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Browse all the best Cairns activities here! Active is the perfect word to describe Cairns; as Australia's "adventure capital", with plenty of chances for a dose of adrenaline at your doorstep. Unique rainforest bungee jumping, high sky diving and acclaimed white water rafting make Cairns a hub destination for adrenalin junkies. Some less extreme activities include ballooning, horse riding and quad biking through rainforest trails. See crocodiles, go snorkelling or diving, take in the reef and rainforest from the air with a scenic helicopter flight and much more - simply choose from the list below and get out in Cairns today!

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Cairns Bungy Jumping
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Tully River and Barron River White Water Rafting Tours

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Barron River Half Day White Water Rafting

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Cairns Hot Air Ballooning

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Cairns Skydiving
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Cairns Jet Boat Ride

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Cairns Scenic Plane Flights

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Cairns Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Flight

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Cairns Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest Scenic Helicopter Flight

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3 Day Cairns Reef, Rafting, Skydive & Bungy Package

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Great Barrier Reef Cruise & Fly Packages
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Great Barrier Reef Cruise & Skydive 2 Day Package
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Great Barrier Reef Cruise & Hot Air Ballooning 1 Day Package
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Blazzing Saddles ATV Quad Bike Tour

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Cairns Jungle Surfing Day Tour

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Cairns Canyoning

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Fitzroy Island Sea Kayak Tour

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Down and Dirty ATV Quad Bike Tours

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Tully River Rafting & Skydive 2 Day Package
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3 Day Tully River Rafting, Skydive & Bungy Package

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Hummer 4WD Rainforest Night Tour In Cairns

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Mission Beach Skydiving
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Skydiving over Cairns

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Hummer 4WD Rainforest Night Tour and Jet Boating Package Cairns
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1 Day Hot Air Ballooning & Kuranda Package

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Cairns Horse Riding and Quad Bike Tours

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2 Day Tully River Rafting & Bungy Package

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Hire a Photographer and Pick your Photo Shoot Location

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Cairns White Water River Boarding Experiences

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1 Day Cairns Hot Air Ballooning & Barron River Rafting Package

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Breakfast with the Koalas at Hartleys Crocodile Adventures

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Personalised Hartleys Crocodile Adventures Tour including Koala Photo

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Full Day Behana Gorge Canyoning Tour

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About Cairns Activities

Cairns has earned its reputation as Australia's "Adventure Capital" for a reason; the region offers a number of geographical spots that are conducive to outdoor exploration, extreme sports and other physical activities that make it an outstanding destination for those who enjoy getting truly involved with their experiences. As a result, the diversity of activities on offer in this part of Tropical North Queensland is staggering - adventures on water, land, and in the air are all available for those looking for things to do with that little extra "spice".

On the water, the likes of jet boating, jet skiing, whitewater rafting and more are all immensely popular around Cairns, both on the ocean and in its several surrounding rivers. In the air, scenic flights by both light airplane and helicopter allow travellers to take in the spectacles of the amazing Great Barrier Reef, the rainforest, and other regional highlights from high above - or, via hot air balloon, explore it in a serene and romantic fashion.

True adrenaline junkies can opt for a skydive or bungee jump, while those wanting to keep their feet safely on land can hop aboard a 4 wheel ATV vehicle or a more conventional means of transport in the humble horse to take in the natural surrounds from an alternative angle. We highlight some of the most popular Cairns activities below.

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Water Activities

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Cairns wouldn't be nearly as popular as it is today without its aquatic offerings, with the major spectacular drawcard of the Great Barrier Reef augmented by a number of other nearby waterways that offer alternative experiences as well. Cruising to the reef is the obvious highlight, however jet boat rides in the waters surrounding Cairns are also highly popular for those wanting to get a combined dose of scenery and thrills; rides take guests on a trip through the city's Trinity Inlet for a panorama that blends together mountain and water. Further inland, the trio of the Barron, Russell and Tully Rivers make for some of Australia's best overall whitewater rafting venues, with courses that rank from grades of beginner through to upper-intermediate. The Barron and Tully are both doable in a half-day or full-day tour from Cairns, with the Tully potentially offering some more challenging thrills in its fastest sections. Add in the likes of snorkelling, kayaking and other marine activities, and Cairns delivers for those who love to get wet.
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