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Ten top Cairns tours and experiences

The Big Bus offers a great range of Cairns tours, experiences and things to do. From experiencing the stunning natural beauty of the Daintree to immersing yourself in the world beneath the waves on the Great Barrier Reef, there are endless ways to enjoy your time in Australia's Tropical North.

Looking for things to see and do during your visit to Tropical North Queensland?

Here are ten top Cairns tours and guided experiences that you should definitely consider. They will show you the very best of the city and the surrounding region.

Cairns travel guide

1. Cairns City Tour

This comprehensive afternoon tour of the city of Cairns and its surroundings is a must-do for first time visitors. Explore the Cairns Museum, go on a guided walk through the lush Flecker Botanical Gardens, see the lower section of Barron Falls, visit picturesque Palm Cove, and enjoy an included afternoon tea of freshly baked scones with strawberry jam and cream.

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See the Esplanade Lagoon on a Cairns city tour. Image: Bigstock

2. Cairns Segway Tour

Explore Cairns on two wheels with a local guide during this fabulous Segway tour. Your tour will begin with some intensive training on the art of riding a Segway.  From there, you’ll set off for a 90-minute glide past Saltwater Creek (keep an eye out for crocodiles!), the beautiful Cairns Botanic Gardens, and Centenary Lakes — a unique wetland area that is home to many species of flora and fauna.

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3. Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and 4WD Bloomfield Track Day Tour

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Queensland Wet Tropics stretch all the way from Townsville up to Cooktown, encompassing a diverse range of rugged terrain. Experience many of the highlights of the Daintree region on this Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and 4WD Bloomfield Track eco-accredited day tour. It’s a big day, but worth every second.

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Ten top Cairns tours: Visit Mossman Gorge in the Daintree National Park. Image: Bigstock

4. Ngadiku Daintree Dreaming Day Tour

Far North Queensland has a rich Indigenous heritage and you can connect with local Aboriginal culture on the Ngadiku Day Tour. This full day includes a coastal and mangrove walk at Cooya Beach north of Port Douglas and a rainforest walk in Mossman Gorge with local Indigenous guides. You will be welcomed with a traditional smoking ceremony and the included lunch features locally sourced produce combined with bush tucker ingredients.

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5. Kuranda Day Tour by Train and Skyrail

A ride on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway is just the start of the fabulous Cairns tours to the rainforest town of Kuranda. Once you arrive, spend three hours of free time in the picturesque town, shopping in the markets or visiting the many local attractions. Then board the epic Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for the return journey back towards Cairns.

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Ten top Cairns tours: Ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway.

6. ATV Rainforest Tour

North Queensland’s stunning Wet Tropics rainforest is endlessly fascinating for visitors to Cairns, and it seems there are endless ways to enjoy it. You can choose to travel by historic train, cableway, bus and 4WD. Now add these Hummer and ATV tours to the list!

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7. Evening Rainforest Tour with Wildlife Spotting

This Cairns evening rainforest tour through the Atherton Tablelands will introduce you to the extraordinary biodiversity of the Queensland Wet Tropics. You’ll have the chance to spot some of the region’s shyest nocturnal animals and enjoy a delicious included dinner.

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Ten top Cairns tours: Go wildlife spotting in the Queensland Wet Tropics rainforest. Image: Bigstock

8. Double Island Kayak Turtle Tour

Paddle power is a great way to explore the stunning North Queensland coastline. On the Kayak Turtle Tour from Palm Cove you’ll explore pristine mangrove habitats and coral reefs, and meet an abundance of small rays and turtles. If you are lucky you may even see dolphins and dugongs, which definitely puts this experience on our list of the top ten Cairns tours. You’ll need to make your own way to Palm Cove.

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9. Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures Day Tour

The prehistoric saltwater crocodile is the largest reptile in the world and Australia’s most feared predator. Whether you’re fascinated by, or completely terrified of these amazing animals, a visit to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, halfway between Palm Cove and Port Douglas, is a must. Book a full or half day ticket and transfer package, including pick-up/drop-off at your Cairns hotel.

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Ten top Cairns tours: Meet the locals at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures.

10. Wooroonooran National Park Day Tour with Mamu Tropical Skywalk

Get a bird’s eye view of the magnificent Wet Tropics at canopy level on the Mamu Tropical Skywalk. Ninety minutes’ drive south of Cairns, Mamu is located in the lush Wooroonooran National Park. Over 150 species of birds live in the park, including the highly elusive Southern Cassowary. Visit Mamu on an afternoon tour from Cairns, which also includes a visit to famous Paronella Park and a delicious pub dinner.

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