Cairns, Australia

Cairns is one of Australia's hottest vacation destinations. Cairns boasts three of Australia's great natural wonders. Just offshore, immense bastions of living coral form the Great Barrier Reef. Sixteen miles of superb beaches stretch to the north of the city - the famed Marlin Coast. And inland lays the immense Daintree National Park. Cairns itself basks in tropical sunshine, balmy breezes waft in from Trinity Bay. The city's graceful, tree-lined esplanade was once the gateway to the gold fields of North Queensland.

Cairns graceful, tree-lined esplanade was once the gateway to the gold fields of North Queensland. A travel tip - Cairns is pronounced "cans."

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Points of Interest

  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Rainforest/West Tropics
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Tjapukai Aboriginal Park
  • Esplanade/Lagoon
  • Snorkel/Dive
  • Outdoor Adventure

More about Cairns, Australia Points of Interest

  • Great Barrier Reef

    The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world. As the world's largest reef system, it's composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 1,600 miles.

  • Rainforest/West Tropics

    The Wet Tropics Rainforest is home to the largest range of plants and animals and the oldest rainforest on earth, including 2,800 different plant species.

  • Kuranda Scenic Railway

    The railway was constructed between 1882 and 1891, and even today, is considered an engineering feat of tremendous magnitude as it winds its way from Cairns to Kuranda.

  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

    Touted as "The World's Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience," the skyrail is a world's first in environmental tourism, taking you over Australia's World Heritage Rainforest canopy and deep into the forest.

  • Tjapukai Aboriginal Park

    Located at Caravonica, directly next door to Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, the park offers a showcase of the Tjapukai people, one of the indigenous peoples of the Cairns region.

  • Esplanade/Lagoon

    The Esplanade lagoon and boardwalk overlooks the Barrier Reef and Trinity Inlet. This recreational area is one of Cairns' best-known landmarks and a focal point for both locals and visitors alike.

  • Snorkel/Dive

    The port of Cairns offers a variety of underwater opportunities at the Great Barrier Reef for the complete beginner to the more experienced snorkeler or diver.

  • Outdoor Adventure

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Scenic Walk through Cairns

2 hours | Cairns | C N S - 3 8 0
  • Outdoor Adventure

Get to know the colorful sights and sounds of Cairns on a walking tour. Along the way, your guide will point out historic buildings, special places and points of interests. A personal visit inside the Cairns Museum offers an in-depth look at this Gold Rush-era city.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities

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AUD$69.95

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Bad Fishy Jet Boat

1.25 hours | Cairns | C N S - 5 1 0
  • Outdoor Adventure

Spin, splash, scream and squeal aboard "Bad Fishy," a turbo-charged jet boat ride that tours the magnificent Trinity Inlet. Soak up the beautiful sights of the mountains, mangroves and wildlife-rich waters while getting soaked when the boat zooms out of the Cairns harbor and performs amazing roller coaster stunts.

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AUD$89.95

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Discover Aboriginal Culture at Tjapukai

4 hours | Cairns | C N S - 2 2 0
  • Tjapukai Aboriginal Park

Celebrate the Aboriginal culture when you visit Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park. Enjoy traditional song and dance performances, learn the art of playing a didgeridoo, and throwing a spear and a boomerang. Then, sample tantalizing food that's been cooked in a Bayngga underground oven.

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AUD$99.95

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Hartley's Crocodile Adventure

4 hours | Cairns | C N S - 1 2 0
  • Rainforest/West Tropics

Encounter kangaroos, koalas and crocodiles at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Stroll along the boardwalk, take a boat cruise through Hartley's Lagoon, see exciting and educational wildlife presentations including a snake show, cassowary and koala feeding. And the Gondwana Gateway offers a look at the evolution of Australia's unique animals.

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AUD$99.95

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Wild River Tube Ride

4 hours | Cairns | C N S - 5 1 5
  • Outdoor Adventure

Cool off, make a splash, and soak up the sun on the scenic Mulgrave River in a professional high- quality twin chamber tube. Geared for the whole family and every fitness level, the ride includes mirror-calm waters and a couple of small Grade II rapids.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities

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AUD$109.95

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Segway Around Cairns

2.25 hours | Cairns | C N S - 4 2 5
  • Outdoor Adventure

Let the good times roll when you hop onto a Segway for a sightseeing tour around Cairns. Ride from the Cairns Esplanade to the beautiful Cairns Botanical Gardens and cross into the Centenary Lakes. Have fun and keep an eye out for saltwater crocodiles and jumping barramundi!

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Wheelchair Accessible, Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities

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AUD$124.95

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Kuranda & Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

5 hours | Cairns | C N S - 2 1 5
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Take adventure to new heights when you soar over the lush rainforest canopy in the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Glide through Barron Gorge, and pass Stoney Creek Falls and the spectacular, 800-foot Barron Falls. Back on earth, you can shop for handcrafted goods and Aboriginal artifacts in Kuranda Village.

