Cairns 3-Day Discovery Package: Islands, Outer Reef & Culture

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Cairns' Ultimate Short Break Immersion

Indulge in a whirlwind Cairns adventure with our 3-Day Discovery Package, designed for those seeking the essence of Far North Queensland in a short timeframe.

Day 1 invites you into the ancient world with the Mandingalbay Hands on Country Eco Tour. Cruise through mangrove-lined waters, try and spot saltwater crocodiles, and venture into an exclusive Indigenous Protected Reserve with Mandingalbay clan hosts. Immerse yourself in the Mayi Bugan Rainforest Trail, where Aboriginal traditions, native foods, and bush medicines come to life.

Day 2 brings you face-to-face with the marvels of the Great Barrier Reef on our Cairns Eco Reef Cruise. Dive into vibrant underwater realms, guided by Master Reef Guides, aboard a luxurious catamaran that blends modern comfort with eco-efficiency. Be part of an environmentally positive journey that resonates with your adventurous spirit.

On Day 3, unwind on Fitzroy Island, where a relaxed day unfolds at your pace. Hike to the Summit Lookout for panoramic views, swim in warm waters, and explore underwater wonders with optional snorkelling, kayaking, and SUP activities.

Embrace the Cairns experience in this seamless and extremely popular 3-day escapade – book well in advance to avoid missing out.

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Features

  • Immersive cultural experience
  • Discovery of native foods and bush medicines
  • Exclusive access to an Indigenous Protected Reserve
  • Fully inclusive outer reef cruise
  • Snorkelling through stunning coral formations and tropical fish
  • Exploration of Fitzroy Island National Park
  • Opportunities for hiking, swimming, and relaxation on palm-fringed beaches

Inclusions

Package inclusions and exclusions

½ day Cultural Tour
Full day Outer Reef Cruise
Fitzroy Island return ferry transfers
Accommodation (on request)
Flights

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Hands On Country Cultural Experience

    Awakening in Nature’s Classroom

    Embark on a transformative journey at noon as the day unfolds with the Hands On Country Cultural Experience. Guided by Traditional Owners of the Mandingalbay clan from the Yidinji Nation, this half-day escapade immerses you in a profound exploration of the natural wonders just beyond Cairns. A brief cruise unveils the breathtaking wetland environment, a mere 10-minute voyage from Cairns Harbour.

    This regenerative experience transcends tourism; it’s an invitation into an Indigenous Protected Reserve. Witness the richness of Hills Creek, bordered by mangrove forests concealing the stories of the land. At low tide you may even get a glimpse of the saltwater crocodile, guardians of this river.

    Journey to a working Indigenous Ranger base, the launchpad for the Mayi Bugan Rainforest Trail. Indigenous Guides share the sacred knowledge of native foods, bush medicines, and the enduring traditions of the Aboriginal people. This educational odyssey fosters respect for nature, unveiling a more harmonious existence between people and planet.

    Experience Inclusions:
    • Guided river cruise across the stunning water of the Cairns Harbour.
    • Exclusive access to an Indigenous Protected Reserve
    • Mandingalbay Yidinji traditional welcome either through smoke or marking the face with traditional paint.
    • Bus tour through the mangroves, wetlands, and market gardens
    • Guided Mayi Bugan Rainforest Trail. Discover bush foods, tools, and medicine as well as sites of cultural significance.
    • Morning Tea with local fruits
    • Return transfer by vessel to Cairns Marlin Marina

    Time and Duration:
    • Meeting Time: 08:45 hrs
    • Duration: 4 hours

    Notes:
    • Additional afternoon tours may be available on request – please ask.
    • The days in this itinerary can be changed to suit your travel plans and flights.
    • Please reach out with any questions about this Cairns 3-Day Discovery Package.
    • Do you need accommodation too? Let us know your sleep style and we will get to work.
    • Do you want us to build a unique itinerary that is personalised to your needs? Just ask 🙂

     

  • Day 2 - Great Barrier Reef Immersion

    Snorkellers on the reef with a huge Humphead or Maori Wrasse.
    Snorkel & Dive the Outer Reef

    Embark on a remarkable journey with Russel and his team of Master Reef Guides aboard our Cairns Eco Reef Cruise.

    Our Great Barrier Reef cruise provides a uniquely personalised experience to small groups of eco-conscious travellers like you.

    Prepare to be mesmerised by the vibrant underwater world as you snorkel and scuba dive amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. Encounter majestic turtles, a kaleidoscope of colourful fish, and countless coral formations that will leave you in awe.

    The vessel for the day is a stunning modern, comfortable, and eco-efficient sailing catamaran that brings you back from the Reef in style with sails up.

    Join us, and be part of an environmentally positive journey that aligns with your values as an adventurous traveller who cares deeply about our planet. Together, let’s explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef the right way.

