Backpacker 6 day / 6 night Reef & Rainforest
Prices from $927 AUD





  • 6 Days / 6 Nights in total
  • 3 days / 2 nights on the Reef
  • 2 Days / 1 night Cape Trib
  • 1 Waterfalls daytrip
  • 3 Nights Dorm
  • Airport Pickup (no dropoff)

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From 1/04/2020 to 31/03/2021 per person
Backpackers 6 day / 6 night Reef & Rainforest 3d/2n outer reef liveaboard cruise, 2d/1n Cape Trib & the Daintree, Waterfalls day trip, 3 nights accomm. (all accomm is share/dorm style - upgrades available below) $927.00
+ extra night in Cairns extend your stay in Cairns - 8 share dorm $18.00
+ extra night (Cape Trib) add an extra night to your stay in the Rainforest (dorm) $35.00
+ certified scuba diving add scuba diving to your reef trip - 8 day, 2 night dives - includes all gear $120.00
+ introductory scuba diving add 8 introductory scuba dives to your reef trip - includes all gear and tuition. $315.00
+ extra night at sea (snorkeller) add an extra night on the reef (make your package 5d/5n) $200.00
+ one less night at sea (snorkeller) turn your reeftrip into a 2 day/1 night cruise and your package into a 5 day/5 night -$200.00
+ Wildlife Park add a visit to the Wildlife Habitat to your Daintree tour (replaces free time in Port Douglas) $25.00
+ Jungle Night Walk add a guided night bushwalk to your stay in Cape Tribulation $49.00
Additional Costs: $20 PER PERSON PER DAY REEF TAX FOR DAYS ON THE REEF, $30 per person pay on board levy applies to rafting. $35 for APF membership applies to all skydiving.
A $2 per night surcharge is applicable to all dorm rooms friday to sunday - this is collected at checkin. A 3 night minimum stay Xmas/New Year. Public Holiday surcharge may apply

Our 6 day / 6 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 #



Included Meals

Night 1

Arrive Cairns - Airport Transfer (if needed)

Gilligans Backpackers

$5 dinner option

Day 1 / Night 2

Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard

 Great Barrier Reef

Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 / Night 3

Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard

 Great Barrier Reef

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 / Night 4

Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard

Gilligans Backpackers

Breakfast, Lunch, $5 dinner option

Day 4 / Night 5

Cape Tribulation 2 days / 1 night

choice of 2 hostels

Day 5 / Night 6

Cape Tribulation 2 days / 1 night

Gilligans Backpackers

$5 dinner option

Day 6

Waterfalls Tour - returns 7.30pm

(not included - additional night $25 if required)

Most of the tours can operate every day so we can change it around to suit your exact itinerary.


Days 1 - 3     3 day/2 night liveaboard trip to the Reef


Welcome aboard our luxury vessel, offering fantastic value for money with 1, 2, 3 or 4 nights on the Great Barrier Reef.

We cater for snorkellers, certified divers and also introductory divers with our DISCOVER SCUBA packages..

Caters for Snorkellers, Certified and Introductory divers.

If you have never dived before and don't want to do a full course you can now book a liveaboard trip including 5 Introductory Dives. All that is required is the ability to swim and you will also be required to fill out a medical questionnaire. You can extend this trip with another day of snorkelling if you like.

Certified Divers

All equipment and diving is included in the cost of your cruise, guided dives can be booked onboard for $15 per dive.Our dive locations on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef (approx 70km offshore) offer outstanding underwater visibility, superb coral formations and abundant, colourful marine life including Wally, our friendly 1.5m Maori Wrasse at Norman Reef!

2 days / 1 night

6 day dives, 1 night dive

3 days / 2 nights

9 day dives, 2 night dives

4 days / 3 nights

12 day dives, 3 night dives

5 days / 4 nights

15 day dives, 4 night dives

Sample Itinerary for 3 day / 2 night Scuba Diving Liveaboard

Day 1 - 4 Dives

  • 7.45am pick up from your city accommodation
  • 8.00am Board our fast modern transfer boat for 90 minute transfer to Outer Barrier Reef
  • Equipment selection
  • 2 dives before transferring to our Liveaboard at 2.30pm
  • 2.30pm transfer to our Liveaboard
  • Afternoon dive and night dive
  • Lunch, dinner and accommodation included

Day Two - 4 dives

  • Three day dives
  • One night dive
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation included

