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Michaelmas Cay Outer Barrier Reef Sailing & Kuranda Train & Skyrail - 2 Day Package

Destination: Great Barrier Reef & Michaelmas Cay & Kuranda Village via Train & Skyrail
Duration: 2 Day Tour Package

Departs: Cairns & Cairns Northern Beaches Daily
Returns: Cairns & Cairns Northern Beaches Daily

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Michaelmas Cay Outer Barrier Reef Sailing & Kuranda Train & Skyrail - 2 Day Package
  • Michaelmas Cay Outer Barrier Reef Sailing & Kuranda Train & Skyrail - 2 Day Package
  • Michaelmas Cay Outer Barrier Reef Sailing & Kuranda Train & Skyrail - 2 Day Package
  • Michaelmas Cay Outer Barrier Reef Sailing & Kuranda Train & Skyrail - 2 Day Package
  • Michaelmas Cay Outer Barrier Reef Sailing & Kuranda Train & Skyrail - 2 Day Package
  • Michaelmas Cay Outer Barrier Reef Sailing & Kuranda Train & Skyrail - 2 Day Package
  • Michaelmas Cay Outer Barrier Reef Sailing & Kuranda Train & Skyrail - 2 Day Package
  • Michaelmas Cay Outer Barrier Reef Sailing & Kuranda Train & Skyrail - 2 Day Package
  • Michaelmas Cay Outer Barrier Reef Sailing & Kuranda Train & Skyrail - 2 Day Package
  • Michaelmas Cay Outer Barrier Reef Sailing & Kuranda Train & Skyrail - 2 Day Package
The Tour Day 1 Your day starts with an accommodation transfer from Cairns City or Cairns Northern Beaches accommodation, to transfer you down to the Marinas for check-in and boarding with Ocean Spirit Cruises. A stunning day awaits you, you will travel onboard Ocean Spirit's large, spacious sailing catamaran to Michaelmas Reef & Michaelmas Sand Cay.

Arrive at the Michaelmas Reef at approximately 10.30am. Ocean Spirit's vessel anchors up at the reef moorings and transfers commence as passengers board the 'beach buggy', Ocean Spirit's comfortable tender vessel which transfers guests onto the cay!

Michaelmas Cay is a nature lover's paradise, encircled by a spectacular fringing reef teeming with colourful marine life, the sand cay is also a bird watcher's delight, as the cay is an important, protected sanctuary and rookery for migratory sea birds.

Guests can snorkel directly from the beach in the cay’s protected shallow waters, take the semi-submersible submarine tour with commentary, watch the fish feeding presentations and take the marine naturalist led guided cay tour, allowing you to discover the fascinating island's  birdlife and development. For the more adventurous traveler, you can experience the underwater delights of the reef with an exciting fully guided, Introductory Dive or take a fully guided snorkel tour of the cay's coral garden's with the vessel's onboard Marine Biologist.

Or if preferred, one can just sit back relax on the beach or soak up the tropical location, enjoying the attraction of a powder white sandy beach and turquoise blue waters surrounding the cay and lagoon, the atmosphere at Michaelmas Cay is truly lovely!

Your Michaelmas Cay Sailing Tour includes 4 hours at stunning Michaelmas Sand Cay, morning and afternoon teas, a delicious chef prepared buffet lunch including hot and cold buffet selection, prawns, fresh salads and tropical fruit platters as well as all snorkelling equipment and instruction, including flotation aids, semi submersible submarine tour with commentary and guided cay tour!

Michaelmas Cay offers nervous, 'first timers' with limited snorkelling experience or families with younger children a perfect introduction to snorkelling. Here you can put on a flotation jacket, walk directly off of the cays sandy beach and float effortlessly over the coral gardens with the cay still in sight!  

On the way back home (weather permitting), Ocean Spirit hoists the sails and you will experience the majesty of sailing on the Great Barrier Reef! The vessel boasts an onboard entertainer with music on deck whilst the crew offer guests a complimentary glass of wine and offer cheese and biscuits! Make your way back to Cairns at the end of a glorious day on the Outer Barrier Reef exploring one of the reef's prettiest, most protected sand cays!

Arrive back into Cairns Marinas at approximately 5.30pm with a complimentary coach transfer back to accommodation.

Day 2 Your day begings with a complimentary coach transfer from Cairns or Cairns Northern Beaches accommodation to transfer you to Freshwater Station, to board the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Today you will enjoy taking a spectacular journey with sublime views of dense World Heritage rainforest with steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls along the route, through the Barron Gorge as you make your way to Kuranda Village in the Rainforest, an iconic attraction that is a must do for anyone visiting the area. The world famous Kuranda Scenic Railway winds its way on a journey of approximately 1 hour 45 minutes from Cairns to Kuranda on a dalily basis! 

