3 Night Escape to Cairns
3 NIGHTS RYDGES ESPLANADE & BREAKFAST
DAILY FAMOUS QUICKSILVER OUTER BARRIER REEF
REEF PONTOON & UNDERWATER OBSERVATORY
FAMOUS KURANDA SCENIC RAIL & SKYRAIL RAINFOREST
RETURN TRANSFERS FOR TOURS
3 Night Escape to Cairns Info
3 NIGHT ESCAPE TO CAIRNS PACKAGE
The Escape to Cairns Package offers unbeatable value year round.
- 3 nights at Rydges Esplanade, Cairns
- Full breakfast daily
- Free WIFI
- Stunning Pools & fitness centre
- Tennis Courts
- Kuranda Train & Skyrail
- Quicksilver Pontoon Outer Reef tour
- Return hotel transfers for both tours
Day One: Check-in to Rydges Esplanade:
Rydges Esplanade Cairns Resort is located on the Cairns Esplanade featuring three superb resort swimming pools, two tennis courts, a complete complimentary health & fitness centre, spa & sauna - all set within lush tropical gardens.
Guest Rooms all have private balconies and enjoy sweeping views over the Coral Sea and Mountains.
Family friendly Rydges Esplanade offers large purpose built family rooms with a Queen and bunk beds. Only a very short walk is Muddy's Playground. An innovative fun educational interactive play space for children of all ages. Muddy's features a 'wet-play' area, flying fox,climbing ropes, sound chimes, slides, play houses, see-saw, slides and much more. Muddy's cafe offers meals, snacks and refreshments.
Rydges Esplanade is located only a short distance from the domestic and international airport by car or taxi. Limited on-site paid car parking is available. The Cairns Esplanade is 2.5km length and popular with joggers and walkers. Walking into the city from Rydges Esplanade takes roughly 20 minutes.
Kick-back after a long day in our signature restaurant and bar, or relax in your room and indulge in 24-hour room service!
Resort rooms are spacious and bright, all with private balconies and stunning views over the Coral Sea, Mountains, or Cairns city.
Specially designed family rooms include a queen bed and separate kids zone area with bunk beds – each featuring a personal 15" TV linked to X-Box gaming system! Perfect for families with two children 4-12 years.
Three resort swimming pools
FREE Health & Fitness Centre
An array of both machine and free weights for the gym enthusiast
Spa and Sauna
2 Tennis Courts
Complimentary use of tennis equipment for all guests
24 hour room service
24 hour reception
Complimentary undercover parking
CHB Restaurant & Bar, serves an all day dining menu with popular menu items such as burgers and fish & chips as well as a range of tapas. You will also love the locally famous Fire & Ice Seafood Dinner Buffet, an innovative concept mixing the style of a la carte dining with traditional buffet. Select from a choice of freshly prepared meats, poultry, fish and seafood that are then cooked on the flame grill, right in front of you and exactly the way you like it! A delicious a la carte dinner menu is also available 7 nights a week.
Hotel & Rooms
Tea & coffee making facilities
Iron & ironing board
Additionally Family Rooms feature
Separate Kids Zone
2 personal 15" LCD TV's
TV's linked to an X-Box - split screen gaming
Ideal for families with 2 children under 12yrs
Day Two: Kuranda Train & Skyrail
Kuranda Village is a quaint little township in the rainforest, situated where both Skyrail and the Kuranda Scenic Train journeys meet.
Train up, Skyrail down:
- Return Hotel Transfers
- 08:45am Train to Kuranda
- Arrives in Kuranda at approx 10:15am
- Free time to explore the Village
- Return via Skyrail at 2:45pm
- Arrive in Cairns at 4:30pm
The Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey offering views of World Heritage Listed rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls within the Barron Gorge National Park.
Kuranda Village is famous for arts and crafts and indigenous artefacts and the excellent attractions of the Butterfly Sanctuary, Koala Gardens, Birdworld and the Aviary. The original Kuranda markets are open daily.
Your return journey is via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway which spans 7.5kms over pristine rainforest. Gliding just metres above the rainforest canopy in comfortable six-person gondola cabins, the Skyrail journey will immerse you in an intimate rainforest experience.
Train Gold Class upgrade (additional cost):
Gold Class has provided a premium experience, giving you the extra comfort and little bit of luxury, and a most memorable experience
- 9.55am departure from Freshwater Station to Kuranda
- 3.30pm departure from Kuranda to Cairns
- Dedicated personalised Gold Class attendant
- Individual seating, lounge-style chairs (24 seats in each carriage over 4 carriages)
- Ambient, historical décor, including timber look flooring, historical photographs and cedar interior
- Gift pack including Kuranda Scenic Railway badge, pen, postcard and postage
- Souvenir trip guide available in 9 languages
- Optional exclusive tour of the Heritage-Listed Signal Cabin at Kuranda station
- Conducted 15 minutes after arrival for morning trains
- Conducted 30 minutes prior to departure for afternoon trains
- Food & beverage offerings will focus on Queensland and local Tablelands produce such as:
o Gallo Dairyland Cheese
o Skybury Coffee
o Wondaree Macadamias
o Mango to Go (100% pure mango "ice-cream" style treat)
o Freshly baked muffins with local fruit
o Sirromet Wines
o Great Northern Brewing Company Super Crisp Lager
Day Three: QUICKSILVER PONTOON
Quicksilver takes you to Agincourt Reef, a magnificent ribbon reef where you can snorkel, dive or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a Quicksilver semi-sub. Watch the fish feeding from Quicksilver's unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory, or fly in a helicopter over the reef.
