Cairns Tourism, Australia: Places, Best Time & Travel Guides 2021
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Cairns is the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage site Daintree Rainforest and the alluring Great Barrier Reef. It is also the commencement point for the somber 4WD treks into the vast wilderness of the Cape York Peninsula. Cairns largely reckons on the tourism for the travel. For few tourists who come to Cairns for holidays, Cairns basically marks the end of a protracted journey up to the eastern coast and for the others Cairns is just the commencement of the Aussie adventure. Whichever way you are swaying, you are definitely going to encounter convivial nomads.

Old salts asserts Cairns as the city which has traded off its soul. Bars, clubs, restaurants, resorts, guesthouses and stays, are simply hungry for your tourist dollars. With a past life as thrilling as the rollicking goldfields' port, perhaps it has always been like this. Tourists usually find it easy to spend their riches amidst the tropical, holiday vibe of this Queensland city.

The neat CBD of Cairns is far more board shorts than the briefcases despite the fact there is no beach in the town. The plus manicured Boardwalk, Lagoon and Esplanade are all equally loved while the northern beaches, Great Barrier Reef as well as the bottomless bundle of activities is not too distinct.

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13 February 2020
What an experience. I felt like I was flying. I was such a wonderful feeling. the drop was very high and adventurous.
13 February 2020
We had never done a giant swing before. we did it for the first time and it was amazing. it was great that the transfers were included in the package otherwise it would have been difficult to get to the location.
13 February 2020
I had heard a lot about the cairns giant jungle swing, I did some research and found thrillophilia price the lowest. I went with my partner. I was an amazing experience for both of us. thanks thrillophilia.
13 February 2020
At first I was very afraid to do the activity. I contacted thrillophilia and the executives helped to overcome my fear. I book the package and I went there and met the instructor. He also guided me a lot and helped to overcome my fear. I finally did the activity.
13 February 2020
I am a lover of water sports, so I bought this Cairns canyoning adventure from Thillophilia. It was a great experience. The instructors were very skilled and taught me a lot about canyoning.
14 February 2020
I was worried if i would be able to do it or not, but my guide taught me well, he patiently helped me stand straight on the flyboard.I enoyed it a lot
14 February 2020
Flyboading is the only thing I could not do on my last trip to cairns. I did not want to miss it this time. it was a great great experience. the guide taught me how to do it and i realised that i am a quick learner,
14 February 2020
This cairns bungy jump & giant jungle swing combo was exactly what I wanted. I looked for some adventure activities in cairns and then I saw this. This combo was cheaper than any other and was very good experience.
13 February 2020
I wanted to do both bungy jump & giant jungle swing so I booked this tour. This is my best memory of Australia. The instructors gave a enough time to get prepared for the activities and guided us a lot.
13 February 2020
My instructor was such an amazing person. He was so down to earth, i had a good chat with him. he patiently motivated me for Cairns bungee jumping it was a great adventure.

People Also Ask About Cairns

  1. Travel Tips

    • When you are traveling in areas that are inhabited by crocodiles, be very careful. There may be secret hideouts for the crocodile and if they get irked by your moment, they may cause destruction.

    • Beware of the jellyfish. Jellyfish can kill so if you are stung by the jelly fish, you must immediately seek help from a doctor.

    • The tides and the waves can get rough anytime. So, whenever you get in the river, it is always safe to read the forecast to be assured that there is no unnecessary hassle.

    • Keep your valuables and cash at a safe place.

    • Do not carry excess cash when traveling in the city.

    • Avoid traveling during the late hours of the night.

    • Do not go in secluded area alone.

    • Unless on a beach, make sure the clothes that you wear do not reveal more skin than appropriate.

    • Be careful, some plants here have razor sharp edges.

    • If you have any medical condition, you must carry with you all the medicines that you may need during the travel.

    • Keep your passport and visa safe.

    • Always have a copy of passport and license with you.

    • Do not indulge in drugs of any form.

  2. Drinking Age

    The legal drinking age in Cairns is 18 years.  
  3. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Great Barrier Reef

    The Great Barrier Reef is the biggest coral reef structure of the world. It indeed has a striking coral life -  sharks, sea stars, turtles and corals are some creatures found here. For those who wish to do deep sea dividing, this is your go to place.

    Cairns Esplanade

    Bordered by the city centre and the Coral Sea, the Cairns Esplande is spread over an area of 12 hectares of the open land. Jewel in the crown here is that the saltwater lagoon pool which is spread over an area of 4800 square meter. It is a great attraction for the youngsters. Other things found include a huge skate park, restaurants, bars, cafes and several fitness equipment. If you want some action, this could be a place to see. 

    Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

    You can take the railway to a village located atop the hill at Kuranda and Skyrail down so as to experience 2 unique experiences of this heritage listed rainforest. The railway has been designed very well. It winds through the rough and tough mountains, tunnels and the skinny bridges. This is a great sightseeing attraction here.

    Crystal Cascades

    Located some 14 km off the Cairns, the Crystal Cascades are an amalgam of different beautiful waterfalls. Both locals and tourists swamp here in large numbers. To reach the waterfall you’ll have to cross a 1.2 km pathways. Picnicking is an important activity here.  
  4. What you will like there?


    Have you attempted Ballooning but just couldn’t do it because of the bad weather? Well, if that has happened with you, your next stop has to be at Cairns. Cairns has some of the most fascinating weather ballooning in the world. Trips here are never canceled. Plus, you can do it all year round. Why are you still thinking? It is indeed the most important thing to do in Cairns. Perceiving the landscape of the entire region from a height is indeed an experience in itself. Further, they are so very budget friendly. In fact, this activity, is the cheapest in the Cairns as compared to the rest of the world.

    Winter sunshine

    When the entire Southern half of the country is sniffing and shivering through the winter months, the Northern half is basking in the glory of the winter sunshine and the cool tropical breeze. Sweet smelling relaxing night and the pleasant days make this part of Australia an excellent winter getaway. Imagine simple beach days, sun baths, long lunches, . . . Perfect!!!

    Tropical Wines

    One of the principal wine region of Australia is its North Queensland. But what is it that sets them apart from the others? You’ll never get a Shiraz or a Chardonnay there as the winemakers here are employing the use of tropical fruits to make the most exquisite wines. Not the vineyards but you’ll rather get the orchards with the pineapples, mangoes, passion fruit and bananas here. Surprisingly, Cairns is also the first tropical fruit wine region of the world. The wines here definitely make Cairns an important place to visit.

    White Water Rafting

    White water rafting is an important water sport in Cairns. In Queensland, you get to ride through the world’s oldest and the continually thickening rainforest. You can indulge in various routes and levels depending upon your expertise. There is full day tour, half day tours and even 20 minute tours for you to choose from.  

    Whale Watching

    Once you are done swimming past the colorful fishes in the Great Barrier Reef, it is time to explore the bigger fishes. From May to September, you can fly down for some whale watching activity.


    Crocodiles now have become synonymous to Australia. If you wish to get up and close with the crocodiles, Cairns in Australia is your go to place. You can mind an array of farms and parks to visit during your stay here.


    Whenever you wish to see some of the most fascinating waterfalls in the world, you head to Cairns. Tour the Millaa Millaa Falls Circuit where you can spot few waterfalls.