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Things to do in Cairns ?

Updated: Feb 19, 2022

Thinking of taking a holiday in sunny Far North Queensland?

Looking for an escape from those chilly winter days in the southern states of Australia?

Cairns in Far North Queensland is the obvious choice, with a warm tropical climate and two World Heritage sites – the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest right on our doorstep, offering an incredible array of reef and rainforest experiences with something to appeal to everyone.

Great Barrier Reef Tours

The reefs, islands and sand cays of the Great Barrier Reef offer a kaleidoscope of texture and colour just a very short distance off the coast of Cairns. If you’re into diving and snorkelling there are a variety of great barrier reef tours available by boat – half day and full day tours from Cairns to reefs and cays up and down the Great Barrier Reef. These include Moore Reef, Arlington Reef, Norman and Agincourt Reefs and island locations including the Frankland Islands, Green Island, Fitzroy Island, and the Low Isles. If you’re a keen diver and you’re looking for overnight and multi day reef tours visiting some of the most incredible dive sites further afield – there are multiple ‘liveaboard’ options that will get you to some of the most unspoilt remote dive sites on the Great Barrier Reef.

If you’re looking to hook up with some of the local wildlife and half or full day reef fishing tours are your bag, there are sport fishing boats departing from Cairns Marlin Marina, Yorkey’s Knob and Port Douglas that offer reef fishing tours for all levels, from novice to multi day, heavy tackle big game / marlin fishing experiences that reach as far as Lizard Island and the remote reaches of Cape York and beyond.

There truly is something for everyone.

Rainforest Tours

The Daintree Rainforest stretching all the way North of Cairns, beyond Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation is home to some equally incredible Rainforest tours and experiences. You can connect with the indigenous heritage of this ancient rainforest environment with visits to cultural centres, bush tucker tours and guided experiences that transport you back to the Dreamtime with local indigenous guides. 4WD guided Rainforest tours get you up close and personal with the unique flora and fauna of the Daintree Rainforest, from the shy cassowary to tree kangaroos and a variety of reptiles – goannas and of course our resident salt-water crocodiles. River cruises and farm visits are generally the safest way to see those animals on any rainforest tour!

Cairns Helicopter Scenic Flights

Cairns helicopter tours and scenic flights are of course one of the best ways to cover a lot of ground (and/or water) and see the best of the region from a unique perspective. Zooming around on a Great Barrier Reef helicopter tour or a Rainforest scenic flight allows you to enjoy the best of both environments. Views of the reef from a Cairns reef helicopter tour are incredible with a panoramic perspective on the vast beauty and myriad of colours of the islands and cays that stretch up and down the coast from Cairns. Knowledgeable pilot/guides explain the history and development of the Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest environments around Cairns and get you up close and personal with wildlife such as turtles, manta rays, dolphins, dugongs and even whales (in season). Taking a scenic helicopter flight from Cairns and landing on secluded Valssof Cay – in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef - for a glass of champagne and the opportunity to grab that Instagram moment and feel the white coral sand between your toes is an experience you’ll never forget!

So, if you’re wondering what to do when you come to Cairns consider some of the following.

Cairns helicopter ride – reef and rainforest scenic flights, half/full/multi day reef tours, indigenous experiences in the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation, reef fishing tours, scenic railway/rainforest cableway transfers to Kuranda, tableland tours butterfly sanctuaries, crocodile farm tours and river cruises, hot air balloon tours, white water rafting, 4WD tours and of course if you are going to holiday in Cairns, don’t forget to check out our amazing bars and restaurants too !!

Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef - something for everyone !

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