Guided tour

Cairns: Half-Day City Sightseeing Tour

Guided tour

Cairns: Half-Day City Sightseeing Tour

From US$ 59.73 per person


Discover the vibrant history of Cairns and its rich cultural heritage on this half-day sightseeing tour of the city and surrounding area with a local guide.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
Reserve now & pay later
Keep your travel plans flexible — book your spot and pay nothing today.
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details.
Duration 5.5 hours
Check availability to see starting times.
Live tour guide
Pickup included
• Palm Cove pickup starts at 12:00 PM • Cairns hotel pickups start at 12:30 PM • Please wait in the lobby 5-minutes prior to your scheduled pickup time
Small group available


  • Discover St Monica's Cathedral showcasing the world's largest themed stained-glass windows
  • Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the Far North
  • Enjoy a delicious Devonshire Tea at a local cafe before visiting a Cairns scenic lookout
  • Visit Surprise Creek Falls and stunning Palm Cove Beach
  • Experience a guided tour at Cairns Flecker Botanic Gardens
Full description

Join a local guide and explore the history, culture, and heritage of Cairns on a half-day sightseeing tour. Visit the Cairns Museum, Cairns Flecker Botanic Gardens, the Lower Barron Gorge National Park, and more.

Following pickup in an air-conditioned vehicle, start the day at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Marlin Marina. Admire the breathtaking cathedral of St. Monica's, which features the world's largest themed stained glass windows. Discover the city's vibrant history and rich cultural heritage with a visit to the Cairns Museum. Enjoy the exclusive 20-minute guided tour of the museum with a local expert who will share stories about living in the tropics, cane, railways, reefs, and rainforest. Travel to the leafy suburb of Edge Hill for a guided walk through the Cairns Flecker Botanic Gardens, renowned for having one of the best exhibitions of tropical plants in Australia. Explore the butterfly-lined pathways under the green canopy as your guide explains the various plants you see along the way. Enjoy a delicious Devonshire Tea of homemade scones served with jam and cream and a choice of tea or coffee at a local cafe before continuing to one of Cairns' scenic lookouts with panoramic views of the city and the Coral Sea. Visit the Lower Barron Gorge National Park and Surprise Creek Falls. Continue further to visit stunning Palm Cove, lined with old paperbark trees. Stroll to the end of the jetty to enjoy the stunning beach setting and natural surroundings before being returned to your hotel.

  • Informative guide
  • Cairns CBD hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Air-conditioned coach with 20 seats
  • 20-minute guided tour in Cairns Museum
  • Entry to St. Monica's Cathedral
  • Botanic Gardens interpretive walk
  • Afternoon tea
  • Scones, jam and cream
  • Cairns scenic lookout
  • Re-entry to the Cairns Museum during your stay
  • Visit to Lower Barron Gorge, including the Surprise Creek Falls
  • Visit to the stunning Palm Cove Beach
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with mobility impairments

Select participants and date



Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Walking frames
  • Electric wheelchairs

Know before you go

  • Return Cairns Hotel transfers included
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 29 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Service
  • Organization

Sort by:

Traveler type:

Star rating:

Knowledgeable, friendly and fun tour guide and driver

March 14, 2023

March 10, 2023

Very nice trip. You get to see many places in such a little time. Wonderful!

November 9, 2022


Product ID: 137093