Ten of the best Cairns bus tours and experiences
Cairns offers an array of tours and guided experiences. Here are ten top options that will show you the best of the gateway to Tropical North Queensland.
1. Cairns City Sightseeing Tour with Afternoon Tea
This comprehensive afternoon tour of the city of Cairns with a local guide is a must-do for first time visitors. Explore the Cairns Museum, go on a guided walk through the lush Cairns Flecker Botanic Gardens, see majestic Barron Falls, visit picturesque Palm Cove, and enjoy an included afternoon tea of freshly baked scones with strawberry jam and cream.
Cairns City Sightseeing Tour with Afternoon Tea
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I would highly recommend this small group tour. Our guide Eric was very knowledgeable and his enthusiasm for this lovely city made this a thoroughly enjoyable tour. Our visits included St Monica’s Cathedral, the botanical gardens, the museum and much more. The tour also included a delicious afternoon tea. Evelyn B (via TripAdvisor)
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2. Green Island Day Tour
Green Island is a tranquil coral cay that’s estimated to be some 6,000 years old, and is accessible on a day trip from Cairns by fast catamaran. The transfer time each way is around 45 minutes. Green Island is home to a resort, but day guests are welcome. Laze on the crisp white beaches, snorkel off the shoreline, do a glass bottom boat trip or self-guided eco walk. Lunch and drinks are available for purchase.
3. Outer Great Barrier Reef Day Tour
For those looking to immerse themselves in the full glory of the Outer Great Barrier Reef, this day trip from Cairns by high speed catamaran makes it possible. You’ll enjoy around three hours at a permanently moored platform on the reef, and have the option to snorkel, dive (additional cost applies), spend time in an underwater observatory or cruise in a semi-submersible craft. A buffet lunch of hot and cold dishes is included in the cost of your tour.
4. Daintree, Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation Tour
The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Daintree rainforest is a must-see on any visit to Cairns or Port Douglas. Enjoy the services of a knowledgeable local guide and explore in modern air conditioned transport on this full-day tour. Highlights include a croc spotting cruise on the Daintree River, and stroll on the famous Cape Tribulation Beach. A traditional Aussie BBQ lunch is included in the cost of the tour, along with a sweet treat from the Daintree Ice Cream Company.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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!
8. Atherton Tablelands Rainforest Tour with Evening Wildlife Spotting
This afternoon and evening tour of 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.
9. Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures Tour
The prehistoric saltwater crocodile is the largest reptile in the world and Australia’s most feared predator. Whether you’re fascinated or completely terrified by these amazing animals, a visit to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures — located halfway between Cairns and Port Douglas — is a must. Book an afternoon ticket-and-transfer package, including pick-up/drop-off at your Cairns or Palm Cove hotel and entry to the park.
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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