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3 Days in Cairns: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, April 2015

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Cairns – think islands, beaches, wildlife, rainforests and that reef – is an essential stop on any trans-Australian itinerary. Here's how to cover the best of it in just three days.

Day 1: Cuddle Koalas, Walk Through Fire

Kick off your time in Cairns with a dose of cuteness by heading to the Koala Café at Cairns Tropical Zoo for breakfast. It overlooks a lake where water-birds, turtles, dragons, pelicans and ducks cruise. Afterward you can see pelicans being fed, take an endangered exotic species walk, hand-feed kangaroos and, yes, cuddle a koala.

Spend the afternoon getting to know the laid-back town of Cairns before an amazing evening dining experience in the world's oldest rainforest. You'll follow a flame-lit path into this truly enchanted forest to a secluded clearing where you'll be treated to a seven-course banquet and tales from the Aboriginal Dreamtime told by firelight.

Day 2: Ready, and – Action!

Saddle up for an action-packed day trip where you'll take the Kuranda Scenic Railway from Cairns, go shopping in the Kuranda Markets, ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, soar over the Great Barrier Reef on a scenic helicopter tour, take a lunchtime cruise on the reef, then spend the afternoon swimming, snorkeling or diving before cruising back to Cairns. Wow! Don't forget your camera!

Day 3: Up in the Air, Out on the Sea

It's your last day and you cannot miss out on one of the absolute 'must-do' activities in this area – taking a hot air balloon ride. You'll never forget the wonder of a sunrise in Tropical North Queensland. You'll float over the majestic Atherton Tablelands before drifting back down to earth for breakfast and champagne.

Spend your afternoon relaxing beach-side, before setting sail on your last night with a divine dinner cruise aboard a luxurious catamaran. With a glass of champagne in hand, you'll stroll the foredeck, savoring the sights of the city of Cairns and the rainforest-clad mountains. As the sun sets, dinner is served – a four-course buffet, with live entertainment as the moon rises. The living sure is fine in Cairns.

Tours & Tickets

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Cairns Super Saver: Great Barrier Reef Cruise plus Kuranda Scenic Railway plus Cape Tribulation Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

Over three days, experience the best of tropical Far North Queensland! Go diving or snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway and ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $326.47

Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns

4.5 star rating: Recommended 73 Reviews

Escape to Fitzroy Island, a tropical island on the Great Barrier Reef located only 45 minutes by high-speed ferry from Cairns. Spend your day doing as much or ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $53.89

Daintree Rainforest Zipline and Wildlife Habitat Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

Zipline through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest and get up close to native Australian wildlife on a fun-filled day trip from Cairns, Palm ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $186.67

Cairns Flames of the Forest Dining Experience

4.5 star rating: Recommended 31 Reviews

Step into the world's oldest rainforest to dine by candlelight during an unforgettable evening of fine food and entertainment at the Flames of the Forest ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Palm Cove or Port Douglas, Australia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $143.71

Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns

4.5 star rating: Recommended 52 Reviews

Don't miss the chance to go for a hot-air balloon ride over Far North Queensland's Atherton Tablelands - it's one of the top "must do" activities when ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Northern Beaches or Palm Cove, Queensland
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $183.54

Atherton Tablelands Rainforest Wildlife Tour by Night

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

See Australia's unique animals and birds in their natural environment on a rainforest wildlife-spotting tour in the Atherton Tablelands. Led by an expert ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $155.43

Green Island Day Trip from Cairns Including Seawalker Helmet Dive

4 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Explore the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef on a day trip to Green Island from Cairns, including an amazing and easy underwater experience with the Seawalker ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $199.94

Cairns Shore Excursion: Green Island by Helicopter and Cruise

Soak up the sun on Green Island when you’re in port in Cairns, and experience the Great Barrier Reef from the air and the sea. Flying in a helicopter from ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $358.49

Cairns Night Zoo Safari and Barbecue Dinner

4.5 star rating: Recommended 74 Reviews

It's all happening at Cairns Night Zoo when the sun goes down! You'll feast on a typical Australian barbecue, spot wildlife by torchlight, do some stargazing ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Palm Cove or Port Douglas, Australia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $82.01

Cairns Sunset Cruise and Optional Dinner

4.5 star rating: Recommended 36 Reviews

Relax and unwind with a sunset cruise from Cairns along the Trinity Inlet. Be welcomed aboard with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and savory snacks. ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $34.37

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