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Cairns Harbour Cruises

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Address: Spence St | Reef Fleet Terminal 1, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Crocodile Explorer)
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Alongside Cairns is a magnificent tidal estuary that is rarely seen, except...

Alongside Cairns is a magnificent tidal estuary that is rarely seen, except by fishermen. Only accessible by boat, M.V. Crocodile Explorer is a comfortable, air-conditioned vessel taking small numbers of visitors along Trinity Inlet on this scenic nature cruise. With waterways winding through a 300 square kilometre maze of mangroves, expect rich diverse wildlife, stunning scenery and a relaxing cruise with informative commentary from our crew. This is the saltwater crocodile’s natural habitat – with a chance to spot them basking on the muddy banks particularly in the cooler months. Cairns Harbour Cruises depart daily at 11.00am and 1.30pm for a 2 hour cruise.We also offer an evening cruise departing at 5.30pm daily.Picture yourself drinking sparkling wine while watching the tropical sunset from Trinity Inlet. A sunset cruise aboard the MV Crocodile Explorer sets the tone for an unforgettable evening. As our friendly crew greet you on board you will be offered a welcome drink to enjoy on deck prior to departure. The Sunset Cruise allows passengers to soak in beautiful views of the waterways, mangroves and mountains in the magical early evening sun. The 90 minute cruise includes a sparkling wine, standard beer, wine or soft drink and savoury nibbles on arrival.

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Cairns Sunset Cruise and Optional Dinner

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A Very Pleasent Way To Pass An Afternoon

I had a couple of hours to kill so decided to take to the water and chose the afternoon cruise up the estuary. Boarded the boat at Reef Fleet Terminal and we set off along the... read more

Reviewed January 23, 2017
Johnny S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed the sunset dinner cruise which includes a three course meal at Dundee's. The harbour is flat water so you won't get seasick. The captain was great, he would let the younger guests help steer the ship.

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Cairns
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Reviewed March 1, 2017 via mobile

Having lived in cairns for over 20 years, sad to say the Cairns Harbour Cruise was one trip I had not had the pleasure of enjoying. Traveling with a group of work colleagues, this cruise ticked off all the boxes. Be it a company get together, a tourist from out of town, or long time Cairns resident, nothing to do... More 

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Reviewed January 23, 2017

I had a couple of hours to kill so decided to take to the water and chose the afternoon cruise up the estuary. Boarded the boat at Reef Fleet Terminal and we set off along the Cairn's waterfront towards the mangrove swamps. The boat is beautifully equipped with enclosed seating plus lots of on-board catering. There's also a far amount... More 

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Cairns Region, Australia
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Reviewed November 15, 2016

Went on the midday Cruise - lunch package deal. Excellent value. The cruise was relaxing and informative. Crew were very friendly. Not over crowded. Enjoyed the nibbles and wine. Didnt see and crocs but didnt pay to see them. A bonus if we did see one. Boat was well appointed and comfortable. Had lunch at Dundees. Excellent.

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BigCat73, Manager at Cairns Harbour Cruises, responded to this review

Hi Donald, Thanks for taking the time to review us, we really appreciate your feedback. Regards, Chris Koscielny Sales Manager More 

Queensland, Australia
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38 reviews
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Reviewed October 29, 2016

My booking was last minute, the night before. I was thinking how could I kill a few hours on my last day in Cairns? Well, for $46, I couldn't go wrong! I was right. The trip departed Cairns Harbour at 1.30pm. Only about 15 people so ample room on the boat. The skipper and team were very friendly. Complimentary tea/coffee/water... More 

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BigCat73, Manager at Cairns Harbour Cruises, responded to this review

Thanks Qantas Traveller, We agree, we do find the tour is very popular for passengers looking for something to do on their last day after hotel check out. Great to hear you managed to spot a croc ! Thanks for your kind comments and review. Regards, Chris Koscielny Sales Manager More 

Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed October 26, 2016

Took the $46 1.30pm cruise of harbour 2hrs worth. Lovely ride through harbour and inlets, sadly no crocodile views...as eluded too...but was overcast day so...alas might not have been best weather for them. Lovely gentle cruise through mangroves and harbour. Highly recommend if rainy day, as sheltered, tea and coffee and nibbles complimentary, comfortable air conditioned with informative audio from... More 

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BigCat73, Manager at Cairns Harbour Cruises, responded to this review

Hi Lyn, Thanks for your review and feedback, we really appreciate you taking the time out to write in. Thanks and regards, Chris Koscielny Sales Manager More 

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Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

Did the trip and actually saw a 1.5m croc. Only 10 people on out boat. Good informative cruise but not exciting..,

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BigCat73, Manager at Cairns Harbour Cruises, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review us Macfod, I would have thought the sight of croc would have got all on board excited. Thanks and regards, Chris Koscielny Sales Manager More 

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Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

We had the most beautiful and relaxing time on the sunset cruise. The staff were very friendly and informative. Upon arrival onto the boat we received complimentary champagne and snacks. The view of Cairns was just spectacular. Very enjoyable!

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BigCat73, Manager at Cairns Harbour Cruises, responded to this review

What lovely feedback Cass, Thanks for the 4 stars and kind comments, we couldn't agree more about it being a spectacular way to view Cairns. Thanks for taking the time to write a review. Regards, Chris Koscielny More 

Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed October 12, 2016

From the moment we boarded the vessel we were looked after by such a pleasant captain and crew. We were offered a complimentary drink and nibbles and made to feel welcome. We were able to relax and enjoy the light commentary as we cruised down the waterways with our glass of bubbly. After the cruise we opted for the dinner... More 

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BigCat73, Manager at Cairns Harbour Cruises, responded to this review

Hi Kaz z, thanks you for taking the time to review us. We really appreciate your kind feedback. Great to hear you had such a wonderful evening. See you again next time. Regards, Chris Koscielny Sales Manager More 

Bordon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed September 6, 2016

We really enjoyed this cruise. We were greeted with a free drink - I had champagne :-) and nibbles which were lovely. The cruise, as it suggests, takes you around the harbour but I wasn't expecting mangrove swamps at the far end - this was a pleasant surprise. We stood at the bow on the way back and enjoyed both... More 

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BigCat73, Manager at Cairns Harbour Cruises, responded to this review

Hi Bubbles00, It sounds like you had a fantastic evening, we seem to be getting great feedback about bringing the commentary back on the Sunset Cruise also. Thanks for taking the time to write in. Regards, Chris Koscielny Sales Manager More 

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