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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.

Great Barrier Reef Cruise

Take a boat over to Green Island, where you can stop off and go swimming. Experience the unreal coral colors and stunning wildlife of the reef, illuminated by the sun.

Reef Snorkeling

You may not be able to delve 20,000 leagues under the sea, but you can go snorkeling, which is pretty close! Here's your chance to be a mermaid or merman for a couple of hours.

Kuranda Rainforest

Enjoy this lush tropical rainforest on the ground, or fly over it on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. You can also seamlessly glide from land to water in an amphibious vehicle!

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Experience the culture of the Aboriginal Djabugay people. Enjoy a didgeridoo show, visit a museum with ancient murals, try some Djabugay cuisine, and learn to throw a boomerang.

Undara Lava Tubes

Take a day to explore the Outback and walk around under a volcano - that's not something you get to do every day!

Tully River White Water Rafting

The Tully River hosted the 1991 Australian Canoe and White Water Rafting Championships. Don't worry, though, you're not alone, as each boat holds seven people.

Planning Your Cairns 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

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    AUD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+10:00)
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  • 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

Great day. Staff were fantastic and snorkelling super

Would recommend taking an underwater camera. It was a most enjoyable day. Would do it again

Excellent reef trips with really helpful and friendly staff

very good staff to passenger ratio and really friendly staff always ready to answer questions and help. Will do it again and hopefully soon!
Premium Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Cairns Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/05/2016

This activity is better when the weather is calm.

Our day out was a little rough, but who can pick the weather! We can see that on good days this trip would have been absolutely marvellous. Great lunch was provided and the staff were excellent. Hats off to Elvis - he was especially the life and soul of the trip.
Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Wayne, 08/04/2016

Wonderful trip highly recommend value for money excellent.

Trip wonderful the guide was really knowledgeable - Jayson. Value for money great. The Seastar Great Barrier Island snorkeling trip also value !! You were well looked after another great trip.
Daintree Wilderness & Cape Tribulation Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Elizabeth, 07/10/2016

Great boat, friendly staff and good food.

The tour was very well organised, the boat left on time. All facilities and equipment were of a very high standard and staff very friendly. Easy and enjoyable day.
Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Jodie, 07/01/2016

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