Cairns Activities - Things To Do

The Cairns region contains more adventurous activities and things to see and things to do than even the locals can hope to enjoy in one lifetime, so we could not possibly list every activity available to Cairns' visitors here on the one page so we will just highlight a few of the main attractions of the region to get you excited.

Backpackers, families, grey nomads, hippies, and everyone else that does not fit into these categories just love visiting Cairns for one reason or another to partake in a unique travel adventure in Mother Nature’s amazing playground

Whether you are coming to Cairns to see the Great Barrier Reef or the World Heritage rainforests or even our amazing wildlife you really are in for a treat so please make sure you stay for a minimum of one week and if possible stay even longer as there are so many places to visit and so many things to see and do you will be amazed  

There are full day tours, overnight tours, half day tours and even shorter tours to suit everyone and their holiday budgets. We recommend you stay in some budget to medium priced holiday accommodation and spend all of your money on the local experiences and attractions to ensure you see as much as you can in the time you have here.

The Top 3 Attractions and Activities in Cairns Queensland Australia

For the first time visitor they will have an itinerary that visits

  1. Great Barrier Reef
  2. Daintree & Cape Tribulation Rainforest
  3. Kuranda

These 3 local icons will be on every bucket list for a visitor to Cairns and Tropical North Queensland in Australia and you can immerse yourself in them in many different ways either overnight or a day tour and you can travel to these destinations on a multitude of transport such as helicopters, 4 wheel drive overland vehicles, the skyrail and Kuranda scenic railway, a private charter boat or a day tour to a tropical island by commercial ferry boat or you can even self-drive

For a full comprehensive list of all the things to see and do in the region of Cairns go to The Tour Specialists.

Cairns Attractions - Things to do in Cairns

The following activities are a mixture of tours and attractions; they can all be completed in a day, and can be enjoyed as a spur-of-the-moment decision. We will highlight some of Cairns most popular tours and most popular tour operators based on crowd sourcing so you can make up your own mind which of these activities will suit you and your fellow travellers.

 

Adventurous Cairns Activities

With over 300 days of sunshine, plenty of space, friendly locals, and the World Heritage-listed Daintree rainforest and Great Barrier Reef side by side, it’s easy to see why Mother Nature chose Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef to be the international hub of adventure holidays and home of nature’s theme park.

You can be one of the thousands of keen, fun-seeking travellers who flock to her theme park each year and swim, snorkel and scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef among thousands of colourful fish and coral just off the coast of Cairns.

Eco-certified tour providers, operate throughout Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef region so you can comfortably get back-to-basics and enjoy a truly unique, sustainable, eco-adventure.

Or maybe you would prefer to see a fire show before you drift over the Atherton Tablelands in a hot-air balloon and then touch-down for breakfast with a koala, tea with a cassowary or lunch with a crocodile?

  1. Barefoot Tours
  2. Ocean Freedom
  3. Flyboard Cairns
  4. Raging Thunder White Water Rafting
  5. Silverswift
  6. Reef Experience
  7. Paradise Sports Fishing
  8. Tusa Dive
  9. Pro Dive
  10. Passions of Paradise

Choose your own adventure in Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef! - Click on the tours tab above to find out more.

Cairns Activities for Young Families

Holidays are for most spending time relaxing with your family. There are some really great Cairns activities for families to enjoy together. No matter what age group your family consists of there are many age appropriate activities for everyone to join in on and receive and education on at the same time about our wonderful natural attractions in this part of our country.

For those families with the younger children that may also be travelling with the grandparents we would recommend more soft adventure activities and these are just a few of the things you can see and do below.

  1. Green Island
  2. Kuranda Scenic Railway & Skyrail 
  3. Cairns Harbour Cruises
  4. Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
  5. Michaelmas Cay
  6. Cairns Night Zoo
  7. Frankland Islands
  8. Breakfast with the Birds
  9. Cairns Adventure Harbour Tour
  10. Discover Cairns

Activities for Families Travelling with Teenagers

If you are coming to Cairns with teenagers then be prepared for a lot of fun, action and adventure as this town is known as the most exciting part of Australia for its wild tours and activities. Backpackers flock here in their thousands annually to try Bungy Jumping, white water rafting and skydiving down onto beaches oh as well as partying and meeting fellow travellers from the world over in all the nightclubs and bars in Cairns.

And again make sure you visit Cairns for more than a week otherwise you will kick yourself for not getting enough time to experience all there is to see and do with the family.

Top Tours & Activities for Teenagers in Cairns Queensland Australia    

If your kids are adventurous and have a bit of a dare devil in them and you are happy for them to try some of the thrill seeking tours in and around the region then we have a list below for you to show them and consider all of you trying them out together. Remember the family that screams together stays together!

