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Cairns Shore Excursion: Barron Gorge National Park and Kuranda National Park Waterfall and Rainforest Small-Group Tour

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

Maximize your time in Cairns on an action-packed 5-hour shore excursion that takes in the best of Queensland’s tropical north. Marvel over natural wonders like Barron Gorge and Surprise Falls as you explore the Barron Gorge National Park; climb the Lamb Range for spectacular views over the Great Barrier Reef and visit the Copperlode Dam. Then, venture off-road on a 4WD tour of Kuranda National Park and stop at Kuranda Village and Barron Falls. This small-group tour is limited to 13 people.
  • 5-hour Cairns shore excursion: Barron Gorge National Park and Kuranda National Park
  • Explore off-the-beaten-track in a 4WD
  • Admire natural wonders like the Barron Gorge, Surprise Falls, and Barron Falls
  • Explore the wet tropics rainforest of the Kuranda National Park
  • Great-value tour includes port pick-up, entrance fees, and round-trip transport
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Small-group tour limited to 13 people ensures a personalized experience
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Port pickup and drop-off
National Park fees
Driver/guide
Transport by 4WD vehicle
Coffee and/or Tea
Snacks
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Cairns, Cairns, Cairns Region, Queensland

Traveler pickup is offered
Directions: Tour does not depart from Port Douglas

*Please contact your local operator for exact departure point once you have booked
Dates: Every Day except Christmas Day
Return point: Returns to original departure point

Ports

  • 1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
  • Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal, Corner Wharf and Lake Streets, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
  • Yorkeys Knob Boating Club, 29 Buckley St, Yorkeys Knob QLD 4878, Australia


Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide on arrival at Cairns City Cruise Ship Terminal or Yorky's Knob Cruise Ship Terminal, and jump aboard a 4WD to start your Cairns Shore Excursion. First, head north through the lower Barron Gorge National Park and stop to admire the beautiful waterfall of Surprise Falls, that cascades 797 feet (243-meters) into the Barron Gorge.

Soak up the scenery as you climb through the Lamb Range and look out over Cairns city and Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Stop nearby to stroll around the gigantic Copperlode Dam, Cairns’ water supply, and snap photos of Lake Morris from the dam wall.

It’s now time to head off the beaten track and make the most of your exclusive access permit. Venture off-piste as you explore little-visited rainforest trails and wind your way through the Great Dividing Range, Australia’s largest mountain range. Along the way, hop out to spot exotic wildlife and unique flora like the Clohesy River Fig, in the heart of the rainforest.

Keep your eyes glued to the road as the landscapes change from the lush Wet Tropics rainforest to the beginning of Australia’s vast Savannah country, then take a detour to Kuranda Village.

Continue to the Upper Barron Gorge National Park and pause at the Wrights lookout for a stunning photo opportunity, gazing out over the Barron Gorge and back towards the coastal plains and Cairns City. Then, take a short drive to the Barron Falls lookout to view possibly the most famous waterfall in Northern Queensland – the spectacular Barron Falls.

Finally, turn back towards Cairns and follow the Wet Tropics World Heritage drive through the mesmerizing landscapes of the Kuranda range. Make one final stop at the Henry Ross Lookout, for a view of Cairns’ northern beaches and the Coral Sea Coast, before returning to your cruise port in time to board your ship.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Discovery Tours Australia
DISCOVERY TOURS AUSTRALIA SPECIALISE IN SMALL GROUP TOURS LEAVING NO ROCK UNTURNED IN THIS EXPANSIVE COUNTRY, WITH EXCLUSIVE PERMITS TO BREATHTAKING LOCATIONS. Based in beautiful Cairns, Tropical North Queensland, our tours showcase destinations of magical, natural beauty. From the vibrant fish of the Great Barrier Reef, to the lush tropical Wet Tropics Rainforests and Savannah Outback beyond, we do it all.
Stop At:  
Barron Gorge National Park
With your exclusive-access permit, head into areas not typically open to the public, away from the crowds. In your 4WD vehicle, wind through some of the most amazing rainforest landscapes in the region and over the Great Dividing Range, one of the longest mountain ranges in the world. Continue through the rainforest, crossing several creek systems and stopping at a boardwalk for an interpretive overview of the rainforest from your guide. Here you will be introduced to the Clohesy River Fig, one of the most impressive fig trees in the tropics.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Davies Creek National Park
After leaving the Clohesy River area, our next stop is Davies Creek, where you have the opportunity to take a swim in the crystal-clear waters. It’s always refreshing. (weather permitting) In your 4WD vehicle, wind through some of the most amazing forest landscapes in the region and over the Great Dividing Range, one of the longest mountain ranges in the world.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Clohesy River Road
Heading further west, we detour off the bitumen and make our way onto the Clohesy River Road. This is where we begin our four-wheel drive journey. Our exclusive access permit sees us visit areas not open to the public. Our track winds through rainforest and over some of the mountains of the Great Dividing Range. We’ll view ancient King Ferns before stopping at Clohesy Boardwalk, where your guide will interpret the rainforest surrounds and introduce you to the giant strangler fig tree, which is hundreds of years old.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not recommended for children 4 years and under
  • Please bring your own bottle of water
  • Tour is not available from Port Douglas
  • At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time, and re-boarding time
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Discovery Tours Australia

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Cairns Shore Excursion: Barron Gorge National Park and Kuranda National Park Waterfall and Rainforest Small-Group Tour?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Cairns Shore Excursion: Barron Gorge National Park and Kuranda National Park Waterfall and Rainforest Small-Group Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Cairns Shore Excursion: Barron Gorge National Park and Kuranda National Park Waterfall and Rainforest Small-Group Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Cairns Shore Excursion: Barron Gorge National Park and Kuranda National Park Waterfall and Rainforest Small-Group Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cairns Shore Excursion: Barron Gorge National Park and Kuranda National Park Waterfall and Rainforest Small-Group Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Cairns Shore Excursion: Barron Gorge National Park and Kuranda National Park Waterfall and Rainforest Small-Group Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Cairns Shore Excursion: Barron Gorge National Park and Kuranda National Park Waterfall and Rainforest Small-Group Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 2 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Cairns Shore Excursion: Barron Gorge National Park and Kuranda National Park Waterfall and Rainforest Small-Group Tour.

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