Things to do in Cairns & the Tropical North
  • Historic Village Herberton, Kuranda Village and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

    Historic Village Herberton, Kuranda Village and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

    Arrive at Herberton Historical Village at approximately 10am. Explore the Herberton Historic Village collection currently featuring over 50 original out house buildings with intact interior displays, original machinery and vehicles, plus thousands of antique items and period memorabilia. Next, visit Kuranda Village where you can enjoy a rainforest walk and take a scenic view of…

  • Fitzroy Island Catamaran Transfers from Cairns

    Fitzroy Island Catamaran Transfers from Cairns

    Enjoy the picturesque surrounds of Fitzroy Island. Our full day tour departs Cairns at 930am, arriving at the island in less than an hour. The return trip to Cairns picks up at the Fitzroy Island jetty approximately 4.15pm, returning to Cairns by 5.30pm. Snorkel Hire and Glass Bottom Boat are also available for pre bookings,…

  • Kuranda Rainforestation & Kuranda Scenic Rail (R1BT)

    Kuranda Rainforestation & Kuranda Scenic Rail (R1BT)

    Join Tropic Wings, the longest established coach operator in Cairns, for a full day adventure to Kuranda, located in the middle of World Heritage Rainforest. Your experience includes a visit to the award-winning Rainforestation Nature Park, where you can take a tour on a historic World War II Army Duck, as well as feed a…

  • One Way Private Transfer 1 to 3 Passengers from Cairns to Silky Oaks

    One Way Private Transfer 1 to 3 Passengers from Cairns to Silky Oaks

    We are a locally family owned and operated company with more than 30 years’ experience in transport and tourism. We take pride in offering a friendly, outstanding service at an affordable price. We live here because we love it.

  • Cairns to Port Douglas Shuttle Services,

    Cairns to Port Douglas Shuttle Services,

    Relax and take in the ocean views while on board this reliable, comfortable shared shuttle bus service from Cairns City, Cairns Airport, Palm Cove to Port Douglas.

  • Daintree River Wildlife Cruise – Early Morning

    Daintree River Wildlife Cruise – Early Morning

    Daintree River Wild Watch offers you an early morning bird-watching tour experience.Not only is it a special time on the river that only early mornings can offer, but it is the optimum opportunity for some great bird-watching and photography.

  • Fun, Falls and Forests Day Trip from Cairns

    Fun, Falls and Forests Day Trip from Cairns

    Choose this Famous day tour from Cairns and enjoy a fantastic fun filled journey through North Queensland’s spectacular Atherton Tableland’s Region.  This is no ordinary tour..  You will be  going on a unique journey through stunning scenery, lush rainforest, swimming in pristine waterfalls and crater lakes. You will visit Babinda Boulders, Josephine Falls, Milla Milla Falls…

  • Chillagoe Caves and Outback Day Trip from Cairns

    Chillagoe Caves and Outback Day Trip from Cairns

    The only Outback Full-Day Tour from Cairns and Port Douglas! Explore the Chillagoe Caves, Granite Gorge and other gems of the Australian Outback on a full-day tour from Cairns. With a naturalist guide, you’ll travel by 4WD vehicle through the McAllister Ranges, the Great Dividing Range and the Australian Outback while listening to informative commentary…

  • Kuranda Day Tour, TKS-RFS GRAND GOLD PLUS 0930

    Kuranda Day Tour, TKS-RFS GRAND GOLD PLUS 0930

    Small tour operator – that means you get the best service/attention.SE Asian language abilities and understanding customers culture and background.Packaged tour means you save time and money.Drinking water bottle for all customers.Not much people on board that means we are quick and don’t waste time picking many customers from many places.Local Tour Guide and the…

  • Cairns 4WD Waterfall and Rainforest Tour Including Kuranda Scenic Railway

    Cairns 4WD Waterfall and Rainforest Tour Including Kuranda Scenic Railway

    On this 10-hour tour from Cairns, spend the morning exploring the lush scenery of the surrounding rainforest in a 4-wheel-drive vehicle that takes you into Barron Gorge National Park and Kuranda National Park, part of the Wet Tropics of Queensland UNESCO World Heritage site. With an exclusive-access pass, you’ll visit areas not open to the…

  • Waterfall and Wallabies Sighting Tour

    Waterfall and Wallabies Sighting Tour

    Excellent service, 13 Years of local experience, Many Asian language speaking abilities, We do our best of our possibilities to make sure you enjoy every minute during the tour.

