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Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

See some of Australia's most famous natural wonders — the rainforest and Great Barrier Reef — during an action-packed full-day tour from Cairns. Spend the morning in the mountains, taking the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway between Cairns and Kuranda. In the afternoon, head to the Great Barrier Reef in style on an approximately 25-minute helicopter tour. Transfer to an afternoon cruise on the Outer Reef to admire the underwater world while swimming or snorkeling.
  • Full-day combination Kuranda Scenic Railway, Great Barrier Reef helicopter flight and reef cruise, from Cairns
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Stoney Creek Falls and Barron Falls from the Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Photo opportunities from the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Take a stunning 30-minute helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef
  • Refuel with a tasty lunch served on board the reef cruise
  • Discover the Great Barrier Reef with free time to swim or snorkel
  • Includes pickup and drop-off from Cairns hotels and surrounding areas

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This action-packed tour includes a train journey, cable car ride, helicopter flight, and boat cruise.
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Hotel pickup and drop off from Cairns hotels
Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail Cableway
Approx. 25-minute helicopter tour
Use of snorkeling equipment
Lunch
Beverages
AU$20per person for the Environmental Management Charge and Fuel Levy is payable direct to the operator on the day of travel
Semi-submersible boat tour and diving
Private return transfers to/from Port Douglas are $205 per car (up to 4 passengers).

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Transfer from Cairns and Northern Beaches (up to and including Palm Cove) are included for all
tours. Transfers to/from Port Douglas are $205 per car (up to 4 passengers)

Departure Time

8:30 AM
After morning pickup from your hotel, board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for a scenic 1.5-hour journey to the charming township of Kuranda.

Take in the natural beauty of the mountains as you pass Horseshoe Bend, Stoney Creek Falls and Barron Falls, while hearing informative commentary about regional history. The train winds through Barron Gorge National Park to Kuranda.

Return on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, riding in a fully enclosed six-passenger gondola that glides for 4.5 miles (7.5 km) over the rainforest canopy and offers views of the tropical foliage and the Coral Sea.

Next up, go sightseeing on the sea. Board your helicopter for a spectacular approximately 25-minute flight to the Outer Great Barrier Reef, landing gently at the heli-pontoon at Hastings Reef. From there, hop on board a speedboat where lunch is served, followed by swimming and snorkeling. If you prefer to stay dry, learn about the delicate coral reef ecosystem during a narrated semi-submersible boat tour (payable direct, time permitting).

As you sail back to Cairns on the luxury vessel, relax and enjoy live entertainment provided by the guides. Your tour ends with hotel drop-off at the end of a long fun-filled day.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Cairns
Board the train at the Cairns station and slowly make your way through Cairns City and Kuranda range.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Skyrail Kuranda Terminal
Glide over World Heritage-listed rainforest before descending through the canopy layers and deep into the heart of the lush rainforest. Enjoy stops along the way as you alight and explore the awe-inspiring Barron Gorge and Falls from a network of boardwalks at varying levels.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Nautilus Aviation
Take to the air for a spectacular helicopter journey over the magical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Sweep over coral gardens and sand cays, and see marine life from high above.
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Great Barrier Reef
With over 2 hours onboard the Down Under Cruise & Dive luxury vessel, Evolution, complete your day with an Aussie BBQ lunch, and snorkel and return cruise with a complimentary glass of wine & cheese.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal
Here you will dock and disembark Evolution and will be dropped off at your hotel.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Weight Policy: Individual passenger weights and accompanying carry-on luggage MUST be advised at time of booking. Weight variances greater than 10% may incur an additional fee. Maximum single seat payload of 130kg. For passenger comfort and aircraft weight and balance, passengers exceeding 130kg are required to purchase an additional seat at 50% of ticket price - this is non-commissionable and payable to Nautilus Aviation on day of travel.
  • Child Policy: Children 3 years and above are legally required to be seated in their own seat and are therefore required to pay the full ticket price. Subject to conditions, children under 3 years may travel free of charge when seated on a parents/guardians lap. For bookings of more than one infant (under 3 years), conditions apply – please contact Reservations.
  • There is a maximum of 6 to 7 passengers permitted depending on aircraft availability
  • It is recommended that you wear swimmers upon check in
  • you will have a compulsory 20 minute safety briefing before being allowed enter the water, this is part of your two hours out at the reef
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Nautilus Aviation

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise.

