Top attractions in Cairns
Top Tours & Activities 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.
- CurrencyAUD ($)
- Time ZoneUTC (+10:00)
- Country Code61
- Best time to visitAugust 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
A great day. Our guide Matt did an outstanding job in helping us to experience and to understand the rainforest. I would highly recommend this tour.
Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Great to learn more about indigenous people. Loved the chance to be up close to a koala. Amazing views of Cairns all the way to Green island. Perfect weather was a key factor. I recommend this tour.
Great way to see Great Barrier Reef- the catamaran was well maintained, equipment was provided for snorkeling and also diving (at an extra cost). Lunch was good as were cheese and crackers on the way home. Friendly and helpful staff.
Upon arrival at Green Island you have several optional activities available -- swimming, snorkelling, shopping, submarine, etc. It's up to you. The tour includes about one hour in a glass bottom boat -- excellent. Also, you can have lunch for AUD$20. A great experience!
We were taken 50k out to the Outer Barrier Reef for good snorkeling. The catamaran was well equipped with everything required and there were plenty of staff to provide support and guidance for snorkeling. I hadn't thought about a waterproof casing for my phone to take pictures while snorkeling but I was able to buy it on the boat - I recommend you go prepared as you will want to record the beautiful fish and coral that you swim around. When it came to the rain-forest trip the next day, we were surprised not to have a tour-guide accompany us on the train to get to Kuranda Village, they left us at the station and told us what to do. But we were fine without a guide. We were dropped at the station 1.5 hrs before time for the train, this seemed rather early. At the half-way station on the way down by SkyRail the whole system had to stop (for safety) due to a thunder storm with lightening. No-one was left dangling and we were kept informed and given bottles of water, it was well managed.