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Cairns Tours & Day Trips

Book all the best Cairns tours here to see the best of Tropical QLD! Enjoy day tours to both the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest from Cairns. Discover the rainforest village of Kuranda on the Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Railway journey or opt for great value coach tours to the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation. A visit to Cairns is not complete without a day tour or several to the Great Barrier Reef and nearby islands like Green Island or Fitzroy Island. Choose your Cairns tour below to complete your Tropical North Queensland experience today!

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Fitzroy Island Full Day Trip
Fitzroy Island Full Day Trip by Fitzroy Island Adventures
4.4

Enjoy a 45-minute Fitzroy Island Ferry to the pristine waters of Fitzroy Island Cairns with a full day trip with 6 hours on the island to roam and explore.

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Green Island Full Day Cruise - 9am Departure
Green Island Full Day Cruise - 9am Departure by Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises
4.9

Enjoy a scenic cruise to the popular Green Island and spend hours exploring the beautiful coral cay with a full day cruise from Cairns departing at 9am.

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Great Barrier Reef Cruise to Great Adventures Pontoon
Great Barrier Reef Cruise to Great Adventures Pontoon by Great Adventures

Experience the best of the outer reaches of the stunning Great Barrier Reef from a well-equipped reef facility. Transfers not included.

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    Fitzroy Island Half Day Trip
    Fitzroy Island Half Day Trip by Fitzroy Island Adventures
    4.2

    A great trip if you are limited on time and don't mind a sleep in. Spend just over 2 hours on Fitzroy Island, still enough time to discover its beauty.

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      Green Island Half Day Cruise - 9am Departure
      Green Island Half Day Cruise - 9am Departure by Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises

      Spend part of the day exploring the beautiful Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef with a half day tour departing Cairns at 9am.

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        Return Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
        Return Skyrail Rainforest Cableway by Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
        4.4

        Make your way to Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and embark on a return journey over the World Heritage listed canopy and deep into the rainforest.

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        Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise to 2 Reef Locations
        Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise to 2 Reef Locations by Down Under Cruise and Dive

        Explore the best of the Great Barrier Reef both in & above the water with this great value full day cruise package from Cairns & visit several great sites!

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        Atherton Tablelands and Waterfalls Guided Tour
        Atherton Tablelands and Waterfalls Guided Tour by Waterfall Wanderers
        4.5

        Join this Cairns waterfall day tour to swim in natural waterfalls, rock pools & see native wildlife and enjoy a delicious pub lunch.

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          Great Barrier Reef Dreamtime Cruise with Indigenous Sea Rangers
          Great Barrier Reef Dreamtime Cruise with Indigenous Sea Rangers by Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel

          Step back into the Great Barrier Reef's Dreamtime with Indigenous sea rangers on a cruise to 2 spectacular outer reef sites.

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            Green Island Full Day Eco Adventure
            Green Island Full Day Eco Adventure by Great Adventures
            4.6

            With the choice of 2 daily departures, this Green Island cruise offers up to 7 hours on the island with a choice of snorkelling or glass bottom boat tour.

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              Great Barrier Reef Cruise to Reef Magic Cruises Pontoon
              Great Barrier Reef Cruise to Reef Magic Cruises Pontoon by Reef Magic Cruises

              This outer Great Barrier Reef experience to the Marine World pontoon includes all your snorkelling gear, buffet lunch, glass bottom boat tours & much more.

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                Cape Tribulation Day Tour with Daintree Wildlife Cruise
                Cape Tribulation Day Tour with Daintree Wildlife Cruise by Active Tropics Explorer

                Cape Tribulation is famous as the place where the rainforest meets the reef, a wilderness area like no other. Book online here to see this natural wonder.

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                  Cape Tribulation Budget Day Tour
                  Cape Tribulation Budget Day Tour by Active Tropics Explorer

                  Join this budget day tour from Cairns or Port Douglas to visit the world heritage listed Daintree Rainforest and the stunning beaches of Cape Tribulation.

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                    Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise
                    Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise by Passions of Paradise
                    4.9

                    Travel to the Great Barrier Reef on a magnificent 25 metre custom designed sailing catamaran. Includes a visit to 2 unique destinations and a buffet lunch.

