Tank Diving Experience

Begin your scuba diving experience at 12:00 PM with a medical check. An experienced dive team will ensure that you are comfortable with the scuba equipment and breathing underwater before diving into the aquarium's underwater world.  Swim with majestic underwater creatures such as reef sharks, large stingrays, Queensland groupers, amongst others. Your family and friends can watch from the dry side of the glass. Upon finishing the activity, receive a Discover Scuba Certificate of Completion as a memento of your experience.  Following your dive, enjoy all-day admission to the aquarium's other exhibits. See a diverse range of aquatic species and a variety of marine ecosystems.

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Port Douglas: Mossman Gorge Day with River Drift Snorkeling

7. Port Douglas: Mossman Gorge Day with River Drift Snorkeling

Your guide for the day will collect you from your hotel, from where you will travel north to the Mossman Gorge visitor center. Upon arrival you'll be welcomed to the country by a Kuku Yalanji traditional owner with a smoking ceremony. Throughout this ceremony, you will learn about the traditional ways of the rainforest people. This experience will be complete with plunger coffee, billy tea, and freshly baked damper for morning tea. Following that, ride the eco-friendly shuttle bus up to the start of the trail. You will begin your guided walk through 3 kilometers of easy-grade walking tracks, with plenty of time for a swim along the way. Alternatively, you can enjoy sitting next to the river surrounded by rainforest. You'll then take the shuttle bus back down to the visitor center, where lunch will be served. In the afternoon, you'll travel to a secret location on the Mossman River. There you'll be outfitted with a wetsuit and snorkeling gear, wetsuit shoes, and a snorkeling mask. After a safety briefing, begin exploring the river with your guide. You'll walk through rainforest before swimming, snorkeling, and drifting under the canopy. Following a magical experience in the Mossman River, it will be time to remove your wet suits, and safety gear before enjoying some light snacks and heading back to your accommodation.

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Cairns: 4-Day PADI Open Water Course

8. 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.

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What people are saying about Far North Queensland

It was fantastic not having to share the aquarium with lots of people, because it was an after hours tour I highly recommend this. All the ladies at the Aquarium were super friendly and helpful from the moment we walked in. Our guide Bec was the most enthusiastic, knowledgeable and passionate about the environment and you could tell how much she loved these sea creatures from her in depth explanations. We loved it so much we went back and explored the aquarium the next day to take more photos of the beautiful animals. The aquarium was impeccably clean.

Loved our whole tour experience with the Evolution. The staff were very helpful and accommodating. From check-in, Eddie was there to guide the passengers where to go. We're also very thankful to Brayden and Jake for guiding us during our snorkel when we didn't know what to do. It was an amazing day for us. Would love to go back again.

It was amazing with the perfect weather! Courteous staff and pilot! Overall, it was a great experience! Worrh it!

This tour and dinner was amazing!!! Very informative, small group, amazing staff! We loved it! 10/10

our guide was amazing and made the tour so exciting. Dinner was also fabulous