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
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  • 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 | CNS-380
  • Outdoor Adventure

Join us on a 2 -hour walk through 'Our Town.' Cairns is a tropical city in North Queensland with a colourful background. Only 140 years old, the first Europeans came here in the rush for gold.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities

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AUD$69.95

Cairns in Style

3.25 hours | Cairns | CNS-255
  • Esplanade/Lagoon

Travel around Cairns In Style. Get a snapshot view of Cairns CBD and surrounds in the comfort of a luxury Super Stretched Hummer.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities

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AUD$94.95

Hartley's Crocodile Adventure

4 hours | Cairns | CNS-120
  • Rainforest/West Tropics

Discover a range of habitats at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, located at the foothills of the MacAlister Range. See wildlife in natural habitats from a series of timber boardwalks that provide elevated viewing.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities

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AUD$99.95

Wild River Tube Ride

4 hours | Cairns | CNS-515
  • Outdoor Adventure

Enjoy an afternoon of fun on the scenic Mulgrave River with pristine rainforest views and a cool water ride as you float and drift along.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities

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AUD$109.95

Segway Around Cairns

2.25 hours | Cairns | CNS-425
  • Outdoor Adventure

Enjoy a fun, exciting and informative Segway tour. Get ready to take in a variety of interesting scenes while riding next generation Segways, the latest in self balancing technology. During this 1.5 hours tour, you will have the opportunity to spot wildlife and there will be some great photo opportunities!

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Wheelchair Accessible, Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities

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AUD$124.95

Kuranda & Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

5 hours | Cairns | CNS-215
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

This half-day tour invites you on a high-flying adventure and on an exploration of the village of Kuranda. Soar above the rainforest in a six-passenger gondola, then land on your feet for shopping and browsing among the many boutiques, markets and cafes of Kuranda.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities

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AUD$129.95

Cairns Parasailing

1 hours | Cairns | CNS-505
  • Outdoor Adventure

Take flight on Australia's most scenic parasail and get a bird's eye view of Cairns framed by the spectacular twin backdrops of tropical rainforest clad mountain ranges clad and the sparkling Coral Sea. Your will enjoy approximately 10 minute parasail.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities

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AUD$129.95

Kuranda and Scenic Railway Journey

4 hours | Cairns | CNS-200
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway

You're invited to explore Kuranda on this half-day tour, and travel by rail through the Kuranda Mountains. Browse in Kuranda's many shops, markets and cafes, then board the Kuranda Scenic Railway and witness breathtaking ravines, waterfalls, bridges and tunnels in the rainforest.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities

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AUD$139.99

Quad Bike Ride

3.25 hours | Cairns | CNS-460
  • Outdoor Adventure

Imagine zooming along outback adventure trails that zigzag across an 18 acre billabong with friends, family and other fun loving people on your own quad bike (AKA ATV or All Terrain Vehicle).

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities

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AUD$164.95

Rainforestation, Army Duck & Wildlife

6 hours | Cairns | CNS-251
  • Rainforest/West Tropics

Three classic experiences blended together into one adventure-packed tour. Experience the best of Tropical North Queensland with a visit to Rainforestation Nature Park. You will get the chance to get up close and personal with iconic Australian wildlife, immerse yourself in an interactive cultural experience, and go on a wild amphibious ride through the rainforest on a classic Army Duck.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal

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AUD$179.99

Gold Class Scenic Rail

4 hours | Cairns | CNS-250
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway

This half-day tour puts you in the lap of luxury as you travel to Kuranda Village for shopping, and in 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

Whitewater Rafting on the Barron River

3.5 hours | Cairns | CNS-400
  • Outdoor Adventure

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

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Strenuous Activity, Shopping Opportunities

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AUD$189.95

GREEN ISLAND ECO ADVENTURE

7.5 hours | Cairns | CNS-002
  • Great Barrier Reef

Visit Green Island, the Barrier Reef's only coral cay with a rainforest and a unique opportunity for a combined reef and rainforest experience.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal

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AUD$199.95

Skyrail, Kuranda & Scenic Railway

6 hours | Cairns | CNS-110
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway

Enjoy the world's most beautiful rainforest experience and glide just metres over the canopy in comfortable six-person gondola cabins. Take in views you'll remember forever. Explore Kuranda 'The village in the rainforest' before boarding the Kuranda Scenic Railway for a spectacular return journey through the rainforest-clad mountains.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities

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AUD$199.95

Local Connections: The Great Barrier Reef

7.5 hours | Cairns | CNS-100
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Snorkel/Dive

Board a high-speed catamaran and in just 90 minutes you will arrive at a mooring on the outer Great Barrier Reef. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the reef is considered to be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The many reefs and atolls that make up the reef are rich with coral, fish, mollusks, and visiting sharks, dolphins, and turtles. Our Local Connections Expert, Captain Wel Gamble, works closely with the GBRMPA in developing programs for its ongoing protection and preservation, and serves as lecturer to their Reef Guide educational program, ensuring our guests are kept fully informed about this environmental wonderland.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal; Includes snack

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AUD$279.95

Cairns Reef Scenic Flight

1.5 hours | Cairns | CNS-800
  • Great Barrier Reef

Get a taste of the Great Barrier Reef with a 45 minute scenic flight. You'll be wowed by the beauty and the amazing contrast of colours, best seen from the air.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities

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AUD$289.95