Sydney to Sydney CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF AUSTRALIA 36 Nights Departs Dec 15, 2018 Seven Seas Mariner

  • Cairns is the capital of Far North Queensland, and its east coastal cities rest along the Great Barrier Reef. The state of Queensland occupies a vast 667,000 square miles and much of the land remains uninhabited, covered with miles of rainforest where Australian teak, hopp, pine and fig trees abound. Before 1879, when the city of Cairns was established, the only inhabitants of this region were the Aborigines, the culture for which Australia is perhaps best known.

The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.

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  • Cairns Panorama

    Your tour of Cairns begins at the pier where you will board your motorcoach for an exploration of this friendly tropical town, set in a spectacular setting between mountain ranges and the sparkling Coral Sea.

    An informative commentary is provided as you make your way past many of Cairn's landmarks, including the Cairns Casino, the Central Mall and the bustling downtown area with its numerous shops and businesses. Leaving Cairns behind, your coach will then travel through the town of Portsmith before traversing the suburbs of Bungalow and Manunda, which feature charming old Queenslander-style houses. A brief stop is included at the lush Botanical Gardens where you can stretch your legs and wander amongst the local fauna and flora.

    Back on the road, you'll have a chance to enjoy views of the Centenary Lakes while en route to the northern beaches and exclusive suburb of Palm Cove. Arriving at this trendy retreat, free time will be provided so that you may explore its elegant beachfront boutiques and chic cafés as you choose.

    Your return journey back to the ship takes you through Redlynch to Brinsmead Gap for some lovely views of the city.

    Please note: The order of sights visited may vary and the itinerary may be reversed. Comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.

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    • Approx. DURATION:

      3 Hours
    • Tour Code:

      CNS-002 Free
    • Activity Level

      Seated Tour Minimal Activity Required
  • Skyrail, Kuranda & Cairns

    For a truly memorable Australian experience, join fellow guests for a ride on the amazing Skyrail and a visit to the charming village of Kuranda. Starting off from the pier, you'll first make your way to the nearby Skyrail Rainforest Cable Car Station. Upon arrival, you'll board one of the comfortable gondolas for a truly amazing journey over Australia's World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest canopy and into the rainforest itself.

    Spanning approximately 4 1/2 miles over pristine rainforest, Skyrail allows you to explore the wonders of this ancient tropical rainforest, and learn about one of the most botanically fascinating and diverse areas on earth. Gliding just a few feet above the rainforest canopy, the Skyrail journey immerses you in an intimate rainforest experience where you will see, smell and become part of the tropical rainforest environment. Your Skyrail adventure includes time at two mid-stations where you can learn more about this fascinating environment from the forest floor. The easy access walkways at Barron Falls station take you on three separate lookouts where you will be treated to breathtaking views of Barron Gorge and Barron Falls. This station is also where you'll find the state-of-the-art Rainforest Interpretation Center.

    At the completion of your Skyrail journey, you'll proceed to the center of Kuranda, a delightful village nestled in the heart of the rainforest. Established as a railway station in the mid 1800s when logging and mining were large industries on the Atherton Tablelands, Kuranda became known as a place to stock up on goods and also where one could enjoy culture and sophistication at one of the local hotels. Today, this colorful township is a haven for markets, cafés, and restaurants. After a brief overview of the town, you'll have some free time to further explore on your own. No doubt you'll want to take the opportunity to browse the shops for local artwork, crafts, opals or aboriginal souvenirs.

    Re-joining your coach, you'll begin the journey backto Cairns, enjoying further views of the picturesque landscape which surrounds Cairns, including Green Island off in the distance.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 1/2 hours of walking and/or standing, at times over uneven natural surfaces. There are some steps to negotiate and guests must step-up to board the Skyrail. This tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. The Skyrail Cable car seats 6 guests per gondola and guests may experience a slight delay during loading and unloading. Comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellant are recommended. The order of sights visited may vary and the itinerary may be reversed. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.

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    • Approx. DURATION:

      5 Hours
    • Tour Code:

      CNS-006 Free
    • Activity Level

      Light Activity /Walking
  • Cairns, Kuranda, Aboriginals & Army Duck

    This tour which is both entertaining and informative combines several of Cairns' most popular attractions. You'll begin with a scenic coach ride from the pier to the extraordinary Rainforestation Nature Park. This World Heritage-listed jungle features expansive views and a knowledgeable commentary from your Duck Captain, who will navigate your Army Duck up the jungle along the water's edge. Here, it's not unusual to see water goannas soaking up the sun, a python slithering up a tree, and turtles, fish and eels swimming around the vessel. During your time at Rainforestation, you'll also enjoy a traditional show in the rainforest amphitheater, performed by local Pamagirri dancers who will depict animals, food-gathering and hunting via their music and dance.