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                      Hartley's Crocodile Adventures Half Day Tour from Cairns
                      Hartley's Crocodile Adventures Half Day Tour from Cairns by Tropical Horizons Tours

                      Visit one of the most highly regarded wildlife facilities in tropical North QLD - Hartleys Crocodile Adventures - on this reasonably priced tour!

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                        Self Drive Kuranda Tour including Scenic Railway and Skyrail
                        Self Drive Kuranda Tour including Scenic Railway and Skyrail by Value Day Tours
                        4.7

                        Self-drive tour to explore Kuranda at your own pace. Take the Kuranda Scenic Railway up to Kuranda Village and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway back to Cairns.

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                        Kuranda Coach Tour with Rainforestation Nature Park Entry
                        Kuranda Coach Tour with Rainforestation Nature Park Entry by Tropic Wings

                        The ultimate way to soak in the Tropical North QLD natural & cultural worlds - this Rainforestation and Kuranda tour is a full day trip from Cairns.

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                        Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest 4WD Day Tour
                        Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest 4WD Day Tour by Tropical Horizons Tours

                        Join us for a day exploring the rainforest and amazing landscapes of the Daintree and Cape Tribulation wilderness area by a purpose built 4WD vehicle.

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                          Kuranda Skyrail, Scenic Railway and Hartleys Crocodile Adventures Tour
                          Kuranda Skyrail, Scenic Railway and Hartleys Crocodile Adventures Tour by Value Day Tours

                          Combine a day trip to Kuranda with an adventurous crocodile experience. Travel to the rainforest village via Scenic Railway and ride the Skyrail Cableway.

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                            Green Island, Kuranda Skyrail and Scenic Railway 1 Day Package
                            Green Island, Kuranda Skyrail and Scenic Railway 1 Day Package by Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises

                            Experience some of the Cairns region's best attractions; Green Island, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the Scenic Railyway, in one day. Book online here!

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                              Kuranda Skyrail, Scenic Railway and Rainforestation Day Tour
                              Kuranda Skyrail, Scenic Railway and Rainforestation Day Tour by Value Day Tours

                              This tour visits Kuranda Village by the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and entry to Rainforestation and a ride on the Army Duck.

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                              Reef Cruise, Skyrail & Scenic Railway 2 Day Package
                              Reef Cruise, Skyrail & Scenic Railway 2 Day Package by Down Under Cruise and Dive

                              Combine a reef cruise, the Skyrail and Scenic Rail, into one great 2-day package for the ultimate sightseeing adventure in Cairns.

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                                Cairns 3 Day Reef + Kuranda Skyrail and Train + Daintree Rainforest Package
                                Cairns 3 Day Reef + Kuranda Skyrail and Train + Daintree Rainforest Package by Down Under Cruise and Dive

                                This great value Cairns 3 Day Package includes a Great Barrier Reef Cruise, Kuranda Skyrail and Train Tour and Cape Tribulation & Daintree Rainforest Tour.

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                                  Cape Tribulation and Mossman Gorge Day Tour
                                  Cape Tribulation and Mossman Gorge Day Tour by The Adventure Company

                                  Explore the stunning Cape Tribulation and iconic Mossman Gorge on this day tour of two of North Queensland's magnificent wonders - book online today!

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                                    Port Douglas and Hartleys Crocodile Adventures Tour
                                    Port Douglas and Hartleys Crocodile Adventures Tour by Global Travel Services

                                    Day trip from Cairns to Port Douglas and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

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                                      Whale Watch Cruises from Cairns
                                      Whale Watch Cruises from Cairns by Whale Watching Tours Cairns

                                      Join this Cairns adventure and you can enjoy a 90 minute whale watching cruise plus up to 4 hours free time on Fitzroy Island.

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                                        Paronella Park Day and Night Tour
                                        Paronella Park Day and Night Tour by Global Travel Services

                                        For a tour that showcases the very best of Cairns, this is it. Find out more about the Paronella Park Day & Night Tour here.

