Down Under Tours Australia

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With so much to see in the magnificent Tropical North Queensland region, Down Under Tours are the day touring specialists, and offer a variety of options to suit every taste. Choose from a huge selection of Cairns day tours, including the Kuranda Scenic Railway, Tjapukai Cultural Park, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Rainforestation, or Cape Tribulation and Daintree tours including their Daintree Walkabout tour.

Their Kuranda Boarding Pass allows you to avoid ticketing lines as both Train and Skyrail tickets are pre-allocated, giving you more time to relax and enjoy your day. The Kuranda Boarding Pass also offers preferential seating, discounts to selected Kuranda attractions, a personalised itinerary and detailed map.

GPS activated commentary is available daily on both their Cape Tribulation and Daintree Walkabout tours in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese daily.

At Down Under Tours they abide by the motto 'Our People make the difference'. From their accommodating driver-guides and dynamic marketing personalities working on the front line of their company, to their friendly reservations staff, it is their people who define their standards of quality and consistency.

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Cape Tribulation and Daintree

GPS activated audio commentary available in six languages.

Daintree River Cruise: Reach an understanding of this wildlife environment for one hour, habitat of birds, tree snakes, unique plants and of course the estuarine crocodile.

Alexandra Lookout: After winding through the rainforest of the Alexandra Range, enjoy this spectacular lookout over the Daintree River estuary, Snapper Island and beyond to the Coral Sea.

Tropical Lunch: With special access at a private rainforest property, enjoy a short walk along a delightful rainforest creek before a delicious tropical lunch. Choice of quality steak, fish or vegetarian meal with fresh salads and fruit platter, followed by coffee or Daintree Tea.

Cape Tribulation: Walk on this world-renowned rainforest beach and admire the coastline and fringing coral reef from the Kulki Lookout.

Mossman Gorge Centre: Visit the Mossman Gorge Gateway Centre before boarding your eco shuttle for the transfer into Mossman Gorge. Your expert eco guide will take you for a guided walk sharing their knowledge of this enchanting rainforest environment. Learn about the fascinating secrets of one of the world's oldest rainforests.

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$203 $203
Kuranda Rail, Skyrail and Rainforestation

Check in: Their Driver will meet you at your accommodation and check you in for your tour using their Kuranda Boarding pass. The pass includes a detailed itinerary, pre-allocated preferential Kuranda Scenic Railway seating, map of Kuranda, and discounted entry into selected Kuranda attractions. Written itinerary available in six languages.

Kuranda Scenic Rail: Boarding the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail, an amazing journey awaits you as you travel one of the world's most scenic rail routes, through hand-hewn tunnels and over bridges spanning spectacular gorges.

Kuranda Village: You have ample time to explore this quaint village.

Rainforestation: Your shuttle coach will transfer you to Rainforestation, set in 40 hectares of lush gardens and tropical rainforest. Board the amphibious Army Duck where an experienced guide will show you unique tropical fruits and ancient rainforest plants. Join the Dreamtime Walk for an insight into ancient Aboriginal Culture. The Pamagirri Dancers perform a range of native dances in the Rainforest Amphitheatre. A delicious barbecue lunch is included before visiting the Koala and Wildlife Park.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway: At your pre-allocated time board Skyrail, an experience which takes you over the rainforest canopy with two stops enroute. Their Hostess will assist with your return transfer.

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$249 $263
Kuranda All Inclusive

Check in: Their driver will meet you at your accommodation and check you in for your tour using their Kuranda Boarding Pass. The pass includes a detailed itinerary, pre-allocated preferential Kuranda Scenic Railway seating, map of Kuranda, and discounted entry into selected attractions. Written itinerary available in six languages.

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park: On arrival, you will be welcomed before exploring the park. Experience traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island dance shows, bush food and medicine, didgeridoo and boomerang and spear throwing. Enjoy a buffet lunch in the Boomerang Restaurant.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway: A short distance from Tjapukai is the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Proceed directly to the boarding line - there is no need to queue as your Skyrail tickets are already on your Boarding Pass. Once aboard, be amazed as you glide silently over the rainforest. There are two stations en route where you can alight and enjoy a walk through the rainforest.