- Morning and afternoon tea
- Hot and cold tropical smorgasbord lunch
- Itinerary and reef information leaflet
- Presentation by marine biologist
- All snorkelling equipment
- Qualified snorkelling safety officers
- Underwater observatory
- Semi-submersible coral viewing
Your day at a glance:
8.15am Coach pick-up from Rydges Esplanade, Cairns
10.00am Depart Crystalbrook Reef Marina, Port Douglas
10.30am Snorkelling demonstration and Introductory dive information presentation
11.30am Arrive Outer Barrier Reef - Reef activities commence:
- Enjoy free swimming and free snorkelling from submerged platform
- Underwater observatory open for coral and fish viewing
- 20 minute Semi-sub tours depart every fifteen minutes from the rear of the platform
- Pre-booked guided snorkelling tours with Marine Biologist ( optional )
- Diving and helicopter scenic flights ( optional )
- Fish feeding conducted at snorkelling platform at advertised times
12 noon Hot and cold five star tropical buffet lunch including fresh prawns, pastas, meats, salads and fruit. There are full bar facilities available where you can purchase drinks. The platform has tables for you to enjoy lunch and undercover seating
1.30pm Lunch finishes. Time for more activity or just relax and take in the view!!
3.00pm Depart Agincourt Reef for Port Douglas. Reef video and photo viewing on board
4.30pm Arrival at Crystalbrook Reef Marina, Port Douglas
6.00pm Arrival at Rydges Esplanade, Cairns
The Platform at Agincourt Reef Site: Floating like an island in a coral sea the platforms have tables for you to enjoy lunch, undercover seating, fresh water showers and change rooms to allow you to enjoy your day. There is also a water powered lift to allow easy access for all passengers.
Semi Submersible Coral Viewing: If you would like to stay dry, then you can explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a Quicksilver sub. The semi submersibles cruise slowly through the colourful coral gardens giving passengers the opportunity to experience a snorkellers-eye view of the marine life. The semi-sub experience takes approximately 20 minutes and includes an informed commentary on the marine life observed during the journey and an overview of the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.
Underwater Observatory: You can also see the coral and watch the fish feeding from Quicksilver's unique viewing platform and underwater observatory located directly in front of the platform. From here, you can also view "first time" divers taking part in introductory dives and snorkellers.
Snorkelling: Snorkelling is one of the best ways to view the incredible underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef, and Quicksilver's friendly staff are on hand to show you how. On your way out to Agincourt Reef you can view an instructional video on how to snorkel to teach you the right techniques.
- Certified diving
- Introductory diving
- Snorkelling expedition
Day Four: End of Package. Depart Rydges Esplanade, Cairns
As UK torists we found this tour most interesting and enjoyable. We had an excellent talk by a Forest Ranger at one of the stops. The rail journey was interesting in spite of being through a tropical downpour - all part of a great experience.
Posted By Gavin @ Jean
Well worth it to take the small van tour vs. a big tour bus. Maxes time at locations, minimizes waiting. Great guide, other guests were fun and friendly too.
Posted By Lisa Ellram
Very enjoyable experience.
Easy to arrange, reliable pick-up and drop-off a very enjoyable experience.
Posted By Smithy
Had a great day
Had a great day in spite of the heavy rain that greeted us in Kuranda.
Posted By Paul Webster
Staff were friendly and very helpful. We loved the excellent range of gifts in the Skyrail shop. It was a terrific day excursion. Thanks
Posted By Jeanette Humphries
A fantastic trip winding up the mountain to Kuranda where you can find all sorts of things to see and do - don't miss the Koala Park!
Posted By Tony Downing
Gold Class Train
Had a great time going up to the rainforest on the tram and returning on the train in Gold Class. It was a really hot day and the snacks and cold drinks in Gold Class made the upgrade a great deal. The scenery was wonderful in both directions.
Posted By Gail Jennings
Kuranda Day trip
Fantastic day, loved the train and the Skyrail was breathtaking.
Posted By Erika Cook
Wonderful experience must visit if going to Cairns
Posted By Shamik Banerjee
Thanks Gene all the booking were great, really loved the Quicksilver Cruise, brilliant well worth the money. The transfer was waiting for us upon arrival, which was fantastic.
Posted By Susanne Flynn
The whole trip was very good especially the staff onboard the boat. We would also recommend you go with the marine biologist for the snorkeling portion of the trip as it was well worth the extra cost.
Posted By Ross Brunson
A must do
We cannot wait till next time
Posted By Scott Allen
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