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Off The Beaten Track

If you wanted to "get off the beaten track" and visit some restricted access areas or less visited areas, then please peruse the tours below. Options ranging from 4WD tours, wildlife spotting tours and guided hiking tours. Most of these tours travel with very small groups of people and are designed to reconnect you with nature and get an up close and personal experience of our native wildlife and ancient rainforests.

9 Day Gulf Savannah Fully Accommodated Tour


Rates from: $4199

Visit the alluring beauty and rugged charm of the Australian Outback. Explore the spectacular Gulf Country & take the Savannahlander & Gulflander train.  See Normanton, enjoy a Karumba sunset cruise.  Marvel at Cobbold Gorge and Undara Lava Tubes.

  • Herberton Historical Village and Malanda
  • "Savannahlander" & 'Gulflander" Train journeys
  • Karumba Cruise & Burke & Wills Camp
  • Normanton, Georgetown, Forsayth, Ravenhoe
  • Cobbold Gorge 
  • Undara Lava Tubes

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Adventure North - 3 Day Cape Tribulation & Cooktown Wanderer


Rates from: $1199

Experience the very best of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park, the excitement of the 4WD-only Bloomfield Track and the unspoilt beauty and incredible cultural heritage of historic Cooktown. Our experienced driver-guide will share knowledge and history as you explore the ancient Daintree and historic Cooktown. The 3 Day Wanderer is for visitors who have the time to explore our region at a more leisurely pace

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Billy Tea Safaris - Chillagoe Caves and Outback 4WD Tour


Rates from: $195

Billy Tea Safaris will take you on an unforgettable day tour of the Chillagoe Caves and Australian Outback. You will travel in a customized 4WD drive vehicle.  Engage in a fully guided tour of the Chillagoe Caves  (which is the primary highlight of the trip) to marvel at their natural wonder.  Later in the day you move onto a great location known as Granites Gorge, here you can hand feed the rock wallabies that come out in the afternoon for a feed. After this gorgeous local experience you return down the Kuranda Range back to Cairns.  A great full day tour which includes lunch at a genuine outback pub.

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Cairns Hiking Experience (FNQ Nature Tours)


Rates from: $275

Experience a true guided hiking tour of Cairns hinterland.  Spend less time travelling in the vehicle and more time trekking.  Travel in a small group of like-minded people, you will enjoy this 10 kilometre hike which ends at Davies Creek for a swim! 

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Discovery Tours - Half Day 4WD Rainforest Tour


Rates from: $149

This is the only company who offer an easy 4WD Half Day Tour from Cairns.  You will stop at a giant fig tree with its own boardwalk, do a few creek crossings, enjoy tropical fruit tastings, see the amazing termite mounds, Kuranda, Barron Falls and you can swim at Davies Creek. All with a knowledgable Naturalist Guide who will remain with you to provide guided walks with informative commentary. 

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FNQ Nature Tours - Tropical Wetlands Birdwatching (Private Tour)


Rates from: $1150

This unqiue private guided tour option is perfect for nature lovers, especially those whom have an interest in bird watching!  No other company can provide this itinerary, as FNQ Nature Tours is the only local operator who has the exclusive access permits. This "Shared Earth Reserve" encompasses 5000 acres of lagoons, trails, bird hides and dirt roads containing an abundance of bird watching opportunites. 

With amazing habitat diverity including permanent lakes, swamps, billabongs, creeks and an incrediable mosiac of old' growth savanna woodlands. Our team of staff are highly experienced and passionate naturalist guides, with their own personal interests in bird watching and photpgraphy.  You will be gauranteed a wonderful and memorable tour experience.

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Manjal Jimalji Trail - Devils Thumb Hike


Rates from: $270

Located in the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park, this challenging 10km-return walk is steep, but offers guests a truly unique experience. As you make your way up the trail, walk through a variety of terrain ranging from lowland rainforest to a coral fern-dotted clearing 1000m up. Scramble over boulders to reach the lookout of Devils Thumb; a large boulder overhanging the rainforest below. Enjoy sublime views across the Main Coast Range, the coastline, and Coral Sea to the East.

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Mossman Gorge River Drift Snorkel


Rates from: $120

It’s swimming, snorkelling, floating and a rainforest walk. Step into the cool, crystal-clear water and drift with the current as you explore life under the water’s surface. Watch fish dart in and around the river stones and keep your eyes out for the occasional turtle. This family friendly tour is the perfect way to stay cool in the hot tropics and a great introduction to snorkelling before heading out to the reef.

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Mountain Biking


Rates from: $95

Established in 1993, Queensland’s 1st official mountain bike tour operator with permits to ride in World Heritage rainforest. Dans Mountain Biking is the longest established mountain biking tour operator in Australia.

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Palm Cove Sea Kayak Tours


Rates from: $60

Choose from three amazing Kayak tours departing from Palm Cove Beach. Start your day by gently gliding over the fringing reefs of Double Island waiting for those first streaks of sunlight to burst from the horizon or visit double Island and Scout's Hat and explore the rock pools for octopus, sea cucumber, crabs, soft corals and a vast array of Great Barrier Reef fish.

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Stand Up Paddle Boarding - Island or Rainforest


Rates from: $79

This unique stand up paddle boarding company offers a variety of locations to visually enjoy your surroundings whilst doing a serene activity you will love. Visit a beautiful blue volcanic crater lake, or make your way down along a river, or visit an idyllic island to enhance this amazing activity.

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Undara Lava Tubes One Day Tour


Rates from: $885

Undara is an amazing must see location, the underground lava tube system spans over 160kms of the entire 615km property and were created 190,000 years ago. Yet due to the 4.5 hour drive each way many people do not have time to spare to self drive and stay a night or two. This private charter flight is the perfect solution.

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