OPTIONAL TOURS & ACTIVITIES
All costs shown are Per Person and based on cash purchase. Payment by credit card (visa & MasterCard) only will incur a 5% additional charge
All cost shown include Australian Goods and Services Tax of 10% Kuranda
Half Day (PM) Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures Tour
Located just 40 minutes north of Cairns and 25 minutes south of Port Douglas, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is simply the best place to see crocodiles and local wildlife in Tropical North Queensland. With over 2100 metres of timber boardwalks and pathways leading you on a journey of discovery through woodlands and rainforest where you can see an array of wildlife, including beautiful tropical birds, reptiles, insects and other native fauna.
Enjoy the entertaining and educational wildlife presentations including snakes, cassowaries, koalas, crocodiles, quolls and much more. Take a boat cruise on Hartley’s Lagoon to see crocodiles and other wildlife on our melaleuca wetland. Learn about sustainable use and conservation on our Crocodile Farm tour.
Take the scenic drive to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures.
After arrival, there is then plenty of free time to explore the remainder of the park, including the unique eco experience of the Wetlands cruise through the ecologically significant Melaleuca wetlands; the domain of the saltwater crocodile. Explore the rest of the park with its abundance of wildlife including water birds, turtles, wallabies and cassowaries. See the notorious head shake and death roll of a huge crocodile at the Crocodile Attack Show, also the opportunity to hold a crocodile for a photo (own expense). Discover the world’s most venomous snakes at the Snake Show before your return transfer departs at 4.50pm.
Your Itinerary includes:
12 noon Depart Cairns
2.00pm Snake Show
2.30pm Wetlands Cruise
3.00pm Crocodile Attack Show
3.45pm Digital Crocodile Photos (own expense) *
4.15pm Cassowary Feeding
4.30pm Koala Feeding
Transfer to Hotel 4.40pm – arrives Cairns 5.30 pm (approx.)
* Optional – at own expense
Hotel Pick up at 12 noon and Drop off at 5.30pm
Cost: $72.00 USD
Kuranda & Skyrail & Scenic Rail
Depart Cairns around 8.30am and transferr to Freshwater Station for check-in. Then move to Smithfield Terminal to board Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for your journey to Kuranda. Once aboard you will be amazed as you glide silently over the rainforest. There are two stations enroute where you can alight and enjoy a walk through the rainforest to spectacular lookouts or visit the CSIRO Interpretive Centre.
Upon arrival in Kuranda, it’s time to explore this fascinating village. You will have 3 hours in Kuranda. The Heritage Markets operate 7 days a week and are full of colourful and interesting arts and crafts. You might also like to visit Birdworld, the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary or Kuranda Koala Gardens – own expense.
At the scheduled time, board the world famous Kuranda Scenic Rail for your return journey to Cairns. Wind through hand-hewn tunnels, across bridges and around curves, all the time appreciating what an amazing engineering feat it is. Upon arriving at Freshwater Station, our coach will transfer you at 3.30pm to your accommodation.
Hotel pick up at 8.30am (approx.) and drop off at 4.00pm (approx.)
Cost: $124.00 USD includes hotel pick up and drop off.
Full Day: The Ultimate Kuranda Experience (Lunch Included)
The best way to maximise your Kuranda and Australian Experience, where you’ll get to explore indigenous culture, native wildlife and World Heritage Rainforest all in one day full of fun!
Kuranda Scenic Railway: Wind through tunnels and over bridges on this magnificent journey, passing Stoney Creek and Barron Falls.
Kuranda Village: Wander through the picturesque Village in the Rainforest.
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary: Marvel at the largest butterfly flight aviary in the country, with a guided tour through the landscaped gardens.
Rainforestation Nature Park:
Transfer to this award-winning attraction and experience:
Army Duck Rainforest Tour with Tropical Fruit Orchard: Travel deep into the rainforest on both land and water as your guide explains different species of flora and fauna.
Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience: Watch the Pamagirri Dancers and join the Dreamtime Walk – learn to throw a boomerang and watch spear-throwing and didgeridoo playing.