Kuranda Scenic Rail: At the scheduled time, avoid the ticketing lines using your Kuranda Boarding pass and board the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Your journey winds through hand-hewn tunnels, across bridges, around curves. Upon arrival at Freshwater Station, their coach will transfer you to your accommodation.

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$236 $250
Kuranda Rail and Skyrail

Check in: Make your visit to Kuranda a memorable one from door to door. Their Kuranda Boarding Pass allows for driver check in, offering you pre-allocated preferential seating on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Written itinerary available in six languages.

Kuranda Scenic Railway: On arrival at Freshwater Station you are able to avoid the ticketing lines as you are already checked in. Perhaps purchase a light breakfast or explore the souvenir shop and museum. Board the Kuranda Scenic Railway on its arrival for this breathtaking journey on one of the world's most scenic train routes. The journey will take you through hand-hewn tunnels and across bridges with amazing views.

Kuranda Village: Your Kuranda Boarding Pass offers discounted entry into selected attractions as well as a detailed map of Kuranda.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway: At the scheduled time, bypass the ticketing lines and go directly to the Skyrail boarding area, to board Skyrail for the world's most beautiful rainforest experience. Glide over the Rainforest canopy and take advantage of the two stops enroute to enjoy a walk through the rainforest. Your journey ends at Smithfield where their hostess is waiting to assist you onto your return coach to your accommodation.

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$159 $174
Kuranda, Scenic Rail, Skyrail and Tjapukai

Check in: Their Driver will meet you at your accommodation and check you in for your tour using the Kuranda Boarding Pass. The pass includes a detailed itinerary, pre-allocated preferential Kuranda Scenic Railway seating, map of Kuranda, and discounted entry into selected Kuranda attractions. Written itinerary available in six languages.

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park : On arrival, you will be welcomed before exploring the park. Experience the Cultural Dance Theatre and demonstrations including bush food and medicine and boomerang throwing.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway: At the scheduled time board Skyrail. Once aboard be amazed as you glide silently over the rainforest. There are two stations en route where you can alight and enjoy a walk through the rainforest to spectacular lookouts.

Kuranda Village : Upon arrival in Kuranda, you have two hours free time to do your own exploring, their Kuranda Boarding Pass offers discounted entry into selected Kuranda Attractions a detailed map of Kuranda.

Kuranda Scenic Railway: Avoid the ticketing lines and board the Kuranda Scenic Railway, sit back, relax and enjoy the views of the Barron Gorge on your journey to Freshwater Station. Disembark at Freshwater Station where their coaches are waiting to return you to your accommodation.

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$208 $222
Kuranda Rail, Skyrail and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Check in: Make your visit to Kuranda a memorable one from door to door. Their Kuranda Boarding Pass allows for driver check in, offering you pre-allocated preferential seating on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Written itinerary available in six languages.

Kuranda Scenic Rail: Time then for an historical rail journey to Kuranda, enjoying breathtaking views across the cane fields of Cairns to the tropical rainforest of Kuranda.

Kuranda Village: Your Kuranda Boarding Pass offers discounted entry into a selection of the iconic Kuranda attractions as well as a detailed map including reference points to ensure your day runs as smoothly as possible.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway: Use your Kuranda Boarding Pass to avoid the ticketing lines at Skyrail and proceed directly to the boarding area at 11.30am. Enjoy Skyrail - the world's most beautiful rainforest experience. There are two stops en route to explore, including boardwalks and the CSIRO Interpretive Centre. Their coach is waiting at Caravonica Lakes to transfer you to Hartley's.

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures is one of the best places to see crocodiles in Tropical North Queensland! Highlights of the Park include the Wetlands Cruise, Crocodile Attack Show and Snake Show. Your return transfer departs at 4.45pm.

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$204 $204
Hartleys Crocodile Adventures

Take a half day tour to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures - the best place to see crocodiles in Tropical North Queensland.

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures: After being collected from your accommodation, take the scenic drive to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

After arrival, there is then plenty of free time to explore the remainder of the park, including the unique eco experience of the Wetlands cruise through the ecologically significant Melaleuca wetlands; the domain of the saltwater crocodile. Explore the rest of the park with its abundance of wildlife including water birds, turtles, wallabies and cassowaries. See the notorious head shake and death roll of a huge crocodile at the Crocodile Attack Show, also the opportunity to hold a crocodile for a photo (own expense). Discover the world's most venomous snakes at the Snake Show before your return transfer departs at 4.45pm.

