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6 Day Rainforest & Reef Adventure Holiday

5 nights, Cairns to Cairns

6 Day Rainforest & Reef Adventure Holiday

Australia's northeast is home to two of the most best and most spectacular natural landscapes on planet earth. First, you will immerse yourself in world’s largest coral reef, the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Next, travel to Cape Tribulation to set foot in the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest tropical rainforest in the world at an incredible 180 million years old. With fantastic accommodation and time in Cairns and its surroundings to explore incredible white sand beaches, this is the perfect Australian holiday for those that are short on time.

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Included in this New Zealand self drive holiday

  • This New Zealand holiday starts at price per person (see details)
  • 6 days / 5 nights from Cairns to Cairns
  • Accommodation is Hotel 4 star (can be customised)
  • A superb range of rental cars to choose from
  • Rental car insurance with full coverage (variable excess/deductible)
  • Unlimited kilometres, GPS navigation, airport and ferry fees
  • Can be fully customised to suit you
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Day 1 - G'day and welcome to Cairns

Spirit of Cairns Dinner Cruise - suggested

Spirit of Cairns Dinner Cruise
Spirit of Cairns Dinner Cruise
Spirit of Cairns Dinner Cruise
Spirit of Cairns Dinner Cruise

A Cairns dinner cruise is the perfect way to end a perfect day in paradise. Board the sailing catamaran and enjoy an evening of calm water cruising on Trinity Inlet, taking in the sights and sounds of this tropical port city and its surrounds as they transition from day to night.

Accommodation: Mantra Esplanade, Cairns

Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star

Accommodation: Mantra Esplanade, Cairns
Accommodation: Mantra Esplanade, Cairns
Accommodation: Mantra Esplanade, Cairns
Accommodation: Mantra Esplanade, Cairns

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 10 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 2-5 mins
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room paid access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Bar on site
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Room service available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry facilities: On site
  • Swimming pool
  • Gym/fitness centre
  • All rooms non smoking
  • Apartments serviced weekly

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Day 2 - Collect your car and head out to explore Kuranda

Collect your rental car

Collect your rental car
Collect your rental car
Collect your rental car
Collect your rental car

Your holiday can be customised and priced with any of the rental cars available in our fantastic range, from economy hatchbacks to prestige sedans and SUVs.

Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Railway

Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Railway
Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Railway
Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Railway
Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Railway

Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, smells and tranquillity of one of the world’s most botanically fascinating areas that have remained relatively unchanged for 130 million years.
Enjoy a truly unique perspective of this ancient landscape with unsurpassed panoramic views of Barron Gorge and Australia’s Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Glide metres above the pristine jungle canopy between Smithfield (Cairns) and Kuranda, en route descend to explore the rainforest close up at Red Peak and Barron Falls.
Journey back on the must-do Kuranda Scenic Railway. This famous railway winds its way on a journey from Kuranda to Cairns, the village in the rainforest, with Freshwater situated along the line with views of the surrounding mountains. Descending from 327 metres back to sea level, the journey to Kuranda passes spectacular waterfalls and into the stunning Barron Gorge.

Accommodation: Mantra Esplanade, Cairns

Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star

Accommodation: Mantra Esplanade, Cairns
Accommodation: Mantra Esplanade, Cairns
Accommodation: Mantra Esplanade, Cairns
Accommodation: Mantra Esplanade, Cairns

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Day 3 - A day on the Great Barrier Reef

Outer Barrier Reef Cruise with Quicksilver Cruises

Outer Barrier Reef Cruise with Quicksilver Cruises
Outer Barrier Reef Cruise with Quicksilver Cruises
Outer Barrier Reef Cruise with Quicksilver Cruises
Outer Barrier Reef Cruise with Quicksilver Cruises

For your experience of a lifetime, Quicksilver’s wave-piercing catamaran and friendly crew will take you to a reef at the very edge of Australia’s Continental Shelf, to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance.
Choose to dive, snorkel, or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a Quicksilver semi-sub, just one meter underwater. Watch the fish feeding from Quicksilver’s unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory. Whichever way you choose, you’ll bring home a lifetime of memories from this living natural wonder.

