Experience Oz is the best place to book tours, attractions, activities & things to do in Australia and NZ.

Experience OZ
EXPLORE Cairns

Looking for things to do in Cairns? You've come to the right place! Australia's adventure capital, Cairns is one of the country's true holiday hotspots. The tropical climate in Cairns ensures you will have great weather to enjoy all the activities the region is famous for like diving, snorkelling, reef tours, bungee & more. As a gateway for people wanting to visit the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest and the rest of Tropical North Queensland, Cairns serves an outstanding getaway destination - find your ultimate Cairns experience here!

All things to do in Cairns
Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise to 2 Reef Locations

Highlights

  • FREE Semi-sub tour valued at $10
  • Visit 2 Outer Reef Sites
  • Delicious hot BBQ Aussie lunch
  • All snorkelling equipment included
  • FREE guided snorkelling tours
  • 5 hours of snorkelling
HotDeal
FREE Semi-submersible tour valued at $10pp with each booking!
instant-check Instant vouchers
HotDeal
from $146.02AUD
Kuranda Skyrail and Railway Day Tour

Highlights

  • Two Cairns essentials in one
  • Ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Free time in Kuranda Village
  • Spectacular scenery & waterfalls
  • Hotel pick ups included
instant-check Instant vouchers
from $136.50AUD
Cairns Skydiving

Highlights

  • Skydive from 14,000ft
  • Incredible reef scenery
  • Free transfers from Cairns
  • Personalised photo certificate
  • Freefall up to 60 seconds
  • Australia's highest jump
HotDeal
Book now, jump between 1st - 14th Feb and SAVE!
SELECT
instant-check Instant vouchers
HotDeal
from $252.00AUD
WAS $299.00 Save $47.00
Reef Snorkel Cruise
BEST SELLER
Reef Cruise with a FREE semi-sub tour
SELECT
Fitzroy Island Day Trip

Highlights

  • 45 minute scenic crossing
  • Includes return transfer
  • 5 hours to explore Fitzroy Island
  • Wide range of adventure activities
HotDeal
Receive a FREE 45 minute Fitzroy Island Explorer Tour per person valued at $45!
instant-check Instant vouchers
HotDeal
from $69.00AUD
Green Island Day Trip with Glass Bottom Boat OR Snorkel Hire

Highlights

  • 45 minute cruise from Cairns
  • Up to 7 hours on Green Island
  • Snorkelling or glass bottom boat
  • Huge range of island activities
instant-check Instant vouchers
from $88.00AUD
Reef and Helicopter Package

Highlights

  • Visit 2 Great Barrier Reef locations
  • 10 minute helicopter flight
  • Hot & cold BBQ lunch
  • All snorkelling equipment
  • Live onboard entertainment
  • FREE glass of wine on return journey
instant-check Instant vouchers
from $240.00AUD
Rental Car on Exoz
Car Rental
Get the best car rental rate today!
SELECT
Cairns Hot Air Ballooning

Highlights

  • 30 minute hot air balloon flight
  • Includes accommodation transfers
  • Outstanding views of Reef & Rainforest
  • Expert informative commentary
instant-check Instant vouchers
from $235.00AUD
Great Barrier Reef Cruise to Outer Reef Activity Platform

Highlights

  • Return fast catamaran cruise
  • 3 hours on the Outer Reef
  • Semi-submersible reef viewing tour
  • Morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea
  • Multi-level reef activity platform
  • Underwater observatory
instant-check Instant vouchers
from $218.00AUD
Cairns Jet Boat Ride

Highlights

  • 35 minute jet boat ride
  • Combines thrills with sightseeing
  • Awesome twists, turns, spins
  • Great music and commentary
instant-check Instant vouchers
from $59.00AUD
WAS $69.00 Save $10.00
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Highlights

  • Famous Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Time to explore Kuranda Village
  • Ranger guided boardwalk tours
  • Rainforest Interpretation Centre
  • Lookouts and historical displays
HotDeal
Check out our Hot Deals!
instant-check Instant vouchers
HotDeal
from $50.00AUD
Cairns 2 Day Reef Cruise and Rainforest Tour Package