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$93 $93
Daintree Walkabout

GPS activated audio commentary available in six languages.

Daintree Walkabout is a fantastic tour, with a highlight being a 1.5 hour guided rainforest walk with your Indigenous Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime Walk guide at Mossman Gorge. Learn about traditional plant use, bush tucker and dreamtime legends. Also included is tea, damper and question time.

Silky Oaks Lodge is the lunch venue. where you enjoy their special Barramundi lunch (alternate options available) in this beautiful oasis amidst the rainforest, overlooking the Mossman River.

An informative cruise on the Daintree River is next - keep your eyes peeled for unique wildlife, including birds, tree snakes, unique plants and the elusive saltwater crocodile.

Enjoy a short tour of Port Douglas before returning to your accommodation.

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$203 $203
Self Drive Kuranda

Enjoy the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, with the freedom of using your own car.

Check in: Park your car at Skyrail and meet their Hostess who will check you in using the Kuranda Boarding pass. The Kuranda Boarding Pass offers pre-allocated seating on both the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail, preferential seating on the Kuranda Scenic Rail, a detailed map of Kuranda, and discounted entry into selected Kuranda attractions. Written itinerary available in six languages.

Kuranda Scenic Railway: Board their coach for the transfer to Freshwater Station. Board the Kuranda Scenic Rail for your journey to Kuranda, including many breathtaking views. Marvel at this engineering feat as you travel through the Barron Gorge National Park.

Kuranda Village: Upon arrival in Kuranda, the village in the rainforest, free time is allowed to explore the many attractions including the Heritage Markets. You may consider visiting other selected Kuranda attractions as the Kuranda Boarding Pass offers discounted entry into these attractions.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway: Avoid the ticketing queue and board Skyrail for your journey to Caravonica Lakes, enjoying two stops en route to explore. Your car will be waiting for you at the end of your Skyrail journey.

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$134 $134
Half Day Kuranda

Enjoy a relaxing morning before joining their half day tour to Kuranda.

Check in: Their Driver will check you in at your accommodation using the Kuranda Boarding Pass, offering pre-allocated seating on the Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail, preferential seating on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, a detailed map of Kuranda, and discounted entry into selected Kuranda Attractions. Written itinerary available in six languages.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway: Transfer to Caravonica Lakes to board Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for your journey to Kuranda. Once aboard you will be amazed as you glide silently over the rainforest. There are two stations enroute where you can alight and enjoy a walk through the rainforest or visit the CSIRO Interpretive Centre.

Kuranda Village : Upon arrival in Kuranda, it's time to explore this fascinating village. The Heritage Markets operate daily and are full of colourful and interesting arts and crafts.

Kuranda Scenic Rail : At the scheduled time, board the world famous Kuranda Scenic Rail for your return journey to Cairns. Wind through hand-hewn tunnels, across bridges and around curves, all the time appreciating what an amazing engineering feat it is. Upon arriving at Freshwater Station, their coach will transfer you to your accommodation.

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$159 $174
Waterfalls and Paronella Park

GPS activated audio commentary available in six languages.

Travel in air-conditioned comfort to Lake Barrine. Enjoy freshly baked scones for morning tea before your one hour cruise of the Volcanic Crater Lake. Also view the twin Kauri Pine Trees - 1,000 year old forest giants.

From there, travel to the Curtain Fig tree. You'll then commence your tour of the waterfalls circuit, including the world famous Milla Milla Falls. Their next stop is Tarzalli Lakes to spot the elusive platypus.

Lunch is at Mugalli Falls before heading to Paronella Park where you will be accompanied by the parks knowledgeable guide for a leisurely tour of the National Trust listed heritage gardens and castle ruins. Free time is given to explore the Museum.

From Paronella Park you'll make your way home to Cairns, passing Mount Bellenden Ker and Mount Bartle Frere on the way - two of Queensland's highest mountains.

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$199 $199

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Forty Mile Scrub National Park

Mount Garnet, Tablelands Area
Free Entry
This park features ancient and recent volcanic flows, open grassy woodland, the headwaters of several creeks, and an island of dry rainforest remnant in a sea of eucalypt woodland. Large bottle trees, along with fig, Burdekin plum and white cedar trees drop their leaves in the dry season but spring to life with summer rain. Break your journey along the Kennedy Highway and have a picnic at the sheltered tables at Forty Mile Scrub. Learn about the plants and animals found in this park on the short, self-guided walk through this unique forest. Listen for the ringing calls of pied currawongs and look for lemon-bellied flycatchers, rufous fantails and other birds in the trees.

Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park

Chillagoe, Mareeba Area
From AU$26.30 - 26.30
Featuring spectacular limestone caves, small galleries of Aboriginal rock art, jagged limestone outcrops and an historically significant mining site, this park is rich in natural and cultural heritage. The Chillagoe landscape began to form about 400 million years ago, when the area was covered by a shallow sea. Today that limestone towers over the surrounding plains as outcrops while underground, caves and caverns created by dissolving of the limestone are decorated by stalactites, stalagmites and flowstones. Join a ranger on a guided cave tour to view splendid limestone formations. Ranger-guided tours to Donna, Trezkinn and Royal Arch caves operate daily, except Christmas Day. If you are adventurous and well-prepared you can explore other caves and Aboriginal art sites on your own. Walk the nine kilometre return track to Royal Arch Bluff or the short 440 metre return track to Balancing Rock. Visit the viewing area at the Chillagoe Smelters and learn about the State's mining and industrial heritage dating back to the 1890s.

Fitzroy Island National Park

Fitzroy Island, Cairns Area
Free Entry
This island national park, located close to the mainland, is rugged with diverse landscapes featuring granite outcrops, open woodlands, rainforest, mangroves and coral beaches. The island and its surrounding waters form part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Fitzroy Island, named by Lieutenant James Cook, has an interesting history as a quarantine station for the Palmer River Goldfields in the late 1800s, and later as part of an Aboriginal mission growing fruit and vegetables. Explore the rainforested Secret Garden track (one kilometre return) or walk to Nudey Beach (1.2 kilometres return) to relax in the shade, swim and snorkel. Tackle the 3.6 kilometre return Lighthouse track to the lighthouse, which offers spectacular views of the ocean and, in winter, migrating humpback whales. Look for birds such as rose-crowned fruit-doves and metallic starlings and large goannas. Challenge yourself on the 3.6 kilometre return boulder-strewn Summit track which climbs through woodland to the island's summit (269 metres) where slabs of granite and windswept casuarina trees frame magnificent views over the island, surrounding reefs and mainland.

Mount Lewis National Park

Julatten, Mareeba Area
Free Entry
Mount Lewis, one high rainforest-clad mountains of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, is a treasure trove of unique and endemic wildlife. The area between the Mount Lewis and Atherton Tableland is especially diverse. The beautiful upland rainforest dates back to the evolution of flowering plants on earth. Some flowers are indicative of Australia's link with the ancient landmass of Gondwana. Drive a four-wheel-drive or ride a mountain bike on the 56 kilometre (return) Mount Lewis Road. Starting at the entrance to the park, the rainforest drive climbs to over 1200 metres before following the contours around the chain of peaks that form the watershed of the Mossman and Mitchell rivers. Picnic at one of the creek crossings. Look for the Mount Lewis spiny crayfish in the creeks and blue-faced parrot-finches in grassy clearings and glades. Spot red-bellied black snakes basking on the road and huge blue earthworms coming to the ground's surface during wet weather.

Mount Whitfield Conservation Park

Cairns, Cairns Area
Free Entry
The rainforest-clad slopes of the Whitfield Range form a dramatic backdrop to Cairns, offering bushwalking opportunities close to the city. Walking tracks through Mount Whitfield Conservation Park climb through shady rainforest gullies and dry open forest and grasslands with cycads to the top of Mount Lumley Hill. Enjoy the short but steep 1.5 kilometre Red Arrow circuit walk through rainforest up to a lookout with views scenic views over the Cairns coastline. Add the more demanding Blue Arrow circuit for a 6.6 kilometre (four to five hour) walk, with an optional 400 metre sidetrack to a lookout at Mount Lumley Hill (325 metres), offering expansive views to the Cairns hinterland and out to Green Island. Picnic at the lookout between your circuit walks. Look for mound-building brush-turkeys, orange-footed scrubfowl and graceful honeyeaters .

Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park

Cape Tribulation, Douglas Area
Free Entry
In this section of the Daintree National Park, steep rainforested mountains sweep down to long sandy beaches and turquoise coastal waters. One of the most biologically diverse areas in the world, this park is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and the coastal waters are within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. At Cape Tribulation, rainforest meets reef, and two world heritage areas collide, in spectacular style! This section of the park stretches in a narrow strip from the Daintree River in the south to the Bloomfield River in the north and the dense upland rainforest that cloaks the coastal range contains many ancient plants and animals. Camp at Noah Beach camping area and explore the park on walks ranging from the 650 metre return Jindalba boardwalk through tropical lowland rainforest, to the 1.2 kilometre return Marrja boardwalk through rainforest and mangroves. Experienced and well-prepared bushwalkers can tackle the 7 kilometre return Mount Sorrow ridge trail. Keep an eye out for cassowaries and drive slowly through cassowary territory. Remember to be croc wise around creeks and beaches.

Undara Volcanic National Park

Mount Surprise, Etheridge Area
Free Entry
In the vast open spaces of the savanna, a sea of seasonal grasses conceals the Undara lava tube, one of the Earth's longest flows of lava originating from a single volcano. Ribbons of green remnant rainforest contrast with the surrounding dry savanna landscape, marking the course of sections of the lava tube. Caves within the tube sections are fertile pockets where rainforest plants and animals thrive. Take a guided tour to the lava tube caves. Spend a pleasant afternoon walking around the rim of Kalkani Crater, an extinct volcano. Explore the self-guided walking trails throughout the park, ranging from short walks to a 12 kilometre return hike, following a section of historic telegraph line. Ride your mountain bike on the longer trails. Watch the sunset, while clouds of bats exit the lava tube caves. Accommodation and camping are available at the nearby resort. Access to the lava tubes is by commercial tour only.

Mossman Gorge Centre

Mossman, Douglas Area
From AU$8.50 - 8.50
Visit Mossman Gorge and experience the Daintree World Heritage Rainforest with pristine waterfalls, mountains and vivid flora and fauna, all the while getting lost in its enchanting stories and rich Indigenous heritage. Begin your trip by paying a visit to the Mossman Gorge Centre. Peruse the Indigenous art work, enjoy a light refreshment at Mayi café and book yourself onto one of the award-winning Ngadiku Dreamtime Walks, The walks are conducted by the traditional owners of the Gorge, the Kuku Yalanji people. Be taken on a journey steeped in heritage as you uncover their ancient culture and traditions. After a visit to the Centre, a shuttle bus will transport you into the heart of the Gorge where the adventure begins through this unique wilderness. Whether at your own pace on one of the self guided walks through the National Park or with an expert local indigenous guide on the Dreamtime Walks the Gorge is guaranteed to leave you enthused and inspired.

Hope Islands National Park

Cooktown, Cook Area
Free Entry
This island national park includes East and West Hope islands as well as Struck Island and Snapper Island. East and West Hope islands are low-lying cays. West Hope Island is a shingle cay formed from piles of loose shingle (coral debris) on which only the most hardy plants such as mangroves survive. East Hope is a typical sand cay, forested with tall coastal trees such as beach almonds. These islands are among the most important bird-nesting sites in the northern Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Thousands of pied imperial-pigeons visit the islands to breed each summer. A delight for birdwatchers and fishers, these tropical islands provide a haven for nature lovers. Relax and enjoy the natural beauty. Bush camp at one of four camp sites on East Hope Island. Watch the birdlife along the shore. Listen to the calls of the pied-imperial pigeons in the trees during summer months. Go snorkelling or diving to discover amazing reef life. Make use of public moorings and throw in a fishing line.
Free Entry
Michaelmas Cay, part of Michaelmas and Upolo Cays National Park, is one of the most important seabird breeding sites in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Michaelmas Cay is a small, low sand cay, covered by grasses and low-growing plants. Upolu Cay is a low, unvegetated sand cay. From the fenced beach access area on Michaelmas Cay, watch seabirds nesting and tending their young without disturbing them. Marvel at the sight of up to 30,000 seabirds occupying the cay at peak nesting periods during summer. Look for sooty terns, common noddies and crested terns. Admire huge flocks of seabirds filling the sky. Go snorkelling to explore the diverse surrounding reefs. Public moorings are provided for private boats.
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