Accommodation: Mantra Esplanade, Cairns

Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star

Accommodation: Mantra Esplanade, Cairns
Accommodation: Mantra Esplanade, Cairns
Accommodation: Mantra Esplanade, Cairns
Accommodation: Mantra Esplanade, Cairns

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Day 4 - Journey north to the Daintree Rainforest

Driving distance and time: 138 kms / 86 miles : 2.6 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Cairns to Cape Tribulation via Port Douglas

Cairns to Cape Tribulation via Port Douglas
Cairns to Cape Tribulation via Port Douglas
Cairns to Cape Tribulation via Port Douglas
Cairns to Cape Tribulation via Port Douglas

The best route north is the Captain Cook Highway (State Route 44). This drive offers countless opportunities to stop and admire the breathtaking views or walk along the beach. Just 20 minutes north of Cairns is Smithfield, home to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway where you can take a bird's eye view of the world's oldest continually surviving tropical rainforest, or divert a little further to Kuranda for the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway.
Continue north through Palm Cove and onto Port Douglas, stopping on the way at Rex Lookout for a 180-degree view over the Coral Sea, with views to Double Island to the south. Port Douglas is a perfect town for a break. Stretch your legs on Four Mile Beach and grab some lunch or a coffee before continuing your drive.
Back on the highway, you will pass through Mossman as you head north on your journey into the Daintree Rainforest. At the Daintree River, you will need to take the Daintree Ferry across (own expense) this is the only cable ferry operating within tropical Australia and the journey across takes about 10 minutes, but there can be wait times, especially in the peak season of July-September.
Once across, you will follow Cape Tribulation Road through the rainforest until your final destination for the day, Cape Tribulation.

Dreamtime Walk at the Mossman Gorge Centre - suggested

Dreamtime Walk at the Mossman Gorge Centre
Dreamtime Walk at the Mossman Gorge Centre
Dreamtime Walk at the Mossman Gorge Centre
Dreamtime Walk at the Mossman Gorge Centre

A visit to Mossman Gorge is a must-do for anyone travelling to the beautiful Far North Queensland region. The Mossman Gorge Centre is the gateway to the world’s oldest rainforest, the Daintree Rainforest, as well as a unique link to the lives, cultures, and stories of Australia’s Indigenous people and their connection to the natural environment.

Accommodation: Daintree Wilderness Lodge

Accommodation type: Hotel 3 star

Accommodation: Daintree Wilderness Lodge
Accommodation: Daintree Wilderness Lodge
Accommodation: Daintree Wilderness Lodge
Accommodation: Daintree Wilderness Lodge

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Please note: Check in is ONLY until 8pm unless otherwise arranged
  • Check out time: 10 am
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: On site free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Includes continental breakfast
  • Includes cooked breakfast
  • Bar on site

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Day 5 - Return to Cairns, with plenty of great opportunities to stop

Driving distance and time: 138 kms / 86 miles : 2.6 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Cape Tribulation to Cairns via Palm Cove

Cape Tribulation to Cairns via Palm Cove
Cape Tribulation to Cairns via Palm Cove
Cape Tribulation to Cairns via Palm Cove
Cape Tribulation to Cairns via Palm Cove

The drive south from Cape Tribulation takes you out of the Daintree Rainforest, across the Daintree River on the ferry and down towards Kuranda State Forest. An hour and a half into your journey is Mossman Gorge, an interactive ecotourism experience that introduces visitors to the Daintree Rainforest and the Indigenous communities who have lived there for centuries.
Just 20 minutes further south is Port Douglas, a bustling tourist town with no shortage of cafes, bars and restaurants. Continue on the Captain Cook Highway as it follows the Coral Sea until you get to Palm Cove. Palm Cove Beach is a great spot for a swim if you’d like to have an afternoon dip to break up the road trip, or there is a beautiful jetty to stroll along to stretch your legs. If you're not short on time, Yorkeys Knob, Trinity Beach, and Clifton Beach are worth checking out as you continue to your destination, Cairns.

Accommodation: Mantra Esplanade, Cairns

Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star

Accommodation: Mantra Esplanade, Cairns
Accommodation: Mantra Esplanade, Cairns
Accommodation: Mantra Esplanade, Cairns
Accommodation: Mantra Esplanade, Cairns

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Day 6 - Depart Cairns

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