Top attractions in Cairns
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
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- 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
Carlos was an excellent guide on Monday’s tour to Mossman Gorge / Cape Tribulation. He provided us with lots of interesting information along the way which you just don’t get if you drive yourself to these places. Thank you Carlos!! The banter between Carlos and our group had us laughing and it was sad when the day came to an end. I highly recommend this tour. The only note for future improvement would be to install USB charging ports on the back of each seat when the vehicles are replaced/upgraded.
Overall a very enjoyable day. Friendly driver and beautiful scenary. However all activities on the tour are easily accessible if booked individually and not far from cairns cbd (would be cheaper to book ubers to various stations to buy tickets and travel without the tour - of course this also means there is much greater flexibility). Overall not a bad experience but would probably have preferred seeing these attractions unguided
The skyrail was fantastic with enough stops and time to really enjoy the beauty of the forest and waterfalls. Kuranda is lovely ; but the rail trip home was tops. Would highly recommend the Gold Class train carriage as you get cold beer and wine with snacks in comfy atmosphere to really relax on the trip back to Cairns. The commentary throughout is great and the staff are superb. Definitely a must do when you visit Cairns.
Nev was an excellent tour guide and made our trip fun and informative! While we didn’t have the greatest weather, he still managed to get us to see all the beauty and wonder that is part of this spectacular region! We even got to see an elusive cassowary thanks to his pointers! Amazing! Would recommend this tour !!!
We had a fantastic experience as first time great barrier reef travellers. The catamaran was extremely comfortable, and the crew went out of their way to cater for everyone's needs and different water confidence. The tour was exactly as advertised, and I would it hesitate to recommend this to other travellors