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Self-Drive Kuranda Experience: Skyrail and Scenic Rail

1. Self-Drive Kuranda Experience: Skyrail and Scenic Rail

Getting around by car? The Kuranda Self Drive trip is a great option for you. Drive yourself to the Skyrail Smithfield Terminal, where a representative will check you in and issue you with the Kuranda Boarding Pass. This includes a detailed itinerary with a time schedule, as well as your Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail tickets, allowing you to proceed straight to the boarding area.  Board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway at 10:45 AM and enjoy an unforgettable journey through the world’s oldest continually surviving tropical rainforest, stopping along the way to explore. Once you arrive in Kuranda, you'll have free time to see this unique village. Use the discount vouchers on your Kuranda Boarding Pass, or visit the heritage markets. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants where you can purchase refreshments.  Return from Kuranda to Cairns on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, one of the most unique rail journeys in Australia. Choose either the Standard service that retuns at 2 PM, or the Gold Class service with comfortable lounge seats, a dedicated host, and refreshments included, retuning at 3:30 PM. Admire the views as the train winds its way from Kuranda to Freshwater Station, passing spectacular waterfalls and through the beautiful Barron Gorge. Disembark at Freshwater Station to board the shuttle bus back to your car at the Skyrail terminal.

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Port Douglas: Low Isles Snorkel Tour

2. Port Douglas: Low Isles Snorkel Tour

Join a snorkelling experience in the water around a beautiful, secluded island. Enjoy some time aboard a comfortable and spacious vessel as you travel to the Low Isles with only 23 guests. Relax with plenty of space onboard during the journey and enjoy a light refreshment as you spot the Low Isles in the distance. Spend a few hours snorkelling and exploring a picturesque coral bay. Snorkel in the calm lagoon or view the reef from the glass bottom boat. The crew will provide tours for guests to learn and appreciate the incredible Great Barrier Reef. Access to the reef is very easy, either from the back of the vessel or from the beach as the reef hugs close to the island. Explore the coral reef and its inhabitants without the crowds. Walk through the sandy paths and through the vegetation. See first hand the historical lighthouse, the lighthouse keeper's home and the Weather Station where local weather data is collected. 

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Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, & Mossman Gorge Tour

3. Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, & Mossman Gorge Tour

Get picked up at your hotel and stop at the renowned Mossman Gorge, the first sight on your Daintree Forest tour. Embark on a guided walk and then hop aboard a river cruise on the Daintree River, home to the elusive estuarine crocodile. Observe stunning native and migratory bird life, butterflies, and breathtaking scenery. Cross the Daintree River, journey to Alexandra Lookout, and enjoy sweeping views extending from the Daintree River Estuary to the Coral Sea. Stop for morning tea under the canopy of this prehistoric rainforest. Have some muffin biscuits, coffee, Daintree Tea, and water.  Continue on to Cape Tribulation, with a stop at Kulki Lookout for unparalleled views of the rainforest and beach. Stop at Noah Valley, a World Heritage private property that plays host to some of the most spectacular, pristine rainforest found anywhere in the world. Take a stroll along The Gateway to Paradise and see one of the most primitive flowering plants still in existence. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear rainforest stream while your barbecue lunch is prepared in a private retreat surrounded by rainforest. Savor a lunch of steak, fish, and sausage, served with salads and a warm damper (Australian-style bread) followed by a tropical fruit platter. Follow lunch with an interpretive guided rainforest walk through the heart of the Daintree rainforest. Discover how all living parts of the Daintree Rainforest depend on each other for survival. Conclude the tour with a visit to Daintree Ice Cream Company.

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From Broome: Cape Leveque 4WD Tour & Optional Return Flight

4. From Broome: Cape Leveque 4WD Tour & Optional Return Flight

Just a few kilometers out of Broome, head north on Cape Leveque Road. Journey over rugged terrain on unsealed sections of road to your first stop, Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community. Enjoy morning tea and see the famous pearl-shell alter of the Sacred Heart Church. Head further north to Lombodina, where traditional owners will take you on a guided walk of their community. Visit their craft shop where you will find many local handmade products. Next stop is Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm for a chef prepared lunch followed by an insightful tour of the pearl farm. Enjoy an afternoon swim in the beautiful turquoise waters of Kooljaman. Sit back and relax or stroll along the sandy white beach. Opt for the return scenic flight (must be pre-booked) down the beautiful coast to arrive in Broome at approximately 5:00 PM or head back to Broome by coach, arriving at approximately 7:30 PM.

