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Cairns Botanic Gardens: Our most recommended tours and activities

Cairns: Night Walk in Cairns Botanic Gardens

1. Cairns: Night Walk in Cairns Botanic Gardens

Experience the rainforest boardwalk of the Cairns Botanic Gardens as the nocturnal creatures wake up for the night with this small group tour. Have a quick safety briefing at the meeting point and start a walking route that has been adapted for the season. Visit a number of host plants that are habitats for regularly seen creatures. Take the opportunity to capture photographs of some nocturnal creatures Find White-lipped Tree Frogs and Northern Stony Creek Frogs. Marvel at busy spiders such as Net-casting Spiders, Garden Orb-weavers, and Huntsmans. See critters that only come out at night and usually go unseen. Listen to a chorus of frog croaks, cricket chirps, and cicada buzzes as the rainforest comes alive. Keep your eyes peeled for Papuan Frogmouth birds, Striped Possums, Speckled flying foxes, Stick Insects, Geckos and Snakes.

Cairns: Insect Photography Tour of Cairns Botanic Gardens

2. Cairns: Insect Photography Tour of Cairns Botanic Gardens

Immerse yourself in the magical world of arthropods with an expert photographer guide. Tour the gardens and observe captivating eco-systems packed with interesting characters and an array of species. Meet your guides, Bridgette and Ros, both experts in the world of insects and the many miniature lifeforms that make up our vibrant and integral ecosystems. After a briefing at the meeting point, begin your adventure through the Cairns Botanic Gardens. Camera Hire is available from Beginner to Advanced for you to capture award-winning large-scale prints of your own. Reserve after booking and pay on the day. Uncover the treasures hidden along the route, capturing professional photos of the wildlife that call these gardens home. Take the route specifically chosen for the season and explore the many lively habitats with special attention given to your interests and curiosities.

Discover Cairns: Cairns River Cruise & City Sights Tour

3. Discover Cairns: Cairns River Cruise & City Sights Tour

At 9.30AM, Make your way to the Cairns Marlin Marina, A Finger to join your Cairns Calm Water River Cruise. You will explore the stunning sights of the Trinity Inlet and waterfront of Cairns. The extensive and stunning Inlet is mountain & mangrove lined and is a sanctuary for many types of wildlife. The tour meanders through pristine creeks (the home of saltwater crocodiles) and takes in some of the quirky sites of the backwaters of Cairns too. The Cairns River Cruises vessel is spacious so the tour is bespoke and personal and everyone has access to the fantastic views of Cairns. The vessel is fitted with an onboard toilet and clears for comfortable year-round cruising. At 11.30 am- 12 noon - Walk the short distance to the award winning Dundees restaurant on the waterfront. Enjoy a leisurely lunch and take in the views before joining your afternoon city sights tour. At 1:00 pm, you will be collected from the Reef Fleet Terminal to explore Cairns and learn about the city's culture and history.  This tour will include a visit to the Cairns Museum in the School of Arts Building in the heart of the city. Meet a museum guide for an approximate 20 minute exclusive tour in the museum. Included is a complimentary re-entry pass to revisit the museum during your stay in Cairns. Step inside St Monica’s Cathedral to see the world's largest breath-taking stained glass windows. Indulge in a delicious afternoon tea and a guided walk at the Cairns Botanic Gardens. Delight in the stunning city view, mountains, waterfalls at the Lower Barron Gorge National Park. Your final destination is the quiet seaside suburb of Palm Cove Palm, this picture-perfect location, fringed with coconut trees and its’ magnificent paperbark trees. Watch as the sun begins to set before returning to your chosen Cairns or Palm Cove accommodation at approx. 6.00pm.

Cairns: City Sights Tour with Evening Dinner Cruise

4. Cairns: City Sights Tour with Evening Dinner Cruise

Explore Cairns' highlights on this afternoon tour with a local guide. Discover St. Monica's Cathedral, Cairns Museum, Cairns Botanic Gardens, and more. Enjoy a dinner cruise in the evening, and savor a 3-course hot and cold buffet. Begin your tour with pickup at your hotel, then head to St. Monica’s Cathedral. Step inside to admire the world's largest themed stained glass windows. Next, visit the Cairns Museum, with a local guide who has plenty of stories to share about living in the tropics. Hear tales of heat, cane, railways, rainforests, and reefs. From there, move on to the Cairns Botanic Gardens to visit one of the best exhibitions of tropical plants in Australia. Learn about the various plants you see along the way with the help of your guide. Take a break after the walk and experience an afternoon tea at a local cafe in the leafy suburb of Edge Hill. Take in the panoramic view of Cairns' city and the Coral Sea before exploring the lower section of the Barron Gorge National Park and Surprise Creek Falls. Traveling further north, discover one of Cairns' northern beaches, Palm Cove, fringed with coconut palms and paperbark trees. After exploring Cairns by day, see it's charming beauty by night. Your guide will drop you off at the Cairns Marina from where you'll join the dinner cruise. Sail aboard a 26-meter catamaran as you cruise the calm waters of Trinity Inlet. Enjoy a 3-course hot and cold buffet dinner featuring some of the region's best produce, including seafood. 

