Located in Far North Queensland, Cairns is a tropical paradise offering enough adventure, beautiful scenery, restaurants and nightlife to keep every type of traveller satisfied.

With an abundance of things to do, it can be hard to know how to plan the perfect itinerary to see it all. A tour is one of the best ways to get around, chat with locals, and get out to one of the most complex ecosystems in the world – Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

There are tours available to suit a range of budgets, desired activities and durations, broken down below to ensure you find the perfect fit for your Cairns holiday.

If time is on your side, two and three day tours offer inclusive, overnight, guided experiences showcasing the best Cairns has to offer.

For those with the Great Barrier Reef at the top of your must-see list.

3 Day Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard Tour

This tour will have you setting sail from Cairns on board a 35 metre catamaran, and spending the next few days at sea, moving around to visit several areas of the reef and sleeping on board in comfort. Unlimited snorkelling is included, but this is also a fantastic opportunity to learn to dive, with the option to upgrade to a dive package. Certified divers have the chance to dive several times daily, and once in the evening. All meals are included, so all you have to do is pack your swimsuit and sunscreen, and get ready to set sail.

This tour is also available as a 2-day option !

Sounds great, but what about seeing the rest of Cairns?

Glad you asked! Cairns has much to offer on the mainland, with the tropical climate creating lush landscapes, waterfalls, swimming holes and plenty of wildlife to spot – some you will love to see, but should definitely keep your distance from.

2 Day Cape Tribulation and Atherton Tableland Tour

Offering an unforgettable experience in two incredible destinations. Explore the Daintree Rainforest, crystal clear swimming spots, breathtaking waterfalls, beaches and lookout points. You will spend the night at an eco-lodge and have the opportunity to spot wildlife on an evening canoe ride.

For the real star of the show, day two will see you on a crocodile spotting cruise. All national park fees, guide, accommodation and meals listed are included in the price.

Limited on time? Check out these Cairns Day Trip tours

1 Day Great Barrier Reef Cruise Deluxe

Departing from the Cairns Marina at 8am- allows you to explore the reef for a full day at two separate sites. Both snorkelling and diving options are available, or simply relax on board and view the reef through a glass-bottomed boat. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and a glass of wine are all included in the price, as well as flotation devices.

Green Island is one of the reefs most diverse and rich areas, so if you prefer to spend your time here, this tour includes return transfers from Cairns, and 5 hours of uninterrupted snorkelling, diving, beach and rainforest walks. A beautiful area to admire nature in it’s finest form.

A family-friendly day can be spent at Moore Reef – a deluxe pontoon and floating oasis complete with waterslide and underwater observatory. The Pontoon Tour includes return transfers to Moore Reef, a presentation from a marine biologist on the diversity of the reef, a buffet lunch, touch tank and fish feeding presentations, plus access to a fully enclosed kids pool.

A relaxing reset in Tropical North Queensland.

If you are seeking a relaxed and much more intimate holiday experience, you cannot look past Fitzroy Island. The Fitzroy Island Tour includes return catamaran transfers and offers you the freedom to spend the day as you wish.

Snorkelling, kayaking, beach strolls, boat tours, or a visit to the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre are all on offer at Fitzroy Island. This tour is available daily and you are given a generous five hours to enjoy the island without feeling rushed for time.

Last – but certainly not least – there is an option for travellers wanting a day that is rich in breathtaking views, comfort and an insight into the historical town of Kuranda. The Kuranda Skyrail Scenic Rail Experience is a day trip on the towns vintage train. The journey takes you through national parks and falls, and your tour includes a ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway – so book in and get ready to glide 7.5km above a rainforest and tick something off the bucket list!

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Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward began with a passion for travel and turned it into a thriving tourism business. He co-founded Sightseeing Tours Australia after starting out as a tour guide in Melbourne. Cameron delights in helping visitors get the most from their trip to Australia. Whether he's leading tours or writing about his favourite places, Cameron loves sharing his local insight with fellow travellers.

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