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Best Sightseeing Tours in Cairns

Cairns is famous as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. It’s home to the Daintree Rainforest, and is located in North Queensland. Most of the tourists who come to Cairns are primarily attracted by the Great Barrier Reef, an attraction you can’t find anywhere else in the world.

 

You can relax on the cruise as it jets through the stunning forest of the Green Islands for about two hours. You can also go for glass bottom boat and see the marine life below you. You can relax on the beach and go for a swim or snorkeling too. The entire trip takes up to ten hours.

 

You can go for a two-hour tour of the Kuku Yalanji, where your tour guide will tell you about Australia’s ancient ways of life, the fishing and gathering techniques etc. You can walk along the white sandy beaches of the Cooya beach, see the coastal mudflats and mangrove habitat.

 

Visit Port Douglas to see the natural habitat of wild animals, you can see koalas, kangaroos etc. Visit Cape Tribulation and walk along the Cape Tribulation Beach and take a leisurely stroll on the beautiful white sand. You can also go for a guided tour of the rainforest. Head to the Daintree River cruise and enjoy your journey back to Cairns.
Some of the other activities you can do and places you can see are taking a day tour of Daintree and Ngadiku, go for a cooktown drive-fly adventure, tour the Kuranda rainforest, tour the Army duck rainforest, take a day tour of the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary etc. You can take a half day city tour of Cairns, where you can see St. Monica's Cathedral, Flecker Botanic gardens, Barron falls and Palm Cove etc. A three-day trip to Cape Tribulation and Cooktown will be an enriching and rejuvenating experience for you. A complete day tour of Cairns will let you see all the prominent places you will see in the half day tour and also see the Cairns CBD.

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    About the Activity:Get ready to see the best of Cairns and Great Barrier Reef in this amazing tour. Start your tour from Northern Beaches around 07:20 AM and from Reef Fleet Terminal, Cairns around 08:15 AM.Relax on the Island Reef cruises as you travel through the beautiful forest on the Green Islands for two hours. You can choose between relaxing on the beach or indulging in either snorkelling or glass bottom boat tour.At noon, embark on the Cairns city sightseeing and discover the place like never before. In Cairns, explore the rich cultural history of the city, it’s people, amazing Flecker botanical gardens, Barron Gorge National Park, waterfalls, and beaches.  Enjoy the delicious and refreshing tea while you enjoy the stunning views from the jetty at Palm Cove and return to Northern Beaches at 05:30 PM and Cairns around 06:00 PM.

    h10 Hours
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  • About the Activity:Indulge in a 2.5 hour tour of Kuku Yalanji and your guide will introduce you to the traditional fishing and gathering techniques including spear throwing and handling.Two time slots are available for this tour: at 09:30 AM and 01:30 PM.Join one of the Kubirri warra brothers Linc or Brandon Walker who will guide you for an informative walk along the white sandy beach and waters of Cooya Beach through coastal mudflats and mangrove habitat.Along the way your guide will highlight some of the coastal and mangrove plants which have long been used for medicinal purposes and food by the Kuku Yalanji people.At the end of the tour feast on your catch of the day with freshly home made damper and a refreshing drink.The tour location is Cooya beach in Queensland.

    h2 Hours
    Good 3.0

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    3678


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    Cape Tribulation

    About the ActivityStart your journey from the Cairns at around 7.30 AM and drive through the scenic coastal roads of Australia in an air-conditioned coach.After reaching, explore the Wildlife Habitat of Port Douglas and get a chance to behold the beautiful Australian wild animals like Kangaroos, koalas, etc. in their natural habitat.Enjoy a tropical lunch in one of the world class restaurants during your trip.Embark on the guided rainforest walk during your trip. Relax or just take a walk along the Cape Tribulation Beach in the white beautiful sands and sea waves.Enjoy the surroundings by heading for the Daintree River cruise.Head back to Cairns around 7.30 PM and end your trip with lots of memories.

