Cairns Tropical Zoo, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise

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Get close to nature and explore the Great Barrier Reef from all angles on a fantastic combo tour from Cairns. Encounter wildlife at Cairns Tropical Zoo, then take a spectacular 30-minute scenic helicopter flight over the reef. End your day with a series of underwater activities before cruising back to Cairns with a glass of wine in hand. At the end of the day, you'll know all about kangaroos and wallabies, and just appreciate how hard it was to find Nemo!


  • Done in English
  • Instant confirmation
  • Helicopter scenic flight
  • Stunning aerial views
  • Buffet lunch included
  • Admire the underwater world while staying dry
  • Encounter closer to wildlife
  • family activity

Enjoy a morning exploring Cairns Tropical Zoo, where you can get to know Australia's native wildlife. Wildlife shows are held throughout the park, including the chance to pet a koala (additional cost). That's right, the law allows interaction with Queensland Koalas supervised by trained zookeepers!

After the zoo, return to the helipad for a 30-minute scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef. There's no better way to see the vast reach of this extraordinary ecosystem, which can only be seen from the air.

Once you've seen the reef from above, then it's time to see it below the surface. Land at an exclusive jetty at Hastings North Reef and spend the afternoon snorkeling in the Marine Park's famous Great Barrier Reef. Swim between tropical fish and an extraordinary array of coral formations. Dive instructors are on hand to assist you and all snorkeling gear will be provided.

If you don't want to get wet, you can take an informative semi-submersible tour to see and learn about the delicate coral reef ecosystem. Divers won't be forgotten with diving available for beginners and experienced divers at an additional cost.

You will have approximately two hours to enjoy the underwater activities and a tropical buffet lunch will be served on the boat. When the day draws to a close, enjoy a glass of wine on the cruise back to Cairns where transport to your hotel awaits.

Detailed schedule

Starting point :
Departs from a selection of central Cairns hotels.

Outside hotels in Cairns, transfers are available at an additional cost, payable directly to the driver on the day of travel. Roundtrip hotel transfer costs are as follows:

  • Trinity Beach and Smithfield: $24 AUD per person (minimum 2 passengers)
  • Palm Cove / Clifton Beach / Kewarra Beach: $25 AUD per person (minimum 2 passengers)
  • Trinity Beach and Smithfield: $24 AUD per person (minimum 2 passengers)

Departure time :

  • 08.30 p.m

Return details:
The tour ends at the starting point at 17:00 PM

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