Here on The Big Bus tour and travel guide you can choose from hundreds of Cairns and North Queensland tours, guided activities and experiences.

Our Cairns city tours and guided walks are led by knowledgeable local guides, who take pride in sharing the best of North Queensland’s unofficial capital with visitors. We also offer a range of fascinating Indigenous cultural experiences.

Leave the city behind and explore the stunning Daintree rainforest, Atherton Tablelands, Wooroonooran National Park and so much more on our range of scenic day tours. A day tour to the rainforest village of Kuranda is a must-do for many visitors.

Picturesque Port Douglas is located an hour’s drive north of Cairns, and is the starting point for cruises and snorkelling trips out to the outer Great Barrier Reef.

Ten top Cairns tours & experiences

There are so many amazing things to see and do during your visit to Tropical North Queensland, and guided tours will help you get the most from your visit.

From exploring ancient landscapes to enjoying the culinary bounty on offer across the region, here are ten top Cairns tours and experiences to consider.

Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and 4WD Bloomfield Track 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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Top Cairns tours: Visit Mossman Gorge in the Daintree National Park. Image: Bigstock

Kuranda Day Tour: Train up/Skyrail back

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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Top Cairns tours: Kuranda Scenic Railway

Daintree Dreaming: Ngadiku 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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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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Great Barrier Reef Small Group Cruise and Snorkel Trip

The Great Barrier Reef is made up of more than three thousand individual reefs and this stunning natural treasure is a must for most visitors to North QLD. But how can you avoid the tourist crush? Join a small group catamaran cruise and snorkeling adventure. Departing from Port Douglas, each cruise has a maximum of 48 guests. You’ll need to make your way from Cairns to the Port Douglas Marina (private transfers can be arranged at an additional cost).

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Top Cairns tours: Explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.

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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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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Top Cairns tours: Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures

Food, Wine and Rainforest Tour

There are all manner of gourmet treats waiting to be discovered around the Atherton Tablelands south of Cairns. On this full day food tour you’ll visit a Macadamia plantation, a tropical winery, a cheesery and a chocolate factory! Learn about local produce from the farmers and producers themselves on this fascinating and delicious day out.

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Top Cairns tours: Explore North Queensland’s gourmet food scene.

Mamu Tropical Skywalk Day Tour

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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Cooktown 4WD Adventure

There are few places in Australia as remote as Cooktown on the Cape York Peninsula and a full day from Cairns is needed to see this unique piece of Aussie history. Journey north by comfortable 4WD vehicle, passing through Wet Tropics rainforest and along the 4WD only Bloomfield Track. Enjoy a unique pub lunch before arriving in Cooktown, where you’ll have free time to explore this Aussie outpost and see where Captain James Cook beached the Endeavour for repairs way back in 1770.

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