A complete guide to the absolute best things to do in Cairns Australia! Explore Australia’s best tropical adventure destination with these unmissable Cairns attractions– epic waterfalls, untamed rainforests, & scenic reef-lined islands.

When it comes to the ultimate tropical travel experience, Cairns, Australia is up there with the best!

In case you didn’t know, Cairns is an extremely unique place where two world heritage sites collide– the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park.

As a result, you’ll find some of Australia’s best outdoor adventure tours and nature day tours in Cairns including scuba diving reef trips and helicopter rides, as well as iconic destinations like Nudey Beach and Fitzroy Island!

So, after living in Cairns and spending several months exploring the best hikes and waterfalls, snorkeling and diving at the pristine coral reefs, sailing to tropical islands and seeking out some of the amazing natural wonders and iconic Cairns attractions, I’ve formulated this ultimate travel guide listing the top 55 things to do in Cairns, Australia.

Table Of Contents
  1. QuickList: The Best Cairns Tours & Outdoor Experiences
  2. 55 Best Things to do in Cairns Australia
  3. How to Get Around in Cairns
  4. When is the Best Time to Visit Cairns?
  5. How Much Does it Cost to Visit Cairns?
  6. Cairns Adventures: More Hiking & Waterfall Resources
  7. More Cairns Travel & Adventure FAQs
  8. Beyond Cairns: More Things to do In Australia & FNQ
  9. Cairns Accommodation Guide – Where to Stay

QuickList: The Best Cairns Tours & Outdoor Experiences

In a rush? Here’s a quick list of the top 4 bookable activities in Cairns!

  • Fitzroy Island Full Day Trip – the closest (and cheapest) Great Barrier Reef Island to visit from Cairns. Check out the world-famous famous Nudey Beach and hike to the island’s summit
  • Daintree & Mossman Gorge Trip – visit the oldest rainforest in the world in the Daintree National Park. Visit Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge and get an included cruise.
  • Great Barrier Reef by Catamaran – visit the outer reef and snorkel or scuba dive at two pristine reef locations.
  • Scenic Reef Helicopter Flight – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Great Barrier Reef from above on a scenic helicopter flight from Cairns city.
  • …. +8 more in this Cairns tour roundup.

Travel tip: By far, the best islands for snorkeling in Cairns are the Frankland Islands (pristine reef). There is only one boat trip allowed to stop on these islands and you can book this directly with BackpackerDeals + use code OLLY5 to get $5 off.


Climbing Fitzroy Island summit near Cairns, Australia

55 Best Things to do in Cairns Australia

Planning a trip to Cairns and wondering what to do?

Skip the travel books– here’s the most comprehensive travel guide to Cairns Australia that you’ll find, featuring over 55 activities and places to see!

1. The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

By far, one of the most popular things to do in Cairns for visitors is the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

This world-renowned gondola cableway spans 7.5 kilometres over World Heritage listed Wet Tropics Rainforest connecting Cairns (Smithfield) to Kuranda.

It’s possible to secure Skyrail Cableway tickets online– it’s a very unique experience and one of the funnest ways to immerse yourself in the beauty of the world’s oldest rainforest ecosystem in the Barron Gorge National Park.

Skyrail Rainforest Cablecar in Cairns
Skyrail rainforest cable-car to Kuranda from Smithfield (Cairns)

One great thing about this attraction is that you’ll get to tick off a few Cairns highlights including Barron Falls and a trip to Kuranda on an awesome day trip.

Also, a new addition to the Skyrail system is a stop at the Edge Lookout, which gives you incredible views on a glass platform over Barron Falls.

Edge Lookout in Kuranda near Cairns

Cairns travel tip: I recommend booking a combined ticket for the Skyrail and the Kuranda Scenic Rail– taking you back to Cairns as the most cost-effective and easiest way to enjoy both attractions.

2. Visit the Great Barrier Reef (outer Reef)

Forget the Whitsundays— Cairns is truly Australia’s best gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. It’s the most intriguing attraction and the reason why many people come to Cairns in the first place.

It’s fair to say that if you’re planning a trip to Cairns, then you have to see the Great Barrier Reef.

Coral Reef near Cairns

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest living organism and a Unesco World Heritage Site. The tropical coral reef spans nearly 350 000 square kilometres up the Queensland coast and is a truly incredible marine wildlife park that is home to abundant marine life.

There are dozens of Great Barrier Reef tours running from the Cairns reef terminal. However, after living here and trying out a few myself, the GBR premium catamaran trip offers the best value for a fraction of the cost of some of the other Cairns day trips to the reef.

Underwater coral reef on the Great Barrier Reef
Coral on the Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef near Cairns
Outer GBR from the sky

Did you know? the majority of the coral reef is fairly far out to sea in other parts of the state. However, Cairns in Tropical North Queensland is the best place to base yourself since this little seaside town is the closest coastal city on the outer reef.

3. Nudey Beach & Fitzroy Island (Australia’s Most Beautiful Beach)

Out of all of the incredible islands off Cairns, Fitzroy Island is my personal favourite. It’s got a touch of everything you’d expect out of an incredible Tropical Far North Queensland island.

You’ve got rainforest hikes, incredible snorkeling and diving, white, sandy beaches, a turtle rehabilitation centre, an epic resort & campground and some of the clearest water you could imagine.

Book the cheapest Fitzroy fast-ferry ticket online: Fitzroy Ferry (Sunlover)

Turtle on Fitzroy Island near Cairns, Australia

Plus, It’s also the closest island to Cairns, which makes it super accessible from the harbour.

Also, just in case you haven’t heard the name, chances are that you would have seen it in photos and posters. Nudey Beach, on the tip of the island, has been ranked as Australia’s most beautiful beach several times. It certainly doesn’t disappoint.

FITZROY ISLAND BEACH NEAR CAIRNS, QLD
Nudey Beach on Fitzroy Island

4. Cairns Scenic Flight Over the Great Barrier Reef

The true scale of the Great Barrier Reef is difficult to comprehend. It’s a common saying that the best way to see the Great Barrier Reef is from the sky— and not just on the flight in.

GBR scenic flights depart from Cairns airport, which is only a quick 15 to 20-minute drive from town, and the same distance if you’re staying on the Northern Beaches.

Trips usually run between 30-40 minutes, which gives you plenty of time to snap some epic shots of the coral reefs from above. The best part is the planes can fly at a much lower altitude than commercial jetliners, so you’ll get the best possible view.