Day Three - 3 dives

  • Breakfast and lunch is included
  • Three day dives
  • 3.00pm Depart Outer Barrier Reef
  • Return to your accommodation approx. 5pm

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Day 4 - Full Day Waterfalls & Tablelands Tour


Travel south and discover the majesty and beauty of north Queensland’s most iconic waterfalls, a MUST see for anyone wanting to experience pristine rainforest, cascading waterfalls, stunning panoramas of Queensland’s highest peaks and maybe a glimpse of rare and unique native wildlife.
You will visit and be amazed by the legend of Babinda Boulders, steeped in Aboriginal history of trapped spirits and a tragic love story that will chill you to the bone. Next, your morning swim beckons amidst the lush rainforest and cascading crystal clear waters of Josephine Falls. A natural waterslide awaits the young at heart. Journey on to Australia’s most iconic waterfall Millaa Millaa Falls, made famous by Qantas. For lunch, we will stop and give you time to purchase or bring your own. Then it’s back into the waterfalls. 

Mount Hypipamee, the Crater and Dinner Falls, WOW 3 great things in 1 location! Here you will have the opportunity to take a bush walk, swim behind a waterfall and gaze into an 85 meter deep volcanic crater and if that’s not enough, we quite often see the local Cassowary here too.
As the afternoon starts to roll on, we head to the Curtain Fig Tree. Here 15 meter high tree roots tower above, like a 3 story building; keep your eyes peeled for the elusive Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo.

Just before our last swim spot, we will take you down to a quiet little creek to search for Platypus and then off to our last stop of the day at Lake Eacham.



Days 5 & 6 Overnight Tour to Cape Tribulation & the Daintree

Cape Tribulation is located in the heart of the Daintree National Park World Heritage Area, which contains the oldest continually surviving tropical rainforests in the world. Estimated to be over 100 million years old, the Wet Tropics area is home to around 50% of Australia's plant and animal species with many species found nowhere else in the world.
The drive between Cairns and Cape Tribulation weaves its way past beautiful white sandy beaches and some of the most picturesque scenery in Australia.This great value Cape Tribulation tour includes the highlights

  • Transfers to and from your accommodation
  • Professional, friendly naturalist tour guide
  • Guided walk through Mossman Gorge National Park
  • 1 hour famous Daintree River Crocodile / Wildlife Cruise
  • Free time in Port Douglas / optional visit to a wildlife park.
  • Cape Tribulation Beach
  • Breathtaking views of North Queensland & scenic lookouts
  • World Heritage Daintree National Park

Your 2 Days

  • After being picked up from your accommodation, we will travel by air-conditioned vehicles via one of the most renowned scenic coastal roads in Australia, the World Heritage Listed Captain Cook Highway.
  • 8.30am-9.15am: Port Douglas - Take in the spectacular scenic coastal drive north of Cairns, before you enjoy free time in Port Douglas to soak up the village atmosphere along with a brief tour of 4 mile beach or enjoy an optional visit to the world famous Wildlife Habitat.
  • 10.00am-11.00am: Mossman Gorge National Park - Enjoy a guided rainforest walk and see the crystal clear waters of the Mossman River cascade over spectacular boulder formations amongst the lush rainforest. National Park entrance fee included in tour price.
  • 12.30pm - 1.15pm: hostel pickups and droppoffs
  • Day 2 - 1.15pm-1.45pm: Cape Tribulation Beach - Kick back and relax under the fringing rainforest of the Daintree where the "Rainforest meets the Reef"! Enjoy a walk or a swim (seasonal), at this beautiful historic beach location.
  • Day 2 - 3.00pm - 4.00pm: Daintree River Wildlife Cruise - Our 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.

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3 Nights Dorm Accommodation

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 (dropoff at your own cost).

The Room included in the package is an 8 share ensuite dorm, however you can upgrade to a 4 share deluxe dorm (with fridge, TV, ensuite and balcony) or a double room if you like.

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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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Half Day Barron River Rafting

The Barron River is located ten minutes from the centre of Cairns. With half day white water rafting perfectly suited for first time adventurers or those who want to cram more into their Cairns Holiday. A little bit tamer than the Tully but still a wild adventure!

The Barron River half day tour is a fantastic introduction to White Water Rafting. It's fun, exciting and exhilarating for all the family. Let our guides entertain you on this spectacular river!

Half day rafting with guaranteed water levels year round; no experience is necessary to raft these rapids.

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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.

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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Car Hire
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