Tablelands Sights PlusDAINTREE & REEF

Overview

TABLELANDS SIGHTS + GREAT BARRIER REEF AND DAINTREE RAINFOREST

Waterfalls, historic sites, pristine tropical rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef: Tropical North Queensland’s essential highlights are all included in this great value three-day package. Your journey starts with the cool tropical rainforests of the Atherton Tablelands, where Lake Barrine, Milla Milla Falls and the Curtain Fig Tree offer an introduction to the wonders of the region’s World Heritage-listed rainforests, before a relaxing afternoon at historic Paronella Park’s Spanish architecture and tropical gardens. On day two we swap rainforest for reef, cruising to two reef sites where you’ll have up to six hours to explore this natural wonder of the world, with unlimited snorkelling and a free introductory dive. Day 3 puts you in the untouched, ancient wilds of the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation, but you’re never far from the reef here – a visit to Cape Tribulation Beach revealing this as the only place in the world where two natural World Heritage sites — the reef and rainforest — meet.

  • Please note this tour is not suitable for children under 4, unless on a private charter.
  • Don’t forget to bring your swimming gear

Highlights

  • Small group touring
  • Expert guides
  • Quality restaurant lunches
  • World Heritage-listed rainforest
  • Amazing lookouts
  • Tablelands waterfalls
  • 1000-year-old twin kauri pines
  • Curtain Fig Tree
  • Yungaburra & Malanda townships
  • Swim at Millaa Millaa Falls, Babinda Boulders & Mossman Gorge
  • Paronella Park & guided walk
  • Daintree River Cruise
  • Daintree Rainforest
  • Cape Tribulation Beach
  • Port Douglas
  • Up to 6 Hours at the Great Barrier Reef
  • Unlimited Snorkeling
  • Try scuba diving for free
  • Glass bottom boat tours
  • Marine biology presentation
  • Visit 2 reef sites
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Itinerary

DAY 1: TABLELANDS WATERFALLS & PARONELLA PARK

After a coach pickup between 7.15 – 7.45am, we begin our Tropical North Queensland tour of discovery heading south from Cairns, taking in the imposing views of 900-metre Walsh’s Pyramid at the border of Wooroonooran National Park. This marks the first of many iconic sights on today’s tour, and as we climb the Gillies Range Road towards the Atherton Tablelands keep watch as the lush rainforest parts to reveal views of the Goldsborough Valley and out to the Coral Sea below.

Lake Barrine was carved into the Tablelands landscape more than 10,000 years ago, and it is here we take a closer look at the surrounding World Heritage-listed tropical rainforest and its inhabitants. A short walk reveals twin kauri pines estimated at more than 1000 years old, the rainforest giants standing watch over a bevy of unique local inhabitants. Keen-eyed explorers may glimpse the abundant wildlife here, including birds, butterflies, turtles, Boyd’s forest dragons and maybe even the tiny yet ancient musky rat-kangaroo.

After morning tea we visit historic Yungaburra and its many photo opportunities of heritage listed buildings, before a boardwalk tour around the Curtain Fig Tree, where our guides share the story of how this 600+ year-old rainforest behemoth’s origins, and the abundance of animal life surrounding it. If you’re lucky, you may spot the elusive Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroo! Onwards for a driving tour through Malanda — home to Australia’s oldest continuously running commercial picture theatre — we come to rest at Milla Milla Falls, where you’ll have time to take a dip under the 20-metre falls, secreted away in the rainforest landscape.

We wind our way down the Palmerston Highway to the coastal town of Innisfail, stopping for a hot restaurant quality lunch at Roscoe’s, then it’s time to take in the stunning gardens and historic Spanish-style architecture at Paronella Park, where a guided tour and ample free time reveal this must-do attraction’s rich history and natural wonders. After your tropical garden sojourn, it’s time to return north. Time permitting, we’ll stop for another swim, this time in the cool rainforest pools of Babinda Boulders. We’ll briefly stop at a local fruit stall, where you can purchase local, fresh and seasonal fruits before we return you to your Cairns accommodation or meeting point by around 6.30pm.

