Outback and GBR

This Outback and GBR tour includes one day discovering the Outback and the next day exploring the GBR.

Choose which order to experience this tour choose the dates for each experience when booking.

Start your day with the North Queensland outback, including Chillagoe Caves.

Day One Outback Adventure including Chillagoe Caves

Chillagoe lies within a belt of limestone approximately 5 km wide and 45 km long.

During this day we travel 215 km or 3 hours’ drive west of Cairns, heading to the northern end of the Atherton Tablelands and then over the Great Dividing Range.

Next, embark on a remarkable journey back to a prehistoric time when dinosaurs ruled the earth.

Then we visit Mareeba Wetlands for morning tea and a cruise. This magnificent has Giant Lotus Lilly’s along with so many different Water Birds as well.

Along the way, we will travel the back blocks of this wetland area, viewing Wallabies, Emus and other wildlife.

With the agricultural paddocks of this fertile area, Next cross over the Great Divide and into the Western watershed.

Travel through historical towns and rolling hills, rich in minerals and towering limestone karsts scattered around Chillagoe.

After delving into the history of the copper smelters, it is time for lunch at a unique outback pub.

Day two Great Barrier Reef Tour

Reef Experience is the only “Fully Inclusive” Great Barrier Reef Trip departing from Cairns. Step onboard Cairns only all-inclusive GBR tour with all the extras included at one great price.

Starting with Inner City Bus transfers, BBQ Bacon and Egg Rolls and fruit platters, Coffee or Tea for breakfast, unlimited snorkelling, scuba diving.

This tour also includes Glass bottom boat tour and Government Reef Levies.

Dedicated Crew that will help you to snorkel if you have concerns.

While you are there explore the spectacular underwater World of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.


This Outback and GBR tour does not include Accommodation.


  • Limestone Caves
  • Outback North Queensland
  • Great Barrier Reef


Outback and Chillagoe Caves Itinerary

  • Days of travel for your Outback Day tour are: MONDAY’S – WEDNESDAY’S –FRIDAY’S
  • 0700 Pick-up from your Accommodation
  • 1830 Return to your Accommodation
  • This tour has no set Itinerary

Outer Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

  • 07:45 Board Reef Experience vessel at the Marlin Jetty, Cairns
  • 08:00 Depart Marlin Jetty for the trip to the Great Barrier Reef
  • 08:30 BBQ Breakfast Roll with Bacon and egg
  • 09:30 Arrive at our first spectacular reef site
  • 10:30 Glass Bottom Boat tour
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:00 Cruise to our second Reef location
  • 15:00 Depart the Great Barrier Reef
  • 15:30 Enjoy a glass of wine, tropical fruits, cheese and biscuits
  • 16:30 Arrive back in Cairns



Outback and Chillegoe Caves Inclusions

  • Courtesy Pick up and return From Your accommodation between Cairns and Smithfield
  • Custom-built, high clearance air-conditioned 4WD vehicles.
  • Mareeba Wetlands
  • Morning Tea
  • Delicious Aussie Lunch
  • National Park Ranger guided Chillagoe Cave Tour Chillagoe Smelters Mt Uncle Distillery.

Great Barrier Reef Inclusions

  • Next, visit two Outer Barrier Reef locations with unlimited snorkelling!
  • FREE Certified Scuba Dive or Resort Scuba Dive
  • All snorkelling and scuba diving equipment and tuition
  • Glass bottom boat tour (weather permitting)
  • BBQ breakfast roll and fruit platters
  • lunch prepared fresh at the reef
  • Afternoon wine, cheese and biscuits
  • Tea and Coffee
  • Marine Biology Presentation
  • Transfers to and from the marina if you are staying in the Cairns city area.
  • Departs every day

Optional Extras

Great Barrier Reef optional extras

  • Second Scuba dive for certified and introductory divers
  • Marine Biologist snorkel tour
  • Northern Beaches bus transfers
  • Underwater camera hire
  • Photographs of your day on the GBR

What to bring

What to Bring for the Outback

  • Money for afternoon tea
  • Hat, camera, closed in footwear, comfortable clothing, sunscreen and water bottle
  • The  steps into the caves requires a reasonable level of fitness.
  • This tour may not operate, or the itinerary may change due to the wet season.

How to get there

Reef Experience departs from
Cairns Marina: ‘A-Finger’ View map to Cairns Marlin Marina

Boarding commences at 7:30 am for check-in, directly on the vessel ‘Reef Experience.’

Arrive back to Cairns Marina at approximately 4:30 pm.

Important Information

Important Information for Scuba Diving

We have a passion for showing you Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Please make sure you understand the scuba diving laws.

Queensland, Australia, has the strictest scuba diving rules and the safest scuba diving record.   Scuba diving is regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and we are required by law to comply with all regulations.

We recommend that our passengers complete a dive medical questionnaire.

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

It is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef experience.

We will be delighted  to help you with any questions you may have.

Please get in touch with our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us. 

Alternatively, you may like to consult your Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms’ AS.4005.1

Flying after Scuba Diving

After a scuba dive for a single no decompression scuba dive you must not fly for at least 18 hours.

For multiple dives, you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive.

We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours.

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