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Things to do in Cairns

Deciding what to do in Cairns? This region has so many magical experiences and amazing attractions – you might want to plan some activities before you go!Tropical rainforests with cascading waterfalls, pristine beaches with gentle rolling waves, and a gorgeous saltwater lagoon are just some of the beautiful places to visit in Cairns. Plan a trip aboard Kuranda Scenic Railway, the railway through the rainforest, or take advantage of the location and enjoy some water activities such as diving, snorkelling, or fishing. Cairns truly has something for every traveller.
Great Barrier Reef
One of Australia's most incredible must-see attractions, a trip to Cairns isn't complete without a visit to the Great Barrier Reef. Whether you've never snorkelled before or you have a scuba-diving certification, getting into the water is a great way to get up close to the coral and marine life. Alternatively, hop aboard a glass-bottom boat tour.
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Sunlover Pontoon, Moore Reef
Daintree National Park
Just two hours from Cairns is the largest tropical rainforest in Australia, The Daintree National Park. Thought to be more than 110 million years old, the Daintree is home to the largest range of animals in the world, not to mention the plant life! Keep your camera handy – there are so many beautiful sights to see here.
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Daintree Discovery Centre
Skyrail Cairns
One of the most popular Cairns tourist attractions is Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Climb on board this cable car to see the rainforest from the air. The cable stretches more than 7km over the rainforest, giving you fantastic views over the treetops and the waterfalls of this world-renowned tropical attraction. Skyrail Cairns is definitely a must-do on your visit.
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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Kuranda Scenic Railway
Winding from Cairns to Kuranda, the amazing Kuranda Scenic Railway passes right through a tropical paradise. If you like the idea of Cairns sightseeing with a difference, this is definitely an essential experience. Along the trip you'll see amazing views of the mountains and rainforest, pass waterfalls, and travel through Barron Gorge to arrive in the village of Kuranda, tucked away in the rainforest itself.
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Kuranda scenic railway train, Queensland
Reef Teach
If you plan to see iconic Cairns landmarks such as the Great Barrier Reef, be sure to check out Reef Teach as well. With talks from a marine biologist and information on marine life, Reef Teach can help you to make the most of a visit to the reef. You'll learn about conservation and how to interact with some of the reef's most famous animals.
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Scuba Diver with Potato Cod
Hikes and walks
If you want to see more of the natural beauty on offer in Cairns, hiking is an amazing way to do it. Walking tracks are found in Barron Gorge National Park, which includes an elevated walk, or head out to the Atherton Tablelands to explore the Bartle-Frere Trails. The Rainforest Circuit Track through Mossman Gorge is also well worth seeing to get a glimpse of the local wildlife.
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Queensland rain forest
Fitzroy Island
Just 45 minutes by boat from Cairns, Fitzroy Island is perfect for a day trip or for an island stay. While a large portion of the island is protected and off-limits, there's still an abundance of things to do. Take a walk up to the highest point for impressive views, snorkel the nearby fringe reef, or enjoy a swim in the clear waters.
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Fitzroy Island
Day trips
Booking one of the many Cairns day trips on offer gives you an opportunity to see places of absolute wonder. Head into the rainforest, see the Atherton Tablelands, take a cultural trip through Mossman Gorge with a local Aboriginal guide, or see the beauty that is Cape Tribulation. There are many different ways of seeing the sights, from helicopter tours to river cruises, bus tours and even private tours.
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Paronella Park near Innisfail
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