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Our Best Tour Recommendations!

Posted in Local Attractions @ Mar 27th 2013 9:55am - By Cairns City Apartments

Our Sales and Property Manager Zara has been working in tourism and selling local tours for 9 years therefore can give you the best recomendations on tours to make the most out of your precious time in gorgeous Cairns! 

See below her personal picks which can be booked through our FREE TOUR BOOKING SERVICE either before you arrive or once you are in house through Reception. 

Reef Tour Reef Magic $190 per person

I would highly recommend Reef Magic for a great Reef Trip and at only $190 per person this is fantastic value for what you get. I have done this trip many times and in my time in Tourism over the past 10 years I have been on almost all the boats that go to the Reef from Cairns and I can say hands down that this is the best Reef Trip. The staff are very friendly, the snorkelling is fantastic, the reef is amazing and you also get included in the price morning tea, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, all snorkelling gear, glass bottom boat tours, semisubmersible tours and it is on a large pontoon so you have plenty of room and you aren’t stuck on the boat all day which is a great bonus.

Your day at Marine World

Reef Magic Cruises operate day trips direct from Cairns to the Marine World activity platform located on the outer Great Barrier Reef.  Join us for the day and Experience The Magic for Your itinerary:

08:00-08:30         Check-in inside the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street (You can walk from Cairns City Apartments)

09:00     Depart Marlin Jetty Cairns Travel time is only 90 minutes direct from Cairns on a fast stable motor catamaran

10:30     Arrive at Marine World on the Outer Reef           

Reef duration: 5 hours

15:30     Depart Marine World     

17:00     Arrive back in Cairns      

Included in your day:

*             All snorkelling equipment including personal flotation devices inadult/child sizes

*             On board Marine Biology presentation/talk en-route to the reef

*             Semi-Submersible tours with interactive commentary

*             Glass Bottom Boat tours with interactive commentary

*             Fish feeding and identification session with our Marine Biologist

*             Underwater Observatory

*             Use of Sundeck, Fresh Water Showers and Changing Rooms

*             Morning/Afternoon Tea plus a full hot/cold buffet lunch with vegetarian options

*             Tea/Coffee and drinking water is available free of charge throughout the day

*             Access to reference materials on the reef

*             German & French speaking crew are available to assist international visitors

Uncle Brians Tablelands and Waterfalls Tour $109 per person


I have done this tour several times and it is such a great day out! The guides are so informative and friendly and the Tablelands area above Cairns really is beautiful, the Waterfalls and scenery are amazing too!

Your day on Uncle Brian’s Atherton Tablelands & Waterfalls Tour includes-

•             Departs Cairns around 7.45am

•             Returns at around 8.00pm/8.30pm

•             You will experience a full day of fun in the Atherton Tablelands and also get to enjoy the magical transformation of this area from day into night

•             Enjoy morning and afternoon drinks and snacks

•             Feast on a deliciously home cooked, two course lunch

•             Visit Ancient Coastal Rainforests

•             Experience the beauty of the Atherton Tablelands

•             Swimming, walking, relaxing

•             Visiting the Atherton Tablelands  famous waterfalls

•             Platypus spotting

•             Enjoying friendly relaxed company

•             Enjoy a fun-filled day and then a joyous musical journey home

Cape Tribulation and Daintree with Billy Tea Bush Safaris $185 per person

I would recommend doing a day trip to Cape Tribulation and the Daintree with Billy Tea Bush Safaris over doing Skyrail. They are both a rainforest experience but you will get so much more out of going to Cape Tribulation and you will see so much more and actually get to walk through the rainforest and see it up close, you cannot do this on the Skyrail or the Train. The price for this is $185 per person and is a jam packed full day in which you will see so much. I have also done this tour and cannot recommend it enough!

Billy Tea Bush Safaris 1 Day Cape Tribulation Tour

Billy Tea Safaris is a small locally owned tour operator, which operates 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.

Your day begins with being meet by your accredited guide at your accommodation Cairns CBD area from 6.50am – 7.15am, Northern Beaches from 7.20am and Port Douglas area from 8.20am, and after introductions, 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.

Seek fish and turtles in the creek, butterflies and exotic birds in the trees and indulge in a feast of exotic tropical fruits, a complimentary glass of wine and sample a cup of traditional Billy Tea, all of which enhance the tranquil surroundings.

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 home made 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 $5.00 you can taste up to four different flavours.

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'. Arriving back at your hotel accommodation approx Port Douglas 5.30pm, Northern Beaches approx 6.00pm, Cairns CBD Area approx 6.30pm.

Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Railway $103.50 per person

This package combines Skyrail Rainforest Cableway with the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway for a full day tour experience for $103.50 including a 9.30am transfer to Skyrail from your apartment.

Your day would be as follows:

9.30am pick up from apartment, 10am Skyrail to Kuranda, 11am approx. arrive in Kuranda, Free time in the village for lunch, markets, shopping, other attractions at your leisure and then you have the choice of the 2pm or the 3.30pm Train back to Cairns Station which is across the road from your apartment.

Your Skyrail experience should take approximately 1½ hours and includes spending time at the two rainforest mid-stations. Allow 20 minutes for each station, to enjoy Ranger guided boardwalk tours and visit the Rainforest Interpretation Centre, lookouts and historical displays.

The famous Kuranda Scenic Railway was built over 100 years ago and winds its way through the tropical mountain ranges between Cairns and Kuranda.

This package includes time for you to explore Kuranda ‘The Village in the Rainforest’. There are rainforest walks, markets, cafes, restaurants, and galleries for you to visit.

This package is available with a Gold Class Upgrade for the Kuranda Scenic Railway component. Tailored to provide a more luxurious and personalised experience, the Gold Class Upgrade is $47 per person which includes a selection of beverages, delicious finger foods and a complimentary gift. This is highly recommended!


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