Discover the Outback, Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest in our Far North Queensland Getaway

North Queensland Getaway allows you to sleep on one of the natural wonders of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef!

Spend a day exploring the oldest living rainforest on the planet, the Daintree Rainforest. Discover our North Queensland Outback and Chillagoe’s spectacular limestone caves.

Our North Queensland Getaway Package can be done in any order. You can also have a day’s break in between if you wish.

Day 1 – Outback and Chillagoe Caves

Embark on a remarkable journey back to prehistoric times. It’s a wildlife lover’s paradise, with many Australian species to spot along the way.

Observe small galleries of Aboriginal rock art and jagged limestone outcrops. A park that is rich in natural and cultural heritage.

Returning in time as we travel through historical towns and rolling hills. After delving into the history of the copper smelters, it’s time for lunch at an outback pub.

Set off on the Chillagoe cave tour before heading back to Cairns.

Cairns Accommodation is not included on the night after this tour

Outback and Chillagoe Caves Inclusions

Courtesy Pick up and return from your accommodation between Cairns and Smithfield.

Custom-built, high-clearance, air-conditioned 4WD vehicles.

Mareeba Wetlands

Morning Tea

Delicious Aussie Lunch

National Park Ranger-guided Chillagoe Cave Tour, Chillagoe Smelters, and Mt. Uncle Distillery.

Outback & Chillagoe Caves Itinerary

The days of travel for your Outback Day tour are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

0700 Pickup from your Accommodation

1830 Return to your Accommodation

There is no set Itinerary 

What to Bring

Money for afternoon tea

Hat, camera, closed-in footwear, comfortable clothing, sunscreen, and water bottle.

A reasonable level of fitness is required for this tour, as there are steps into the caves.

The tour may be closed, or the itinerary may be changed. This is due to the wet season. Conditions may close roads and access to the caves.

Day 2–3: The Great Barrier Reef

The ultimate way to see one of Australia’s remarkable gifts is the “Great Barrier Reef.”. Live and sleep on the reef. See it at its best, day and night!

Step aboard Cairns Liveaboard Reef Encounter

One of the most unique holiday escapes in Australia. Offering something for everyone. Whether enjoying the sunset, sleeping on the reef, or snorkelling, you’ll have time to enjoy the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and the marine life there. This is a real highlight of the North Queensland Getaway.

Reef Encounter stays out on the Great Barrier Reef, travelling to different reef sites. Transfers to Reef Encounter are daily via our Transfer Vessel Reef Experience. People of all ages can enjoy our liveaboard snorkel adventure, even with limited swimming ability.

Cairns Accommodation is not included on the night after this tour

Click HERE to view the Reef Encounter daily itinerary.

Tour Highlights and Inclusions

2 days and one night on the Great Barrier Reef onboard Cairns’s premier liveaboard.

It’s time to enjoy the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.

The chef prepared meals while onboard.

Spectacular Reef Sites.

Onboard heated spa.

Overnight luxury Stateroom Accommodation: all rooms have ensuites.

Snorkel Equipment and Instructions (Fins, Mask and Snorkel)

Marine Biologist Presentation onboard Reef Experience on route to Reef Encounter

Glass Bottom Boat Tours with Marine Life Commentary

Fully Air-conditioned

Bath and Beach Towels

Government Reef Levies and Taxes

Friendly professional Dive Instructors if you wish to try a Resort Scuba Dive (subject to Medical Conditions and Medication) at Extra cost


Modern ocean-view rooms

Private bathrooms

Large dining area, bar and lounge area

Onboard heated spa

Onboard water desalination plant

Hydraulic dive/snorkel platform


What to Bring

Almost Everything is Already Taken Care Of

Overnight bag: If you wish to store any excess luggage, we are happy to do so in our office at 100 Abbott Street, Cairns.

For safety reasons, Reef Encounter has a “no shoe” policy. (There is no need to bring extra pairs of shoes.)

Cash or credit card for purchases of snacks from the bar or souvenirs for sale on-board or underwater camera hire.

Sun hats, swimming clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses, and light casual clothing.

The Great Barrier Reef can be cooler at night. Therefore, a lightweight pullover and cardigan should be worn.

Optional Extras

Introductory/Resort Scuba Dive

Wetsuit hire

Soft drinks, snacks, etc

Underwater Camera Hire

Alcohol available onboard – NO BYO

Day  4: Daintree Rainforest

Journey to the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest. Boasting magnificent coastal rainforest and pristine tropical beaches,. Take in one of the most scenic coastal roads in Australia. It is the perfect ending to your North Queensland getaway.

Stop in at beautiful seaside towns along the way. Experience the magic of the Mossman Gorge. Take a Daintree river cruise through the domain of the large estuarine crocodiles. Your knowledgeable guides will spot an array of wildlife along the way.

Feel like you have entered a different world with Rainforest towering over narrow, winding roads. Have the opportunity for some stunning photographs.

Cairns Accommodation is not included on the night after this tour

Daintree Rainforest Inclusions

Everything You need and Nothing you Don’t!

Breathtaking views of the Coral Sea on the Scenic Coast Road.

Drive through Palm Cove.

Port Douglas Town tour.

Guided tour of Mossman Gorge.

Morning tea at Mossman Gorge.

Daintree River Cable Ferry.

Alexandra Lookout: Coastal views over the Daintree River mouth, the Low Isles, and Snapper Island.

Daintree Ice Cream Company (optional stop).

Cape Tribulation lookout and beach—where the rainforest meets the reef.

A delicious lunch at the Daintree Tea House.

Tropical fruit tasting.

Daintree River Cruise: Wildlife and Crocodile Spotting.

Friendly and knowledgeable Tour Guides.

Chilled bottled water on board.

Daintree Rainforest Itinerary

7.00 – 7.30 am Pickup from your Cairns Accommodation.

Tour of Palm Cove.

Rex lookout: on one of the nicest coastal drives in Australia.

Driving town tour of Port Douglas, including Flagstaff hill lookout overlooking a four-mile beach.

Spectacular Mossman Gorge: guided walk and swim option (if time or weather permits).

Lunch, tropical fruit tasting.

Morning Tea

Daintree River Cruise: try your luck at crocodile and wildlife spotting.

World Heritage Rainforests and Areas.

Fully guided walks- Rainforest Boardwalks in the unique environment of rainforest Alexandra lookout. Coastal views over Daintree River mouth, the Low Isles, Snapper Island, and the Great Barrier Reef.

Cape Tribulation Beach: “Where the rainforest meets the reef”.

Daintree Ice Cream Company- optional and popular local stop (at own expense).

Daintree River cable ferry crossing.

Returns to Cairns at approximately 6.30 p.m.

(The itinerary is subject to change due to weather, operational, or unforeseen issues.).

What to Bring

Comfortable walking shoes





Cash for optional purchases

Water Bottle

Insect Repellent


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