BBQ Lunch: Enjoy a delicious hot buffet and a wide selection of salads, cheeses and fruits.
Koala & Wildlife Park: Join a guided tour, and see crocodiles, wombats, snakes, dingoes and a cassowary, and hand feed kangaroos and wallabies. You’ll have the opportunity to have your photo taken cuddling a koala or holding a small crocodile (optional extra).
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway: Glide over the canopy of pristine World Heritage Rainforest with stops at Barron Falls and Red Peak Stations before returning to Cairns.
Itinerary may run in reverse
Hotel Pick up at 8.30 am and Drop off at 6.00pm (approx.)
Cost: $192.00 USD
Full Day Cruise to Michaelmas Cay on the Great Barrier Reef (Lunch Included)
Over many years of operation our passengers have exclaimed – We run the best reef cruise out of the area! Here are some of the reasons for elevating us to the number one position:
•We cruise to an exclusive beach – Michaelmas Cay ‘Nature’s Own Pontoon’, Snorkel & dive from the beach rather than a pontoon into deep waters, Large sailing catamaran at low speed assures maximum comfort at sea, Spacious wide open foredeck perfect for sun bathing, Comfortable lounge seating rather than ferry style seating, Environmentally friendly sailing catamaran with low fuel consumption, Visit the largest protected bird sanctuary on the reef, Lunch Menus are freshly prepared on board during the cruise, No overcrowding – only 150 guests each day, Best reef experience for non-swimmers
Your Tour Includes…
Return 8 hr cruise to the reef on a luxury sailing vessel, Four full hours on the reef.
Morning & afternoon refreshments, Superb hot & cold buffet (including seafood) freshly prepared on board.
Use of all snorkelling equipment, Snorkelling demonstrations and tuition.
Informative tours on our air-conditioned semi-submersible, Use of flotation vests.
Informative ecological presentations by our qualified Marine Biologists.
Guided nature tours of the island & bird sanctuary.
•Towel, swimmers, hat & comfortable shoes
•Sunscreen (SPF 30 +) & sunglasses
•Cash / credit card for on board purchases
•Change of clothes
Departure Pier – Walking distance from Hotel.
Cost: $147.00 USD
Full Day Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and 4WD Bloomfield Track (Lunch Included)
Small personalised tours with custom built 4WD vehicles, and your naturalist guides have extensive knowledge of flora, fauna, history of the area and aboriginal culture, which will ensure you day, will be a memory of a life time.
We drive north along the scenic coastal route along the Captain Cook Highway learning about the history of the area and admiring spectacular views of the coast line and Coral Sea. Our first stop is at the Majestic Daintree River for Morning Tea before enjoying an informative guided River Cruise on the Daintree River.
Relax and enjoy the splendour only the Daintree can offer as you learn of Estuarine Crocodiles, mangrove forests and endemic wildlife, this is nature at its best! From here we ascend the Alexandra Range and pause for a panoramic view of World Heritage, Wet Tropics, and Tropical Rainforest merging with the azure colours of the Coral Sea. Experience the rainforest intimately on one of our guided elevated National Park Boardwalks.
Accurate interpretations of flora and fauna will be given with ample time for photographs and questions as we search for the elusive, rare and totally unique Southern Cassowary and other wildlife species within this particular habitat.
We now make our way to Lync Haven which is an animal refuge centre where you have the opportunity to hand feed a kangaroo get up close to some of Australia’s wildlife, see “Boris” the crocodile, and enjoy delicious gourmet barbecue lunch with freshly prepared salads in a beautiful rainforest setting restaurant, (we also cater for vegetarians and other dietary requirements upon notification) enjoy a cold drink from the bar. Our tour does a little more.
It takes us beyond the famous Daintree Tea Plantation, past spectacular mountains and through spectacular World Heritage Rainforest as we pass Cape Tribulation and continue along the 4WD Bloomfield Track through to pristine Emmagen Creek. Billy Tea Safaris is the only tour operator that goes to this secret Jewel in the Rainforest, and now it is time for a refreshing rainforest stream swim, in crystal clear freshwaters and without the crowds of people.