If there’s one activity you book, make sure it’s a reef flight, one of the absolute best things to do in Cairns!

Get the current best deal: Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight From Cairns
View of the Great Barrier Reef Sandy Cays from the Scenic Flight

5. Discover 30+ Epic Waterfalls (Cairns Hidden Gems)

One of my favourite things to do in Cairns is to go waterfall explore. In fact, I ended up visiting over 30 of the best waterfalls in this region! These range from jungle behemoths to quaint, isolated freshwater swimming holes.

The truth is, Cairns has some of the best waterfalls on the East Coast of Australia. Lucky that, because we all know that Cairns can get HOT, especially in the summer months.

While the best way to explore the waterfalls is to rent a car you can also book a guided waterfall day trip which visits some of the best.

The closest waterfalls to Cairns City are:

Nandroya Falls, Waterfall Near Cairns
Nandroya Falls in the Wooroonooran National Park
Car in the rainforest near Cairns

Car Rentals in Far North Queensland

Cairns is one of the most popular travel destinations in Australia and car rentals quickly book out! I recommend booking well in advance. I always use RentalCars.com as they compare the widest range of rentals across dealerships in the Far North.

6. Cape Tribulation (See Where the Rainforest Meets the Reef)

I’d tell anybody that if you’re coming up to see Cairns, you simply can’t miss a trip to Cape Tribulation.

Known as the final frontier, this is the spot where the rainforest truly meets the reef and also marks the start of truly raw Australia.

Stepping right onto a reef-lined tropical beach from the rainforest is a special kind of experience that is hard to come by. The diverse natural beauty with unique flora and fauna, rich history, and amazing ancient aboriginal culture of Cape Tribulation make this a must-visit location near Cairns!

You can drive here yourself on the Great Barrier Reef Drive (number 28). This is a good idea because there is lots to do up here, including some unique tours and beautiful beaches.

However, if you’re short on time, there’s also a really great Cape Tribulation day trip that includes the Daintree, and Mossman Gorge.

Cape Tribulation Beach
Cape Tribulation
Emmagen Creek Swimming Hole

7. Walsh’s Pyramid – The World’s Tallest Natural Pyramid

If you didn’t spot Walsh’s Pyramid on the flight in, then you won’t miss it when driving around Cairns. This mountain is known as the largest freestanding natural pyramid in the world. And, it’s located just a short drive from town!

If you’re reasonably fit, take the steep hike to the summit. At the top, you’ll get one of the best unobstructed, 360-degree views on offer in Cairns. All in all, it takes approximately 3-4 hours to summit and return, so make sure to plan ahead.

WALSH'S PYRAMID CAIRNS HIKING TRAIL
Walsh’s Pyramid near Cairns, Australia

8: Frankland Islands Boat Trip from Cairns

The Frankland Islands are a series of five islands just outside the mouth of the Mulgrave River, south of Cairns. While these sets of islands aren’t as popular as Green Island or Fitzroy, allow me to let you in on a local Cairns hidden gem secret.

In my honest opinion, Franklin Islands has the best snorkelling out of any of the islands off Cairns!

$5 OFF: Book the only ferry to Frankland online with Backpacker Deals with Code: OLLY5

The coral reef here is extremely healthy and abundant with a diverse range of sea life. If you’re looking for the best snorkelling island day-trip, then this is your choice over Fitzroy and Green Island. While I do like them all, the reef here is just hands-down a lot healthier,

Frankland Islands Day Trip from Cairns
Frankland Islands

9. the Atherton Tablelands – The Best Day Trip From Cairns

Just behind the rainforest mountain ranges opposite Cairns are the high and flat regions known as the Atherton Tablelands. Most people don’t know this, but the best rainforest hikes and waterfalls are actually found in this area.

Getting to the Tablelands will require your own transport, but it’s well-worth planning at least a day or two for the region. Many of the things recommended on this Cairns to do list including Millaa Millaa Waterfall Circuit and the Crater Lakes are actually found in the Tablelands, so don’t miss this little slice of rainforest heaven!

Millaa Millaa Falls in the Atherton Tablelands
Millaa Millaa Falls in the Tablelands near Cairns

10. Cairns Road Trip to Port Douglas

Port Douglas is another must-visit town in Far North Queensland. Not only will you have easy access to the Low Isles, but the township itself is also one of the most iconic destinations near Cairns.

Highlights include watching the sunset at the famous Port Douglas pier, crocodile spotting on the creek and checking out the popular Four Mile Beach.

Church at Port Douglas
Waterfront at Port Douglas

Port Douglas is also one of the best places to base yourself if you’re planning trips out to the Daintree. So, if you’ve got time, I’d recommend splitting up your trip to make more time for this epic destination.

Luxury resort in Port Douglas, Australia

Stay in Port Douglas!

Port Douglas is just a short hop from Cairns and makes for an ideal alternative (or addition) with amazing accommodation options. Below are the top-rated picks:

11. Cairns Hot Air Ballooning Over Mareeba

Did you know that Cairns is the best place in Australia to experience hot air ballooning? That’s because the year-round warm weather and clear skies make for a perfect ballooning climate!

Hot air balloon trips depart from Mareeba, up in the nearby Tablelands but included in a ticket are return hotel transfers. If you’re looking for a way to experience an extra-special sunrise in Cairns, then I can highly recommend these trips by Hot Air – this is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Also, these trips are also surprisingly affordable since Hot Air has the largest fleet of balloons in Australia. Go check it out for yourself.

Hot Air Balloon over the Tablelands near Cairns
Hot Air Ballooning over Mareeba

12. Green Island

Cairns, where the rainforest meets the reef. There are many islands scattered around the coastline from Cairns, but perhaps none are as iconic as Green island.

Green Island is an incredible cay island with a fringing reef stretching far out from its lush shores. It’s even got its own unique rainforest flora and fauna and some resident turtles that you’ll find chilling in the shallows.

To get here, you’ll need to book a boat leaving Cairns Harbour. There are several day-trip tours but below I’ve linked the best-rated and best-value trip to save you time searching.

Book: Full-Day Green Island Catamaran Sailing & Snorkeling Trip for Under $100

Green Island off Cairns, Australia
Green Island from above

13. White Water Rafting on the Barron River

One of the best half-day activities in Cairns is this epic 2-hour white water rafting trip down grade 3 rapids on the Barron River.

