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Cairns Day Tours include the Daintree National Park
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Cairns - Activities, Tours and Things to Do

With over 600 day tours operating out of Cairns and Port Douglas each day, you will not run out of things to do. Available are a whole range of cruises and adventure tours with plenty of stuff for kids to do here as well as the whole family: for the holiday of a lifetime.

Cairns Tours and Activities

There is a wealth of day tours and cruises operating from Cairns everyday. Activities include snorkelling and diving, white water rafting on the rivers, reef and deep sea fishing or even take a plunge on a bungee.

Hot air ballooning over the lush rainforests is not something you are likely to forget, neither is playing golf amidst the swaying palm trees alongside the Coral Sea.

Further afield, every year, several hundred thousand people from around the world make sure the Daintree National Park is on their travel itinerary, but this most magical of ancient rainforests is a great drive destination and is still a well-kept secret unbeknownst to many Australians, including Queenslanders.

Daintree National Park - River and Rainforest

Take a a cruise down the Daintree River, which snakes its way through the ancient and spectacular World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest. Croc spotting, barramundi fishing and bird watching are popular pursuits on the river. Daintree National Park.

The Great Barrier Reef

One of the 7 natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef is waiting to be explored. Eco tours allow for snorkelling and scuba diving on a day cruise amongst the colourful fish.

Sailing amongst the coral islands and even staying on one is another way to enjoy this beautiful place. Take a helicopter ride for a birdseye view. Green Island, Fitxroy Island, Dunk Island, the Low Isles and Magnetic Island are well worth visiting for walks along the beach and rainforests.

One of the best reef and island trips is with Frankland Island Cruise and Dive. The day begins with a drive through World Heritage rainforest-clad mountains and swaying cane fields to board the boat on the Mulgrave River.

The River trip offers the chance to spot a crocodile and then it’s into the open sea and out to Normanby Island, one of the Franklands group.

For five hours the island is yours. Magnificent snorkelling and diving are just a few steps from the shore. You’ll see tropical reef fish, giant clams, anemones, turtles and breathtaking coral. An introductory dive is available and snorkelling tuition is given to first timers.

See more about the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef: Great Barrier Reef QLD and about Touring the Queensland Coast: Queensland Coast.

Fitzroy Island

Just south east of Cairns you can take a Ferry Jetcat service to beautiful Fitzroy Island for swimming, snorkelling, diving, camping and exploring the island and its National Park of rainforest.

Whitsunday Islands

The Whitsunday Coast and Islands - seventy four islands, eight of them have resorts. Cruising the blue azure ocean is a wonderful way to explore this part of the world, the beaches are glorius, diving and snorkelling the Barrier Reef is a life long memorable experience. Whitsunday Islands.

Further North

About four hours drive north of Cairns there are chances for sport-fishing trips and eco tours, or take a 5 day traditional Aboriginal style hunting safari at Bulimba Station.

Another way to learn more about our environment: take a 3 day eco-tour in the Aurukun Wetlands offering insight into the ancient culture and traditions of the Wik and Wik Way people.

Cairns Map

See Cairns map and the Surrounding Region, showing location of beaches, parks and towns : Tropical North - Cairns Map.

Check the weather for your activities and tours, including forecasts Cairns Weather North Queensland Australia.


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North Queensland Accommodation

In the Daintree and Mossman, you can stay in a range of lodges and resorts from stylish treehouses perched in the forest canopy to comfortable cabins among the trees.

Accommodation in Cairns is plentiful, as well as places like Port Douglas with everything from quality backpacker lodges and self-contained apartments to beachfront B&Bs and world class hotels and resorts on offer. Accommodation in Queensland - Hotels in Australia.


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