Welcome to Cairns Discovery Tours

Stunning Palm Cove beach

Cairns Botanic Garden

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.

Scroll down to see our most popular tours in Cairns  –  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.


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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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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.

Cairns Helicopter scenic flight

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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Rainforest Tours

2 Day Reef and Rainforest

Depart Daily $370 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


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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.

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 40283567 for bookings within 3 days
or go online to book in advance here
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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 

Cairns River Cruise

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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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


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)

  • 5 star review  Reasonable price. Great tour. Covers all the key sites for half a day. Eric the tour guide and driver was excellent.

    thumb Rodney Srinivasan
    March 16, 2022

    5 star review  One of the most fantastic tours we have done in Cairns, highly recommended and even though we had visited Cairns many times before we learnt so much more from this half day tour. Our tour guide Eric was so informative and his knowledge of all the places visited was amazing.
    From the worlds longest stained glass windows to the down town museum then a beautiful afternoon tea and on to the magnificent botanic gardens, (my personal highlight,) then up the Baron gorge and on to Palm cove , what an experience .
    Thank you Eric shall recommend you and the tour to any people we know heading north .

    thumb Heather Cooney
    December 13, 2021

    5 star review  Booked via The Big Bus, which ended up being a tour operated by Cairns Discovery Tours. Flew into Cairns in the morning and this was the perfect way to spend my first afternoon in the city. Our tour guide Eric was great.

    thumb Dale Bowie
    December 13, 2021
  • 5 star review  I had a great time on my tour yesterday! Beautiful boat, friendly staff and perfect scenery. Highly recommend!

    thumb Ana Fifita
    March 30, 2022

    5 star review  Cairns Discovery Tours helped me tremendously during my last holiday trip to Cairns. The managing director, Maryanne Jacques, was very helpful and approachable during my trip. I give her 100% marks for her friendliness and willingness to help me with all my activities. I travelled to Cairns from the 4 to the 9 of January 2022.

    Maryanne was able to organise the following trips:
    1. Hartley Crocodile Adventure (Half day)
    2. Sun lover Cruise to the Great Barrie Reef (Full Day)
    3. Hot air Balloon flight (Half Day)
    4. White Water Rafting at Barron River (Half Day)
    5. Bad Fishy Fast Boat Thrill ride (1 hour)
    6. 45 min Helicopter Ride to the Barrie Reef

    I highly recommend Cairns Discovery Tours with the added bonus that you will deal with a real person who is a local and will try to provide personalised service with just one phone call away.


    thumb Johnny Morales
    February 13, 2022

    5 star review  Friendly staff and we had good experience at kuranda village.

    thumb Eri
    November 13, 2021
  • 5 star review  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.

    thumb Sue Berglund
    April 6, 2022

    5 star review  Great company and staff. Had a really enjoyable half day afternoon tour with Eric. A great variety of sightseeing that wasn't rushed and I highly recommend this tour even if you have visited Cairns previously. 😃

    thumb Susan Ross
    December 13, 2021

    5 star review  Great tour
    Eric very helpful and informative
    Good to have more knowledge with the establishment on this beautiful city

    thumb Helen Werndly
    April 10, 2022