We then make our way to Cape Tribulation Beach after most of the crowds are gone, there is a little time to swim in the Coral Sea (seasonal) or stroll along the beach and boardwalk to the photographers’ platform overlooking the mountains and coast where the ‘Rainforest meets the Reef’ Time permitting we stop at Daintree’s hidden secret, the Daintree Ice Cream Factory. Your taste buds will be tantalized with exotic tropical fruit homemade ice cream. Sample unique flavours, such as Black Sapote, Soursop, Wattle Seed, Jackfruit, and Coconut just to name a few. All the fruits used to make the ice cream have been locally grown on the property and for $6.00 you can taste up to four different flavours. (Price is subject to change without notice) After a short afternoon refreshment stop, we cross the Daintree River by cable ferry and begin our homeward journey somewhat wiser for our ‘Total Rainforest Experience’.
7.00 am Hotel Pick up
6.30 pm Hotel drop off (approx.)
Cost: $172.00 USD
Full Day Chillagoe Caves and Outback Tour (Lunch Included)
Departing Cairns around 6.45am ascend the McAllister Ranges and head west through dirt tracks via the little town of Biboorha, looking for many different species of bush birds, including Emus, Wedge Tail Eagles, Squatter Pigeons and Kangaroos, Frilled Neck Lizards, before reaching our first stop. Mareeba Wetlands for morning tea and a twenty minute cruise in an environmentally friendly and quiet electric boat.
This is a magnificent setting and to see the Giant Lotus Lilly’s up close and also many different Water Birds as well. You will learn about the fragile Eco System of this wonderful reverse and also see the Rare Gouldian Finch breeding programme.
From here we board the custom built 4WD vehicle and travel through the back blocks of this wetland area viewing Wallabies, Emus and other wildlife and then along the agricultural paddocks of this fertile area, where you will have a chance to see, Paw Paw, Lychee, Longen, Mangoes, just to name a few eventually crossing over the Great Divide and into the Western watershed, we are now in the Australian Outback. (We may sometimes have to take our Wet Weather alternate from the Wetlands when the road is impassable, we will then visit Granite Gorge) Take a step back in time as we travel through historical towns and rolling hills rich in mineral eventually giving way to towering limestone karsts scattered around Chillagoe Township. Here we delve into the history of the copper smelters, whose old chimneys dominate the western horizon.
We visit the remains of the once mighty smelters to ponder what it was like working there…. Now it’s time for a wonderful lunch at a true Australian Outback Pub built back at the turn of the century, before setting off to have a look at this historical town on route to our National Parks guided cave tour where you will take a step back in time and be inspired by the knowledge of your guide as he explains about the fossilized remains of the ancient coral reefs some 400 – 420 million years old, with hidden limestone labyrinths give a portal to a lost world just like our own Great Barrier Reef. This was once the inland sea. Millions of years in the making, the limestone formations and caves are nothing short of spectacular.
After the cave tour, we head back towards the east coast, stopping at Mt Uncle Distillery; this is the only Distillery North of Bundaberg. Here you have the choice of a wonderful Devonshire tea or a cold beer or wine in Bridges Cafe (own cost) this beautiful rustic Cafe is made of recyclable timber from the old Walsh River Bridge which was built back at the turn of the century, or you may wish to indulge in the liqueur or spirit tasting of some of their international award winning Spirits and Liqueurs (own cost) Mt Uncle Distillery is also nestled at the foot Hill of Mt Uncle hence where the name came from, which was named after the Uncle of one of the early explorers of the Atherton Tablelands John Atherton. This lovely property is also rich Agriculture area and they grow Lady Finger Banana’s, Avocados, Macadamia Nuts. The tour then returns back down the range arriving back in Cairns at approximately 6.30pm.
Operates Monday. Wednesday and Friday only.
Please ensure that you wear closed in footwear for the cave tour please. No open or High Heels on this tour.