Highlights

  • SAVE on 2 great Cairns tours
  • Visit 2 Great Barrier Reef locations
  • Visit the Daintree Rainforest
  • Lunch included on both tours
  • 1 hour Daintree River Cruise
  • Entry to Wildlife Habitat
HotDeal
FREE Semi-submersible tour valued at $10pp with the reef cruise portion of this package!
instant-check Instant vouchers
HotDeal
from $282.00AUD
Green Island Day Trip with Glass Bottom Boat AND Snorkel Hire

Highlights

  • Return trip from Cairns to Green Island
  • Snorkelling equipment use
  • Glass bottom boat reef tour
  • Full use of island activities
  • Spend up to 7 hours on the island
  • Tea & coffee included
instant-check Instant vouchers
from $110.00AUD
Barron River Half Day White Water Rafting

Highlights

  • 2 hours Barron River rafting
  • Includes accommodation transfers
  • All equipment included
  • Training and guides included
instant-check Instant vouchers
from $95.00AUD
Kuranda Village and Rainforestation Day Tour

Highlights

  • Vibrant town of Kuranda Village
  • Return transfers from Cairns hotels
  • Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Army Duck Rainforest Tour
  • Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience
  • Koala & Wildlife Park
instant-check Instant vouchers
from $79.00AUD
Cape Tribulation and Mossman Gorge Day Tour

Highlights

  • Port Douglas
  • Mossman Gorge
  • Cape Tribulation Beach
  • Daintree River Wildlife Cruise
  • Chef prepared lunch (optional)
  • Wildllife Habitat Port Douglas (optional)
instant-check Instant vouchers
from $115.00AUD
Cairns 3 Day Reef and Rainforest Package

Highlights

  • Great Barrier Reef Cruise
  • Kuranda Skyrail & Scenic Train Tour
  • Cape Tribulation & Daintree Tour
  • Great Value 3 Day Package
HotDeal
FREE Semi-submersible tour valued at $10pp on the reef cruise portion of this package!
instant-check Instant vouchers
HotDeal
from $398.00AUD
Cairns Bungy Jumping and Minjin Jungle Swing

Highlights

  • Australia's FIRST bungy site!
  • 50m above the ground
  • Cairns' tallest viewing platform
  • EXCLUSIVE Bungy Jumpers T-Shirt
  • Bungy Jump Certificate
  • FREE transfers from Cairns hotels
HotDeal
Book and travel before 29/2 and save $50!!
instant-check Instant vouchers
HotDeal
from $119.00AUD
Green Island and Kuranda Skyrail and Railway 2 Day Tour Package

Highlights

  • Green Island tropical adventure
  • Unique reef & rainforest experience
  • Self guided eco island walk
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Hotel transfers included
instant-check Instant vouchers
from $233.00AUD
Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise

Highlights

  • 5 hours on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Amazing snorkelling and diving
  • Hot & cold tropical buffet lunch
  • Air-conditioned, hot showers & more
  • Visit 3 different reef locations
  • Morning & afternoon tea
instant-check Instant vouchers
from $204.00AUD
Michaelmas Cay Sailing Cruise

Highlights

  • Unique reef environment
  • Amazing snorkelling at the Cay
  • All equipment & tuition included
  • Delicious buffet lunch with seafood
  • Luxury sailing catamaran
  • Semi-submersible coral viewing
instant-check Instant vouchers
from $188.00AUD
Reef and Green Island Combo

Highlights

  • 2 hours at Green Island
  • Hot and cold buffet lunch
  • Air-conditioned catamaran cruise
  • 3 hours at Reef activity platform
  • All equipment hire included
  • Coral viewing in semi-sub
instant-check Instant vouchers
from $238.00AUD

Free, Cultural & Natural Things to do - Cairns

Cairns Botanic Gardens

Highlights

  • Diverse display of rare tropical species
  • Number of relaxing walking tracks
  • Plenty of shade and cool on hot Cairns days
  • Colourful flowers, butterflies and bird life
Cairns Esplanade

Highlights

  • Wonderful redeveloped waterfront district
  • 2.5km boardwalk with island views
  • Excellent Lagoon pool ideal for kids & families
  • Public picnic, barbecue & toilet facilities
Rustys Markets Cairns