DAY 2: CAIRNS TO THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

You’ll need your energy for six-plus hours on today’s Great Barrier Reef Adventure, so tuck into your bacon and egg breakfast roll as we cruise across the Coral Sea. Across two separate reef sites, you’ll have ample opportunity to explore with unlimited time for snorkelling, and a free introductory scuba dive to take a closer look at the teeming reef life underneath the waves. Non-swimmer snorkel tours are great if you need some help in the water, and glass bottom boat tours are another great way to experience the reef (weather permitting).

You’ll no doubt build up your appetite while in the water all morning; luckily, you’ll have lunch, snacks and tea and coffee available throughout the day, prepared by the onboard chef with local ingredients.

Not sure what you just saw underwater? Ask us! Onboard reef experts teach you what to look for, and explain exactly why the Great Barrier Reef is so special at the interactive Marine Biology Presentation. You won’t have to worry about a thing as you explore the reef, with sunscreen available all day free of charge, all reef taxes included in your cost, and a convenient bus transfer to your Cairns CBD accommodation at the day’s end.

DAY 3: DAINTREE RAINFOREST & CAPE TRIBULATION

Our premium, full day Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation tour takes you deep into the rainforest to discover some of the region’s most dramatic landscapes and scenic vistas. In the comfort of our air-conditioned bus after a pickup from Cairns, Northern Beaches or Port Douglas, we take you to the essential things to do in Daintree and Cape Tribulation. Port Douglas’s Flagstaff Hill offers panoramic views of the Coral Sea, Four Mile Beach and back to Palm Cove, before we journey onward for a guided walk, morning tea and refreshing swim in the rainforest waters of Mossman Gorge.

Onwards to the powerful Daintree River, where a one-hour wildlife cruise showcases the many birds, fish, turtles and even crocodiles that call the river home. A cable ferry ride is our ticket to the Daintree Rainforest, where our path winds through the dappled lights under the rainforest canopy, upwards to stunning Mount Alexandra Lookout. Tread the very sands that link reef with rainforest at Cape Tribulation Beach, and learn more about this ancient ecosystem on a boardwalk tour and scenic lookout. Our trip home features another Daintree highlight at the Daintree Icecream Company, featuring flavours from locally-grown exotic fruits. We’ll return to Port Douglas around 5.30pm, and at around 6.30pm to Northern Beaches and Cairns.

Rates

Adult $579
Pensioner $569
Child $409
Family (2 adults & 2 children) $1699

All rates are in Australian dollars and include GST. Conditions: Northern Experience Eco Tours reserves the right to amend this itinerary due to any unforseen circumstances and accepts no responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged property, lunch destination may be changed without notice, cancellation fees apply. Pensioner or student ID required.

Note:

  • This tour is not suitable for children under 4, unless on a private charter.
  • The child price is for ages 4 – 14, with no dive inclusion
  • Day 1 Transfers:
    • Complimentary from meeting points at Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (6 Skyrail Dr, Smithfield) and Cairns Central Railway Station (Bunda Street entrance, Cairns).
    • Pickups from Northern Beaches hotels available for an additional $22 per person, payable direct to driver.
  • Day 2 transfers
    • Included for Cairns City Hotels only.
    • Northern Beaches Hotels are an additional $22 per person, payable to the driver on the day of travel.
  • Day 3 transfers
    • Included from Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas.