    Experience Inclusions:
    • Morning and afternoon tea
    • High quality snorkelling equipment
    • Full snorkel tuition
    • Complimentary snorkel tours
    • Flotation vests
    • Onboard chef prepared lunch
    • All dietary requirements catered for
    • Eco-marine life presentation
    • Winter wetsuits / summer sunsuits
    • Prescription masks
    • Marine Park Fees and Levies
    Optional Extras:
    • Certified Scuba Diving – upto 2 guided dives – Please request & pre-book
    • Introductory Scuba Dive – Please request & pre-book first dive
    • Underwater Camera Hire – Hired onboard
    • Professional underwater photos – Purchased onboard
    • Alcoholic or soft drinks and snacks
    Time and Duration:
    • Meeting Time: 07:00 hrs
    • Duration: 9-10 hours
    Notes:
    • Please pre-book any scuba diving activities – There are limited dive places.
    • The days in this itinerary can be changed to suit your travel plans and flights.
    • Please reach out with any questions about this Cairns 3-Day Discovery Package
    • Do you need accommodation too? Let us know your sleep style and we will get to work
    • Do you want us to build a unique itinerary that is personalised to your needs? Just ask 🙂

     

  • Day 3 - Fitzroy Island

    Cairns 3-Day Discovery Package_Fitzroy Island
    Discover Fitzroy: Island Simplicity ~ Nature’s Riches

    Your Cairns 3-Day Discovery finishes perfectly at Fitzroy Island, where every moment feels like a brushstroke of paradise on nature’s canvas. This coral-fringed haven, just a swift ferry ride from Cairns, is more than an island; it’s a living spectacle. Nestled in the embrace of the Great Barrier Reef, Fitzroy offers a casual elegance—untamed and welcoming. As the ferry nears the island, the allure of its turquoise waters and verdant peaks unfolds, promising an escape that seamlessly blends adventure and relaxation.

    Here, simplicity is the essence. Fitzroy Island unveils its treasures with a laid-back charm—from coral laden shores to sandy coves, a rainforest interior harbouring secrets of ancient flora, and a vibrant underwater world just a snorkel away. Whether you’re seeking the thrill of exploring hidden trails or craving the quietude of a secluded beach, Fitzroy’s unspoiled beauty invites you to chart your own course. It’s a tropical playground, effortlessly unpretentious, where nature’s wonders become your daily companions.

    Island Activities
    • Hike to the summit for epic island vistas and sweeping 360° views
    • Enjoy coastal rainforest walks
    • Snorkel the fringing reef just offshore
    • Take a glass bottom boat tour
    • Relax at stunning Nudey Beach
    • Take a 30 minute tour of the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre
    • Look out for small skinks and large goannas on the walking trails

    Experience Inclusions:
    • Return ferry transfers on the ‘Fitzroy Flyer’
    • Self-guided national park walks digital guide
    • Marine Park Fees and Levies
    • National Park Fees

    Optional Activities (available on the island):
    • Snorkel equipment hire (mask, snorkel, fins & lycra suits all available)
    • Glass bottom boat tours
    • Kayaks and stand-up paddle board (SUP) hire
    • Lunch/food and drinks is available at Foxy’s Bar

    Time and Duration:
    • Check-in Time: 07:45 hrs
    • Duration: 10 hours

    Notes:
    • The days in this itinerary can be changed to suit your travel plans and flights.
    • Please reach out with any questions about this Cairns 3-Day Discovery Package
    • Do you need accommodation too? Let us know your sleep style and we will get to work
    • Do you want us to build a unique itinerary that is personalised to your needs? Just ask 🙂

     

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  • Know before you go

    Dietary Requirements

    Tell us about any dietary requirements where meals are included.

    Trip Physicality and General Health

    This trip rates 2 out of 5 meaning it includes some easy physical activities.

    Snorkelling is a relatively low-intensity activity and does not require high levels of physical fitness to enjoy but some medical conditions can be aggravated by this activity.

    The summit walk at Fitzroy Island can be challenging to those with below average fitness levels but the walk to Nudey Beach is achievable if steps can be navigated.

    If you have any concerns please simply reach out and get in touch.

    Itinerary

    Itineraries may be subject to change due to weather events and unforeseen circumstances.

  • What to bring - Essentials

    • Clothing for the climate/time of year
    • Comfy footwear for walks
    • Swim wear and beach towel
    • Hat and Sunglasses
    • Plastic-free reusable water bottle
    • Bio-degradable toiletries
    • Natural reef safe sunscreen*

     

    *For more information about sunscreen damaging our reefs visit the ethically conscious  www.earthturtle.com.au/blog

  • This Package: Terms & Conditions

    Cancellation by Guest:
    • If you cancel 7 days or more in advance of package start date: 0% fee
    • If you cancel between 72 hours and 7 days or more in advance of package start date: 20% fee
    • If you cancel within 72 hours of package start date: 100% fee
    • Unless otherwise stated all refunds will incur a 6% administration fee for un-recoverable costs incurred by Tree Hugger Travel that include payment processing fees and third-party booking fees.
    Pricing

    All prices are person unless otherwise stated, are in Australian dollars, are correct at the time of publication & are subject to change without notice.

    General Terms & Conditions

    In addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined above, upon purchase this package is subject to general terms & conditions.

Cairns 3-Day Discovery Package includes this location, the stunning Fitzroy Island and its Palm fringed shoreline.

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