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Ride the Spirit of Queensland train from Brisbane to Cairns + Tour the Daintree + Cruise the Great Barrier Reef

New 2023 departures available
Five days of affordable fun in the Tropical North! Start your holiday off with a comfortable overnight rail journey from Brisbane to Cairns. In Cairns, stay in centrally located accommodation, explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, tour the spectacular Daintree Rainforest or spend the day in Kuranda!
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About this holiday

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Sunlover Cruises, Moore Reef

Commence your journey in Brisbane with a one way overnight rail journey to Cairns.

In Cairns enjoy a day on the Great Barrier Reef and then choose between two unique experiences:

1) Experience the UNESCO World Heritage listed tropical rainforests of the Daintree & Cape Tribulation.


2) Spend the day in Kuranda, journey on the famous Kuranda scenic rail, explore Rainforest Station and marvel at the scenic landscape on Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.



This Brisbane - Cairns package includes:

  • 4 nights hotel accommodation at Pacific Cairns (includes breakfast daily)
  • a Welcome dinner at the Pacific to meet your fellow travellers
  • A full day Great Barrier Reef Cruise (includes lunch)
  • A full day tour to the Daintree Rainforest or Scenic Kuranda including
  • Travel from Brisbane to Cairns on the Spirit of Queensland in a RailBed (seat by day/bed by night)


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Railbed by day on the Spirit of Queensland

Spirit of Queensland (RailBed) - A spacious and comfortable seat by day that converts to a lie-flat bed at night. Enjoy 35 degrees of recline and a wide flat 18.5 inch screen with on-demand entertainment options including movies and music. At night sleep well on a thick mattress topper and comfortable linen, all included in your fare.

Pacific Hotel Cairns - Located on the Esplanade overlooking Trinity Harbour, Pacific Hotel Cairns offers stunning views from private balconies and easy access to the nearby Reef Fleet Terminal, shopping precinct and Esplanade Lagoon. With modern rooms offering comfortable accommodation for all travellers.

Travel dates


Please note that minimum numbers are required for this group to operate.

2​023 Package Dates:

  • Wednesday 7​ June - Monday 12 June
  • Wednesday 5​ July - Monday 10 July
  • Wednesday 9​ August - Monday 14 August
  • Wednesday 1​3 September - Monday 18 September

Twin / Double Share Room:

  • QLD Pensioner - from $1,399 per person
  • Senior - from $1,534 per person
  • Adult - from $1,589 per person

Single Room:

  • QLD Pensioner - from $1,789
  • Senior - from $1,924
  • Adult - from $1,979

Want to avoid the single supplement? If you're willing to share, we can happily pair you with another solo traveller. Subject to COVID-19 vaccination, availability of another guest of the same gender willing to share, otherwise a single room rate will apply.

Call our Brisbane based travel team on 1300 414 198 to secure your place on this popular tour!

Note: Pricing is subject to change our Travel team will provide you with the most up to date costs.



Please note the following itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Day 1, Wednesday - Depart Brisbane.

Make your way to Roma Street station to board the Spirit of Queensland

3​.45pm Depart Brisbane

  • Stay: Spirit of Queensland (railbed)
  • Included Meals: Dinner

Day 2, Thursday -Arrive Cairns

Today, sit back and relax as you travel through the picturesque scenery onward to Cairns your final destination.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast & lunch

On arrival into Cairns, a transfer will be awaiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Time to refresh before enjoying a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers.

  • Stay: Pacific Cairns
  • Included meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 3 - Friday - Great Barrier Reef

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, before a full day cruise to the Great Barrier Reef. Make your way to the Cairns Marina, 270 metres from your accommodation to check in for your cruise.

Enjoy a full day at Moore Reef (including lunch) and enjoy an extensive list of activities such as snorkelling, glass bottom boat and semi-submersible tours to make the most of your four hours on the reef.

For those who prefer to relax, enjoy watching the action from the large pontoon.

Upon return to Cairns late afternoon, tonight will be at leisure to enjoy the local cuisine.

  • Stay: Pacific Cairns
  • Included meals - breakfast, lunch

D​ay 4- Saturday - Full Day touring- CHOOSE from the following day tours - selection must be made at time of booking.

