Choose your own adventure in sunny Cairns, Qld

Cairns is a thriving city that’s surrounded by natural world wonders from all angles.


Cairns has so much to offer. Natural beauty engulfs the landscape. The Daintree Rainforest is the largest rainforest on the Australian continent and grows just north of Cairns. Animals and people converge here through activities such as snorkelling or guided croc tours in the Daintree where the ancient beauty of Australia really puts on a show.


Guided croc tour cairns
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures © Tourism & Events Queensland


The tropical beauty of the region follows through to the ocean where the Great Barrier Reef system prospers. It is one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Whether you’re seeing it from above in a helicopter or down below amongst the bountiful fish and coral formations, it is a sight to behold.


Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef © Tourism & Events Queensland


There are over 99 adventurous experiences with Redballoon in Cairns. From getting up close and personal with Australia’s deadliest animals, to relaxing amongst the clouds in a hot air balloon – Cairns really does have it all.


Adventure awaits in Cairns, Qld


White Water Rafting on the Tully River with Dinner – 12 hours offers up five hours of adrenaline-packed fun as you flash past rocks and other obstacles in the water. You will have a fully trained guide with you so there shouldn’t be a need to worry, you’re on holiday after all! Afterwards, as your reward, you will be treated to a savoury pub meal at the Feluga Hotel.


Barron River Rafting © Tourism & Events Queensland
There are two main rivers to white water raft, the Tully River and the Barron River © Tourism & Events Queensland


Hot Air ballooning over the Atherton Tablelands is a more peaceful adventure for those without the fear of heights. At first light, the sun will rise as you float through the clouds for a minimum of 40 minutes. You will cruise over the Atherton Tablelands at astonishing heights, marvelling at the glorious countryside.


Hot Air Balloon Cairns
Hot Air Balloon Cairns © Tourism & Events Queensland


A Cairns Aquarium dining experience at twilight with a Seafood Platter or a three-course dinner is definitely not something you say you can do often. Exclusively after hours at the aquarium, watch the fish and sharks emerge as you participate in a tour of the underwater world at night where predatory animals become more active. Afterwards, feast on canapes, main and dessert at Dundee’s Restaurant.


Tourism & Events Queensland
Twilight dinner at Cairns Aquarium © Tourism & Events Queensland


A Great Barrier Reef Cruise, Snorkel and Helicopter Flight is a spectacular day out on the Great Barrier Reef. For 25 minutes you will be darting over the skies as you spot the marine life below in the turquoise blue waters. Snorkelling equipment is provided so once you land, jump into the water to experience the colours and diversity up close. Watch as schools of fish glitter around you and turtles drift past unphased. A trip to Cairns should be on everyone’s bucket list. Afterwards, a tropical BBQ lunch is provided to make for a perfect day out.


Aerial view of the reef © Tourism & Events Queensland


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