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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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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 Cairns 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

Highly recommended for any travelers looking to experience the reef!

Great tour! A special shout out to Yatta for going above and beyond to make it a truly exceptional experience during which we got incredible pictures/video of a giant clam, a shark, a barracuda and huge sea turtles! Definitely a good value since wetsuits and the glass bottom boat tour are both included.

Great Barrier Reef 2-Stop Cruise: Outer + Coral Cay Reefs Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 04/16/2019

Great opportunity to snorkel/dive at the Great Barrier Reef

My daughter and I had a great day on Passions 3 catamaran, sailing to one of the outer reefs, skippered by Craig and with an amazing, friendly, caring crew - Kirsty, Jesse and Jaryd, to name just 3. This was a very professional outfit - I felt in safe hands at all times. There were 2 opportunities to snorkel/scuba dive on the reef. My daughter spotted 2 Reef sharks and cuttlefish. Others saw a green turtle. There were many different species of fish and lots to see. There were snorkel guides available for those who wanted more information about the fish they were seeing. On the journey home there was a seasion with a marine biologist. This is a great tour - highly recommended!

Great experience and lovely crew members

Unfortunately the weather wasn’t ideal but it was still amazing I could only imagine what it would be like on a good day. The heli flight is a must it was the highlight the first reef we went to was great but the second was absolutely spectacular! Little bit sad that our package said included an introductory dive which we didn’t get but that didn’t take away from the great experience we had. The crew are fabulous and so helpful! Real down the earth people who love to have a chat. Some great looking blokes on board

Best Great Barrier Reef experience! Do this!

We researched several tours for the Great Barrier Reef and were so glad we found this one. There were only 11 of us on the tour and 3 crew members. We all got to know each other and had a really personalized experience. Cassie, Chris and Pasqual (the crew) were awesome. Always checking with us to make sure we were enjoying ourselves. The snorkeling was the best. Our ‘stinger suits’ gave us peace of mind, although they probably weren’t needed. The food was really good too. Ale sure you book with this tour for the time of your life.

Imerse yourself in this underwater world

Fantastic underwater experience. staff aboard make you feel welcome and ease you into the experience, willing to go the extra mile to ensure you can truly enjoy the reef.