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Reef Island Day Trip - Return Ferry Transfer - Frankland Island Ferry

Discover the untouched Frankland Islands, a hidden gem so close to Cairns, on an exclusive tour with Frankland Islands Cruise and Dive. This Ferry Transfer Only option is the perfect way to have a tropical Island day out without having to pay for all the extras.


  • Enjoy the a day on Frankland Island!
  • Save money with a transfer option only, bring your own picnic lunch and option to upgrade to hire snorkel equipment
  • Scenic drive past a Rainforest and river cruise down the beautiful Mulgrave River to the Coral Sea

Your day starts with either a complimentary pick up from your Cairns CBD accommodation/meeting point, or self driving to our departure location at Deeral, just 45 minutes south of Cairns. We make our way down the calm waters of the Mulgrave River and then a short 10km trip from the mouth of the river to the Frankland Islands.

The Frankland Islands is a natural wildlife haven and a protected national park surrounded by pristine sandy beaches, with rock pools and healthy fringing reefs which can be snorkelled from the beach. You will have up to 4 hours to relax and enjoy, without the crowds.

Tours are currently restricted to just 50 passengers per day. Enjoy the opportunity to have this hidden gem all to yourself!

Your ticket includes:

  • Return Ferry transfer to the Frankland Islands on a modern boat
  • Coach transfer from Cairns CBD accomodation or Self Drive - Whichever you select below
  • Spectacular 30-minute river cruise
  • Up to 4 hours on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Island walk with marine biologist
  • Free car parking at the Deeral Jetty

This is a Ferry Transfer Only Option

This gives you the day on the Frankland Islands, self catering for your own needs at a fraction of the full tour price. This just includes your boat ticket to the Islands and excludes all the extras. Bring your own food and the option to pay direct and upgrade to snorkel equipment/diving is available on the day. However you can still join the Island eco walk with the marine biologist! If you are interested in the all inclusive option, check out our other tours by clicking on the Frankland Islands Cruise and Dive company listing at the top of the page

Free coach transfer option:

There is a free couch pick up taking you to the boat from Cairns CBD accomodation and designated meeting points in Cairns. This is available to purchase up until the afternoon the day prior to departure. If you wish to book later than mid day it is likely only self drive option will still be available.

Self Drive option to departure point:

Tours depart Deeral at 8.30am and return at 3.30pm. Deeral is an easy 45-minute drive from Cairns – please allow time for the drive and check in at the vessel by 8.10am.

Enjoy outstanding customer service throughout the day, and plenty of time to explore a pristine Great Barrier Reef National Park island.

Optional Extras:(Payable on the day)

  • Certified Dive - $99
  • Wetsuit hire - $15 each
  • Snorkel gear $20

  • Kayaks/SUP $20
  • Prescription masks - $15
  • Self Drive Meeting point: Meet at Deeral jetty for check in. 45 minutes’ drive south of Cairns.


    • Complimentary accomodation pick up for Cairns CBD area commences or meet us at Deeral Jetty
    • 8.30am - boat departs Deeral Jetty
    • Cruise down the Musgrave River to the Coral Sea
    • Short journey to Frankland Island
    • Enjoy 4 hours on Frankland Island, hire snorkel gear and other equipment if you wish
    • 3.30pm Return to Deeral Jetty
    • Complimentary accomodation drop off in Cairns CBD
    Adult $99.00
    Child $69.00 (4-14 years)

    What's included

    • Coach transfers from Cairns CBD accomodation or Self Drive to meeting point
    • Ferry transfer
    • Island eco walk with the marine biologist


    • The duration of this experience is 1 days



    Child Friendly

    • This experience welcomes families with children.


    • Coach Pick Up option is only available up until the late afternoon the day prior to departure. If booking after this point you will need to take advantage of 'self drive' deal.
    • Child: Age 4-16 years old. Ages 0-3 years go free.

    Available Bookings from January 27 to February 02

    Change Dates

    All prices are shown in AUD ($)

    Wed 27 Jan
    Thu 28 Jan
    Fri 29 Jan
    Sat 30 Jan
    Sun 31 Jan
    Mon 1 Feb
    Tue 2 Feb

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    • Adult$69.00
    • Child$35.00

    • Adult$69.00
    • Child$35.00

    • Adult$79.20 Less than 6 at this price!
    • Child$39.00

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    Michele from Australia wrote on 26 January 2021


    Just great day out - simple and relaxing

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    Jyotsna Mali from Australia wrote on 18 January 2021

    Good customer service

    Amazing staff, full guidance about island and snorkeling in general. Had a great time

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    Debbie Cundy from Australia wrote on 21 December 2020

    Perfect Day trip

    Hidden gem, beautiful pristine beach amazing Boulder corals , laid back safe and friendly trip. Short fast boat ride, river and reef . Guided walk and drift snorkelling bonus cute reef guided treasure hunt for the kids if wanted. Or byo and spend all your time in the water my preference . Great trip we will go back again !!

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