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Top 10 Things to Do in Cairns
Cairns is Australia's playground with a bounty of outdoor attractions for nature lovers and adventure-seekers of all ages. The coastal city in Far North Queensland is a gateway to tropical rain forests and the legendary Great Barrier Reef. Don't miss a thing with this curated list of top 10 things to do in Cairns that will leave you with a wealth of experiences. Interact with Australian wildlife, ride a hot air balloon, have fun at the beach and get to check off UNESCO World Heritage sites!
1. Experience the breathtaking beauty of the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef from up above or down below with diving, cruising and flight activities.
2. Spend a day with Australian flora and fauna in Cape Tribulation, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and the UNESCO-listed Daintree National Park.
3. Ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for dramatic, uninterrupted views of Queensland's lush Kuranda rainforest.
4. Explore the Rainforestation Nature Park in Kuranda with an army duck tour, a Koala & Wildlife Park visit and more.
5. Enjoy marine activities in the crystal clear waters of Fitzroy Island including snorkeling, sea-kayaking or cruising on a glass-bottom boat.
6. Make a beach getaway to Green Island National Park, a protected coral cay area located within the Great Barrier Reef.
7. Conquer the rapids with an adrenaline-pumping river rafting adventure in Tully River or Barron River.
8. Visit Hartley's Crocodile Adventures where you can cruise the wetlands and see crocs in their natural habitat.
9. Admire the unique landscapes of Queensland from a Cairns hot air balloon ride or glimpse upon the Atherton Tablelands and the Australian wilderness.
10. Discover Australia's rich Aboriginal culture with the Rainforestation Nature Park Pamagirri Experience or a visit to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.
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  1. Cruise through the crystal clear azure waters of the Great Barrier reef on a Catamaran to the white sandy beaches of Michaelmas Cay. Spend your day on the island while trying out fun ocean activities!
    English Available
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    From USD156.78

    Family Discount
    Daily
    9 - 12 hour(s) (morning)
  2. Embark on an underwater adventure in the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef. Hop on board the Tusa 6 and dive at two reef sites with an experienced instructor guiding you as you glide along the reef.
    English Available
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    From USD206.58

    Daily
    (morning)
  3. See the captivating beauty of the Great Barrier Reef from the sky. Enjoy a helicopter ride which departs from Green Island, also a part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park World Heritage Area.

    From USD146.82

    Daily
  4. Visit the Wildlife Habitat before setting out to the famous Cape Tribulation and Daintree National Park. Spend some time at the beach, cruise down the river and marvel at the views from Alexandra's lookout!
    English Available
    Pick-up Provided

    From USD118.05

    Daily
    10 - 12.5 hour(s) (morning)
  5. Escape the city for a day and discover the natural wonders of Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Wet Tropics. Explore this nature kingdom and interact with the rich biodiversity of the region.
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    From USD129.11

    Daily
    10 - 15 hour(s) (morning)
  6. Join this full-day tour to the rainforest village of Kuranda where you can experience close encounters with local wildlife, ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and watch Pamagirri Aboriginal dance performances.
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    From USD176.33

    Family Discount
    Daily
    10 - 11 hour(s) (morning)
  7. Visit the village of Kuranda and explore the rainforest aboard a World War II Army Duck. Meet Aussie favorites at the Koala and Wildlife Park, then step into a world of life and color at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.
    Pick-up Provided

    From USD187.40

    Family Discount
    Daily
    10 - 10.5 hour(s) (morning)
  8. Create your own adventure at Rainforestation Nature Park and choose a combination of activities from the Army Duck Rainforest Tour, Koala & Wildlife Park and Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience.

    From USD26.19

    Daily
    2 - 7 hour(s) (morning)
  9. Explore all that Fitzroy Island has to offer on this full-day tour. Go snorkeling or cruise aboard a glass-bottom boat through the island's clear waters and enjoy its natural beauty at your leisure.
    Meal Provided

    From USD80.42

    Family Discount
    Daily
    9.5 hour(s) (morning)
  10. Head out to Fitzroy Island by ferry from Cairns and have fun in the sun at the Great Barrier Reef. Take a guided kayak tour, go snorkeling and admire the amazing world of coral and colorful fish.
    English Available
    Meal Provided

    USD109.93

    Daily
    9.5 hour(s) (morning)
  11. Embark on a morning tour of the beautiful Green Island. Upon arrival, you can choose to snorkel off the beach, explore the island forest or simply soak up the beauty of the clear waters aboard a glass bottom boat.
    Pick-up Provided

    From USD86.32

    Family Discount
    Daily
    4.5 - 6.5 hour(s) (morning)
  12. Escape the city and step into paradise on this full-day tour to Green Island in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Go snorkeling, relax on the beach or see marine life from a glass bottom boat.
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    From USD104.77

    Family Discount
    Daily
    8.5 - 10.5 hour(s) (morning)
  13. Head out on a thrilling adventure of rafting at Tully River. Experience Cairns' World Heritage rainforest landscape while rushing along the white rapids that can be enjoyed even by beginners.
    English Available
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    From USD135.75

    Daily
    10 - 12.5 hour(s) (morning)
  14. Experience the thrill of rafting across the Barron River. Spend your afternoon paddling on the rafts and sliding through the moderate rapids which can be enjoyed even by beginners.
    English Available
    Pick-up Provided

    From USD84.85

    Daily
    3.5 - 5.5 hour(s) (afternoon)
  15. Go on a beautiful coastal ride to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, the largest zoo in Cairns, then explore the rich history of the world's oldest living culture at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.
    English Available
    Pick-up Provided

    USD114.36

    Family Discount
    Daily
  16. Hop on a hot air balloon for a scenic ride over Cairns. Take flight and look out over the vast Australian wilderness. Keep an eye out for roaming wildlife, especially kangaroos, while up in the air!
    English Available
    Pick-up Provided

    From USD169.69

    Daily
    4 - 5.5 hour(s) (night)
  17. Catch an early morning flight aboard a hot air balloon in Cairns. Watch the sunrise from above the clouds and admire the amazing views of the city as well as the landscape and even some wildlife.
    English Available
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    From USD177.07

    Daily
    4 - 6 hour(s) (night)
  18. Learn about one of the world's oldest surviving cultures at Rainforestation Nature Park. Experience Pamagirri Aboriginal traditions and arts through lessons, performances and demonstrations.

    From USD15.86

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  19. Get acquainted with the rich history of the world's oldest living culture at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Enjoy vibrant performances or learn how to throw a spear on this half-day excursion.
    English Available
    Pick-up Provided

    USD62.71

    Daily

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