Take the plunge into reef-marbled waters and dense tropical rainforests from Cairns, a major city in northern Queensland and a gateway to some of the country’s most famous World Heritage wonders. Cairns pulses with the life of its natural surroundings, while its cosmopolitan hum makes it a great spot to base your tropical north Queensland adventures. Embark on a tour of the iconic Great Barrier Reef, see the rainforests of the Wet Tropics or simply kick back on sandy white beaches fringed by palms at the Northern Beaches.
Linger a while in Cairns to discover the city’s local treasures. Take a dip at the Esplanade Lagoon, check out the marina or pick up regional delights from the farmers’ market. Cairns Tropical Zoo showcases the diverse wildlife that resides in Queensland’s tropical north.
Discover postcard-perfect waters along Cairns’ Northern Beaches. Trinity Beach offers family-friendly swimming areas, while Palm Cove is the ideal romantic getaway. Enjoy the seclusion of Clifton Beach beneath the shade of a coconut palm.
When you’re ready to explore a little further, head to the Reef Fleet Terminal for a wide range of coral-cay sightseeing and diving tours, or jump on board the historic railway that takes passengers through breathtaking rainforest to the town of Kuranda. Check out Barron Gorge National Park to soar over the Wet Tropics on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Book a white-water rafting adventure on the Tully, Barron or North Johnstone rivers. Explore ancient rainforests at Cape Tribulation and the Daintree or take a four-wheel drive journey through the hinterland savannah and fertile plateau of the Atherton Tablelands.
Cairns is located on Queensland’s northern coast and is accessible via its own domestic and international airport, as well as the coast’s major arterial highway. The Northern Beaches are about a 15-minute drive from the city. Accommodation options include island resorts and rainforest lodges. Chat to the lifeguards before swimming between November and May, as stingers can make the waters extremely dangerous. Peak visitor times are between June and August, when the climate is warm and dry.
Family-Friendly, Coral Reefs and Rain Forests
Located in between the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, this palm tree-lined beach is an idyllic spot to take it easy or begin an adventure.
This quiet beach north of Cairns offers long stretches of white sand and clear water.
The largest coral reef in the world lies just off the coast of Cairns and offers thousands of kilometers of coral, marine life and untouched white sand beaches.
Soar above the treetops of the rain forest, gorges and mountains of North Queensland in a glass-enclosed cable car.
Stroll along the boardwalk surrounded by palms tree and landscaped gardens and watch the sun set over the Coral Sea.
One of the most-photographed stretches of beach in Australia has pristine white sands, waving palm trees, clear blue water and spectacular views across the ocean.
Cruise to Green Island, the only coral cay in the Great Barrier Reef with a lush rainforest. Spend the day exploring this protected Marine National Park—immersing yourself in its surrounding undersea universe teeming with technicolor coral and marine life.
Indulge in an unforgettable full-day premium small group tour of the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation. Soak up the breathtaking scenery and immerse yourself in the ecological history of the region as you cruise Captain Cook Highway, with stops for an electric boat ride and a stroll along the beach.
Spend a day exploring the scenic, natural areas around the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation. Visit a mangrove forest, attempt to spot the elusive southern cassowary and estuarine crocodiles, and hand feed a kangaroo on your comprehensive journey through the bush.
Get up-close to the Great Barrier Reef’s vibrant, biodiverse undersea universe during this excursion to idyllic Green Island. Sail aboard a classic schooner and bask in the unspoiled beauty of the Coral Sea before arriving at an exclusive reef mooring to snorkel the day away.
Spend a day soaking up the sun and sand on Fitzroy Island, an unspoiled outpost on the Great Barrier Reef covered in lush rainforest and surrounded by clear waters and coral reefs.
Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Harry Freeman Drive Lot 10 Captain Cook Hwy Left from Harry Freeman Drive, Palm Cove, Queensland 4879 Australia Enjoy an unforgettable animal encounter with a visit to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures from Cairns.