Kuranda & Reef Combo

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Enjoy 2 different reef destinations in a day followed by a rainforest experience to Kuranda on the famous Skyrail Cableway and the option to upgrade at an extra cost to include the Kuranda Train. 

These 2 daytrips can be done on any two days of your holiday in no particular order. 

Brand New Evolution Reef Cruise:

  • Full day luxury reef cruise
  • 2 reef locations
  • Snorkel equipment
  • BBQ lunch
  • Wine & cheese on cruise home


  • Skyrail Cableway
  • Free time in Kuranda Village
  • Kuranda Scenic Train journey, as an optional upgrade cost


Be one of the first guests on the new $5 million catamaran - Evolution!!    

Evolution offers the ultimate passenger experience with the class and style of a motor yacht. 

This ultra spacious and comfortable vessel features seating and decks over 3 levels.  Large well glazed interior spaces on the main and upper deck  include a mix of booth configuration seating.  The upper deck also has a VIP room for 10.  Enjoy oversized outdoor decks in the sunshine with sunlounges.  A choice of outdoor seating areas fitted with comfortable lounges and well protected from the sun. 

Fold-down platforms encircle the aft end of the vessel providing ample comfortable and safe access to the water.  

Evolution is quick, taking only 80 minutes to get to the Outer Reef.  With less travel time, you’ll spend more time at the Reef!

Evolution travels to two different reef destinations.  Norman & Saxon in the morning and Hastings Reef in the afternoon.  There are no islands and no pontoons.  The Outer Reef is spectacular! 

Reef sites are chosen on the day to ensure the best protection and underwater visibility according to weather conditions. Expect to see spectacular coral formations and masses of brilliantly coloured fish.

What makes it Great?

  • FREE Guided Snorkel Tour
  • 5 Hours on the Outer Barrier Reef
  • Aussie BBQ lunch
  • Live on-board entertainment on return journey
  • Maximum 150 passengers - plenty of space


  • Check-in at the Reef Fleet Terminal Cairns, from 07:30am at the Down Under Cruise & Dive counter
  • Boarding commences at 08:00am for an 08:20am departure
  • This trip returns to Cairns at approx 4:45pm.
  • Hotel Transfers are not included but can be booked for an additional fee

Trip Inclusions:

  • 5 hours spent visiting 2 outer reef locations
  • Snorkelling gear and flotation devices
  • FREE guided snorkelling tours
  • FREE 10 min scuba dive demonstration - (charges apply if you proceed)
  • Aussie BBQ lunch including steak, fish, prawns, sausages and tropical salads (vegetarians are catered for)
  • FREE tea, coffee and biscuits, complimentary glass of wine, cheese and fruit platter on return journey
  • Environmental Management Charge $20

Your day:

  • 7.30am Check-in at Reef Fleet Terminal, commence boarding at 8:00am
  • 8.20am Departs Daily
  • 9:50am Approximate arrive Norman OR Saxon Reef
  • 3 hours to play, Snorkel Tour, sunbathe & relax, Aussie BBQ Lunch is served
  • 12: 20pm Depart for Hastings Reef
  • 12:30pm Arrive Hastings Reef
  • 2 hours to play, Snorkel
  • 4:45pm Returns back into Cairns

Additional Costs:

  • Hotel transfers
  • Semi-Submersible tour  
  • Intro/Certified Diving
  • Certified Dive Guide
  • Wetsuits for Snorkelers and Intro Divers $10 (included for cert divers)
  • Lycra Suits $10
  • On-board purchases - drinks, snacks, underwater camera
  • Heli ride at Hastings Reef
  • Heli flights
    To experience the reef from a different perspective, why not take a Helicopter flight over Hastings Reef ! This is available from the Outer Reef Heli pad on the day, due to limited seats please pre book your flight. Click here for Get High Up Top & Dive Down Under combo.


  • Be aware snorkelling & diving may be a strenuous activity - All snorkelling & diving are subject to completion of onboard medical questionnaire /declaration.
  • A history of asthma, diabetes, ear, epilepsy, heart, pregnancy, recent operations and other medical conditions and medications may preclude a passenger from diving. Please discuss existing medical conditions with staff prior to travel. Or if in doubt, please visit your local dive doctor to get a medical clearance.
  • Diving minimum age is 12 years and maximum age is 65 years
  • Certified divers must show an internationally recognised scuba card.
  • In the interests of safety we recommend no flying within 24hours of last dive.
  • All trips/dives are weather permitting at captains/drivers discretion- No refund for incomplete dives.
  • Should a trip be cancelled passengers will be offered an alternative day of travel or a full refund
  • Semi sub will operate subject to weather conditions.

What to Bring:

  • Sunscreen & Hat
  • Change of clothes
  • Swimmers and towel
  • Cash or credit card
  • Scuba Certification for Cert divers

Multi-lingual staff members:  Evolution does have Chinese crew members on this vessel year round.  Please request this option when booking so that we can make sure the staff member is working on your day of travel.    