The great thing about this trip is that it’s super close to town which means it won’t take up your whole day! The Barron Gorge is also one of the most scenic places near Cairns, which means this is always a whitewater rafting experience to remember!

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Barron River White Water Rafting Tour Cairns
White Water Rafting on the Barron River

14. Cairns Great Barrier Reef Cruise & Helicopter Flight Combo

It goes without saying that anybody who makes the visit to Cairns should see the Great Barrier Reef!

But, how do you pick between immersing yourself below the surface, and seeing the grandiose scale from the sky, especially when you’ve got limited time and travel funds?

That’s where this GBR Cruise & Helicopter combo offers the best bang for buck and time! This full-day reef cruise visits two epic locations on the outer reef and includes a 10-minute scenic flight from the reef pontoon.

The crazy thing is that this combo is actually $50 cheaper than if you were to book a 30-minute helicopter flight from Cairns! After taking both a scenic flight and the helicopter trip, I have to say the best way to see the reef from Cairns is by chopper.

Read more tips about the Cairns helicopter tour here.

View from a scenic helicopter tour in Cairns

15. Mount Bartle Frere – Queensland’s Tallest Mountain

Did you know that Queensland’s tallest peak is just a short drive from Cairns? Located in the ancient Wooroonooran National Park lies Mt Bartle Frere, an epic rainforest-covered mountain with a dedicated hiking trail.

Reaching a total altitude of 1611 above sea level, it’s a steep and fairly difficult hike, since you start close to sea level. You can attempt the climb in a day, but it’s better to take your time and camp near the summit for rewarding sunset views across Cairns and The Tablelands.

Based on my experience, hiking to the summit of Mount Bartle Frere was up there with my most enjoyable moments in Far North Queensland.

If you’re keen to go outside of your comfort zone, climbing Queensland’s tallest mountain is one of the funnest and most unusual things to do in Cairns.

Sunset view from Mount Bartle Frere near Cairns
MOUNT BARTLE FRERE CAMPGROUND, EASTERN SUMMIT CAMPING TENT
Camping at Mount Bartle Frere

16. Sightseeing & Hiking In Kuranda

Kuranda is Cairn’s very own little hippy rainforest town. Although it feels isolated, after only a short 30-minute drive from Cairns, you’ll find yourself exploring unique market stalls, delicious street food and a lively music scene amid the tropical rainforest.

In my opinion, a trip to Cairns Australia is just not complete without first checking out Kuranda!

Below are a few of the top tourist attractions on offer in this quaint rainforest village.

Girl at Kuranda Scenic Rail station in Far North Queensland
Kuranda Scenic Rail Station

17. The Kuranda Scenic Railway – Best Cairns Activity for Families

While you can to Kuranda from Cairns by road, the best way is to combine the Skyrail with the Kuranda Scenic Railway. This combination trip is by far the most-booked activity in Cairns and there isn’t a better way to experience the world’s oldest rainforest so close to the small town of Cairns.

KURANDA SCENIC RAILWAY OVERLOOKING BARRON FALLS, CAIRNS
Kuranda Scenic Rail

The Kuranda Scenic Rail tracks through pristine rainforest and beneath towering waterfalls in the Barron Gorge. There are a few spots to get off and enjoy the view but the train itself is also a main attraction!

The combined trip is also the most cost-effective way to experience both activities and allows you to spend a whole day adventuring in Kuranda.

Book discounted ticket: Scenic Rail ticket

KURANDA SCENIC RAILWAY STATION PLATFORM 1
Kuranda Scenic Rail Station

18. The Daintree Rainforest

The World Heritage Listed Wet Tropics Area surrounding Cairns is listed as the world’s most ancient rainforest. The Daintree in particular has existed as it is for 180 million years. To comprehend just how old that is, the dinosaurs went extinct just 65 million years ago!

If a hike through the Daintree Rainforest is on your Cairn’s to do list, then you’re in luck. I’ve documented some of the best hikes in the region, from short walks at Mossman Gorge, to strenuous climbs at Devil’s Thumb.

If you had to choose one in-land activity or attraction from Cairns Australia, it’d have to be seeing the Daintree!

DEVILS THUMB HIKE QUEENSLAND
Devil’s Thumb in the Daintree Rainforest

19. Barron River Boat Tour

If you make it to Kuranda from Cairns, I highly recommend making time for a Barron River boat tour. These trips are one of the most underrated Cairns attractions and in my opinion, are one of the best ways to experience the Kuranda rainforest.

A Kuranda river boat trip is also one of the cheapest things to do in Cairns and the Tropical North as far as paid activities go. Barron River river boats offer epic opportunities to spot native wildlife including freshwater crocodiles!

barron riverboat trip in kuranda, australia
River Boat at Kuranda

20. Spot a Real-Life Dinosaur – The Cassowary

Far North Queensland is home to Australia’s own, breathing, living dinosaur— the Cassowary. You might have seen them in wildlife parks before but in Cairns and the Tropical North, they’re locals.

Okay, while you won’t see a cassowary on the Esplanade Boardwalk, you might be lucky enough to spot one if you head out to any of the waterfalls or hikes in this list of cool things to do in Cairns.

However, spotting a wild cassowary is pretty rare these days. Land clearing, domestic animals and road traffic have reduced the population to nearly as low as 2000!

However, if you want a 99% guarantee of a cassowary sighting, you’ll need to head to Etty Bay, where a small population comes to enjoy the tropical sunset each night.

CASSOWARY AT ETTY BAY QUEENSLAND
Wild Cassowary in Far North Queensland

21. Scuba Diving on the Reef

If you’ve ever wanted to try scuba diving, then what better place to do it than the Great Barrier Reef? While snorkelling trips are always fun, you just can’t compare it to the immersion of diving.

Luckily, some of Australia’s best-rated scuba shops run out of Cairns. Surprisingly, trial scuba is pretty cheap and will give you a great taste of the experience. On the other hand, those who want to go deeper than 12 metres, could get their PADI Open Water Certificate as well.

Most affordable option for 4-Day PADI Cert: Open Water PADI 4-Day Course on the GBR

SCUBA DIVING AT WELCOME BAY

What if you’re already certified?

Diving day trips operate from Cairns Fleet Terminal every day and are one of the absolute best activities in Cairns to try!

