Things to do in Cairns

99 Grafton Street Cairns

99 Grafton Street Cairns

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Ninety-nine Grafton Street is one of the last remaining structures directly associated with the former Cairns Chinatown. Curiously it is currently occupied by a Greek café, indica...more

Cairns Museum

Cairns Museum

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On July 10 the newest attraction for Cairns will open its doors, and showcase the story, the history and the wonderful tropical life of Cairns North Queensland to the world. The...more

Cairns Regional Gallery

Cairns Regional Gallery

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Cairns Regional Gallery is Far North Queensland's only visual art museum. Housed in a refurbished heritage building in central Cairns, the gallery incorporates four individual e...more

Cairns War Memorial

Cairns War Memorial

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Time now stands still but years ago, the Cairns' war memorial kept the far northern city's population punctual. The clock tower on which a soldier statue stands-unique in Queensla...more

Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome

Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome

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The Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome is the world's first Challenge Ropes Course in a wildlife immersion exhibit, It consists of 65 elements of crossings and ziplines. Mid-ZOOM - At...more

Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns

Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns

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Arts Cairns is Arts Queensland's direct representation in the north of the state, and was born from the amalgamation of the former Cairns Regional Office (CRO) and the Centre of Co...more

Challenger Bay Dive Site

Challenger Bay Dive Site

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Divers that love to watch fish, and plenty of them, will have a great time exploring Challenger Bay. Located on Ribbon Reef No.10, north of Cairns, Challenger Bay is a picturesque ...more

Clam Gardens Dive Site

Clam Gardens Dive Site

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The name kind of gives it away, but divers will see a number of giant clams while exploring the Clam Gardens. Located on the Ribbon Reefs, north of Cairns, the giant clams at the C...more

Cod Hole Dive Site

Cod Hole Dive Site

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Possibly the most well-known dive site in the world can be found roughly 96 kilometres north of Cairns, at Cod Hole. Part of the string of long narrow Ribbon Reefs, Cod Hole is hom...more

Coral Gardens Dive Site, Flynn Reef

Coral Gardens Dive Site, Flynn Reef

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Positioned 20 kilometres east of Green Island off the Cairns coast, Flynn Reef is home to several dive sites - with the Coral Gardens being just one of them. Despite being in the o...more

Green Island Fringing Reefs

Green Island Fringing Reefs

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Green Island, located off Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef, is a true coral island surrounded by sandy beaches and a huge coral reef system. Four metres above sea level, 606 metres...more

Jorgey's Patch Dive Site

Jorgey's Patch Dive Site

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Accessible on a day trip from Cairns, Jorgey's Patch features a variety of terrains for divers to explore, including bommies, ridges, gutters and ledges. In depths between 10 and 2...more

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda Scenic Railway

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The original Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of dense rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls. This famous railway winds i...more

Lighthouse Bommie Dive Site

Lighthouse Bommie Dive Site

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Lighthouse Bommie is a giant tower of coral that rises from the sea floor at 25 metres and stands 20 metres tall. Located on the Ribbon Reefs, north of Cairns, this impressive pinn...more

McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery Cairns

McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery Cairns

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The port of Cairns, was established for the Hodgkinson gold fields in 1876. A five acre cemetery was gazetted on McLeod Street the following year in 1877 as earlier burials had tak...more

Michaelmas and Upolo Cays National Park

Michaelmas and Upolo Cays National Park

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Michaelmas Cay, part of Michaelmas and Upolo Cays National Park, is one of the most important seabird breeding sites in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Michaelmas Cay i...more

Monolith Dive Site

Monolith Dive Site

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Located on Ribbon Reef No.10, Monolith offers the diver the option of exploring a coral wall or a collection of scattered bommies, or both if you have time. In depths to 30 metres ...more

Mount Whitfield Conservation Park

Mount Whitfield Conservation Park

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The rainforest-clad slopes of the Whitfield Range form a dramatic backdrop to Cairns, offering bushwalking opportunities close to the city. Walking tracks through Mount Whitfield C...more

Normanby Reef

Normanby Reef

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Normanby Reef is located in the Frankland Islands on the Great barrier Reef, a group of relatively untouched national parks about 12 km off the coast near Cairns. They are a group ...more

Northern Great Barrier Reef

Northern Great Barrier Reef

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Cairns and Tropical North Queensland is the closest point in Australia to experience the Great Barrier Reef. When travellers visualise themselves on the Great Barrier Reef - the...more