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Superb day - memories for a lifetime
Stephen
, Feb 2020
This was a superb trip - Margret met me at the hotel - took me to the station and met me at the sky rail to take me to the helicopter port. She is lovely and so welcoming. The train trip was amazing - the sky train was superb - both only spoilt by the weather - the flight out to the Great Barrier Reef was brilliant as well as the glass bottom boat. Margret was excellent but so too were the staff on the sky strain, at the heliport and on the boat - they were all very friendly and welcoming - a really brilliant day. Thank you all.
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Absolute wonderful day! A scenic...
Twyla R
, Mar 2018
Absolute wonderful day! A scenic train ride followed by a fantastic view of the rainforest via a gondola ride. From there we took a 25 minute helicopter ride over the Great Barrier Reef. It's the best way to truly get an appreciation of the reef. The helicopter landed on a pontoon and we were taken to the ferry allowing us time for lunch and snorkelling, approximately two hours before heading back to land. Canadian travellers
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Kuranda was very nice. The...
miguel j
, Oct 2017
Kuranda was very nice. The helicopter ride, a waste unless you get front seats, you barely see anything and they do not tell you that. The Great Barrier reef is average at best
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This was one of the best days I have...
Tracy L
, Mar 2017
This was one of the best days I have ever had traveling! I was worried that it was too much in one day, but it didn't feel like that at all. Looking back on it, I would definitely have spent more time in Kuranda, we were worried we wouldn't get down the skyrail in time, but that didn't take near as long as I thought. Also, once you get on the boat on the reef, I rushed through snorkeling to also do the submarine, but they ended up adding another group towards the end, so I could have taken more time and still fit both in. Everyone was really professional and the people I were with was great. Didn't feel weird being a solo traveler at all and doing this trip. I fully recommend it if you don't have a lot of time in Cairns. I was happy to have the next day to just lay by the pool and relax.
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This was our best day !Helicoptering...
hollyinmaui
, Mar 2017
This was our best day !Helicoptering over the Great Barrier Reef! Only hitch was mechanical trouble on helicopter made us late to the big boat and prevented us from snorkeling in the Reef which was a real disappointment - as a consolation they took us on the submarine .
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I wish I had two days so I could...
Linda W
, Mar 2017
I wish I had two days so I could have spent some more time in Kuranda but this tour was sensory overload. Absolutely amazing! The guides made sure I didn't miss anything. First is the ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway - great old train with history and beautiful scenery with a couple of stops for pictures through the rain forest up the mountain. Kuranda is very interesting town at top. Then, you are riding down the mountain in a gondola over a canopy of the rain forest trees looking out to the city of Cairns and the ocean. Once you arrive on ground, the guide whisks you away to the heliport where you board a helicopter and fly over the Great Barrier Reef, which is breathtaking. You land on a helipad in the ocean and a large boat picks you up. You can snorkel, scuba dive or go in the semi-submersible. I took the submersible and we went downstairs and sat on benches with individual windows to look out on the sea life and the reef. You are at eye level and the colors and variety outstanding. On the way back you are treated to a very good lunch we had steak and fish and one of the crew is a singer/guitar player. The realization of all that you have seen that day is sensory overload in the best possible way. They give free rides to/from your hotel. I stayed with a family so they made arrangements for my journey to the train station and from the port. This is a must tour, worth every penny!
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Well this had to be one of the best...
ted m
, Feb 2017
Well this had to be one of the best experiences of our entire 6 week trip. We had a great time and learned a lot about the area. I did manage to get in one dive aboard the boat at the end of the afternoon as well. This was really well organized with very little wasted time. Well worth the money in my opinion.
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Loved the train, the skyrail and...
Lawrence I
, Jan 2017
Loved the train, the skyrail and magnificent views!! great helicopter tour and amazing landing on the small dock!! The snorkeling part was ok - very crowded in the area where we were limited to snorkel. Also, lunch wasn't very good. But still thrilled that we got to do all in one day!!
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The tour certainly lived up to my...
cynthiabrown1
, Nov 2016
The tour certainly lived up to my expectations! Every step of the trip flowed smoothly and efficiently. I would have liked a little more time snorkeling on the reef, but the day was already packed so that was OK.
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This was the most wonderful day, well...
Karen M
, Nov 2016
This was the most wonderful day, well worth the cost.
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