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Frankland Islands Reef, Rainforest & River Day Tour from Cairns

This fully inclusive tour is an exciting day out in paradise, & includes a river cruise, a secluded Frankland Islands escape with snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, a guided island walk, plus morning tea lunch & afternoon tea.

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Duration
Duration
10 hrs
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
100
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Included
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
All ages
Meals
Meals
Included
From AUD $199
Children: AUD $119
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What's Included

  • Get up to $15 cash back per person when you book with us
  • 30 min calm water cruise down the Mulgrave River
  • 4 hrs at Normanby Island in the Frankland Islands archipelago, a natural wildlife haven & a protected national park
  • Use of all snorkelling equipment to explore the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Guided snorkelling tour from the beach, plus a snorkelling safari from the boat along the western reefs
  • Use of other watersport equipment including stand-up paddleboards & kayaks
  • Guided island walk with a marine biologist & Master Reef Guide to learn more about the pristine Frankland Islands
  • A delicious morning tea, buffet lunch, & afternoon tea
  • Return coach transfers from Cairns CBD accommodation

Where we Visit:

  • Mulgrave River
  • Frankland Islands
  • Normanby Island
  • Great Barrier Reef

WHAT TO EXPECT

Your tropical island adventure begins as you board an air-conditioned coach from Cairns and travel south through UNESCO World Heritage-listed rainforest mountains, fields of sugar cane and the iconic Walsh's Pyramid – the highest freestanding natural pyramid in the world.

 

Step onboard the luxurious boat the Turtle Islander at Deeral, just 45 minutes south of Cairns, for a spectacular calm water cruise down the Mulgrave River. Keep an eye out for crocs from the panoramic windows as you sit inside in air-conditioned comfort, or step out onto the shaded outdoor decks for a closer look.

 

From the mouth of the river, it's only 10km to the Frankland Islands. This is the shortest open water crossing of any Cairns reef day tour, which means you spend less time travelling and more time exploring. Plus, it's ideal for people who suffer from seasickness.

 

The Frankland Islands archipelago is a natural wildlife haven and a protected national park. It's also part of the traditional sea country of the Mandingalby Yindinji and Gungandji Aboriginal peoples. Historically and to present times they use these waters to fish, hunt, and gather food. 

 

Beautiful Normanby Island is surrounded by pristine sandy beaches, with rock pools and healthy fringing reefs which can be snorkelled from the beach. Here you have up to four hours to relax and enjoy, without the crowds.

 

Island Activities

 

Your day tour includes guided snorkelling straight from the pristine white sandy beach to see a wide variety of colourful corals and tropical fish. The expert crew and Master Reef Guide are on hand to explain this fantastic and unique ecosystem. You'll also have the opportunity to join the popular adventure snorkel safari, snorkelling from the boat along the island's western reefs. During your snorkel safari, you'll see a vast array of hard and soft coral gardens, complete with giant clams, an abundance of colourful reef fish, and turtles.

 

If you tire from relaxing on the sand, swimming in the cool water, or snorkelling over the reef, there are also other fun optional activities to choose from. Take to the water on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP). The Kona boards are easy to use, and the islands' waters are relatively calm, making them the perfect location to try it out. Alternatively, two-seater kayaks are available for use during the day, so you can glide over the clear tropical waters enjoying fabulous views over the corals, fish and marine life below. 

 

On land, you can also join a guided island walk. The pristine Frankland Islands are a place of exceptional natural beauty, from their fringing reefs and rock pools to their white sandy beaches, lined with pandanus and other native species, and shaded green interior. Join a marine biologist and Master Reef Guide for an informative and fascinating exploration of the island.

 

This all-inclusive tour also includes morning tea served on board the boat; a beach buffet lunch, including fresh salads, bread, meats, and fruit; and afternoon tea

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You'll need your swimsuit and towel, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen (try for a reef-friendly type), and shoes that can get wet and sandy. Bring anything else you want to have with you for a day out on a tropical island. We recommend bringing a refillable water bottle, and cash or credit card (Visa or Mastercard) for onboard purchases or optional activities.

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Yes, they can. Extreme low tides may vary the times of the tour or cause it to be cancelled. We will advise guests at the time of booking or as soon as possible afterwards if this is the case. The tour duration stays the same, we just depart later and return later. We will not depart earlier than our usual time of 8:30 am.

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Between 4 and 4.5 hours.

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After departure, we serve morning tea on board the Turtle Islander. The timing of the day depends on guest numbers and pre-booked optional activities. The crew will provide an outline of the timing for the day before arriving at the island. There is also a chalkboard at the picnic area with the information for guests to refer to, and if you need more information or advice throughout the day, you can ask any of our friendly crew!

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Yes, we can arrange special meals for most dietary requirements. Please let us know at the time of booking and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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We provide lycra suits free of charge from November to April. During this time, they are compulsory for all our guests to wear them.