Inclusions

What's Included

TABLELANDS SIGHTS TOUR

  • Devonshire morning tea. Scones and tea/coffee at Lake Barrine Teahouse.
  • Rainforest lakeside walk. Visit the twin kauri pines at Lake Barrine.
  • Curtain Fig Tree and elevated rainforest boardwalk.
  • Millaa Millaa Falls, including time for a swim.
  • Quality lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Paronella Park including priority entry, 45-minute guided tour free time to explore.
  • Visit iconic local landmarks, including Walsh’s Pyramid, Heales Lookout, Yungaburra, Curtain Fig Tree, Malanda, Crawford’s Lookout, Millaa Millaa Falls.
  • Rainforest swim at Babinda Boulders (time permitting).
  • Taste the tropics. Buy your own locally grown tropical fruit at local fruit stall.
  • Return hotel transfers (Cairns area only). Paid transfers available for northern beaches hotels ($22 per person) or make your way to collection points.
  • Attractions and all national parks permit fees as per itinerary.
  • Small group touring in comfortable, air-conditioned buses.

 

GREAT BARRIER REEF TOUR

  • All snorkel equipment hire is included in your trip.
  • One free scuba dive including scuba diving equipment hire.
  • Unlimited snorkeling at two reef locations.
  • Non-swimmer snorkel tours throughout the day, for those who require assistance in the water.
  • Glass bottom boat tours (weather permitting) are a great way to witness life beneath the waves.
  • Selection of meals and refreshments. This includes breakfast bacon and egg rolls, lunch buffet and afternoon cheese, wine and biscuits are served. Dietary requirements will be met; please advise upon booking.
  • Interactive Marine Biology Presentation, a great way to learn about the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Cairns CBD bus transfers to and from your accommodation to the boat.
  • All mandatory reef tax and fuel levies are included in the trip cost.
  • Tea and coffee served throughout the day except during journey times.
  • Sunscreen lotion is provided onboard free of charge.

 

DAINTREE & CAPE TRIBULATION TOUR

  • Full interpretation and commentary by naturalist guides.
  • Port Douglas. Flagstaff Hill lookout with views over 4 Mile Beach.
  • Mossman Gorge. Guided walk and swim in the cool waters of Mossman River.
  • Morning tea & lunch. Choice of meals at lunch.
  • Daintree River Cruise. 1-hour cruise.
  • Daintree River cable crossing. Both ways.
  • Mount Alexandra Lookout. Amazing photo opportunity.
  • Daintree Rainforest. Oldest surviving tropical rainforest on earth.
  • Botanical walk. Through the Daintree Rainforest.
  • Cape Tribulation Beach and lookout. Where reef meets rainforest.
  • Attractions and all national park fees and permits as per itinerary.
  • Pickups from Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas.
  • Small group touring in comfortable, late model, air-conditioned vehicles.

Checklists

WHAT TO BRING

TABLELANDS SIGHTS TOUR

  • Hat and sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Comfortable covered walking shoes.
  • Swimwear, towel and change of clothes.
  • Bottled water.
  • Light jacket in cooler months (June – Oct), when the Tablelands can be quiet cool early in the morning, but still hot enough for swimming later in the day.
  • Umbrella (if rain is forecast).
  • Camera with spare batteries and enough room on the memory card.
  • Cash / credit card as we visit two very well-equipped gift shops with mostly locally-made products.
  • A sense of adventure and thirst for great views!

 

GREAT BARRIER REEF TOUR

  • Hat & sunscreen (SPF 30+).
  • Sun protective clothing, like a t-shirt or rash vest.
  • Swimming costume & towel.
  • Cash/Credit Card for drinks at the bar (soft drinks, beer, wine).
  • Camera.

 

DAINTREE & CAPE TRIBULATION TOUR

  • Swimmers & towel, if you wish to swim at Mossman Gorge (subject to conditions on the day).
  • Lightweight clothing (shorts & t-shirts are fine).
  • Comfortable walking shoes.
  • Hat & sunscreen.
  • Cash for purchase at Daintree Ice-Cream Factory.
  • Bottle of water, which can be topped up throughout the tour.

FAQ

What size bus do we travel on?

Our buses are 20-seater air-conditioned Toyota Coasters.

All Inclusive Price

from $579

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