Cairns Culinary & nightlife

Our most recommended Cairns Culinary & nightlife

Spirit of Cairns: Waterfront Dining Experience

1. Spirit of Cairns: Waterfront Dining Experience

A Cairns Dinner Cruise is the perfect way to end a perfect day in paradise.  Set sail aboard a newly refurbished 26-meter catamaran on the calm waters of Trinity Inlet, for an evening of dining, entertainment, and panoramic mountain and city views. The ultimate in waterfront dining, your cruise includes a delicious dinner with a focus on local and fresh produce, a complimentary beverage on arrival, and views of the Trinity Inlet. A selection of beverages and cocktails are also available for purchase from our fully licensed bar. Throughout the evening you will cruise the waterways of Cairns, exploring the beauty of the natural harbor, and sailing past the waterfront and restaurant precincts. Watch the day transcend into night, against a backdrop of rainforest-clad hills, as the twinkling night lights of the city appear. 

Cairns: Guided Twilight Tour with 3-Course Dinner

2. Cairns: Guided Twilight Tour with 3-Course Dinner

Witness the setting of the sun on Tropical North Queensland’s mountain ranges and experience how steamy rainforests and shallow reef lagoons begin to stir with life. Reptiles, Amphibians, Insects, and nocturnal fish sense the onset of dusk and emerge from their day time lairs.  Get an insight into the unique changes of the region’s nocturnal creatures as they move in the shadows.  Complete your evening at Dundee’s Restaurant with a perfectly matched dining experience while you enjoy a stunning sea life backdrop.

From Cairns: Rainforest & Nocturnal Wildlife Tour

3. From Cairns: Rainforest & Nocturnal Wildlife Tour

Departing from your Cairns or Northern Beaches accommodation, head south to view the agile wallabies that live within the city limits. Make a second stop at the Cathedral Fig Tree, an 8,000-year-old Strangler fig with a giant root system. Enjoy an afternoon tea at the world-renowned Lake Barrine before walking through the rainforest. Keep your eyes out for musky rat-kangaroo, Boyd's forest dragon, rainforest birds, butterflies and flying foxes. After a quick stop at Lake Eacham, visit a private access platypus viewing area in Yungaburra for a 90% chance of seeing the unique mammal. Enjoy a delicious dinner at a restaurant in the township of Yungburra. Then, your nighttime spotlighting adventure begins! Walk under the night stars and into the rainforest. Look out for Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo, northern leaf-tailed gecko, ringtail possums, gliders, frogs, owls and more. Return to Cairns at around 10:00 PM and Northern Beaches at around 10:30 PM.

Cairns: Breweries, Pub, and Distillery Tour

4. Cairns: Breweries, Pub, and Distillery Tour

This Cairns brewery and distillery tour includes a visit at five local, unique venues. The tour starts at Sauce Brewing where you will enjoy a tasty burger for lunch lunch and a beer from the classic tap range. From here you will set off to visit another three microbreweries and a distillery in the Cairns area. You'll get to taste some unique locally produced craft beers and spirits from the area and meet some of the people involved in their production. Enjoy a tasting paddle at 2 breweries, a spirit tasting at the distillery, and a beer of your choice to finish at the last brewery.

Cairns: Hop-On-Hop Off Wine, Beer, and Drinks Tour

5. Cairns: Hop-On-Hop Off Wine, Beer, and Drinks Tour

Enjoy a hassle-free and relaxing hop-on-hop-off tour of some of Cairns' distilleries, wineries, and breweries. Choose where to hop on and off, and relax on air-conditioned transportation between stops. Stop at various locations in Cairns and enjoy wine, beer, and other drinks at each stop along the way. Stop at Rusty's Market, a great way to be introduced to Cairns, meet friendly locals, and explore a wide range of over 180 stalls. Enjoy the sights while traveling with your guide between stops. Stop at other Cairns highlights like Wolf Lane Distillery, with cellar door, and gin tastings available, and Hemingway's Brewery with beer tastings, amazing food, and pier front views. Visit Narrow Tracks Distillery, with gin tastings and distillery tours, Barrier Reef Brewing Co which has small-batch full-flavored brews and a beer garden, Sauce Brewing Co, with Beer, wine, gin, and food, and Coral Sea Brewing, a cozy tap room. Enjoy free entry at all of the listed stops, and choose which drinks and food you want to try over the course of the tour.

