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Reef & Rainforest

Experience what the Cairns and Daintree Rainforest area has to offer on this program, with cruising day trips out to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, immersive exploring in the oldest Rainforest in the world and cultural connections with Indigenous Elders.

Highlights

Snorkel and swim in one of the greatest underwater ecosystems on the planet.

Learn about the culture and hear stories from the Dreaming.

Support marine biologists fighting to protect the reef.

Stay in the oldest rainforest in the world and see cassowaries

Give back and help regrow parts of the Daintree Rainforest

Day By Day

Day 1: Welcome to Cairns

Infuse program leaders will welcome you upon arrival into Cairns. Transfer to your accommodation in Cairns, settle in then join an orientation session with your leaders.

This afternoon you’ll meet with a project manager from the Marine Discoveries Research and Training Centre. Enjoy a presentation on the Great Barrier Reef from local marine biologists. You’ll develop a deeper understanding of critical issues such as climate impact, the roles of marine species and the importance of our coral reefs. This evening, enjoy a dinner at the Cairns waterfront and soak up the lively atmosphere of tourists and buskers along the esplanade.

Overnight: Cairns

Day 2: Marine Education and Service on Fitzroy Island

After breakfast, depart on the ferry to the famous Fitzroy Island! Here, you will partner with local Marine Biologists to support their incredible work. Learn about coral reef regeneration projects and help prepare some coral trees for plantation on the reef. Then head out snorkelling for a citizen science program to record data on fish species and remove coral-eating snails. Your snorkelling time will give you ample opportunity to spot brightly coloured fish, turtles, rays and reef sharks

Overnight: Cairns

Day 3: Aboriginal Culture & History

Spend today with a local Aboriginal community near Cairns. The community are Gunggandji people who speak Gunggandji and Yidinji languages. Meet with elders and community leaders to develop an understanding of their history, culture and customs. Spend time on country with the local Rangers learning about indigenous land management practices and indigenous relationships with the environment, before heading to the Arts and Cultural Centre to learn about screen printing and meet some of the famous local artists!

This evening you will have the opportunity to weave your way through the Cairns Night Markets and maybe pick out a few souvenirs before dinner

Overnight: Cairns

Day 4: Mossman Gorge and the Daintree, the Oldest Rainforest on Earth!

This morning, pack your bags and get ready for your road trip to our next destination; the Daintree Rainforest. Drive north along the coast, and stop in at Mossman Gorge where you’ll take a Dreamtime Walk with an Indigenous guide to learn about the traditional custodians of the land, the Kuku Yalanji. Get welcomed to country in a smoking Ceremony, hear the history of this rich culture whilst walking through the Rainforest learning about different medicinal and edible plants, how the gorge was formed over millions of years and see how ochre paint is made.

After lunch, cross the Daintree River by ferry, then make your way through the rainforest to your accommodation. Keep your eyes peeled for Cassowaries

Overnight: Daintree Rainforest

Day 5: Explore the Inner Great Barrier Reef

Today you’ll spend half a day out on the Great Barrier Reef! Take a 25-minute boat ride from the beach and spend two hours snorkelling. There’s a high chance of snorkelling with turtles here if you didn’t see any on the previous trip.

Afterwards, head to a rainforest boardwalk where you have the chance to wind down and take in your surroundings, keep your eyes peeled for Cassowaries! In the afternoon treat yourself to an icecream from the Daintree Ice-cream Centre. Wander through the exotic fruit trees as you taste test a variety of ice-creams made on site!

Overnight: Daintree Rainforest

Day 6: Environmental Service Project

Today, you will begin assisting one of our passionate community partners with their ongoing efforts to reforest areas of the Daintree that have been damaged or cut down and protect the old growth areas from invasive species. Depending on needs at the time, you may be involved in creating forest paths, tree planting, seed propagation and/or removal of invasive species.

Overnight: Daintree Rainforest

Day 7: Mossman Gorge and then Departure

For our final morning, you will head out on a Wilderness Cruise to discover one of the Daintree’s unique river systems! Home to reputedly the most biodiverse mangrove system in Australia, Cooper Creek’s significance has been internationally recognized and is protected by QLD Parks & Wildlife Service. You will wind your way from Cooper Creek’s Coral Sea mouth towards the panorama of Queensland’s third highest mountain, Thornton Peak, on a leisurely cruise through the vast mangrove system. Keep your eyes peeled for crocs!