  • Kuranda Day Tour + HotAir Balloon Combo

    Kuranda Day Tour + HotAir Balloon Combo

    Saves time, Money and energy doing this combo all inclusive tour covering Hot Air Balloon and Tour to Kuranda includes everything and made easy for you.

  • 3-Day Best of Cairns Combo: The Daintree Rainforest, Great Barrier Reef, and Kuranda

    3-Day Best of Cairns Combo: The Daintree Rainforest, Great Barrier Reef, and Kuranda

    Enjoy three fun filled days exploring the Great Barrier Reef, including a free Introduction Dive; Glide over the Rainforest canopy on board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, enjoy free time in Kuranda Village before returning by the amazing Kuranda Scenic Train. Finish your three days with a visit to the ‘oldest rainforest on earth’ with a…

  • Goldsborough Valley Tour: Stand up Paddle through sacred lands

    Goldsborough Valley Tour: Stand up Paddle through sacred lands

    Explore the beautiful river by paddle board, the crystal clear waters are breathe taking filled with history, spectacular views and the opportunity to see a part of Cairns that is a true hidden gem of CairnsI bring mask and snorkels too so you can check out the the crystal clear waters in this Tropical World…

  • Kuranda Tour Deluxe Course with Kuranda 3 Zoos or Free Course

    Kuranda Tour Deluxe Course with Kuranda 3 Zoos or Free Course

    Kuranda is surrounded by the oldest rainforest on the earth and home to an incredible array of plants and animals. Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey comprising views of dense rainforest, picturesque waterfalls within the world Heritage listed Barron Gorge National Park. Kuranda Village in the Rainforest offers you the chance to explore ancient…

  • Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns

    Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns

    Don’t miss the chance to go for a hot-air balloon ride over Far North Queensland’s Atherton Tablelands – it’s one of the top “must do” activities when visiting the tropics. You have the choice of pick-up from Cairns, the Northern beaches or Palm Cove hotels.

  • Premium Van, Private Transfer, Cairns City – Cairns Airport

    Premium Van, Private Transfer, Cairns City – Cairns Airport

    Tour Logistics pride themselves in offering a premium, friendly service. With many years experience and a highly trained, dedicated team; customer service is paramount. Locally owned and operated, Tour Logistics is located just minutes from Cairns Airport.Premium private transfer service to Cairns Airport in our comfortable, professional van. Complimentary infant and child seats and free…

  • Kuranda Day Tour, TKS-3 Wildlife Gold 930

    Kuranda Day Tour, TKS-3 Wildlife Gold 930

    Small tour operator – that means you get the best service/attention.SE Asian language abilities and understanding customers culture and background.Packaged tour means you save time and money.Drinking water bottle for all customers.Not much people on board that means we are quick and don’t waste time picking many customers from many places.Local Tour Guide and the…

  • Private Waterfall and Rainforest Day Tour

    Private Waterfall and Rainforest Day Tour

    Take a full, 11-hour day tour, and explore the very best of North Queensland. From lush tropical rain-forests and cascading waterfalls, to natural rock-slides and hidden waterfall caves. Filled with fun, full of laughter and music with just the right amount of interesting local commentary. Your guide is the most knowledgeable and passionate in the…

  • Cairns Adventure Package- 4 tours in 3 days!

    Cairns Adventure Package- 4 tours in 3 days!

    4 awesome adventures in 3 days!  See the tropics from the water on day one with a relaxing morning tubing and an afternoon tackling the Barron River on our White-Water Rafting tour.  Travel through the Atherton Tablelands on day 2 with Waterfall Wanderers and explore the oldest continually surviving rainforest in the world, the Daintree,…

  • Premium Van, Private Transfer, Cairns City – Cairns Airport

    Premium Van, Private Transfer, Cairns Airport – Palm Cove.

