Best Cairns tours|Reef Tour Cairns|Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling|Kuranda Scenic Railway|Explore the Daintree Rainforest|Atherton Tablelands Millaa Millaa Falls|Green Island Day Trip

Cairns and its surrounding region has much to offer; from lush, gorgeous rainforest to the tranquil dreamy waters of the Great Barrier Reef and everything in between. What are the best ways to see such a beautiful side of Australia? We’ve compiled a list of the best tours around Cairns.

1. Discover an underwater wonderland

What better way to see the reef than getting up close yourself? This incredible tour will take you to two different reef locations where you can snorkel or scuba dive and discover the underwater wonderland that surrounds the Cairns shores. If you don’t want to get your feet wet, you can choose an optional 10-minute helicopter ride to experience the views as well. If seeing the Great Barrier Reef is on your bucket list – don’t miss out on this spectacular experience.

Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling

Photo courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland. Photographer: Andrew Watson.

2. See the Rainforest a Different Way

If you’re looking for an eventful but relaxed day out to nearby town Kuranda, this tour is for you. You will begin the morning by boarding the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway train, which will take you into the mountains passing waterfalls and stunning views along the way! Upon arrival, you have free time to explore Kuranda, including the many wildlife attractions and markets it has to offer. To end the day, you will make your way back down to Cairns on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

Kuranda Scenic RailwayPhoto courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland. Photographer: Peter Lik.

3. Explore the Daintree

The Daintree Rainforest is a must-see for visitors to the region. This tour will let you experience the wildlife, mountains, sea, and rainforest! You will visit the Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas where you will meet kangaroos, koalas, birdlife, reptiles, and other native Australian animals. The day continues with exploring the gorgeous Daintree National Park. Take a guided walk exploring the rainforest surrounding the Mossman Gorge and enjoy a relaxing 1-hour cruise on the Daintree River. If you’re up for it, you can even enjoy a swim at the picturesque Cape Tribulation Beach.

Explore the Daintree Rainforest

Photo courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland. Photographer: Darren Jew.

4. See the Sights of the Atherton Tablelands

Escape the heat for a day and feel the cool breeze in the mountains. The Atherton Tablelands has much to offer, and this tour will show you the highlights of it all. Admire natural wonders such as the towering Curtain Fig Tree, the magical Millaa Millaa Falls, and stunning lookouts. Visit the amazing Paronella Park, including a guided tour and up to 2 hours to explore the gorgeous park. There are three itineraries available within this tour, allowing you to choose one which piques your interest the most.

Atherton Tablelands Millaa Millaa Falls

Photo Courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland.


5. Spend the Day at a Tropical Island

Green Island is situated a short ferry ride from Cairns, and will wow you with the tranquil blue waters and beautiful reefs close to the shoreline! See the underwater wonderland without getting wet by joining the glass bottom boat tour, or opt for a more adventurous scuba dive. Lounge on the gorgeous, bright beaches or relax in the shade and go for a stroll around the island.

Green Island Day Trip

Photo Courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland. Photographer: Vince Valitutti.

Cairns is a tropical wonderland just waiting for you. With rainforests, tropical islands, dreamy beaches and captivating wildlife galore; you won’t get bored in Far North Queensland. So what are you waiting for? Make your next family holiday one in Cairns!

Feature image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland. Photographer: Chris McLennan.