Top attractions in 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Take a day to explore the Outback and walk around under a volcano - that's not something you get to do every day!
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.
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.
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.
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.
- CurrencyAUD ($)
- Time ZoneUTC (+10:00)
- Country Code61
- Best time to visitAugust 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
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.
The crew was very professional friendly and knowledgable. This was the best scuba and snorkeling that we have done. Great food and wonderful Hospitality. Definitely recommend this excursion of the Great Barrier Reef
Spend a little more and do the helicopter. You see the reef from above and it is out of this world.. The boat trip and diving was also very good. Well organised and very cheerful staff. Well worth it.
My young niece had a seasick and crews helped so nicely and she got scared to snorkel but crews helped her enjoy for the day. Good experience.
Even though this booked through New Years, there was still excellent communication which meant no stress. Everything went smooth as silk and the Skyrail was off the charts the most wonderful experience ever (make sure you take advantage of getting off and checking out the amazing views and wonderful information provided.