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2 Day Option 3 - Ocean Freedom & Skyrail, Kuranda Train

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

Package Inclusions:

  • Ocean Freedom
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour
  • 6 hours at 2 reef destinations
  • Snorkel tuition & equipment
  • Skyrail & Train
  • Kuranda Village

Day One: Ocean Freedom Reef Cruise

Cruise to Upolu Cay Reef and the outer edge of Upolu Reef.

Ocean Freedom's 20m luxury cruising catamaran travels at 23 knots, reducing travelling time to the Great Barrier Reef to just one hour, taking a maximum of 75 guests.

Departs: (Daily)

  • Check-in from 7.15 am at the Reef Fleet Terminal at Ocean Freedom desk. After check-in proceed to boarding location from 7.30am
  • Boarding location: A Finger No.5 at the Marlin Marina, Cairns (near Reef Fleet Terminal) for an 8.00am departure.
  • Returns back to Cairns approx 4:30pm

Included in your day:

  • Coffee & tea, fruit and Danish pastries on boarding
  • 6 hours at 2 reef destinations including Upolu Cay Reef & Outer Edge Upolu Reef
  • Snorkelling tuition and snorkelling equipment: masks, fins, snorkel, buoyancy snorkel vests, lycra suits /or wet suits (depending on the season)
  • Adventure Drift Snorkelling tour with Marine Naturalist
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour with informative reef talk
  • Large smorgasbord lunch: smoked salmon and prawns / mixed meat platter / chicken platter / 3 salads and assorted breads
  • Tropical fruit platter, cheese & crackers served on the cruise home
  • Environmental Management levy

Upolu Cay is a naturally formed coral cay situated 30 kilometres from Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef. Its protected shallow waters make it the perfect location from which to explore the reef, for both snorkellers and scuba divers. As it is a natural pontoon - the cay size and visibility is subject to conditions on the day but the clear shallow blue waters surrounding the cay (whether visible or not) are always there.

Adventure Drift Snorkel Tour:
For the more adventurous, a drift snorkel tour is included in your day.  Get in a dinghy to the edge of the wall and learn about the reef as you drift snorkel back to the boat under the guidance of your very capable crew.

Whale Watching:
Humpback Whales migrate to the warmer waters of the Great Barrier Reef from July to September and are often seen frolicking in the waves from Ocean Freedom.  An unforgettable experience.

Additional Costs:

  • Coach transfers from your Cairns or Northern Beaches (Trinity Beach, Palm Cove) accommodation
  • Scuba diving — Introductory/Certified (1-2 dives)
  • Refreshments/drinks
  • Underwater cameras
  • Range of quality merchandise

Scuba Diving:

Introductory Diving is for guests who have never dived and wish to try it, no previous experience necessary.

Introductory Dive includes:

  • Scuba Diving Lesson / Tuition
  • Top quality scuba diving equipment (including Wet / Stinger Suit)
  • 30 minute hand-held, fully guided scuba dive. Maximum 2 divers to one instructor for your first dive

Certified Dive includes:

  • Detailed Dive Brief on location and procedures
  • Certified Dive Guide (Dive Master or Instructor)
  • State of the art diving equipment (Aqualung / Scubapro)

Please Note:

  • Scuba Diving: If a diver has any history of asthma, heart conditions, epilepsy, diabetes or any other medical conditions or are taking any medication may prevent you from diving – all potential divers will need to fill out a diving medical questionnaire onboard to assess suitability to dive.

DAY TWO:  Kuranda Train & Skyrail

Highlights & Inclusions:

  • Departs Daily with return hotel transfers from Cairns, Northern Beaches (Trinity Beach, Palm Cove)
  • Kuranda Scenic Rail at 9.50am
  • Approx 4 hours free time in Kuranda
  • Return by Skyrail at 3.30pm
  • Barron Falls & Red Peak Boardwalks
  • Transfer to hotel at 4.50pm arriving

Kuranda Scenic Rail: At Freshwater Station, board the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail for an unforgettable journey, winding over the mountain range over bridges and through tunnels into Kuranda. There are spectacular views of Cairns and the Coral Sea from your carriage and a souvenir booklet is included. The Journey takes 1 1/2 hours from Freshwater station.

