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The one that explores the tropical haven of Cairns and takes you to the Great Barrier Reef

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  • Duration

    4 days

  • Places

    1 place

  • Meals

    3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Maximum 25 people

  • Average Group Age

    18-35

  • Team

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Cairns

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About this trip

Always said you'd visit the Great Barrier Reef 'one day'? Well we think that day has arrived. This 4 day adventure brings you the home of this wonder of the natural world, Cairns, the rainforest city that's unlike anywhere else in the world. You'll get to take a catamaran out to the reef for all of the snorkelling or diving your heart desires, but that's not all there is to this trip. Along the way you'll get to explore the Daintree Rainforest and meet the local Aboriginal people, eat delicious local food in handpicked restaurants and even try your hand at bungy jumping or skydiving.

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  • Only $99 deposit to book*

    For a limited time, reserve your space now with a deposit of only $99, pay the rest 45 days before departure

  • Pay over time, interest free

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    Change your travel dates or even your trip for free

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
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  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 3 3 nights

    Cairns

DAY 1 - Arrive Cairns

Cairns

Welcome to the city where rainforests meet reefs. We'll enjoy an included interactive Bush Food tutorial and dinner at Ochre restaurant. An experienced chef will guide us through a history of Bush Food as you sample a variety of native spices and fruits, explaining their tastes, origins, and traditional uses before we enjoy our dinner, which features native game. It's in an incredible cultural feast, and the perfect way to start our adventure in Cairns.

Stay

Gilligan's Backpackers

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Chef Guided Bush Food Tutorial & Dinner at Ochre Restaurant

DAY 2 - Cairns

Cairns

Rise and shine, today is day packed with history, heritage and natural beauty, as we take a day trip to the oldest tropical rainforest in the world: Daintree. With its ancient ferns and vibrant canopies, this place will take our breath away. There's a reason David Attenborough called it 'the most extraordinary place on earth.' As well as admiring the lush rainforest, we'll also meet the local Kuku Yalanji people and learn about their rich Aboriginal culture and history. We'll get the chance to view a smoking ceremony and take an art class with an Aboriginal artist. We'll also learn about ancient Dreamtime stories, local history and how these are shared through art. Then, we'll get to create our own unique souvenir to take home in the form of a canvas that tells our own stories. What a day; and we're not done yet. 

Stay

Gilligan's Backpackers

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Day Trip to the Daintree Rainforest

  • Experience the Daintree Rainforest with an experienced Aboriginal guide for an interpretive rainforest walk through this ancient environment

  • Learn ancient Dreamtime stories, local history and see how these are shared through art with an Aboriginal artist

  • Create your own unique piece of art at the Janbal Gallery

DAY 3 - Cairns

Cairns

We'll board a catamaran out to the reef with options to snorkel or dive in the crystal waters and gaze at the colourful coral and even more vibrant marine life. Back on board, the expert marine crew will tell us all there is to know about this stunning, but vulnerable, natural miracle.

Stay

Gilligan's Backpackers

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Take in all the Great Barrier Reef has to offer on a Full Day Trip and see why the Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world

  • Snorkel some of the best coral reefs in Australia

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Scuba Diving (in addition to Outer Barrier Reef Cruise)

    from A$65 (certified dive); from A$100 (introductory dive)

DAY 4 - Depart Cairns

Cairns

Our adventure ends this afternoon, but not before we have a chance to escape our comfort zones and try some of the adventurous activities that Cairns is famous for. Anyone for bungy jumping?

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Jungle Swing or Bungy Jump

    A$95/ A$135

  • Cairns Skydive

    From A$209

  • One way Skyrail Experience & One Way Kuranda Scenic Railway

    A$115

  • Return Skyrail Experience

    From A$105

  • Half Day White Water Rafting Barron River

    A$ 145.00

Where You'll Stay

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  • 3 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    3 nights in Hostel

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