Book: Best-rated Scuba & Snorkeling Trip From Cairns

SCUBA DIVING ON THE GREAT BARRIER REEF NEAR CAIRNS
Scuba Diving on a day trip from Cairns

Wondering what to pack? Make sure to check out my comprehensive packing list for items you’ll want to have once you get up here!

22. Crocodile Spotting Tour (Solar Whisper)

Far North Queensland is home to the world’s biggest (and most dangerous) reptile, the saltwater crocodile. Locals will tell you not to swim in the estuary and river systems because you never know what will be hiding under the surface.

Truthfully though, you’ll have a hard time spotting a salty on your own. But, trust me— they’re there. If you want to see them in the wild for yourself, you’ll want to go on a croc tour. These Cairns activities depart right next to the Daintree River ferry every day, so make a day out of it!

DAINTREE CROCODILE TOUR, RIVER BOAT WITH SOLAR WHISPER

The company I went with uses electric motors which are much quieter than big petrol outboards. They’re also the cheapest at only $30 a ticket! But, they often fill up because people grab a ticket while waiting for the Daintree Ferry. I recommend booking online if you’re set on a Daintree croc-spotting activity from Cairns.

DAINTREE RIVER CROCODILE TOUR FROM CAIRNS WITH SOLAR WHISPER
Saltwater Crocodile spotted on the Daintree River

23. See the Amazing Beaches Near Cairns

Going beach-hopping from central Cairns is one of the best free things to do in Cairns!

While the clearest water and best beaches are out on the islands, Cairns still has some awesome beach spots worth visiting. Don’t worry, most have a croc and stinger net so you can still enjoy a swim without worry!

Some of my personal favourites include Trinity Beach, Palm Cove and Ellis Beach. But, if you would prefer to explore some you might not have heard of yet, then make sure to read my guide to the best Cairns beaches too.

ELLIS BEACH NEAR CAIRNS
Ellis Beach near Cairns

24. Grab a Bite at Palm Cove

One of the best places to stay and eat out during your visit to Cairns is on the Northern Beaches. Palm Cove has a tropical vibe with some of the best restaurants in town. This postcard beach has been made famous Australia-wide for its rows of coconut palm trees that line the golden shores.

Palm Cove is also a great spot to base yourself when visiting Cairns Australia. It offers a more relaxed and tropical vibe than the downtown esplanade and has loads of attractions and activities to check out nearby.

Stay at Palm Cove:

Palm Cove between Cairns and Cape Tribulation
Palm Cove Near Cairns

Tip: If you’re after a good bite to eat, you won’t find a better pizza than at Il Forno at Palm Cove!

25. Lake Placid

Okay, not the lake from the movie. There’s “PROBABLY” no crocs in this lake.

* Update Jan 2021: A local resident and frequent swimmer at Lake Placid has recently been attacked by a crocodile while swimming in Lake Placid. Far North Queensland is a wild place. Remember that crocs could be hiding anywhere, so always be croc-wise.

Lake Placid is a little-visited lake at the base of the Barron Gorge, just a short drive from Cairns. If you’re looking to escape the crowds, unwind and spot some colourful rainforest birds, this is a great bet!

Lake Placid Cairns
Kayaking on Lake Placid

26. Lake Eacham & the Crater Lakes

If you’re planning a trip to the Tablelands from Cairns, then don’t miss Crater Lakes National Park. Chances are, you’ll pass them on the way, just after Gillies Range Road.

Lake Eacham and Lake Barrine are two huge, blue freshwater lakes Crater Lakes surrounded by cool rainforest. Here, you’ll find walking tracks, rare rainforest birds, picnic areas and an awesome freshwater swimming opportunity.

Crater Lakes near Cairns, Australia
Lake Eacham

27. Hypipamee Crater & Dinner Falls – Volcanic Sink Hole

This particular destination isn’t exactly in town. However, if you’re eager to explore the area, visiting the Hypipamee Crater is one of the best things to do around Cairns.

You’ll need your own car for this one, as the trip requires a bit of a drive. In saying that, it’s well worth visiting if you’re planning a trip to The Tablelands!

Located high on the Evelyn Tableland is an awesome little park with an epic volcanic pipe. This is called the Hypipamee Crater. It’s said that the deep sink hole was caused by ancient volcanic activity in the region.

There is a short walk to the crater, which also includes a stop at Dinner Falls. However, due to the altitude and dense rainforest, temperatures here are often much cooler than in Cairns, so you might skip the swim in the cooler months.

THE CRATER TABLELANDS, MOUNT HYPIPAMEE
The Hypipamee Crater

28. The Ancient Curtain Fig Tree

Deep in the rainforest near Yungaburra lives an incredible, ancient tree known as the Curtain Fig Tree. This particular fig tree is so huge that it has its own national park designation; the Curtain Fig National Park.

This spot is truly a hidden gem unbeknownst to most visitors but a proud icon for Tablelands locals. Don’t miss it and make sure to add it to your list of must-see Tablelands and Cairns attractions!

CURTAIN FIG TREE YUNGABURRA NATIONAL PARK
The ancient Curtain Fig Tree

29. Canyoning at Behana Gorge

The Behana Gorge is an epic place to spend a day exploring, swimming, and enjoying the tranquility of the Tropical Far North’s amazing rainforests. This gorge is located in the Wooroonooran National Park, just south of Cairns.

While you can visit Behana Gorge and Clamshell Falls for free, the best way to experience it is on an organised canyoning trip from Cairns. This Cairns activity is run by professional local guides who pride themselves on showing you the beauty of this incredible canyon sustainably.

CLAMSHELL FALLS, BEHANA GORGE WATERFALL HIKE, CAIRNS
Behana Gorge Waterfall (Clamshell Falls)

30. The Great Barrier Reef Drive (Cairns to Cape Trib)

The Cairns to Cape Tribulation Drive is up there with the most scenic drives in Queensland, and perhaps Australia. Taking the coastal drive is one thing you should definitely add to your Cairns to do list if you want to see the best of the Coral Coast.

It’s possible to complete the entire journey in one day. However, it’s probably best to take your time, spending a night in Port Douglas to split it up. Highlights of the journey include seeing the epic beach roads north of Cairns, crossing the Daintree River via a car ferry and seeing where the rainforest meets the reef at Cape Tribulation.