Kuranda Village: Free time is allowed to explore this quaint village, including the Heritage Markets which operate daily. Kuranda is a small village in the Rainforest with one main street. From the train station it is a very easy walk to the markets and other attractions. There are also local art and craft shops and cafes. The Attractions are many and varied including Birdworld, The Butterfly Sanctuary and Koala Gardens (additional charge).

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway: At your scheduled time, board Skyrail for your journey to Caravonica Lakes. There are 2 stops enroute to explore Barron Falls and Red Peak Rainforest Boardwalks. The Journey takes 1hr.15mins


Gold Class Kuranda Scenic Rail:

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. (extra cost)


  • Lunch is not included on the Kuranda day.

GREAT NEWS! All payments made to Travstar do not incur a credit card surcharges.

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Guest Reviews

Ocean Freedom Reef & Kuranda (1)

good packages at competitive prices

I found Travstar to offer good packages at competitive prices. If we are ever in Australia again, we will definately use your services.

Posted By Christina Edleman

Gold Class option worth extra cost

Fantastic day in Kuranda! Everything ran smoothly from Hotel pick right through to Hotel drop off. Gold Class option on the train was worth the extra cost.

Posted By Michelle Russo

Recommend Butterfly Sanctury and Bird world.

Good day out with visits in Kuranda to the Butterfly sanctury and Bird world. Great way to get there by train and return by sky rail.

Posted By Jon S

Great service right from start!

Great service right from the time Stuart, our driver, collected us at our hotel. The day was one to remember with many highlights but no problems whatsoever. I would highly recommend Kuranda Train & Skyrail to anyone who visits Cairns in the future.

Posted By Greg & Anne Doolan

3rd time is a charm

We've been on this trip three times now with Cairns Tours,and we still enjoy the train up and skyrail down.Kuranda is awesome to visit.

Posted By Steve Grimes

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Many happy memories have been created

We had a fabulous time. All the crew were very friendly yet very professional. They got across the serious information in a very user friendly way. We all felt well cared for and the whole experience was unhurried but they had a schedule to stick to. We never felt any crew member was clock watching or bored on the day. Our two girls had an amazing experience on the reef. The food was fabulous and plentiful. Lots of photo opportunities. It was a nice touch at the end of the trip to shake hands with all the crew was we left the wharf. Many happy memories have been created by a great bunch of people, who clearly love their jobs. Thank you and we have already been recommending you to anyone we know travelling. We hope to see you again in the future!

Posted By Sally Carton

fantastic experience !

fantastic experience ! really nice staff, really enjoyable

Posted By Darren Shui

highlight of our week

Overall Rating: Excellent
Value for Money: Excellent
Service: Excellent
Quality of Facilities: Excellent

This was our first trip out and remains the highlight of our week in Tropical North Queensland.
At our initial on-board familiarisation we were told that the crew would make our day a 'Day to Remember'. Whatever the crew are 'on', I would have loved some to take home with me. Their enthusiasm for ensuring we had a good time was boundless. They had us 'oldies' doing things we thought that we were incapable of doing years ago, and, all the while, quietly ensuring that we were supervised and never out of our depth. The Great Barrier Reef, by the time we got there after many 'whale-watching' stops, was a great adventure made even more enjoyable by our crew-member, detailed as our snorkelling buddy, who took us to see coral, clown fish and various marine life that we would usually only see on 'docos'. Such was her skill at diving and pointing us to items of interest that she even attracted the attention of a curious sea-snake who came our way for a quick 'look-see' before moving on, much to the relief of those of us who were unaware that they present little or no threat to humans.
The food on-board was great but eating and drinking took a back seat to the location, atmosphere and the inter-action between the crew and a great group of tourists, many of them young Americans over here for a wedding. Ocean Freedom ticks all the boxes but the crew get an additional Gold Star from us, they are the best!

Posted By Ray Doyle

I could not fault them.

My travel companion was injured on our day on the reef. The staff were excellent in ensuring that she was well taken care of both on the boat and when we returned to shore. I could not fault them.

Posted By Melissa Mason

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