Ballooning & Great Barrier Reef Adventure - Cairns

Ballooning & Great Barrier Reef Adventure - Cairns

Combine the serenity of hot air ballooning over the Atherton Tablelands with Great Adventures exciting Great Barrier Reef cruise to the outer reef for two spectacular, “must do” experiences all in one amazing day.

Itinerary at a glance… (Times may be subject to change)
Hot Air Ballooning
TBACoach Pick up from your accommodation, advised at time of booking
Approx 5.30amHot Air balloon experience
Approx 10.15amCoach transfer to Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal
Great Barrier Reef Adventure
10.30amDepart Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal for the outer Reef, via Green Island
12.30amArrive Outer Reef Activity Platform
3.45pmDepart Outer Reef
5.30pmArrive Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal

MORNING: Hot Air Ballooning

Tour Operator: Hot Air

Hot AirStart your day by watching the sun rise over the rolling hills of the majestic Tablelands then experience the wonder, silence and romance of floating in a hot air balloon. Enjoy the 360 degree panorama, before coming gently back to earth.

After some fun pack up games, your door-to-door transfer will connect you to the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal for your Great Barrier Reef Adventure. Personal photo portraits capturing your balloon flight are available for purchase. 

Your Hot Air Ballooning Experience includes:

  • Morning Balloon flight over the Atherton Tablelands
  • Coach transfers from accommodation and to Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal

10.30am: Great Barrier Reef Adventure

Great AdventuresTour Operator: Great Adventures

After your early morning ballooning experience, you’re set to continue your day of adventure with this exciting cruise to the spectacular outer reef!

Departing from Cairns, you’ll cruise in comfort aboard a modern, fast catamaran to a spacious activity platform moored at a magnificent site on the outer reaches of the Great Barrier Reef. Guests of all ages, swimmers and non-swimmers can enjoy a magical day of discovery. With the air-conditioned semi-submersible and underwater observatory, you don't even have to get wet to discover the reef. Snorkel and dive amongst beautiful coral gardens and colourful marine life, or just relax on the sundeck with a delicious buffet lunch and enjoy the amazing marine-scape!

Your Great Barrier Reef Adventure Includes:

  • Return air-conditioned fast catamaran cruise from Cairns
  • Tea and coffee served until departure from CairnsSnorkelling
  • Morning tea cake selection on outward journey
  • Hot and cold buffet lunch with seafood
  • Use of snorkelling equipment
  • Buoyancy vests
  • Lycra suits
  • Reef education presentation
  • Semi-submersible coral reef viewing tour
  • Underwater observatory
  • Eco reef talk with marine naturalist in underwater observatory
  • Afternoon tea and coffee available whilst at the platform, cheese and biscuits on return  journey,
  • Coach transfer to Cairns and Northern Beaches hotel/accommodation from Reef Fleet Terminal

Exciting optional activities (additional cost) include scuba diving, guided snorkel tours, the exclusive Scuba-Doo underwater scooter and scenic helicopter flights to see the reef from a different perspective.

Tour departs from Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, Spence Street Cairns
Departs Cairns 10.30am, Returns Cairns: 5.30pm


  Adult Child
Tour Price AU$ 573.00AU$ 423.00
Total Package PriceAU$ 573.00AU$ 423.00

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Coach transfers are provided with Hot Air Ballooning experience. For Reef component, coach transfers from the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal are available at an additional cost. 

Additional Costs


A Government Environmental Management Charge of $7.00 is levied for all adults and children 4 years and over entering the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. *  EMC is waivered for travel up to 30 June 2023.

**Aviation Insurance

Aviation Insurance of $30.00 per person is payable to Hot Air is included on the total cost.

General Conditions

  • Children: 4 -14 years; Children 3 years and under cruise for free.
  • Family fare – maximum of 2 adults and 2 children of the same family. Normal fare applies for additional children. Not applicable with any other discount.
  • All schedules, activities and prices may be varied without notice.
  • Self Drive options are available.
  • Listed fares in Australian dollars include Goods and Services Tax. Prices valid to 31 March 2023.

Hot Air Conditions:

  • General Mobility: It is a Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and company requirement that passengers must be able to climb into the basket unaided, so that in the event of an emergency passengers are also able to climb out of the basket unaided.
  • Medical Conditions: Passengers with medical conditions should check their suitability to fly prior to booking. The Operator recommends that pregnant persons do not fly in a hot air balloon.
  • The Operator will not carry passengers who have participated in a scuba dive the day before their balloon flight.
  • Full conditions are available at

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