Our top 10 Cairns attractions
1. Great Barrier Reef:
No trip to Cairns is complete without a visit to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s premier natural wonders, and just a cruise ride away.
2. Cairns Esplanade:
A popular spot for socialising and people watching, the area features an outdoor amphitheatre, sandy saltwater lagoon, walking tracks, playground, shops, restaurants and an environmental interpretation centre.
3. Kuranda Scenic Railway:
The historic 1890s rail line meanders through mountains and rainforests of the Barron Gorge National Park between Cairns and the village of Kuranda, taking riders on a two-hour scenic journey past cascading waterfalls, over deep valleys and through lush rainforests.
4: Atherton Tablelands:
Quaint outback towns and historic villages, dense tropical rainforest and incredible food and hospitality abound across the Tablelands. The fertile volcanic grounds make this fruit bowl of Queensland a destination packed with great local farm-gates and spots for lunch.
5: Daintree Rainforest:
Home to abundant fauna and ancient flora, with parts of the forest dating back to over 135 million years ago, it is uniquely the only place on earth where two World Heritage-listed natural wonders meet – the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park.
6. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway:
Each six-person gondola glides above and within the rainforest canopy on this unique 7.5-kilometre trip from Cairns to Kuranda. There are two stops on the way, with viewing platforms, boardwalk trails and a nature interpretation centre.
7. Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park:
Throw a boomerang, play a didgeridoo, and let the traditional owners of the Cairns region teach you about their history and culture through dance and song at this interactive culture park.
8. Green Island:
The shallow waters off this lovely island are filled with colourful coral and abundant sea life, making for a magical visit on a snorkelling tour or cruise excursion.
9. Cairns Botanic Gardens:
This beautifully maintained space showcases wonderfully different tropical flora and is an ideal spot to chill out. Join a free guided walk or enjoy a tasty treat in the award-winning restaurant.
While the beach scene is outside the city, the area has some incredible stretches of sand to relax on or to enjoy aquatic sports and adventure activities. Close by there is Trinity Beach, Yorkey’s Knob and Palm Cove, to name a few.