From Cairns: Atherton Tablelands Food and Wine Tasting Tour

6. From Cairns: Atherton Tablelands Food and Wine Tasting Tour

STOP 1 Journey to the Atherton Tablelands which is located 1 hour’s drive from the city via the scenic Gillies Highway. Discover a cool highlands where you will sample a delicious breakfast of local produce and enjoy a special coffee or local tea at an 80-year old lakeside tea house over looking Lake Barrine crater lake surrounded by lush rainforest. STOP 2 Next, visit Nerada Tea Plantation situated on the scenic outskirts of Malanda. Here, you will be tasting several of the Plantation grown, single-origin teas, such as Plantation Fresh Black and Royal Devonshire, black tea with a hint of natural vanilla. The teas will be paired with a selection of local cheeses. Whilst enjoying your tastings, overlook the lush fields of Australia’s largest Tea Plantation. Keep your eyes peeled as you might just spot one of the resident Tree Kangaroos, too! STOP 3Enjoy lunch. The Australian Platypus Park is home to a thriving platypus population. Take a wander down to see them in their magnificent setting then sit down to enjoy flavored handcrafted smoked products, combined with a unique blend of local Australian native herbs and spices. These tasty treats are all produced in-house using only the freshest quality ingredients and include Crocodile, Red Claw (Yabby), and Kangaroo with fresh local salads topped off with a boutique beer, Dragon Fruit cider, Lemon Myrtle tea, and finish with a wine tasting of the Murdering Point tropical fruit wine range. STOP 4Arrive at Gallo Dairyland, a working dairy farm where we sample their hand-crafted chocolates and an opportunity to buy their cheeses. STOP 5The Humpy is the best place to go for freshly harvested produce straight from the growers. Marvel at the array of vegetables, tropical fruits, and hundreds of varieties of nuts, dried fruits, and locally produced jams and sauces. Enjoy some seasonal fruits and different hot peanuts and macadamia nuts, and get some time to browse to make any purchases. STOP 6 Continue to the Mount Uncle distillery to taste some of their award-winning liqueurs and spirits. Wander around the stunning property nestled in coffee and banana plantations and meet the friendly animals. STOP 7 Move on to the Jacques Family coffee plantation and get an insight into the finer details of coffee, from the tree to the cup, Stroll through the coffee bushes and gardens, and end with a cup of Jacques coffee made just as you like it and served with homemade scones with jam and cream and sample some coffee liqueurs. Alternate stop: Rainforestation for local coffee and tea with fresh damper, Davidson plum jam, and cream.

Cairns: Brewery & Gin Distillery Walking Tour with Tastings

7. Cairns: Brewery & Gin Distillery Walking Tour with Tastings

Join this 3.5-hour guided walking tour for an urban adventure through Cairns’ craft beer and spirit scenes. Meet your guide in the heart of the city and spend a fun afternoon visiting award-winning local breweries. Kick off your tour at the biggest brewery in Cairns where you can learn all about the beer-making process. Enjoy a beer of your choice before moving on to the next two microbreweries to taste more local beers. Before your tour wraps up, your guide will take you to Wolf Lane Distillery. A local gin distillery in the center of the city where you will enjoy a gin tasting.

Cairns: City Sights Tour with Evening Dinner Cruise

8. Cairns: City Sights Tour with Evening Dinner Cruise

Explore Cairns' highlights on this afternoon tour with a local guide. Discover St. Monica's Cathedral, Cairns Museum, Cairns Botanic Gardens, and more. Enjoy a dinner cruise in the evening, and savor a 3-course hot and cold buffet. Begin your tour with pickup at your hotel, then head to St. Monica’s Cathedral. Step inside to admire the world's largest themed stained glass windows. Next, visit the Cairns Museum, with a local guide who has plenty of stories to share about living in the tropics. Hear tales of heat, cane, railways, rainforests, and reefs. From there, move on to the Cairns Botanic Gardens to visit one of the best exhibitions of tropical plants in Australia. Learn about the various plants you see along the way with the help of your guide. Take a break after the walk and experience an afternoon tea at a local cafe in the leafy suburb of Edge Hill. Take in the panoramic view of Cairns' city and the Coral Sea before exploring the lower section of the Barron Gorge National Park and Surprise Creek Falls. Traveling further north, discover one of Cairns' northern beaches, Palm Cove, fringed with coconut palms and paperbark trees. After exploring Cairns by day, see it's charming beauty by night. Your guide will drop you off at the Cairns Marina from where you'll join the dinner cruise. Sail aboard a 26-meter catamaran as you cruise the calm waters of Trinity Inlet. Enjoy a 3-course hot and cold buffet dinner featuring some of the region's best produce, including seafood. 

Cairns: Shore Excursion Guided Food and Wine Tour

9. Cairns: Shore Excursion Guided Food and Wine Tour

This tour commences at the cruise ship terminal in Cairns departing between 8:00- 9:00am where you will be met by our professional tour guide. From here you will be whisked away and transported up the picturesque mountain range to the Atherton Tablelands, a gem waiting to be explored. You will enjoy a tantilizing tea and scone tasting for brunch and you might even spot a rare Far North Queensland Tree Kangaroo. From here, you will experience gin, beer, distillery and wine tastings throughout the many towns scattered throughout the Atherton Tablelands. You will then return and be back safety on your cruise ship between 4:00-5:00pm ready for your next adventure.

From Cairns: Atherton Tablelands Boutique Foodie Tour

10. From Cairns: Atherton Tablelands Boutique Foodie Tour

Visit 6 unique venues across the Atherton Tablelands and discover local products, learn about the business' and admire the beautiful landscape of the Cairns Highlands on this full-day private tour. Taste native Australian fruit like the Davidson Plum at a tropical fruit orchard, and learn why the owners have chosen to grow these fruit species. Visit a biodynamic dairy farm, taste their products, and enjoy lunch with an amazing panoramic view. Head to Crater Lakes Coffee, the highest coffee plantation in Australia. Meet the owner and sample their unique coffee. Visit the region's most established distillery and try spirits, tropical fruit wine, and craft beer. Stop off at a boutique winery before ending the tour at one of Cairns' premier breweries. Sip on a craft beer with a stunning view overlooking the cane fields.

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What people are saying about Cairns

The food was very good and the staff very friendly too. Really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere on board. Thanks to Jason and the crew : )

Great Tour. The Cairns aquarium is beautiliful. The guide was very informative and the meal at Dundee's did not disappoint.

Don’t miss this awesome opportunity! Amazing staff, amazing experience, and a one in a million activity like no other.

Was amazing from the welcome to the food and staff. Great value for money.

Fascinating & very informative. Very well organised.