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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

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    UTC (+10:00)
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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.

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What People Are Saying About Cairns

An AWESOME intro snorkeling tour with AMAZING guides

This was an awesome introduction to the reef for my family and I. The crew that we had (Lukas, Lou, Kat, and Rodrigo) were the BEST people to have around; full of energy, life, and smiles. They do their very best in trying to make sure you're having fun and and really try to get to know you, AND remembering your name. So much that my daughter left her camera on the boat and they knew exactly who it needed to be returned to. Again, thanks again for the amazing tour. Because of you guys, we left a big part of our hearts there with you.

Full-Day Great Barrier Reef Tour from Cairns Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 01/15/2018

Don’t miss out this flight over the Great Barrier Reef

Well organised and all 10 in the plane have a great view of the Great Barrier Reef. Been on my bucket list for years and worthwhile trip at a good price

From Cairns: 40-Minute Scenic Reef Hopper Flight Reviewed by Colin, 01/13/2018

GREAT tour, everything went as expected.

Great spots to see the Reef, kind staff and amazing experience. Would do it again!

Great Barrier Reef Snorkel & Dive Full-Day Adventure Reviewed by VICTORIA, 01/03/2018

Red dirt, limestone caves, tiny towns, wonderful wetlands!

This is a great tour for those who are keen to head west and explore a little more of far north Queensland. A very different experience from the coastal towns, days on the reef, and walks in the rainforest - the trip to Chillagoe via the Mareeba Wetlands is a fantastic way to explore another side of Queensland. The tour starts with a drive through the rainforest, across the fruit growing region, and into Mareeba to experience the wetlands and its plethora of birdlife (including a few friendly emus), then its back on the road through rural landscape and the tiny one-pub towns toward Chillagoe. The remnants of the smelter at Chillagoe are quite a sight and the history of the area complete with old photographs is well worth spending some time with during your stop at the local visitor centre. The caves at Chillagoe are magnificent inside and out. You'll be entertained and informed by the Billy Tea Safaris tour guide, and the ranger who leads the Chillagoe cave tours. A great day!

Would do it again and again with this team

Great team at the Seastar, everything worked fine. Would like to do it again, if I would live close enough.

Premium Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Cairns Reviewed by Christian, 12/01/2017