Enjoy the sunrise at Palm Cove, a suburb of Cairns

Adventures in Cairns Tour: Discovering Daintree & The Great Barrier Reef

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Places Visited

Cairns, Kuranda, Green Island, Mossman Gorge...

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Suggested Duration

7 Days

The adventurous spirit of Australia thrives around the Queensland seaside city of Cairns. Your custom tour will put the natural wonders of Australia first to immerse you in the emerald canopy of the northeast rainforest and then submerse you in the crystalline turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean as you view the Great Barrier Reef. Listen to the tales of the Earth’s creation during Dreamtime, and watch the colors of sunrise expand across the sky as you sit inside a drifting hot air balloon. Indulge...

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover the iridescent colors of the remarkable marine life of the Great Barrier Reef on a VIP tour around two snorkeling destinations
  • Explore the winding rivers and mountainous panoramas of Daintree during a guided luxury exploration of the rainforest and riverbanks as you search for crocodiles
  • Venture to Green Island to visit the powder white sand of a land body set amidst the radiant coral of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Visit a mangrove forest on horseback as you traverse the grounds of a thriving sugarcane plantation
  • Savor the unique opportunity to swim with whales during your whale watching excursion off the coast of Queensland
  • Relish a sunrise as you glide through the air in a hot air balloon in view of the Great Dividing Mountain Range
  • Enjoy the thrill of whitewater rafting down the rapids of the Barron River

Detailed Description

The adventurous world of Australia is within reach during your unique and active 7-day tour, perfect on its own or as an addition to another journey through Australia or New Zealand during the winter of the Southern Hemisphere. The wonder of it all will begin with your arrival in Cairns as your private transfer will escort you to a charming boutique hotel nestled in the rainforest trees.  With a view of the powdery beaches of the northeast coast, you will have the remainder of the day to relax at your hotel or explore the charms of Cairns and its celebrated esplanade. The following morning, you will venture to the marina and board a boat bound for the Great Barrier Reef.

With a marine biologist on board, you will partake in the luxuries of your catamaran cruise. Dip into the water and follow your individual guide while snorkeling at two separate spots along the reef before returning to Cairns. The next day, you will journey to Daintree Rainforest for a full day of wandering along the riverbanks and the jungle brush. Search for crocodiles around the Daintree River, sample enticing exotic fruits, enjoy the quality panoramas and cross the jungle terrain on a cable ferry.

The next day, you will return to the marina, this time bound for the open sea in search of migrating whales. Your particular vessel will offer the unique opportunity of jumping into the water to swim with the majestic mammals as you pass Australia’s eastern coast. The following day, you will set out to reach the shores of Green Island on a half-day tour where you can opt to relax on the white sand beach or dip into the water at your leisure.

To round out your day, travel back to the shore for a horseback-riding excursion across the landscape of a sugarcane plantation.  Trot through creeks and wander along mangrove forests before you come back through the tall strands of sugarcane. The next morning, you will glide through the morning air to catch the sunrise from a hot air balloon. Upon your return to Cairns, you will venture into the rainforest terrain to travel down the Barron River on a guided whitewater-rafting excursion. To conclude, your private transfer will meet you at your hotel and escort you to Cairns Airport where you can continue your adventure around Australia or journey home.

Starting Price

$2,270 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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