Things to do in

Cairns

Tropical rainforests and pristine waters await you at the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

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Top 6 Essential Things To See Around Cairns

Cairns is in the north of the Australian state of Queensland. The area surrounding the city is a natural paradise - there's the Great Barrier Reef, for one thing - so here are a few exhilarating sights you can check out during a visit to the area.

Frequently asked questions about Cairns

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Planning Your Visit

  • What should I wear?

    Owing to its near-equatorial location, Northern Australia is very hot all year round. Make sure to wear cool, cotton clothing, stay hydrated, and definitely layer up on sunscreen and a hat.

  • Are there any health and safety tips I should be aware of?

    Before your trip, consult your doctor about injections you may need to get. If you are walking around in the rainforest, be sure to bring mosquito repellent - ideally purchased locally, as creams from back home may not be suitable for the climate.

  • Do I need insurance for outdoor activities?

    For extreme sports like white water rafting, it's essential. There can also be an age limit, so if you happen to be under 18, do check in advance if you need to have a parent or guardian with you.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    AUD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+10:00)
  • Country Code
    61
  • Best time to visit
    August is the best month to visit, when the weather is warm and sunny, with low humidity, and the peak season is ending.

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What people are saying about Cairns

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 5,729 reviews

From the bus pick up to the bus drop off, it was a highly professional and fun experience. Tom and Carlos went way above and beyond. They were both highly attentive, kind, encouraging and humorous. They made the experience highly safe and fun. My friend and I severely struggled but they were exceedingly helpful. A fun experience. A certain level of fitness required.

An amazing experience. The crew were all very knowledgable, and very funny and made the whole experience so so enjoyable. Frank was our pilot, can not rate him high enough! Our flight was so smooth and his knowledge of the area was impressive. Highly recommend

Exercellwnt morning bus driver tony hot air balloon pilot ‍✈️ bob were amazing can’t thank them enough for a great morning out worth the money I would do it again if I get the chance keep up the great work guys

We were met on arrival and taken to our destination by a lovely driver

it was very nice and cuite each point overal fantastics