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4 night Great Outdoors Explorer package  - Get high and get active!

  • 3 nights at Gilligan's Backpacker Resort in an 8 bed dorm or Hotel Room
  • Cruise to the reef, snorkel, scuba dive, and get high with a 10 minute reef scenic heli flight.
  • Overnight in the Daintree Rainforest at the Cape Trib Beach House and choose from Jungle Surfing, Beach Horseriding or a Jungle Night Walk.

Get High Includes:

  • Osprey V Outer Reef Cruise
  • Snorkel and Introductory Dive or Certified Dive
  • Free Guided Snorkel tour
  • 10 min Outer Reef scenic helicopter flight

Get Active Includes:

  • Explore World Heritage Rainforest
  • Mossman Gorge
  • Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary
  • 1 hour Daintree River Cruise
  • Overnight accommodation in Cape Tribulation at Cape Trib Beach House
  • Choose Jungle Surfing or Horseriding or a Jungle Night Walk

DAY ONE:  Check-in at Gilligan's for 2 nights

Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel & Resort provides an excellent standard of accommodation for backpackers and budget conscious young, (and young at heart) travellers in the heart of the Cairns CBD. 

What Makes it Great:

  • Free airport pick up
  • Free entree meal *with beverage purchase
  • Free linen
  • Free use of gymnasium
  • Free parking
  • Free entry into entertainment venues before 10pm, 50% discount applies thereafter
  • VIP prices throughout venue

Features and Services:

  • Lagoon Pool with Waterfall
  • Sandy Beach with Volleyball Net
  • Pool Tables
  • Tour Desk and Travel Information
  • Guest laundry & ironing facilities
  • Pool bar & Spa area
  • Restaurant, Gaming area & Beer Garden
  • Internet café
  • Luggage Storage
  • Gymnasium
  • Communal kitchen
  • Recreational areas with flat screen TV's
  • Outdoor cinema screen
  • 24 hour reception/security

Rooms Features:

  • Air conditioned
  • Secure key access
  • Linen supplied
  • Small lockers for electronics & personal effects
  • Additional power outlets for charging electronics
  • En-suite in all room types
  • Hotel Rooms king or twin includes: Fridge, TV, in-room safe, towels, tea & coffee facilities
  • Deluxe Hotel Rooms king or twin include the above plus balcony
  • NOTE: If towels required for dormitory guests they are available from reception, there is a $10 deposit plus $2 usage charge. Irons and hairdryers are also available from reception.

    Centrally located between Sheridan & Grafton streets, in the midst of Cairns city centre, Gilligan's is the ideal base from which to explore the beautiful and tropical north. The great thing about Gilligan's is everything is at your finger tips without leaving the property.

    By night, this area comes alive with cocktail bars, nightclubs, regular concerts or National Basketball League games at the Cairns Convention Centre & diverse restaurants offering everything from the finest international a-la-carte dining to fresh local seafood.

    Located next to famous Rusty's Markets where you can buy the freshest produce and sample what the tropics have to offer.

    DAY TWO:  Get High Up Top, Dive Down Under

    Osprey V Reef Cruise inclusions + 1 Scuba Dive* + 10 minute scenic helicopter flight

    M.V. Osprey V is a state of the art high-speed 35-metre (120ft) vessel, cruising at up to 30 knots, providing comfort and safety for a maximum of 100 passengers. With less travel time, you’ll spend more time at the Reef!

    Have your camera ready as you lift off from the Outer Reef heli pad for an incredible 10 minute scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef. Appreciate from the air, the sheer size of the reef system as you look for marine life in their natural habitat. Be amazed at the colours and beauty of the coral gardens before touching back down to rejoin the crew on board Osprey V.

    Experience two different reef destinations such as Norman, Saxon, Hastings or Michaelmas Reef. Reef sites are chosen on the day to ensure the best protection and underwater visibility according to weather conditions. Expect to see spectacular coral formations and masses of brilliantly coloured fish.


    • Check-in at the Reef Fleet Terminal Cairns (1 Spence St), from 07:30am at the Down Under Cruise & Dive counter (this is about a 10 minute walk from Gilligan's)
    • Boarding commences at 08:00am for an 08:20am departure
    • This trip returns to Cairns at approx 4:45pm.
    • Hotel Transfers are not included but can be booked for an additional fee

    Trip Inclusions:

    • 10 minute Scenic Heli Flight over the Reef
    • Certified or Introductory Scuba Dive (*not included in snorkel only price)
    • 5 hours spent visiting 2 outer reef locations
    • Snorkelling gear and flotation devices
    • FREE guided snorkelling tours
    • FREE 10 min scuba dive demonstration - (charges apply if you proceed)
    • Aussie BBQ lunch including steak, fish, prawns, sausages and tropical salads (vegetarians are catered for)
    • FREE tea, coffee and biscuits, complimentary cheese and fruit platter on return journey
    • Live onboard entertainment on return journey
    • Environmental Management Charge $20

    Your day:

    • 7.30am Check-in at Reef Fleet Terminal, commence boarding at 8:00am
    • 8.20am Departs Daily
    • 9:50am Approximate arrive Norman OR Saxon Reef
    • 3 hours to play, Snorkel Tour, sunbathe & relax, Aussie BBQ Lunch is served
    • 12: 20pm Depart for Hastings Reef
    • 12:30pm Arrive Hastings Reef
    • 2 hours to play, Snorkel, 10 minute Scenic Helicopter flight
    • 4:45pm Returns back into Cairns

    Additional Costs:

    • Hotel transfers
    • Semi Submersible tour $10 if prebooked or $20 on the day of travel
    • Guided Dives $10 per dive
    • Wetsuits for Snorkellers and Intro Divers $10 (included for cert divers)
    • Lycra Suits $10
    • Onboard purchases - drinks, snacks, underwater camera

    Important Info that you need to know:

    • Be aware snorkelling & diving may be a strenuous activity - All snorkelling & diving are subject to completion of onboard medical questionnaire /declaration.
    • A history of asthma, diabetes, ear, epilepsy, heart, pregnancy, recent operations and other medical conditions and medications may preclude a passenger from diving. Please discuss existing medical conditions with staff prior to travel. Or if in doubt, please visit your local dive doctor to get a medical clearance.
    • Divers 65 yrs and over must provide a current AS4005-1 dive medical prior to travel.
    • Certified divers must show an internationally recognised scuba card.
    • In the interests of safety we recommend no flying within 24hours of last dive.
    • All trips/dives are weather permitting at captains/drivers discretion- No refund for incomplete dives.
    • Should a trip be cancelled passengers will be offered an alternative day of travel or a full refund
    • Semi sub will operate subject to weather conditions.
    • Weight restrictions apply to Heli scenic tour

    DAY THREE:  Get Active Overnight in Cape Tribulation

    Experience an overnight adventure staying in the oldest rainforest in the world, exploring the World Heritage Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation where the Rainforest meets the Reef and enjoy unique rainforest accommodation.

    Please Note: You stay on at Cape Trib Beach House for your over night accommodation and choice of selected activity and continuation of the tour will commence the following day.

    06:55 - Pickup from Gilligan's
    07:30 - Northern Beaches Pickups Commence
    08:15 - Port Douglas Pickups
    08:30 - Rainforest Habitat
    10:00 - Mossman Gorge
    11:00 - Daintree River Cable ferry crossing
    12:30 - Lunch
    13:00 - Cape Tribulation Beach Walk
    13:45 - Accommodation Drop Off to Cape Trib Beach House

    Inclusions & Highlights:

    Coastal Drive – Travel to Port Douglas on one of the most renowned scenic coastal roads in Australia. Have your camera ready for breath taking views.

    Rainforest Habitat – 1 hour to visit the award winning Rainforest Habitat where you will venture through purpose built native habitats of some of Australia’s rare, endangered and beautiful native animals. You have a chance to have morning tea with the birds (optional extra), hand feed a Kangaroo and see a Koala doing what they do best…..sleeping!

    Mossman Gorge - Enjoy a brief stop (1 hour) and guided rainforest walk. See the crystal clear waters of Mossman River cascade over spectacular boulder formations amongst the lush rainforest.

    Alexandra Lookout – The perfect location to view where the Daintree Rainforest, Daintree River and the Coral Sea merge into one spectacular panoramic reflection. Ideal spot for those post card photo opportunities.

    Lunch Time – Only meters from Cape Tribulation Beach you will be treated to a Chef prepared lunch. Indulge in a set menu choice of local barramundi (fish), Steak and a Vegetarian option all served with a fresh garden salad & chips, daily baked bread finished off with a tropical fruit platter to share at your table. Bring your towel & swimmers for a dip in the resort pool or in the ocean (marine stingers are present during the stinger season Oct to June).

    Cape Tribulation Beach – Already there for the lunch break you now have free time for a walk along the full length of the magical Cape Tribulation Bay (takes 30min unguided) or simply kick back and relax under the fringing rainforest of the Daintree where the “Rainforest meets the Reef”!

    TOURS - Choose from one of 3 activities:

    1. Jungle Surfing:

    Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours is a must-do and exciting way to view the World Heritage listed rainforest in Cape Tribulation.
    Canopy Surfing takes place up in the treetops, with five platforms linked by steel flying fox runs. The longest span is over 75m and the platforms vary in height from 2.5 - 19.5m above the ground. Each participant is attached by full body harness to the flying fox cables.
    At the highest point you fly over 22m above Mason Creek, and the flight choice is yours - slow, fast or upsidedown.

    • Tour departure times:
    • Day 1 - 2:25pm or 3:35pm
    • Day 2 - 7:40am or 8:40am
    • Duration - 2 hours

    Please note:

    • Weight restriction of 120kg
    • Not recommended for pregnant women
    • Long shorts or trousers are most comfortable, skirts are not suitable. Enclosed footwear is advisable as thongs or slip-ons may fall from your feet during the ride.