Cairns Aquarium Turtle Hospital and City Sightseeing Tour

5. Cairns Aquarium Turtle Hospital and City Sightseeing Tour

Make your way to the Cairns Aquarium, opens from 9.30am. Start your day with a self-guided tour through the aquarium and explore the ecosystems and habitats of Tropical North Queensland, then meet the rescued sea turtles on a guided tour of the aquarium's turtle hospital at 11.30am. You will be collected from the Aquarium for your afternoon guided sightseeing tour of Cairns and beyond from the entrance of the Cairns Aquarium at 12.45pm You will discover Cairns in air-conditioned comfort with your local guide as you explore the city’s rich history. Get glimpses of its cultural heritage and iconic landmarks. Marvel at the world’s largest themed stained glass windows at Saint Monica’s Cathedral. Enjoy a 20-minute guided tour of the Cairns Museum with free re-entry included. Afterward, indulge in a delicious afternoon Devonshire tea before visiting the Cairns Botanical Gardens. Take delight in the stunning city and mountain views before visiting Lower Barron Gorge National Park and Surprise Creek Falls. Also visit stunning Palm Cove, one of Cairns' Northern Beaches. You will be taken to your Cairns accommodation at the end of your tour approx 6.00pm

Cairns Botanic Gardens: Our most recommended tours and activities

Cairns: Night Walk in Cairns Botanic Gardens

Cairns: Night Walk in Cairns Botanic Gardens

Experience the rainforest boardwalk of the Cairns Botanic Gardens as the nocturnal creatures wake up for the night with this small group tour. Have a quick safety briefing at the meeting point and start a walking route that has been adapted for the season. Visit a number of host plants that are habitats for regularly seen creatures. Take the opportunity to capture photographs of some nocturnal creatures Find White-lipped Tree Frogs and Northern Stony Creek Frogs. Marvel at busy spiders such as Net-casting Spiders, Garden Orb-weavers, and Huntsmans. See critters that only come out at night and usually go unseen. Listen to a chorus of frog croaks, cricket chirps, and cicada buzzes as the rainforest comes alive. Keep your eyes peeled for Papuan Frogmouth birds, Striped Possums, Speckled flying foxes, Stick Insects, Geckos and Snakes.

Cairns: Insect Photography Tour of Cairns Botanic Gardens

Cairns: Insect Photography Tour of Cairns Botanic Gardens

Immerse yourself in the magical world of arthropods with an expert photographer guide. Tour the gardens and observe captivating eco-systems packed with interesting characters and an array of species. Meet your guides, Bridgette and Ros, both experts in the world of insects and the many miniature lifeforms that make up our vibrant and integral ecosystems. After a briefing at the meeting point, begin your adventure through the Cairns Botanic Gardens. Camera Hire is available from Beginner to Advanced for you to capture award-winning large-scale prints of your own. Reserve after booking and pay on the day. Uncover the treasures hidden along the route, capturing professional photos of the wildlife that call these gardens home. Take the route specifically chosen for the season and explore the many lively habitats with special attention given to your interests and curiosities.

Discover Cairns: Cairns River Cruise & City Sights Tour

Discover Cairns: Cairns River Cruise & City Sights Tour

At 9.30AM, Make your way to the Cairns Marlin Marina, A Finger to join your Cairns Calm Water River Cruise. You will explore the stunning sights of the Trinity Inlet and waterfront of Cairns. The extensive and stunning Inlet is mountain & mangrove lined and is a sanctuary for many types of wildlife. The tour meanders through pristine creeks (the home of saltwater crocodiles) and takes in some of the quirky sites of the backwaters of Cairns too. The Cairns River Cruises vessel is spacious so the tour is bespoke and personal and everyone has access to the fantastic views of Cairns. The vessel is fitted with an onboard toilet and clears for comfortable year-round cruising. At 11.30 am- 12 noon - Walk the short distance to the award winning Dundees restaurant on the waterfront. Enjoy a leisurely lunch and take in the views before joining your afternoon city sights tour. At 1:00 pm, you will be collected from the Reef Fleet Terminal to explore Cairns and learn about the city's culture and history.  This tour will include a visit to the Cairns Museum in the School of Arts Building in the heart of the city. Meet a museum guide for an approximate 20 minute exclusive tour in the museum. Included is a complimentary re-entry pass to revisit the museum during your stay in Cairns. Step inside St Monica’s Cathedral to see the world's largest breath-taking stained glass windows. Indulge in a delicious afternoon tea and a guided walk at the Cairns Botanic Gardens. Delight in the stunning city view, mountains, waterfalls at the Lower Barron Gorge National Park. Your final destination is the quiet seaside suburb of Palm Cove Palm, this picture-perfect location, fringed with coconut trees and its’ magnificent paperbark trees. Watch as the sun begins to set before returning to your chosen Cairns or Palm Cove accommodation at approx. 6.00pm.

