Kuranda and Luxury Reef Liveaboard

Firstly, welcome to Cairns! The Kuranda and Luxury Reef Liveaboard package delivers the best of Far North Queensland in style and luxury. Explore Kuranda, the “village in the rainforest”. On this day trip, you will travel to Kuranda via the famous historical scenic railway. Once you’ve arrived, stroll through the local markets and meet some of Australia’s native wildlife. After that, soar above the rainforest canopy and enjoy the views with Skyrail.

After that, discover the world-famous Great Barrier Reef with an overnight stay on Australia’s best liveaboard, Reef Encounter. Spend your time floating between four different spectacular outer reef locations. Meanwhile, discover the best coral reefs and marine life that the Great Barrier Reef has to offer.

Kuranda by Scenic Railway & Skyrail

Combining the Scenic Train journey with the world-famous Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Above all, it’s the best way to experience this World Heritage-listed Tropical Rainforest. During the 90-minute train journey, you will climb over 40 small bridges and through many dark tunnels. In addition, learn about the Pioneering history of the Tropical North.

After that, explore the world-famous markets. Kuranda Heritage Market offers a wide range of artisan products. Locally-designed and made fashion and local produce. Meanwhile, keep your eye out for hand-crafted jewellery, leather products, woodwork and gemstones.

Explore Rainforestation

Rainforestation is home to the Army Duck Rainforest Tours on land and water. In addition to the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience. As well as a wildlife park that is home to many native Australian animals. Moreover, this unique tourist attraction is set on 100 acres of World Heritage Rainforest.

In conclusion on Skyrail, you’ll glide just meters above the rainforest canopy. Before descending through the canopy layers. Secondly, you will have the opportunity to stop at two stations. Barron Falls and Red Peak Station. Here, you will enjoy stunning views in addition to rainforest boardwalks. Most importantly, there are fantastic interpretive centres at these locations.

Kuranda Tour Inclusions

  • Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Kuranda Village
  • Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience
  • Army Duck Rainforest Tour
  • Koala & Wildlife Park
  • BBQ Buffet Lunch
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Return Transfers to and from Cairns City Accommodation,

Kuranda Tour Itinerary

  • 7:30 am Pick up from your Cairns Accommodation.
  • 8:50 am Secondly,  board the Kuranda Scenic Railway at the Freshwater Heritage Train Station.
  • 10:30 am Arrive Kuranda Railway Station.
  • 11:45 am Meet at the bus stop outside the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Transfer to Rainforestation Nature Park.
  • BBQ Lunch. Enjoy a delicious hot buffet and a wide selection of salads, cheeses and fruits.
  • Army Duck Rainforest Tour with Tropical Fruit Orchard.
  • Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience.
  • Meanwhile, learn to throw a boomerang and watch spear-throwing in addition to didgeridoo playing.
  • Koala & Wildlife Park. Join a guided tour, and see crocodiles, wombats, snakes, dingoes and a cassowary. Hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies.
  • The opportunity to have your photo taken. Cuddle a koala or hold a small crocodile (Optional extra).
  • 3:45 pm Transfer to Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Terminal.
  •  5:15 pm Your Kuranda and Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard coach will be at the Caravonica Skyrail Terminal to transfer you to your accommodation.

Great Barrier Reef Stay

Experience the Outer Great Barrier Reef in comfort and style. Ideal for couples looking for a luxury getaway vacation. Likewise, it’s great for groups who enjoy a bit of VIP treatment.

The VIP Top Deck Club guarantees a relaxing Great Barrier Reef holiday, styled your way!

Spend your time floating between four different spectacular outer reef locations. Discover the best coral reefs and marine life that the Great Barrier Reef has to offer.

For Reef Encounter’s full itinerary, click here.

What is the Top Deck Club?

Fantastic service, designed for people who wish to experience the best of the Great Barrier Reef in style! Much like ‘first-class’ with an airline. It’s a trip that’s tailored to your personal needs. So, everybody’s Top Deck experience will be specialised.

Providing an unbeatable level of customer care. The Top Deck package comes with many additional luxuries. For example, a dedicated personal valet, late check-out times and deluxe three-course evening meals.

A crew member just for you! Enjoy a professional in-water guide for private scuba/snorkel tours. In addition to a fountain of marine-life knowledge, your personal crew member ensures your holiday flows the way you want it to. They will be there for you both in and out of the water.

From the moment you board until you wave goodbye, you can relax in the knowledge that all of your needs are taken care of.

About Reef Encounter

Our spacious liveaboard is fully air-conditioned. With a large lounge and dining area, including a fully stocked bar.  Enjoy the rooftop sundeck and an outdoor heated spa for relaxation in between snorkelling and scuba diving.

