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A Guide to Tours in Cairns

Great Barrier Reef Tours Cairns

Great Barrier Reef tours are the reason most guests travel half way around the world to see the huge variety of hard and soft corals and the myriad of fish and other marine life that dominate these waters. The Great Barrier Reef is also noted as one of the best scuba diving locations in the world for its clean water and of course the abundance of marine life. Even if you are a non-swimmer you too can see and enjoy all that the Great Barrier Reef has to offer from the glass bottom boats, the semi-submersible submarines, the underwater observatories or even above by helicopter.

Daintree Rainforest Tours And Cape Tribulation Rainforest Tours

The majestic mountains, Daintree rainforest and Cape Tribulation region hold the power to the survival of the Great Barrier Reef and the survival of our rain water into the rivers not only in Tropical North Queensland but to other river systems under the ground that are far reaching and dependant on the rainforests continued existence. The Great Barrier Reef receives nutrients from the rivers that flow out to the oceans and the keepers of the rainforests continued survival are none other than the birds and animals that inhabit the dark forest. Take a tour to the Daintree and Cape Tribulation rainforests with experts and learn all the secrets and visit some of the most breath taking scenery in Tropical North Queensland.

Kuranda Village With Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Rail 

There are three tours or activities in Cairns and Tropical North Queensland that most itineraries have at the top of the list and a visit to the quaint hippee village of Kuranda is definitely one of those tours or icons to visit when in Cairns. The best way to get to Kuranda is travelling on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and the Skyrail Gondola and the pre-booked coaches will pick you up from your holiday accommodation and take you to the departure point or if you have a rental car you may self-drive to the terminal with your pre-booked tickets.

Scenic Flights-Helicopters-Fixed Wing Touring-Hot Air Balloons

Seeing the Great Barrier Reef from 500 to 1000 feet above the water on a scenic flight is just visually magnificent especially when you come across the giant Humpback Whales during the months of July to September. At other times you will see the giant Mantaray and playful Dolphins darting amongst the lace like coral reef systems. If it’s your first and maybe last visit to the Great Barrier Reef we highly recommend you see it from under the water snorkelling or scuba diving and then above the water on a scenic flight from Cairns to see it’s true beauty. To reach those destinations that are most desirable but out of the way you could take an adventure to the outback with a fixed wing aircraft or an early morning ride in a Hot Air Balloon over the Atherton Tablelands.

Adrenaline Tours Cairns

Well if you are the adventurous type that loves pumping the adrenaline on tour and you only choose a holiday based on the action and adventure then coming to Cairns is the right choice for you. Cairns is known in Australia as the “Adrenaline Adventure Destination” with Bungy Jumping, Parachuting, Jet boating, Canyoning, ATV Quad bikes, extreme White Water Rafting and much much more! Even if you think you are not brave enough to try any of these exciting day tours we are sure your travelling partners will be able to talk you into trying a few activities at least to give you that adrenaline rush all the youngsters are after. Go on be brave and throw yourself out of an aeroplane onto a tropical beach!

Family Tours And Attractions In Cairns

One of the really great things about Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef is that it is a perfectly safe destination for families and lot’s of the tours and activities specifically cater for children and families of all age groups at great prices. Some of the day tours even allow the second child to go FREE! We have the largest range of family tours and attractions for you to browse or you can talk to our team at The Tour Specialists and they can advise you on the best activities and tours for you and your family 

Private Charter Tours

If you are looking for a bit of luxury, just needing some privacy or you want your very own personal tour guide to take you around and show you the best that Cairns and Tropical North Queensland offer then take a peek at our private charter tour pages for more information and ideas on what is on offer. Choose from Great Barrier Reef tours, Daintree Rainforest tours and outback adventures to private fishing charters and private helicopter scenic touring and luxury private charter boats. Speak to the Cairns tour Specialists for more information about Private Tours and Charters from Cairns

Fishing On The Great Barrier Reef

Fishing tours on the Great Barrier Reef became legendary in 1966 when a world record Black Marlin was caught weighing 1,064 pounds using only an 80 pound line. Once this news got around the wealthy and famous people from the world over started to descend into Cairns each year to catch one of these sea monsters for themselves. Today most Black Marlin and Sail Fish hauls are tag and release to ensure these species are not all fished out and brought to the brink of extinction again. The waters of the Great Barrier Reef are one of the most clean and pure in the world and protected by its World Heritage accreditation and the Great Barrier Marine Park Authority.

Atherton Tablelands And Outback Tours

A guided rainforest tour over the Lamb and Mc Alister Ranges takes you thru many varying types of landscapes from the tropical rainforest to bush scrub and then back to rainforest then to more arid type landscapes and finally onto the rolling green pastures that support rich agricultural farms and wonderful surroundings like rivers, streams and waterfalls for visitors to enjoy. On the Atherton Tablelands you can swim in ancient volcanoes or see Platypus in the wild, feed Kangaroos and Rock Wallabies by hand as they come up to you to say hello. Sit up high in your overland vehicle and learn about the history of the region as your personal tour guide shows you the best parts of the region to explore.

No matter how long you choose to stay in Cairns city you're tour and sightseeing itinerary will be full. The Great Barrier Reef is the reason many people choose to visit Cairns and is a must see for all tour and attraction itineraries no matter how long you intend to visit.

There are year round day trips to islands, sand cays and outer coral reefs where you can swim, sun-tan, snorkel or scuba dive (introductory or certified PADI).

There are also overnight and extended scuba diving trips to the Great Barrier Reef where you can learn how to scuba dive or if you're already experienced, discover some of this planets best rated dive sites such as the Cod Hole and Lizard Island.

Choose from sail boats or fast catamarans; evening sunset dinner cruises are also available from Cairns Marlin Marina. There are Great Barrier Reef cruises that also cater fro the total non-swimmer so that you can still get to see what the Great Barrier Reef is all about without getting your hair wet.

Another must-see for every visitor to Cairns is the Kuranda Village, the Green Tropics World Heritage Rainforest that surrounds Cairns. Whether you view this wonder via a tour on the Sky Rail or Kuranda Scenic Rail, on a waterfall tour of the Atherton Tablelands or in the remote and primitive Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest it is something that cannot be missed out on! The thundering rivers around Cairns create a playground for white water rafting and the calm tropical skies are visited daily by hot air balloons.

Horse back riders can enjoy trail rides or guided tours in the outback, rainforest or on deserted beaches and extreme travellers can experience some of the best sky-diving and bungee jumping in the world. Wildlife attractions such as the Hartley's Crocodile Farm and Kurnada Rainforestation just to name a few are popular amongst travellers, especially families with young children. 

There are too many attractions and tours to list so for a comprehensive list of all the tours and sightseeing attractions in and around Cairns visit The Tour Specialists


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