Top 10 sights
1. Great Barrier Reef, Cairns24 activities
2. Green Island6 activities
3. Fitzroy Island2 activities
4. Kuranda Scenic Railway9 activities
5. Daintree Rainforest10 activities
6. Palm Cove14 activities
7. Paronella Park2 activities
8. Barron Gorge2 activities
9. Rainforestation Nature Park2 activities
10. Cairns Aquarium6 activities
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.
1. Great Barrier Reef Cruise
Take a boat over to Green Island, where you can stop off and go swimming. Experience the unreal coral colors and stunning wildlife of the reef, illuminated by the sun.
2. Reef Snorkeling
You may not be able to delve 20,000 leagues under the sea, but you can go snorkeling, which is pretty close! Here's your chance to be a mermaid or merman for a couple of hours.
3. Kuranda Rainforest
Enjoy this lush tropical rainforest on the ground, or fly over it on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. You can also seamlessly glide from land to water in an amphibious vehicle!
4. Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Experience the culture of the Aboriginal Djabugay people. Enjoy a didgeridoo show, visit a museum with ancient murals, try some Djabugay cuisine, and learn to throw a boomerang.
5. Undara Lava Tubes
Take a day to explore the Outback and walk around under a volcano - that's not something you get to do every day!
6. Tully River White Water Rafting
The Tully River hosted the 1991 Australian Canoe and White Water Rafting Championships. Don't worry, though, you're not alone, as each boat holds seven people.
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
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- Time Zone
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- 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.
Other Sightseeing Options in Cairns
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What people are saying about Cairns
I really enjoyed my trip to green island, however, a glitch on my booking on your behalf, as it wasn’t technically a booking although I paid, so when doing the exchange before we left was highly stressful and took over held hour to find then rebook as it wasn’t anywhere to be found. Even with my booking reference abs payment details, no where. So that was highly stressful and embarrassing. How will your company compensate this mistake on your behalf? As I was very disappointed and won’t be booking under your company in the future unless you show some compensation for my stress not to mention my parents aswell, who were visiting Cairns/port douglas Vanessa
Lovely dinner cruise from start to finish. Food great and filling, drinks range covered wine, beer, spirits & coctails. Balmy night out on the waterways of cairns. Highly recommend this tour.
Very good Tour. Guide Stu made it interesting and fun. Excellent mix of activities and sightseeing. Long day but kept young Children on tour happy also thanks to Stu.
Great Experience, excellent friendly staff. Would totally recommend to people of all ages, great for families with children.
Staff were wonderfully helpful . Had the choice to do other activities as well as snorkelling included in the price