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Cairns City Tours

Cairns, nestled in tropical North Queensland, Australia, is a vibrant city packed with natural wonders and cultural richness. Known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, it offers unparalleled access to one of the world's most spectacular marine ecosystems. With its lush rainforests, cascading waterfalls, and diverse wildlife, including the iconic cassowaries, Cairns is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. The city beats with energy, boasting a lively esplanade lined with restaurants, bars, and shops, where visitors can immerse themselves in the laid-back northen lifestyle. Rich in Indigenous heritage, Cairns also offers a glimpse into Australia's ancient past through its museums, galleries, and vibrant local markets. Whether exploring the underwater wonders of the reef or trekking through the ancient Daintree Rainforest, Cairns promises an unforgettable adventure at every turn.

Cairns River Cruise & City Sights Tour

FROM $189
Departs daily 9.30am to 6pm
On this Cairns Tour you will experience a 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 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

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Make your way to the Cairns Marina, 1 Spence St Cairns and board the Cairns River Cruise at Berth A1 9.30 am - (Return Hotel transfer included)

Cairns River Cruise 9.45 am - 11.00 am

  • 1 1/4 hr guided calm-water cruise explores the stunning sights of the Trinity Inlet and waterfront of Cairns. The extensive and stunning Inlet is mountain-mangrove-lined and is a sanctuary for many types of wildlife. The tour meanders through pristine creeks (the home of saltwater crocodiles) and takes in some of the quirky sites of the backwaters of Cairns. The Cairns River Cruises vessel is spacious and carries a maximum of 18 guests - so the tour is bespoke and personal, and everyone has access to the fantastic views of Cairns.

Free time for a stroll along the Marina or Cairns Pier Shopping Centre before enjoying a delicious lunch

  • Lunch at Dundee's on the Waterfront at 12 noon
    Relax and take in the waterfront views at Dundee's Restaurant before joining Cairns Discovery Tours City Sights afternoon Tour.

Cairns City Sights & Highlights 1.00 pm - 6.00 pm

You will be collected at 1.00 pm from the Cairns Marina as you discover our vibrant city's history. Learn about the rich cultural heritage unique to Cairns and the Far North.

  • St. Monica’s Cathedral - Step inside one of Australia's most breathtaking cathedrals, featuring the World's largest themed stained glass windows.
  • Cairns Museum - visit the Cairns Museum. join our exclusive tour of the School of Arts building in the city's heart to see yesteryear's highlights.
  • Afternoon Tea A true local delight of warm, fresh-from-the-oven scones with strawberry jam and cream and your choice of Tea, Coffee
  • Cairns Botanic Gardens - Enjoy a professional guided walk through the lush Flecker Botanic Gardens, renowned for having one of the best exhibitions in Australia's tropical plants. Meander through the butterfly-lined pathways under the green canopy as your guide explains the various plants and wildlife you see along the way.
  • Cairns Lookout - Take in the panoramic views of the city and the Coral Sea
  • Lower Barron Falls - Enjoy a walk at the lower section of the Barron Gorge National Park, Surprise Creek Falls.
  • Palm CoveTake a stroll along the jetty or on the sand on this picture-perfect beach, fringed with coconut trees. Nestled behind the beach is the quiet seaside suburb of Palm Cove, with its’ magnificent paperbark trees.
  • Your day of discovery ends, returning to your chosen Cairns CBD accommodation at approx. 6.00 pm. Northern Beaches 5.30 pm

Please note - Wheelie Walkers and mobility scooters are not permitted as our vehicle is not equipped with a luggage area

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Green Island & Cairns City Sights Full Day Tour

FROM $205
Departs Mon to Sat 9am - 6pm
Green Island and Cairns City Sights Tour is an exciting day tour that takes you on a journey to explore the natural beauty and cultural highlights. Morning begins with a visit to the beautiful Green Island, where you have the opportunity to snorkel or a glass-bottom boat tour to discover the Great Barrier Reef. Return to Cairns where you'll discover the sights and sounds of this vibrant tropical city.

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Green Island. Make your way to the Cairns Marina and check in at the Reef Fleet Terminal, Big Cat Cruise Desk for your boarding passes. Boarding commences at 8.15 am and Cruise departs at 9.00am.  Green Island is a beautiful coral Cay on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Green Island is a Marine National Park uniquely rainforested and surrounded by white sandy beaches and magnificent coral reefs and abundant marine life. Your visit allows you 2 hours at Green Island and included is the choice of snorkelling gear or a glass bottom boat tour. “Reef Rocket” is a modern comfortable air-conditioned highspeed catamaran with a relaxed atmosphere. Travel time to Green Island is 45 minutes from Cairns. Passengers can take part in the many activities available or simply relax on the beach. Staff will help you to organise your activities to make the most of your time on Green Island. Depart Green Island at 12 noon arrive Cairns 12.45pm and Cairns Discovery Tours will collect you in front of the Reef Fleet Terminal at 1.00pm.

