Cairns, Port Douglas & The Wild North Great Barrier Reef

Home to two World Heritage-listed natural wonders and boasting a unique environment where Australia's largest rainforest, the Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns and Port Douglas are natural hotspots for tropical experiences and reef-based adventure. There’s enough reef, sun, and wildlife to keep you occupied for a lifetime.

  • Get a birds-eye view from a scenic helicopter flight and soar above the Daintree Rainforest and Ribbon Reefs before touching down on your very own sand cay on the outer-reef for a picnic lunch.
  • For the adventure of a lifetime, join a research expedition and swim with dwarf minke whales.
  • Go on a coral reef walkabout underwater and keep your hair dry! With tours available from Green Island and Moore Reef, it’s an amazing way to see coral creatures and marine life up close.
  • Take the plunge and learn to dive on the Great Barrier Reef. For the ultimate experience, combine your course with an all-inclusive liveaboard trip to the outer reefs and experience what rush hour traffic is like on the largest reef in the world.

The Wild North

For those who have already been there, done that and got the t-shirts, the reef’s Wild North offers endless opportunities to get in touch with your inner Bear Grylls.

  • Experience game fishing and discover the hidden cultural treasures of the Torres Strait Islands. The Great Barrier Reef off Cape York is also the place to be for truly amazing sport fishing, with northern bluefin tuna, dog-tooth tuna, yellowfin tuna, marlin, and huge Spanish mackerel up for grabs.
  • Feed the resident giant potato cods that weigh 150kg, witness a live shark feed on Osprey Reef or in the winter season watch pods of minke whales and dolphins as they frolic in the warm water.
  • Dive the world famous waters of the Cod Hole at Lizard Island and visit the remote Haggerstone Island, accessible only by air from a neighbouring Island.

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Spirit of Cairns

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Spirit of Cairns is locally owned and operated by a company with more than 30 years experience in taking visitors to the Great Barrier Reef, on day tours, where you can learn to scuba dive and extended liveaboard scuba diving expeditions.

Pro Dive Cairns

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Pro Dive Cairns is Australia's Premier PADI Dive School as well as a leading outer reef liveaboard dive trip operator. Since 1983 Pro Dive Cairns have developed an international reputation for quality, professionalism, safety and value, specialising in learn to dive courses and diver education from beginner to professional, three day liveaboard dive trips and retail sales of dive, snorkel and water sports equipment.

Cairns Aquarium

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$42.00 - 199.00
Cairns Aquarium is Australia’s newest and most spectacular aquarium. It is the only aquarium in the world to exclusively showcase the stunning aquatic wildlife from tropical North Queensland’s two World Heritage listed areas – the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest.

Sunlover Reef Cruises - Arlington Reef

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Sunlover Reef Cruises' award winning tours takes guests to explore two pristine outer reef locations, Moore and Arlington Reefs, and has long been committed to providing quality and enjoyable Great Barrier Reef experiences with the utmost respect for our environment.

Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises

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Green Island is a beautiful coral cay on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel, dive and swim in the warm island waters, view the spectacular reef from a semi-submarine or glass bottom boat, explore the island or just relax on the white sandy beach.

Wavelength Reef Cruises

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Wavelength Reef Cruises are a dedicated eco-snorkelling company, visiting three different Outer Reef sites for a truly unique day out. They are passionate about the reef and their knowledgeable crew provide personalised attention to their 48 passengers.

Reef Magic Cruises

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Australian owned Reef Magic Cruises fast catamaran ensures less time is spent travelling and longer actually at the reef - a full five hours. Suitable for all ages and swimming abilities from the novice snorkeller to the most discerning diver.

Frankland Island Reef Cruises

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Why choose Frankland Island Reef Cruises for your ultimate Great Barrier Reef cruise experience? The tour includes a river cruise with commentary and reef and island experience with a maximum of 100 people.

Calypso Reef Cruises

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Calypso Reef Cruises offers family cruises, reef tours and dive trips to the Great Barrier Reef for snorkelling and scuba diving. Agincourt Reef - Explore the very outer Great Barrier Reef in luxury and style with Calypso.

Sunlover Reef Cruises - Moore Reef Daily

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There’s more life on the reef with Sunlover! Departing daily from Cairns our eco-certified tours take you to our state of-the art Moore Reef Marine Base,which is perfectly positioned and fully equipped so that any age or ability can fully experience the magic of the reef with its abundance of colourful coral, fascinating fish, turtles and more.
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