Cairns Day Tours

Great Barrier Reef: Don’t miss the opportunity to explore this wonder of the world, whether by snorkelling, diving, staying overnight, or doing a day tour to the many islands. Swim with unique fish between colourful coral reef outcrops in this amazing marine aquarium. Cairns is the best and most convenient place to launch your reef experience. Click here for day tours and overnight stays!

Island Escapes to Tropical Islands

Cairns is the ideal starting point for visits to the nearby islands for a day tour or to relax and stay overnight. Among the most popular are Green Island and Fitzroy Island, both of which are short boat trips from Cairns Reef Terminal and offer day-return activities or longer stays. Snorkelling, diving and underwater reef viewing are available.

Daintree Rainforest

The Daintree is the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest on the mainland and, coupled with the Great Barrier Reef, is easily accessible from Cairns. Take the chance to walk between towering trees, swim under waterfalls, check wildlife with expert indigenous guides, or take a river cruise among the crocs and mangroves.

Port Douglas

This quaint, trendy holiday resort town 90-minutes’ drive north from Cairns is an ideal starting point for tours of both the nearby Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. It has a laid-back lifestyle enhanced by many eateries and bars, swanky holiday homes and resorts, and an all-important marina.


This village in the rainforest provides a welcome break from the warmer coast and a segue to a wonderland of native animals and birdlife. Its markets offer a wide range of local products, indigenous street music performers add to the atmosphere, and the bird and butterfly sanctuaries are amazing. Access is via road, the Kuranda Scenic Railway or Skyrail cable car.

Atherton Tablelands

This plateau about 1 hour from Cairns is a Garden of Eden whose arable lands yield exotic fruits and vegetables for export around the world. Its towns are full of character and local and military history. Check out the Chinese influence in Atherton and don’t miss the vast waterways of Tinaroo Falls Dam and the Barron River.