Experience a harbour cruise like no other, on the authentic sailing Junk boat ‘Shaolin’, learn the intriguing history of this unique and rare vessel as she takes you on a journey through the Cairns harbour, Trinity bay and wetland waterways. Enjoy stunning views of the rainforest clad mountains and mangrove habitat while you relax on the teak deck or inside the comfortable saloon area.
The local Captain delivers informative commentary from the saloon seating or relax on the teak deck and soak up the tropical ambiance.
Included in your Junk cruise is a complimentary beverage and Yum Cha snacks, its a must do experience!


Price $50 per seat
Children discounted to $30 on the morning tour only 9:00 am
Tours 90 mins small groups (24 max)


The Shaolin is also the perfect venue for private charters, themed Parties, and functions we cater for up to 23 guests.  Private charters, with snacks provided, we can cater for any event. We can now offer night charters at 7 p.m. 


9:00am     Morning Tea on the Sea (Children $30.00 on this tour) The morning Cruise is perfect for those on the look out for wildlife, the cooler mornings are an active time for wildlife along the estuary. Children are discounted on this tour, with opportunity to take the wheel, ring the bell and become Captain of the Cruise. 

11:30am   Brunch in the Bay –Sleep in and join us for brunch that perfect time between dinner and lunch ! Our yum Cha snacks including, locally spring rolls and curry puffs are cooked and served on board.

2:30pm     Afternoon Siesta Sail-Relax on the deck in the afternoon sun, the perfect way to while away the day with our Yum Cha snacks and complimentary beverage included.

5:00pm  Enchanting Sunset sail- The Shaolin’s Iconic sunset sail is truly magical, enjoy the romance of sailing into the tropical sunset  with views of the mountain ranges and  dancing city lights the perfect way to complete a day in North Queensland.

Boarding Time: Is 15 mins prior to departure times, Please board from Cairns Marlin Marina, 1 Spence Street Cairns. B Finger.

Inclusions on all tours

  • Welcome drink on arrival your choice of Alcoholic -Great Northern Beer, White wine and Bubbles. Non Alcoholic- Soft drinks, Bottled water, Juice. A second beverage is available for purchase for $5 otherwise B.Y.O in your own cooler bag.
  • Yum Cha  type snacks, spring rolls, curry puffs and fortune cookies. Menu subject to change in summer months, alternative menu individual serves of cheese and crackers or mixed nuts.
  • Seating in covered saloon area and on the deck for up to 24 guests.

What to bring

  • Shoes Suitable for boats, sturdy no heels.
  • Sunglasses, Hat, camera. and smile
  • B.Y.O Beverages if you wish.
  • EFTPOS facilities on board for payment and further purchases.

Latest Reviews

“Sunset cruise was AWESOME! Do it!”
We loved everything about this cruise. It’s great value for money with loads of charm, a friendly crew, cheap drinks and delicious nibblies. Had there not been cloudy skies this would have been perfect but we didn’t enjoy it any the less for the lack of a perfect sunset.

Kerry Robson / TripAdvisor

“Not to be Missed”

Awesome experience. I am glad I didn’t miss it. What an amazing junk with a rich history from use around the world. The crew were friendly, professional and very welcoming and a pleasure to meet. The Skipper will tell you the history of the junk and be sure you ask. It is fascinating. It has been lovingly restored to full health and is a beautiful vessel. The trip out on the water is a beautiful. Sit out on the deck, enjoy a drink and just relax and enjoy. This experience alone made my trip worth it.
Sandy G / TripAdvisor

“Must do”
Beautiful ship and lovely sunset cruise. We were lucky enough to happen upon a flier for this and were extremely glad we booked. Crew was amazing. Very friendly and offered great appetizers, beverages, and very laid back atmosphere. Felt like getting to go sail with good friends. :). Would definitely recommend and would take this trip again in the future.

Alison F / TripAdvisor

“Sunset Cruise Cairns”
Thank-you so much to Flynn and crew. My husband had heard so much about the Shaolin arriving in a Cairns for Chinese New Year. So we took the opportunity to cruise with her in Cairns as she was orginally based in Port Douglas. We had a great group of fun people on board and enjoyed a pleasant evening with a complimentary drink and canapés. Great value for money.

Mary S / TripAdvisor

At the last minute, I booked the sunset cruise for me and my three adult daughters. Daughter number 1 worked out you could BYO, which made the whole experience even better value. The Shaolin is a lovely boat and lounging on the front deck under the sails is the way to go. Flynn and Matty are full of info about the geography. We were blessed with a beautiful sunset and the boys extended the journey so that we could see the sun drop below the mountains.

Highly recommended.

bladdamasta / TripAdvisor

“unique experience”
this is a must do when visiting …if you prefer a unique experience from another world………and another gentler time…..then Shaolin is all of these….. we had a beautiful sunset cruise on the inlet on the Shaolin and enjoyed every minute…for a brief time we could imagine owning this graceful and historic lady…

Cheryl J / TripAdvisor

Shaolin News

We are excited to announce the Shaolin has relocated to the Cairns Harbour in Feb 2018 and introduced 4 daily cruises which include a complimentary beverage and Yum Cha snacks, The iconic Junk and her red sails will now make Cairns Harbour her new home. Owner and Captain Flynn will still be at the helm with local crew and look forward to many new adventures aboard.