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Cairns is a beautiful coastal city located in tropical Far North Queensland and is considered the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. There is so much to see and do perfect not only for locals but also those travelling interstate or from overseas. Some of the best Cairns attractions to tick off whilst visiting include the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, Australia’s Natural Wonder – the Great Barrier Reef, pristine beaches, Skyrail, Zoom and Wildlife Dome, and so much more. There is no better way to discover these Cairns attractions than with an experience from RedBalloon. From helicopter rides and hot air ballooning, to snorkelling and outdoor activities, there are so many ways to explore this beautiful part of Queensland.
If you’re visiting Cairns, we recommend allowing at least 2-3 full days to tick off all the amazing experiences and attractions. If you decide to make a trip out of it, why not book one of the RedBalloon getaway packages online as these are the perfect accommodation options for exploring the city and its surroundings.
There are so many amazing and fun things to do in Cairns perfect for locals, visitors and tourists. On RedBalloon you’ll find the best experiences for exploring the Cairns attractions and everything that makes this part of Queensland famous. Some of the best activities to do there include:
There are so many things to do in Cairns with kids that will keep them entertained for hours on end. Whether you’re looking for an experience the whole family can enjoy together or something to keep the kids out of your hair so you can explore, you’ll find the right activity on RedBalloon. We have made it easy to find kids activities in Cairns by creating a list of some of the top experiences.
There are plenty of months we recommend visiting Cairns in, especially between April and September if you want to swim in the ocean and enjoy the best weather. We also recommend travelling outside of school holidays to avoid the crowds and to enjoy cheaper accommodation as prices will drop outside the peak holiday period.
Some parts of Tropical Far North Queensland, including Cairns, are affected by stinger season which means there are certain months in the year that aren’t as safe to swim in the ocean. From November to May there may be stingers in the water, making it harder to swim (especially without a stinger suit). Therefore the best time to swim in Cairns is from April to October when it isn’t stinger season.
Yes you can enjoy swimming in the ocean in Cairns, especially when it isn’t stinger season. However if you want to swim in Cairns during Stinger season (which occurs over summer), please take caution as you will need to know where and when to swim safely, what to wear and where the stinger nets are.
With our range of kid-friendly experiences and things to do, you can tick off the best Cairns attractions from their must-see list. Don’t know which experience to pick? Don’t worry, you can always choose a gift voucher and decide later. A gift voucher can be used to purchase any experience or product in Cairns including any accommodation available on RedBalloon. Find out more about our gift vouchers.
Discover these Cairns activities and more with the RedBalloon range of things to do in Queensland. You’ll discover a range of experiences all across the state from Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Great Barrier Reef and plenty more destinations.
If you loved our range of Cairns experiences, discover plenty more things to do in Tropical Far North Queensland. Home to the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest and pristine white beaches, we definitely recommend ticking off this part of Queensland from your bucket list. Discover cruises, snorkelling, bungy jumping and so much more.