Top attractions in 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Take a day to explore the Outback and walk around under a volcano - that's not something you get to do every day!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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- 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
I enjoyed the Great Barrier Reef trip very much indeed, even though sadly the weather could have been better. The staff on board were helpful, professional and genuinely enjoyed their job. The food was outstanding and overall an excellent day out. The train and Skyrail was excellent helped by lovely weather and wonderful views. I stopped at the various stops on the Skyrail and enjoyed a wonderful talk by one of the rangers, all free of charge and the museum which was very informative. I would highly recommend this two day package for value, content and and if they could control the weather it would have been perfect beyond words.
The family and I had a wonderful day on this trip. The bus driver was very friendly and helpful. The train ride gorgeous and the cable car out of rainforest even more stunning!! The only thing I wished for was more time in Kuranda. It was such a beautiful village and just no time to really savor the experience. That being said I'd do the tour again!
Great day. when I booked it they gave me the wrong departing time, but I rang and spoke to someone and they said it was changed, only to get to the terminal and told it wasn't but they had no problem in fixing it there. We had a great day all round. All the staff were so good and helpful. Would definitely go again. Thanks.
Kuranda and the shops were interesting and the bird park is a place for beautiful photos. The Kuranda scenic rail was an experience not to be missed. Interesting information and comments coming from the public address system. It was a bit difficult finding the correct bus from the Freshwater station to Cairns.
Every single thing was catered for and the staff were absolutely fantastic! Could not do enough for you. Very attentive! Lots of room on the boat and good educational sessions on the reef. By far the best trip/boat company we have been on in any of the countries visited. Keep up the fantastic work!