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AUD$129.95

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Cairns Parasailing

1 hours | Cairns | C N S - 5 0 5
  • Outdoor Adventure

Soar into the wild blue yonder with a parasailing adventure over Cairns. The ballooning parachute will hoist you 300 feet above the pristine waters of Trinity Inlet, where you'll have spectacular views of the brilliant turquoise ocean and lush tropical rainforest clad hills.

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AUD$129.95

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Kuranda and Scenic Railway Journey

4 hours | Cairns | C N S - 2 0 0
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway

Enjoy a leisurely tour through Australia's World Heritage Rainforest by coach and by rail. Have free time to browse among the shops and markets for exotically handcrafted goods at Kuranda Village. Then board the Kuranda Scenic Railway and witness breathtaking ravines, waterfalls, bridges and tunnels.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities

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AUD$139.99

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Fitzroy Island Getaway

6.25 hours | Cairns | C N S - 4 1 0
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Great Barrier Reef

Enjoy a cruise to stunning Fitzroy Island for a few hours in paradise. Snorkel, take a glass bottom boat ride to view the magnificent coral and marine life of the Great Barrier Reef. Also included is a packed picnic lunch and access to stand up paddle boards and paddle skis.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal

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AUD$159.95

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Horse Riding Adventure

3.25 hours | Cairns | C N S - 4 3 0
  • Outdoor Adventure

Saddle up for a memorable horseback ride through rain forest pockets, mangrove wetlands, sugarcane fields and native bush in an 18-acre billabong landscape. Along the way, your guide will share his knowledge of local flora and fauna with a chance to see a crocodile in the wild!

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AUD$159.95

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Quad Bike Ride

3.25 hours | Cairns | C N S - 4 6 0
  • Outdoor Adventure

Get your motor running with an exhilarating ATV quad bike adventure! Zoom your way through outback trails that wind around an 18-acre billabong, checking out wildlife and stunning views along the way. All levels are welcome, from experienced ATV riders to complete beginners.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities

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AUD$164.95

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Rainforestation, Army Duck & Wildlife

6 hours | Cairns | C N S - 2 5 1
  • Rainforest/West Tropics

Take part in an iconic Australian adventure that blends adventure, wildlife and cultural splendor at Rainforestation. Try your hand at throwing a boomerang, watch a spectacular cultural performance, hand-feed a kangaroo, ride in an amphibious Army Duck and savor the flavors of North Queensland with an Aussie-style BBQ lunch.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal

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AUD$179.99

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Gold Class Scenic Rail

4 hours | Cairns | C N S - 2 5 0
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway

Live in the lap of luxury! Shop till you drop with an excursion to Kuranda Village. Then, ride in the splendor of days gone by with Gold Class accommodations aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Sip sparkling wine and enjoy appetizers as you ride through the beautiful and dramatic Kuranda Range.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes snack

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AUD$189.95

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Whitewater Rafting on the Barron River

3.5 hours | Cairns | C N S - 4 0 0
  • Outdoor Adventure

Take adventure to the max with an exhilarating whitewater rafting trip down the Barron River. Whatever your skill or thrill level, you can feel the adrenaline rush of plunging down rapids with names like Cheese Churn and Hell's Gate, gliding past cascading waterfalls, and floating through the world's oldest rainforest.

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Strenuous Activity, Shopping Opportunities

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AUD$189.95

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GREEN ISLAND ECO ADVENTURE

7.5 hours | Cairns | C N S - 0 0 2
  • Great Barrier Reef

Escape to Green Island for a day of family fun. Whether you prefer activities fast and furious or slow and steady, there's something for everyone. Embark on a glass-bottom boat tour, stroll through the rainforest or dive into the welcoming waters. Lunch is included and optional activities at an additional expense.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal

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AUD$199.95

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Best of Cairns: Skyrail, Kuranda & Scenic Railway

6 hours | Cairns | C N S - 1 1 0
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway

Explore one of the world's most beautiful rainforests by train, on foot and by air. Enjoy a picturesque ride through Barron Gorge aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Look for colorful flora and fauna at Kuranda Village. Marvel at the spectacular views with a ride in the Skyrail Rain Forest Cableway.

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AUD$199.95

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Cairns Jet Ski

1 hours | Cairns | C N S - 5 0 0
  • Outdoor Adventure

Zoom across the postcard-perfect waters of Cairns Harbour on a revved-up jet ski! This ultimate fun machine is built for two so you can invite a friend to join in the fun. Hang on tight when you hop aboard-the jet ski can reach speeds of up to 60 miles per hour!

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AUD$259.95

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Local Connections: The Great Barrier Reef

7.5 hours | Cairns | C N S - 1 0 0
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Snorkel/Dive

Explore the underwater beauty of the Great Barrier Reef with Local Connections Expert, Captain Wel Gamble. Don your snorkel equipment and jump into the water and witness the majestic panoramas of colorful tropical fish and intricate coral gardens. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch, served in air-conditioned comfort aboard the catamaran.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal; Includes snack

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AUD$279.95

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