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 Tours - Attractions - 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?
- Barefoot Tours
- Ocean Freedom
- Flyboard Cairns
- Raging Thunder White Water Rafting
- Reef Experience
- Paradise Sports Fishing
- Tusa Dive
- Pro Dive
- 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 Attractions & Tours 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.
- Green Island
- Kuranda Scenic Railway & Skyrail
- Cairns Harbour Cruises
- Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
- Michaelmas Cay
- Cairns Night Zoo
- Frankland Islands
- Breakfast with the Birds
- Cairns Adventure Harbour Tour
- Discover Cairns
Cairns Attractions and Tours 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 & Attractions 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!
- Bungy Jumping
- White Water Rafting
- Jungle Surfing
- Bad Fishy
- Hummer Night Adventures
- Fitzroy Island Sea Kayaking
- NQ Watersports Jet Skiing
- Scuba Diving the Great Barrier Reef
Fantastic Tours & Attractions 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!
- Half Day Green Island Tour
- Discover Cairns
- Cairns Harbour Cruise
- Dinner Show
- Half Day Rainforest Tour
- Hot Air Balloon flight
- Paronella Park
- Kuranda Day Tour
- Non Swimmer Tours Great Barrier Reef
- 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.
Rainforest & Waterfalls Backpackers Full Day Tour Incl. Swimming - Go Barefoot Tours
- Departs From: Cairns
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. Backpackers love this tour and come back for more. Be quick book early as we only take small groups on our adventure
Cairns Night Tours | The Hummer 4WD Adventure
- Departs From: Cairns City, Cairns Northern Beaches
3 hours (approx)
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!
Undara Lava Tubes Overnight Scenic Flying Tour | Cairns
- Departs From: Cairns General Aviation
Soar across the diverse landscape of North Queensland into the Australian outback to arrive at Undara, a district of over 160 ancient volcanoes and spectacular Lava Tubes formed when lava spewed from the Undara volcano. Immerse yourself and stay overnight in restored Railway Carriages or Pioneer Huts, soak up the glorious outback sunset then descend into the primordial depths of the lava tubes. On the way home we show you the magnificence of Queensland’s high country before swinging out over the mesmerizing scenery of the Great Barrier Reef. A unique spectacle filled two days and one night, a perspective you never get from ground level. Book this amazing private charter aerial experience with 3 of your friends or family for a journey you will relive for a lifetime. Hew your personal pilot is highly experienced in the region and provides you with historical commentary along the way.
Cairns Best Super Combo Package Pass | Jet Boat & 4WD Hummer Night Tour | Int-C
- Departs From: Cairns
Jet Boat: 1 hour (approx)
Night Hummer Tour: 3 hours (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.
Lizard Island Private Charter Scenic Flying Tour | Cairns
- Departs From: Cairns General Aviation
Lizard Island on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the sanctuary of sanity for many a celebrity, trophy winning grounds for sports fishermen, the idyllic hideaway for honeymooning couples, the place of peace and plenty for overworked executives or the place for the lucky few ordinary holiday makers looking for somewhere extraordinary in an exotic destination. This world recognised island is remote from the paparazzi and offers guests the ultimate in rest, relaxation and pampering for their every need.
Liveaboard Dive Trips Cairns | 3 Day 2 Night Dive Expeditions | MV-PD
- Departs From: Cairns, Cairns Beaches
Vessel departs 7am on Day 1 - Returns 3:30pm Day 3
This is one of the best high quality liveaboard scuba diving adventures on Australia's Great Barrier reef. Double air conditioned cabins, singles and twin share. Dive the amazing world re-known Cod Hole on the northern section of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Book early!
Bungy Jumping Cairns - AJ Hackett
- Departs From: Cairns, Port Douglas, Cairns Beaches
The site is open for jumping everyday from 10.00am till 5.00 PM
Backpackers are not the only adventurous one's when it comes to adrenaline sports even the oldies can Bungy Jump or Minjin Swing in Cairns. Bungy jump from our tower on a BMX bike or Bungy jump on a chair. You can even Bungy jump blindfolded now that is weird!
RNR Tully River Rafting Full Day - TR
- Departs From: Cairns, Mission Beach
From Cairns 11.5 hours (approx)
From Mission 8.5 hours (approx)
White water rafting in the World famous Tully river just has to be done when you visit Cairns & Mission Beach. You will be scared as anything but extatic with excitement at the same time. Scream thru white water rapids with names like Ninja shute, Killer falls, Wet & Moisty & Satans toilet bowl. Book this one early for your seat on this great white water rafting tour
Foaming Fury - Barron River White Water Rafting
- Departs From: Barron River, Cairns
Half Day - approx 2 hours of White Water Rafting
A really great fun half day white water rafting tour in Cairns Queensland Australia. The teenagers and mum and dad will enjoy this rafting tour which operates in the scenic Barron River. If you do get the chance in between negotiating the rapids take note of your beautiful rainforest surroundings
- Departs From: Cairns
2 to 4 hours (return trip from accommodation)
Skydiving in Cairns is a day tour that is in very high demand not only for backpackers but also for locals and other visitors alike. Even grannies and grandads do a skydive from Cairns occassionaly. you can skydive to the cane fields or you can sky dive down onto a beach but book early
Cairns Horse Riding - Blazing Saddles Adventures
- Departs From: Cairns, Cairns Beaches, Yorkeys Knob
Come on a horse back ride with us in the Cairns northern beaches just 20 minutes from Cairns and 15 minutes from Palm Cove and Trinity Beach. Great for all families and age groups and all levels of riders. Combine your horse ride with an ATV Quad bike tour also for a day of adventure and action. Free coach transfers from you holiday accommodation
1 Day Tour | Cape Tribulation & Daintree Rainforest | Mossman Gorge | Daintree River Cruise | TH 3
- Departs From:
11 hours (approx)
You just have to jump on board this small rainforest tour to visit the World Heritage Daintree and Cape Tribulation rainforests. Take a wild river cruise down the Daintree to spot ferocious crocodiles with names like Fat Albert or Scar Face, see pristine rainforest lined beaches, enjoy a lovely lunch in scenic surroundings and then head to beautiful Mossman Gorge to take a walk with an indigenous rainforest guide and learn the secrets of this rainforest people and learn how they survived and lived here for hundreds of years