Things to do in Cairns

Being a tropical paradise and home to the world’s largest coral reef system, there is an abundance of fun things to do in Cairns.

Reef, beaches, rainforest, waterfalls, wildlife and even outback – there is so much natural beauty to explore. Your time in Cairns can be as action-packed or as relaxed as you wish.

No matter your age or whether you are travelling solo, as a family with kids, going 5 star or only here for a few days, there is something for everyone in Cairns.

The are some fantastic free things to do in Cairns and places to visit that won’t cost a thing to go see, so make sure you hire a car or do a tour to see these beautiful locations.

We have listed the best 20 tours in Cairns to help you have the most memorable experience. If you have any further questions about things to see and do in Cairns, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Free things to do

Travelling on a budget? No worries! You don’t even need to hire a car to see and do these hand-picked, best free things to do in Cairns – just have a great time and experience the culture of this tropical town.

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Milla Milla Falls, Atherton Tablelands

Places to visit

Cairns is surrounded by gorgeous destinations – Port Douglas, the Daintree rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef… and Cairns is the perfect base to see it all. You can jump in a hire care and go exploring yourself, or, if you’d like it all taken care of book one of our Cairns tours.

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Father and child kneeboarding at Cable Ski Cairns

Other activities

There are plenty of other activities available in Cairns when you visit – we’ve compiled a list for you! Please note these activities cost money and are not part of our Top 20, they are just here to let you know what else there is to do in the Cairns area.

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There are so many things to do in Cairns, including attending our fantastic events.

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