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                                        Paronella Park Day & Night Tour with Dinner
                                        Paronella Park Day & Night Tour with Dinner by Global Travel Services

                                        The only way to fully appreciate this breathtakingly landscaped Park is in the afternoon as the sun sets, then to return after a mouth-watering meal!

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                                        Outback Tasting Tour from Cairns
                                        Outback Tasting Tour from Cairns by Bretts Outback Tasting Adventures

                                        Taste the delicious 'food bowl' of the Atherton Tablelands on this full day Cairns food and wine tour with lunch and hotel transfers included!

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                                          Cairns City Sights Afternoon Tour
                                          Cairns City Sights Afternoon Tour by Cairns Discovery Tours

                                          Join this guided half day tour of Cairns and see all the city highlights plus a delicious afternoon Devonshire tea and scones is included!

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                                            Kuranda Rainforest ATV Quad Bike Tour
                                            Kuranda Rainforest ATV Quad Bike Tour by Rainforest Journeys Barron Falls Estate

                                            Explore Barron Falls Estate near Kuranda with a 1 hour guided ATV tour. Book your spot on this awesome outdoor adventure near Cairns online here.

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                                              Great Barrier Reef Overnight Snorkel and Dive Sail Tour
                                              Great Barrier Reef Overnight Snorkel and Dive Sail Tour by Coral Sea Dreaming

                                              Book an overnight 2 day/1 night snorkel and dive cruise from Cairns to discover the Great Barrier Reef with cosy cabins, all equipment and meals included.

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                                                About Cairns Tours

                                                As one of Australia's most beloved travel destinations - both domestically and for those visiting from abroad - much of Cairns' and its surrounding region's charms come from the wide number of natural highlights that are all within easy reach for a day trip. Its tropical environment and positioning alongside some gorgeous natural wonders make it a great base to see some of Australia's most beautiful spots up close, and while some of these are within a mere half an hour drive, others require several hours out on the water in order to experience properly.

                                                The most obvious Cairns tour spot from Cairns is the Great Barrier Reef, however, given its massive size and multiple individual spots within the reef like Green Island and Fitzroy Island to choose from, one Cairns tour to the reef can be vastly different to the next. Do you choose to visit a nearby island, or instead spend the extra time and money to head further out to the glorious Outer Reef? Are you travelling as a couple, alone, or with kids in tow? All of these factors will influence which reef tour is best for you.

                                                The same can be said of the glorious Daintree Rainforest - one of the oldest of its kind on earth, and immense in size itself. Home to a diverse ecosystem that's wondrous to explore, tours of the Daintree can provide a great blend of both animal and plant life to observe, along with insider knowledge from a tour guide.

                                                Add in other popular spots such as the picturesque Cape Tribulation, the rainforest village of Kuranda, tours oriented around food and culinary experiences and more, and you've got yourself plenty of Cairns tour choices to select from. Some of the most popular of these we outline in more detail below.

                                                Cairns Great Barrier Reef Tours

                                                The major reason Cairns attracts visitors from all over the globe is because of the Great Barrier Reef. This is because of the expansive and visually stunning showcase of marine life that's also become more and more accessible to the public over the years. As a result, those looking to book a tour of the reef from Cairns will be spoiled for choice, as there are now a wide variety of operators, cruise and tour itineraries, optional extras and much more to make for a truly customised experience.

                                                The easiest and most accessible - and budget-friendly - of these Cairns tours involves taking a half or a full-day tour out to one of the nearby islands just offshore: Green Island and Fitzroy Island. Green Island is one of the most popular family tour options for those with kids, as not only does it involve a short travel time from the mainland, it's extremely well equipped with facilities and on-land activities to occupy yourself with. Fitzroy IslandFitzroy Island is slightly further out, and typically less of a crowded spot than Green Island, with a higher quality of underwater reef viewing experiences as a result.

                                                To see the Great Barrier Reef in its best possible condition, however, you'll need to invest in a full day (or even multi-day) tour to the Outer Reef. These typically take around 2 hours each way from the Cairns marina, but the rewards for your time and money are wondrous: you'll have the chance to enter open water off the back of a vessel and see the corals, fish and other marine life at their best and brightest. Snorkelling, diving and marine exploration are thus at their best here.

