Things to do in

Cairns

Tropical rainforests and pristine waters await you at the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

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Top 6 Essential Things To See Around Cairns

Cairns is in the north of the Australian state of Queensland. The area surrounding the city is a natural paradise - there's the Great Barrier Reef, for one thing - so here are a few exhilarating sights you can check out during a visit to the area.

Frequently asked questions about Cairns

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Planning Your Visit

  • What should I wear?

    Owing to its near-equatorial location, Northern Australia is very hot all year round. Make sure to wear cool, cotton clothing, stay hydrated, and definitely layer up on sunscreen and a hat.

  • Are there any health and safety tips I should be aware of?

    Before your trip, consult your doctor about injections you may need to get. If you are walking around in the rainforest, be sure to bring mosquito repellent - ideally purchased locally, as creams from back home may not be suitable for the climate.

  • Do I need insurance for outdoor activities?

    For extreme sports like white water rafting, it's essential. There can also be an age limit, so if you happen to be under 18, do check in advance if you need to have a parent or guardian with you.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    AUD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+10:00)
  • Country Code
    61
  • Best time to visit
    August is the best month to visit, when the weather is warm and sunny, with low humidity, and the peak season is ending.

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What people are saying about Cairns

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 6,020 reviews

Wonderful informative guide who shared knowledge. Beautiful surroundings and happy to know where fees are spent. Lovely to connect with history and nature.I felt very welcome and staff friendly. Staff very helpful.with directions as I travelled this area.

An amazing day on and below the water. The crew were great. Service was excellent. Just great day all round.

Great, informative guide, able to do the tour the way we wanted. Highly recommend.

All aspects of the day were fantastic. I would recommend it to everyone.

The travel guide, Matt was amazing with his knowledge of the area!!