Backpacker 6 day / 6 night Reef & Rainforest
Prices from $724 AUD





  • 6 Days / 6 Nights in total
  • 3 days / 2 nights on the Reef
  • 2 Days / 1 night Cape Trib
  • 1 Waterfalls daytrip
  • 3 Nights Dorm
  • Airport Pickup (no dropoff)

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From 1/04/2017 to 31/03/2018 per person
Backpacker Reef & Rainforest Overnight
SAVE up to $169!
+ certified diver upgrade upgrade your reef trip to include 8 day dives and 2 night dives $120.00
+ intro diver upgrade add a 3 intro dive package $120.00
+ extra night on the reef - snorkellers upgrade your reef trip to 4 days / 3 nights $120.00
+ extra night on the reef - cert divers upgrade your reef trip to 4 days / 3 nights - extra 4 dives $140.00
+ extra night dorm extra night's 8 share dorm accommodation $28.00
+ Upgrade to 4 share deluxe dorm upgrade to 3 nights in 4 share deluxe dorm (with fridge, TV, ensuite and balcony) $33.00
+ Jungle Surfing (Cape Trib) unique rainforest ropes experience - cape tribulation $105.00
+ Jungle Night Bushwalk (Cape Trib) guided nightime bushwalk at Cape Tribulation $45.00
+ Horseriding - AM (Cape Trib) Beginners to Experienced - Pick up at 8 am return to resorts by 10 am $110.00
+ Horseriding - PM (Cape Trib) Beginners to Experienced - Pick up at 12.30pm return to resorts by 2.30pm $110.00
+ Wildlife Habitat add a guided visit to the Wildlife Habitat (please note the visit to Wildlife Habitat replaces free time in Port Douglas) $27.00
+ Party Tour (Cairns) Night time Party Tour (saturday & wednesday nights) $40.00
+ Sunset Cruise 90 minute sunset cruise on Trinity Inlet (Cairns Harbour) incl welcome drink. $46.00
+ Tandem Skydive Tandem Skydive from 14000 feet. (SPECIAL PRICE, usually $299 - check for availability) $255.00
+ Tully River Whitewater Rafting full day whitewater rafting (plus a levy of $30) $179.00
Additional Costs: $20 PER PERSON PER DAY REEF TAX FOR DAYS ON THE REEF, $30 per person pay on board levy applies to rafting. $35 for APF membership applies to all skydiving.
A $2 per night surcharge is applicable to all dorm rooms friday to sunday - this is collected at checkin. A 3 night minimum stay Xmas/New Year. Public Holiday surcharge may apply

Our 6 day / 6 night backpacker package includes 5 nights dorm accommodation (4 nights Cairns and 1 night in Cape Tribulation), an arrival airport transfer, a day tour on the Great Barrier Reef, a full day waterfalls tour and a 2 day trip at Cape Tribulation with an overnight. Want a double room? We can also help you!


Day #



Included Meals

Night 1

Arrive Cairns - Airport Transfer (if needed)

Gilligans Backpackers

Day 1 / Night 2

Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard

 Great Barrier Reef

Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 / Night 3

Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard

 Great Barrier Reef

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 / Night 4

Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard

Gilligans Backpackers

 Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 / Night 5

Cape Tribulation 2 days / 1 night

choice of 2 hostels

Day 5 / Night 6

Cape Tribulation 2 days / 1 night

Gilligans Backpackers

Day 6

Waterfalls Tour - returns 7.30pm

(not included - additional night $25 if required)

morning tea

Most of the tours can operate every day (except the waterfalls tour which is only available monday to fridays), so we can change it around to suit your exact itinerary.


Days 1 - 3     3 day/2 night liveaboard trip to the Reef


3 day / 2 night Liveaboard Snorkelling

Snorkel the amazing Outer Great Barrier Reef! See spectacular coral gardens teeming with a vast array of marine life. Join in the fun aboard the MV Skippy Explorer or laze on the spacious sun deck.