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Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm Behind-the-Scenes Tour & Live Harvest

5. Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm Behind-the-Scenes Tour & Live Harvest

Join a guided tour for an insight into the fascinating history of pearling in Cygnet Bay. Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm is Australia’s oldest operating pearl farm. It is one of the very few operating pearl farms open to the public. The farm is located 2.5-hours out of Broome at the tip of the Dampier Peninsula and is surrounded by natural beauty. Your knowledgeable guide will demonstrate a live pearl harvest and give you a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the fully operational pearl farm. Your tour concludes with an in-depth pearl grading and appreciation session that will leave you feeling like a pearl expert. It’s with these exquisite gems that Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm is honored to share a unique and coveted treasure with seekers of true natural beauty. With turquoise blue water and white sand beaches largely untouched by human interference, the region around Cygnet Bay is considered one of the most beautiful locations in all of Australia. Extend your stay for a night or longer and experience life on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula with a million star view.

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Port Douglas: Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge Tour

6. Port Douglas: Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge Tour

Experienced guides will take you to the best rainforest in the Daintree National Park. Travel in a modern, comfortable, and spacious vehicle that offers great visibility from every one of the 11 seats. The drive to Daintree Rainforest has picnic areas, emerald forests, and views of golden sands and blue waters.  Discover the rich diversity of the Daintree Rainforest through various national park walks. The Daintree Rainforest contains 30% of the frog, marsupial, and reptile species in Australia. The tour's mission is to showcase some of the highlights of this incredible natural wonder, with visits to Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge, and a river cruise exploring the waterways rich in flora and fauna. Enjoy interpretive rainforest walks, secluded lunch site, and exclusive estuarine crocodile and wildlife spotting on Cooper Creek. The Daintree Rainforest section of the Daintree National Park is where the rainforest meets the reef and guests will have the opportunity to stroll along the magical beaches.  Walk through the Mossman Gorge, an ancient rainforest, to see the crystal clear waters of the Mossman River flow over giant boulders. Rainforest boardwalks guide you through this pristine rainforest to discover its incredible diversity. At the stunning beaches, learn about Captain Cook’s journey along the coast of Queensland. Enjoy a walk along the beach where the rainforest meets the reef. On the Cooper Creek River Cruise, spot estuarine crocodiles and other wildlife along the banks of this mangrove-lined creek. Have lunch at the Heritage Lodge, which is a hidden rainforest resort. At the Daintree Ice Cream Company, taste four delicious scoops of tropical fruit ice cream in a cup. Relax and enjoy your ice cream in a tropical garden and fruit orchard. Visit Alexandra Lookout to enjoy panoramic views of the Daintree Rainforest, mouth of the Daintree River, Snapper Island and Port Douglas in the distance.

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Airlie Beach: 3-Hour Sunset Segway Tour with Dinner

7. Airlie Beach: 3-Hour Sunset Segway Tour with Dinner

Saddle up on your own Segway in Airlie Beach. Ride along the Whitsunday Bicentennial Boardwalk, past the stunning Pioneer Bay, Abell Point Marina, and ending on the wonderful Cannonvale Beach. Stop on the way back to savor a lovely dinner while the sun sets over beautiful Australia. On this 3-hour and 7-kilometer tour, hear some local tips and tricks from your experienced guide. Learn about the area’s points of interest while riding right up next to them and getting off to walk around.  Feel the breeze in your hair on the return trip while gliding effortlessly along the boardwalk. Arrive at the Sorrento Restaurant, where you can decide to stay for dinner or continue back to Airlie Beach. If you stay, enjoy a delicious pizza or pasta dinner — best paired with views of the impending sunset. 

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Paronella Park and Mamu Tropical Skywalk Ticket Combo

8. Paronella Park and Mamu Tropical Skywalk Ticket Combo

Spend a great day out south of Cairns at 2 top attractions. Plan your own day and embrace the flexibility of staying as long as you like at each location. At Mamu Tropical Skywalk, listen to the stories of the original indigenous peoples of the rainforest and the early European settlers. Enjoy the scenic majesty of this world heritage and learn more about the site with audio guides provided in 8 languages. This wheelchair and stroller-friendly attraction offers light refreshments for sale. At Paronella Park, a short 35-minute drive from the Skywalk, join a 45-minute guided tour telling the story of one of Australia's early settlers, Jose Paronella. Spend the rest of your time strolling the avenues and learning about the flora and fauna with a comprehensive botanical guide. You can also choose to have lunch at the cafe on the deck, feed the fish, cross the suspension bridge above the falls, or stroll 200 meters up the road to the wonderful Mena Creek Hotel for lunch or a cool drink.