Osprey Reef

Osprey Reef

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Osprey Reef is one of the most spectacular dive sites in the world, located off Cairns in the Coral Sea. The North Horn site on the reef is a remote sea mount rising 1000 metres f...more

Pixie Pinnacle Dive Site

Pixie Pinnacle Dive Site

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Situated on the Ribbon Reefs off the coast of Cooktown, hop on a liveaboard dive boat in Cairns to discover Pixie Pinnacle. At 30 metres tall and about 15 metres across, Pixie Pinn...more

Reef Teach

Reef Teach

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Reef Teach is a unique Marine Education Centre in Cairns, Queensland Australia. Reef Teach showcases the Great Barrier Reef though a multimedia slide show presentation by a qualif...more

Snake Pit Dive Site

Snake Pit Dive Site

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The Snake Pit is located inside the Ribbon Reefs, not far from Lizard Island, and is a dive site where divers are guaranteed to encounter an olive sea snake or three. Although high...more

Southern Small Detached Reef Dive Site

Southern Small Detached Reef Dive Site

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Southern Small Detached Reef, 80 kilometres North of Lockhart River in Far North Queensland, is a remote but stunning reef. Sitting so far off the coast, the walls of the reef drop...more

Steve's Bommie Dive Site

Steve's Bommie Dive Site

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Located north of Cairns, Steve's Bommie is an incredible dive site located at Ribbon Reef No.3. The bommie rises from 30 metres deep up to just five metres below the water, and att...more

The Oasis Dive Site

The Oasis Dive Site

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Divers exploring The Oasis at Milln Reef, off Cairns, have a choice of exploring coral gardens in the shallows or a series of bommies in deeper water. The bommies are quite spectac...more

Thetford Reef Dive Site

Thetford Reef Dive Site

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Thetford Reef, nestled close to the Cairns coast and just a short boat trip from the popular Green Island, is a two kilometre long burst of colour - with scattered coral heads, san...more

Three Sisters Dive Site

Three Sisters Dive Site

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The Three Sisters, part of the impressive Milln Reef, can be found just a short boat trip from Cairns. The three large, colourful bommies are perhaps most famous for the Gorgonian ...more

Turtle Bay Dive Site

Turtle Bay Dive Site

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At Turtle Bay, off cairns on the Great Barrier Reef, you can come face to face with 'Killer' a giant 35 kilogram Maori Wrasse who expects the Divemaster to feed him. See 'Dopey' th...more

Two Towers Dive Site

Two Towers Dive Site

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Two Towers could be called Two Big Towers and Several Smaller Towers as this site is a wonderful collection of bommies on the Ribbon Reefs, north of Cairns. Rising from 25 metres, ...more

Cairns Tours

Australian Wild Escapes

Australian Wild Escapes

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Australian Wild Escapes have been operating luxury four wheel drive and small group tours for the past 25 years. Their company is family owned and operated and offers guests a genu...more

Bad Fishy Jet Boating Cairns

Bad Fishy Jet Boating Cairns

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Bad Fishy operates the thrilling "Tropical Twist" ride on The Trinity Inlet in Cairns. With spins, slides, speed and the stunning sights of Cairns it's loads of fun! Expect to get...more

Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises

Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises

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Green Island is a beautiful coral cay on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel, dive and swim in the warm island waters, view the spectacular reef from a semi-submarine or glass ...more

Cairns Harbour and Sunset Cruises

Cairns Harbour and Sunset Cruises

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Alongside Cairns is a magnificent tidal estuary that is rarely seen and only accessible by boat. M.V. Crocodile Explorer is a comfortable air-conditioned vessel taking visitors alo...more

Coral Expeditions

Coral Expeditions

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Coral Expeditions knows the UNESCO World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef better than most, having pioneered overnight cruises on the outer reef more than 30 years ago. Sailing f...more

Discovery Tours Australia

Discovery Tours Australia

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Want a personalised small group four wheel drive tour? Why not come and join them on one of their premium full day tours to Cape Tribulation and the Daintree National Park or get a...more

Flyboard Cairns

Flyboard Cairns

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Flyboard Cairns is the latest adrenalin pumping, full action water sport! Get onboard and join the fun! The Flyboard is a water jet powered machine which allows propulsion underwa...more

Food Trail Tours

Food Trail Tours

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Food Trail Tours have been offering food, wine and rainforest experiences, in Tropical North Queensland since 2002. They provide a day of discovery into Wet Tropics World Heritage...more