Highlights

  • Massive range of fruit, vegetables & more
  • Rare and exotic tropical fruits
  • Over 180 stalls in total
  • Diverse mix of cultures and cuisines
Cairns Night Markets

Highlights

  • Great, cheap dining options
  • Huge variety of items and trinkets
  • Best spot in Cairns to buy souvenirs
  • Jewellery, homewares, fashion, crafts & more
St Monicas Cathedral

Highlights

  • Beautiful stained glass windows inside
  • Significant history and character
  • Curation provided by cathedral caretaker
  • Monument to Battle of Coral Sea
Yungaburra Heritage Village

Highlights

  • Lovely heritage village and buildings
  • Natural attractions: platypus viewing, giant fig tree
  • Boutique shopping and accommodation
  • Famously friendly locals

About Cairns

Cairns has fast become perhaps Australia’s most popular tropical getaway destination, and with its location on the northern Queensland coastline boasting great weather and proximity to two natural wonders it’s not hard to see why. Both adjacent to the stunning Great Barrier Reef and a short drive from the likes of the Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and more, Cairns is a haven for adventure on both land and water.

It’s due in large part to its wide array of offerings that Cairns has grown both on the domestic and international stages as one of Australia’s most popular holiday spots; and with its warm weather making for a viable travel destination all year round, there’s rarely a bad time to visit Cairns – particularly if marine exploration is your main aim. The Great Barrier Reef is the obvious drawcard here with its immense range of colourful fish, hard and soft corals, and much more, however the surrounding islands including Green and Fitzroy also offer more easily-accessible enjoyment.

In addition, those with desire for more involved activities have plenty to do in the Cairns region with a little extra travel invested; altitude-seekers can take part in skydiving or hot air ballooning above the amazing tropical scenery, while some of Queensland’s best white water rafting is just a short trip away. And, of course, no talk of a visit to Cairns is complete without a mention of bungee jumping – the ultimate adrenaline rush of which the region is Australia’s original home. For more info on Cairns, check out our most popular Cairns travel articles below.

Suggested Cairns Itineraries

Cairns is renowned as a hub for adventure both in and outside the Great Barrier Reef, and as a result those visiting for a few days may find it difficult to plan exactly how to make the most of their trip. To make things a little bit easier, here we provide suggested Cairns itineraries for stays of 2, 3, 4, and 5 days that provide a solid balance between both free and paid activities and experiences, as well as things to do in both Cairns city itself, as well as its surrounding areas. We hope that these suggestions will help the first-time visitor to formulate an efficient sightseeing plan that assures no essential sight is left unseen and that your time in Cairns is maximised to the fullest! Read more >>

Cairns or Port Douglas?

It's one of the most frequently received questions we are asked about those planning a Tropical North Queensland getaway: Cairns or Port Douglas, which is better for me and why? In this detailed article, we break down all the key factors such as weather, activities, prices, accommodation, dining and various other criteria of each of these two holiday hotspots in order to provide a clearer picture of which destination is right for you. As two of the true gems of Queensland travel and sightseeing, and with their location relatively close to one another, both have their pros and cons - find them out in detail here. Read more >>

Top 10 Things to Do

Discover all the beauty of North Queensland’s Cairns and its surrounding islands by land, air or sea in one of the many exciting experiences available in the Cairns region. If you’re a first time traveller to this region and aren’t sure where to start, check out our in depth guide to our top 10 things to do in Cairns to ensure you don’t miss out on any of the magic of this wonderful city! From adrenalin pumping bungee jumping right through to snorkelling one of the many stunning reefs, you’ll find a diverse range of activities that we guarantee will make your visit to Cairns one you’ll never forget! Read more >>

When to Visit

Boasting a tropical climate all year round, Cairns sees temperatures that rarely fall below 20 degrees - making it a very desirable holiday location throughout most of the year. Couple this with the gorgeous scenery on both land and water, and you’re onto a real winner of a destination with Cairns. But when is the best time of year to visit to make the most of all the beauty on display in this terrific region? Check out our detailed "When to Visit" guide, as we take a look at some in-depth tips on how to beat the crowds (and those little stingers) to ensure a fantastic reef holiday. Read more >>

WANT TO SAVE 5% OFF EVERYTHING?