Backpacker's 4 day/5 night Reef & Rainforest
Prices from $446 AUD


Our ever popular Backpackers Reef & Rainforest Package is a great way to experience what Cairns and the surrounding area has to offer. With 3 tours over 4 days, as well as 1 nights accommodation at Cape Tribulation and 4 nights in Cairns' most popular hostel. You'll get to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef as well as see some incredible Rainforest at Cape Tribulation. We've also included a great tour of the Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls. Maybe check out our suggested add-ons to personalise this incredible package.    




  • 4 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS
  • Full Day Waterfall Tour incl Breakfast
  • Full Day Reef Trip incl lunch
  • 2 Day / 1 Night Cape Trib Tour
  • Four nights dorm accomm in Cairns
  • Flexible Itinerary
  • Airport Pick-Up (no drop off)

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From 1/04/2016 to 31/03/2017 per person  
Backpacker 4 day / 5 night package reef tour,
waterfall tour,
o'nite cape trib,
4 nights dorm accom
+ Extra Night Cairns (Dorm) add an extra nights dorm accommodation in Cairns $27.00
+ Extra Night Cape Trib (Dorm) extend your stay at Cape Tribulation $25.00
+ Ocean Safari (Cape Trib) half day (morning or afternoon) snorkelling tour from Cape Tribulation $139.00
+ Jungle Surfing (Cape Trib) unique rainforest ropes experience - cape tribulation $95.00
+ Jungle Night Bushwalk (Cape Trib) guided nightime bushwalk at Cape Tribulation $45.00
+ Jungle Surfing/Night Bushwalk package Jungle surfing and Night bushwalk - SAVE $10 $130.00
+ Horseriding - AM (Cape Trib) Beginners to Experienced - Pick up at 8 am return to resorts by 10 am $99.00
+ Horseriding - PM (Cape Trib) Beginners to Experienced - Pick up at 12.30pm return to resorts by 2.30pm $99.00
+ Sunset Kayak Tour (Cape Trib) 2.5 hour guided sunset paddle at Cape Tribulation $75.00
+ Tully River Whitewater Rafting full day whitewater rafting (plus a levy of $30) $169.00
+ Tandem Skydive Tandem Skydive from 14000 feet. (SPECIAL PRICE, usually $299 - check for availability) $269.00
+ Party Tour 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
Additional Costs: $35 APF membership applies to all skydiving, $30 insurance levy applies to whitewater rafting - scuba diving subject to medical conditions, 18+ with ID for party tour

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Our 4 day / 5 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 #



Night 1

Arrive Cairns - Airport Transfer (if needed)

Gilligans Backpackers

Day 1 / Night 2

Great Barrier Reef Tour

Gilligans Backpackers

Day 2 / Night 3

Waterfalls Tour

Gilligans Backpackers

Day 3 / Night 4

Cape Tribulation 2 days / 1 night

Choice of 2 Hostels

Day 4 / Night 5

Cape Tribulation 2 days / 1 night

Gilligans Backpackers

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

Day 1 - Full Day Snorkel/Dive trip to the Reef



Escape for an unforgettable day to the Great Barrier Reef onboard Cairns' funnest reef day trip. Try snorkelling at 2 outer Great Barrier Reef locations amongst fantastic coral formations teeming with colourful tropical fish and an abundance of exotic marine life. Relax on the huge sundeck, see the reef from the glass bottom boat (extra charge) or go scuba diving (extra charge)! 


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 Day 2 - Full Day Waterfalls & Tablelands Tour



Come with us for the day! A full day tour including a great morning tea!!!

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.

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 3 & 4 Overnight Tour to Cape Tribulation & the Daintree



Spend a night in the worlds oldest rainforest. This tour shows you all the highlights of Cape tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest with some different accommodatuion options. Think of it as a half day tour there and a half day tour back to Cairns. Meals not included.

Your tour commences at your accommodation in Cairns where our enthusiastic Rainforest Guide collects you.
Cape Trib Connections departs Cairns by 8.00am heading north through the sugar cane fields and northern suburbs of Cairns in a comfortable air-conditioned bus. Pickups in Port Douglas are at 8.45am.On our way to Port Douglas we travel along the Captain Cook Hwy.

This is truly one of most scenic coastal drives in Australia and compares favourably with the Great Ocean Rd in Victoria. We drive through the lush green fields of the Mossman sugar cane area looking at the spectacular rainforest clad coastal mountain ranges along the way.

We cross the mighty Daintree River on a cable ferry and enter the Cape Tribulation section of the Daintree National Park. Here things begin to change for the better. We find the road narrows and the rainforest towers over us as we enjoy the ever-increasing beauty of this ancient Gondwana Rainforest.

This place is truly a window into the past with plants such as the King Ferns which have it’s historical roots set firmly in the Carboniferous age some 360 million years ago. We climb the Alexandra Range entering World Heritage Rainforest as we traverse the peak. There are superb views to be experienced from the Alexandra Range lookout. You can expect to see over a hundred kilometres on a clear day while viewing the mouth of the Daintree River and out towards Snapper Island.

This enjoyable drive is both fascinating and interesting as we pass through the rainforest community at Cow Bay before crossing several creeks on our way to the Cape. We will drop you at your accom of choice at approx 12.00pm where you can laze by the pool or on a sandy palm fringed beach. After days of fun, sun, action or relaxation your coach departs the “Cape” at approx 1.00pm.We head back to Cairns enjoying activities along the way.


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4 Nights Dorm Accommodation



Stay in an 8 share ensuite dorm room at Gilligans. 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 (drop off at your cost).


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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 Tuesday 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.

Sunset Kayak Tour. Explore the daintree coast via seakayak, it's the ultimate way to explore the Daintree coast's beaches, fringing reefs, mangroves and Marine wildlife.

Half Day Reef Snorkelling The reef's much closer to Cape Tribulation than it is to Cairns so why not take advantage of a half day snorkelling trip. There's ample time to do this trip on the afternoon you arrive.

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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