More than just a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is a top tropical tourist destination.  See the best Cairns has to offer on a Cairns Cruise tour.

Cairns – More than just the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

The city of Cairns and its surrounding regions are well known as 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, the region went on to become a major producer of sugar cane. Before establishing itself as a top tourist destination, with the Great Barrier Reef right on its doorstep.

The reef, however, is just the start of tourist attractions on offer.


Daintree Rainforest & Cape Tribulation

Daintree Rainforest

Just a couple of hours north of Cairns is the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation.

The Daintree is the oldest, and second-largest rainforest in the world and is a must-see attraction while staying in Cairns.  Offering some of the world’s most diverse, unique and impressive wildlife, the Daintree is sure to impress.

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 and is home to many wildlife species, including the saltwater crocodile.

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

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

Kuranda, Atherton Tablelands and Waterfalls


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

The town itself is packed full of stylish restaurants, cafes and bars.  For those looking for something to take home with them, Kuranda is a must-visit with many markets and shops offering handcrafted wares.

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

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

Follow the renowned waterfall trail and discover the region’s series of majestic waterfalls.

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

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

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

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

Cairns Cruise offers tours including the Cairns on a Budget tour that includes some of the best attractions as well as a visit to the Great Barrier Reef.