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Cairns offers endless possibilities to explore, learn and meet interesting people. The nature is breathtakingly beautiful and the people friendly and helpful. There’s always something exciting going on and if you’re all adventured out, there are plenty of options when it comes to taking it easy, and hey - why not get a nice tan while you’re relaxing?

The Esplanade

The Esplanade is full of cafés and restaurants and there are also bbq areas where you can sit down with friends and use the big grills. Stroll along the promenade, splash about in the famous lagoon, enjoy some of the free events or just soak up the sun!


Great Barrier Reef

No trip to Cairns would be complete without a day spent exploring the Great Barrier Reef. One of the largest and most experienced reef cruise operators is Quicksilver, which operates daily cruises to the outer reef and islands from Cairns and Port Douglas. The company has over 50 Great Barrier Reef dive sites and eleven major vessels in its fleet.

AddressReef Fleet Terminal, Cairns
Phone+61 7 4087 2100

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Discover the aboriginal cultural park showcasing the culture and beliefs of the rainforest people of Tropical North Queensland through theatres, stage shows, boomerang/spear throwing & bush medicine.

AddressWestern Arterial Road, Caravonica, Cairns
Phone+61 7 4042 9900

White Water Rafting

There are three rivers in Cairns suitable for rafting, each with its own degree of difficulty. It is a great experience and also team building to face the impressive rapids together. RnR White Water Rafting is a White Water Rafting specialist in Australia and they offer a wide range of different tours.

Barron River is a Grade 3 which makes it perfect for everybody in the ages 13 to 99.

Tully River is a Grade 4 and contains up to 45 rapids, while you’re at it, try raft surfing, rapid swimming and rock jumping with your guide.

North Johnstone is a Grade 5 and the trip spans over 4 adventurous days with camping and helicopter rides.

Phone+61 7 4041 9444

Green Island

Tropical and magical Green Island is a unique part of the Great Barrier Reef with boardwalks that take you through the lush island rainforest of the National Park to the luxury of Green Island Resort where visitors can browse the shops or make use of the facilities including fresh water showers, change rooms, restrooms and lockers.

A half day or full day tour to Green Island gives you the option to snorkel, dive and swim in the clear island ocean waters, explore Green Island National Park, Scuba Dive, Parasail or simply relax on the white sandy beach.

AddressReef Fleet Terminal,1 Spence Street, Cairns
Phone+61 7 4051 0444

Jungle Surfing

Jungle Surfing is located on a private reserve 2,5 hours drive north of Cairns. The property borders the Daintree Cape Tribulation National Park and offers stunning rainforest as well as views over the Great Barrier Reef. Jungle Surfing is an exciting and adventurous way to experience the spectacular Daintree Rainforest and being up there in the canopy gives you unparalleled access to the heart of the Daintree.

AddressCape Tribulation, Cairns
Phone+61 7 4098 0043
More InfoCourtesy pick ups from all accommodation in Cape Tribulation is part of the deal when you purchase a Jungle Surfing tour with Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours.

Mossman Gorge

Amazing Mossman Gorge lies 80 kilometers north of Cairns. It is a river with magic blue green waters surrounded by enchanting rainforest. The water is refreshingly cool and it is a peaceful place to go swimming - beware of the rapids though. This area is part of the traditional homeland of the indigenous tribe of Kuku Yulanji.

AddressMossman Gorge
Phone+61 7 4099 7000

Cairns Rainforest Dome

Meet the animals and learn about the fragile ecology of the rainforest right in the heart of Cairns. This spectacular wildlife exhibit is enclosed by a 20 meter high glass dome on top of the Reef Hotel Casino. Be surrounded by birds such as parrots, cockatoos, lorikeets, doves and rosellas and see for yourself how cute the rainforest wallabies are.

AddressReef Hotel, 35-41 Wharf Street, Cairns
Phone+61 7 4031 7250

Cairns Botanic Gardens

Learn about Aboriginal plant use and wonder at the flora and fauna at this tropical oasis of 38 hectares of native Autralian gardens.

The Cairns Botanic Gardens area is divided into four distinct areas:

Flecker Gardens
Centenary Lakes
Mt. Whitfield Conservation Park
Tanks Art Centre

AddressCollins Avenue, Edge Hill, Cairns
Phone+61 7 4044 3398

Daintree Rainforest

Experience the splendour of this World Heritage listed rainforest. At around 1.200 km² the Daintree is the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest on the Australian continent.

AddressSuite 101 27-29 Wharf St, Cairns
Phone+61 7 4040 2177

Kurunda Scenic Railway & Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Board the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail for a breathtaking journey on one of the world’s most scenic operational rail journeys to the charming town of Kurunda and a return journey by cable car across the canopy of the rainforest.

AddressCairns Railway Station
Phone+61 7 4036 9333 / +61 7 4038 1555,
More InfoCairns Railway Station, Bunda Street and corner of Captain Cook Highway and Cairns Western Arterial Road

Cairns Historical Museum

Exhibition displaying the history of Cairns beginning with the Aboriginal and Islander beginnings as well as the early timber, mining and agricultural industries.

AddressCnr Lake & Shields St, City Place, Cairns
Phone+61 7 4051 5582

Cairns Regional Gallery

At this landmark heritage building you can see exhibitions showcasing the visual art of Far North Queensland.

AddressCnr Abbott & Shields Streets, Cairns
Phone+61 7 4046 4800

Muddy's Playground

Muddy's is located right on the Esplanade making it easy for you to find. It is a great place for the kids to run around, play and release some energy. There is a cafe for the parents to sit back and relax with a cup of coffee.

AddressEsplanade, Cairns

Cairns Golf Club

Cairns Golf Club offers a lovely course and located only five minutes from the city centre. The 18 hole course is set in tropical surroundings with lovely views and a rich bird life to enjoy while playing.

AddressKate St, Cairns
Phone+61 7 40 376 700