Your journey with Kuranda Scenic Rail includes full commentary and all passengers receive a guide booklet which includes information on the history of the railway’s construction, a trip map and a map of Kuranda Village. On reaching Kuranda Village, guests can spend some free time enjoying a varied assortment of interesting attractions and unique market style shopping experiences. Kuranda also boasts an impressive assortment of eateries, catering to all tastes and dietary requirements and there's plenty of time to stop and grab a bite to eat (unch is at own expense). 

Visit other attractions on offer in the village, Kuranda Original & Heritage Markets, Koala Gardens and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary to name a few. If staying longer and coming down on the later Skyrail return times, you might also choose to take the shuttle from the Australian Butterfly Snactuary to Rainforestation, an award winning attraction based 15 minutes out of Kuranda Village. 

For your return journey back from Kuranda Village to Cairns, you will join the iconic Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Your package includes a choice of 12.45pm, 1.45pm & 2.45pm return Skyrail return time, allowing you the flexibility and a choice of amount of time spent in Kuranda Village. The option of multiple Skyrail Rainforest Cableway return times also allows passengers with an afternoon or early evening flight out of Cairns the opportunity to enjoy doing a 2 day package if facing time constraints.

The Skyrail is a unique rainforest experience taking you on an unforgettable journey over and through Australia’s World Heritage listed tropical rainforest. Skyrail's gondolas glide just metres above the canopy in safe, modern and comfortable gondola cabins, enjoying spectacular views of the rainforest, the tropical city of Cairns, the azure blue Coral Sea and the lush Atherton Tablelands and Highlands.

Along the route, participants can stop at the two rainforest mid-stations, at Red Peak and at Barron Falls, providing the opportunity to explore and learn about this ancient environment with Ranger guided boardwalk tours and at the Skyrail's Rainforest Interpretation Centre.

At the end of the day, arrive at the Skyrail Terminal in Caravonica, to be met by your coach driver and transfer back to Cairns and Cairns Northern Beaches accommodation. Drop off times vary, dependant on your selected Skyrail return time.

Please Note: Tour can be done in reverse order and does not need to be done or undertaken over consecutive days. If intending on doing any Diving, Certified or Introductory Diving on the Great Barrier Reef Tour, the tour should be booked as Kuranda Train & Skyrail day first, and Great Barrier Reef last, due to altitude and fly before diving recommendations.
Package Includes Your Michaelmas Cay Great Barrier Reef Sailing Tour Includes
  • Return Ocean Spirit cruise from Cairns
  • Experience 4 hours at Michaelmas Cay
  • Morning and afternoon teas
  • Hot and cold buffet lunch, including prawns
  • Snorkelling equipment and instruction
  • Buoyancy vests
  • Lycra suits
  • Marine Biologist presentation
  • Semi-submersible coral viewing tour with commentary
  • Fish feeding presentation
  • Glass of complimentary sparkling wine served on the homeward journey

Optional activities include introductory scuba diving and marine biologist guided snorkel tours

Your Kuranda Train & Skyrail Tour Includes
  • Return accommodation transfers from Cairns or Northern Beaches (excludes Holloways, Yorkey's or Machans Beach)
  • Historic Kuranda Scenic Railway from Freshwater Heritage Station to Kuranda Village
  • Commentary on rail journey with information guide on the history of the railways' construction, a trip map and a map of Kuranda
  • Free time to shop, explore, have lunch and visit a multitude of Kuranda Village's many attractions
  • Return from Kuranda Village on the retur with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway journey from Kuranda to Skyrail’s Caravonica station
  • Stop along the route at Skyrail Rainforest Cableway's two rainforest mid-stations stops at Red Peak and Barron Falls
  • Ranger guided boardwalk tour and Rainforest Interpretation Centre with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Choice of 12.45pm, 1.45pm or 2.45pm Skyrail Return times from Kuranda Village with connecting coach transfers

Please use Booking Form's Comments Box to specify preferred Skyrail Rainforest Cableway return time 

Rates - From Cairns City Accommodation - Valid 01 Apr 2019 to 31 Mar 2020
  • Adult AU$329.50 + AU$6.50 per person Government Reef Tax
  • Child (Aged 4 -14 years) AU$174.00 + $6.50 per person Government Reef Tax
  • Family Package (2 Adults & 2 Children aged 4 -14 years of age) AU$868.00 + $6.50 per person Government Reef Tax

Please Note: Package rates are based on self check-in at the Reef Fleet Terminal in Cairns for the Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay Sailing Tour - Coach transfers from Cairns City based accommodation for the Kuranda Train & Skyrail sector of the package are included in package rates.

