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
- 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
- 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.
Great Barrier Reef Tours | 2 In 1 Deal | An Island and Outer Reef Adventure
- Departs From: Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street
7 hours (approx)
The best value Great Barrier Reef Combo reef tour in Cairns. Visit a tropical island and the outer Great Barrier Reef in one day for a budget price! Scuba dive, snorkel, scenic helicopter flights, semi-submersible submarine tours, scuba doo, underwater observatories, meals and more.
Cairns Full or Half Day Outer Great Barrier Reef Tour | Upgrade to Helicopter Package
- Departs From: Marlin Marina (A Finger - Gate 5) 8:20am
8 hours (approx)
A great value outer Barrier Reef tour from Cairns visiting 2 coral reef sites where you can snorkel and scuba dive and even upgrade with a scenic helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef
Green Island Tours | Full Day Snorkel & Dive Adventure | Cairns | Great Barrier Reef | Australia
- Departs From: Marlin Marina
7 or 5 hours on Green Island
Boat ride 45 minutes each way
Visit a tropical island just of Cairns and scuba dive, snorkel, ride a glass bottom boat and a semi-submersible submarine. Try Seawalker helmet diving or take a scenic helicopter ride from the beach over the Great Barrier Reef
Port Douglas Reef Tours - Great Barrier Reef Tours
- Departs From: Marina Mirage Port Douglas
10:00 - 16:30
The premier outer Great Barrier Reef tour from Port Douglas takes guests to a huge stable platform on the Agincourt Ribbon Reef where they can snorkel,dive, ride the submarine, take a scenic helicopter flight and more
Great Barrier Reef Tour | Cairns | 3 Dive & Snorkel Reefs
- Departs From: Reef Fleet Terminal Cairns
5 Hours to explore the Great Barrier Reef at 3 different sites
Return cruise approx 1.5 hours each way
Multi award winning Great Barrier Reef tour operator in Cairns. This fast boat has you visiting 3 magical coral reef sites in one day where you can scuba dive and snorkel the reef.
Daintree Rainforest Tours - Cape Tribulation - 4WD Bloomfield Track
- Departs From: Cairns, Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cairns Beaches, Trinity Beach, Thala Beach, Yorkeys Knob, Clifton B
10.5 hours (approx)
A very unique Daintree rainforest tour in purpose built high quality comfortable four wheel drive vehicles. A high seating seats and full length glass windows enable everyone to see the great outdoors. Our specialists rainforest guides talk to you along the way on our surround sound system so you can learn all about this fragile eco system
Aboriginal Cultural Tour Cairns | Daintree Rainforest Tour | Catch Bush Tucker
- Departs From: Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas
Cairns: 10.5 hours approx
Northern Beaches: 9.5 hours approx
Port Douglas: 8 hours approx
A truly immersive Aboriginal Cultural tour on Cooya Beach and the Daintree rainforest. Learn how to find and catch food, how to survive in the rainforests without shops. A terrific tour for the whole family
Daintree Rainforest Tour | Cheapest Best Value | Cape Tribulation Go Jungle Wild
- Departs From: Cairns, Port Douglas, Cairns Beaches
12 hours approx
Cheapest best value Daintree Rainforest jungle tour departing from Cairns daily. See native Australian animals, take a cruise down the wild Daintree River to spot ferocious crocodiles, explore the rainforest with your eco guide, enjoy a picnic lunch and take a walk on the famous Cape Tribulation beach.
Daintree Rainforest Tours | Cape Tribulation | Native Wildlife
- Departs From:
Travel to the Daintree Rainforest with one of Cairns longest term tour operators who specialise in the region. See native Australian animals, spot ferocious crocodiles in the wild on a Daintree River cruise and much more.Meals included.
Kuranda | Skyrail | Kuranda Train | Hartley’s Crocodile Park | Combo Package Tour
- Departs From: Cairns
9-10 hours approx
Book a Kuranda combo package tour and save!. Seeall there is in Kuranda and then spend the afternoon at Hartley's Crocodile Park. Save money and book a combo package tour
Ultimate Kuranda Day Tour | Train, Skyrail, Rainforestation & Butterfly Sanctuary | TW | CKBB/484B
- Departs From:
9.5 hours (approx)
Take a tour with us on the Ultimate Kuranda tour to see all the things to do, and things to see in Kuranda. Take a ride on the famous Kuranda train and the Skyrail gondola,visit the Butterfly Sanctuary and Rainforestation Nature Park. A full day tour you do not want to miss.
Kuranda Train | Skyrail Gondola | Half or Full Day Kuranda Tour
- Departs From: Cairns & Northern Beaches
Varies between 2.5 – 5 hours depending on how long you’d like to explore Kuranda. Refer to options in departure details.
1.5 hours (approx) Skyrail (including two stop off points)
1.5 hours (approx) Kuranda Scenic Railway - 10 minute stop at Barron Gorge
Take a full day or half day tour to Kuranda via the Kuranda train and the Skyrail gondola. Skip the queue tickets, discount vouchers to Kuranda attractions, pre-allocated train carriage seating and more.This is the best value Kuranda tour around Cairns.
- 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! Our 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
4 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!
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.
Cairns Scenic Flight Lizard Island Day Tour | DAINAIR
- Departs From: Cairns General Aviation Airport
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.
Cairns Liveaboard Dive Trips | 3 Day 2 Night Dive Luxury Dive Expeditions
- 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!
Barron River White Water Rafting | Half Day | FF
- 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
Bungy Jumping Cairns | Australia's ONLY Bungy Jump | AJ Hackett
- Departs From:
Allow 2 to 3 hours
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!
Tully River White Water Rafting | Full Day | TR | RnR
- 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
- 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
Daintree Rainforest | Mossman Gorge Tour | Daintree River Cruise
- 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