    The final stop on your tour will be at Kuranda, a delightful village nestled in the heart of the rainforest. Established as a railway station in the mid 1800s when logging and mining were large industries on the Atherton Tablelands, Kuranda became known as a place to stock up on goods and also where one could enjoy culture and sophistication at one of the local hotels. Today, this colorful township is a haven for markets, cafés, and restaurants. After a brief overview of the town, you'll have some free time to further explore on your own. No doubt you'll want to take the opportunity to browse the shops for local artwork, crafts, opals or aboriginal souvenirs.

    At the conclusion of your time in Kuranda, your coach will travel back down the mountain, affording you further scenic views of the Cairns region, the Coral Sea and Green Island. Before returning to the pier, a brief panoramic tour of Cairns is provided.

    Please note: This tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Guests must be able to negotiate approximately three high steps onto and off the coach and be agile enough to enter and exit the Army Duck. There is a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven natural surfaces. Comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellant are recommended. The order of sights visited may vary and the itinerary may be reversed. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.

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    • Approx. DURATION:

      5 Hours
    • Tour Code:

      CNS-007 Free
    • Activity Level

      Light Activity /Walking
  • Butterfly Sanctuary & Aussie Wildlife

    Departing by coach from the ship, you'll drive to Kuranda, a small township nestled in the majestic rainforest that borders Cairns. Upon arrival, enjoy a brief orientation tour of this charming village before visiting the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

    This aviary is home to over 1,500 magnificent tropical butterflies, all local to the area, including the electric blue Ulysses butterfly. As the butterflies are all rainforest species, the aviary is designed to re-create their natural habitat, complete with a running stream. Here, you will have a chance to learn about the many interesting behavioral patterns and the life cycle of these winsome insects. This includes egg laying, courtship dances, and butterfly battles over territory to name just a few.

    Following your time at the Butterfly Sanctuary, you will re-board your coach and proceed to the Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary, which forms part of this vast 100-acre park. Here, you can see koalas, wander amongst free-roaming kangaroos and wallabies, and visit an exciting nocturnal display. The Wildlife Sanctuary also gives visitors the chance to have a keepsake photo taken while holding an adorable koala. This photo is optional and not included in your tour cost.

    At the conclusion of your tour, your coach will travel back down the mountain, affording you further scenic views of the Cairns region, the Coral Sea and Green Island before you are returned to the ship.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 1/2 hours of walking and/or standing, and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended. The order of sights visited may vary and the itinerary may be reversed. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.

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    • Approx. DURATION:

      4 Hours
    • Tour Code:

      CNS-001 Free
    • Activity Level

      Light Activity /Walking
  • Jungle Train & Amphibious Army Duck

    For a truly memorable Australian experience, join fellow guests for a visit to the amazing Rainforestation Nature Park, journey aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway, and a ride on a World War II Army Duck.

    Leaving the pier, you'll first travel by coach to the nearby Freshwater Railway Station. After boarding the train, sit back and enjoy this incredible journey, ascending 1,076 feet, passing magnificent waterfalls, traveling through 15 tunnels and crossing 40 bridges. During your 90-minute journey, an informative presentation will enhance this delightfully unique adventure that transports you through the ancient rainforest.

    Your rail journey will end at Kuranda Railway Station, and after a brief drive through the township of Kuranda, you'll continue on to the extraordinary Rainforestation, where you will have a chance to become acquainted with some of the rainforest's many residents, including kangaroos, koalas, crocodiles and snakes. This World Heritage-listed jungle features expansive views and a knowledgeable commentary from your Duck Captain, who will navigate your Army Duck up the jungle along the water's edge. Here, it's not unusual to see water goannas soaking up the sun, a python slithering up a tree, and turtles, fish and eels swimming around the vessel.

    You will also be treated with a visit to the Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary, which forms part of this vast 100-acre park. Here, you can see koalas, wander amongst free-roaming kangaroos and wallabies, and visit an exciting nocturnal display. The Wildlife Sanctuary also gives visitors the chance to have a keepsake photo taken while holding an adorable koala. This photo is optional and not included in your tour cost.

    At the conclusion of your tour, your coach will travel back down the mountain, affording you further scenic views of the Cairns region, the Coral Sea and Green Island before you return to the ship.

    Please note: This tour is not recommended for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The Kuranda Scenic Railway is rustic and non-air-conditioned with high-backed benches. The order of sights visited may vary and the itinerary may be reversed due to the train schedule. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.