    Tour Logistics pride themselves in offering a premium, friendly service. With many year’s experience and a highly trained, dedicated team; customer service is paramount. Locally owned and operated, Tour Logistics is located just minutes from Cairns Airport.Premium private transfer service from Cairns Airport to Palm Cove in our comfortable, presentable van. Complimentary infant and child…

  • Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns

    Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns

    Escape to Fitzroy Island, a tropical island on the Great Barrier Reef located only 45 minutes by high-speed ferry from Cairns. Spend your day doing as much or as little as you please; relax on the beach, swim and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, take a glass-bottom boat tour – the choice is yours.…

  • Cairns Aquarium Marine Life Encounter Ticket with 2-Course Lunch

    Cairns Aquarium Marine Life Encounter Ticket with 2-Course Lunch

    The ultimate experience!Imagine hand-feeding gentle Cownose Rays on a privately escorted Aquarium tour! Learn how we care for and rehabilitate sea turtles at the Turtle Hospital. Go behind-the-scenes to see our food preparation, research and quarantine areas, and enjoy a River Monsters scatter feed. Finish with an optional 2 course lunch at Dundee’s Restaurant at…

  • Cairns Jet Boat Ride

    Cairns Jet Boat Ride

    Zoom around the waters of Cairns on a thrilling 35-minute jet boat ride in the Trinity Inlet! Your jet boat speeds, spins and splashes as you cool down in the tropical heat. As you zip through the scenic waterway, watch for landmarks that your expert skipper points out. Who knows, you might even spot a…

  • Double Pack-Ancient Rainforest and Waterfalls!

    Double Pack-Ancient Rainforest and Waterfalls!

    This tour is 2-days of adventure seeing the best of the Cairns region. Explore the waterfalls, volcanic craters and lakes of the Atherton Tablelands with Waterfall Wanderers and then venture through the Daintree- the oldest rainforest in the world-to Cape Tribulation with Active Tropics Explorer.


All about Cairns & the Tropical North

When to visit

The spring months of September and October offer temperate weather and lower numbers of visitors—it’s the perfect time to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and wander through the lush Daintree Rainforest. In the evenings, take a dip in the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon that looks over the ocean, or chill out with the locals on one of the patio bars around the city.

Getting around

Cairns has gorgeous beaches, hikes, and other things to do outside the city center. To explore the nature surrounding Cairns, it’s best to rent a car, or, if you’re not comfortable driving on the left side of the road, hire a driver. Otherwise, the downtown core and central neighborhoods are walkable, and Cairns’ public transit service is extensive and convenient.

Traveler tips

Visit the Mossman Gorge Cultural Centre at the entrance to the Daintree Rainforest to learn about the culture of the Indigenous Kuku Yalanji people. At the center, Indigenous guides offer Dreamtime Walks for visitors, sharing the deep connection between the Indigenous people and the land. The art gallery and gift shop gives you the option to stock up on souvenirs while discovering the artistic traditions of the region.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is 3 days enough in Cairns?

Yes, three days lets you visit the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest and allows you to discover Australia’s colourful natural diversity. It also gives you time to visit the Mossman Gorge Cultural Centre where you can learn about the history and culture of the Aboriginal Kuku Yalanji people.

What do people do in Cairns?

Exploring the nearby Great Barrier Reef is a top experience, whether you take a glass-bottom boat cruise or opt for a scuba diving tour. Later, unwind in the city on one of the many restaurant patios, or enjoy a sunset stroll along the waterfront esplanade.

Is Cairns worth going to?

Yes. Cairns is known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, and nearby Daintree Rainforest offers a tropical climate and biodiversity. The city itself is known for its laid-back atmosphere and walkable waterfront. Whether you’re looking for relaxation or adventure, Cairns has something to offer.

What to be careful of in Cairns?

Stingers (or box jellyfish) are found in the waters around Cairns and congregate closer to shore Nov.–May. Not all are dangerous, but many do cause an uncomfortable sting. Stinger nets protect the beaches in these months, but many swimmers wear a full body suit to avoid the smaller stingers.

What is the best month to visit Cairns?

Sep. is an excellent time to visit. The number of visitors tends to be low, so you’ll have lots of ocean to yourself, and the temperature hasn’t reached its peak. There’s also a lower risk of stingers in this month, so cautious swimmers can swim without worry.

Is the water warm in Cairns?

Summer (Dec.–Feb.) offers the warmest water, when sea temperatures reach a balmy 84°F (29°C). It never gets truly cold—the winter average is 74°F (23°C). Make sure to follow local directives regarding the risk of stingers in the water.