Best of Cairns 3-Day Luxury Getaway Reef, Rainforest and Hot Air Balloon

Best of  Cairns On your first day, you will head out to The Great Barrier Reef
onboard the vessel “Reef Experience”.

This Top Deck Club Package includes a valet looking after all your daily needs.

On day two, we will take you to the Kuranda Village in the Rainforest on board the Skyrail Cable car and return to Cairns by the scenic railway in “Gold Class” style.

Followed by  Day Three, you will venture up west to Cairns’ countryside in a limousine before you take flight in a “Luxury” Hot Air Balloon scenic flight.

Have fun and see what it feels like to live a high-profile life for a few days!

(minimum of two adult passengers per booking required)

Best of Cairns Day 1 your Reef Experience  “Top Deck Club” cruise

Discover the breathtaking wonders on this unforgettable journey to 2 (two) pristine outer Great Barrier Reef locations.

  • Add a touch of luxury to your Great Barrier Reef tour with Reef Experience “Top Deck Club.”
  • Your day will begin with a bus transfer from your Cairns City Accommodation. When boarding Reef Experience, you will be introduced to your “Personal Valet” assigned to you for the day.
  • As you settle into the Top Deck Lounge, your valet will serve you an “a la carte” breakfast.
  • It is time to commence a fast 90-minute journey to the first location on the outer Great Barrier Reef.
  • Private snorkel guide
  • Along with guiding you on your certified or introductory dive.

Gold Class” with Skyrail

Start your day with a journey to Kuranda on the breathtaking Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
Next, explore Kuranda village and the Rainforestation Nature Park.

Best of Cairns Day 3 – Extended Flight Hot Air Balloon

Experience the fun and exciting sensation of Hot Air Ballooning in the Cairns Atherton Tablelands, Australia.  Then float through the air for an hour from sunrise and take in the amazing views.

Enjoy the picturesque landscape at sunrise as you float for an hour in your Hot Air Balloon and breathe in the wide-open spaces!  This balloon ride is an extended 60-minute package (taken as two separate 30-minute flights, one directly after the other, travelling over the different countryside to see more of Mareeba and the Atherton Tablelands)


Cairns interesting factsHot Tip: This Cairns tour package can be done in the order that suits you best!




More fun things to do in Cairns

  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Kuranda
  • Gold class Skyrail
  • Hot Air Ballooning

Best of Cairns Great Barrier Reef Top Deck  Club Itinerary

  • 7.30 Board Reef Experience vessel at the Marlin Jetty, Cairns
  • 8:00 – Departure Marlin Jetty to the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • 8:30 – A la carte breakfast served on the way out to the Outer Reef
  • 9:30 – Arrive at our first spectacular Outer Great Barrier Reef location
  • 10:30 – Glass Bottom Boat tour
  • 12:30 – A la carte lunch
  • 13:00 – Cruise to our second location
  • 15:00 – Depart the Great Barrier Reef for Cairns
  • 15:30 – Glass of Australian sparkling wine, tropical fruits, cheese & biscuits
  • 16:30 – Arrive back in Cairns

Best of Cairns Kuranda Itinerary

  • 7:30 – 08:30 Coach Pick up from your accommodation and transfer to Skyrail
  • 9:00 – Board Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • 10:15 – Arrive at Kuranda and time to wander through Kuranda Village
  • 11:45 – Transfer by bus to Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Noon – Buffet Lunch – delicious hot buffet and a wide selection of salads
  • 13:00 – Army Duck Rainforest tour
  • 14:00 – Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience
  • 14:30 – Dreamtime Walk guide (includes boomerang throwing, spear throwing & didgeridoo demonstrations)
  • 15:00 – Koala and Wildlife Park
  • 15:45 – Transfer to Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • 17:15 – Your coach will be at the Freshwater Railway Station to transfer you to your Accommodation.

Best of Cairns Balloon Itinerary

  • 5.00 am (approx) Pickup from your Cairns accommodation.   The transfer time is about 1 hour. Pickup times are confirmed on booking.
  • 6.30 am Begin flying gently high above the Atherton Tablelands, Australia. The balloon takes off from Mareeba on the Atherton Tablelands. Enjoy the picturesque landscape at dawn, spend 30 minutes floating in your Hot Air Balloon, and time breathing in the wide-open spaces! We have Australia’s largest fleet of Hot Air Balloons and a fun and highly trained crew to maximise the enjoyment of your balloon flight. It’s just like a hot air balloon festival every day!
  • 07.50 am Return and Landing, Hot Air Balloon pack-up games and laughs.
  • 09.00-09.30 am The tour finish time varies with the seasons. You can be dropped back to your Cairns accommodation or, with prior notice,  to the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, Skyrail, Tjapukai or a Cairns cafe or restaurant for breakfast at your arrangements.

