Welcome to Cairns Discovery Tours.

“Cairns’ official city sightseeing tour” for 25 years.

We are a local tour company and proud to showcase the best of what Cairns has to offer. The afternoon half day tour has become a highlight for many visitors. You can combine the Cairns City Sights Tour with the Cairns Aquarium or Spirit of Cairns Dinner Cruise to enjoy a full day exploring Cairns. 

Locally owen and operated since 1995

Fully refundable – if cancelled prior to 24 hours

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

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

Change or cancel your booking with peace of mind, you will receive a full refund within 24 hours should regulations or border closures change due to COVID19. What else to see and do in Cairns? What is available during COVID19 in our region?  We can help you with the numerous experiences available. The Great Barrier Reef, Fitzroy and Green Island, Atherton Tablelands, The Daintree Rainforest, Kuranda Train and Skyrail just to name a few. As a Cairns local we want to share our extensive local knowledge with you of the best water holes, beaches, dining experiences, picnic areas, boat hire, fishing and cultural experiences.   

Your health and safety and that of our staff is important to us. Cairns Discovery Tours is operating under a COVID Safe Industry Plan. Maintaining the safety of our guests and staff we have reduced our capacity to only 10 guests to ensure social distancing.


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Cairns City Sights Tour & Surrounds

Discover the natural beauty and cultural heritage of tropical Cairns on this half day afternoon tour. An experienced guide will lead you to the highlights of the city and surrounds, travelling in the comfort of a fully air-conditioned vehicle. Visit St Monica’s Cathedral, Cairns Museum, Cairns Botanic Gardens, Cairns City lookout, Lower Barron Gorge National Park and Palm Cove Beach. 

Monday to Saturday 12.30pm-6.00pm $87.00 per adult $50.00 per child – Includes return hotel transfers from Cairns, Palm Cove, Northern Beaches and Trinity Links pick up available $10.00 per adult $5.00 per child

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Atherton Tablelands Food & Wine Day Tour

Enjoy the tastes of Tropical North Queensland on this boutique food and wine 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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Cairns Private Touring

Includes a city tour with your own private guide in a luxury SUV taking in Cairns highlights such as the Cairns Museum, Cairns Botanic Gardens, Cairns Aquarium visiting the Turtle rehabilitation Centre, Lower Barron Gorge National Park and stunning Palm Cove. Or you can make your own itinerary – please contact us for a quote.

Duration: 5 hours – 1-3 adults $550.00 or Family 2ad 2 ch 4-12 yrs $539.00

Please call 07 40283567 or email bookings@cairnsdiscoverytours.com for availability 
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Cairns Aquarium City Sights Tour

Your day will begin at the Cairns Aquarium which is home to more than 15,000 specimens and 10 ecosystems. It is the only aquarium in the world to exclusively showcase the stunning aquatic wildlife from tropical North Queensland’s two World Heritage listed areas – the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. 

Relax with a 2 course lunch at Dundee’s Aquarium restaurant with a stunning sea life backdrop. At 12.45pm you will be greeted by Cairns Discovery Tours guide to continue your afternoon exploring the city sights and surrounding region. Visit Cairns Museum, Cairns Botanic Gardens, scenic lookout, Lower Barron Gorge and beautiful Palm Cove. 

Lunch Menu  Duration 10.00am – 6.00pm

$159.00 per adult $99.00 per child

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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 our harbour city with Cairns City Sights afternoon tour and Sunset Dinner cruise with Spirit of Cairns. Includes a delicious hot and cold 3 course dinner, featuring the regions best produce as you cruise the calm water inlet and waterfront precinct of Cairns.

Spirit Of Cairns Spring Dinner Menu

Departs Thursday, Friday & Saturdays 12.30pm-9.00pm 

Adult $186.00 Child $100.00 

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Cairns Great Day Out - Green Island & Cairns City Sights Tour- Available 30th November, 1 December and 28th - 31st December 2020

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 $186.00 Child $99.50


We had a wonderful and educated afternoon with Eric. He was fantastic, gave us a great insight to the city of Cairns, as well as a very knowledgeable tour. The places he took us were exactly why we booked this tour. Everything was well timed and planned. The only sad part was saying goodbye to Eric at the end of the day, as we both felt like we had met a friend.

October 2020 – Matt (Australia) Half Day City Sights

A great introduction to Cairns and the surrounding area with Eric, our very knowledgeable and pleasant guide. Despite many stops the pace was very relaxed and included several interesting places we wouldn’t have been to see otherwise. Well worth it.

July 2019, City Sights Tour - A very plesant afternoon