Lunch is not included and we recommend an early lunch on the Island

Cairns City Sights & Surrounds Tour. This afternoon you will discover Cairns' history and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage that is unique to the Far North. One of the highlights is the St. Monica's Cathedral featuring the World's largest themed stained glass windows. Cairns Botanic Gardens which contains an amazing collection of tropical plants, including exotic herbs, spices, valuable timber trees, orchids, fruits, bromeliads, giant bamboo and many other spectacular flowering plants. Everything about this tour experience is designed to delight discerning travellers of all ages and interests.

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group sitting while on cairns city day trip

Cairns City Sights Tour & Surrounds

FROM $95
Departs Mon to Sat 12.30pm - 6pm 
Welcome to the half-day afternoon Cairns tour, journey through the tropical paradise of Cairns and its stunning surroundings. Explore the highlights of Cairns city, including St Monica's Cathedral and its breathtaking themed stained glass windows. Cairns Museum with views of the Coral Sea, and lush rainforest-clad mountains that surround the city. Venture out of the city to visit the Cairns Botanic Gardens, lower Barron Gorge National Park. Final stop is Palm Cove, a charming beachside village renowned for its palm-fringed beaches and laid-back atmosphere, all in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle.

 

 

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Complimentary Cairns Hotel pick-ups start from 12.30 pm
Palm Cove, Kewarra Beach, Trinity Beach pick up available 12-noon

Discover Cairns’ natural beauty and cultural heritage on the half-day afternoon tour. Throughout your journey, you'll travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle, ensuring a relaxed and enjoyable experience. Our knowledgeable and friendly guides will regale you with fascinating stories and insights, enhancing your appreciation of Cairns and its unique blend of natural wonders and cultural heritage.

Your afternoon Cairns tour begins with complimentary hotel pick up as we embark on an unforgettable journey through the tropical paradise of Cairns and its stunning surroundings.
St. Monica’s Cathedral - This Heritage Listed cathedral, dedicated as a memorial to the Battle of the Coral Sea, houses 24 amazing stained-glass windows, depicting the creation story. They are reputably the largest themed stained-glass windows in the world.
Cairns Museum - A local guide will take you on an exclusive tour to discover the story of Cairns and living in the tropics. Learn about the city's fascinating heritage and its transformation into the vibrant, modern metropolis it is today. The museum is a treasure trove of artifacts and exhibits that vividly showcase the unique history and the diverse communities that have called Cairns home.
Delicious Afternoon Tea – Take a break and enjoy a delicious Devonshire Afternoon Tea at Noa’s Café in the leafy suburb of Edge Hill.
Cairns Botanic Gardens –Venture out of the city to explore the enchanting Cairns Botanic Gardens, a haven of tropical flora. Renown as one of the best exhibitions of tropical plants in Australia.  Your tour guide will lead you through this vibrant ecosystem, where you'll discover the unique and exotic plants that thrive in the tropical climate.
Scenic Lookout  and Lower Barron Gorge National Park Have your camera ready as we visit a spectacular lookout with stunning views over the city of Cairns and the Coral Sea, before continuing to Lower Barron River Gorge National Park and Surprise Creek Falls. Here  you'll be surrounded by the serene beauty of the rainforest and Barron River.
Palm Cove – Stroll along the jetty or on the sand on this picture-perfect beach, fringed with coconut trees. Nestled behind the beach is the quiet seaside suburb of Palm Cove, with its’ magnificent paperbark trees. Sit back and relax on the return drive to Cairns to your chosen accommodation at approx. 6.00 pm.

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Spirit of Cairns Dinner Cruise

Cairns City Sights and Dinner Cruise

FROM $214
Departs Mon to Sat 12.30pm - 9.00pm
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.

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Discover the very best of Cairns as you explore the highlights with your experienced local guide on the city sights tour. Then step on board the Spirit of Cairns 26-metre catamaran and enjoy a complimentary drink and canapés. A fantastic evening of calm water cruising. Spirit of Cairns takes you on a journey into the interior of Trinity Inlet and its winding tributaries. The cruise passes along Cairns’ waterfront and Esplanade precinct, delivering panoramic views of the twinkling night lights of this port city.