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    • Approx. DURATION:

      5 Hours
    • Tour Code:

      CNS-004 $159.00
    • Activity Level

      Light Activity /Walking Regent Choice
  • Qigong in Rainforest Village

    Practice the Chinese exercise qigong in the rainforest in an attempt to enhance your life force through slow tai chi-like movements and breathing techniques used in meditation.

    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a picturesque drive inland to the rainforest village of Kuranda. The Djabugay aboriginal people have lived in this rainforest for more than 10,000 years, although the village wasn’t established until 1888. Today, Kuranda is a thriving community of artists and imaginative people who deeply respect differing cultures and place great value on the spiritual side of life.

    The rainforest surrounding Kuranda provides an excellent and spectacularly serene location to practice qigong, an ancient Chinese exercise and healing technique. Although many forms of qigong are practiced throughout the world, they all involved controlled breathing, meditation and slow flowing movements.

    The goal is to “master your energy,” which is how the word “qigong” is sometimes translated. Much like yoga and tai chi, qigong is a mind-body exercise, and you will find that practicing it can produce a calm, meditative state of mind. When practiced over a lengthy period of time, the exercise can improve balance and bone health.

    Following your qigong session in the rainforest, you will pause for a glass of organic juice and then enjoy free time to browse the shops in Kuranda. You can expect to find hand-crafted jewelry, locally produced fashions, colorful artwork and traditional merchandise such as boomerangs and didgeridoos. After shopping, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those guests with mobility concerns is cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. There are approximately 10 steps to navigate into the studio, uneven surfaces and some steps to navigate through Kurana Village. Comfortable, flat walking shoes, light clothing are recommended.

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    • Approx. DURATION:

      4 Hours
    • Tour Code:

      CNS-WT1 $69.00
    • Activity Level

      Regent Choice
  • Great Barrier Reef Adventure

    Experience a full day adventure visiting the world's richest marine habitat - Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

    It's a short walk to where your luxury fast catamaran awaits to transfer you directly from Cairns to the spacious, stable Marine World activity platform. After a scenic sail of approximately 90-minutes, you will arrive at one of the most pristine, accessible and versatile Outer Great Barrier Reef sites available. Your reef experience will provide you with approximately 3 hours at a pontoon over the reef. During your time on the platform, you will have the opportunity to enjoy several inclusive activities in a uniquely relaxed, friendly and personalized atmosphere.

    You can choose from several activities included in your package. Step aboard a semi-submersible ride for breathtaking views of colorful fish and intricate coral reef gardens. The inviting aquamarine waters are sure to provide a tempting attraction for those wishing snorkel (snorkeling equipment is provided and wetsuits are available for rent). Optional scuba diving and special escorted snorkeling tours are available at an extra charge, as well as an assortment of souvenirs. Your pontoon conveniently offers an underwater viewing chamber so that you may view the beautiful coral and the magnificent array of fish without getting wet.

    The Marine World platform has a spacious lower deck, with ample undercover seating, large easy access snorkel decks, an Underwater Reef Viewing Observatory and a children's safety swimming enclosure. The ultimate in comfort, Marine World also features a spacious upper sundeck with sun lounges (including shaded areas for summer), and access to fresh water showers and changing rooms. Reef life is located just meters away from the platform, making Marine World suitable for all age groups and swimming abilities from the novice snorkeler to the most discerning diver.

    Complementing your day aboard, you will be treated to morning and afternoon tea, as well as an extensive hot/cold buffet lunch. Other optional refreshments and a licensed bar are available for an additional cost.

    Following what will surely be an unforgettable day at one of the World's greatest natural treasures, you will retrace your route back to Cairns and your awaiting ship.

    Please note: This tour is subject to weather/tide conditions. Although boat transfer is always exclusive for our guests, the pontoon might not be. Tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair and a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their own level of ability. Comfortable clothing; swimwear; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a towel; and flat, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended.

    Guests must follow safety procedures outlined by staff members while participating in any of the reef activities. Those taking part in any swimming activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. Consumption of alcohol before or during water activities is not recommended.

    Wetsuits and diving equipment are available for rent, at an additional cost. Certified divers must bring C-Card & Log Book. All diving is subject to successful completion of a medical questionnaire. Certain medical conditions (asthma, epilepsy, high blood pressure or certain medications) may exclude individuals from diving. The minimum age for diving is 12 years.

    Do not bring valuable items as there are no security lockers available on the catamaran or the pontoon. It is suggested that you bring along a credit card or Australian cash should you wish to purchase any optional items.

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    • Approx. DURATION:

      7 Hours
    • Tour Code:

      CNS-008 $209.00
    • Activity Level

      Regent Choice

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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