Cairns Attractions

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.

Daintree Rainforest

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

Kuranda Scenic Railway

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.

Cairns Esplanade

Cairns Esplanade

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.


Fitzroy Island

Fitzroy Island

Take a short ferry ride from Cairns to Fitzroy Island, where you can relax on beautiful beaches, go snorkelling, or explore walking trails through the lush rainforest.

Galleries and Markets

Rustys Market

Cairns is home to various art galleries and markets where you can discover local artwork, crafts, and delicious food stalls.

Cairns Botanic Gardens

Cairns Botanical Gardens

The Cairns Botanical Gardens are a peaceful oasis within the city. Visitors can stroll through themed gardens, including the tropical rainforest, the Aboriginal Plant Use Garden, and the Gondwana Heritage Garden, which showcases ancient plant species.

Cairns Aquarium

Cairns Aquarlum

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

Rainforestation Nature Park

In Kuranda, Rainforestation 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.

Crystal Cascades

Crystal Cascades

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.

Paronella Park

Paronella Park

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.

Atherton Tablelands

Atherton Tablelands

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

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

Barron Falls

Don’t miss Barron Gorge National Park if you’re a nature lover. It’s home to impressive waterfalls, including Barron Falls, and offers fantastic hiking trails through the rainforest.

Cairns Night Markets

Cairns Night Markets

For some evening entertainment and shopping, visit the Cairns Night Markets. You can find an array of local products and enjoy diverse food options.

Natural Attractions

Discover Australia’s Amazing Natural Attractions: Quinkan Rock Art and Chillagoe Caves Await!

For travellers seeking awe-inspiring adventures and unique cultural experiences, look no further than Quinkan Rock Art and Chillagoe Caves. These remarkable sites offer a glimpse into Australia’s rich history and natural beauty, making them must-visit destinations for any itinerary.

Quinkan Rock Art:

Journey into the heart of Queensland’s outback and uncover the ancient wonders of Quinkan Rock Art. Dating back thousands of years, these intricate rock paintings provide a fascinating insight into the culture and traditions of the Indigenous people who called this land home. Marvel at the vibrant colours and elaborate designs as you explore the rugged landscapes of the Quinkan Country, guided by knowledgeable local experts.

Chillagoe Caves:

Delve deep into the underground world of the Chillagoe Caves and discover a hidden realm of limestone formations, stalactites, and stalagmites. Explore underground chambers adorned with breathtaking natural sculptures and learn about the geological processes that shaped these incredible formations over millions of years. Guided tours offer a unique opportunity to witness the wonders of this ancient underground landscape, making it an unforgettable addition to any adventure in Far North Queensland.


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