Best of Cairns 3 Day Luxury Getaway Reef, Rainforest and Hot Air Balloon

Best of  Cairns On your first day  you will head out on The Great Barrier Reef
onboard the vessel “Reef Experience”.
With this Top Deck Package, you will have your very own personal Valet looking after all your needs for the day.

On the second day, we will take you up to the Kuranda Village in the Rainforest on board the Skyrail Cable car and return to Cairns by the scenic railway in “Gold Class” style.

On Day Three you will venture up west to Cairns’ countryside in a limousine before you take flight in a “Luxury” Hot Air Balloon scenic flight.

Have fun and see what it feels like to live the high profile life for a few days!

(minimum of two passengers per booking required)
(minimum age for this package four years)

Best of Cairns Day 1 your Reef Experience “Top Deck Club” cruise

Discover the breathtaking wonders on this unforgettable journey to 2 (two) pristine outer Great Barrier Reef locations.

Reef Experience Top Deck Highlights

  • Add a touch of luxury to your Great Barrier Reef tour with Reef ExperienceTop Deck V.I.P. Club.”
  • Your day will begin with a bus transfer from your Cairns City Accommodation. When boarding Reef Experience, you will be introduced to your “Personal Valet” assigned to you for the day.
  • As you are settling into the Top Deck Lounge, your Valet will be serving you an “a la carte” breakfast.
  • It is the time to commence a fast 90-minute journey to the first location on the outer Great Barrier Reef.
  • Private snorkel guide
  • (you can also snorkel by yourself) along with guiding you on your certified or introductory dive.

Reef Experience Top Deck Inclusions

  • Your Valet assigned to you for the day
  • Introductory Scuba Dive (subject to Medical Conditions) or 1 Certified Scuba Dive
  • Personal Snorkel and Dive Guide
  • Access to the exclusive Captain’s Wheelhouse “Top Deck Lounge.”
  • A la carte breakfast
  • Deluxe lunch
  • Complimentary glass of Australian Sparkling Wine and a cheese and fruit platter served to you by your Valet during the homeward journey
  • Plunger Coffee, Tea and Juices
  • 2 Outer Great Barrier Reef locations
  • All snorkelling/ dive equipment including wetsuits
  • Up to 6 hours at the outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Glass bottom boat tour & commentary (weather permitting)
  • Marine biologist presentation
  • Beach Towels
  • Bus transfers to and from Cairns City area accommodation
  • All Government Reef Tax/ fuel levy/ admin fees (incl. $3.50 E.M.C.

Reef Experience Top Deck Itinerary

  • 07.30 Board Reef Experience vessel at the Marlin Jetty, Cairns
  • 08:00 – Departure Marlin Jetty to the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • 08:30 – A la carte breakfast served on the way out to the Outer Reef
  • 09:30 – Arrive at our first spectacular Outer Great Barrier Reef location
  • 10:30 – Glass Bottom Boat tour
  • 12:30 – A la carte lunch
  • 13:00 – Cruise to our second location
  • 15:00 – Depart the Great Barrier Reef for Cairns
  • 15:30 – Glass of Australian sparkling wine, tropical fruits, cheese & biscuits
  • 16:30 – Arrive back in Cairns

What to Bring

  • Cash or credit card for extra purchases
  • Sunscreen
  • hat
  • swimming clothes
  • proof of certification if you are a certified scuba diver

Best of Cairns Day 2 – Ultimate Kuranda Railway “Gold Class” with Skyrail

Start your day with a journey to Kuranda on the breathtaking Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
Explore Kuranda village and the Rainforestation Nature Park.

Ultimate Kuranda Inclusions

  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Time in Kuranda Village
  • Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Army Duck Rainforest Tour
  • Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience
  • Buffet Lunch
  • Koala & Wildlife Park
  • Exclusive tour of the heritage-listed signal cabin at Kuranda station
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway journey “Gold Class.” 
  • Air-conditioned Gold Class Carriage with Club Seating
  • Drinks & dine on locally produced delicacies
  • Return Coach Transfers from Accommodation

Ultimate Kuranda Itinerary

  • 07:30 – 08:30 Coach Pick up from your accommodation and transfer to Skyrail
  • 09:00 – Board Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • 10:15 – Arrive at Kuranda and time to wander through Kuranda Village
  • 11:45 – Transfer by bus to Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Noon – Buffet Lunch – delicious hot buffet and a wide selection of salads
  • 13:00 – Army Duck Rainforest Tour
  • 14:00 – Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience
  • 14:30 – Dreamtime Walk guide (includes boomerang throwing, spear throwing & didgeridoo demonstrations)
  • 15:00 – Koala and Wildlife Park
  • 15:45 – Transfer to Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • 17:15 – Your coach will be at the Freshwater Railway Station to transfer you to your accommodation

What To Bring

  • Camera
  • Insect repellent
  • Hat
  • sunscreen
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • credit card or money for shopping souvenirs, and snacks

Best of Cairns Day 3 – Extended Flight Hot Air Balloon

Experience the fun and exciting sensation of Hot Air Ballooning in the Cairns Atherton Tablelands, Australia.  Float through the air for an hour from sunrise

Enjoy the picturesque landscape at sunrise as you float for an hour, in your Hot Air Balloon and breathe in the wide-open spaces!  This balloon ride is an extended 60-minute package (taken as two separate 30-minute flights, one directly after the other travelling over the different countryside so see more of Mareeba and the Atherton Tablelands)

What's Included

  • Complimentary return transfers from Cairns accommodation
  • Amazing 1 hour  Hot Air balloon ride
  • Local expert commentary
  • Cross Country Hot Air Balloon Chase
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride Commemorative Certificate
  • Free Wifi on coach transfers from all Cairns accommodation


  • 05.00 am (approx) Pickup from your Cairns accommodation.   The transfer time is about 1 hour. Pickup times confirmed on booking.
  • 6.30 am Begin flying gently high above the Atherton Tablelands, Australia. The balloon takes off from Mareeba on the Atherton Tablelands. Enjoy the picturesque landscape at dawn, spend 30 minutes floating in your Hot Air Balloon, time to breathe in the wide-open spaces! We have Australia’s largest fleet of Hot Air Balloons and a fun and highly trained crew to maximise the enjoyment of your balloon flight. It’s just like a hot air balloon festival every day!
  • 07.50 am Return and Landing, Hot Air Balloon pack-up games and lots of laughs.
  • 09.00-09.30am The tour finish time varies with the seasons. You can be dropped back to your Cairns accommodation or, with prior notice,  to the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, Skyrail, Tjapukai or a Cairns cafe or restaurant for breakfast at your arrangements

What to Bring

  • Your ticket / Voucher
  • Walking shoes
  • Camera
  • Dress casual outdoor layered clothing.
  • White clothing not recommended.
  • Peak Hat & sunglasses
  • Bottle of water

Pay onboard Levy of $30.00 per person

  • Passengers with medical conditions should check their suitability to fly before booking
  • The Operator will not carry passengers who are pregnant.
  • The Operator will not carry passengers who have participated in a scuba dive the night
  • Children must be a minimum age of FOUR (4).


Reef tips You can do this tour in the order that suits you best!

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