Great Adventures Reef and Green Island Cruises

Great Adventures Reef and Green Island Cruises

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With Great Adventures you can explore the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef on any day of your holiday, be it from the spacious reef platform or at the tropical reef and rainforest ...more

GSL Aviation - Cairns

GSL Aviation - Cairns

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GSL Aviation are your best value scenic flight operator in the Cairns and Whitsunday region, with bases in both locations. Operating 7 days a week over the Great Barrier Reef, Dai...more

Hot Air Balloon Cairns

Hot Air Balloon Cairns

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Did you know that Cairns in Tropical North Queensland is one of the best places in the world to go ballooning? And the only balloon option offering the biggest range of balloon tou...more

Mulga Bicycle Tours

Mulga Bicycle Tours

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Mulga Bicycle Tours has scheduled their Australian bike tours throughout the year to fit with the seasons and the best times to tour. Their fully supported bicycle tour across Ca...more

Nautilus Aviation

Nautilus Aviation

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Nautilus Aviation has been operating as a privately-owned and operated luxury Helicopter charter company since 1993. With bases in Cairns, Townsville, Horn Island, Darwin and Weipa...more

Nomad Sportfishing Adventures

Nomad Sportfishing Adventures

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More fun, more fish, they make it happen! Nomad Sportfishing Adventures offers specialised catch and release sportfishing charters in the remote waters of the Northern Great Barr...more

North Queensland Wildscapes Phototours

North Queensland Wildscapes Phototours

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Join Paul Curtis of North Queensland Wildscapes Phototours in a tour some of the less visited but extremely photogenic sites around the tropical north. Tours are varied to suit the...more

Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom - Cairns Premier Reef and Island Tours

Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom - Cairns Premier Reef and Island Tours

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Come and experience the passion of "Ocean Free and Freedom"- Cairns Premier Reef and Island Tours' team. Enjoy first class service with that friendly Aussie touch. A choice of a ...more

On the Wallaby Eco Adventure Tours

On the Wallaby Eco Adventure Tours

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Rainforests, waterfalls, volcanic crater lakes, fun, swimming, wildlife, adventure! Join them on a tour of the beautiful Atherton Tablelands where you can enjoy swimming in crysta...more

Pro Dive Cairns

Pro Dive Cairns

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Pro Dive Cairns is Australia's Premier PADI Dive School as well as a leading outer reef liveaboard dive trip operator. Since 1983 Pro Dive Cairns have developed an international re...more

Reef Magic Cruises

Reef Magic Cruises

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If you only experience the Great Barrier Reef once you will want to see it at its best. Outer reef locations such as Marine World are visited by those wanting superior coral qualit...more

SEABOB Jet

SEABOB Jet

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Fancy trying out the coolest underwater jet in the world? The SEABOB arrived in Australia and you can be amongst the first in the nation to experience the most exciting, adrenaline...more

Seawalker Green Island

Seawalker Green Island

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Especially for those who might not want to or might not be able to participate in scuba diving or snorkelling, Seawalker @ Green Island is an underwater experience the whole family...more

Skydive Australia

Skydive Australia

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Skydive Australia is the largest and most professional skydive company in Australia. And offers thrill-seeking tourists from around the world the perfect excuse to jump out of a p...more

Sunlover by Starlight

Sunlover by Starlight

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Sunlover Reef Cruises is now offering guests Sunlover by Starlight, a once in a lifetime overnight reef stay, at Moore Reef Pontoon located on the Great Barrier Reef, 26 nautical m...more

Sunlover Reef Cruises

Sunlover Reef Cruises

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Discover one of the natural wonders of the world as you join Sunlover Reef Cruises fast, air-conditioned catamaran to the large pontoon (floating platform) located at Moore Reef, o...more

Tropic Wings Cairns Tours and Charters

Tropic Wings Cairns Tours and Charters

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Tropic Wings Cairns Tours and Charters offers full day touring programs to Kuranda (including Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Rainforestation Nature Park and Australian Butterfly ...more

Tropical Traveller, The

Tropical Traveller, The

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Escape with a Tropical Traveller Tour to discover the delights of tropical North Queensland. Spectacular scenery that will take your breath away and food to tantalise your taste b...more

Tusa Dive

Tusa Dive

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Dive or Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef with the experts! With more than 30 years experience, a choice of 16 outer reef locations, modern comfortable vessels, and a friendly profes...more