Welcome to Cairns Discovery Tours.

Cairns City Sightseeing tour, locally owned and operating since 1995.

Cairns Discovery Tours is an afternoon half-day Cairns tour that has become a highlight for many visitors. A great tour and introduction to Cairns. You can combine the Cairns City Sights Tour with Green Island, the Cairns Aquarium, or the Cairns Dinner Cruise to enjoy a full day experience of Cairns and our region of Tropical North Queensland.

Being a local owner-operator, we appreciate you booking directly with us and recommend booking in advance especially, during school holidays and the Christmas holiday time to avoid disappointment. Booking online requires payment at the time of the booking, however I can arrange payment to be made 7 days before your arrival. Please call or email me with your booking enquiries.

As a local of 28 years, I can help you with the numerous experiences available. Great Barrier Reef Tours, Fitzroy and Green Island, Atherton Tablelands Food & Wine Tour, The Daintree Rainforest, Cooktown Tours, Kuranda Train and Skyrail, Tours to the Port Douglas Markets, White water rafting, Hot Air Balloon Flights, and Helicopter scenic flights just to name a few.

Happy to share my extensive local knowledge with you of the best water holes, car hire, beaches, dining experiences, picnic areas, boat hire, fishing and cultural experiences.  

What’s on in Cairns this week -local and international performing artists, theatre, festivals check out Entertainment Cairns

Change or cancel your booking with peace of mind, you will receive a full refund for cancellations prior to 24 hours

Contact Maryanne on (07) 40283567  – for assistance with your holiday and tour bookings.


Cairns tour

Cairns City Sights Tour & Surrounds

Enjoy an afternoon learning about Cairns city’s rich history, and glimpses of our cultural heritage as you explore some of Cairns’ most iconic landmarks. Visit the Cairns Museum, St Monica’s Cathedral, and its breathtaking stained glass windows. Discover the unique flora of the tropics with a guided walk through the Cairns Botanic Garden and indulge in a delicious afternoon tea. Take in the stunning city views, mountains, and waterfalls and visit one of our northern beaches, stunning Palm Cove in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle.

Monday to Saturday 12.30pm – 6.00pm $89.00 per adult $55.00 per child – Includes return hotel transfers from Cairns, Palm Cove, Northern Beaches and Trinity Links pick up available $15.00 per adult $7.50 per child

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table of food and wine during Atherton tablelands tour

Atherton Tablelands Food & Wine Day Tour from Cairns, Palm Cove & Port Douglas $225.00 adults only

Enjoy the tastes of Tropical North Queensland on this boutique food and wine small group adventure. Travel though a variety of contrasting landscapes as you discover the Atherton Tablelands.
Lush rainforest, stunning ochre Savannah plains and rich volcanic soil allowing our farmers to grow many diverse crops.

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Food and drinks being made during Port Douglas Markets day tour

Port Douglas Market Day Tour

Departs every Sunday

Cairns 8.00am – 4.30pm
Northern Beaches 8.30am
Adult $128.00 Child (4-14yrs) $78.00

Enjoy some retail therapy to the award winning Port Douglas Markets. Lots of delicious treats to enjoy and keep you cool whilst wandering around the marketplace under the trees, stalls full of unique and handcrafted goodies found only in this northern corner of paradise.
Source out a bargain or chase down that nik nak you need for holiday gifts!

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Map of interesting destinations during Great Barrier Reef tour and Daintree/Cape Trib/Bloomfield Track Day trip

2 Day Reef and Rainforest

Depart Daily $380 adult $240.00 child $980.00 Family

Day 1 Great Barrier Reef Tour – Evolution

Day 2 Daintree/Cape Trib/Bloomfield Track Day tour

Tours do not need to be taken on consecutive days
Fully booked 24th December to 3rd January 2023

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Woman looking at aquatic animals during Cairns Aquarium Day Trip and Tour

Cairns Aquarium & City Sights Tour

The Cairns Aquarium is one of Australia’s most exciting new world-class tourist attractions. Combine your Cairns Aquarium experience with lunch at Dundee’s Restaurant followed by an afternoon of exploration with a Cairns City Sights Tour!.

 Enjoy a 2-course lunch at Dundee’s Aquarium restaurant with a stunning sea life backdrop. At 12.45pm you will be collected by Cairns Discovery Tours guide to continue your afternoon exploring Cairns highlights and the surrounding region. 

Lunch Menu  Duration 10.00am – 6.00pm

$164.00 per adult $99.00 per child.

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Cairns Helicopter scenic flight

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Heli Flight + City Sights Tour

 Experience a 30-minute Great Barrier Reef scenic flight. Takes in the highlights of the inner reef. There is simply no better way to appreciate the sheer size and scale of the Great Barrier Reef than from the air. Expect picture-postcard views of the reef and an abundance of wildlife – sharks, turtles, rays and even whales (July to Nov). Enjoy lunch on the waterfront at Dundees, before joining your afternoon guided Cairns City sights Tours.

