More than just a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

Cairns is a top tropical tourist destination.  See the best on offer with a Cairns Cruise tour.

The city of Cairns and its surrounding regions are well known.  We have one of Australia’s top tourist destinations.

Home to local Aboriginal tribes long before European settlement.  Aboriginal history and culture are prominent in many surrounding regions.

First settled as a gold mining camp and founded in 1876.  Before establishing itself as a top tourist destination, the region became a significant producer of sugar cane, with the Great Barrier Reef right on its doorstep.

However, the Great Barrier Reef is just the start of tourist attractions on offer.


Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation

Daintree Rainforest

Starting with the Daintree Rainforest, which is a couple of hours north of Cairns, is the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation.

The Daintree Rainforest is the oldest and second-largest rainforest in the world.   This rainforest offers some of the world’s most diverse, unique and impressive wildlife.

Along the way, call into Port DouglasPort Douglas and visit the Wildlife Habitat.   The Wildlife Habitat allows you to meet many native species, including the endangered Cassowary.

The Daintree River winds its way through the rainforest on its journey to the sea.  It is home to many wildlife species, including the saltwater crocodile.

A river cruise is a relaxing way to get close and personal with these ancient creatures.

While in the Daintree, be sure to visit Cape Tribulation beach.  Walk along the white sands where the Daintree meets the vibrant blue waters of the Coral Sea.

Kuranda, Atherton Tablelands and Waterfalls

Barron Gorge Just north of Cairns is the small town of Kuranda, nestled amongst the World Heritage-listed rainforest.

The town has stylish restaurants, cafes, and bars.  For those looking for something to take home with them, Kuranda is a must-visit!

During your visit, many markets and shops offer local handcrafted wares.

Visitors can experience their trip through the rainforest to and from the town via the unique Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail.

West of Cairns, you will find the Atherton Tablelands region.

Follow the world-famous waterfall trail.  Discover the region’s majestic waterfalls.

Be sure to bring your swimmers and enjoy a refreshing dip in the crystal clear freshwater pools fed by the waterfalls.

Next, find out more by visiting our sister page to learn more about the waterfalls.

Keep your eye open for the region’s tropical wildlife, though it shouldn’t be hard.

The Tablelands is a birdwatchers paradise with an incredible 327 species in the region.

The region is also home to a diverse array of reptiles and other wildlife, including some rare species native to the area.

After you have explored Cairns, it’s time to head out to our main attraction, the Great Barrier Reef.