No trip to Cairns can be complete without a trip to the reef.
There are many ways of exploring this magical underwater world: dive or snorkel, spend a few hours on your own sand cay,
take a scenic helicopter flight or charter your own yacht.
Wander into the world’s oldest living rainforest
(it is even older than the Amazon!)
with a naturalist guide and discover the many secrets of the Daintree Rainforest
Spend a day on unspoilt Fitzroy Island, where there is no shortage of activities: snorkelling, paddleboarding, educational talks, hiking, beachcombing, visiting the Turtles Rehabilitation Centre, or simply relaxing on the beach... there is something for everyone on Fitzroy Island.
There are many walking tracks around Cairns suited to all levels of fitness. Accompanied by an experienced hiking guide, wander through the ancient Wet Tropical Rainforest, river beds or eucalyptus forests, with the sounds of the birds in the background.
Visit the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on Fitzroy Island, dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick and injured turtles.
The Atherton Tablelands offers pristine rainforest walks, waterfalls galore, platypus viewing, quaint villages and tropical food experiences.
Join a tour or self drive, the choice is yours
Enhance your Great Barrier Reef trip with a little prior knowledge. A highly informative talk by qualified marine biologists will give you a comprehensive guided tour around the reef in 2 hours. You will be able to identify fishes and corals, and have a better understanding of this amazing ecosystem.
The best time of day to spot wildlife in Australia is at dusk.
How about diner in the jungle before venturing out on foot to discover the nocturnal world? who knows, you might even spot a tree kangaroo!
Indigenous North Queensland
Immerse yourself in the world’s oldest living culture with an indigenous experience
and learn about the cultural connection Aboriginal people have with their land and sea.
Discover ancient rock art sites, explore coastal habitats or walk in the rainforest with a local indigenous guide to learn about the many uses of natural resources in food and medicine.
Cultural North Queensland
Learn about Cairns history, culture, art & food while strolling through the city and its laneways with your guide.
Visit art galleries and museums to understand the changing environments of Cairns and Far North Queensland, discover local artists and purchase unique locally made gifts.
Taste North Queensland
Indulge your senses by tasting tropical fruits from around the world & meet the inspirational owners of this
private property, hidden deep in the Whyanbeel valley.
Take a chef guided tour of the Port Douglas region, gathering fresh produce from local farms for a delicious lunch, accompanied by locally grown organic tropical fruit wines.
Embark on a food & wine tasting adventure of the Atherton Tablelands, tasting a variety of locally produced wines, spirits, cheese, chocolate and other delicacies.
Take in the beautiful views on this fascinating and tasty journey through another gem of Far North Queensland.
A Cairns dinner cruise is the perfect way to end a perfect day in paradise. Board a sailing catamaran and enjoy an evening of calm water cruising on Trinity Inlet, taking in the sights and sounds of this tropical port city and its surrounds as they transition from day to night.
Active North Queensland
Within an ancient rainforest, step into the cool, crystal clear water and drift with the current as you explore life under the water’s surface. Watch fish dart in and around river stones and keep your eyes out for the occasional turtle. River drift snorkelling is the perfect experience to stay cool in the tropics!
Stand up paddle boarding is a great way to enjoy the pristine waters of the tropics.
Choose between Fitzroy Island or the Goldsborough Valley for a half day of fun, watching the widlife and relaxing in the sun.
In need of action?
There is a variety of activities available, such as hiking, white-water rafting along raging rivers, skydiving, canyoning, paddle boarding, kayaking, river tubing...
The ONLY Bungy Jump in Australia, AJ Hackett Cairns offers you an unforgettable experience, whether you are chasing the ultimate adrenalin rush or just want to take in some pretty awesome views.
Exceptional North Queensland
Feel the thrill of flying over the picturesque coral-studded sea before landing on a sand cay in the heart of the
Great Barrier Reef.
Relax on white sand, snorkel in clear blue waters and enjoy a picnic with sparkling wine.
This escape is sure to leave you speechless.
Charter your own boat to discover the Great Barrier Reef, go fishing or simply enjoy being on the water with your friends or family.
There are many options available.
The fishing in North Queensland is legendary.
Your personal helicopter accesses exclusive fishing spots from river to reef for a truly unique experience.
Or charter your own fishing boat for a memorable day of fishing.
Be transported into a world beyond your imagination for a dinner under the stars, deep in the rainforest.
Outback North Queensland
Get a taste of the outback with a bush camping journey on a remote 70000 acres oasis of breathtaking landscapes, flooded with diverse animal and
Beyond the Tablelands and over outback terrain, be transported 160km west of Cairns to one of Australia’s best kept secrets, Mt Mulligan station, a working cattle station rich in Australian and Dreamtime history.
Contact us for more information or more suggestions.
We work with suppliers we trust and would use for our own personal travel.
These operators offer small group touring experiences, allowing for greater nature and wildlife interactions,
with passionate tour guides who will share their love of the region.
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