                                                Regardless of which Cairns reef tour you choose, the sheer beauty of the world's largest living organism makes it an essential visit during any trip around Australia, and a bucket list item for Aussies as well.

                                                Explore the Magnificent Daintree Rainforest

                                                Wonderful and ancient greenery. A dense array of fascinating native wildlife. Some excellent hiking tracks. A number of exploratory opportunities and activities. All of these and more can be found within the magnificent world heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, and while it can be self-driven (it's a relatively short 20-minute drive from Port Douglas to the first of its major highlights, the renowned Mossman Gorge) for those wanting an extra level of independence during their travels, some of its most important highlights can only be experienced by venturing off-road.

                                                Owing to its sheer scale - the Daintree covers almost 900,000 hectares of Tropical North Queensland - exploring its offerings is done by visiting a number of different "entry points" that are located as close as possible to key features and sights to be found within. Daintree tours from Cairns typically cover several of these in a single day, while aiming to give visitors the best possible cross-section covering the likes of its flora, fauna, and geographical highlights.

                                                Some of the must-do experiences in the Cairns Daintree include taking a river cruise on the Daintree River that takes you on a serene journey into the heart of the rainforest, for a showcase of wildlife both in the trees and the water (notably crocodiles); taking a plunge in the waters of Mossman Gorge itself; taking in the spectacular panorama from atop the Alexandra Lookout; or exploring the winding and challenging Bloomfield Track which provides a number of visual delights for the effort.

                                                The experience and knowledge of driver-guides on Daintree tours help greatly to add an additional layer of context to the environment and its inhabitants, allowing you to simply relax and absorb all the scenery along the way!

                                                The Favoured "Village in the Rainforest"

                                                The known "Village in the Rainforest", Kuranda has been a favoured spot for tourists for decades, with its charming boutique atmosphere, collection of family-friendly attractions, and immersive rainforest surrounds. It's home to an eclectic mix of galleries, cafes, restaurants and other stores that are a pleasure to browse both for retail junkies and those looking for a souvenir, while also serving as a launching point for a few rainforest adventures and some spectacular lookout points.

                                                As it's perched high above ground level, tours to Kuranda can be conducted in a number of different ways, however, the most popular methods are taking some combination of the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the Kuranda Scenic Railway up and back down. The SkyRail Rainforest Cableway is an enclosed cable-car type experience that allows travellers to climb inside their own cabin and be winched above the canopies of the Daintree's treetops, offering some spectacular views of the greenery and distant water along the way. Kuranda has its own station, and guests can then disembark here to explore.

                                                The Scenic Railway, meanwhile, is an old-time journey harking back to the days of steam locomotion, offering a train ride that takes travellers on a winding, picturesque adventure through the midst of the Daintree. The SkyRail and Railway can be done in either order of up and down to Kuranda, and are key attractions of the Cairns region in and of themselves; combine them with time at Kuranda and you've got several hours worth of scenic entertainment to enjoy.

                                                Visit Cape Tribulations Vivid Greenery & Reef

                                                "Cape Trib" as it's colloquially known is simultaneously part of the Daintree Rainforest and a destination in its own right, and the concentrated point of this part of the mainland where the vivid greenery of the rainforest and gorgeous beach and seas collide. It's a largely deserted portion of the Tropical North Queensland coast that brings with it a truly escapist vibe and some wonderful, uninhibited views, with tours of Cape Tribulation providing a balanced approach to highlighting each of these in turn.

                                                Situated up the Cook Highway from Cairns and Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation makes for some excellent exploration on foot and is home to a number of both short and longer walks highlighted by the stunning views of the surrounding ocean from atop Mt. Sorrow. Those wanting to laze on secluded beaches will also be in their element here, as Cape Tribulation's beaches are not only pristine but highly sheltered from the elements, making for ideal conditions for both swimming and lazing in the sunshine.

                                                Staying here overnight is possible on tours that encompass multiple days and include return transfers, and the sounds of the rainforest of an evening make for a magical environment to which to fall asleep. Lastly, while here, be sure to try your hand at the iconic Jungle Surfing experience which allows you to soar through the treetops of the rainforest like an oversized flying fox!