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Shore Excursions

Our most recommended Queensland Shore Excursions

Cairns: Outer Great Barrier Reef Full-Day Tour with Lunch

1. Cairns: Outer Great Barrier Reef Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Tour the Outer Great Barrier Reef by boat with time to snorkel and explore this world-famous National Park. Complement your experience with a gourmet buffet lunch, glass of wine, and a light snack. Board your high-speed vessel, and visit some of the most beautiful spots in the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a seamless experience with knowledgeable staff to ensure a safe and fun-filled tour. Stop at 2 spectacular Outer Great Barrier Reef destinations and snorkel with equipment and lessons provided. Feel free to jump in the water and explore this natural wonder up close. Later, sit down for a delicious barbecue lunch with salad before taking off for the second half of the tour.

Broome: Dampier Peninsula 4WD Tour & Optional Return Flight

2. Broome: Dampier Peninsula 4WD Tour & Optional Return Flight

After pickup from your hotel in Broome, head north on Cape Leveque Road. Travelling over rugged terrain on the unsealed sections of the road, your first stop will be the Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community. Visit the famous Sacred Heart Church, with its exquisite Pearl Shell Altar, built in 1918 by the Pallottine Monks. Heading further north to One Arm Point, also known as Ardyaloon, visit another remote indigenous community, with amazing views of the Buccaneer Archipelago. Here you will enjoy a guided visit of the Trochus Shell Hatchery & Aquaculture Centre. Get an insight into aquaculture and the strong connection the Bardi Jawi have to their country as saltwater people. Marvel at the diverse range of locally-crafted products and beautiful polished shells, which are also available to buy as a souvenir. Next stop is Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, where you will tuck into a chef-prepared lunch, followed by a tour of the farm, which is Australia’s oldest operating pearl farm. Following the tour, take the opportunity to visit their showroom to see where some of the finest South Sea Pearls are grown and harvested. Opt for the return scenic flight (must be pre-booked) down the beautiful coast to arrive in Broome at approximately 5 PM, or travel back by 4WD coach to return to Broome at 7:30 PM.

Airlie Beach: Glass-Bottom Boat Tour

3. Airlie Beach: Glass-Bottom Boat Tour

See the wonders of the Whitsundays without getting in the water. Cruise around the best coral reefs around Airlie Beach with your family or friends on a tour that is suitable for all ages.  Enjoy a photo opportunity stop at Lions Lookout prior to your departure. Marvel at the views over the harbor and the stunning Whitsunday Islands and add a charming portrait to your holiday photo collection. Then, venture out on a glass-bottom boat that is fully shaded from the sun. Discover breathtaking coral worlds and marine wildlife such as turtles, rays, and a kaleidoscope of tropical fish. Explore the valuable ecosystem that lives within the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Get up close and personal with a spectrum of vibrant hard and soft coral and underwater critters as you cruise through the idyllic islands. Listen to funny and informative commentary about the reef from your guide.

Airlie: Adventure Jet Ski Tour From Airlie Beach

4. Airlie: Adventure Jet Ski Tour From Airlie Beach

Get your adrenaline rushing with a 1.5-hour jet ski adventure from Airlie Beach. Delight in the informative and entertaining commentary provided by your qualified tour guide, and spot sea turtles in the turquoise waters. Depart from Airlie Beach and drive your latest model Sea-Doo jet ski out to view the Whitsunday Islands from the protection of the coastline. Explore Airlie's beautiful bays and the picturesque world heritage Whitsunday Island Marine Park. Keep your eye out for the area's famous turtles, as well as dugongs, seabirds, and seasonal humpback whales from July to September. Take home memories of your experience with free of charge photos provided on Facebook after your tour. No license is required for this tour, and no experience is necessary.