Great Barrier Reef Drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation, Queensland Australia
Great Barrier Reef Drive – Cairns to Cape Tribulation

31. The Low Isles

Another island destination a little closer to Port Douglas is the famous Low Island in the Low Isles. This is another flat, sandy cay island with a surrounding reef and its very own resident lighthouse.

There are several boats that depart for the Low Isles from Port Douglas daily. However, the island is never as busy as the islands closer to Cairns like Green Island or Fitzroy. This makes it a perfect day trip for couples who would prefer a bit more privacy.

Book: Luxury Catamaran Sailing Trip to the Lowe Isles

Low Island, Port Douglas, Australia
Lowe Isles near Port Douglas
Best Islands Near Cairns, Australia

Not Sure Which Cairns Island to Visit?

Read my comprehensive guide breaking down the top 8 Islands off Cairns to help you decide!

32. Four Mile Beach

Also located near Port Douglas, Four Mile Beach is one of the widest and longest white-sand beaches near Cairns Australia. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to swim, relax and even catch a wave on a day with good swell.

If you make it to this iconic beach, then I’d also recommend taking the coastal track that wraps around from the northern point of Four Mile Beach to the township of Port Douglas. This track leads to an epic ocean viewpoint which also almost nearly made this list!

4 Mile Beach Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach – Port Douglas

33. Babinda Boulders & Devils Pool

Roughly 65 kilometres southwest of Cairns is the quaint town of Babinda. Here, you’ll find one of the best freshwater swimming spots near Cairns.

This is the perfect spot to cool down by swimming in fresh flowing creeks flowing from the foothills of the Bellenden Ker Range. The great thing about this spot is that you’ll have the opportunity to swim in the clear water all year round!

Girl at Babinda Boulders near Cairns, Australia

While Babinda Boulders is usually a pretty safe place to swim, Devil’s Pools can get notoriously dangerous in the wet season. Unfortunately, many people have died at this Cairns attraction and aboriginal legend claims the place is haunted.

BABINDA BOULDERS DRONE PHOTO
Babinda Boulders

34. Go Hiking Around Cairns (36+ Epic Trails)

As you would have found out by now, Cairns is known for many things. One of the absolute best things to do around Cairns Australia is to go hiking. There are hundreds, if not thousands of epic rainforest trails in the vicinity of Cairns, leading to epic waterfalls, mountain viewpoints and epic sunset spots. In my opinion, going hiking is one of the best activities in Cairns to discover the stunning scenery of the region.

For a complete guide, check out my huge list of all of the best hiking trails in Cairns. Otherwise, below are a few of my favourites close to town.

Hiking on Fitzroy Island, Far North Queensland
Hiking near Cairns
HIKING IN CAIRNS Rainforest
Devil’s Thumb hike in the Daintree Rainforest

35. The Plane Wreckage on Mount William

The Mt William hike is a very little-known trail that branches off from Smiths Track near Stoney Creek, just north of Cairns.

At the top, you’ll find the remains of a 1986 plane crash, which tragically claimed the lives of eight people when it struck the ridgeline 250 metres from the highest point on Mount William. It seems that the wreck has been moved to the summit, where there are now prayer flags and a memorial where one can pay respects.

Mount WILLIAM PLANE WRECK STONEY CREEK, CAIRNS
Plane Wreckage site on Mount William

36. Tully Gorge

While the Tully Gorge waterfall lookout was once a Queensland icon, its fame slowly dwindled to once again become a hidden gem, only really for those who really want to make the effort to reach this incredible attraction.

Tully Gorge is a 293-metre rocky gully carved by the Tully River as it runs downstream from the densely forested Cardwell Range. The short walk to the lookout offers some of the most incredible, prehistoric views that have to be seen to be believed.

TULLY GORGE WATERFALL LOOKOUT INFINITY POOL
Tully Gorge

37. Cairns Bungy Jumping – Best Adrenaline Activity

Did you know that Cairns has its very own AJ Hacket Bungy activity (bungee jump)? In fact, Cairns is the ONLY place in Australia where you can bungy jump!

So, if jumping off a 50M+ platform has always been on your “bucket list”, then make sure to book a giant leap with this epic adventure activity at the heart of the rainforest just near Cairns’ Northern Beaches.

Book: Cairns Rainforest Bungy Jump

BUNGY JUMPING IN CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA
Rainforest Bungy Jumping site near Smithfield (Cairns)

38. Mission Beach and Dunk Island

Are you road-tripping down the Queensland Coast? Perhaps you want to branch out and explore what else is on offer in Far North Queensland. If so, then heading down to Mission Beach is a must do from Cairns.

When visiting Mission Beach, I’d highly recommend getting the ferry to Dunk Island. If you do, you’ll leave most of the tourists behind and get to explore one of the Coral Coast’s best-kept secret. There are hikes, snorkelling, an epic sandbar, and even a huge abandoned resort! If you have time, then you could also spend the night camping on Dunk Island.

DUNK ISLAND SUNSETS QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA
Dunk Island

One of the best parts about visiting dunk Island is that it’s much cheaper to get here than the other Cairns Islands.

You can book a return ferry ticket here for only $40.

Oh, and don’t miss neighbouring Mound Island, a tiny desert island reachable by boat or kayak.

MISSION BEACH FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND
Mission Beach

39: The Innot Hot Springs

When you think of fun things to do in Cairns and the Tropical North, I’m sure the last thing you think of is a warm thermal spring!

Located inland in the Atherton Tablelands are the Innot Hot Springs. These are warm springs heated by geothermic energy. They’re free to enter, so if you’re looking for attractions and adventure ideas in the Tablelands on a road trip from Cairns, go check it out!

Innot Hot Springs in the Atherton Tablelands
Innot Hot Springs

40: Day Trip to the Outback From Cairns (Chillagoe Caves)

Up for an epic 4WD adventure out west during your visit to Cairns?

Billy Tea Safaris run awesome guided tours that truly go off-the-beaten-path. These trips run to the volcanic region of Undara Volcanic National Park as far west as the Chillagoe Caves. This area is famous for its incredible caves and lava tunnels.

If you’ve got your own car and a bit of time to kill, you certainly won’t regret a trip out to Chillagoe Caves! On the way, make sure to stop by at the Granite Gorge as well!

