About Us

Cairns Discovery Tours is a local tour company owned and operated by myself, Maryanne Jacques. I was born in Adelaide, lived in Darwin, Alice Springs and Melbourne before moving to Cairns in 1995. I see myself now as a local. I have been in tourism all my life, over 40 years. 

I worked for Cairns Discovery Tours from 1997 in sales for 8 years before starting my own tour company Adventurer North Australia in 2005 operating tours to Cooktown and Indigenous Cultural experiences. I recently sold the company in May 2019.

I was so excited when the previous owner advised he was selling and I proudly bought Cairns Discovery Tours  in 2012.

Cairns Discovery Tours is one of the hidden gems of Tropical North Queensland and is a wonderful introduction to our beautiful city and surrounding region. Everything about this experience is designed to delight discerning travellers of all ages and interest.

The secret behind Cairns Discovery Tours are our experienced local guides, Eric and Matt who bring with them a passion and local knowledge of Cairns. If you’re interested in waterfalls, nature, tropical plants, history, industry or culture – the half day Cairns City Sights Tour has plenty to offer.

Ask a local – please contact us for information on Great Barrier Reef Tours, Daintree Rainforest, Cooktown, Kuranda Train and Skyrail, or any general questions about our region, we would be more than happy to assist you.

We live here and we love it – after a day with us, you’ll love it too!

Email Maryanne on bookings@cairnsdiscoverytours.com

Cairns Discovery Tours

Maryanne Jacques

Cairns Discovery Tours

Eric Smith