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Ultimate 4 Day Tour package -  Outer Reef - Hot Air Balloon - Kuranda Skyrail & Train - Tully River Rafting - Cape Trib & Daintree -  Action packed comprehensive experience of the region. 

See our region from all angles and immerse yourself in Nature's Beauty.  Experience the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, Crocodile Cruise, Mossman Gorge, Rainforest Walks, Kuranda Train, Skyrail, Hot Air Ballooning & White Water Rafting on the Tully River.  All in just 4 days!

For those wanting to include a few relaxing days in between we are able to break up the days and have rest days in between to fit your itinerary. 

Package Inclusions:

  • Return hotel transfers daily
  • Reef Experience Outer Barrier Reef trip
  • Intro Dive or Cert Dive or Guided Snorkel
  • 30 Minute Hot Air Balloon Flight
  • Skyrail Cableway
  • Free time to explore Kuranda
  • Fully day Tully River Rafting 
  • Cape Trib & Daintree Safari
  • Rafting levy of $30
  • Balloon levy of $30

DAY 1 - Reef Experience

Reef Experience has been developed into what is the best trip going to the Great Barrier Reef and certainly the best value with many inclusions! Reef Experience offers everything and much more than any other cruise to the Great Barrier Reef.

Departures: Daily

  • Departs Cairns Daily at 7:30am
  • Returning at 4:30pm approx.

Your day trip aboard Reef Experience includes:

  • Return hotel transfers
  • 6 hours at the reef
  • Two spectacular Outer Reef locations
  • Guided snorkel, Intro. or Certified dive
  • Glass bottom boat tour & commentary
  • Freshly prepared breakfast bun
  • Smorgasbord hot & cold lunch
  • Morning tea & coffee
  • Bacon & egg roll
  • Wine & cheese/fruit platter on return
  • All equipment & wetsuit hire
  • Limited numbers - personalised service
  • Bus transfers from Cairns accommodation
  • All reef levies & charges

Reef Experience luxury day trip commences with boarding at 7:30am at the Marlin Jetty in Cairns. Enjoy a freshly prepared tropical breakfast, then cruise to the Outer Reef where you will spend 6 full hours snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming and visiting 2 spectacular reef locations. Come face to face with schools of tropical reef fish and amazing spectacular coral formations.

DAY 2: Hot Air Ballooning & Kuranda Skyrail & Train

Included in the package is a 30 minute scenic balloon flight, Skyrail and Kuranda Train with plenty of time to explore Kuranda markets and other attractions.

Departures: Daily
Departs Cairns approx 4:15am
Returning at 4pm approx.


  • Return hotel transfers
  • Spectacular 30 min Hot Air balloon
  • Expert interpretive commentary
  • Cross Country Balloon Chase
  • Free Commemorative flight Certificate
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Time to explore Kuranda Village & Markets
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway

5:00am - Pick-up at your accommodation by a Hot Air coach. There's a one hour transfer via the Kuranda Range to Mareeba in the Cairns Highlands. Pickup times are confirmed on booking.

 - Experience the fun & unique sensation of a hot air balloon ride over the Atherton Tablelands. Enjoy the picturesque landscape at sunrise. Breathe in the wide-open spaces!

7:50am - Return and Landing, Hot Air Balloon pack-up games and lots of laughs.
9:00am - Your Hot Air Balloon tour driver will drop you off to Skyrail Caravonica Station and your travel with them is booked for this time.
It will take 1.5 hours to travel to Kuranda, allowing for the 2 stops at Red Peak and Barron Falls Station.

11:30am - Arrive in Kuranda, the village in the rainforest for free time to go shopping and sightseeing. Check out the Kuranda Markets.

1:40pm - Board the Kuranda Scenic Railway at Kuranda Station. Train departs at 2pm. (3:30pm Train available by request) The Train will stop at Barron Falls for some time to enjoy the view. In total will take about 2 hours.

3:30pm - Arrive at historic Freshwater Station for your shuttle bus return to your accommodation.

DAY 3: Tully River White Water Rafting

Voted the best White Water Rafting experience in Australia. With over 27 rapids on the river, this is the longest Tully River rafting trip available. Your "Rescue 3" trained guide will give you all the tuition needed for this exciting days rafting, and only the world's best rafts are used!

The Tully River is located about 2 hours south of Cairns, and is rated Grade 3 and 4, which means there are exciting rapids and a good chance you will be in the water at some stage during the day! 