Included in your day:

  • Return hotel transfers (except for self drive option)
  • Return Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Kuranda Village and markets
  • Or One way Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Rail upgrade

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway:

  • Glide over and through the pristine rainforest canopy in a 6 person gondola. 
  • Enjoy panoramic views on this amazing 7.5km journey.
  • Gondolas leave the station continuously; bookings are allocated in 15 minute intervals
  • 2 rainforest mid-stations (Barron Falls and Red Peak)
  • One-way Skyrail Experience will take approximately 90 minutes to complete.  Allow 2½ hours for a return experience. 
  • Skyrail operates daily from 9am to 5.15pm with the last departure scheduled for 3.30pm.
  • Skyrail is open every day of the year except Christmas Day.
  • Your Skyrail experience will commence or conclude at either Smithfield or Kuranda, depending on your direction of travel.

Smithfield Terminal located just 15 minutes from Cairns city and 50 minutes from Port Douglas.  Provides a convenient embarkment or disembarkment point and is conveniently serviced by regular coach transfer pick-ups. Self-drive passengers will also find Skyrail's location easily accessible with free car parking.

Red Peak Station:  Complimentary ranger-guided boardwalk tours are available throughout the day.  Interpretive signage and lookout. 

Barron Falls:  Spectacular views of the Barron Gorge and Barron Falls via three viewing platforms; Skyrail-CSIRO Interpretation Centre; historical pioneering displays.

Kuranda Terminal is located a short walk from the famous village of Kuranda the ‘Village in the Rainforest’ has numerous attractions including a butterfly sanctuary, a colourful bird aviary, koala park, walking tracks and a diverse range of markets, shops, cafes and restaurants. Depending on your travelling time on Skyrail, we recommend allowing yourself two to three hours in Kuranda which will give you enough time to explore and have some lunch / refreshments.

KURANDA UPGRADES (extra cost):

Kuranda Scenic Railway:
The famous Kuranda Scenic Railway was built over 100 years ago and winds its way through the tropical mountain ranges between Cairns and Kuranda.
The train departs at 8:30am and 9:30am from Cairns Central Station, 8:45am and 9:45am from Freshwater Station and 2pm and 3:30pm from Kuranda Station. Allow 1.5 hours for this journey.

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 (glass floor) Gondolas not only provide guests with amazing panoramic views of the rainforest canopy, tropical landscape and Coral Sea, but also the unique perspective of looking straight down at the treetops through to the forest floor.  Maximum of 5 people and an average waiting time of 7 minutes.

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Guest Reviews

Kuranda & Reef Combo (2)

Good value for money.

Brilliant two days. Good value for money. Organised efficiently - everything went without a hitch.

Posted By Sheree Hopkins

had a great time

It was exactly what was advertised no hidden extras, no stress had a great time!

Posted By Debbie Graefe

Great day

no stress, book, pay, receive tickets then turn up

Posted By Neil Green

Highly recommend

Evolution boat was big and wonderful. Great staff on board. Snorkeling was GREAT in the reef. Stops at 2 different snorkeling locations. Great food on board as well. Highly recommend this tour to go see the Great Barrier Reef.

Posted By Debbie Ernst

Would definitely recommend

Thanks to everyone at Travstar and on the Evolution who made the day great. The whole team where superb and my wife and I had a fab time. The helicopter at the end finished off the day superbly. Would definitely recommend to other people.

Posted By Andy Hopkins

Five star

Five star

Posted By Suzanne Jensen

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Highly recommend

Highly recommend the diamond view on the Skyrail

Posted By Linda Elliott



Posted By Christine Moore

Had a great day

Had a great day...they were very accommodating and the tour was awesome...especially the skyrail!

Posted By Lisa K

We had a great time

we had a great time would recommend this to my friends.

Posted By Carol Fitzgerald

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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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Would recommend this to anyone.

A great day out, with everything working like clockwork. Would recommend this to anyone.

Posted By Graeme Dewe

A must see tour.

Enjoyed this fantastic tour. Well organized by Travstar and the day went smoothly. The Skyrail was just amazing, a ride not to be missed. Would love to do again. Loved the old train ride and the history behind the building of the rail line. An awesome day as we took in all what Kuranda had to offer in the way of markets, awesome lunch and loved the butterfly house. A must see tour.

Posted By Alexandra Pankhurst

Great tour

Great tour, we really enjoyed it.

Posted By Haden Shaw


We travelled gold class on the train and our personal assistant Maria was excellent. She was also knowledgable,helpful and very friendly. Thank you Maria you made our journey all the better for it.

Posted By Sheena Dunn

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Diamond Experience was well worth the extra in cost. We had the cable car all to ourselves and had a very informative/polite tour guide at each stop on the way down. The views were spectacular even on an overcast day. There is so much to see from above the canopy of the rainforest. The whole experience made us feel we were in very professional hands.

Posted By Yolanda Allbon

Views were spectacular

Best part of the trip - views were spectacular, especially the last leg coming into Cairns.

Posted By Tania Mansfield

Had the best time

Had the best time and plenty to keep us all entertained all day :)

Posted By Sean Hughes

Would book again

was heaps cheeper than booking through our cruise all went according to plan bus driver was awesome staff were great and very helpful would book again with u guys Thanks

Posted By Kate Hart

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