Best of Cairns Kuranda Includes

  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Time in Kuranda Village
  • Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Army Duck Rainforest tour
  • Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience
  • Buffet Lunch
  • Koala and Wildlife Park
  • Exclusive tour of the heritage-listed signal cabin at Kuranda station
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway journey “Gold Class.” 
  • Air-conditioned Gold Class Carriage with Club Seating
  • Drinks and dine on locally produced delicacies
  • Return Coach Transfers from Accommodation

Best of Cairns Great Barrier Reef Top Deck Club Inclusions

  • Your valet assigned to you for the day
  • Introductory Scuba Dive (subject to Medical Conditions) or 1 Certified Scuba Dive
  • Personal Snorkel and Dive Guide
  • Access to the exclusive Captain’s Wheelhouse “Top Deck Lounge.”
  • A la carte breakfast
  • Deluxe lunch
  • A complimentary glass of Australian Sparkling Wine and a cheese and fruit platter will be served to you by your Valet during the homeward journey.
  • Plunger Coffee, Tea and Juices
  • 2 Outer Great Barrier Reef locations
  • All snorkelling and scuba dive equipment, including wetsuits
  • Up to 6 hours at the outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Glass bottom boat tour and commentary (weather permitting)
  • Marine biologist presentation
  • Beach Towels
  • Bus transfers to and from Cairns City area accommodation
  • All Government Reef Tax/ fuel levy/ admin fees

Best of Cairns Hot Air Ballooning includes

  • Complimentary return transfers from Cairns accommodation
  • Amazing 1 hour  Hot Air balloon ride
  • Local expert commentary
  • Cross Country Hot Air Balloon Chase
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride Commemorative Certificate
  • Free Wifi on coach transfers from all Cairns accommodation


Great Barrier Reef optional extras

  • Underwater Digital Camera Hire
  • Snack Bar Purchases: Soft drinks, chocolate, chips and alcohol etc.
  • Great Barrier Reef souvenirs – T-shirts, hats etc
  • Bus transfers from accommodation outside of the Cairns Business Area
  • Second Scuba Dive

Best of Cairns What to Bring for the Great Barrier Reef Tour

  • Cash or credit card for extra purchases
  • sunglasses and hat
  • swimmers
  • proof of certification if you are a certified scuba diver

Best of Cairns What To Bring for a day in Kuranda

  • Camera
  • Insect repellent
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • sunscreen
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • credit card or money for shopping for souvenirs, and snacks


Best of Cairns Hot Air Ballooning What to Bring

  • Your ticket / Voucher
  • Walking shoes
  • Camera
  • Dress in casual outdoor layered clothing.
  • White clothing is not recommended.
  • Peak Hat and sunglasses
  • Bottle of water

Pay the onboard Levy of $30.00 per person

  • Passengers with medical conditions should check their suitability to fly before booking.
  • This Operator will not carry passengers who are pregnant.
  • The Operator will not carry passengers who have participated in a scuba dive the night.
  • Children must be a minimum age of FOUR (4).

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

Start boarding at 7:30 am for check-in directly on the Reef Experience vessel.

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

Cairns Great Barrier Reef Important Information for Scuba Diving

We have a passion for showing you Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

The best way to see the Great Barrier Reef is in the water, so please make sure you understand the scuba diving laws.

Scuba diving in Queensland, Australia, has strict rules and a safe record.

The Queensland Government Code of Practice regulates scuba diving, and we must comply with all regulations, including medical, as is the law.

We recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire.  Some medical conditions, age, and medications may prevent you from scuba diving.

Our mission is to provide our passengers with the best Great Barrier Reef experience.

Reef Experience Medical Questionnaire

Our office will be delighted 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

Do not fly for 18 hours after a scuba dive for a single no decompression scuba dive.

Please Do not fly for 24 hours after your last dive for multiple dives.

If you are Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning, you must wait 24 hours after scuba diving.

We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible.

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Tour Features


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Combining the Scenic Train journey with the world famous Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Rainforestation including lunch is a great way to experience this World Heritage listed tropical rainforest and Kuranda.


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Cairns Hot Air Balloon Flight - Weekdays

40-60 Minute scenic flights or Cairns stunning Atherton Tablelands


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