When pondering about things to do in Cairns
Take one of the Island Cruises and Discover our beautiful Islands
Extending along the Queensland coastline, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef stretches 2,600 kilometres across the South Pacific and covers roughly 344,400 square kilometres.
The reef is the world’s largest coral reef system, home to about 2,900 individual reefs.
This World Heritage site is the world’s largest living organism and can actually be seen from outer space. If you want to experience all that this beautiful reef has to offer, the easiest way to explore this natural wonder is from one of the reef’s 900 islands
Take an Island Cruise to Green Island
A tranquil coral cay situated about 27 kilometres offshore from Cairns, Green Island is relatively new in geological terms, formed roughly 6,000 years ago by sand and coral depositions onto coral foundations.
Today, the island houses the luxurious Green Island Resort, which first opened in 1994. Green Island resort boasts 46 suites nestled in beautiful rainforest surroundings and offers private access to pristine beaches as well as snorkeling and diving courses. The island also boasts an intriguing underwater observatory.
Explore Fitzroy Island Cruise
Unlike many of the islands found in the Great Barrier Reef, Fitzroy Island is a continental island, not a coral cay.
While much of Fitzroy Island is protected by the Nature Conservation Act of 1992, and therefore inaccessible to visitors, tourists are able to visit the west side of the island.
On a clear day it is even possible to see all the way out of the Frankland Islands. The island also offers excellent snorkeling, as the reef is located quite close the island’s shoreline.Fitzroy Island boasts a beautiful walking trail that takes visitors to the island’s peak, which offers stunning 360-degree views of both the surrounding reefs and Cape Grafton.
The Frankland Islands are a group of five continental islands about 45 km southeast of Cairns. The islands are an excellent place to witness marine life. Most notably, they are the nesting sites of the Green Sea Turtle.These islands are arguably the easiest islands to reach from Cairns.
Remote and wild, this gem of an island is hard to access. However, the reward is well worth the effort of the trip.
Lizard Island is also within close proximity to several world-renowned diving sites, including Cod Hole, Pixie Bommie, and the ten meter deep Blue Lagoon.With white sand beaches, colourful patches of coral, and crystal-clear tropical waters, Lizard Island is home to what are arguably some of Australia’s best beaches.
The island is home to a research station operated by the Australian Museum, as well as a luxury resort. Backpackers are well advised to take advantage of the beautiful beaching and pitch a tent. A permit is required for camping.