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Yes! During our day on the island young children can easily swim or snorkel from the beach. We provide flotation devices and our snorkel guides are happy to help with equipment and tuition. The guided island walk and our kids' treasure hunt are also great fun for children.

Guests are welcome to bring portable prams, but please note there is no paved walk so they will need to carry or push them on the sand. The shaded picnic area is a lovely spot for a nap for the little ones.

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As there are no paved walkways on the island, guests need to be able to walk up to 100 metres on sand and navigate stairs on board the vessel. Unfortunately, this tour is not suitable for guests using wheelchairs.

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There are no toilets on the island, but we run direct shuttles back to the main vessel for any toilet breaks required.

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Yes, we will still visit the Great Barrier Reef if it is raining! Please be aware there is limited shelter on the island. We recommend bringing a light waterproof jacket.

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Yes, our tour is more suitable than many other Great Barrier Reef tours for guests who may get seasick, as we have a calm water river cruise and the shortest crossing to the Great Barrier Reef of just 10 kilometres (approximately 30 minutes). Once we arrive at our destination, we base ourselves on the island, which does not move, and you can recover quickly and enjoy your Great Barrier Reef experience. If you are still concerned, we recommend you take seasickness medication.

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Sorry, fishing is not permitted on this tour.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • The Operator reserves the right to change fares or itineraries to suit prevailing conditions
  • The Operator does not guarantee weather conditions on the date of travel this includes in-water visibility. Tours are operated in wet weather. However, where flooding and associated dangers occur preventing access to tour routes, management may refuse the right to conduct tours at its discretion
  • Travelling on the open water carries an inherent risk and The Operator will not be liable for any loss or damage which may arise to any passenger and/or belongings whether as a result of our negligence or otherwise
  • All passengers will be requested to complete a medical declaration prior to entering the water and where required wear a flotation device

Cancellation Policy:

  • Bookings may be cancelled, or dates changed up to 24 hours prior to departure with no cancellation or change fee (subject to seat availability). After this time cancellation or failure to board will incur 100% cancellation fee

