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Kuranda / Skyrail / Train - 11 listings

Kuranda is a lovely little village in the rainforest at the top of the mountain about 300 metres above sea level. The main street is only a few hundred metres comprising of cafes, restaurants and shops hosting arts and crafts. The village has 3 lots of markets, a Butterfly Sanctuary, Bird world, Koala Gardens, mini crystal museum (with a full-scale dinosaur skeletal replica), mini put put golf and much more. A short shuttle bus ride out of the Village centre will get you to the Rainforestation Nature Park which provides activities such as the Army Duck Tour, Wildlife Park and the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience.

The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway experience spans 7.5kms over pristine tropical rainforests. You will glide just metres above the rainforest canopy before descending through the canopy layers and deep into the heart of the forest at two rainforest mid-stations for the ultimate tropical rainforest experience. A Skyrail Experience will take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes one way including time at the two mid-stations.

The Kuranda Scenic Train is a 1 hour and 45 minute historic journey through the mountain rainforest with a short stop at the Barron Falls. There are only two departures from Cairns Central and Freshwater Station in the morning travelling to Kuranda, and two departures from Kuranda back to Cairns Central and Freshwater Station in the afternoon. The combinations of train and skyrail packages are endless.

Many visitors choose to do the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway combinations to enhance their village experiences. There is also the option to include entry into Tjapukai - which is an Aboriginal Culture Park situated next door to Skyrail at the base of the mountain. Here you can learn to play the didgeridoo, discover the medicinal values of bush tucker, throw a spear and enjoy professional theatre incorporating traditional Aboriginal dance, fire making and storytelling.

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Off The Beaten Track - 6 listings

If you wanted to "get off the beaten track" and visit some restricted access areas or less visited areas, then please peruse the tours below. Options ranging from 4WD tours, wildlife spotting tours and guided hiking tours. Most of these tours travel with very small groups of people and are designed to reconnect you with nature and get an up close and personal experience of our native wildlife and ancient rainforests.

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Cape Tribulation & Daintree - 21 listings

Cairns has multiple rainforest regions, understanding the difference is important. Travelling 2 to 2.5 hours north of Cairns is the Daintree Rainforest, often called Cape Tribulation.

Daintree National Park is the entire rainforest region that is World Heritage listed and is the worlds oldest continuous living rainforest. This is the only location in the world where 2 world heritage listed sights meet. This is where the slogan "where the rainforest meets the reef" is referring to. Cape Tribulation is a beach location in the Daintree Rainforest that has many accommodation choices and activities on offer.

There is a great variety of Cape Tribulation Day Tours to visit the Daintree Rainforest, some that focus on the Aboriginal Culture and History of the area. Tours depart between 0700 and 0730 and return between 1800 to 1900. You can always consider staying 1 or more nights to really relax and enjoy this amazing region. Overnight Cape Tribulation Packages can include activities such as Jungle Surfing, Beach Horse Rides, Guided Night Walks or Sea Kayaking.

Please enquire if you need honest local advice in helping you to choose the most suitable Daintree / Cape Tribulation Day Tour or overnight package.

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Night Wildlife - 4 listings

Cairns and our surrounding areas is home to many different species of nocturnal animals. That means they sleep during the day and come out to play at night. Join one of these Night Tours and have an enjoyable evening with our beautiful Australian native wildlife. Whether it be at Cairns Night Zoo, or an animal spotting tour in their natural environment.

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Atherton Tablelands / Waterfalls - 17 listings

The Atherton Tableland is a fertile plateau which is part of the Great Dividing Range in Queensland, Australia. It is located inland from Cairns, well into the tropics, but its elevated position provides a climate suitable for dairy farming. The fertility of the soils in the region can be attributed to the volcanic origins of the land.

Atherton Tablelands is a high priority on many tourists lists. With many beautiful places to visit like the waterfalls circuit which includes the famous Millaa Millaa Falls. There are volcanic crater lakes such as Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham as well as pockets of tropical rainforest and Giant Fig trees. South of the Atherton Tablelands just past Innisfail, is Paronella Park. This is an enchanting place filled with lush tropical gardens, Spanish Castle Ruins and has a great historic love story to be told.

There is a variety of Atherton Tablelands tours on offer to suit every traveller. Whether you want to spend the day full of swimming and adventure, or if you prefer a more structured tour with more attractions and sightseeing, or maybe you want to focus on the local farms and food tasting, or whether you are a nature lover and want to spend the night exploring and animal spotting.

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Cooktown - 6 listings

Cooktown is one of Queensland's hidden gems and is one of Australia's most historically significant townships. Cooktown is the location where Captain James Cook spent almost seven weeks repairing his vessel, the HM Bark Endeavour. Cooktown is also home to an abundance of Aboriginal legends, history, discoveries and interactions dating back to 1770.

Today Cooktown has a population of 2,000, and the town is growing again as word spreads of its beautiful location and the friendliness of its people. With the completion of the Mulligan Highway in 2006, the town is now easily accessible by road and air, yet its remote location, stunning landscapes and laid-back lifestyle give it a distinctly frontier feel - the very essence of Australia!

You can visit Cooktown on a 1, 2 or 3 day organised tour. Or you can choose to do an extended Cape York Tour that incorporates an overnight stay in Cooktown - if interested please visit our Cape York listings.

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Cape York - 18 listings

There are many 4WD Tours visiting Cape York - the very tip of Australia. These Cape York Tours are very seasonal with limited departures so it is advised to pre-book well in advance.

Tour duration ranges from 5 days up to 16 days depending on whether travel is solely 4WD or a combination of 4WD, air and/or sea travel components. The most economic tours are camping based, but for those preferring a bit more comfort, accommodated tours are also available.

We have listed below some of the more popular Cape York Tours, however if you can not find a suitable option or departure date listed please contact us so we can provide you with some alternatives.

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Outback/Chillagoe - 6 listings

Cairns is very well known for the Reef and Rainforest, but we also have tours that travel inland from Cairns to some amazing outback regions. With a vast array of unique places to visit including old forgotten mining towns, Herberton, Mount Mulligan and Chillagoe Caves just to name a few.

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