Best of Cairns, Great Barrier Reef & Daintree

5 Days | Explore ancient rainforests and the world’s largest coral reef

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On this five-day deep dive into some of Australia’s greatest natural wonders, you’ll explore ancient rainforests and one of the seven natural wonders of the world – the Great Barrier Reef. With an expert leader, you’ll start your trip in Carins and make your way to Kuranda, where you’ll fly over the tropical rainforest and the quaint mountain town on the 7.5 km Skyrail. Then, head to Port Douglas – a paradise town in Queensland surrounded by palm trees and warm sands. Explore the Daintree Rainforest – the oldest living rainforest in the world – and head out on a crocodile and wildlife-spotting boat tour. Keep sailing with a full-day snorkelling adventure aboard a catamaran, accompanied by expert marine biologists, then end it all with a walking tour of Mossman Gorge with a local Aboriginal guide who will teach you about the area and its links with Dreaming.

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Cairns, Australia
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Soar over the world’s oldest rainforest on the Skyrail – 7.5 km of cableway that takes you to the mountain village of Kuranda.
  • Explore the ancient Daintree Rainforest – the oldest rainforest in the world – with a crocodile spotting boat tour on an electric eco-boat with an experienced guide.
  • Take a full-day sailing and snorkelling tour of the Great Barrier Reef from Port Douglas, learning about the underwater ecosystem and the fragility of the environment from professional marine biologists.
  • Head out on a Dreamtime walking tour with a local Aboriginal guide, learning about the local environment in Mossman Gorge, bush food and native plants before a morning tea of bush tea and damper.
  • Wander around the gorgeous Palm Cove, with free time to explore the beachside town – maybe opt to end your trip here and extend your stay.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll learn about our Intrepid Foundation partner, Greening Australia. Donations help them tackle Australia’s complex environmental challenges, restoring landscapes at scale – in ways that work for communities, economies and nature. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain and is best suited to travellers with good fitness and mobility. See information about specific walks in the itinerary.
  • Some activities on this trip are subject to weather and water conditions and on occasion, may be cancelled for safety or operational reasons. In the case of cancellation, we will endeavour to find a suitable replacement activity.
  • This trip forms part of some longer combination tours. If you would like to continue exploring Australia with us, consider booking our Best of Australia (PZKAC) trip. See our website for details.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 April 2024 to 31 March 2025.

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1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 dinners


Private vehicle, Boat


Hotel (4 nights)

  • Kuranda - Skyrail (one-way)
  • Kuranda - Kuranda Markets
  • Kuranda - Kuranda Village Visit
  • Port Douglas - Leader-lead Orientation Walk
  • Daintree National Park – Solar Whisper Daintree River Wildlife Cruise
  • Daintree National Park - Jindalba circuit track
  • Daintree National Park - Cape Tribulation Lookout & Beach Walk
  • Port Douglas - Full-day Great Barrier Reef tour
  • Mossman Gorge - Ngadiku Dreamtime walk

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Important notes

The trip starts in Cairns with a Welcome Meeting at 6 pm on Day 1 at our joining point hotel. The trip finishes in Palm Cove on Day 5 early afternoon or in Cairns at our finish point hotel at approximately 4 pm. Accommodation is not included on this day but can be booked on request (Cairns only).

A Single Supplement can be booked if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip, subject to availability.

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Diana · Traveled May 2024
This was an excellent trip with an ease of comfort in the activities undertaken.
Review submitted 31 May 2024
Best of Cairns, Great Barrier Reef & Daintree
CHF  1,683