    h12 Hours
    Very Good 4.0

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    7111


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    Cape Tribulation

    About the Activity Embark on this amazing two days tour of Cape Tribulation and get a chance to explore its beautiful locations in sufficient time.Start your trip from Cairns at around 7.30 AM and drive through the beautiful coastal roads in an air-conditioned coach, offering you the panoramic views of surroundings.On your way, enjoy the morning tea and fill yourself with energy for the day full of sightseeing and activities.Visit the wildlife habitat at Port Douglas and behold various beautiful Australian animals in their natural habitat.Enjoy a lip-smacking lunch during your trip on day one and head for the guided Rainforest Walk in Cape Tribulation.Embark on the Daintree River Cruise in search of saltwater crocodile.Enjoy a lip-smacking continental breakfast on the next day and visit some other locations.End your trip by heading back to Cairns at around 7.30 PM with lots of memories.

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    Cairns

    About the activity:Get picked up from your hotel or residence and travel to Tjapukai which is a centre for living history of the Indigenous people.Here you will enjoy 16 cultural experiences. You can learn to play the didgeridoo, discover the medicinal values of bush tucker, throw a spear and enjoy professional theatre incorporating traditional Aboriginal dance.Enjoy a cup of morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea at the Boomerang Restaurant .Afternoon, go on a guided tour and explore the highlights of Cairns like Visit St. Monica's Cathedral, Flecker Botanical Gardens etc.Enjoy a delicious tea at Cairns before starting your tour to the Barron Gorge National Park.End your trip in the evening after a visit to the park and head back home with lots of memories.

    d1 Day
    Very Good 4.0

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    7307


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    Cairns

    About the Activity:Embark on an adventurous excursion to North Australia on a unique 4 Wheel Drive to experience the captivating scenery and natural beauty in Australia.The journey begins as you are picked up from your hotel and driven along the sweeping vistas of Great Barrier Reef all the way to Cape Tribulation.You will also be crossing World Heritage areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rain forest.Have lunch at the  Bana Yirriji Art and Cultural Centre, Wujal Wujal which is located on the banks of the Bloomfield River with an opportunity to visit and talk with local Indigenous artists.Visit some of the iconic pubs and eateries and explore the Grassy Hill with a view of the mystical Black Mountain.Your tour finishes in Cooktown and includes transfers to Cook town Airport for the return 45 minute flight with Hinterland Aviation along the scenic Daintree Coast and the Great Barrier Reef.Departure time is: Cairns 6:30am, Beaches 7.00am & Port Douglas 8.00am and return to  Cairns General Aviation Airport 6.50pm.

    d1 Day
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    Cape Tribulation

    About the Activity:Set out on a tour that is steeped in culture and history of the Ngadiku civilization. The guided walk will enthrall you with tales of the living styles of the indigenous tribes.Start your tour after getting picked up from the mentioned location from Cairns 7.30 AM, Beaches 8.00 AM and Port Douglas 9.00 AM.Get welcomed with a traditional a smoking ceremony by the Aboriginal at Mossman Gorge.Pass through the picturesque rain forest on private walking trails while your guide narrates about the history and how the forest affects the everyday life of the tribes.Acquaint yourself with the use of traditional plants and identify the bushes, food and the procedures of making bush soaps and ochre paint.Enjoy swimming in the pristine rain forest clad water holes.The tour is conducted through Mossman Gorge in presence of its original Kuku Yulanji owners.End this exciting trip at after getting dropped back to your accomodation at Cairns 6.00 PM, Beaches 5.30 PM and Port Douglas 5.00 PM.

    d1 Day
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    Cairns

    About the ActivityIf you love the wildlife and want to explore its fauna, then this tour is the perfect fit for you.Get a chance to visit the Kuranda village, which should be on your bucket list if you want to explore the aboriginal life.For those who want to explore the wildlife of Australia, the tour offers shot trips to Army Duck Rain-forest and the Wildlife park.You will also get a chance to explore the forest while being hung up in the cable-way.The tour will conclude with a return transfer.

