Three Days in Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

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Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef, Australia

A compact, low-rise city that enjoys a warm climate and relaxed atmosphere, Cairns is the gateway to two World Heritage-listed wonders, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest.

Day 1

Transfer an hour inland by car to Mossman Gorge Centre, where the local Kuku Yalanji people will lead you on a Dreamtime Gorge Walk, beginning with a traditional smoking ceremony. Return to the coast for a picnic lunch on a private beach at Thala Beach Nature Reserve, a resort located on a private headland. Next, travel ten minutes to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures to spot crocodiles and feed cassowaries during an exclusive tour. Finish your first day with a dinner at Flames of the Forest where you will be greeted with a fire dancing performance. This private, all-weather venue can cater for up to 850 people for a sit down dinner. 

Day 2

Charter a boat for up to 400 people and spend the day on Quicksilver Cruises’ private pontoon at Agincourt Reef, at the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel with a marine biologist and learn about the reef’s ecosystem or dive among corals and kaleidoscopic fish. For those who prefer to stay dry, ride the semi-submersible through the reef lagoons or view the activity below from Quicksilver’s underwater observatory. From a nearby heli-pad, take a 10-minute scenic helicopter flight over the Agincourt Reef system, where you may see a reef shark or stingray in the shallows. After a busy morning, eat a delicious seafood buffet for lunch that includes oysters and prawns. Return to the marina at Port Douglas and prepare for tonight’s dinner at the private beachfront house, Boonooloo.

Day 3

Head to the Port Douglas markets at Rex Smeal Park with Chef Nick Holloway from Nu Nu restaurant. Learn about the tropical fruit from the region with Chef Holloway, before selecting ingredients for your cooking class. Next transfer 30 minutes to Palm Cove, a beautiful beachside town, where you will use the produce you collected to cook up a delicious lunch. Afterwards, spend the afternoon relaxing nearby at The Alamanda Spa where you will be greeted with a refreshing hibiscus iced tea before heading into one of their eight treatment rooms. Tonight, dine at Salt House in Cairns. Overlooking Cairns Marlin Marina, Salt House is an open-plan venue that features a private dining room and a modern Australian menu.

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