Departures: Daily

  • Departs Cairns  from 6:15am
  • Returning at 5:30pm approx.
  • Return hotel transfers included

Inclusions & Highlights:

  • 5 hours of white water rafting
  • Highly experienced guides
  • BBQ Lunch beside the river
  • Guaranteed water levels
  • Life jacket, helmet and spray jacket 
  • Rafts with safety "hold on" lines

DAY 4:
Cape Tribulation, Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge - Tropical Horizons

Discover the unique wilderness area of the World Heritage listed rainforests of both Cape Tribulation & iconic Mossman Gorge with Tropical Horizons, a Eco-Certified nature tourism operator.

Departures: (Daily)

  • Includes return hotel transfers from:
  • Departs Cairns and Northern Beaches (Trinity Beach, Palm Cove) at 7am, returns approx 6:30pm.


  • GPS Activated Audio Commentary
  • Short tour of Port Douglas
  • Morning and afternoon teas
  • 1 hour Daintree River Wildlife Cruise
  • Lunch in a rainforest setting
  • Cape Tribulation Beach guided foreshore walk
  • Alexandra Range Lookout
  • Vehicular cable ferry crossings over the Daintree River
  • Mossman Gorge Centre and guided walking tour

1 hour Daintree River Wildlife Cruise - catch a river boat and be guided down the Daintree River where there’s a good chance of catching a glimpse of a lazy crocodile or two, tree snakes, pythons and water birds.

Cape Tribulation Beach and a guided foreshore walk and Kulki lookout and observe where two of the world's natural wonders converge - the rainforest gives way to white sand and fringing coral reef!

Alexandra Range Lookout to enjoy this spectacular lookout over the Daintree River estuary, Snapper Island and beyond to the Coral Sea.
• Vehicular cable ferry crossing over the Daintree River.

Mossman Gorge Gateway Centre is a special place of significance to the local Ku Ku Yalanji people. The group is transferred by eco-friendly open electric vehicles, which quietly wind their way into the tranquil gorge surrounds. Enjoy an interpretive guided walk of the gorge and experience this ancient rainforest firsthand.

• Return you to your accommodation with wonderful memories of this unique and precious wilderness area.

The tour is operated using the latest GPS activated technology providing over 3hrs of commentary in the following languages- German, Italian, Spanish, French, Japanese and Chinese, delivered with sound effects and music, creating a truly memorable experience. Systems will be provided on day of travel. Feel free to bring your own earphones (3.5mm) or purchase for $3.00.

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Guest Reviews

Reef Experience - All inclusive! (32)


An amazing day on Reef Experience. Boat was so well organised and had every moment possible at the Reef. Saw amazing things even though it was very choppy seas. Well worth booking the all inclusive. Didn't have to worry about a thing or pay an extras.

Posted By Melanie Bamford White

Amazing Day

Reef Experience had Friendly staff, nice lunch and great diving and snorkelling locations

Posted By Michelle Dallimore

Amazing time.

I had an amazing time. The food was spectacular and the crew were friendly and funny. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

Posted By Keith Golding

Great time on reef

Great time on reef. Well worth the money

Posted By Kerry Wisnewski

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Knowledge of the area

Great bus very modern and comfortable. Our driver had so much knowledge of the area we felt very informed.

Posted By Michelle Chequer

Wonderful experience

Wonderful experience must visit if going to Cairns

Posted By Shamik Banerjee

Xavier was absolutely fantastic!!

Our Tropical Horizons tour guide/bus driver for the day, Xavier, was absolutely fantastic!! He really did contribute to making our day even more special :-) Thank you!

Posted By Jo Bunn

An excellent day

An excellent day with great commentaries and a lovely lunch.

Posted By Helen Parker

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Would highly recommend

We had the best time and everyone was very professional. Would highly recommend.

Posted By Jodie Pignataro

Love the whole day

Love the whole day

Posted By Donna Raftis

Great day with a great team on Tully River

My family and my friends family had a great day with a great team - Thanks Nori and co.

Posted By Robert McNulty

Brilliant day.

Brilliant day.

Posted By Deborah Rios tijerina

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Really happy with the whole experience

Travelling solo and for a first timer, I was really, really happy with the whole experience. I am glad I booked with Travstar. I loved all the activities. One that I will never forgot. I am back in PNG now but already planning on my next adventure with Travstar. Thanks to Kelsi for the online booking and Natalie for your face to face customer service when I visited your office on Friday to make the payment. Thanks Travstar!! You guys Rock.

Posted By Mary M Anda

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