    d1 Day
    Very Good 4.0

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    Cairns

    About the Activity:Embark on this exciting Army Duck Tropical Tour which starts at 08:00 AM in the morning and witness the scenic appeal and the tranquility of this entire place.Its a great opportunity for naturalist and wildlife lovers as this tropical tour provides the perfect insight of the Kuranda village, Army Duck Rain-forest and the Tropical rain-forest.You can also indulge in Sky-rail Rainforest Cableway to explore the forest from a new dimension.The tour concludes at around 5:30 PM in the evening.

    d1 Day
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    8337


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    Cairns

    About the Activity:Indulge in this exciting Australian Butterfly Sanctuary tour by starting your journey at about 08:00 AM in the morning and witness the scenic appeal and the tranquility of this entire place.This is a great opportunity for naturalist and wildlife lovers as this tropical tour provides you with frequent spotting of rare and different butterfly species.Enjoy the company of various known and rare birds that flock on the distant trees as you walk through the surrounding thickets in the Army Duck RainforestEnjoy the view of Koala and Wildlife Park and transfer back at about 05:30 PM in the evening.

    d1 Day
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    4806


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    Cape Tribulation

    About the Activity:Tropical rainforest, coral ocean and wild rivers come together at Cape Tribulation, a couple of hours' drive north of Cairns.A lush tropical wonderland for nature lovers, Cape Tribulation is tailor made for tropical walks, swimming holes, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef from pristine beaches.This tour offers you a complete insight Cape  of the Australian wildlife like never before.Start your trip by getting picked up from your hotel in Cairns at around 07:30 AM to explore the scenic coastal area followed by wildlife at Port Douglas.Enjoy the fun activities like Crossing the Daintree river crossing in a cable ferry and jungle surfing canopy tour. Relish the delicious tropical lunch and relax at the Daintree river bank before departing back at 07:30 PM.  

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    11721


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    Cairns

    About the Activity:Get ready to witness some of the most beautiful attractions in Cairns city.Get picked up from your accommodation at 12:35.Start your Cairns tour around 01:00 PM at the Waters edge to the Great Barrier Reef. In the tour, visit St. Monica's Cathedral, Flecker Botanic gardens, Barron falls and Palm Cove.Enjoy a soothing afternoon tea and Scones at Cafe 88.End your day by strolling along the jetty and feel your toes dig deep in the sands shore while you witness the beautiful sunset and get dropped off around 06:00 PM.

    h5 Hours
    Very Good 4.0

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    Cairns

    About the Activity:A truly unique and offbeat travel destination, Cooktown offers some of the most fascinating nature escapes and sights to captivate your mind.You will be picked up from Cairns around 07:00 AM, from Beaches around 07:30 AM and from Port Douglas around 08:20 AM.Cooktown is the place where some of the most interesting events in Australia have occurred. This 3 day tour will take you across the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree River Cable Ride as well as Cape of Tribulation.Embark on bush safaries and beaches of Cape Tribulations along with the Australian Outback.Finish your trip after exploring Cooktown with a visit  to the World Class James Cook Museum or stroll along the shores of the Endeavour River.You will be dropped back to your accommodation in Cairns, Beahces in Cairns and Port Douglas around 09:30 PM, 09:00 PM and 08:30 PM respectively, on the last day.

    d3 Days n2 Nights
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    39183


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    Cairns

    About the Activity:Immerse yourself in a day to discover and explore a culture heaped in heritage and tradition like never before.Start your trip in the morning at around 9.00 AM.Daintree, known as the oldest living rain forest on the planet, is home to the Kuku Yalanji people. Walk along the coast and the mangroves before journeying to the incredible Mossman Gorge for a lunch.Your experienced Indigenous guide will demonstrate traditional use of plants to make bush soaps and ochre paint. After lunch, journey into the lush rain forest and experience the wild wonders of  jungle, home to vivid flora and diverse fauna.End your trip at around 7.30 PM 9(approx) get transferred back to hotel in Cairns.

