Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
Cairns has something for all travelers. It's packed full of adrenaline pumping activities if you're looking for a buzz, night-life for an end of day experience, and an endless array of cafes, bars, pubs, and restaurants for all price ranges. Just a short drive away from beautiful beaches you'll find dense rain forest where you can spend a day out and explore the fascinating wildlife and landscapes, then return to the city to relax or hit the city for a fun time.
TOP THINGS TO DO IN CAIRNS
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Daintree Rainforest: Take a guided tour and explore the mountains and rainforest that characterize the Wet Tropics of Queensland. The rainforest is packed full of fascinating creatures, which you can observe from a Daintree River cruise. Whether you swim in the Coral Sea or immerse yourself in the tantalizing forest, the Daintree will provide an exotic experience near to the city.
Great Barrier Reef: Take a short boat ride out to one of the most famous coral reefs in the world, the Great Barrier Reef. On your tour you will be accompanied by experienced guides who will ensure you have the best time in the water possible, snorkeling and diving. There are also semi-submersible tours for those who would rather stay dry and observe the enticing marine life from above. You can take a helicopter above the reef for the ultimate view of the landscape. You can also visit the nearby island, Michaelmas Cay, which is famous for its diverse flora and wildlife.
Josephine Falls: Tour the beautiful falls on the gentle walking track and soak in the authentic rainforest setting. You can also swim in the cool waters- a great activity for hot summer day in Cairns. Various viewing platforms allow you to take photos and admire the famous sight from all angles.
Cairns Botanic Gardens: Like most of Cairns, the Botanic Gardens are a natural paradise, where you can observe the diverse flora in a tranquil and stunning environment. They equip the Gardens with many informational panels to allow you to learn of the beautiful plant life inhabiting the grounds.
Cairns Esplanade Lagoon: Endure the summer heat in one of Cairn’s most iconic tourist locations, the Esplanade Lagoon. The 5000 square meter body of water provides a safe and salty swimming location for visitors all year round. Tan on the sand bordering the lagoon or sit back in the shade provided by the trees or timber decks. Either way, the lagoon will provide am authentic Australian “beach” experience.
Esplanade Boardwalk: The Boardwalk houses playgrounds, parklands, and recreation all for the moderate cost of nothing. A large selection of restaurants and shopping are also available along the walk, and wonderful views of the coast.
Cairns Bungy Jump: Soar through the air with the blood pumping, knee-knocking intense Bungy Jump experience accompanied by views of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Catch your breath at the accompanying sundeck and bar.
Foaming Fury: Hop in a boat and experience one of the most exhilarating water sports ever- White Water Rafting! A short drive up from Cairns will allow you and 7 friends to hop into a raft and enjoy the fast and fun rapids Australia offers.
Canyoning: Ascend the granite rocks and pristine rainforests of Cairns in an active and exhilarating excursion. The Canyoning Experience from Cairns or Northern Beaches provides you with the opportunity to view the rainforest from Devil’s Drop and climb and abseil your way through the landscape!
Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Railway: Journey into Cairns oldest continually surviving tropical rainforest on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, then get a birds eye view of the rainforest from purpose built gondolas.