From Hervey Bay: K'gari, Fraser Island 2-Day Coach Tour

5. From Hervey Bay: K'gari, Fraser Island 2-Day Coach Tour

Start your tour with pickup in Hervey Bay, the gateway to K'gari (Fraser Island). Then relax on the 40-minute cruise across the Great Sandy Marine Park to the island. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and turtles. Explore some of the most beautiful spots as you listen to fascinating facts about the island’s history. Over the 2 days you’ll travel in in air-conditioned comfort between sites. Visit Central Station to admire the towering trees, and learn why Fraser Island was so valuable to the timber industry. Stroll along the Wanggoolba Creek boardwalk and explore the subtropical rainforest in Pile Valley. Relax on the sandy beaches around Lake McKenzie, and as an optional extra, you can take a scenic flight over the island from here. Float down Eli Creek, and see the famous Maheno shipwreck. Be amazed by The Pinnacles colored sands and hear the Dreamtime tale of how they were formed. See the spectacular Indian Head while cruising up 75 Mile Beach. Visit the Champagne Pools and slip into the amazing natural jacuzzi, formed by the crashing waves. Trek across Hammerstone Sandblow and take a dip in Lake Wabby.   Stay overnight at the K'gari Beach Resort (formerly Eurong Beach Resort). At the end of the second day, board the 5:00 PM ferry back to River Heads. The shuttle service will take you back to your accommodation from there.

Cairns: Half-Day City Sightseeing Tour

6. Cairns: Half-Day City Sightseeing Tour

Join a local guide and explore the history, culture, and heritage of Cairns on a half-day sightseeing tour. Visit the Cairns Museum, Cairns Flecker Botanic Gardens, the Lower Barron Gorge National Park, and more. Following pickup in an air-conditioned vehicle, start the day at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Marlin Marina. Admire the breathtaking cathedral of St. Monica's, which features the world's largest themed stained glass windows. Discover the city's vibrant history and rich cultural heritage with a visit to the Cairns Museum. Enjoy the exclusive 20-minute guided tour of the museum with a local expert who will share stories about living in the tropics, cane, railways, reefs, and rainforest. Travel to the leafy suburb of Edge Hill for a guided walk through the Cairns Flecker Botanic Gardens, renowned for having one of the best exhibitions of tropical plants in Australia. Explore the butterfly-lined pathways under the green canopy as your guide explains the various plants you see along the way. Enjoy a delicious Devonshire Tea of homemade scones served with jam and cream and a choice of tea or coffee at a local cafe before continuing to one of Cairns' scenic lookouts with panoramic views of the city and the Coral Sea. Visit the Lower Barron Gorge National Park and Surprise Creek Falls. Continue further to visit stunning Palm Cove, lined with old paperbark trees. Stroll to the end of the jetty to enjoy the stunning beach setting and natural surroundings before being returned to your hotel.

Cairns: Shore Excursion Guided Food and Wine Tour

7. Cairns: Shore Excursion Guided Food and Wine Tour

This tour commences at the cruise ship terminal in Cairns departing between 8:00- 9:00am where you will be met by our professional tour guide. From here you will be whisked away and transported up the picturesque mountain range to the Atherton Tablelands, a gem waiting to be explored. You will enjoy a tantilizing tea and scone tasting for brunch and you might even spot a rare Far North Queensland Tree Kangaroo. From here, you will experience gin, beer, distillery and wine tastings throughout the many towns scattered throughout the Atherton Tablelands. You will then return and be back safety on your cruise ship between 4:00-5:00pm ready for your next adventure.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 82 reviews

I would definitely recommend this team and would happily travel with them again. We had unseasonable weather and I am not confident in the ocean when there are lots of waves but I felt so comfortable and so safe in the knowledge that we were being looked after that I happily snorkelled and spent most of my time in the water. The team were exceptionally friendly and very supportive and seemed to really enjoy working with each other as well. It was an excellent day all round.

Perfect in every way. Very well managed and very personable. Knowledgeable helpful staff that made the snorkelling experience great for everybody of all skill levels. Fish amazing and a privilege to see the coral. Lovely of staff to all thank us and say goodbye at end of trip - a nice last memory thanks . Ps food plentiful and coffee available all the time was great

Comfortable trip out, very generous lunch provided, caring a staff who clearly had passenger safety as number one priority. The outer reef did not disappoint! Two great spots, highlights were seeing a giant moray eel, Māori wrasse and so many beautiful parrot fish and others. A great variety of coral, the reef is still in good shape, well with the trip.

Well-organized tour, felt safe at all times, enjoyed the unforgettable spectacle of the reef. Glad there were wetsuits, it was a chilly day! Oh, great steaks, too!

We had a fantastic day on the reef, the staff were amazing!