Reef Daytripper & Kuranda

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2 Day Option 7 - Reef Daytripper & Kuranda

DAY 1 - Reef Daytripper is a small sailing catamaran that offers sailing, snorkelling and diving adventures on the Great Barrier Reef.

What makes it Great?

  • Small passenger numbers (20 max)
  • All snorkelling equipment included
  • 4 hours at the reef
  • Visit Upolu Reef
  • Friendly relaxed atmosphere

Your day includes:

  • All snorkelling equipment & Safety tuition
  • 4 Hours to visit two reef locations at Upolu Reef
  • Reef Education Presentation
  • Tropical buffet lunch
  • Fruit & cheese platter with wine
  • Guided snorkel tour
  • PADI scuba demonstration (Introductory Divers)
  • EMC (Reef tax)

Optional Extras:

  • Introductory OR Certified Diving

Daily Departures:

  • 'D' Finger, Marlin Marina, Cairns (near Reef Fleet Terminal)
  • Board at 07:45am for an 08:00am departure
  • Returns between 4:45pm & 5:00pm
  • Hotel transfers can be arranged at an extra cost

Your day:

Upolu Reef is a very beautiful location which lies at the very edge of the Outer Barrier Reef and is teeming with a large variety of interesting marine life and a beautiful array of corals. In the relatively sheltered lagoon you will see a multitude of giant clams, turtles, sea stars and reef fish. This offers a perfect snorkelling or diving experience in warm clear protected waters. A snorkel guide is available at the first site which offers a fun, informative and interactive introduction to the days exploration.

DAY 2: KURANDA IN A DAY is an unguided budget tour option which combines the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway into a relaxing scenic day trip.

A1: Train Up, Skyrail Down

  • Departs Daily with Return Hotel Transfers from Cairns and Northern Beaches (Trinity Beach, Palm Cove) (confirmed at the time of booking)
  • Kuranda Scenic Rail departs Freshwater Station at 9.50am
  • 4 hours free time in Kuranda
  • Return by Skyrail Rainforest Cableway 3.30pm
  • Barron Falls & Red Peak Rainforest Boardwalks
  • Transfer to hotel 4.50pm

Kuranda Scenic Rail:  At Freshwater Station, board the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail for your journey to Kuranda.  The Journey takes 1 1/2 hours from Freshwater station. 

Kuranda Village: Free time is allowed to explore this quaint village, including the Heritage Markets which operate daily. Choose between 2.5hrs to 5 hrs free time in Kuranda Village.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway: At your scheduled time, board Skyrail for your 1.5 hour journey into one of the oldest continually surviving rainforests on Earth.  Enjoy two stops at the Barron Falls and Red Peak Stations to explore the Rainforest Boardwalks.  


Gold Class Kuranda Scenic Rail provides a premium experience for passengers wanting that extra comfort and a little bit of luxury for a most memorable experience. 

Gold Class includes:

  • 9.55am departure from Freshwater Station to Kuranda
  • 3.30pm departure from Kuranda to Cairns
  • Dedicated personalised Gold Class attendant
  • Individual seating, lounge-style chairs (24 seats in each carriage over 4 carriages)
  • Ambient, historical d├ęcor, including timber look flooring, historical photographs and cedar interior
  • Gift pack including Kuranda Scenic Railway badge, pen, postcard and postage
  • Souvenir trip guide available in 9 languages
  • Optional exclusive tour of the Heritage-Listed Signal Cabin at Kuranda station
    - Conducted 15 minutes after arrival for morning trains
    - Conducted 30 minutes prior to departure for afternoon trains
  • Food & beverage offerings will focus on Queensland and local Tablelands produce such as:
    o Gallo Dairyland Cheese
    o Skybury Coffee
    o Wondaree Macadamias
    o Mango to Go (100% pure mango "ice-cream" style treat)
    o Freshly baked muffins with local fruit
    o Sirromet Wines
    o Great Northern Brewing Company Super Crisp Lager

Kuranda Wildlife Experience includes entry to the Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. You will have access to all three attractions at a great saving off the normal admission price! Alternatively, you can book entry only to each attraction. 

Diamond View (glass floor) Gondolas not only provide guests with amazing panoramic views of the rainforest canopy, tropical landscape and Coral Sea, but also the unique perspective of looking straight down at the treetops through to the forest floor.  Maximum 5 people and an average waiting time of 7 minutes.

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Guest Reviews

Kuranda in a Day (384)

Amazing experience.

Amazing experience.

Posted By Tracy Ah Sam

The views are terrific

I have travelled many times and it always amazes me. The views are terrific.
The Skyrail was not running due to thunderstorms and lightning I have been on Sky rail and the get on get off stops are worth the effort.

Posted By Olympia Pauline Watson

Very well organized

Very well organized and met our expectations.

Thank you

Posted By Alan Stewart

No issues at all

Great trip. Well planned. Timely pickup. No issues at all

Posted By Anand Khandelwal

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Would highly recommend

Most enjoyable trip, crew were excellent and it was amazing to go snorkelling over the Reef.
Would highly recommend this particular boat as the numbers were small and the personal attention was superb

Posted By Althea Riding-williams

Enjoyed the trip

The boat was a relatively small and a bit crowded. Otherwise enjoyed the trip.

Posted By Eric Van Gilder

Great time

Great crew food very nice everyone onboard had a great time

Posted By Cherryl Pages-Oliver

Reef Daytripper

Great day out. The crew are great people and the reef outstanding. Would highly recommend above the larger boats.

Posted By Nerina Clare

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The Skyrail down was amazing and a lovely scenic experience.

Posted By Merle and Gin


Excellent service from the Skyrail.

Posted By Jayan Panwala

Amazing day.

Amazing day. Did the skyrail to Kuranda and return as the train was not operational. Will definately be doing it again.

Posted By Andrea West

We enjoyed our day

We enjoyed our day. Everyone was helpful and friendly. The transfers were on time and well organised. We enjoyed kuranda and will definitley return.

Posted By Neri Harp

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