Billy Tea Safaris Bus in Cairns
Billy Tea Safaris 4×4 Trip

41: Fresh Produce at Rusty’s Market

Rusty’s Market is a Cairn’s local market with serious South East Asia vibes. While it started off as a way for local farmers to sell their produce directly to the public, it’s quickly become one of the top Cairns tourist attractions!

Here, you can pick up anything from locally grown produce to exotic fruits. If you like spicy Thai food, I highly recommend the Thai papaya salad– the best I’ve had outside Thailand!

You’ll find rusty’s market on Grafton Street near the Zoom & Wildlife Dome.

Opening days are Friday — 5am to 6pm, Saturday — 5am to 6pm and Sunday — 5am to 3pm.

Tip: This is a very popular spot on Sunday mornings where you can often pick up great deals on fresh produce!

Rusty's Markets Cairns
Rusty’s Market in Cairns CBD

42: The Cattana Wetlands

Travellers staying on the Northern Beaches have close access to one of the best nature and bird-watching reserves in Cairns. The Cattana Wetlands is a great spot to wander through and spot native birds and even the occasional crocodile!

You’ll find this hidden wetland park near the university suburb of Smithfield, just 25 minutes north of the CBD.

Catanna Wetlands, Cairns Australia
Catana Wetlands north of Cairns

43: Cairns Botanical Gardens

The Cairns botanical gardens is a great place to visit and one of the top things to do since it’s so close to town and the international airport.

While you’ll always find a huge range of diverse tropical plants and lush rainforest on most of the hiking trails in the region, the Cairns Botanic Gardens contains more than 4000 different species!

Better yet, travellers will find printed labels and brochures throughout the park making it the perfect place for nature lovers to learn about native flora.

Cairns botanical garden Red Arrow Track in Cairns
Hiking in the Cairns Botanical Gardens

44: the Night Markets – What to do in Cairns At Night

In central Cairns, you’ll find the vibrant Cairns night markets starting every night after 4:30 pm. If you’re looking for what to do in Cairns at night, this is a great option!

You’ll find the market at 71-75 The Esplanade and they are open nightly until 11:00 pm. Here, you are free to browse seventy retail outlets and loads of different food options. If you’re up for a late snack or looking for a bargain in Cairns, head down to the markets, one of the best free things to do in Cairns!

Cairns night market
Cairns Night Market

45: The Cairns Esplanade Lagoon

One of the best-known landmarks in central Cairns is the famous Cairns lagoon. The lagoon is roughly the size of an Olympic swimming pool with a maximum depth of around 1.6 metres.

It’s conveniently located on the Cairns esplanade, and chances are you’ll walk past it while wandering around town. There are toilet facilities and change rooms right next to the pool, making it a great spot to swim and cool down right in the heart of town.

Cairns lagoon on the Esplanade
Esplanade Lagoon at Sunset

46: Newest Attraction: Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome

The Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome is one of the newest attractions located right in the heart of town.

This is a unique activity that is known as the world’s first Challenge Ropes Course inside a wildlife habitat. This is an awesome adrenaline and adventure activity with several courses involving tunnels, climbing walls, cargo nets, ziplines and even a 13 meter freefall drop!

Entry ticket: ZOOM & Wildlife Dome – 5x reentry allowed with online booking.

Cairns Zoom Wildlife Dome
The Cairns Zoon & Wildlife Dome Activity

47. Stay at The Fitzroy Island Resort

Okay, so I’ve already mentioned visiting Fitzroy Island as one of the top things to do in Cairns. However, did you know that staying at the Fitzroy Island Resort is actually one of the best (and most affordable) resort options in Cairns?

There’s so much to do and see on Fitzroy from amazing beaches, tropical rainforest, coral reefs, hikes, and great snorkeling! Therefore to tell you the truth, you’ll want to visit for more than just a day!

Check price & availability for your dates: Fitzroy Island Resort

The resort itself is also great, and comparatively cheap when you’re looking at the price of other high-end resorts in town. I’d suggest allocating at least a night or two to staying here if you’re still planning your accommodation.

FITZROY ISLAND RESORT POOL
Fitzroy Island Resort

48. Let a Local Show You Where to Go in Cairns (Sightseeing)

While many of the things to see in Cairns are outside town in the surrounding area, sometimes all you want to do is check out and learn about the city of Cairns itself! The best way to do it is to jump on board a Cairns sightseeing tour.

The best way to do this is to get shown around by a local. This half-day city sightseeing tour is one of the top-rated on the web. This tour is run by an experienced guide and includes pickup in an air-conditioned vehicle.

Cairns city sightseeing tour
Local sightseeing trip

Tip: This one might be all the way down the bottom at number 47. However, if you’re staying near town, booking this half-day tour is a great idea since you’ll know exactly where to go in Cairns on your own afterwards!

49: The Cairns Aquarium

If I’m being honest, I hands-down prefer animal interactions when they are in their natural habitat, especially when you’re visiting the Great Barrier Reef!

However, I do understand that snorkeling or diving on the reef isn’t accessible to every visitor. So, if you want to learn about the marine life and coral reef ecosystems, the passionate educators at the Cairns aquarium are world-renowned.

You’ll find the aquarium right near the reef terminal, which is walkable from town. If you want to skip the line, you can book an aquarium ticket online in advance with Get Your Guide.

Cairns aquarium
Cairns Aquarium

50: Help the Reef Restoration Foundation

If you’re looking for a meaningful way to give back to the planet on your visit to Cairns, consider helping out the Reef Restoration Foundation.

This is an organised team of environmentalists with an aim to regenerate damaged coral reefs in Cairns Australia. They are supported by James Cook University and is a large team of volunteers dedicated to replanting coral reefs.

If you hold a Rescue Diver certificate or above, you can contact the RRF on their website to help out with coral replanting. I recently went out on a trip with the RRF to replant corals at Fitzroy Island and it was a very meaningful and educational activity.

Scuba diving on a coral reef restoration project
Diving on Fitzroy Island

51: Spend a Night on the Great Barrier Reef Pontoon

Well, if I had to pick one epic activity to do in Cairns Australia that really ticks off the Great Barrier Reef bucket list, spending a night on the reef pontoon would have to be it!

This once-in-a-lifetime tourist attraction takes visitors out for an awesome snorkelling or diving trip on the outer reef. Then, visitors will get to experience the Great Barrier Reef from sunrise to sunset onboard a premier liveaboard!

