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 which 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. 

Cairns and Port Douglas are experiencing high occupancy due to Covid19 and many Australians are visiting our region. As a local operator we appreciate you booking direct with us and I recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment, especially for the Cairns Food & Wine Tour to the Atherton Tablelands, Kuranda Train & Skyrail Tours, Cooktown Tours and Cairns Dinner cruise as these are booking out well in advance. 

Things to 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 Food & Wine Tour, The Daintree Rainforest, Cooktown Tours, Kuranda Train and Skyrail just to name a few. As a Cairns local of 26 years 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.  

Change or cancel your booking with peace of mind, you will receive a full refund should regulations or border closures change due to COVID19.

Your health and safety and that of our staff is important to us. Cairns Discovery Tours is operating under a COVID Safe Industry Plan. 

Please call Maryanne on (07) 40283567  – happy to give you local advise and assistance with your holiday and tour bookings.

If staying in Port Douglas strongly recommend booking your restaurants in advance.

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)


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Cairns City Sights Tour & Surrounds

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. 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 the stunning city views, our mountains, our waterfalls and visit one our northern beaches, stunning Palm Cove in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle.

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 $12.00 per adult $5.00 per child

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Atherton Tablelands Food & Wine Day Tour from Cairns & Port Douglas

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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Cairns Private Touring

Includes a city tour with your own private guide in a luxury SUV taking in Cairns highlights, 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

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Cairns Aquarium & City Sights Tour

The Cairns Aquarium is one of Australia’s most exciting new world-class tourist attractions. Home to more than 15,000 specimens and 10 ecosystems showcasing the animals, plants and habitats of the only two adjoining World Heritage protected areas – The Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. 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 surrounding region. 

Lunch Menu  Duration 10.00am – 6.00pm

$161.00 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 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 regions best produce as you cruise the calm water inlet and waterfront precinct of Cairns.

Spirit Of Cairns Dinner Menu

Departs Monday to Saturday


Adult $186.00 Child $100.00 

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Cairns Great Day Out - Green Island & Cairns City Sights 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 $186.00 Child $99.50


We did the half day city tour with Eric as our guide. There was a very good selection of interesting places including the Cathedral, museum and Botanic gardens. Eric was an interesting and knowledgeable guide throughout the afternoon and we would recommend this tour to anyone interested in a great afternoon. Well done and thank you.

Anita Fox (Australia) June 2021, Half Day City Sights


What a fantastic tour. Our tour guides name was Eric and he was very informative and fun. We saw so much in the afternoon 1/2 day tour. The dinner cruise after the bus tour was absolutely incredible. 

Paul B Australia

November 2020, Great afternoon tour and dinner cruise