    d1 Day
    Very Good 4.0

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    11034


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    Cairns

    About the Activity If you want to acquaint yourself with the Cairn's culture and lifestyle, the best way is to go on a city tour.Start your tour around 12.30 PM and visit various iconic tourist destinations of Cairns like Cairns CBD, St. Monica's Cathedral, Flecker Botanic Gardens, Barron Falls, and Palm Cloves.Enjoy the afternoon tea during your trip.Your trip will come to an end around 6.30 PM. 

    h5 Hours
    Very Good 4.0

    Starting from

    3678


Attractions

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Trinity Beach

This beach is the favourite beach of a true Cairns local. Trinity beach is an amazing beach known for its clear waters. The beach offers a beautiful ambience which never fails to impress anyone. Even more so than the other beaches, the locals and tourists mingle here to give it a much friendlier vibe. This beach is not far from the Cairns International Airport so it is a preferred destination and usually the first beach tourists end up going to.

The beach is cornered by two headlands which provides for an amazing Bay area for all popular activities to take place and thoroughly enjoy their varied pleasures. If you have come here with the sole intention of relaxing, the palm lined shores will just not fail to disappoint you. On the other hand, if adventure is what you seek, you should totally take up on the various tours on offer that leave from Trinity Beach at regular intervals.



Location: It is situated 20 km from the centre of Cairns.

Highlights: Various tours are organized to cater to different people and their budgets.

Best time to visit: September to November, March to May.
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Clifton Beach

Clifton is a serene local beach lined beautifully by swaying palm trees. This beach is great for children with its swimming net and playgrounds. There are facilities for BBQ so that you wouldn't have to go away looking to eat. You can enjoy all of your time under the big rain trees right here at Clifton. You can take a walk for kilometers on end enjoying the sunshine, with beach on one side and the Rainforest Mountain on the other.

You can walk right up to Palm cove and chow in its restaurants while laying around on a completely untouched natural environment that Clifton offers. Clifton rarely has tourists and is relatively undeveloped. Having no high risers, it is dotted with low lying beach front houses. This beach is great for family outings and privacy seeking lovebirds.



Location: Clifton is located 22 km north of Cairns.

Highlights: Local beach with less people and undeveloped areas. It is an ideal spot for having a little quiet time.

Best time to visit: September to November, March to May.
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Palm cove

Palm cove is the shy, quiet chilled out unique village which is referred to as the Spa capital of Australia. Some who visit it call it 'the ultimate tropical serenity'. It offers the best of tropical adventure with its reef, rainforest and indigenous culture. Relax by the ancient paper bark Melaleuca trees lining the casually styled esplanade. There are various world class beach resorts and hotels here to pamper you and further cater to your every whim and fantasy.

When you get tired of relaxing move out into the tropical sunshine and take part in Great Barrier Reef excursions and rainforest trips, go seeking thrill on a kayaking adventure or try fishing in your personal jetty. A Mecca of sophistication, Palm cove lets you pamper yourself with its various beauty salons and spas. Shop in its boutiques and take care of yourself by taking advantage of the health and fitness centers.



Location: It is located 27 km North of Cairns

Highlights: It is known as the Spa capital of Australia

Best time to visit: September to November, March to May.
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Cairns Botanic Gardens

The Cairns botanical gardens officially known as Flecker botanical garden is a botanic reserve in Collins Avenue. It is named after Dr. Hugo Flecker who is known for his immense botanical contribution to this place. Commenced on the 2 of February 2007, it has since become a world heritage listed site. It is also known as Fitzalan's Botanical gardens and Edge hill nursery.