Departs Monday to Saturday

11.00am – 6.00pm

Adult $559.00 Min 2  Max 3

Please call (07) 4028 3567
for bookings within 3 days

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Cairns tour

Cairns City Sights and Sunset Dinner Cruise

The perfect way to spend an afternoon and evening in Tropical North Queensland. Discover Cairns on an afternoon City Sights tour and Dinner cruise with Spirit of Cairns. Includes a delicious hot and cold 3-course buffet dinner, featuring the region’s best produce as you cruise the calm water inlet and waterfront precinct of Cairns.

Spirit Of Cairns Buffet Dinner Menu

Departs Monday to Saturday


Adult $194.00 Child 4-14yrs $111.00 

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Cairns river cruise boat during calm tour of Trinity Inlet

NEW TOUR in 2022 - Cairns River Cruise & City Sights Day Tour

Experience a 1 hour 15 minute Cairns Calm water cruise along Trinity Inlet which is an oceanic inlet and serves as the port for the city of Cairns, It meanders through pristine creeks (the home of saltwater crocodiles) and takes in some of the quirky sites of the backwaters of Cairns too. Includes lunch on the waterfront at the award winning Dundees restaurant before joining your afternoon Cairns City Sights Tour

Duration: 9.45am – 6.00pm 

Adult $169.00 Child $119.00

Dundees on the Waterfront Lunch Menu

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Beautiful Green Island and Surrounding Reef

Green Island & Cairns City Sights Full Day Tour

Experience a Great Day Out to Green Island and Cairns City Sights Tour. Green Island is a beautiful 6000 year old coral cay located in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, 27kms offshore from Cairns. Just 45 minutes by fast catamaran, swim, snorkel or discover the wonders of the reef in a glass bottom-boat coral viewing tour before returning to Cairns and joining the afternoon City Sights Tour to explore Cairns & surrounds

Duration: 9am – 6.00pm 

Adult $194.00 Child $107.00

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From April 14th 2022 passengers over 16 years of age will no longer be require to provide proof of vaccination.

Locally owned and operated since 1995

Fully refundable – if cancelled prior to 24 hours

Small group touring, fascinating sites, great views and landmarks around Cairns 

Informative, knowledgeable local guides (We live here and we love it)

Cairns Discovery Tours Reviews

James McKenzieJames McKenzie
09:24 29 Jun 22
Great afternoon tour of Cairns. Eric is a wealth of knowledge. It’s a good way to get an overview and plan for a longer trip. Highly recommended and well run!
Rocaya SarayaRocaya Saraya
12:37 19 Jun 22
What a wonderful day. From pick up by our lovely driver John, to the end of the tour everything was perfect. John was fantastic, showing us all these beautiful places on our amazing journey. We would like to thank Marryann, from the moment we booked you have been amazing. Look forward to coming back to Cairns, and doing more of your tours.
Grahame CookGrahame Cook
12:35 27 May 22
We did the Cairns Aquarium and half day tour combination. We enjoyed the Aquarium displays and informative talks and the lunch at Dundee's was better than expected. Unfortunately St Monica's Cathedral and the Lower Baron Gorge were both closed so our bus tour guide, John, had to fill in some gaps. Highlights of the tour, included the Museum, a nice afternoon tea, the Botanic Gardens, the scenic lookout and Palm Cove. Not having visited Cairns before it gave us a good overview of this attractive tropical city.
Sharyn HewettSharyn Hewett
10:23 09 May 22
Today my husband and I went on the afternoon (half day) tour of Cairns...as the weather was pretty awful we just wanted to fill in time...what a surprise when we hopped on the coach, Eric our your guide made us all feel so welcome. He remembered everyone's name and immediately we all relaxed. His knowledge of the areas we travelled were amazing. He was so friendly and patient, as a few of us were not "fast" walkers. What started off being a dreary day ended up with a coach full of smiles. Thank you Eric..my only regret was that I didn't have cash on me to TIP you for such an amazing daySharyn...9/5/22
Monika MackowiakMonika Mackowiak
19:53 03 May 22
Maryanne helped us find the right tours and with all of our bookings when we were in Cairns. I cannot say thank you enough. She made it so easy for our family, and we have a 4 year old so it's occasionally hard to find a suitable tour for all of us. Thank you for taking my calls and helping with last minute changes. Truly a red carpet service. I cannot recommend your company enough.
Stephen FieldingStephen Fielding
01:36 01 May 22
Our week in cairns was great. 4 tours booked through cairns discovery tours. Daintree, kakunda, city tour and evening dinner cruise. They were all excellent and went without an issues. The communication was excellent and Maryanne was great to deal with. Nothing was to much trouble. Highly recommend Cairns discovery tours.
Sue BerglundSue Berglund
11:27 31 Mar 22
We want to thank the team at Cairns Discovery Tours for the best city tour we have experienced anywhere in the world. Not only were the choices of stops, the afternoon tea cafe and the lovely clean bus top class, but our driver was extremely knowledgeable and made our North Queensland history lesson so interesting and fun. We recommend this company for anyone wanting a fun and professional Cairns adventure.
Ana FifitaAna Fifita
01:38 25 Mar 22
I had a great time on my tour yesterday! Beautiful boat, friendly staff and perfect scenery. Highly recommend!