Rainforestation Australian Experience
Tuesday 8 August 2023
10am - 3pm
Meet at 9:45am for 10am departure
Departing from: Cairns Convention Centre
$112 per adult
$88 per child (4-14 years)
Rainforestation Nature Park has a smorgasbord of fun activities including wildlife, Indigenous Culture and rainforest!
Experience the tropical rainforest from a totally unique perspective aboard an amphibious World War II Army Duck or DUKW (colloquially known as Duck). Your knowledgeable Duck Captain will identify and explain fascinating plants and wildlife as you pass by before splashing into the lake for a cruise with more wildlife to be seen.
The Koala and Wildlife Park allows visitors to experience another facet of Australia and get up close and personal with Australian wildlife. Hand feed the free roaming kangaroos and wallabies in the landscaped gardens, observe the endangered cassowary and Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo and see Neville and Dennis, the only Tasmanian Devils in Cairns! Sneak a peek at Juliet our sneaky wombat, meet Ned and Kelly the Alpine Dingoes and meet Ricky the cheeky Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo. Enter our reptile house and see a range of pythons and lizards and see the iconic Australian koala. The star attraction of our Wildlife Park is “Jack the Ripper”, a 5 metre saltwater crocodile weighing at 650kgs with a reputation of killing 12 of his girlfriends in times gone by. Jack is kept in his own enclosure with an elevated platform perfect for your safe and close-up viewing.
The Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience – Local Indigenous Pamagirri Guides welcome you to join them on a journey to discover the Dreamtime and learn about the fascinating customs and ancient traditions that are kept alive in the rainforest of Kuranda, in Tropical North Queensland. The experience includes a dance performance and guided Dreamtime walk, experiencing Tropical North Queensland through the eyes of the people who have been its custodians for tens of thousands of years. Try your hand at boomerang throwing and after a demonstration and a few lessons, you’ll be ready to test your skills. The area is specially netted for your safety, as boomerangs do come back!
- Entry into Rainforestation Nature Park
- Aussie BBQ Lunch
- Entry to Koala and Wildlife Park
- Army Duck Tour of the Rainforest
- Pamagirri Dance Performance
- Dreamtime Walk – includes boomerang throwing participation, spear-throwing and didgeridoo playing demonstrations
- Return coach charter from Cairns Convention Centre (40mins each way)
Hands On Country Eco Tour
Tuesday 8 August 2023
9am - 12pm
Meet at 8:45am for 9am departure
Departing from: Mooz Gelati and Juice Bar
$135 per adult
$72 per child (2-15 years)
$338 per family (2 adults & 2 children)
Straddling the Wet Tropics and Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Areas in Far North Queensland, Mandingalbay Yidinji country lies just east of Cairns across Trinity Inlet and includes a great diversity of environments. Imagine – gliding across Trinity Inlet past tethered yachts and wetlands into the expanse of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef region. In the distance, rainforest clad mountains soar. Turn up Hills Creek, where salty sea and mountain freshwaters meet, arriving to a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony. After a short bus ride, walk the Mayi Bugan Rainforest Trail with Indigenous Guides to discover native foods and bush medicines, ancient Aboriginal traditions, customs, and artefacts. Enjoy light refreshments surrounded by the sounds of natur. Incredibly this authentic Indigenous experience that reveals ancient secrets is only 15 minutes from Cairns.
- 15-minute guided river cruise in a purpose-built covered vessel travelling across Trinity Inlet to Hills Creek.
- Mandingalbay Yidinji welcome and traditional cleansing smoking ceremony.
- 15-minute guided bus tour through the mangroves, wetlands, and market gardens.
- 20-minute guided bush-walk discovering the Mandingalbay Yidinji bush foods, tools, and medicine as well as sites of cultural significance.
- Morning Tea and interactive activities.
- Return transfer by vessel to Cairns Marlin Marina
Dreamtime Snorkel Reef Cruise
Sunday 13 August 2023
9am - 5pm
Boarding commences at 8:15am closes at 8:45am for 9am Departure
Departing from: Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal
$264 per adult
$174 per child (2-15 years)
$741 per family (2 adults & 2 children)
Join the only Indigenous reef tour on the Great Barrier Reef, visiting two spectacular outer reef sites. At the reef, explore the underwater world with included snorkelling experiences. While on board, step back into the Great Barrier Reef’s Dreamtime with Indigenous guides. See demonstrations, Indigenous welcome and acknowledgements from Traditional Owner groups of the four Sea Countries which we visit.
Full day outer reef tour with snorkelling gear, breakfast, Indigenous welcome and buffet lunch. Guided snorkel tour included.
Gain a deeper understanding of First Nations culture as your private guide expands on all presentations delivered on board Dreamtime, while also hearing about exclusive topics such as right of passage and language/dialect. The first of its kind Dreamtime is a culturally immersive experience, with a focus on sharing the passion and stories of First Nation Peoples in relation to the land and sea country we explore.
- Indigenous welcome and acknowledgement
- Great Barrier Reef presentation with Marine Biologists
- Two premium outer reef sites
- Breakfast served upon boarding
- Morning and afternoon tea
- Guided snorkel tours with cultural guide
- Freshly prepared buffet lunch
- Snorkelling equipment including wetsuits & lycra suits
- Private marine biologist/cultural guide
- Private presentations about music, spears/hunting, fire, language and Q&A time with First Nations Cultural guides
- Immersive First Nations Culture engagement
- Engaging talk about the creation of the Great Barrier Reef from a cultural and marine science perspective