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Cairns in a Nutshell

Don't leave Cairns without making sure you crossed everything off your to do list! Cairns has so much to offer and this beast of a package makes sure you do all of the Cairns essentials! Explore the mighty Great Barrier reef, visit the rainforest and meet the native wildlife and get your adrenaline fix on the mighty Tully River. Thank goodness you will have 4 nights at Nomads Cairns because you'll need your rest after this!

Cairns in a Nutshell includes;

  • 4 Nights Accommodation at Nomads Cairns
  • 1 Day Cape Tribulation Tour
  • 1 Day Great Barrier Reef trip including snorkelling
  • 1 Day Tully River Rafting Experience
  • Come back to Nomads Cairns buzzing from the trip and enjoy a game of volleyball, a dip in the swimming pool or share your experience at the onsite bar over a few schooners!

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    Nomads Cairns

    4 Nights in a 6 bed dorm at Nomads Cairns. Nomads Cairns backpackers resort is a 4.5 star AAA rated budget accommodation with resort style facilities and onsite Serpent Bar. It's been designed to provide you with a great night's sleep, as well as providing you with plenty to do at the hostel itself, with a huge resort swimming pool and a volleyball court.

    Great Barrier Reef

    Passions of Paradise is an award winning operator sailing daily to the Outer Barrier Reef and Michaelmas Cay from Cairns. She is one of the largest and fastest catamarans in the southern hemisphere! This 25 metre high-performance catamaran sails daily from Cairns to two unique locations on the Reef, where you can dive and snorkel with turtles, colourful fish and see an amazing variety of corals.

    Cape Tribulation

    Pump up the adrenaline with this full day tour on the Tully River! Your trip with Raging Thunder includes transfers from your Cairns accommodation, tuition, & all safety equipment so you can try this once in a lifetime experience - no experience necessary! Guaranteed up to 5 hours whitewater rafting with guaranteed water levels all year round. Enjoy the licensed Raging Thunder Cafe & a bbq lunch beside the river.

    Cape Trib

    The Cape Tribulation trip with Jungle Tours and Trekking gives you the opportunity to see some rare and fascinating wildlife as well as enjoying one of the most scenic coastal drives in Australia along the Captain Cook Highway to Port Douglas. This is one trip you can't miss out on.

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    Cairns in a Nutshell- Including 4 Nights Accommodation at Nomads Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Cape Tribulation and Tully Rafting Day Tours



    Cancellations of confirmed packages incur 50% penalty within 7 days - 100% within 3 days. No-shows are 100% nonrefundable (unused portions may be used subject to availability if arriving on a later date but no refunds are possible). .


    All open-dated packages must be booked & traveled within 6 months of the date of purchase. To book an open-dated voucher or change dates contact 1800 091 905 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Open-dated packages and date changes are subject to availability and not guaranteed. We recommend contacting Nomads a minimum of 7 days in advance to book however bookings may be made any time at least 24 hours prior to original booking date. .



    Surcharges may apply to travel in a different season and will be advised and collected at time of amendment. .


    To get to Nomads, call the hostel on arrival 1800 737 736 to arrange pick up. .

    Raging Thunder River Rafting

    Tour departs at 6.30am returning approx 5.30pm and includes transfers and lunch - no experience necessary. $30 per person Pay on Board fee for insurance charges, land management agency prescribed daily client fee, water release fees, transfer costs, GST and administration charges is payable on the day of travel. Rafting is not available on between 03 September to 03 October 2014 and 5, 8, 11 or 25 December 2014 or 01 January 2015. .


    If a day tour is cancelled more than 48 hours before the tour is to be provided, the price paid will be refunded in full less any Operator imposed cancellation fees. If a day tour is cancelled within 48 hours before the tour is to be provided, the total price paid will be forfeited. .


    If you are not waiting at the pickup point for the coach service to collect you at the date and time specified in your booking, then you will be listed as having "failed to load". This incurrs a 100% cancellation fee. .


    Raging Thunder disclaims and will be exempt from any liability for anything to do with the supply of such products. This includes without limitation liability for any loss or damage, personal injury, death, delay, disappointment, economic loss or expense or consequential loss (whether in tort, in contract, under statute or otherwise), for any default, failure, negligence or error on the part of Raging Thunder or any Operator or arising from the withdrawal from sale, cancellation, failure to provide, variation, or substitution of any product or delays in respect of the delivery of any product or a change of Operator. If despite these provisions, it is found that Raging Thunder is liable to pay compensation then such liability is limited to the cost of providing the service in respect of which the liability arises again. .


    While you do not need to have prior experience to partake in any of the activities, good health and a positive attitude are essential. Further, some medical or physical conditions (including pregnancy) may preclude participation in some activities. To avoid disappointment you should raise any concerns in this regard prior to booking. Minimum age for this trip is 13 years. .

    Passions of Paradise- Great Barrier Reef Tour

    Tour departs daily (except New Year's Day) from Marlin Marina at 8am. Checkin from 7am. Includes morning & afternoon tea, lunch and snorkel gear. Transfers not included. Bring hat, sunscreen, water bottle and camera, plus cash or credit card for on board purchases and optional activities. .


    Mandatory Reef levy payable on checkin ($10 per person, subject to change). Optional charges include diving, glass bottom boat, wetsuit/stinger suits, and transfers.. .


    Please give 2-3 days notice to book. Ph 1800 111 346 or 07 4041 1600. All bookings MUST reconfirm 24 hours prior to departure. .


    48 hours or less - 100% penalty (no refund) Passions of Paradise reserves the right to alter fares, vehicles and may cancel tours in unforeseen circumstances. Prices not guaranteed until full payment is received. .

    Jungle Tours Cape Tribulation "Go Wild" day tour including lunch.

    Tour departs at approx. 7.30am. The tour returns at approx. 7.30pm. Please contact Jungle tours on 07 4041 9440 to reconfirm your booking. Tour does not depart on 25 December.


    Jungle Tours will endeavour to adhere to all tour details as published, however, circumstances beyond our control, such as road or weather conditions, may require us to alter or cancel any route, itinerary, departure or completion time, without notice but with full consideration for your enjoyment. No refunds will be given in the event of any delay, curtailment or alteration of a trip resulting from any such cause. Optional activities are operated by external companies, and therefore we are not liable for any delays, cancellations or alterations. We recommend passengers arrange suitable travel insurance to cover these factors. With fluctuations in world oil prices, we reserve the right to implement a fuel levy if deemed necessary. .

    The vehicle has limited space so please keep your luggage to a minimum. We will make every effort to ensure all passengers belongings are secure throughout the tour and collected on disembarkment, but shall not be responsible for any lost, damaged or stolen property. Any adventure travel involves an element of risk. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard our clients, we cannot be held responsible for personal injury or loss due to events which are beyond our control. We accept no responsibility for loss or damage to personal belongings or baggage. .


    All day tours cancelled within 24 hours prior to departure will incur a 100% cancellation fee.

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