Book: Cairns: Overnight Great Barrier Reef Pontoon Experience

GREAT BARRIER REEF FROM THE SKY
Great Barrier Reef from the sky

52: Vlasoff and Upolu Cay

Did you know that just off the coast of Cairns, there are dozens of tiny sandy cays (small desert islands) to explore?

Stepping foot on the soft sands of Vlassof and Upolu Cay is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.

While it was once impossible to reach these reef sandbars without your own boat or jet ski, the epic Ocean Freedom boat now runs snorkel and dive day trips to Upolu!

Vlasoff Cay near Cairns, Great Barrier Reef

53. Crawford’s Lookout in Wooroonooran National Park

Crawford’s Lookout and the nearby North Johnston Lookout track is one of my favorite viewpoints in Far North Queensland.

Why?

Because this epic view features a magical rainforest scene of the North Johnston River horseshoe bend and requires very little effort to reach.

Of course, you won’t drive all the way to the Wooroonooran National Park from Cairns just for this quick lookout walk. However, this spot is conveniently located on the Palmerstone Highway, which is a beautiful road leading to other must-see highlights like the Mamu Rainforest Skywalk, Nandroya Falls, and eventually Millaa Millaa in the Atherton Tablelands.

CRAWFORD'S LOOKOUT, NORTH JOHNSTON LOOKOUT TRACK

54. Horse Riding at Cape Tribulation

Planning a day trip to Cape Tribulation via the Great Barrier Reef Drive? Make sure to book the epic Cape Tribulation horse-riding experience!

This was one of my favorite activities after visiting Cape Trib several times. You’ll get to ride your horses through the oldest rainforest in the world and on the beach where the rainforest meets the reef!

I’m by no means a professional horse rider, but luckily you don’t have to be with Cape Trib Horse Rides, who offer morning and sunset rides from their beautiful ranch property.

DAINTREE RAINFOREST HORSE RIDING

55. Day Trip to Cardwell Spa Pools

The last activity on this Cairns bucket list is another epic day trip. This time, I’m recommending a much less-visited destination near the town of Innisfail to the south of Cairns.

The Cardwell Spa Pools is a very famous, turquoise-blue swimming hole that has started making the rounds on social media. If you know what that means, then you’ll know you have to get here quickly!

Unfortunately, there are no tours heading this far south. However, you could easily visit on a day trip from Cairns if you have your own car or a rental.

I recommend stopping by Etty Bay to see the cassowaries on the way and perhaps taking a day trip to Hinchinbrook Island as well.

If you want to go further, then you’ll reach Australia’s largest waterfall, Wallaman Falls.

CARDWELL SPA POOLS QUEENSLAND

Cairns Accommodation Guide – Where to Stay

Visiting Cairns? The best places to stay are near the Cairns Esplanade or on the sunny Northern Beaches. Below are the top 4 options for varying budgets.

  • Crystalbrook Riley – If luxury and location are what you’re after, you can’t beat the Crystalbrook Riley. This is the best 5-star resort in Cairns and features absolutely everything you’d expect from a Crystalbrook resort.
  • Fitzroy Island Resort – Sleep out on one of the picturesque Great Barrier Reef Islands at Fitzroy Island Resort. Spending the night on the island can work out cheaper than staying in town and means you get more time to explore the reef, coral beaches and rainforest walking trails.
  • Gilligan’s Backpackers – The best backpacker option for a great vibe in Cairns. Great place to meet like-minded travelers and facilities including a pool. air-con, a huge shared kitchen, and a great common area!
  • Pepper’s Beach Club – stay at the best beach resort in the heart of Palm Cove on the Cairns Northern Beaches!

For a bigger list, don’t miss my Cairns accommodation guide or as an alternative stay in FNQ, read my Port Douglas Accommodation guide too.

Girl sunbathing at Crystalbrook Riley resort in Cairns
Backpacker hostel in Cairns, Australia

How to Get Around in Cairns

Hopefully, this lengthy travel guide helped you figure out exactly what to do and see in Cairns Australia on your next trip. If you’re wondering how to get to all of these epic places to visit near Cairns, I’ve got you covered.

By far, the best way to experience Cairns and the Tropical North is to have your own car. This will give you the freedom to explore in your own time and at your own pace. If you’ve flown into the Cairns airport, then your best bet is to grab a rental.

However, cars sell out quickly in the Far North because it’s simply hard to keep up with the demand! Therefore I suggest booking well in advance if you can. Below are the top resources for transport.

  • RentalCars.com – Great way to compare rates and availability across dealership companies.
  • Spaceships Vans – This one’s for the backpackers and budget travellers. One of the most affordable camper van options in Australia. I’ve had great experiences with them in New Zealand and Australia and always recommend them.
  • Jucy Vans – Another very popular van rental company with a big yard near the CBD.
rental van on the beach in Cairns

What to do in Cairns Without a Car

Of course, if you don’t have your own car, you’ll still have plenty to do and see on your holiday. However, as I’m sure you’ve noticed in this travel guide, most of the hidden gems and non touristy things to do in Cairns are located quite a distance from town.

Luckily, there are several day trips and excursions you can take that take the fuss out of transport. Below are some recommendations if you’re not too keen on driving.

  • Frankland Islands Day Trip
  • Fitzroy Island Day Trip
  • Green Island Day Trip
  • Cairns Esplanade Lagoon
  • Kuranda Railway & Skyrail (transport is included)
  • Rusty’s Markets
  • ZOOM Wildlife Dome
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight
  • Diving or Snorkelling Day Trip to the Outer Reef
HIKING ON FITZROY ISLAND AUSTRALIA

When is the Best Time to Visit Cairns?

Cairns is a Queensland holiday destination that can be visited at any time of the year. However, it’s important to know that unlike the southern regions of Australia, Cairns has two seasons; wet and dry.

That’s because Cairns and the surrounding area of Far North Queensland enjoy a tropical climate. As a result, always get decent weather, although it can get pretty hot and humid in the wet season, with heavy rain common in the afternoons.

Dry Season: April to November
During this time, weather is usually dry and warm, averaging around 26-28 degrees Celcius. This is a great time to visit as there is less rain and there aren’t usually any dangerous stingers. This is the best time to visit Cairns and explore all of the epic things to do here.