    2. Cape Trib Horseriding:

    Enjoy the breathtaking Cape Tribulation scenery as you meander your way through the oldest living rainforest in the world, ride through crystal clear mountain streams, paddocks and safely along side crocodile inhabited riverbeds until you reach the spectacular Cape Tribulation Beach.
    On the way back you will stop at a private swimming waterhole where you can enjoy morning or afternoon tea and take a refreshing swim.

    • Tour departure times:
    • Day 1 - 2:30pm
    • Day 2 - 8am
    • Duration - 2 hours

    Please note:

    • Please advise if you are a beginner, intermediate or experienced rider
    • Long pants may offer more protection than shorts but this is not essential, skirts are not suitable.
    • Closed, secure footwear such as joggers or boots are essential.
    • Weight restriction of 102kg
    • Not recommended for pregnant women

    3. Jungle Night Walks:

    Small group interpretive tours take a max of 11 people deep into ancient forest to experience the nocturnal world. You will be introduced to a weird and wonderful cast of characters who live together to create this grand circle of life. Birds, bats, mammals, possums, spiders, insects, and snakes are regularly seen in the midst of the beautiful rainforest surrounding. Torches and raincoats are provided.

    • Tour departure times:
    • Day 1 - 7:30pm
    • Duration - 2 hours

    ACCOMMODATION - Choose your preferred room type:

    Cape Tribulation Beach House is unique 3 - 4 star accommodation. Nestled within the 110 million year old Daintree Rainforest, this back to nature resort is situated on 7 acres of absolute beachfront, with direct access Cape Tribulation Beach, offering all guests a truly wild, unique tropical holiday experience.

    Endeavour Dorm - featuring 5 single beds, outside dining area, a/c, sharing communal shower block and kitchen.

    Rudder & Undine Room - featuring a double bed and a set of bunk beds can sleep up to 4 people, a/c, share communal kitchenette, bathroom and outside dining area.

    Escape Cabins - featuring a double bed and two singles, a/c, en-suite, fridge, tea/coffee facilities and shared balcony.

    Ribbon Cabins - Located only 30m from the beach, these accommodation cabins feature a king or twin beds, a/c, en-suite, fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and shared balcony.

    St Crispin's Cabin - Located only 20m from the beach, these free standing private cabins feature a king-sized bed, a/c, en-suite, fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and private balcony.

    DAY FOUR:  Continuation of Cape Tribulation tour / 1 night at Gilligan's

    13:45 - Pick Up from Cape Trib Beach House for continuation of tour
    15:00 – 16:00 - Daintree River Wildlife Cruise
    17:15 - Port Douglas Drop Offs
    18:00 - Northern Beaches Drop Offs
    18:30 - Cairns City Drop Off and back to Gilligan's and check-in for your final night.

    Daintree River Wildlife Cruise – Your 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 and retrieve knowledge and tales of the area from a local naturalist guide.

    Rex Lookout – On the return trip back to Cairns, stop briefly at Rex’s Lookout. A popular spot for tourist’s to take scenic photos of the coast line and out to Green Island. It’s also a popular spot for dare devil hang gliders to enjoy the uplifting sea breeze. 

    DAY FIVE: 
    Check-out of Gilligan's, end of package

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    Guest Reviews

    Get Active in Cape Tribulation (2)

    I had a very enjoyable tour to the Daintree

    I had a very enjoyable tour to the Daintree. Host Shane provided excellent commentary, was friendly and helpful. Accommodation at Cape Trib Beach House was the best on my trip through QLD and NSW.

    Posted By Shaun Roberts

    Excellent staff and facilities

    Excellent staff and facilities

    Posted By Julie

    Room was great,

    Room was great, service was slow sometimes. Great location

    Posted By Mikal Hetland

    A compulsory stop in Cairns!

    A compulsory stop in Cairns!

    Posted By Carla Roberts

    walking distance to everything

    As a person young at heart, Gilligans get me back the confidance to stay at such resorts. The facility is centrally located, and clean.

    Posted By Louise Kairns

    Fantastic for all travellers

    Fantastic for all travellers, whether alone or with friends and family,ur guranteed a good time!

    Posted By Sarina Robertson

    See all 5 reviews for Gilligan's Backpackers »

    Amazing Day

    Thank you guys,

    Within in minutes of the phone call, I received the quotation and booked online. The process was simple and effective and enabled us to focus on the holiday rather than the logistics and bookings!

    Great work and it was sincerely appreciated.


    Posted By Warren Bingham

    Absolutely brilliant

    Cannot speak more highly about this trip. Absolutely brilliant from satrt to finish. Very knowledgeable lady gave running commentary on the semi sub pointing out all items of interest (unlike the twit on Green Island)Well worth the effort very happy memories - even the reggae Elvis impersonator guy was entertaining

    Posted By George Barr

    Fun Day out

    crew were fun and helpful
    helicopter = fun and view was great
    I wish the sub ride was offered at different time, I could not experience it because my helicopter trip was at the same time.

    Posted By Rosemary Thibodeaux

    Great trip

    Great trip make sure you do the two reef trip, breaks up the day. The crew were awesome

    Posted By Wayne

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