Enjoy the sumptious meals prepared by our experienced chefs. At night sit back and relax in the Lounge Bar or stroll on deck to see the amazing night sky.

  • 3 days of snorkelling the Outer Reef
  • 3 different Reefs
  • All equipment provided
  • All meals included 

3 day / 2 night Liveaboard Scuba Diving (upgrade)

Cairns Scuba Centre has certified dive trips departing daily to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. This is diving at it s best!

Using state of the art diving equipment on our liveaboard vessel, M.V. Skippy Explorer, explore some of the best dive sites on the Outer Great Barrier Reef. You will see a vast array of hard and soft corals, great drop-offs, exciting walls and swim-throughs. Experience the unbelievable thrill of Night Diving on the Great Barrier Reef.

We visit a variety of beautiful reef sites about an hour and a half off the coast of Cairns. These sites include Moore, Milln, Briggs, Elford and Thetford reefs.

  • 3 days of diving the Outer Reef
  • 8 day dives
  • 2 night dives
  • 3 different Reefs
  • All equipment provided
  • Free use of dive computers
  • All meals included

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Day 4 - Full Day Waterfalls & Tablelands Tour


Come with us for the day! A full day tour of all the area's best waterfalls!!!

Bring swimming costumes, towel, walking shoes, change of clothes and a smile!

Experience a day you'll remember for years.

We stop along the way so you can buy lunch or you are welcome to bring your own, morning tea's included.

We depart Cairns by 7:45am and get back around 8:00pm

So expect a full fun day! On the this day trip we will visit Babinda Boulders, Josephine Falls, the Atherton Tablelands, Gallo's Chocolate & Cheese Factory, Milla Milla Falls, Lake Eacham and Crawfords Lookout.



Days 5 & 6 Overnight Tour to Cape Tribulation & the Daintree

Cape Tribulation is located in the heart of the Daintree National Park World Heritage Area, which contains the oldest continually surviving tropical rainforests in the world. Estimated to be over 100 million years old, the Wet Tropics area is home to around 50% of Australia's plant and animal species with many species found nowhere else in the world.
The drive between Cairns and Cape Tribulation weaves its way past beautiful white sandy beaches and some of the most picturesque scenery in Australia.This great value Cape Tribulation tour includes the highlights

  • Transfers to and from your accommodation
  • Professional, friendly naturalist tour guide
  • Guided walk through Mossman Gorge National Park
  • 1 hour famous Daintree River Crocodile / Wildlife Cruise
  • Free time in Port Douglas / optional visit to a wildlife park.
  • Cape Tribulation Beach
  • Breathtaking views of North Queensland & scenic lookouts
  • World Heritage Daintree National Park

Your 2 Days

  • After being picked up from your accommodation, we will travel by air-conditioned vehicles via one of the most renowned scenic coastal roads in Australia, the World Heritage Listed Captain Cook Highway.
  • 8.30am-9.15am: Port Douglas - Take in the spectacular scenic coastal drive north of Cairns, before you enjoy free time in Port Douglas to soak up the village atmosphere along with a brief tour of 4 mile beach or enjoy an optional visit to the world famous Wildlife Habitat.
  • 10.00am-11.00am: Mossman Gorge National Park - Enjoy a guided rainforest walk and see the crystal clear waters of the Mossman River cascade over spectacular boulder formations amongst the lush rainforest. National Park entrance fee included in tour price.
  • 12.30pm - 1.15pm: hostel pickups and droppoffs
  • Day 2 - 1.15pm-1.45pm: Cape Tribulation Beach - Kick back and relax under the fringing rainforest of the Daintree where the "Rainforest meets the Reef"! Enjoy a walk or a swim (seasonal), at this beautiful historic beach location.
  • Day 2 - 3.00pm - 4.00pm: Daintree River Wildlife Cruise - Our journey continues to the majestic Daintree River for a 1 hour Wildlife and Crocodile exploration. This is a rare location to see wildlife at play in their native habitat.

