If you’re ready to explore Cairns, we’ve got you covered. In an area surrounded by extraordinary natural wonders together with an exciting array of adventures (bungee jumping anyone?) you’ll have a hard time deciding between these
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Top 8 Things To Do When Visiting Cairns:
- Fitzroy Island
Take a short ferry from Cairns and you’ll find yourself on pristine beaches enjoying resort-style hospitality (with a swim-up bar in the pool, of course). Hike on one of the many trails (from 30 minutes to 3 hours) or hire a sea kayak and hit the water. The unique Glass Bottom Boat Tours mean you can head out over the Great Barrier Reef and take in all the colour and life of this national treasure.
- The Great Barrier Reef
One of the most significant draw-cards of the area, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world. It’s so extensive in fact that it can be viewed from outer space.
You can get up close to this thriving underwater wonderland through snorkelling, diving or Glass Bottom Boat tours. Quicksilver Cruises make the Reef easily accessible with ferries leaving from Port Douglas regularly, or take in the reef from nearby Fitzroy Island. No matter where you head, the Great Barrier Reef lives up to its name and will leave you in awe of the world under water.
- Scenic Helicopter Flights
Take your visit to another level with this opportunity to take a birds-eye-view of Cairns, the Reef, Barron Gorge and the surrounding tropical rainforests. Could anything give you a better perspective of this spectacular coastline?
- White Water Rafting
Even if you’ve never done it before this is an excellent – not to mention picturesque – place to start. The Barron, Russell and Tully rivers are all only a short drive from Cairns, and an experienced instructor will help you take on the level that suits you best. It’ a great family outing for beginners, and for those with more experience you’ll find grade 4 rapids too.
- The Daintree Rainforest
Just an hour north of Cairns, the Daintree Rainforest is the only place in the world where two World Heritage Sites exist side by side as the rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef. The Daintree River cascades through the breathtaking mountain peaks, from which you can look down over the Barrier Reef as well.
Go ziplining through the rainforest canopy, take a boat down the river (and watch for those salt water crocodiles) or just relax on the pristine Cape Tribulation Beach.
- Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
Crocodiles are a deadly predator, but when you’re at this award-winning wildlife sanctuary you’ll get the chance to understand these great creatures and to experience one of Australia’s most unique displays: crocodile feeding time. Watching these great reptiles jump from the water to devour their lunch is a highlight for any visitor. But that’s not all this park has to offer – you’ll see snakes, koalas, turtles and kangaroos, plus an array of native birds.
- Kurunda Skyrail
Let one of the world’s longest gondola cableways take you through more than 7.5km of glorious Australian rainforest. The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a unique experience that means you can journey over and through the rainforest. You can start your trip at either Smithfield or Kuranda, and the whole return experience can be done in around two and a half hours.
- Bungee Jumping
If you’ve got an adventurous spirit, get yourself to Australia’s only purpose-built bungee jumping platform, just 25 minutes north of Cairns. Get ready to experience the adrenaline rush of free falling above the rainforest canopy from a height of 50 metres. It’s certainly an experience to remember.
So there you have it – our eight best ways to explore, experience and enjoy this magical part of the world.