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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Ocean Free Sail and Ocean Freedom Cruise - Cairns Premier Reef and Island Tours

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"Ocean Free Sail " and "Ocean Freedom Cruise" are the two most personal Great Barrier Reef Tours departing daily from Cairns – the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Owned and operated, by husband and wife team Perry Jones and Taryn Agius - this company was born from a desire to give travellers the best and most personal, customer-oriented reef experience possible while ensuring a high respect for safety.

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 - 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.

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.

Mission Beach Dive

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Welcome to Mission Beach Dive where they will create your Outer Great Barrier Reef Experience! They can help you whether you wish to take your family snorkelling, a couples special dive or snorkel charter, advance your dive training and more.

HeliTours North Queensland

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HeliTours NQ is the newest helicopter tour company in North Queensland. Operating out of Cairns, they offer boutique helicopter tours showcasing the diversity and beauty of the vast landscape that is the Reef, the Rainforest and the Outback.

Ocean Freedom to the Outer Edge Upolu Reef and Upolu Cay Reef- Cairns Premier Reef and Island Tours

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Ocean Freedom is one of 2 most personal Great Barrier Reef Tours operated by the passionate Cairns Premier Reef and Island Tours' team. Experience 6 hrs of un-rushed activities at two very unique and different Great Barrier Reef sites.

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions

Cairns, Cairns Area
Mike Ball Dive Expeditions are proud of their reputation for exceptional diving and extraordinary service. It is their attention to detail that sets them apart. Spoilsport's specially designed itineraries provide more diving and more relaxed diving.

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.

Reef Teach

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$23 - 60
Reef Teach will greatly enhance any Great Barrier Reef visit. Their customers describe Reef Teach as informative, fun, hilarious, inspirational and most of all credit Reef Teach for enhancing their trip.
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