Wet Season: December to March
During these hot and wet summer months, Cairns can see tropical rainfall almost daily. Also, the weather is noticeably more humid and averages around 32 degrees. If you visit Cairns during the wet season, the waterfalls will have better flow and you’ll generally have less wind at sea, especially around December time. However, keep in mind that tropical cyclones can occur, and you’ll probably want to wear a stinger suit when swimming.

How Many Days in Cairns is Enough?

Of course, you might be wondering “How many days in Cairns is enough? If you want to see and do it all, then I’d recommend spending at least two weeks in Cairns.

If you’re rushing it a little and just want to tick off a few bucket list items, then you can choose some of the highlight options for your Cairns itinerary like a reef flight, scuba diving trip or a visit to Fitzroy Island and maybe squeeze them into a 5-day itinerary.

Cairns is the adrenaline and adventure capital of Australia. It’s also got some of the most diverse natural wonders in the world; namely the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.

Combined with all of the hikes, waterfalls, beaches and islands on offer, you’d be silly to rush through this region.

If time isn’t an issue, then I believe the optimal amount of days to say in Cairns is about a month. This will give you plenty of time to explore the best things to do in Cairns Australia and still have enough time to relax and unwind.

I’ve visited Cairns at least 8 times and spent about a cumulative year here all up! There’s still plenty to explore, and I’m constantly adding and updating this travel guide with each visit!

car in the rainforest of Far North Queensland

How Much Does it Cost to Visit Cairns?

As you probably know by now, I always stick to a pretty low travel budget. This is because I genuinely prefer cheap things to do, like waterfall hikes and reef adventures.

If you’re like me, then expect to pay around $100 per day. However, for days when you choose to do some of the more expensive things to do in Cairns, this total budget can get much higher.

I’d say the average traveller visiting Cairns Australia could expect to pay between $150 to $300 per day. But, again, this will depend on accommodation options, as well as what you plan to do.

The bottom line is that Cairns costs roughly the same as many other tourist destinations in Australia but is generally cheaper than Sydney or Melbourne.

Unfortunately, many tourists who visit Cairns tend to rush through this incredible destination. I can understand this, since Queensland and Australia, in general, can be an expensive place to travel to.

However, as I found out, most of the best things to do around Cairns are free. So, if you’re on a budget, then there’s no need to rush. Take your time, and start ticking those epic Cairns adventures off your bucket list!

hot air balloon trip from cairns

Cairns Adventures: More Hiking & Waterfall Resources

For those looking to get off the beaten path and explore some amazing tropical hidden gems, this blog will be a great resource for you.

You would have already seen some hiking & waterfall articles linked in this travel guide. However, the truth is I have dozens more! Here are some useful guides for inspiration.

More FNQ Hiking Trails & Viewpoints

Below are links to the hikes I haven’t mentioned yet in this Cairns to do list.

KAHLPAHLIM ROCK

More Cairns Waterfalls & Swimming Holes

Below you’ll find even more waterfalls in the Far North Queensland region.

WEST MULGRAVE FALLS WATERFALL

More Cairns Travel & Adventure FAQs

Are Cairns beaches safe?

The most popular beaches near Cairns like Palm Cove, Trinity Beach and Ellis Beach are popular swimming beaches and considered safe due to lifeguards deploying stinger nets. However, it’s important to be croc wise anywhere you swim in the Far North.

Can you swim in Cairns?

Yes, Cairns is situated on the waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. There are plenty of places to take a dip, including beaches on the mainland and at many of the surrounding islands. Additionally, Cairns is famous for its amazing freshwater swimming holes and rainforest waterfalls that you can swim in.

What is there to do in Cairns when it’s raining?

Many of the best things to do in Cairns are outdoor activities, which means you’ll likely need a rainjacket or umbrella if you’re visiting in the wet season! The Daintree Rainforest is particularly spectacular in its wet state. However, there are plenty of things to do indoors as well, including the ZOOM and Wildlife Dome, Acquarium, Rusty’s Markets, and strolling the undercover esplanade.

What is Cairns famous for?

Cairns is famous for its two natural wonders: the Great Barrier Reef and the ancient Daintree Rainforest.

How do you pronounce Cairns?

Aussies pronounce the cities name very differently to the way Americans would. The proper way to say it is: “keahnz”– without the “r”.

Cairns travel tips infographic

Beyond Cairns: More Things to do In Australia & FNQ

That wraps up the full list of the best things to do in Cairns Australia.

This post has been updated significantly since I first uploaded it four years ago.

Since then, I’ve been back several times to explore even more incredible Cairns highlights, attractions and activities. After all this time, I can finally say that this is the most comprehensive Cairns travel guide you’ll find on the internet!

Of course, there are things that didn’t quite make this list. You’ll find a bunch of more epic travel guides, hiking guides, waterfall and adventure guides on my Cairns destination page. If you want more information for each Cairns attraction listed in this blog post, remember to head back up and click the links for the complete guides too!

Also, if you feel like there’s an activity or experience that deserved a spot on this list, make sure to let me know by leaving a comment below.

I really hope these amazing experiences have inspired you to visit!

51 BEST THINGS TO DO WHEN VISITING CAIRNS AUSTRALIA

6 thoughts on “55 Best Things to do in Cairns, Australia – Top 2022 Guide”

  1. You visited so many gorgeous places on my wish list! Cairns looks like something from another world, and your photos capture it beautifully!

  2. Hi great read however you may want to update about Lake Placid, crocs have often been seen in this Lake and only in the last week someone was attacked by one

  3. Hi Glenn,

    Thanks for that, I did hear about the attack last week, it’s very unfortunate but I’m glad he’s okay. I’ve put an update in under this attraction. I think it’s important to note though that the man who was attacked swam in Lake Placid 3 times a week for the past 8 years. Either way, it’s definitely a good idea to be croc-wise in FNQ, to be fair you probably wouldn’t catch me swimming here .

  4. Hey mate love your work, I’m planning a trip from Fraser NP in July heading to the cape, across to Gregory NP and lawn hill . North from there back to the gulf and across to Darwin and the Kimberley . I wish to leave The Kimberley mid November to head to melbourne . how would you go about this if you had a 4×4 and camper?

    Thanks Rick Cockerill

  5. Honestly, this article makes me wish that I’d spent far, far longer in and around Cairns. We did most of the ‘big-hitters’ but missed out on Fitzroy Island and a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef which I regret massively!

    One day we’ll get back I’m sure but thank you for the article; it’s awesome!

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