Hotel Pick up at 6.45am and Drop off around 6.30pm
Cost: $180.00 USD
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park Day Tour
Tjapukai by Day is a traditional Aboriginal Culture which celebrates the living history of the Indigenous people of the Rainforest. Learn to play the didgeridoo, discover the medicinal values of bush tucker, also learn how to throw a spear and enjoy professional theatre incorporating traditional Aboriginal culture with dancing, fire making and storytelling. New to Tjapukai Aboriginal Park is a genuine cultural and visual Australian journey featuring the didgeridoo plus an expansion of the Cultural Village’s program to include hunting and ochre demonstrations.
Tjapukai by Day includes:
NEW Didgeridoo – A Journey. A unique theatre experience blending contemporary modern Australian music. Learn how to make and play a didgeridoo before a live performance with the haunting sounds of the traditional instrument complementing iconic images of a flight over the Great Barrier Reef, the Wet Tropics rainforest and the Outback in a state-of-the-art studio with a twinkling, starry night sky.
NEW Hunting & Weapons Demonstration. Learn first hand from a Tjapukai warrior how the Aboriginal culture uses traditional tools and weapons which were used 40,000 years ago by the Indigenous people.
Magic Space. Authentic stone-age artefacts once used by the Tjapukai people have been returned from the Queensland Museum to their traditional owners and are now on display in Tjapukai’s museum art space. Large murals by Tjapukai’s foremost artists are visual stories of the Dreamtime and a documentary of the impact of modern man on Indigenous life during the past 120 years can be watched at your leisure.
Creation Theatre. The Indigenous Culture brings alive Giant holograms reminiscent of the spirit world which add a mesmerising quality to the live performance of the Dreamtime story of the Aboriginal Cultural people of Tjapukai.
Dance Theatre. An Aboriginal Cultural corroboree, song and dance are part of the award-winning Indigenous culture of traditional Tjapukai which shows in a spectacular outdoor theatre set in a natural rainforest amphitheatre.
Bush Foods & Medicine Demonstration. The rainforest is a rich food source for the Tjapukai people, but many of its foods are toxic and require special preparation. Watch how it is done, learn how the land provides medicinal remedies and enjoy the opportunity to touch, taste and feel local bush tucker.
Spear & Boomerang Throwing. A Tjapukai Aboriginal warrior will show you how to use the traditional spear throwing instrument, a Milay, and help you master the technique of the returning boomerang.
Your will collected from your hotel between 8 and 9am for your transfer to Tjapukai. Your return transfer leaves Tjapukai at 12.15pm to drop you back at your hotel at approximately 12.45pm.
Cost: $67.00 USD
Night Tour Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Aboriginal Dance Show & Dinner Included
Feel the powerful spirit of Indigenous Australia vibrate through your body as you embark on a mysterious journey into the ancient Tjapukai culture by night. The Quinkan spirit comes to life and takes you through the story waters into the Dreamtime for an evening of entertainment celebrating the unique customs of the people of the rainforest.
Tjapukai by Night includes:
Welcome . Meet the Tjapukai Aboriginal performers before the show and enjoy your choice of a welcome drink (sparkling wine or juice) in the Retail Gallery where authentic Aboriginal art including didgeridoos and boomerangs can be purchased.
Magic Space Cultural Initiation. After your welcome drink, it is time for your journey into the world of the rainforest people. The Tjapukai Aboriginal performers will lead you into the Magic Space for an emotive didgeridoo blessing ceremony and the mystical Quinkan spirit performance. Your initiation continues with traditional face painting as the Tjapukai performers escort you to the lake.
Lakeside Ceremony. With clapsticks in hand you add to the pulsating rhythm of the corroboree while Tjapukai Aboriginal warriors use traditional fire sticks to create fire. Suddenly a spear is launched and a spectacular fire ball explodes into the night sky.
Four-course Buffet Dinner. Enjoy dining in the Boomerang Restaurant with an international buffet of hot and cold dishes plus delicious desserts freshly made by Tjapukai’s pastry chef.
Live Cultural Performance. Relax after dinner while the world famous Tjapukai Aboriginal dancers perform live on stage. Join the cultural celebrations and learn traditional dances from the people of the rainforest.
Camp Fire Session (Optional). After the show catch up with the performers around the camp fire for an informal session where you can ask them questions.
6.15 pm Hotel Pick
10.00pm Hotel drop off
Cost: $114.00 USD