Our Top Ten things to do in Cairns

1. Go Scuba Diving on the Great Barrier Reef

No reef in the world comes close to the brilliance of the Great Barrier Reef, one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the world.
You could spend days out on the water and never get bored or have the feeling of repetition wash over you as you ponder the incredible beauty of nature.
Lucky for you, Cairns is the perfect base to explore the Reef.

2. Take Uncle Brian’s waterfalls tour

Uncle Brians Waterfall tour is the best tour in Cairns its a whole lot of fun! I once booked 2 girls on this tour and they came back to see me and said if they only had 2 days in Cairns they would do Uncle Brians rainforest tour twice.

Discover an array of waterfalls and swim through the crater lakes formed millions of years ago. Maybe if you are lucky you could spot the elusive platypus. whatever you do don’t miss Uncle Brian’s

3. Make the trek to the Daintree

Well  you certainly cant miss seeing the oldest rainforest in the World whilst in Cairns.
The Daintree is an incredibly special place, housing over a third of Australia’s marsupial and reptile animals, plus the greatest concentration of rare plants in the world the Daintree Rainforest is a must see.

Cool off in the rainforest creeks or take a tour to see crocodiles on the many river boats.

You can take a day tour or spend a few days in Cape Tribulation

4. Lounge out at the Lagoon

What better way to relax and watch the day go by than by finding a cozy spot at the Cairns Lagoon.

Sit back in the surrounding park area and mingle with the locals or cool off in the water.

Relax and rest up here before tackling the rest of the adrenalin-fuelled town of Cairn

5. Check out the Night Markets

When it comes to preserving the all-important budget, markets are often the place to go for food and other essentials.

Cairns night markets are good for a great feed a chinese massage and also immerse yourself in some incredible local arts and crafts

6. Sunbake and swim the Northern Beaches

This 26 km stretch of grandiose white sand is the perfect place to escape from the world and enjoy your own private slice of paradise.

From Trinity Beach to Palm Cove there are some great spots to lounge out, enjoy the view and take in the peace and quiet.

7. Go skydiving

Cairns is one of the best spots in Australia to finally work up the courage and do the unthinkable…jump out of a plane. With great weather and even better views of places like the Barrier Reef and the Daintree what better area would you like to look down upon as you descend into freefall?

8. Get rowdy at Gilligans or the Woolshed

things to do in Cairns party hard at the Woolshed
Woolshed Cairns


Cairns is known as a backpackers haven and the nightlife heaven for those spirited travellers and there is no better place to check out than these. Go dance upon the tabletops with such cheap beer in hand it should be considered larceny or participate in one of the many themed nights, jelly wrestling anybody

Better still let the people who really know how to party in Cairns organise your night out for you and book a Cairns Ultimate Party tour

9. Explore the canopy views from atop the Skyrail.

From Kuranda cruise above the mountain tops and take in the amazing scenery as you glide through the Barron Gorge National Park.

The skyrail places you in an unparalleled position to take in the views of the rainforests, waterfalls and gorges.

It is not to be missed, it is advised you buy tickets in advance.

10. Get risky with these extreme sports

Cairns is well known for its adventure and with the great surrounds it is easy to see why. Go white water rafting on Tully River or wakeboarding, even bungee jumping, there is no shortage of opportunities to get your heart racing.

For those with more tender hearts hot air ballooning is also is also a chance not to be missed