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

Cairns Aquarium & City Sights Tour

FROM $167
Departs Mon to Sat 10.00am - 6.00pm 
The Cairns Aquarium is one of Australia’s most exciting new world-class tourist attractions. Visit the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, a not-for-profit, volunteer-run, charitable entity caring for rescued sea turtles. Meet at 11.15 am, where you will be taken on an exclusive tour of the onsite Turtle Hospital to meet the sea turtles in our care. Enjoy an optional lunch at Dundees restaurant with an aquarium backdrop. Complete your day with an afternoon of exploration with a Cairns City Sights & Surrounds Tour. Hotel drop off included

 

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The best way to see Cairns all in one day! Make your way for the 10.00 am opening at the Cairns Aquarium and start your day with a self-guided tour through the aquarium and explore the ecosystems and habitats of Tropical North Queensland.

Visit the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, a not-for-profit, volunteer-run, charitable entity caring for rescued sea turtles.

Meet at 11.15 am, where you will be taken on an exclusive tour of the onsite Turtle Hospital to meet the sea turtles in our care. This educational experience lasts approximately 30 minutes, and 100% of the Turtle Hospital tour proceeds are utilised for food, medicine, veterinary care and operating costs.

Complete your experience with lunch at Dundee’s Restaurant and enjoy a stunning sea life backdrop before being collected from the aquarium for your afternoon City Sights and Surrounds Tour.

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Scenic Helicopter ride over Green Island and Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Heli Flight + City Sights Tour

FROM $559
Departs Mon to Sat 11.00am – 6.00pm
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.

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Make your way to Cairns General Aviation Airport, 21 Bush Pilot's Avenue for 10.30am. Your 30-minute scenic helicopter tour departs at 11.00am and tracks out from the mainland with views of the city of Cairns and Trinity inlet, passing False Cape where you can see the remnants of WWII defences, Mt Yarrabah, Mission Bay and Cape Grafton. From there we strike out to the inner edge of the Reef and Green Island, a 6,000 year-old coral sand island that boasts its own native rainforest eco-system. Tracking to the north, we explore the western side of Arlington Reef, home to a diverse range of marine creatures – turtles, sharks and sting rays.

Continuing north we’ll circle Vlasoff Cay a tiny sand island in the middle of the reef that reduces to only a few hundred square metres in size at high tide. Book on the day or let your pilot know during your flight if you’d like to land, get your feet wet and sandy and capture the ultimate Instagram shot on the Cay. From Vlasoff Cay we head west, over Upolu Cay and back to Cairns taking in fantastic views of the North Queensland coastline framed by the lush rainforest-covered eastern slopes of the Great Dividing Range.

You will be collected and transferred back into Cairns City to enjoy lunch at Dundees on the Waterfront. Relax and enjoy a glass of wine as you reminisce your experience before joining Cairns Discovery Tours City Sights & Surrounds afternoon tour.

Your guide will collect you from the Cairns Marina at 1.00pm where you will discover the highlights of Cairns from the ground. Visit the Cairns Museum, St Monica's Cathedral with the world's largest themed stained glass windows. (Creation Story) Cairns Botanic Gardens, delicious afternoon tea, scenic lookout, Lower Barron Gorge and Surprise Creek Falls before your final destination of Palm Cove, one of Cairns beautiful beaches. Take a stroll along the jetty before you are returned to your accommodation Cairns approx 6.00pm. Northern Beaches approx 5.30pm

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Frequently Asked Questions

At Cairns Discovery Tours, we offer a range of tours designed to cater to diverse requirements. While most of our tours are family-friendly, some may have age or fitness level restrictions. For instance, our White Water Rafting Tour is suitable for individuals over the age of 12 and requires a moderate level of fitness. It's always best to check the specific tour details or consult with our team to ensure the tour is appropriate for all members of your group.
Most of our tours do not have a minimum group size requirement and are designed to accommodate individual travellers and larger groups. However, certain tours or private bookings may have different criteria. If you have a specific query about group sizes, please contact us for more information.
The duration of our Cairns area tours varies depending on the tour type. For example, our Fly/Cruise Great Barrier Reef Half-Day Tour lasts approximately four hours, while our Waterfalls and Rainforest Tour spans a full day. Detailed information about the duration of each tour can be found on our website or you can contact us for assistance.
Yes, most of our tours offer transportation options to and from various accommodations in Cairns. For instance, our Daintree Dreaming - Aboriginal Cultural Tour provides pick-up and drop-off services. However, some tours may have self-drive options, so it's advisable to check the specific tour details for transportation information.
Absolutely, we can arrange private or custom tours tailored to your group's interests and needs. Whether it's a corporate event, a family reunion or a special occasion, we can create a unique experience for you. Please reach out to our team to discuss your requirements in detail.
Our cancellation policy aims to offer flexibility. Generally, cancellations made 24 hours prior to the tour are eligible for a full refund. However, some tours may have specific cancellation policies, so we recommend checking with our team for detailed information.
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