Discover the best of Cairns as you explore the highlights with a knowledgeable local guide. The tour explores the city’s rich history, provides glimpses of its cultural heritage and visits some of Cairns’ most iconic landmarks. Visit St Monica’s Cathedral and its breath-taking stained glass windows. Visit the Cairns Museum which has amazing stories to share about living in the Tropics. Discover the unique flora of the tropics – exotic herbs, spices, valuable timber trees, orchids, fruits – with a guided walk through the Botanical Gardens and indulge in a delicious afternoon tea. Delight in our stunning city and mountain views, our waterfalls and visit one our northern beaches – Stunning Palm Cove.
Half Day Afternoon Tour – City pick ups commence 12:30 pm – 1.00pm, tour returns 6:00 pm
Your tour includes:
- Hotel pick up and drop off
- Air-conditioned coach (maximum 20 people)
- Local knowledgeable guide
- “Creation” windows St Monica’s Cathedral
- Exclusive 20 minute guided tour of the Cairns Museum
- Cairns Flecker Botanic Gardens
- Devonshire tea & scones
- Cairns’ scenic lookout
- Lower Barron Gorge
- Palm Cove
You will be collected from your accommodation by your local knowledgeable guide in our air-conditioned vehicle. Your tour commences at the water’s edge, Marlin Marina, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Throughout the afternoon, you will discover our vibrant city history and rich cultural heritage that is unique to the far north. Step inside one of the most breathtaking cathedrals in all of Australia, St. Monica’s, which features the world’s largest themed stained glass windows. There are 24 windows (12 along each side) depicting the story of creation.
Visit the Cairns Museum, housed in the recently renovated School of Arts building and enjoy a 20 minute guided tour and hear the stories of heat, sweat and hard work. Of cane, railways, rainforests and reefs. Of White Australia, Aboriginal resistance and European isolation. Tales of tourists, hippies and local celebrations, amidst humidity, cyclones, toads, mould and mozzies.
Experience a guided walk through the Cairns Flecker Botanic Gardens, which is renowned for having one of the best exhibitions of tropical plants in Australia. Meander through the butterfly lined pathways under the green canopy as your guide explains the various plants you see along the way.
While at the Cairns Botanical Gardens, enjoy a delicious Devonshire Tea of homemade scones served with jam and cream and choice of locally grown tea or coffee. You will have a photo opportunity at Cairns best scenic lookout. This takes in the stunning views of our city, the mountains and the Great Barrier Reef. Your afternoon of exploring continues with a visit to the Lower Barron Falls. Enjoy a walk at the lower section of the Barron Gorge National Park, Surprise Creek Falls.
We continue further north to stunning Palm Cove, which is lined with Paperback Trees that are hundreds of years old. Stroll to the end of the jetty, where you will enjoy the breathtaking beach setting and natural surroundings. After the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to your hotel.
Optional Extra – Sunset Dinner Cruise
Complete your day with a spectacular sunset dinner cruise onboard the Spirit of Cairns. Sail through the calm waters of the Trinity Inlet for an evening of dining, entertainment, and panoramic views.
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