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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

Magical experience, highly reccomend, staff were amazing

We had a magical day out on the reef, saw all sorts of fish and turtles and stingrays and even a reef shark. Staff were so helpful and lunch was very tasty. We did the semisub and the glass bottom boat, both of which i reccomend

Amazing experience and friendly, informative crew

It was our first time snorkelling and my girlfriend is not confident swimmer. The crew however made the experience extremely enjoyable and the snorkelling tours at both sites from two different crew members were very informative. We still were able to experience how amazing the reef even though we were only snorkelling. The morning tea, lunch and afternoon cheese were all great too. I would highly recommend booking your trip with Ocean Freedom!

We had a great day snorkling and motorsailing.

Good food on board and friendly staff Learned a lot about the reef and all the fish

Professionally run and breathtaking experience

Highly skilled and personable crew. Very attentive to safety and made the most of the experience.

The Best Crew & Equipment of any Snorkeling trip ever!

My wife & I have snorkeled around the world but Passions of Paradise, was the best ever. Awesome Crew, very informative & educational. The equipment was clean & top quality. The onboard Chef prepared fresh fruits & excellent lunch. If you are in Cairns & want to Snorkel or Dive the Great Barrier Reef, this is by far the Best Choice!