Great Barrier Reef and Chillagoe Caves!

Cairns Great Barrier Reef tour and Outback Tour includes two days, one day discovering the Great Barrier Reef and one day exploring the Queensland Outback.

We will take you to the Outer Great Barrier Reef on a day to remember with Reef Experience and then out west over the Great Dividing Range to the Queensland Australian outback and Chillagoe caves.

The duration of the tour is 2 days.

You can decide which order to experience this tour. Mention your preference in our note section when booking.

Day One of your Great Barrier Reef and Outback Experience

Reef Experience is the only “Fully Inclusive” Great Barrier Reef tour departing from Cairns. Inner City Bus transfers, BBQ Bacon and Egg Rolls and fruit platters, Coffee or Tea for breakfast, unlimited snorkelling, a Certified Dive or Introductory Dive  Glass bottom boat tour, Government Reef Levies.

The besReefew on the reef will help you to snorkel if you cannot swim.

Join the crew aboard “Reef Experience” for an unforgettable 90-minute journey on a fast catamaran to 2 (two) pristine outer Great Barrier Reef locations and explore the spectacular underwater world of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef


Day Two Chillagoe Caves Outback tour

Chillagoe lies within a belt of limestone approximately 5 km wide and 45 km long. Travelling 215 km or 3 hours’ drive west of Cairns, heading to the northern end of the Atherton Tablelands and over the Great Dividing Range.

You will embark on a remarkable journey back to a prehistoric time when dinosaurs ruled the earth.

We are stopping at the Mareeba Wetlands for morning tea and a cruise in this magnificent setting seeing the Giant Lotus Lilly up close along with so many different Water Birds.

Travel through the back blocks of this wetland area, viewing Wallabies, Emus and other wildlife.

Along with the agricultural paddocks of this fertile area, I am eventually crossing over the Great Divide and into the Western watershed.

You are now in the Australian Outback.

Travel through historic towns and rolling hills rich in minerals, eventually giving way to towering limestone karsts scattered around Chillagoe Township.

After delving into the history of the copper smelters, it is time for lunch at a unique outback pub.

Before setting off the Chillagoe cave tour, you will start heading back to Cairns.

This Reef and Outback Experience does not include Accommodation.


  • Chillagoe Caves
  • Granite Gorge
  • Outer Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

  • 07:45 Board Reef Experience vessel at the Marlin Jetty, Cairns
  • 08:00 Departure Marlin Jetty for the trip to the Great Barrier Reef
  • 08:30 Breakfast -BBQ Bacon and Egg Rolls
  • 09:30 Arrive at our first spectacular Great Barrier Reef site
  •  10:30 Glass Bottom Boat tour
  •  12:30 Lunch
  •  13:00 Cruise to our second location
  • 15:00 Depart the Great Barrier Reef
  • 15:30 Glass of wine, tropical fruits, cheese and biscuits 
  • 16:30 Arrive back in Cairns
  • 07:30 – Board Reef Experience boat at the Cairns Marina ‘A-Finger’ for check-in
  • 08:00 – Approximate departure and Safety Talk with snorkel briefing
  • 08:30 – Marine Biology presentation,
  • 09:00  – Scuba diving briefing
  • 09:30 – Arrive at our first spectacular reef site, snorkel and scuba diving.
  • 10:30 – Glass Bottom Boat tour (approximately 20-minute tour)
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 13:00 – Cruise to our second location to explore forests of coral, large sea fans and black coral trees in its shallow lagoons
  • 15:00 – Depart the Great Barrier Reef
  • 15:30 – Glass of wine, tropical fruits, cheese and biscuits
  • 16:30 – Arrive back in Cairns


Outback and Chillagoe Caves Itinerary

  • Days of travel for your Outback Day tour are: MONDAY’S – WEDNESDAY’S –FRIDAY’S
  • 0700 Pickup from your Accommodation
  • 1830 Return to your Accommodation
  • There is no set Itinerary

Great Barrier Reef Inclusions

  • Visit two Outer Barrier Reef locations with unlimited snorkelling!
  • FREE Certified Scuba Dive or Resort Scuba Dive (no experience necessary) for everyone who is over the age of 12 and medically fit scuba
  • All snorkelling and scuba diving equipment and tuition
  • Glass bottom boat tour (weather permitting)
  • BBQ breakfast roll and fruit platters lunch prepared fresh at the reef
  • Afternoon wine, cheese and biscuits
  • Tea and Coffee
  • Marine Biology Presentation
  • Transfers to and from the Cairns Marina if you stay in the Cairns business area.
  • Departs every day


Outback and Chillegoe Caves Inclusions

  • Courtesy Pick up and return From Your accommodation between Cairns and Smithfield.
  • Custom-built, high clearance air-conditioned 4WD vehicles.
  • Mareeba Wetlands
  • Morning Tea
  • Delicious Aussie Lunch
  • National Park Ranger guided Chillagoe Cave tour Chillagoe Smelters Mt Uncle Distillery

Great Barrier Reef Optional Extras

  • Underwater Digital Camera Hire
  • Snack Bar Purchases: Soft drinks, chocolate, chips, alcohol etc.
  • Marine Biologist Guided Snorkel tour of the reef: Snorkel with an experienced Marine Biologist and learn about the marine life you see on an educational and interactive tour.
  • Great Barrier Reef souvenirs – T-shirts, hats etc
  • Dive Guides for already qualified ‘Certified’ scuba divers (dive guides included for beginner divers)
  • Prescription Mask Hire if you require stronger lenses to see (contact lenses can be worn in most circumstances)
  • Bus transfers from accommodation outside of the Cairns Business Area
  • Second Scuba Dive at our beautiful afternoon reef location

What to bring for the Great Barrier Reef

  • Cash and/or credit card for purchases
  • Swimming Clothes
  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Proof of qualification if you’re a Certified Diver

This is a barefoot tour. Once onboard, no one wears shoes.


What to Bring for Chillagoe Caves outback tour

  • Money for afternoon tea
  • hat, camera, closed-in footwear, comfortable clothing, sunscreen and water bottle
  • Please ensure that you wear closed-in footwear for the cave tour. No Thongs or High Heels on this tour.
  • A reasonable level of fitness is required for this tour as there are steps into the caves.
  • The tour may not operate, or the itinerary may change due to the wet season, where conditions may close roads and access to the caves.

How to get there

Reef Experience departs from
Cairns Marina: ‘A-Finger’ View map to Cairns Marlin Marina

Boarding commences at 7:30 am for check-in, directly on the vessel ‘Reef Experience.’

Arrive back at Cairns Marina at approximately 4:30 pm

Where Can I Park?

Several parking stations throughout Cairns are within walking distance of the Marina.  Click here to see where

Scuba diving Information

We are passionate about showing you Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, so please ensure you understand the scuba diving laws.

Queensland, Australia, has some of the strictest scuba diving rules globally and the safest scuba diving record.   We are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all regulations, including medical, as is the law.

To avoid disappointment on your day of travel, we strongly recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire before booking, as some medical conditions, age and/or medications may prevent you from scuba diving.   Our mission is always to provide our passengers with the best Great Barrier Reef experience.

Reef Experience Medical Questionnaire

We are happy to help you with any questions you may have.   Please contact our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us.

Alternatively, you may like to consult your Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms ‘AS.4005.1

Flying after Scuba Diving

It would be best if you did not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive for a single no decompression scuba dive.  You should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive for multiple dives.
If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning, you must wait 24 hours after your dive.
We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible.

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