Cairns Attractions start with our Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. Nowhere else in the World do two World Heritage sites sit side by side.
The Great Barrier Reef
Cairns is known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s most remarkable natural wonders. Visitors can take boat trips, snorkel, dive, or even take a scenic helicopter ride to experience the breathtaking beauty of this underwater paradise.
Just a short drive from Cairns, the Daintree Rainforest is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the oldest living rainforest in the world. It offers opportunities for hiking, wildlife spotting, and exploring its lush, tropical landscapes.
Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail
Enjoy a scenic journey through the rainforest with the Kuranda Scenic Railway or take a gondola ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Both options provide stunning views and a unique perspective of the region’s natural beauty.
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Learn about the rich culture and traditions of Australia’s Indigenous people at Tjapukai. You can experience traditional dance performances, spear-throwing, and even try your hand at boomerang throwing.
This picturesque waterfront area offers a lovely place to relax and unwind. You can dip in the Lagoon, picnic, or stroll along the scenic boardwalk.
Cairns Wildlife Dome
Located atop the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino, this wildlife dome provides a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with Australian wildlife, including koalas, crocodiles, and various bird species.
Take a short ferry ride from Cairns to Fitzroy Island, where you can relax on beautiful beaches, go snorkelling, or explore walking trails through lush rainforest.
Galleries and Markets
Cairns is home to various art galleries and markets where you can discover local artwork, crafts, and delicious food stalls.
Cairns Botanic Gardens
These gardens are a peaceful oasis within the city. Visitors can stroll through themed gardens, including the tropical rainforest, Aboriginal Plant Use Garden, and the Gondwana Heritage Garden, showcasing ancient plant species.
Ideal for families and marine enthusiasts, the Cairns Aquarium offers a chance to explore the diverse marine life of the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet. It features interactive exhibits, touch tanks, and a fantastic underwater tunnel.
Rainforestation Nature Park
Located in Kuranda, this park offers a memorable Aboriginal cultural experience, wildlife encounters, and an authentic Army Duck Rainforest Tour that takes you through land and water in an amphibious military vehicle.
For a refreshing natural adventure, head to Crystal Cascades, a series of freshwater swimming holes surrounded by lush rainforests. It’s a fantastic spot for swimming, picnicking, and immersing yourself in nature.
A historic and enchanting place, Paronella Park features romantic, Spanish-inspired gardens, waterfalls, and a castle. It’s a unique destination that transports visitors back in time.
A short drive from Cairns, the Atherton Tablelands offers a wealth of experiences, including exploring waterfalls like Millaa Millaa Falls, visiting local farms, and experiencing the charming townships of the region.
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
Get up close with Australia’s apex predator, the crocodile, at Hartley’s. They offer guided tours, boat cruises, and the chance to see crocodiles being fed.
Barron Gorge National Park
Don’t miss Barron Gorge National Park if you’re a nature lover. It’s home to impressive waterfalls, including the Barron Falls, and offers fantastic hiking trails through the rainforest.
Cairns Night Markets
For some evening entertainment and shopping, visit the Cairns Night Markets. You can find an array of souvenirs local products, and enjoy diverse food options.