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N. Queensland: Kuranda Rainforest Full-Day Tour

9. N. Queensland: Kuranda Rainforest Full-Day Tour

Explore the depths of the Kuranda Rainforest with rides on the railway, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and 6-wheel-drive amphibious Army Duck vehicle! Experience this enchanting region of Australia and see its wildlife, lush scenery, and aboriginal culture. Board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for a spectacular journey with stunning views of the Coral Sea, Cairns City, and more. Take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway over pristine rainforest and skim the forest canopy just beneath you! See kangaroos, wombats, koalas, and crocodiles up close and personal. Explore the rainforest on a 6-wheel-drive World War II Army Duck amphibious vehicle, over land and water. Your experienced Duck Driver will help you search for wildlife and teach you about the plants and trees that make up the surrounding rainforest. After your Duck tour, you can sample exotic fruits and locally made ice cream at the Tropical Treats fruit orchard. The Koala & Wildlife Park offers the opportunity to get up close with native Australian wildlife including wombats, crocodiles, lizards and birds. You can hand feed kangaroos and wallabies. Included also is the world-famous BBQ lunch. Go for a dreamtime walk and learn about Aboriginal culture with spear-throwing demonstrations and ritualistic dances. Take the opportunity to try your hand at boomerang throwing, then visit Kuranda's markets and art galleries, or even the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Optional extra: For your Kuranda Scenic Railway journey you are able to upgrade from Heritage Class to Gold Class. Gold Class includes the following: Dedicated host service, souvenir trip guide, moist towellete, individual seating, lounge-style chairs, ambient, historical décor, including timber look flooring, historical photographs and cedar interior. Kuranda Scenic Railway gift pack including Kuranda Scenic Railway badge, pen and postcard. Queensland and local Tablelands produce such as Gallo Dairyland Cheese, Skybury Coffee, Wondaree Macadamias, Mango to Go (100% pure mango treat), freshly baked muffins with local fruit, Sirromet wines and Great Northern Brewing Company Super Crisp Lager.

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From Cairns: Rainforest & Nocturnal Wildlife Tour

10. From Cairns: Rainforest & Nocturnal Wildlife Tour

Departing from your Cairns or Northern Beaches accommodation, head south to view the agile wallabies that live within the city limits. Make a second stop at the Cathedral Fig Tree, an 8,000-year-old Strangler fig with a giant root system. Enjoy an afternoon tea at the world-renowned Lake Barrine before walking through the rainforest. Keep your eyes out for musky rat-kangaroo, Boyd's forest dragon, rainforest birds, butterflies and flying foxes. After a quick stop at Lake Eacham, visit a private access platypus viewing area in Yungaburra for a 90% chance of seeing the unique mammal. Enjoy a delicious dinner at a restaurant in the township of Yungburra. Then, your nighttime spotlighting adventure begins! Walk under the night stars and into the rainforest. Look out for Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo, northern leaf-tailed gecko, ringtail possums, gliders, frogs, owls and more. Return to Cairns at around 10:00 PM and Northern Beaches at around 10:30 PM.

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What people are saying about Far North Queensland

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 35 reviews

We had a fantastic day with our guide Ben. The whole day ran completely seamlessly between the different activities and delicious food in between. Ben was really friendly, engaging and welcoming ensuring that all of us in the group felt comfortable. Additionally, he was like a walking encyclopaedia with his interesting knowledge about the area bringing the Daintree to life. Honestly could not recommend this tour or Ben more highly!! A huge thanks to Ben and the team!!

This is a great experience for all ages. We did this same tour last year and as we were back at Port Douglas again, we know we wanted to do it again. The pilot is also the tour guide and he was very knowledgeable. Told us lots about the reef including coral, fish and the rest of the marine life. We had a great time snorkelling at our leisure.

Absolutely Epic! If you don’t love to be out in the sun all day long then this half day is awesome. The crew were full of humour & great to see the reef so alive!! Turtles, little sharks & tones of tropical fish. Loved it!!

Fantastic day well organised and very informative welcoming crew . Highly recommend booking this cruise.

OUR 1st time on a Segway and in the rain - my brother and I had an AMAZING time