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Cairns Adventure

Adrenaline activities on an Oz adventure

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Trip code: GUCA

Duration: 7 days

Explore the adventure capital of Australia!
4 included adventure activities
6 nights of accommodation in Cairns

Have four days of action-packed adrenaline adventures in Oz! Try amazing activities on four independent activity days: Go white water rafting on the Tully River, explore rainforest waterfalls and swimming holes, soar on a hot air balloon ride above the Atherton Tablelands and take a boat trip and snorkel around the unforgettable Great Barrier Reef. Chill out in Cairns and enjoy this fun-filled 7-day activity package!

Trip highlights

  • Enjoy a range of exciting adrenaline activities in Australia in a seven-day, fun-packed adventure in Cairns
  • Whizz down the rapids on a white water rafting experience
  • Explore beautiful waterfalls & lush rainforests in the Atherton Tablelands
  • Glide through the skies on an amazing hot air balloon ride
  • Snorkel at the stunning Great Barrier Reef & discover an underwater world 
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What's included
  • White water rafting activity including expert river guides and medic, all training and equipment
  • Hot air balloon flight activity, including a flight certificate
  • Day tour of the Atherton Tablelands, including lunch
  • Day boat trip to Great Barrier Reef, including snorkelling tours
  • 6 nights of accommodation
  • Most local transfers
  • 3 Lunches and 1 morning tea over 4 days
  • Arrival transfer between 8am and 8pm from Cairns Airport
  • 24 hour support
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Most meals
  • Return transfers from Reef trip on day 4 (AUD10)
  • Optional scuba diving tours on day 4 (approx $70 per dive)
  • Local payment of AUD90 which will need to be paid in cash across the 4 days
  • Between the end of January and the beginning of March the hot air ballooning has a AUD30 local payment
Further trip information

Enjoy four awesome adventure experiences in one perfect package. Get your pulse pumping as you take a rapid ride on the Tully River with a day of white water rafting; explore stunning rainforests and hidden waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands; blow your mind on a soaring balloon flight above the Atherton Tablelands and snorkel in an underwater world at the gorgeous Great Barrier Reef.

All activities kick-off in Cairns and are run separately as individual events, so you will be meeting new people at each stage of your adventures rather than sticking with the same group. Because of this the order of activities is subject to change and the itinerary is for guidance only. 

You'll also get 6 nights in a chilled-out Cairns hostel included - giving you 2 extra days to soak up the fun-filled atmosphere of Cairns!

Day 1: Arrive in Cairns

Arrive into Cairns, the adventure capital of Australia at any time today! You'll be able to jump on a shuttle bus and get transferred to your accommodation (if you arrive between 8am and 8pm). Have the rest of the day to relax by the pool, or explore the city!

Day 2: Full day white water rafting on the Tully River

Depart from Cairns at 6.30am, and spend the day white water rafting down the wild Tully River, taking in epic views of the surrounding rainforest. Return transfers, training and rafting equipment, BBQ lunch included.  Local payment supplement for rafting.

Day 3: Waterfall and Rainforest Tour

Head out today on an incredible tour of the tropical Atherton Tablelands. Depart Cairns at 7:30am, and spend the day exploring the stunning rainforest, beautiful waterfalls and swimming holes, and keep an eye out for unique wildlife, including platypus’!

Day 4: Balloon flight

Early start for 30-minute hot air balloon flight over the spectacular Atherton Tablelands. Watch the sunrise over the stretching forests of the Tablelands and get a new perspective of Cairns! Bus transfer back to Cairns for some free time. Local payment for Civil Aviation levy.

Day 5: Full day snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef

An 8.15am start from Reef Fleet Terminal, where you’ll board catamaran for a full day's snorkelling and diving at exclusive reef sites, including up to 3 dives for qualified scuba divers and snorkelling tours of the reef (diving at extra cost). Keep an eye out for incredible marine life, including turtles! Morning tea and buffet lunch included. AUD10 for return bus transfer.

Please note: As all activities are run as separate, independent events this itinerary is subject to change and the order of activities may vary. Please be aware that in the event of bad weather conditions activities may be disrupted. 

Day 6: Free time in Cairns

Have the day to relax after your adventures! There's loads to see and do in the city, so you'll have plenty to chosse from. From taking a day trip to the Daintree Rainforest, wandering through the city's colourful botanical gardens to taking a helicopter ride over the city, you'll be spolit for choice!

Day 7: Trip End

Your Cairns Adventure comes to end today! You can leave at any time, and the accommodation reception will help you arrange a transfer back to Cairns Airport if needed!

Please note that all activities, inclusions and itineraries are subject to change.

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Please note: Between the end of January and the beginning of March the hot air ballooning has a AUD30 local payment. Please note: Your activities will start the morning after the date you select below.

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Arrival information

If you arrive in Cairns Airport (CNS) you will get a free transfer from the airport to your hostel between the hours of 8am and 8pm. This transfer will be on a shuttle bus which departs every 30 minutes.

If you arrive outside these hours, or have not booked the accommodation option, you will ned to arrange your own transfer. This is easily done. When you arrive at Cairns Airport, go to the Transfers Desk and tell them which hostel you're staying at, and you can jump on a transfer and be dropped off at your accommodation. This transfer costs about £5.

Accommodation & meals

You will have six nights of accommodation included. This accommodation is in a great city hostel that is popular among young backpackers.

Most meals are not included in the programme, so you should bring money for food and extras. On day 1, you get a BBQ lunch included as part of the white water rafting package, and the opportunity to purchase breakfast at your own cost before you head down river. On day 2, you will have lunch included as part of the Atherton Tablelands tour. On day 3, the balloon flight day, no food is included, but on day 4 you will have morning tea and a buffet-style lunch included at the Great Barrier Reef.

Minimum age & eligibility

For this trip there is a minimum age requirement of 18, and all visitors to Australia (excepting those from New Zealand) will require a visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to enter. These must be applied for before departure, and if you’re planning on working in Australia whilst you’re out here, you’ll need a Working Holiday Visa. If you are just heading to Australia for fun however, an ETA should suffice. Both visas can be applied for online.

You must be able to swim and be confident in the water to take part in these water-based activities. If you wish to take up the optional introductory or certified scuba diving on day 4 you will have to successfully complete a medical questionnaire before diving. Rafting and ballooning is not recommended for pregnant women. If you have any pre-existing health conditions please speak to our travel team before you go.

Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for up to date information.

Covid safety

This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:

Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.

Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.

Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.

Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.

Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.

Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.

Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.

24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.

It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.