Cairns Things to Do

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  • 1. Great Barrier Reef

    We took a trip aboard the Falla while in Cairns last week and are so glad we did. It was great to have a reef experience that felt rustic and relaxing as apposed to an over-crouded frustration. We...

  • 2. Atherton Tableland

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This was actually a great day out. I went with a company called Northern Experience Eco Tours. The Tablelands area is very scenic and we visited some nice waterfalls that were tucked out of the way....

  • 3. Kuranda Scenic Railway

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    As I’m a volunteer conductor on Melbourne’s iconic Puffing Billy Railway, it was compulsory that I ride and enjoy the experience of the Kuranda Scenic Railway. I had pre-booked tickets from...

  • 4. Cape Tribulation

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Took a day tour to Cape Tribulation with Cape Trib Connections. Was charged A$99, circa June 2003. NOTE: There are changes to the tour itinerary since. Last destination for the day but the weather...

  • 5. Green Island

    We took a trip on the boat over to Green Island for a half day. I actually wish in hindsight we had made a full day of it, but so be it. It's not a particularly big island at all, but enjoyed the...

  • 6. Esplanade

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cairns Council has recently put in two Bocce courts on the Northern end of Cairns Esplanade and they are very popular especially with our Italian community. I watched it for awhile but still not sure...

  • 7. Lagoon

    So, instead of a beach in the centre of Cairns, you can now swim in a huge man-made lagoon! The lagoon is 4800 square metres in size, and is located on the foreshore. It has a sandy beach which is a...

  • 8. Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

    The Tjapukai Cultural Park is the only authorised presentation of Aboriginal culture in the Tjapukai Tribal area. The Tjapukai communities and their elders have approved and overseen the materials...

  • 9. Skyrail

    If you like trees and the rainforest in general, SkyRail is a pretty cool experience. It allows you to 'fly' above the canopy across the Great Dividing Range in what are essentially ski pods. They...

  • 10. Kuranda

    Fairyland in Kuranda is an actual rainforest area where back in the early 1900's visitors arrived by the scenic train from Cairns to explore the beautiful forest.It must have been difficult to climb...

  • 11. White Water Rafting

    From my research, there are basically two rivers to choose from and two companies that take you rafting. The Baron River rates out at 1-2 on the rapids, which means they are simple, easy going (yawn);...

  • 12. Snorkelling

    There is so many cruises to choose from, it can become a nightmare to choose the right one. Many offer cheap day tickets but you want to go with an operator that has a reef platform. From memory, only...

  • 13. Paronella Park

    The park covers 13 acres of rainforest beside Mena Creek Falls. It was the creation of Jose Paronella & officially opened in 1935. I visited the park on an organised day trip from Cairns It was a...

  • 14. The Fig Tree

    This Tree is honderds of years old. The name is the Cathedral. The Curtain Fig Tree Cairns, Australia It may not have the most exotic name in the world, and it may not send tingles to your toes with...

  • 15. Night Zoo

    My favorite activity while in Cairns was going to the Night Zoo...You are picked up at the hotel, and delivered to the Cairns Zoo at around 6P.M. You are served a wonderful bar-b-que steak dinner with...

  • 16. Port Douglas

    Reported an artists' colony - think Taos or Monterey - we found it to be a seedy Carmel-by-the-Sea. Still, it has one gem for the photographer: St. Mary's by the Sea, a small church and very popular...

  • 17. Palm Cove

    PALM COVE BEACH Feel like going to the beach but Cairns waterfront doesnt please you!!!Catch a local bus that departs regularly from outside Woolworths in the centre of town..The trip takes about 30...

  • 18. Flecker Botanic Garden

    Cairns Flecker Botanical Gardens is a must see for visitors--it is a garden with a difference because it has only tropical plants and trees. The path ways are delightful and plenty of seats tucked in...

  • 19. Rain Forest Station

    The second facet of Forestation is the display of aboriginal culture through live performance. We watched aborigines practice hunting techniques with spears and boomerangs. We threw boomerangs...

  • 20. Scuba Diving

    Going on a 3d/2n liveaboard trip out at Great Barrier Reef is the way to go. You'd have around 10 dives including 2 night dives. It's also not just limited to scuba divers, snorkelers can also join...

  • 21. Daintree Rainforest

    Mossman Gorge is a series of waterfalls, and trails with a rope bridge amongst other things. It isn't as spectacular as some of the waterfalls we saw in the Athertons highlands, but still worth a...

  • 22. Tropical Zoo

    While in Cairns I took the opportunity to visit this popular zoo that has some really great attractions ...Whenever I can when travelling, I always try to get to the local Zoo..Being an animal lover...

  • 23. Lake Placid

    Lake Placid is a tranquil lake and picnic area located on the outskirts of Cairns. The lake is at the end of the Barron Gorge, which is a popular place for white water rafting. We went to have a look...

  • 24. Fitzroy Island

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Fitzroy Island is a rocky island about 45 minutes by ferry from Cairns. It has some nice snorkelling offshore and a few walking tracks which offer you great vistas over the ocean. You can use the...

  • 25. Lake Eacham

    We make here a walk around Lake Eacham. There are a lot of leeches, they attack you when you walk on the path. I have 8 leeches on my feet.:-). But is very nice to walk or make a bike ride in this...

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