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Pickup Locations
  • 00 Make own way to Deeral Jetty. Check in @ 08:00
  • 181 ESPLANADE @ 07:10
  • 201 LAKES ST @ 07:15
  • ABBOTT BOUTIQUE HOTEL (formely Great Northern) @ 07:30
  • ACACIA COURT @ 07:10
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  • 00 Make own way to Deeral Jetty. Check in @ 08:00
  • 181 ESPLANADE @ 07:10
  • 201 LAKES ST @ 07:15
  • ABBOTT BOUTIQUE HOTEL (formely Great Northern) @ 07:30
  • ACACIA COURT @ 07:10
  • ADOBE MOTEL @ 07:05
  • ALL SEASONS CAIRNS GATEWAY (VILLAGE) RESORT @ 07:50
  • AQUARIUS @ 07:20
  • Aquarius Cairns @ 07:30
  • Aspect Central @ 07:05
  • ASYLUM (TRACKS) @ 07:15
  • Bailey - Crystalbrook Collection @ 07:25
  • BALINESE RESORT @ 07:15
  • BAY VILLAGE @ 07:10
  • BELLVIEW @ 07:30
  • BEST WESTERN CENTRAL PLAZA @ 07:10
  • BOHEMIA RESORT @ 07:05
  • BOUNCE HOSTEL (FORMERLY NORTHERN GREENHOUSE) @ 07:20
  • BUNGALOW HOTEL @ 07:45
  • Cairns Central Plaza @ 07:40
  • CAIRNS CITY APARTMENTS @ 07:40
  • CAIRNS CITY BACKPACKERS @ 07:45
  • Cairns City Motel @ 07:15
  • CAIRNS CITY PALMS @ 07:05
  • Cairns Citysider Apartments @ 07:15
  • CAIRNS COCONUT VAN PARK @ 07:50
  • Cairns Colonial Club Resort @ 07:00
  • CAIRNS HOLIDAY LODGE @ 07:05
  • CAIRNS HOLIDAY PARK @ 07:00
  • Cairns One @ 07:00
  • CAIRNS PLAZA Hotel @ 07:15
  • CAIRNS QUEENSLANDER (267 Lk St) @ 07:10
  • Cairns Sharehouse @ 07:40
  • CAIRNS SHERIDAN HOTEL @ 07:05
  • CARAVELLA 149 @ 07:15
  • CARAVELLA CENTRAL @ 07:40
  • CASCADE GARDENS @ 07:15
  • CASTAWAYS @ 07:05
  • CITY PLAZA APTS @ 07:05
  • CITY SHERIDAN @ 07:15
  • CITY SIDER @ 07:05
  • City Terrace Holiday Apt @ 07:05
  • Comfort Inn Cairns City @ 07:10
  • CORAL TOWERS @ 07:10
  • CORAL TREE INN @ 07:20
  • Crystal Garden @ 07:05
  • Divers Den @ 07:45
  • Double Tree Hilton @ 07:30
  • Dreamtime Travellers Rest @ 07:40
  • FIRST CITY CARAVILLA @ 07:00
  • Fishery Falls Caravan Park (Pull in opposite side of HWY) @ 08:00
  • FLORIANA GUEST HSE @ 07:10
  • Flying Monkey @ 07:30
  • Flynn Crystalbrook - night market bus stop Abbott st @ 07:30
  • FOCUS ON SPENCE @ 07:40
  • Freedom Hostel @ 07:30
  • GECKOS HOSTEL @ 07:40
  • GETAWAY ON GRAFTON @ 07:15
  • GILLIGANS @ 07:40
  • GIRLS HOSTEL @ 07:20
  • GLOBAL WATERFRONT- nightmarket bus stop Abbott st @ 07:30
  • GLOBETROTTER INT @ 07:15
  • GROSVENOR @ 07:05
  • HARBOUR LIGHTS @ 07:35
  • HIDES @ 07:30
  • HILTON @ 07:35
  • HOLIDAY INN HARBOURSIDE @ 07:10
  • Ibis Styles Cairns @ 07:20
  • IL CENTRO @ 07:40
  • IL PALAZZO @ 07:30
  • INN CAIRNS @ 07:30
  • Jack & Newel Apartments @ 07:40
  • JJS BACKPACKERS HOSTEL @ 07:05
  • KOALA BEACH RESORT CAIRNS @ 07:20
  • KOALA COURT (Mc LEOD ST) @ 07:05
  • Lake Central Cairns @ 07:20
  • Mad Monkey Backpackers Village @ 07:20
  • MAD MONKEY SHERIDAN @ 07:40
  • MAD MONKEY WATERFRONT @ 07:30
  • MANTRA ESPLANADE @ 07:30
  • MANTRA TRILOGY RESORT @ 07:25
  • MID CITY LUXURY SUITES @ 07:40
  • Mumma's Hostel @ 07:40
  • Night Market Abbot Street side @ 07:30
  • NORTH COVE APTS @ 07:10
  • Northern Heritage @ 07:05
  • NOVOTEL CNS OASIS RESORT @ 07:20
  • OAKS CAIRNS HOTEL @ 07:30
  • OASIS INN @ 07:05
  • Orchid Plaza - Abbot St entrance @ 07:30
  • PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL @ 07:35
  • PALM ROYALE @ 07:00
  • PARK REGIS CITY QUAYS @ 07:40
  • Park Royal Apts @ 07:05
  • Pullman Cairns International @ 07:40
  • Pullman Reef Hotel @ 07:35
  • QUEENS COURT @ 07:15
  • RAINBOW INN @ 07:05
  • RAMADA (previously Hotel Cairns) @ 07:20
  • Red Key Hostel @ 07:05
  • REEF GATEWAY @ 07:10
  • REEF PALMS @ 07:05
  • RILEY, CRYSTALBROOK RESORT COLLECTION @ 07:30
  • ROYAL HARBOUR @ 07:30
  • ROYAL PALM VILLAS @ 07:05
  • RYDGES ESPLANADE RESORT CAIRNS @ 07:15
  • SAME AS PARENT @ 07:45
  • SHANGRILA @ 07:35
  • Southern Cross Atrium Apartments @ 07:40
  • Stockland Shopping centre - Big Marlin @ 07:45
  • Summer House @ 07:10
  • SUNSHINE TOWERS @ 07:15
  • Sunshine Towers @ 07:20
  • The Benson Hotel @ 07:35
  • The Jack Hotel @ 07:40
  • THE LAKES @ 07:00
  • To be arranged at a later time @ 06:55
  • TOBRUK POOL @ 07:05
  • TRADEWINDS MCLEOD ST @ 07:05
  • TRAVELLERS OASIS @ 07:40
  • TRINITY LINKS RESORT @ 07:55
  • TROPIC DAYS @ 07:45
  • TROPIC TOWERS @ 07:05
  • TROPICAL HERITAGE MOTEL @ 07:15
  • TROPICAL QUEENSLANDER @ 07:05
  • United Fuel Station Gordonvale @ 08:00
  • VILLA SHANGRI -LA @ 07:05
  • VILLA VACLUSE @ 07:40
  • VISION APARTMENTS @ 07:30
  • WATERS EDGE APARTMENTS @ 07:15
  • WHY NOT HOSTEL (FORMERLY MAD MONKEY TROPICS FORMERLY CALYPSO) @ 07:05
  • YHA Cairns Central @ 07:40

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