Cairns

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Top 6 Essential Things To See Around 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.

  • 1. Great Barrier Reef Cruise

    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.

  • 2. Reef Snorkeling

    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.

  • 3. Kuranda Rainforest

    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!

  • 4. Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

    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.

  • 5. Undara Lava Tubes

    Take a day to explore the Outback and walk around under a volcano - that's not something you get to do every day!

  • 6. Tully River White Water Rafting

    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.

Planning Your Visit

  • What should I wear?

    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.

  • Are there any health and safety tips I should be aware of?

    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.

  • Do I need insurance for outdoor activities?

    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.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    AUD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+10:00)
  • Country Code
    61
  • Best time to visit
    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

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 4,963 reviews

So glad I did the trip! Prior to booking it, I thought it was a bit much to pay for a day trip. However I’m really glad i did it, you really get your moneys worth. We were taken to two very beautiful reefs. The snorkel equipment and wetsuits were provided, photographer was available in the water to take photos (you can decide at the end of the day if you’d like to purchase the photos you’re in) and the morning + afternoon tea + lunch was really lovely. Also for anyone who isn’t a confident swimmer! The team are constantly in the water and are happy to take you on a water tour while you hold onto their ring buoy. The team are passionate about the environment but also your experience. I give it to them hope this helps you and them through these uncertain times.

We had such a great day out! The crew were fantastic and very friendly, loved that they had travelcalm tablets available for purchase (we needed them on the way out!) Lunch was good. The 2 reef stops, what can I say, AMAZING! They also had a photographer diving who took absolutely stunning shots with us and the turtles and Wally (giant fish) at very reasonable prices. We had THE BEST day! Thankyou so much

Fantastic crew, amazing experience, lovely food, made the best of the day and catered for anyone with any health problems or lack of experience, would go again any day of the week!!

We had a great adventure. Stu our driver was very knowledgeable and funny. Went out of his way to show us other attractions. A day we won’t forget. Maria and David.

Had such an amazing time and would highly recommend this to everyone traveling to Cairns who wants a bit of an adventure!