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We all know everyone visits Cairns for the Great Barrier Reef. But there is so much more to do here! and visitors are normally left surprised and regret not having more time to explore around the beautiful tropical haven.

Extend your stay in Cairns and check out these top activities in Cairns.

Kuranda Village

Located in the rainforest about 23kms from Cairns city centre lies the picturesque village of Kuranda. The quaint village offers local arts & crafts where you’ll surely pick up a gift for yourself or someone special at home.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Skyrail offers a unique rainforest experience where you’ll travel over Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest.  You’ll also have the opportunity to see the magnificent views of where the ‘Rainforest meets the coral sea’.

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Take a journey through the rainforest on board the heritage train. You’ll travel through the lush rainforest forest passing steep ravines, picturesque waterfalls and the spectacular Barron Gorge. Enjoy onboard commentary on your trip about the history of the railways construction.

Skyrail Cairns

White Water Rafting

Get the adrenaline pumping and join one of the most popular adventure activities in Cairns. There are two main rafting rivers you can choose from – Tully River or Barron River.  Tully River is a full day with rapid grades from 1-4 and Barron River is half day trip, great for beginners and families!


There are dozens of beautiful cascading waterfalls to choose from around Cairns. Why not spend a day chasing waterfalls? You can self-drive or even join one of the many group tours.  Some of our favourite waterfalls include the following; Crystal Cascades, Millaa Millaa falls, Elinja Falls and Josephine Falls.

Milla Milla Falls

Reef Sleep

Why not enjoy an overnight stay in a tent/swag on a reef pontoon on the Great Barrier Reef? After the rest of the guest leave for the end of their days trips, you’ll get stay back and enjoy the reef longer with smaller crowds. Enjoy a BBQ dinner and enjoy the brilliant star show. Awaken to a beautiful sunrise over the reef.

Learn about the Tjapukai People

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park prides itself on its authenticity. The Tjapukai people inhabited the tropic region that extends from Cairns to Port Douglas and inland to Kuranda. Their name means ‘People of the Rainforest’. The displays and cultural dances within the park portray the Dreamtime through to the present reality of today’s Tjapukai people.

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