Luxurious Accommodation

  • The best rooms on the boat.
  • Spacious en-suite cabins with uninterrupted ocean views. Crisp Australian bed linen, plush bathrobes, towels and toiletries.
  • Champagne and a fruit platter await you upon arrival. If you’re getting in the water, complimentary champagne will be served with your evening meal instead.
  • An evening turndown service for your cabin.
  • Towels and toiletries are replenished.

Gourmet Meals

Everyone raves about the food onboard

  • A deluxe three-course evening meal. Freshly prepared by our onboard Chef each night of your stay.
  • All dietary requirements will be met. Please advise our friendly team of any special requests upon booking.
  • Choose to dine privately under the stars. Or, on the other hand, you can join the rest of the guests in the spacious dining saloon. Breakfast served to your suite.
  • Enjoy an Australian continental or cooked breakfast. Served to you just the way you like it. Or join the rest of the guests for a buffet-style breakfast served in the dining saloon.
  • Complimentary sunset cocktail.
  • Appreciate ocean views from the sundeck or outdoor hot-tub as you sip a chilled Australian cocktail. Watch the sunset over the sparkling Coral Sea …the perfect setting for photography lovers!

Superior Comfort

  • Late check-out times! On your day of departure, Top Deck guests keep their cabin right up until the transfer vessel departs to take you back to Cairns
  • On the voyage to Reef Encounter, you will have the option to listen to a marine biology presentation about the coral reef and marine animals
  • Top Deck guests can also enjoy a selection of local press coffee, tea and juices
  • On the journey back into the Cairns Marina enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and a cheese and fruit platter

Reef Encounter Facilities

Stay in a floating hotel on the Great Barrier Reef

  • Air conditioning
  • Modern Ocean-View rooms
  • Private Bathrooms
  • Large Dining Area,
  • Bar and Lounge area
  • Onboard heated spa
  • Onboard water desalination Plant
  • Hydraulic dive/Snorkel Platform
  • Helipad
  • Large Sundeck

Highlights & Inclusions

  • Double or Twin Stateroom with Private Bathroom.
  • Dive Briefings.
  • On-board Chef preparing all meals whilst onboard.
  • Coffee, Tea, Milo, Water and fresh fruit.
  • Snorkelling and Scuba Diving equipment (except wetsuits).
  • Guided Snorkel Tours.
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tours.
  • Reef Video presentation.
  • Marine Biologist presentation on Reef Experience.
  • All Government Reef Tax and Levies.

Optional Extras

  • Underwater cameras
  • Wetsuit hire
  • Prescription mask hire
  • Snacks from the bar etc
  • Alcohol available onboard. NO BYO – Reef Encounter is a licensed vessel.
  • Helicopter transfers to and from Reef Encounter.

Important Additional Information

  • Reef Encounter stays out and Cruises to different Reef Sites on the Outer Great Barrier Reef.
  • Transfers from Cairns, Marina is by our Day Boat Reef Experience. With a 90-minute boat journey to Reef Encounter.
  • Departs every day of the year.
  • Rooms onboard Reef Encounter Are Double (1 Double Bed) and Twin Share (2 Single Beds).
  • Please advise any Dietary requirements.

Safety Comes First

We have a passion for showing you Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, therefore, please make sure you understand the scuba diving laws.

Queensland, Australia has some of the strictest scuba diving rules in the world but certainly the safest scuba diving record.

The Queensland Government Code of Practice regulates us and we comply with all rules, including medical as is the law.

Consequently, to avoid disappointment on your Kuranda and Luxury Reef Liveaboard, we therefore strongly recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire.

Some medical conditions, age and medications may prevent you from scuba diving.

Above all, it is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef experience.

Reef Encounter Medical Questionnaire

In conclusion, we are delighted to help you with any questions you may have about the Kuranda and Luxury Reef Liveaboard.  Please contact our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us.

Or you may like to consult your Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms ‘AS.4005.1

Flying after Scuba Diving

For a single no-decompression scuba dive, so you should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive.

If you complete multiple dives, you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive. For example, if Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning you must wait 24 hours after your dive. In addition, we recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible

What to Bring

  • 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. (As a result, there is no need to bring extra pairs of shoes)
  • Cash or credit card for purchases of snacks from the bar/souvenirs for sale on-board or underwater camera hire.
  • Sun hat, swimming clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses, light casual clothing.
  • The air-conditioning is on a set temperature for the heat during the day. Therefore, it can become quite cool in the evenings. Even just being on the Great Barrier Reef can be cooler at night-time. Therefore a light pullover, cardigan should be packed.

Please Note: Accommodation is not included on the night you return from Reef Encounter to Cairns

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Double Bed

1 x Double bed, en-suite cabin. Requires 2 guests or sole occupancy. Including luxurious touches such as crisp Australian bed linen, silk doona, cotton sheets, feather down pillow adorns our oversized double beds, soft fluffy robes and plush bath sheets.

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Combining the Scenic Train journey with the world famous Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Rainforestation including lunch is a great way to experience this World Heritage listed tropical rainforest and Kuranda.




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