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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

Great trip to the reef, I can highly recommend.

The Katamaran has two Decks where you can either sit inside or on the sun top outside. The crew was very friendly, helpful and communicative. As there were not so many people on the vessel it was easy to get in contact with other travelers. We were served a light breakfast, a nice lunch and a snack in the afternoon. We had two stops on the reef where snorkeling or diving was possible. This was a memorable trip I enjoyed being part of this great experience. Thank you.

Wonderful excursion and excellent service

Enjoyed the trip very much well organized, felt very safe, in the water the team work very well together in making sure everyone on board and in the water are comfortable safe and enjoying themselves. Presentation about the reef very informative. A special thanks to our guide christy who was very patient with us . Definetly a 5 star service.

Great Barrier Reef dive with the team of the Divers Den. Amazing time!

Extremley well organized. Crew very friendly and energetic. Nice accomodation. Surprisingly nice food!

Amazing crew-, great attention to detail, enjoyed every minute

The crew were excellent, safety focused with a great sense of humour. Lovely lunch and great snorkelling - which was the whole point x

An amazing day with loads of things to do

The crew were really helpful in explaining all of the different activities you could do on the day. The marine biology talks were interesting and the snorkel tour good fun. If you get the chance to do helicopter flight do it, it was a fantastic way to see the Reef.