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Top activities in Cairns

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Cairns, a city in Queensland in Australia, is the ultimate destination for nature lovers, adrenaline junkies and avid divers looking to revel in the spirit of adventure. The cosmopolitan city offers a host of things to do for adventurous travelers in its tropical setting; so read on to find out the top activities you should not be missing out on when in Cairns.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Cairns is during the winter months of April and September as the climate is cool and pleasant.


1) Enjoy snorkeling and diving at the Great Barrier ReefSnorkeling in the Great Barrier reef

One of the seven natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef, made up of nearly 3,000 individual reefs over an area of 344,400 square km, is a must-see destination in Cairns. For passionate divers, The Great Barrier Reef becomes the first stop by default. The reef with its incredible ecology also makes its mark on the bucket list of those who are not diving enthusiasts. It has the world’s largest collection of more than 400 kinds of corals, and is home to exotic creatures such as rays, whales and dolphins

How to reach: Take a cruise boat or yacht from Cairns to sail to the different islands on the reef

Best time: June to October.

Who Should Visit: Families, friends and couples


2) Bungee jumping in the RainforestsBungee Jumping In australia

The most popular spot for bungee fans in the dense tropical rain forest is the AJ Hackett Bungee Tower, located around 15 km from the city. While taking jumps from the top of 50-metre tower, you get breath-taking views of the Coral Sea and mountains. The bungee jumping tower, especially designed for the sport offers 16 different jump styles that cater to both first-timers and seasoned professionals.

How to reach: You can drive from Cairns and reach the rainforests in two hours.

Best time: Adventure activities such as bungee jumping, hot air ballooning, white water rafting and touring the Great Barrier Reef, is best explored in April.

Who should visit: Friends, couples and individuals


3) River rafting in Barron RiverBarron River national park in cairns

There can be no greater rush than being at the mercy of the Barron River with nothing but a rubber boat and the support of fellow teammates for company. If you are an adrenaline junkie who enjoys white water rafting, then make sure you visit the Barron Gorge National Park and experience the ebb and flow of the river as it makes way through the mountains to reach the Coral Sea.

How to reach: You can drive down till the river as it is located 20 minutes away from north of Cairns.

When to visit: The best time for rafting would be April.

Who should visit: Friends, Couples and individuals


4) Scuba diving in Green IslandScuba Diving in Green island

For nature seekers, the tropical and enchanting Green Island is one of the must visit places in Cairns. The island, part of the Great Barrier Reef, is known to be the only coral island with a rainforest growing on it. As a couple, you can enjoy the boardwalk through the lush island rainforest and the protected Marine National Parks for a romantic experience in the lap of nature.

The Green Island reef is quite closer to the mainland, supporting a diverse range of habitats and marine life. This makes scuba diving a popular sport in the island and opens the doors to two distinct habitats for divers -the sea grass beds in the shallows, and the reef that starts shallow and continues into the depths.

How to reach: You can take a fast catamaran from Cairns to reach the island in 45 minutes.

When to visit: The best time to visit would be April.

Who should visit: Friends, couples and individuals


5) Daintree RainforestDaintreee rainforest in australia

Better known as the Daintree Cape Tribulation Rainforest and listed as a World Heritage area, the region offers a glimpse of some of the rarest flora and fauna on earth. Here you can enjoy hiking or walking through nature, besides soaking in the tropical warmth of the beaches.

How to reach: You can drive from Cairns and reach the rainforests in two hours.

When to visit: June – November with lower temperature and less rainfall, makes it the ideal time.

Who should visit: Families, friends and couples


6) Kuranda Rainforest TourKurundu Rainforest Tour

Nestled in a World Heritage Rainforest, Kuranda Village is a picturesque mountain settlement. Board the Kuranda Scenic rail which winds through the forest, crossing bridges and gliding through tunnels as you approach this quaint destination. Explore the village market and on the way back board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway which takes you on an ocean view ride over the lush greenery.

How to reach: Kuranda about 30 kilometres form Cairns, a distance which can be covered by bus if you want to travel like a local. A self-drive car is a great option too.

When to Visit: May to September, the months which mark winter in the area, are the best time to visit.

Who should visit: Families, Friends and Couples


7) Sky Diving in CairnsSky diving in Cairns

Get the best possible view of Tropical Queensland as you free-fall under expert guidance at Cairns and Mission beach. Besides the excellent views, you will also be treated to the adrenaline rush that jumping out of an aeroplane offers. Experience the exultation of feeling the parachute billowing behind you as you glide down to meet the breath-taking landscape at your feet

When to Visit: April – November are the best times of the year to Skydive in Cairns

Who should visit: Couples, Friends and families with children over 18

8) Day trip from Cairns to Port DouglasPort Douglas near Cairns

If you love driving, the cruise from Cairns to Port Douglas is a must-do on your itinerary. The Cairns Tropical Zoo, Port Douglas, and Mossman George offer memorable pit stops. On the way back, breakfast with the Birds and explore the wildlife park at National Habitat.

How to Reach: Self-drive the distance of 68 kilometres along the Captain Cook Highway from Cairns to Port Douglas.

When to visit: March to November is the best time to visit the area for a pleasant drive

Who should visit: Couples, Friends and Families


9) Shop at The Night Market

Cairns Night Market
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70 retail outlets and innumerable dining options spread in an open-air setting offer a heady combination to the avid shopper. Established in 1991, Cairns Night Market is a must-visit to indulge in some shopping! Pick souvenirs to carry home, local produce (tea, honey, etc), precious stones, clothing and much more at competitive prices, and tuck into cuisines from all over the world at this lively market.

When to visit: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm every day

Who should visit: The Market is a destination which is sure to appeal to shoppers and foodies of all ages

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Author: GoFro Travelers’ Network

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