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 4,953 reviews

The trip was fantastic! Our tour guide was super helpful and fun and made sure that we didn’t miss anything! He explained everything in the rainforest. I’ve learned so much about nature on this tour. I would definitely book again and recommend to friends. Best tour I’ve done in Cairns!

It was so amazing. Our guide was so informative, the scenery was unreal and it made our honeymoon spectacular. We couldn’t swim at Mossman due to high tides but our guide still made it an incredible experience. 10/10 recommend :)

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!!

Ash the guide was A1!! Loved every bit of it never laughed so much, woukd highly recommend!! Some of us were apprehensive but so glad we did it. Excellent experience and so cheap!!

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.