  1. Bungy Jumping
  2. Skydiving
  3. White Water Rafting
  4. Jungle Surfing
  5. Flyboard
  6. Bad Fishy  
  7. Hummer Night Adventures
  8. Fitzroy Island Sea Kayaking
  9. NQ Watersports Jet Skiing
  10. Scuba Diving the Great Barrier Reef  

 

Fantastic Tours & Activities in Cairns for Older Travellers

When you are a little older you may not quite still be interested in jumping out of an aeroplane or bungy jumping but you still wish to see and do as much as you possibly can so we have put together a list of some full day tours and some half day tours that are a little more gentle for the middle aged and grey retiree travellers. These tours also suit solo or single travellers so that you may be able to meet up with other solo travellers and enjoy some outings and activities together.

When staying in Cairns these tours will all pick up from your holiday accommodation so there is no need for a rental car and the full day tours also include a lunch, morning and afternoon tea so again making it more convenient and you have no need to worry about those things and just enjoy your day tour. Combine this with some holiday accommodation that provides either a bed and breakfast or has a restaurant on site and you are set. There will be no need for shopping and cooking on this holiday!

  1. Half Day Green Island Tour
  2. Discover Cairns
  3. Cairns Harbour Cruise
  4. Dinner Show
  5. Half Day Rainforest Tour
  6. Hot Air Balloon flight
  7. Paronella Park
  8. Kuranda Day Tour
  9. Non Swimmer Tours Great Barrier Reef
  10. Visit Wildlife Parks

These are just a taste of the things to see things to do in Cairns and Tropical North Queensland but at least it will give you some idea of the local attractions. For more information we suggest you telephone our team of local tour specialists and ask them for more advice and assistance in planning your Cairns and Tropical North Queensland holiday on 07 40 59 59 59 and they will be pleased to assist 7 days a week.  

Dinner Falls Cairns

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Rainforest & Waterfalls Backpackers Full Day Tour Incl. Swimming - Barefoot Tours
  • Departs From: Cairns
  • Duration:

    7.30am - 8pm approx

    No real time restrictions throughout this tour. Relaxing and swimming at each location

If you are wanting to experience the amazing lakes and rainforests without the rushing around and crowds, go Barefoot! Barefoot Tours offers a fun, adventurous tour with plenty of time for swimming and exploring.

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The Beast - Hummer Adventures Cairns

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Cairns Night Tour - The Hummer 4WD Adventure - Int Coaches & Tours
  • Departs From: Cairns City, Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Duration:

    Depart 6pm Return 10:30pm

This is the ultimate off road Aussie bush adventure! Ride in a genuine American Military H1 Hummer at night through rugged bush terrain. Only 20 minutes from Cairns this tour takes you to a working cattle station for a campfire BBQ and the ride of your life!

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Cairns Super Combo 3 in One Pass

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Cairns Best Super Combo Pass - 4WD Hummer Night rider, Jet Boat and Zip Lining- Int Coaches
  • Departs From: Cairns
  • Duration:

    All three attractions: 5 Hours 30 minutes approx.

Your Cairns adventure starts right here! The tour that combines 3 exhilarating wild activities in one night. You get one Wet n' Wild jet boat ride, experience flying high on a mega zip line and the thrills of off road night ride adventure.

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Dive tour Cairns

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Dive Trips Cairns - Pro Dive - 3 Day 2 Night Liveaboard Certified Divers & Snorkellers
  • Departs From: Cairns, Cairns Beaches
  • Duration:

    Vessel departs 7am on Day 1 - Returns 3:30pm Day 3

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Bungy Jumping Cairns - AJ Hackett
  • Departs From: Cairns, Port Douglas, Cairns Beaches
  • Duration:

    The site is open for jumping everyday from 10.00am till 5.00 PM

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White Water Rafting Cairns - RnR White Water Rafting - Tully River Full Day Rafting
  • Departs From: Cairns, Mission Beach
  • Duration:

    Cairns 6.30am … Returns 6.00pm
    Mission Beach 7.30am … Returns 4.00pm

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Foaming Fury - Barron River White Water Rafting
  • Departs From: Barron River, Cairns
  • Duration:

    Half Day - approx 2 hours of White Water Rafting

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Skydive Cairns
  • Departs From: Cairns
  • Duration:

    2-4 hours (return trip from accommodation)

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Cairns Horse Riding - Blazing Saddles Adventures
  • Departs From: Cairns, Cairns Beaches, Yorkeys Knob

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Cairns Tropical Zoo
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    Cairns Tropical Zoo is open from 08:30 - 16:00

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Tropical Horizons - Cape Tribulation & Daintree Rainforest
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    Pick up approx 7am - 8am from accommodation returning at approx 5.30 - 6.30pm

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