Please use the Booking Form's Comments Box to indicate if Optional Return Coach Transfers are required for Ocean Spirit Sailing Tour on making a reservation.

Rates - From Cairns Northern Beaches Accommodation - Valid 01 Apr 2019 to 31 Mar 2020Adult AU$333.50 + AU$6.50 per person Government Reef Tax
Child (Aged 4 -14 years) AU$177.00 + $6.50 per person Government Reef Tax
Family Package (2 Adults & 2 Children aged 4 -14 years of age) AU$883.00 + $6.50 per person Government Reef Tax

Please note: Package rates are based on self check-in at the Reef Fleet Terminal in Cairns for the Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay Sailing Tour - Coach transfers from Cairns City based accommodation for the Kuranda Train & Skyrail sector of the package are included in package rates.

Please use the Booking Form's Comments Box to indicate if Optional Return Coach Transfers are required for Ocean Spirit Sailing Tour on making a reservation.
Rates - Optional Coach Transfers for Michaelmas Cay Sailing Tour - Valid 01 Apr 2019 to 31 Mar 2020Return Coach Transfers for Michaelas Cay Sailing Tour from Cairns City Accommmodation
  • Adult AU$29.00
  • Child (Aged 4 -14 years of age) AU$19.00

Return Coach Transfers for Michaelas Cay Sailing Tour from Cairns Northern Beaches Accommmodation
  • Adult AU$36.00
  • Child (Aged 4 -14 years of age) AU$20.00
Introductory Diving - Optional - Valid 01 Apr 2019 to 31 Mar 2020
  • Introductory Dive - Includes Full Gear Hire & Instruction AU$132.00 per person (includes full gear hire, instruction & dive guide)

Diving Terms & Conditions The minimum age for Introductory Scuba Diving is 12 years. Certain medical conditions including a history of asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, high blood pressure, pregnancy, medications and height restrictions may preclude some people from participating in diving activities.

For further advice, please contact our office. After a single dive a wait of 12 hours is recommended before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater. If doing multiple dives an interval of 24 hours before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater is suggested.
Guided Snorkel Safari - Valid 01 Apr 2019 to 31 Mar 2020Adult AU$66.00
Child (Aged 4 - 14 years of age) - AU$34.00
Family Package (2 Adults & 2 Children aged 4 - 14 years of age) AU$166.00

Important Booking Notes: On booking this package, please indicate using the Booking Form's Comments Box if you require any particular date order, e.g. Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay Tour 'first', Train & Skyrail Tour 'second' and provide preferred date order, as the tours can be undertaken over 2 consecutive days, or can they be undertaken over non consecutive dates of travel.

- Please indicate your preferred Skyrail Rainforest Cableway return time, e.g. 12.45pm, 1.45pm or 2.45.pm time in Booking Form's Comments Box.

- Please advise if any additional Optional Activities for the Ocean Spirit tour are required in the 'Comments Box' of the Booking Form. e.g. additional Introductory Dives or Guided Snorkel Tours - specifying the activity type and number of participants.

- Please also advise if the Optional Return Coach Transfers from Cairns City or Cairns Northern Beaches accommodation are required for Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay Sailing Tour are required or if wanting to self check-in at the Marinas & Reef Fleet Terminal in Cairns City.

Return coach transfers for the Kuranda Train & Skyrail Tour from Cairns City or (select) Cairns Beaches are included for the Kuranda Train & Skyrail portion of the package. 
What To Bring
  • Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, towel, swimmers, camera & hat for Michaelmas Cay Sailing Tour
  • Bring spending money for the purchase of snacks, drinks, souvenirs and optional activities for Michaelmas Cay Sailing Tour
  • Wear comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for walking for Kuranda Train & Skyrail Tour 
  • Bring additional spending money for the purchase of lunch, snacks, drinks, activities and souvenirs in Kuranda 

General Conditions

Child Ages: 4 -14 years; Infants ages under 4 years of age travel free of charge
Family Package Rates: 2 Adults & 2 Children (aged 4 - 14 years of age) not applicable with any other discount.
All schedules, activities and prices are subject to change with notice
Fares are listed in Australian dollars include Goods and Services Tax. 

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