Mossman Gorge & The Daintree
Enjoy an early breakfast at your hotel before departing on your full day Mossman Gorge & Daintree tour. Visit the Mossman Gorge Gateway Centre for morning tea before boarding your shuttle for the transfer into Mossman Gorge. Your driver/guide will take you for a guided walk, sharing their knowledge of this enchanting rainforest environment. Also included is a delicious lunch at the Daintree Tea House and an informative Daintree River cruise. End the day with a walk at Cape Tribulation, world-renowned rainforest beach and admire the coastline and fringing coral reef from the Kulki Lookout.


Kuranda Scenic rail, Skyrail and Rainforestation tour.
Your day begins as your board the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail. An amazing journey awaits you as you travel one of the world’s most scenic rail routes, through hand-hewn tunnels and over bridges spanning spectacular gorges. Once you alight at beautiful Kuranda Station, you have ample time to explore the many and varied shops, as well as the Heritage Markets which operate daily. Your shuttle coach will transfer you to Rainforestation, set in 40 hectares of lush gardens and tropical rainforest, a number of unique attractions await you. A delicious BBQ lunch is included before visiting the Koala & Wildlife Park. Then it's time to board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and be amazed as you journey over and through World Heritage protected Rainforest. 

You'll return to Cairns late afternoon and tonight is at leisure.

  • Stay: Pacific Cairns
  • Included meals - breakfast, lunch

Availability of both of these tours is subject to availability at the time of booking.

Day 5, Sunday - a free day

Today is free for you to explore Cairns. Enjoy a relaxing breakfast before heading off to discover the many hidden gems in Cairns.

  • Stay: Pacific Cairns
  • Included meals - breakfast

Day 6, Monday - Homeward Bound

Enjoy an early breakfast at your hotel.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast

If you prefer to extend your stay and visit more of this gorgeous region, please ask your travel advisor for details. Call us on 1300 414 198 now for details.

You may choose to pre-book a half day Hartley's Crocodile adventures tour? Ask your travel advisor for details.

Day 6, Monday - Depart Cairns

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before making your own way to Cairns airport for your homeward journey.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast

If you prefer to extend your stay and visit more of this gorgeous region, please ask your travel advisor for details. Call us on 1300 414 198 now for details.



Spirit of Queensland

Luggage - 2 x 20 kg Items per person, with one item of carry on luggage free of charge.

Onboard facilities - Licensed Galley Car open 24 hrs. Alcohol not available between midnight and 10am. • Drinking fountains• Showers and Toilets located in the end of each carriage

Accessibility - Accessible spaces and accessible Premium Economy Seats/RailBeds are available in Car E and Car B as well as signage with raised text, braille and hearing aid loops. Accessible shower/toilet located in the RailBed carriage Band Premium Economy carriage E. Most types of mobility devices can be accommodated on Spirit of Queensland services, however size restrictions do apply. In general, these dimension limits are 720 mm wide by1200 mm long on the Spirit of Queensland.

Please note that Queensland Rail periodically conduct planned and unplanned maintenance to tracks throughout the Queensland Rail network. Disruptions caused by this is out of our control. We will endeavour to advise you as soon as possible of the situation and alternative travel options.

Tours: The Cairns Touring companies can accommodate most mobility concerns, please speak to our Travel Advisors for details.

What should I pack?

  • Lightweight casual clothes with a warm jacket for evenings.
  • Sand shoes or comfortable walking shoes
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Don't forget your camera!

Want to avoid the single supplement? If you're willing to share, we can happily pair you with another solo traveller. Subject to availability of another guest of the same gender willing to share, otherwise a single room rate will apply. If we are unable to match you with another traveller the sole use price will be charged.

Will I get sea sick during Moore Reef day tour? Sea conditions vary every day, however pontoon that you spend the day on is very stable and safe. If you are prone to motion sickness you are advised to take necessary precautions such as motion sickness medication prior to your journey on the catamaran out to the reef.

Can non-swimmers travel on the Moore Reef day tour? Yes. There are a large number of included activities that allow non-swimmers to experience the reef, such as a semi-submersible and glass-bottom boat tours, underwater observatory, fish feeding and touch tank presentations or simply relaxing on the upper level sundeck.

Couldn't find an answer to your question? Ask us!

Fine print


Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply.

Minimum numbers are required for the group to operate.

N​on-refundable deposit of $300 per person is due within 7 days of booking. Final balance is due not later than 45 days prior to departure.