Things to do in

Cairns

Tropical rainforests and pristine waters await you at the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

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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.

Frequently asked questions about Cairns

What top attractions are a must-see in Cairns?

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

  • 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

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 6,020 reviews

It was great day would sure do it again. Only problem was that the driver did not meet us at the station as was expected. We were lucky to see him in the village, when he seen our tour sticker. He then rung the office and organized the rest of our day.

Our guide Carlos made our day trip a truly wonderful experience. His knowledge and passion was outstanding. We thoroughly enjoyed the day and would highly recommend it. Thanks again Carlos!

Very well-organised with excellent information and crew, and a good balance of organised and free choices. A very enjoyable day on a lovely island.

The whole family enjoyed the live shows, lots of knowledge about the animals and all the team members there were friendly..

Amazing experience, thank you So pleased I bought this for my husband’s birthday we both needed an adrenaline rush in 2021.