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Cairns Adventure

Waterfalls, wildlife, whitewater rafting and the Great Barrier Reef!

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Trip code: GUCA

Duration: 4 days

All activities included
Return transport from Cairns
Day trip format

The Cairns region is diverse and beautiful, boasting sugar-white beaches, lush national parks, and tropical islands. This awesome group tour packs in the best of the area over four unforgettable days. Explore the waterfalls, volcanic lakes, and ancient rainforest of the Atherton Tablelands, go full white-knuckle with a rafting experience on the Tully River, step into a picture postcard with a snorkelling trip to Fitzroy Island, and tick off the ultimate bucket list biggie with a full day on the Great Barrier Reef. Just wow. 

Trip highlights

  • Enjoy a range of exciting adrenaline activities in Australia in a seven-day, fun-packed adventure in Cairns
  • Whizz down the rapids on a white water rafting experience
  • Explore beautiful waterfalls & lush rainforests in the Atherton Tablelands
  • Sail to Fitzroy Island for a full day experience
  • Snorkel at the stunning Great Barrier Reef & discover an underwater world 
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What's included
  • 4 lunches
  • 2 morning teas & 1 afternoon tea
  • Tour guide
  • Rainforest walk in Atherton Tablelands
  • Babinda Boulders
  • Josephine Falls
  • Milla Milla waterfall
  • Lake Eacham
  • Platypus Spotting (Apr-Oct)
  • Atherton Tablelands park fees
  • Catamaran trip
  • Guided snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Marine life presentation
  • Full day rafting experience
  • Fitzroy Island transfer
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Environmental Management Charge levy
  • Help with onward travel
  • 24-hour support
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Airport tranfers
  • Accommodation
  • Snacks and drinks
  • $30 levy on the rafting trip
  • Optional activities
Further trip information

Day 1: Atherton Tablelands. An unspoilt landscape filled with lush jungle, waterfalls, volcanic lakes, and an abundance of wildlife, the Atherton Tablelands is an incredible place to kick off your adventure. Take a guided stroll through ancient rainforest, pay a visit to Babinda Boulders, snap some stellar selfies in front of Josephine Falls, take a dip at jewel-like Milla Milla Falls, cool off in the blue-green waters of Lake Eacham, and meet some of Australia’s most weird and wonderful animals as we go platypus spotting (Apr to Oct). Head back to Cairns after the most amazing day and start getting excited about what tomorrow holds!

Day 2: Great Barrier Reef. One of the seven wonders of the natural world, the Great Barrier Reef should top every traveller’s bucket list. Board our catamaran and cruise across the ocean to two stunning outer reef locations. Swim among pristine coral formations, thousands of colourful reef fish, and sea turtles on a guided tour of the reef before tucking into a delicious buffet lunch on deck. Sail back to shore with salt in your hair and a big smile on your face!

Day 3: Tully River rafting. The Tully River is one of the best locations in the country for wild river rafting. The experienced team will give you all the training you need before letting you loose on the water. Take on Class 3 and 4 rapids with quirky names like ‘Alarm Clock’ and ‘Wet and Moisty’. It’s an exhilarating experience and an awesome way to bond with your travel buddies. We’ll pack the picnic lunch. you just bring your sense of fun!

Day 4: Fitzroy Island. Hop on our motorised catamaran and glide across the ocean to this barefoot paradise, where you’ll be able to explore its fringing reef, sheltered waters and amazing marine life. Descend into the underwater world and see cute little clownfish, sea turtles, and corals in every colour of the rainbow, as well as enjoying a tasty picnic lunch. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.

Please note: there’s a $30 levy on the rafting trip on day 3, which is not included and needs to be paid direct to the activity operator. The itinerary may change due to logistics, accessibility, cultural reasons and seasonal change.

Please note that all activities, inclusions and itineraries are subject to change.

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Please note: Your activities will start the morning of the start date you select below and may be in a different order than advertised. We recommend you arrive in Cairns one day before.

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Arrival information

An airport transfer from Cairns Airport (CNS) is not included.  You will need to arrange your own transfer. This is easy to do. When you arrive at Cairns Airport, go to the Transfers Desk and tell them which hostel you're staying at, and you can jump on a transfer and be dropped off at your accommodation. This transfer costs about £10.

Accommodation & meals

Accommodation is not included on this trip. Speak to your travel adviser if you’d like some help with booking somewhere to stay.

4 lunches are included on this trip, as well as morning tea and coffee on day 1 and morning and afternoon tea on day 2. You’ll have to source the rest of your meals, snacks, and drinks yourself. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements. 

Minimum age & eligibility

You’ll need to be a minimum of 18 years old to participate in this trip.

British citizens need a visa to enter Australia. Most people who travel in Australia are on either a Working Holiday Visa (WHV) or Tourist Visa.

A WHV is only available to those aged 18 - 30 from the UK and is valid for up to 12 months. If you plan to work during your stay in Australia, you will need to apply for a WHV before your trip. If you’re planning to travel to Australia for leisure purposes only, you can usually get an eVisitor visa (no application charge or service fee), or an Electronic Travel Authority (no application charge but a service fee may apply). Generally, a period of up to 3 months is granted.

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.

Please note: Visa rules are subject to change. Please check for the most up-to-date information before you travel. 

Covid safety

This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:

Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.

Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.

Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.

Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.

Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.

Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.

Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.

24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.

It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.