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Things to do in Cairns

Cairns is regarded as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef in the world and the world heritage rainforest. Apart from these beautiful natural attractions, you will find outstanding cafes and bars, thriving markets and lovely beaches. In Cairns, you can enjoy outdoor activities like bungee jumpingwhite water rafting and skydiving throughout the year.


The panorama of Cairns will take your breath away; it is enclosed by rainforest-covered mountains on one side and the coast on the other. 


The Great Barrier Reef is one of the worlds most explored tourist destinations and is visible from outer space! It has over 2000 individual reefs and 900 picturesque islands stretching over the area with the worlds most exquisite beaches. Home to vibrant corals and fishes, you can spend a day diving or snorkelling and explore the incredible marine life.


Green Island is one of the oldest coral cays on the Great Barrier Reef with a rainforest. The island itself is a national park and is home to over 120 bird species.


Take a day trip to the photogenic Fitzroy Island; it is one of the most unspoilt islands on the great barrier reef. Fitzroy Island is furnished with rich rainforests, sandy beaches with a fringing coral reef. You can spend a day snorkelling, paddleboarding or exploring.


If you are not a fan of the water, board a scenic flight and enjoy the extraordinary aerial view of this breathtaking beauty of Great Barrier Reef.


The Atherton Tablelands is the highest region in Cairns, which is a blend of rainforests, wetlands and savanna. It is home to a unique array of wildlife from colourful frogs to the rare Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroo. Explore the pristine Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham and enjoy a dip. There are various waterfalls and lookout points. Josephine Falls is the most popular in the area. Get ready to slide down a natural rock waterslide. Take out your cameras and seize the beauty of one of the most enchanting places on earth.


Embark on a canyoning trip in the Cairns rainforest for a day full of abseiling, ziplining, sliding and jumping in waterfalls. Head to the Crystal Cascades which is a series of beautiful falls.


Babinda is a small town near Cairns surrounded by the mountain ranges. It is full of beautiful scenery and watery fun. Spend a day kayaking down the Babinda Creek and watch out for platypus, fish and turtles. You can halt at the beach to relax and rejuvenate.


The Tjapukai cultural parks is a popular tourist attraction in cairns. Learn about Australia's aboriginal history and enjoy a unique artistic performance with dance food and arts.


Cairns is not only about its beauty and culture, but it has some adventure stored too!


You can go white water rafting on the mighty Barron River with grade 3 rapids. It is home to rainforest mountains, steep ravines, the Barron waterfalls and the beautiful Barron gorge. Enjoy the exciting trip along with the relaxing landscape.


The Tully River is one of the best rafting rivers in Australia with grade 3 and 4 rapids. Set down the wild Tully river with the setting of the beautiful Tully Gorge National Park.


You can bungee jump off a 50-meter high tower which has 16 different styles or go on a jungle swing in the world heritage forest.


Get on a day tour to Cape Tribulation, a coastal area which offers a combination of rainforests and beaches. Set out on a quad bike tour which captures a Jurassic vibe. Explore the natural flora on short walks and get a chance to spot wildlife.


You can skydive over Cairns and discover the tropical paradise of Cairns and enjoy spectacular views of the Great Barrier Reef the World Heritage forest, which is a lifetime experience. Or skydive over the mission beach and land on its shimmering sand!