Having a special place in Cairns history this garden has its native sausage tree kigella pantana, hoop pines Araucaria cunninghamii and Cook pine Araucaria columnaris. Further down the Goodwin street are the damson plum and a blue quandong. There are rainforest understory plants along the creek with a paperbarks and a Leichhardt tree. Aroids and gingers are a part of the garden as well. The walking area is non slippery due to the use of exposed aggregate concrete.



Location: Collins Ave, Edge Hill QLD 4870, Australia

Highlight: The garden has its theme based on the botanical historical evolution of the new Queensland region.
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Holloway's Beach

A Cairns residential beach, Holloway's is gaining popularity due to the establishment of a beach resort by the waterfront. It is an extremely narrow beach, with only two meters as its width. It is extremely apt for fishing as on a good day you can see many locals out with their fishing nets at Holloway's. There is also a popular cafe and hotel which makes Holloway's a brilliant destination. If you are looking for some privacy, turn right when you see the Holloway's beach sign.

There is a quite little spot only frequented by couple and artists. A turn left ahead is a shack, easily recognizable with its bluish yellow interiors, which is famous for its local alcohol made from various fruits. The friendly staff is sure to please you with their wide smile and Pleasant demeanor. There is a safety net for you during the stinger season, please be within it to avoid unnecessary complications.



Location: Holloways Beach is north of Cairns City.

Highlights: A small quite beach to explore your personal space.

Best time to visit: September to November, March to May.
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Machans Beach

Compared to other extravagant Cairns beaches, Machans is modest. Being closest to the city of Cairns it is easily accessible by most modes of transport. The kind of people that usually come here are those who are looking to get away from the madness of most Cairns' northern beaches. Machans offer a tranquil hippy style beach experience, much like the locals at the nearby Kuranda village.

The locals appreciate a quiet peaceful atmosphere as most of them are humble working class folks. They like the pristine natural beauty in their locality and have made great efforts to keep it that way. It also has a unique community centre which reflects the attitude if the locals that sets them apart from other communities at Cairns. You can enjoy the local salsa and mother /daughter nights held at Machans.



Location: It is a suburb in the city of Cairns.

Highlights: Come here for the hippy style beaches and the eclectic local fare.

Best time to visit: September to November, March to May.
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Kewarra Beach

A beautiful coastal suburb, Kewarra Beach is a quiet locality in Cairns. It is a great idea to go for a relaxing stroll on this beach, while you hear the exotic birds chirping nearby. Kewarra Beach has the Coral Sea to the east and Kundarra National Park on its west. There is a little shopping centre on Poolwood Road. Pelican Park, a foreshore reserve is just adjacent to Kewarra.

The swimming enclosure here keeps the marine stingers far in the north end. The others reserves here are Crocodile Park and Brolga Park. There are many luxurious resorts here for your pleasure including Kewarra Beach resort and Palm Beach country club. It is just 20 minutes from Cairns, if you take the Captain Cook highway. Sun bus has a bus service which you can take to reach the beach.



Location: Kewarra is a coastal suburb in Cairns city.

Highlights: Kewarra has a lot of places to go around including many animal reserves including Crocodile Park.

Best time to visit: September to November, March to May.
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Ellis Beach

Lying beside the Coral Sea, Ellis is a beach in Tropical north Queensland. It is a home to a surf life saving club which organizes regular events and competitions throughout the year. Ellis Beach is named after Dick Ellis who was a shot firer for the New Queensland department of main roads. When he lost his hand in an accident, the state government built him a house on this beach. He tended and created a mango garden which still exists.

One has to be careful of stingers here during the months of November to May, though there are patrols who make sure of safety standards. This beach was also featured in the fourth season of the amazing race. It is famous for its pumice stones which line the shore. Many revelers can be seen collecting them as it is a major hobby cultivated by the locals. The food available is said to be some of the best in Cairns.



Location: It is located 31 km North of Cairns

Highlights: The specialty of the Ellis Beach is the beautiful pumice stones found along the shore.

Best time to visit: September to November, March to May.

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