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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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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 Cairns 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

It was unforgettable. The crew who I remembered were Aida, Kristy, Jarred and Russel. They were all very good at what they do. They were nice and very helpful. The Passion 3 boat was very comfortable and spacious, lots of places to enjoy the sun and the view. The fruit at the start of the journey was a nice touch and lunch with pasta and salad, plus fresh baked bread was very nice. There was ample time to snorkel and dive. Lots of safety briefings discussed. I also appreciated the marine biologist talk at the end. The 2 dive spots were very special and we saw a variety of fish, coral and my husband who did the dive even had a glimpse of a turtle, cuttlefish and a baby hammerhead shark. All in all, the trip was so worth it. I recommend any first timers to the Great Barrier Reef to give Passions of Paradise a try. It won't disappoint.

It was a grand day, blue skies, sun and surf. The check in was easy, on time, the crew were very friendly and enthusiastic. The island was so beautiful and the snorkel gear and paddle board rentals on the island were reasonably priced. The hike to Nudey Beach wasn't as hard as i thought it would be and iy was worth it for such picturrsque views. We were so glad we brought beach shoes because of the rough coral on the beach. I felt baf for those barefoot. Also, Not bringing lunch to the island will cost you though because the food at the resort restaurant felt steep and we just had the salad and steak. Overall, it was a good return trip. We enjoyed ourselves.

Fitzroy Island Full-Day Adventure Tour from Cairns Reviewed by Ara Angela, 10/18/2020

Magocal place, with an atmosphere that is unique. The story and history shared on the day brings it to life. Enjoyed the tour given by Les, who had is giggling. Then later at the night light show tour, we had the privilege to meet Mark, one of the owners, whose passion and respect for the park and its history was evident. Mandy, the guide, was also excellent looking out for everyone and pointing out a firefly that was behind us.

Cairns: Paronella Park Ticket Reviewed by Anonymous, 10/17/2020

If I could give this more stars I would, Sean was AMAZING he made you feel so at home and comfortable throughout the whole process. Didn’t feel like you were just a number or money to the team it actually felt like they were your friends and wanted you to enjoy it and have the best experience possible absolutely worth every dollar spent HIGHLY RECOMMEND

Cairns: Aquarium Reef Tank Diving Experience Reviewed by kris, 10/19/2020

Great trip over, well organised and super friendly and helpful staff. The island itself is relatively unspoilt and we loved the walk to the Summit and the snorkeling.

Fitzroy Island Full-Day Adventure Tour from Cairns Reviewed by Melanie, 10/18/2020