Ocean Spirit Reef & Kuranda Info
2 Day Option 12 - Ocean Spirit & Kuranda Train & Skyrail
Enjoy a reef cruise to a superb sandy coral cay followed by a rainforest experience to Kuranda on the Kuranda Train, returning via the famous Skyrail Cableway. These 2 daytrips can be done on any two days of your holiday in no particular order.
Full Day Reef Cruise onboard Ocean Spirit to Michaelmas Cay
All snorkel equipment & lunch
Kuranda Train journey
Free time in Kuranda Village
Day One:Ocean Spirit Reef Cruise
Set sail aboard a comfortable catamaran and visit Michaelmas Cay, a natural and pristine sand cay, located on the Great Barrier Reef.
The Michaelmas Cay Cruise takes you to a small coral cay of white sand with fringing reef. This is a spectacular destination with shallow warm waters. Michaelmas Cay is also famous for it's protected seabird sanctuary, with 27 000 migratory birds making it their home. This is one of the most important nesting sights in the Southern Hemisphere and an absolute haven for any nature lover.
8:30am daily from Cairns Marlin Jetty- return approx 5pm
4 hours at Michaelmas Cay on the reef
Morning tea muffins & focaccia
Afternoon tropical fruit platter & cake
Delicious hot & cold buffet including seafood
Snorkelling equipment, demonstrations & tuition
Marine biologist presentation
Semi-submersible coral viewing tour
Glass of sparkling wine on homeward journey, cheese & crackers
- 8.00am: Boarding commences. Complimentary tea and coffee, served until departure.
- 8.30am: Depart Cairns for the Great Barrier Reef.
- 9.00am: Safety demonstration, reef brief, snorkelling and dive demonstration.
- 9.30am: Informative Marine Biologist slide show presentation.
- 10.30am: Arrive at Michaelmas Cay. Reef activities commence including snorkelling, coral viewing onboard semi-submersible, beach walks, scuba diving and swimming.
- 12.00noon: Buffet lunch served on board.
- 1.00pm: Continuation of reef activities.
- 2.30pm: Afternoon tea is served. On completion of a safety head count we depart Michaelmas Cay for a return sail to Cairns.
- 5.00pm: Arrive at Cairns.
Day Two:Kuranda Train & Skyrail
Travel to Kuranda, the Village in the Rainforest on board the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail. Enjoy free time in Kuranda to wander through the Kuranda Markets and indulge in the alternative lifestyle that Kuranda provides.
Kuranda Train & Skyrail includes:
- Return Hotel Transfers
- 08:30am Train to Kuranda
- Arrives in Kuranda at approx 10:15am
- Free time to explore the Village
- Return via Skyrail at 2:45pm OR 4:00pm
- Arrive in Cairns at 4:30pm OR 5:15pm
- This tour can also operate in reverse by Skyrail first & returning via scenic rail
- Kuranda Scenic Railway: Wind through tunnels and over bridges, through Rainforest on this magnificent journey, passing Stoney Creek and Barron Falls.
- Kuranda Village: Wander through the picturesque Village in the Rainforest. Browse the Kuranda Markets which operate Daily
- Skyrail Rainforest Cableway: Glide over the canopy of pristine World Heritage Rainforest with stops at Barron Falls and Red Peak Stations before returning to Cairns.
Why not complete your Kuranda experience with one of these Optional Upgrades (extra cost):
- Rainforestation: At the award-winning Rainforestation Nature Park you'll get to experience indigenous culture, Australian native wildlife and World Heritage Listed rainforest all on one site. Only a short shuttle ride from Kuranda Village.
- Gold Class Train: Experience another level of comfort on the Kuranda Scenic Rail. Your upgrade includes drinks, nibbles, individual seating and larger picture windows.
- Diamond View Gondolas: 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.
Worth the Upgrade
We had a great time and enjoyed the gold service train ride up to kuranda. We upgraded our tickets to diamond class on the way down and it was a magical experience
Posted By Marilyn Holland
Great day cannot fault.
Posted By Debbie Christensen
Posted By Pamela Taylor
Great Day Out
Enjoyed our time on the train, Skyrail, and Kuranda. made use of our free time in Kuranda by visiting the many attractions and eatery. The food at Frogs was terrific,
Posted By DANNY YU
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
Certainly a great day, crew supportive. Excellent variety of activities. My first time to the reef, what a magnificent place, thank you so much.
Posted By Sam Chandler
With perfect weather little could go wrong. I had a wonderful day and particularly thought the crew did all they could to make sure all went well.
Posted By Barbara Barnsley
Could not have been better!
Could not have been better! Helpful, attentive staff, excellent facilities for underwater viewing for novices.
Posted By John Lamidey
Fantastic experience! Staff were friendly and professional. Snorkelling & Submersible experiences Awesome. Possibly in terms of improvement the only suggestion I could add is the buffet is good, but it could be even developed further and key items - eg fish ran out without being replenished. Overall the cruise experience was amazing and will be long remembered!
Posted By Gillian Smith
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