Cairns Shore Excursion: Barron Gorge National Park and Kuranda National Park Waterfall and Rainforest Small-Group Tour
Spend a morning or afternoon exploring the spectacular rainforest and waterfalls surrounding Cairns when your cruise ship is in port at Cairns City Cruise Ship Terminal or Yorkey's Knob Cruise Ship Terminal . By 4WD vehicle you’ll explore the Barron Gorge National Park and Kuranda National Park. With an exclusive access pass you'll visit areas not open to the public. This tour is ideal for those with limited time and want to see some of the areas most spectacular scenery. Traveling with a small group of no more than 13 participants ensures you’ll see some of Tropical North Queensland’s hidden gems with personalized attention from your expert guide.
After pickup from your cruise ship by your local guide, head north to the lower Barron Gorge National Park in the heart of Cairns. Stop at Surprise Falls, a 243-meter high waterfall set amongst the lower Barron Gorge.
Continue climbing the Lamb Range to the west of Cairns and enjoy the spectaculars views over Cairns city and out towards Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef.
Next visit Lake Morris and Copperlode Dam; this is Cairns’ water supply and is surrounded by World Heritage rainforest-clad mountains. There is time to stretch your legs at the unique location and get some amazing photos from the lookout prior to crossing the dam wall.
With an exclusive access permit, your 4WD will take to you to areas not open to the public, away from the crowds. Wind through some of the most amazing rainforest in the region and over the Great Dividing Range, one of the longest Mountain ranges in the world and Australia’s largest.
Continue through the rainforest, crossing several creek systems and stopping at a boardwalk for an interpretive overview of the rainforest from your guide. Here you will be introduced to the Clohesy River Fig, one of the most impressive fig trees in the tropics.
The next destination will take you from the lushness of the Wet Tropics rainforest to the beginning of Australia’s mighty Savannah country. You will truly be amazed at the rapid change in the forest types and scenery.
From here, head back onto the sealed road towards the Wet Tropic World Heritage area and into Kuranda Village. Continue to the Upper Barron Gorge National Park. Stop at the Wrights lookout for a stunning photo overlooking the Barron Gorge and back towards the coastal plains and Cairns City. Then, take a very short drive to the Barron Falls lookout to view possibly the most famous waterfall in Northern Queensland -- the mighty Barron Falls.
Head back towards Cairns via the Wet Tropic World Heritage drive on the Kuranda range, stopping at the Henry Ross Lookout overlooking the northern beach suburbs of Cairns and back out towards the Coral Sea before you are returned to your ship.