Ballooning Port Douglas and Quicksilver Great Barrier Reef Tour

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Ride Highlights
  • Spectacular Hot Air Balloon ride & Coach Transfers
  • Smorgasbord lunch
  • Snorkelling equipment provided
  • Return Wavepiercer cruise
  • Underwater observatory fish & coral viewing
  • Coral viewing by semi-submersible vessels

**Bookings for minimum of 4 adults**


05.00am (approx)

Pick-up at hotel by a Hot Air Port Douglas coach for your special package tour, one hour transfer, pickup times confirmed on booking.


Experience the fun & unique sensation of hot air ballooning in the Cairns Highlands (previously called the Atherton Tablelands). Enjoy the picturesque landscape at dawn. Breathe in the wide-open spaces! We have Australia's largest fleet of balloons and a fun and highly trained crew to maximise the fun of your morning.


Return and Landing, balloon pack-up games and lots of laughs.

We will transfer you to Port Douglas through the picturesque tablelands back down to the ocean. Sit back and relax for your 1hours transfer in air conditioned comfort.


Check in at the Quicksilver office which is located at Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, Port Douglas. There you will be issued with your boarding pass and the friendly staff will tell you which dock you need to make your way to board. Walk along the marina and grab a bite to eat or a coffee at one of the local cafes (at your own expense) before you take off.

9.30am -10am

Board your Quicksilver Wavepiercer for your cruise to the Outer Barrier Reef and the friendly crew will take you to the world famous Agincourt Ribbon reef apart of the extraordinary Great Barrier Reef.

Relax aboard the catarman and enjoy complimentary tea , coffee and light morning tea refreshments for your 1.5 hours journey. Options to sit both inside the cabin or outside on the deck are available.

The friendly Quicksilver staff will be around giving you to opportunity to discuss and additional experiences you may wish to add on to your day including helicopter flights, scuba diving or ocean walking, these can be added on at your own additional expense. The Agincourt reef pontoon is your destination where you will spend the day exploring the amazing Great Barrier Reef first hand.

Tip - Marine presentation will be inside the cabin on the main deck, great way to learn about the reef and marine life


Arrive at Agincourt Reef Pontoon for 3.5 hours to enjoy the Outer Barrier Reef. All snorkeling equipment, stinger suits (available at the pontoon bar), life vest and other floatation devices are available for you to swim with. If you don't wish to take a dip in the ocean a semi-submersible is included with this package, there is also an underwater observatory located on the pontoon, something to suit everyone!

Tip - Take advantage of the complimentary stinger suits as they are also good for additional sun protections as well as sunscreen.

1200 noon

A tropical smorgasbord lunch is served with hot, cold and vegetarian options. A treat of freshly cooked prawns to add to your day on the ocean.


Throughout the day the Quicksilver photographers will be taking happy snaps of everyone above and below the water. All the images will be on display on the deck for you to choose from and purchase. Print outs and downloads of your special memories are available on your arrival back to Port Douglas. 

3.00pm -3.30pm

The Quicksilver catamaran will depart from the Agincourt pontoon, with complimentary tea, coffee and light refreshments available. Treat yourself to an ice-cream or enjoy something from the bar during your return journey back to Port Douglas.

4.30pm -6pm

Arrive at Marina in Port Douglas and say your goodbyes to the Quicksilver staff for your day. Take a walk around the marina and finish off your day with a refreshing beverage or have dinner at one of the gourmet restaurants close by before returning back to your hotel, by own arrangements. 


**This package is not available for sale by Travel agents and is only available on this website**

  • Free door to door airconditioned coach transfers to most Port Douglas accommodation, hotels & resorts  (Transfer Details here)
  • Spectacular Classic Hot Air balloon ride
  • Expert interpretive commentary
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride Commemorative Certificate
  • Morning and afternoon teas on board
  • Reef presentation by marine biologist.
  • Hot and cold tropical smorgasbord lunch.
  • All snorkelling equipment provided.
  • Return Wavepiercer cruise from Port Douglas
  • Qualified snorkelling safety officers on hand
  • Underwater observatory fish & coral viewing
  • Coral viewing by semi-submersible vessels
  • Fish feeding [conducted by crew]
  • Your ticket
  • Walking shoes
  • Camera
  • Dress casual outdoor layered clothing. White clothing not recommended.
  • Peak Hat & sunglasses
  • Bottle of water
  • Swimming costume
  • Sunscreen
  • Spending money
  • $7.00 AUD per person to pay EMC Levy to reef operator

Tour Conditions:

  • Prices are valid for travel until 31st March 2024. Conditions of Travel.
  • Prices may vary by day, season, and/or availability. Price is displayed at checkout. 
  • For Passengers with Weight or Mobility queries please phone us to discuss before booking online.
  • Pregnant persons beyond 3 months (13 weeks) of pregnancy are not permitted to fly.
  • Prices are $AUD per person.
  • All times are an INDICATION only. Please note that times do change summer/winter/spring, exact start times given on receipt of your full booking details
  • 100% charge applies if passengers fail to fly on the morning booked. 24 hours notice is required for changes. Re-booking is subject to availability and possible at a fee, please ask us.
  • Classic flight provides a full flight experience to suit the prevailing flying conditions
  • Where photos are included in your package, these are subject to availability. Conditions of Travel, 21.4.
  • For self-drive (drive to meet us) please check and plan your drive according to QLD Dept. of Transport and Main Roads Current Conditions.
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First we went on the balloon ride over the tablelands with our pilot Bob, I was not expecting it to be so calm, I didnt even realise we launched. It was a bright clear morning so the sky light up and it was so beautiful. Then once we landing we had a laugh packing up the balloon, our driver then dropped us at the Marina in Port Douglas for our reef trip. The reef trip was awesome too, once we arrived the boat pulled up to a pontoon which had an underwater viewing area. Snorkeling was easy off the pontoon as there was a platform submerged so you could put your snorkel on and just swim out. Lunch was a nice fresh hot and cold buffet. Everything we needed was provided, all the snorkeling equipment, stinger suits (which were also great for sun protection), semi submersible boat ride and there was even fresh water showers available to rinse all the seawater off. We would definitely do it all over again!
K Munro, Australia

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