Cairns: City Sights Tour with Evening Dinner Cruise

Cairns: City Sights Tour with Evening Dinner Cruise

Explore Cairns' highlights on this afternoon tour with a local guide. Discover St. Monica's Cathedral, Cairns Museum, Cairns Botanic Gardens, and more. Enjoy a dinner cruise in the evening, and savor a 3-course hot and cold buffet. Begin your tour with pickup at your hotel, then head to St. Monica’s Cathedral. Step inside to admire the world's largest themed stained glass windows. Next, visit the Cairns Museum, with a local guide who has plenty of stories to share about living in the tropics. Hear tales of heat, cane, railways, rainforests, and reefs. From there, move on to the Cairns Botanic Gardens to visit one of the best exhibitions of tropical plants in Australia. Learn about the various plants you see along the way with the help of your guide. Take a break after the walk and experience an afternoon tea at a local cafe in the leafy suburb of Edge Hill. Take in the panoramic view of Cairns' city and the Coral Sea before exploring the lower section of the Barron Gorge National Park and Surprise Creek Falls. Traveling further north, discover one of Cairns' northern beaches, Palm Cove, fringed with coconut palms and paperbark trees. After exploring Cairns by day, see it's charming beauty by night. Your guide will drop you off at the Cairns Marina from where you'll join the dinner cruise. Sail aboard a 26-meter catamaran as you cruise the calm waters of Trinity Inlet. Enjoy a 3-course hot and cold buffet dinner featuring some of the region's best produce, including seafood. 

Cairns Aquarium Turtle Hospital and City Sightseeing Tour

Cairns Aquarium Turtle Hospital and City Sightseeing Tour

Make your way to the Cairns Aquarium, opens from 9.30am. Start your day with a self-guided tour through the aquarium and explore the ecosystems and habitats of Tropical North Queensland, then meet the rescued sea turtles on a guided tour of the aquarium's turtle hospital at 11.30am. You will be collected from the Aquarium for your afternoon guided sightseeing tour of Cairns and beyond from the entrance of the Cairns Aquarium at 12.45pm You will discover Cairns in air-conditioned comfort with your local guide as you explore the city’s rich history. Get glimpses of its cultural heritage and iconic landmarks. Marvel at the world’s largest themed stained glass windows at Saint Monica’s Cathedral. Enjoy a 20-minute guided tour of the Cairns Museum with free re-entry included. Afterward, indulge in a delicious afternoon Devonshire tea before visiting the Cairns Botanical Gardens. Take delight in the stunning city and mountain views before visiting Lower Barron Gorge National Park and Surprise Creek Falls. Also visit stunning Palm Cove, one of Cairns' Northern Beaches. You will be taken to your Cairns accommodation at the end of your tour approx 6.00pm

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What people are saying about Cairns Botanic Gardens

Overall rating

5.0
(5 reviews)

Amazing. Even though you only travel a small distance relatively speaking so much of the rainforest ecosystem comes alive at night. The tour leader and long-term members also know about arthropod identification and discovery. I saw an Echidna, several frog species, and at least 11 different kinds of spiders. I think this might be a sort of hidden gem within Cairns tours because it was just me, the guide, and one member, but it was stellar and I would absolutely go again when I am able to return to Cairns in the future.

It was so great, saw many little critters and learned a lot! Bridgette is an amazing guide and photographer, we had fun!! If you have time and like either bugs or photography (or both!) I would definitely recommend taking this tour. I went during the day and that was amazing, if I had more time in Cairns I would have done the night tour as well.

Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Bridgette was amazing. She was so knowledgeable and skilled at finding creatures in the night. Opened up a whole new world and motivated us to continue going on night walks to discover more. Would highly recommend it for anyone interested in the wonderful world of nature.

It was fantastic! Ros could spot a frog from a good 20m away! I hired a camera and was blown away by the quality of the images I was able to get! 100% recommend and I will be seeing if I have the time to book on again before I have to leave!

fantastic guide who had deep knowledge about the local and national wildlife.