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Nov 29

Billabong Adventures – Half Day ATV Quad Bike Adventure Tour

Posted on November 29, 2009 by

This half day adventure is the perfect way to combine two of Cairns and Tropical North Queensland’s jewels – the rainforest and the Cairns Tablelands.  If you’re lucky, you might just get a little dirty.


Your Billabong all terrain vehicle aka ATV adventure begins with a drive up the Kuranda Range and hopefully you will make a stop at the Henry Ross Lookout to take in some of Cairns’ incredible views across the Great Barrier Reef. Not much farther on you reach the top of the range and head down a windy road towards Billabong Adventures!

The name could not be more suited to the setting of this beautiful ranch.  Upon arrival you are greeted by a classic
looking Aussie outback style homestead, complete with rolling green hills and a pond full of turtles!  Enjoy feeding the kangaroos and turtles while having a cup of tea before getting kitted out for your ATV thrill ride! 


The all terrain vehicles or ATV’s are lined up and safety gear is handed out before you are given a demonstration on how to use the quad bikes.  Even those who have never ridden a quad bike before will have no trouble learning how to ride.  All precautions are taken to ensure your safety and you spend some time doing a few practice laps and getting used to the feel of the machine.  Once the nervousness has vanished and the excitement takes over, its time to hit the track!


The actual ATV track is a flattering combination of rainforest and outback.  Just when you think it’s a sandy hill
around the bend, stunning tropical rainforest appears before your eyes.  There are trunks and stumps, vines and rocks, dry river beds and massive mud puddles.  All the zigging and zagging is well worth it when you reach the summit – a breathtaking lookout with views to silence even the most excited riders.  Have a quick rest here because before you know it, you’re back in the rainforest smelling its incredible freshness.  On the way back to the Billabong homestead, enjoy a few laps around the ATV course, complete with jumps, cliffs, and rough terrain.  Be sure to let loose and take advantage of the freedom of driving these fun little bikes.

Before you know it, the billabong has come back into view and you’re having your photograph professionally snapped while you’re in action.  After returning the bikes, take stock of just how muddy you are and laugh about it!  Getting dirty has never been so much fun.

Grab your lunch vouchers and head into Kuranda to finish off this memorable morning with a delicious lunch at a traditional German Tucker House.  Take a while to meander through this small village and enjoy all the markets have to offer before heading back to your accommodation. 

The thrill of the ATV’s stays with you long after you’ve departed Billabong Adventures.  This is definitely a morning of memories that will last through the rest of your vacation, and for years to come.


For more information about family tours and much more please visit The Tour Specialists 


By: Andrea Teed, Tour Consultant


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