Explore destinations

Cairns

Explore deals, travel guides and things to do in Cairns
What to know

Popular activities in Cairns

Great Barrier Reef Full Day Tour from Cairns
★ 5.0
(4)
300+ Booked
Instant Confirmation

From US$ 129.25

Fitzroy Island Day Tour & Water Activities
★ 4.4
(71)
1K+ Booked
Bestseller

From US$ 51.69

Kuranda Skyrail and Scenic Rail Day Trip with Hotel Pick Up from Cairns, Northern Beaches, or Port Douglas
★ 4.5
(14)
200+ Booked
Instant Confirmation

US$ 126.29

US$ 108.55

Fitzroy Island Ferry Transfer Ticket from Cairns
★ 4.4
(26)
800+ Booked

US$ 51.69

From US$ 48.89

Great Barrier Reef Snorkel, Dive and Helicopter Flight Full Day Tour
★ 5.0
(3)
50+ Booked
Instant Confirmation

From US$ 234.85

Kuranda Scenic Railway Heritage Class Admission in Cairns
★ 4.6
(52)
1K+ Booked
Bestseller Instant Confirmation

From US$ 36.95

Whole Day Green Island Reef Cruise Tour from Cairns
★ 5.0
(6)
200+ Booked

From US$ 73.10

Cape Tribulation, Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge Day Tour from Cairns
★ 4.8
(4)
200+ Booked
Instant Confirmation

US$ 136.65

US$ 130.15

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures Park Admission Ticket in Cairns
★ 4.9
(37)
800+ Booked
Instant Confirmation

US$ 31.75

From US$ 30.29

Army Duck Tour with Skyrail Cable Car and Kuranda Scenic Railway Ride
★ 4.3
(88)
1K+ Booked
Bestseller

US$ 140.30

From US$ 133.29

Experiences for everyone in Cairns

Cairns Rainforest Adventure
Venture through rainforests to by railway or cableway and get acquainted with local nature
View activities
The Great Barrier Reef
No traveler to Cairns can miss out on the marine wonder of Australian World Heritage
View activities
Take A Dip!
Cool off from Cairns' tropical climate by splashing around in Australia's pristine waters
View activities

Why people love Cairns

This was the best group tour i have been on . Thanks to our guide Simon and Tim . Our group of 10 would have been a handful for anyone else but Simon was so knowledgeable he had everyone captured on every word. Thank you to you to Tim for being the best driver and keeping us all safe on those corners. Very well put together Active Tropic Explorer we will be back !

Top sights in Cairns

Known as the world’s gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is the perfect destination for travelers seeking some sun and sea! Though the city offers a multitude of attractions on the water, such as snorkeling and visiting Fitzroy Island, it also has an endless variety of activities on land - for instance, you can check out the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway or Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. With its luxury resorts & hotels, charming souvenir shops, cozy bars, and tour offices everywhere, you’ll never run out of things to do in Cairns.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

With its stunning views of the city and the rainforest, it’s no surprise that the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is one of the top tourist attractions in Cairns. After you board your gondola, you’ll glide over toward the jungle’s canopy, where you’ll witness the majesty of one of the world’s oldest rainforests. The attraction also offers an audio tour through the app, an optional upgrade to a cable car with a glass floor, and a train ride back to Kuranda to see the rainforest up close.
View More

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Travel in style by taking the Kuranda Scenic Railway, a unique rail journey that takes you through the Wet Tropics, a world-heritage rainforest that’s millions of years old! During the trip, you’ll enjoy the beautiful sights of nature as you pass by striking waterfalls tumbling into ravines and lush greenery teeming with wildlife. You’ll also get to know more about the rainforest and the railway’s history with the English commentary on-board. For the best experience, get a window seat for uninterrupted views.
View More

Rainforestation Nature Park

Learn about Cairns’ local flora and fauna at the Rainforestation Nature Park! Located within the Kuranda forest, you’ll get to meet some of the country’s most popular animals like kangaroos, koalas, and crocodiles. You’ll also explore the rainforest with a guide aboard an authentic World War 2 Army Duck and witness indigenous Australians as they showcase a traditional dance, a spear presentation, and perform with the didgeridoo. An optional buffet lunch is also available at an on-site restaurant should you wish to try out some Australian cuisine.
View More

Barron Falls

If you’re not sure what to do in Cairns during a day off, try visiting Barron Falls to see one of the most beautiful views in Australia! The falls can also be seen aboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway or the scenic train route, but you can also drive to the falls and explore the attraction’s walkways and glass-bottom viewing platform for a better view. Though the falls are spectacular year-round, it’s at its best during the wet season (November - March) when the falls are fuller.
View More

FAQs about Cairns

What is Cairns Best Known For?

When is the Best Time to Visit Cairns?

Where is the Best Location for Tourists to Stay in Cairns