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3 Nights Dorm Accommodation

Gilligan's offers a variety of room types to suit the taste of all our guests. All the rooms are air conditioned and all have ensuite bathrooms. Each floor has its own fully equipped kitchen, in house high speed internet facilities and a TV room for those well deserved lazy days. Gilligans is also one of Cairns best known nightspots.

Also included as part of this package is a FREE airport pickup (dropoff at your own cost).

The Room included in the package is an 8 share ensuite dorm, however you can upgrade to a 4 share deluxe dorm (with fridge, TV, ensuite and balcony) or a double room if you like.

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Some Popular Add-ons to this package

Full Day Tully River Whitewater Rafting

Experience the world famous Tully River, it is considered as one of the best white water rafting rivers in Australia and New Zealand. And definately the best white water rafting in Cairns. This awesome adventure is located in spectacular surroundings only 2 hours south of Cairns, with departures available from Cairns, the Northern Beaches and Mission Beach/Tully. It's a full days rafting, with over 5 hours on the water. Lunch is included as well as return coach transfers from your accommodation.

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Party Bus Tour

Ultimate Party town Cairns is well known for it's awesome nightlife - it has a great selection of bars and nightclubs which will keep you entertained until the wee hours.  Why not join the Ultimate Party Tour Pub Crawl - so you get to experience  the best nightlife that Cairns has to offer, as well as play some fun party games and meet some new people.  Everyone is welcome!

Join Cairns most Popular Party Tour / Pub Crawl. Ultimate Party has been showing travellers and locals alike the best nightlife Cairns has to offer for almost 10 years. The party tours run on Wednesday and Saturday Nights. Don't worry if this doesn't fit your schedule, we also have an alternate for Wednesdays and Fridays.

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Tandem Skydive

Tandem Skydiving has become one of the most popular adventure activities in Australia. Almost anyone over the age of 14 years can jump. Tandem jumps are the best way how to introduce yourself into the world of skydiving, and once you start, IT’S ADDICTIVE!!! It's FUN, it's SAFE, it's EASY and it's the ultimate adrenalin rush, come and join us for the ultimate experience of your life.

Skydive Cairns has it all when it comes to choosing where to do your skydive. This half day adrenaline activity takes approx. 3-4 hrs in a warm tropical climate and has spectacular views of the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Rainforests. Why look else where?

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Sunset Cruise

Imagine enjoying a complimentary cold drink whilst relaxing after an action packed day, all with a stunning tropical sunset silhouetting the Cairns Esplanade. A sunset cruise onboard the MV Crocodile Explore is equally the perfect end to a busy day or the perfect start to an unforgettable evening!

Our friendly crew will meet you on boarding with a complimentary refreshment. Departing at 5.30pm, this cruise allows you to take in the beautiful views of the mangroves and waterways of Cairns Harbour, all with the backdrop of the sun setting behind Cairns surrounding Mountains. Enjoy a complimentary welcome drink and nibbles, with a fully licenced bar on board.

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Cape Tribulation 1/2 day Tours

With this package you'll have a free afternoon, evening and morning to yourself whilst in Cape Tribulation. We have a variety of half day and evening tours that will allow you to maximise your time in the Daintree.

Jungle Surfing
is a new and exciting way to see the rainforest up close. Explore the rainforest canopy by zip line. This is available as both a morning or afternoon option and can also be packaged with the night bushwalk and/or sunset seakayak tour.

A Night Time Bush Walk is an exciting way to see the Daintree Rainforest, a large percentage of the rainforests animals are nocturnal and therefore can't be seen during the day. This activity can be packaged with Jungle Surfing and/or a sunset kayak tour.

Horseriding Enjoy a ride through the rainforest trails and along the beach at Cape Tribulation. This is available both mornings and afternnon and is suitable for beginners.

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