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2 Day Option 8 tour package - Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef and Kuranda Train & Skyrail:

Experience renowned Reef and Rainforest World Heritage environments over two full days.


  • Return hotel transfers for both tours
  • Quicksilver Outer Reef Pontoon
  • Semi-Submarine
  • Kuranda Train & Skyrail

DAY 1: Quicksilver Outer Reef Cruise


  • Departs Reef Marina Port Douglas at 10am, returns Port Douglas: 4.30pm
  • Return hotel transfers from Cairns, Northern Beaches or Port Douglas included

For your experience of a lifetime, discover a world of beauty, vibrant coral gardens and diverse marine life when you cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef with Quicksilver.

Quicksilver's high-speed wavepiercing catamaran will take you in airconditioned comfort to an exclusive activity platform moored at the renowned Agincourt Reef, a jewel-like ribbon reef on the edge of Australia's Continental Shelf. The Agincourt ribbon reef systems showcase spectacular coral formations, colourful marine life and exceptional underwater visibility.

From the spacious activity platform guests of all ages, swimmers and non-swimmers alike, can experience this stunning reef world in comfort, whether you choose to get wet and snorkel or stay dry and observe. Friendly and attentive crew, including professional marine biologists, are on hand to ensure you enjoy and gain the most from your day. Explore the reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible, discover in the underwater observatory, watch the fascinating fish feeding presentation or snorkel and dive in the beautiful coral gardens.

Your Day Includes:

  • Return Wavepiercer cruise from Port Douglas Reef Marina
  • Morning and afternoon teas on board
  • Reef presentation by marine biologist
  • Hot and cold tropical buffet lunch
  • Snorkelling equipment (mask, snorkel & fins) and instruction provided
  • Qualified lifeguard supervision
  • Underwater observatory fish & coral viewing
  • Coral viewing by semi-submersible vessels – cruise as often as you like!
  • Fish feeding [conducted by crew].

Exciting optional activities (additional cost):

  • introductory and certified scuba diving,
  • Marine Biologist guided snorkel tours,
  • Oceanwalker helmet diving
  • scenic helicopter flights.

DAY 2:  Kuranda Train & Skyrail

Tour Itinerary:

  • Complimentary hotel pick-up, time advised at time of booking.
  • Freshwater Railway Station
  • Kuranda Scenic Rail 
  • Free time in Kuranda
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Experience 
  • Return transfer to hotel 

Kuranda Scenic Railway:

  • Start your day aboard the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway, meandering to the Barron Falls and through mountainside tunnels. This breathtaking journey on one of the world's most scenic train routes will take you through hand-hewn tunnels and across bridges with amazing views. Stop at Barron Gorge to view the falls before arriving at Kuranda station.
  • The Train departs Cairns Railway at 8:30am or 9:30am and Freshwater 8:45am or 9:45am and departs from Kuranda at 2pm or 3:30pm.
  • Allow 1.5 hours for this journey.


  • The remainder of the day is free for you to explore the "Village in the Rainforest". Visit the Heritage Markets, which operate daily, or perhaps visit the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Birdworld or the Kuranda Koala Gardens (own expense). Lunch at own expense.


  • At the scheduled time, board Skyrail for the world's most beautiful rainforest experience. Gliding just metres above the rainforest canopy in comfortable 6 person gondola cabins, take advantage of the two stops en-route (Barron Falls and Red Peak Stations) to enjoy a walk through the rainforest or visit the Rainforest Interpretive Centre.
  • A one-way Skyrail Experience will take approximately 90 minutes to complete, spanning 7.5kms over pristine rainforest.
  • Your journey ends at Skyrail’s Caravonica Lakes station where your coach will be waiting to take you back to your accommodation

Upgrade Options:

Train Gold Class:
Gold Class has provided a premium experience, giving you the extra comfort and little bit of luxury, and a most memorable experience

  • 9.55am departure from Freshwater Station to Kuranda
  • 3.30pm departure from Kuranda to Cairns
  • Dedicated personalised Gold Class attendant
  • Individual seating, lounge-style chairs (24 seats in each carriage over 4 carriages)
  • Ambient, historical décor, including timber look flooring, historical photographs and cedar interior
  • Gift pack including Kuranda Scenic Railway badge, pen, postcard and postage
  • Souvenir trip guide available in 9 languages
  • Optional exclusive tour of the Heritage-Listed Signal Cabin at Kuranda station
    - Conducted 15 minutes after arrival for morning trains
    - Conducted 30 minutes prior to departure for afternoon trains
  • Food & beverage offerings will focus on Queensland and local Tablelands produce such as:
    o Gallo Dairyland Cheese
    o Skybury Coffee
    o Wondaree Macadamias
    o Mango to Go (100% pure mango "ice-cream" style treat)
    o Freshly baked muffins with local fruit
    o Sirromet Wines
    o Great Northern Brewing Company Super Crisp Lager


Diamond View Gondolas provides guests with amazing panoramic views of the tropical landscape, Coral Sea and rainforest canopy, but also the unique perspective of looking straight down from the treetops to the forest floor through the glass flooring for the entire Skyrail experience. Taking a maximum of 5 persons and a waiting time of 7 minutes.


Please Note:

  • These 2 daytrips can be done on any two days of your holiday in no particular order.
  • Lunch not included for Kuranda tour

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Guest Reviews

Kuranda in a Day (368)

Great relaxing day!

Great relaxing day! Met great people. Enjoyed a couple of walks and visited the Butterfly Sanctuary.

Posted By Jacque Bradley

Excellent trip.

Well organized and managed, very helpful staff with good knowledge, an excellent trip.

Posted By Ian Lowe


Good, could not be happier with the whole experience.
Staff & service excellent.

Posted By Philip Taylor

Lovely experience.

Lovely experience. The only blemish was a bottleneck at the 1st cable car changeover. I would certainly recommend the service and experience.

Posted By Brian Dunham

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A tour not to be missed.

A tour not to be missed when in Cairns old growth forest cableway is fantastic!!!

Posted By Larry H.

Very enjoyable

Many thanks,very enjoyable

Posted By Grant & Valerie Catlin

Excellent trip.

Excellent trip. Picked up on time and returned with no problems. Thanks

Posted By Diane Punter

Very good day

Very nice experience. The lady serving in our compartment in the train was very helpful and accomodating. Thanks for making it a memorable experience. Both the train and sky rail offered great views and we are sure to cherish this trip for years to come. Kuranda was also fantabulous with the things in offer at such a small place. The Frog restaurants food was delicious. The staff concerned with the transfers to the hotel was also very cordial and helped reschedule our trip back home. It was a nice gesture to take the trouble of looking up and arranging for a pick up as we were 30 mins before time. All in all a very good day with family.

Posted By Shivaraj Iyer

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A must do

We cannot wait till next time

Posted By Scott Allen

Exceptional day!

It was an exceptional day! Great service and care by Quicksilver staff.

Posted By Terri Anisko

Excellent day

Was an excellent day, a little rushed with so many people, a little overcrowded! Very promt service, right on time!

Posted By Barry Ayres

Amazed at the experience

We had a fab day the 4 grandchildren were just amazed at the experience have not stopped talking about the swim the dive the fish etc

Posted By Maxine Schofield

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