Cairns

Things to do in Cairns

Ever watched a monkey swinging leisurely through a tree canopy, checking out the scenery, and wondered what it would be like to move so freely? Jungle surfing in the Daintree Forest at Cape Tribulation is the next best thing. An exhilarating eco-adventure for all ages – including little kids and elderly people – jungle surfing is a safe, must-do experience for visitors to Far North Queensland. You’ll love it! What is Jungle Surfing? Jungle surfing is a professionally guided tour of the forest canopy riding on flying fox ziplines. Along the way you’ll glide in for stops on secure platforms high up in huge trees. From here you can gaze out over the world heritage-listed Daintree Forest, down rushing fresh-water creeks and out to the spectacular Great Barrier Reef. Jungle surfing is a great way to experience the thrill of…

A visit to Cairns gives you the chance to experience one of the most awe-inspiring adventures on the planet: scuba diving on The Great Barrier Reef. Acclaimed as one of the world’s top scuba diving locations, The Great Barrier Reef is teeming with marine life, sea birds, and spectacular corals. A World Heritage Site, the reef covers 350,000 square kilometres and is the only life form visible from the moon. This wonderland is within easy reach of Cairns, making it the perfect location to learn scuba diving.   Scuba Diving – Your Options Whether you’re a beginner wanting to get your dive licence, a veteran diver, a pro wanting new skills for your CV, or simply want to try a one-off ‘resort dive’, your choices are many. Scuba diving is a way of life in the coastal Far North, so…

Fishing adventures in Australia’s legendary tropics can be truly magical, with some of greatest game fishing and light tackle opportunities in the world. And as well as giving you the chance to bag the catch of your dreams, Cairns fishing charters treat visitors to jaw-dropping scenery like world heritage-listed rainforest, majestic rivers and the spectacular Great Barrier Reef. Thanks to diverse, highly productive ecosystems, there is an astounding variety of fish species in the area.   Types of Cairns Fishing Charters The gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is uniquely positioned for thrilling fishing charters as it’s close to the continental shelf, reefs and vast estuarine and river systems. There’s an abundance of operators offering Cairns fishing charters, catering to all levels of experience and a range of budgets. Do your research and you should have no trouble finding…

Longing to lunch with a crocodile? Cuddle a koala? Lounge around with lemurs? Or get up close and personal with a snake? Then Cairns Tropical Zoo is the place for you. It’s unique ‘Zootastic 5’ wildlife encounter runs for an hour and although it does cost extra, it’s a memorable once-in-a-lifetime experience that comes with commemorative photos. If you’d prefer to keep your distance, or are sightseeing on a budget, there’s still plenty to see – and feed – at the award-winning Cairns Tropical Zoo.   Cairns Tropical Zoo is Wild This family-owned zoo offers a great mix of entertainment, education and wildlife conservation, with one of the biggest and most extensive collections of wildlife in North Queensland. It’s a great day out for families and tourists wanting to get close to Australia’s wonderful native creatures and cute imports such…

Just 200kms from Cairns awaits a true Outback experience: a historic desert town complete with country pub, old copper mines, stunning scenery, aboriginal rock art, wildlife, and awe-inspiring caves. Formed by the action of groundwater dissolving and reforming limestone rock, Chillagoe Caves are an extraordinary and extensive cave system. They are considered to be a world-class example of their kind and they’re well worth exploring.   Discover Chillagoe Caves If you’re driving your own vehicle to Chillagoe, get there early for the first tour – Donna Cave. All three of the most famous caves can be seen in one day with a guide. Chillagoe Caves tour tickets are available at Chillagoe’s pub or you can book a tour out of Cairns. Then, prepare to be amazed. Over 400 million years ago, the Chillagoe Caves began as coral reefs in a…

Located within the Daintree National Park and the Wet Tropics World Heritage area, the dramatic headland of Cape Tribulation is stunningly beautiful, unspoilt and remote. Although it’s located just two hours from Port Douglas by road, Cape Tribulation is considered to be off the beaten track. Little has changed for thousands of years in this coastal wilderness. You’ll see pretty much the same scenery as Captain Cook did.   Things to do at Cape Tribulation Here, where spectacular ancient rainforest and mangroves meet the ocean, there are once-in-a-lifetime eco-adventures and outdoor activities to be enjoyed. Walking is top of the list, with a chance you might not come across anyone else as you wander along the picturesque boardwalks, forest tracks and pristine beaches. It’s safe to go unguided, provided you follow signs and markers. However, guided walks, including night safaris,…

Although it’s just 100 kilometres from the city of Cairns, the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park seems like light years away from civilisation. This vast, pristine wilderness – much of which is inaccessible – has existed for over 110 million years. A living ‘green dinosaur’, Daintree National Park is the oldest rainforest on the planet. The Park features breathtaking mountain scenery and spectacular coastal landscapes. And it’s famous for its exceptional biodiversity: many rare species and massive populations of native birds live here.   Experiencing Daintree National Park Daintree National Park is an iconic destination and one of Australia’s most exciting and thrilling natural attractions. There’s loads to see, do and experience, including crocodile cruises, mangrove boat tours, 4WD adventures, heritage and nature walks, and bird-watching. If you’re after action-packed adventures, then excursions to the nearby Great Barrier Reef, sea…

The only living thing that is visible from space, Australia’s breathtakingly beautiful Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world. It is Earth’s largest and most spectacular coral reef system, with around 2,000 individual reefs, and 900 tropical islands – many of which can be explored. This vast World Heritage-listed paradise has the planet’s largest concentration of marine life. There are 1500 species of fish, 350 types of coral, and a plethora of sea creatures such as dolphins, porpoises, sea turtles, dugongs, sharks, monster gropers, gorgeous giant clams, and whales during the migration season. It’s easy to discover the Great Barrier Reef if you’re based in Cairns, as it’s close to the city.   Great Barrier Reef Must Do’s Diving into the Great Barrier Reef is number one on the list. Getting out there for…

The last thing you’d expect to top the list of must-sees near Cairns is an old castle with amazing gardens set amidst lush rainforest. This is a large part of Paronella Park’s magic: the beauty, history and architecture of this ‘secret in the jungle’ are all delightful surprises.   The Paronella Park Story 120 kilometres South of Cairns, Paronella Park at Mena Creek is one of Queensland’s most beloved treasures and a fascinating place to spend a day. Visitors report being spellbound by Paronella Park, and greatly moved by the inspiring story of its creation. The park was the life project of ‘The Spanish Dreamer’ – José Paronella. This gifted, artistic engineer and visionary came to Australia from Catalonia in 1913. He purchased the Park’s five hectares in 1929 and set about designing and building pleasure gardens, the castle, swimming…