The gateway to far north Queensland and the starting point for tours to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is the ideal spot for an adventure. Whether you want to hike, snorkel, or go bungee-jumping, here are some can’t-miss outdoor activities to try.
Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
Visiting the Great Barrier Reef is likely at the top of your to-do list, so set sail on a catamaran cruise or glass-bottom boat tour to popular destinations such as Green Island, Upolu Cay, or Upolu Reef. There are numerous sites for snorkeling and scuba diving and you’ll have chance to spot a huge variety of marine life, including sea turtles, giant clams, and tropical fish.
Venture off-road in the Barron Gorge and Kuranda National Park in a 4WD vehicle, take a nocturnal wildlife walk through the Atherton Tablelands, or explore the rainforest on an ATV, mountain bike, or horse-riding excursion. Alternatively, head north to Cape Tribulation, stopping to explore the UNESCO-listed Daintree Rainforest, the oldest of its kind in the world.
There are plenty of ways to get an adrenaline fix and ensure some unforgettable photos to show off to friends and family back home. Tackle the rapids of the Tully River or the Barron River on a white-water rafting excursion, go canyoning in the Behana Gorge, or pick up speed on a jet boat ride along the Trinity Inlet. For the ultimate thrill, try skydiving at Mission Beach, go jungle surfing (zip-lining) in the Daintree Rainforest, or brave the Minjin Jungle Swing.
Soak up the scenery as you paddleboard through the Kuranda Rainforest, check out the views on a hot air balloon flight over the Atherton Tablelands, ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway or Skyrail, or soar over the northern beaches and islands in a helicopter.