Top 10 things to do in Cairns

by Trisha Mee

As if the crystal blue waters, stunning scenery and the breathtaking beauty of the Great Barrier Reef isn't enough - Cairns also has a variety of amazing things to do which take full advantage of this little slice of paradise.

These are the top ten experiences RedBalloon customers highly recommend you check off your list on your next visit to Tropical North Queensland.

"Amazing experience."

"As someone who is afraid of swimming in the ocean, I had such an amazing time out on the reef! The crystal clear water and comfort of knowing there were several crew in the water with us, just added to the awesome experience of seeing all of the different types of creatures at the three different locations. We saw almost the entire cast of Nemo! Having a marine biologist on board was just another great touch to the day."

- Jaz

>> Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef with lunch

"A wonderful experience."

"I learned so much and was chosen to participate in the dancing and singing."

- Liz, Foster VIC

>> Traditional fire show by Tjapukai Aboriginal dancers with buffet dinner, Cairns TNQ

>> See more Tjapukai Aboriginal cultural experiences

"Excellent way to experience the Daintree."

"I didn't know what I was in for, but I'm so glad I did it! The zip-lining was fun, the set up was great, the views were amazing and the guys were hilarious! The staff top the experience off. Definitely do it if you get the chance!"

- Zandra, Melbourne VIC 

>> Daintree Rainforest jungle surfing

"Everyone has to try this!"

"I cannot speak highly enough of this adventure! The only thing I was upset about was that I didn't do the full day on the Tully river instead! Our instructor, Nori, absolutely made the day for us. He was such a character and his enthusiasm for what he did infected us all and made it a ride to remember! I highly reccomend hiring the shoes they provide, because my friend wore his shoes (and socks!) and they were completely drenched. Dress expecting to go for a swim!"

- Fazio, Brisbane QLD

>> White water rafting, Barron River Gorge, departing Cairns, Tropical North Queensland

"Absolutely incredible!"

"We had such an incredible day! There were dolphins frolicking close to the boat and turtles galore! Snorkelling was a highlight, and we saw so many different fish amongst the Tangalooma Wrecks. Lunch was delicious, and the crew were all friendly and happy to chat. All in all an amazing day!

- Lauren, Sunshine Coast, QLD

>> Dolphin and snorkelling cruise at the Tangalooma Wrecks, Cairns QLD

"A great day out."

"Great day out on the reef cruise. Staff on the boat were fun,but professional, and safety was emphasised along with having a good time. Despite it being a windy day, snorkelling on the reef was a wonderful experience. The highlight, however, was our first time experience in the helicopter. Views of the reef that were unforgettable."

- David, Frankston South, VIC

>> Great Barrier Reef cruise, snorkelling and helicopter flight, Cairns QLD

"So informative."

"We saw the best of what the Daintree had to offer on this fun, well organised and informative tour. Our guide was friendly and incredibly knowledgable. We saw flora, fauna, mountains, beaches and more."

-Nikki, Sydney NSW

>> Cape Tribulation, Daintree and wildlife tour, departing Cairns QLD

"Magical experience."

"Nothing can compare to flying high above the treetops, kangaroo spotting and viewing the Australian landscape from a birds eye view. A magical experience! The team that looked after us were amazing!"

- Amanda, Gladstone QLD

>> Cairns 60 min balloon flight, Cairns & Palm Cove QLD

"This tour offered the sense of exploration I was looking for!"

"After nearly four months travelling Australia, I could not imagine a better way to spend my last day than a trip to Green Island. Depending on your fitness level and comfort in the ocean, this location gives you the opportunity to see an incredible display of sea life on the Great Barrier Reef... pure beauty. Swimming alongside sea turtles was one of the coolest experiences I had during my time down under."

- Josh, USA

>> Reef cruise and full day on Green Island, Cairns Tropical North Queensland


"This was an amazing experience. Everyone I interacted with was so nice and very helpful. I could tell that I was in good hands and had no worries about my safety. There many options for jump styles is what made me do a second jump. I would highly recommend the roof jump if you're up to it!"

- Jen

>> Tower bungy jump, Cairns QLD

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