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3 Days in Cairns: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, April 2014

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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 11 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 $380.17

Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns

4.5 star rating: Recommended 47 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 $65.42

Cairns Flames of the Forest Dining Experience

4.5 star rating: Recommended 28 Reviews

Feel your senses ignite when you take a walk through the world's oldest rainforest to wine, dine and be entertained by candlelight in the Flames of the Forest ...  Read more

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

From USD $172.55

Daintree Rainforest Zipline and Wildlife Habitat Day Trip

4 star rating: Recommended 8 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 $218.06

Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns

4.5 star rating: Recommended 44 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 $222.80

Cairns Jet Boat Ride

Zoom around the waters of Cairns on a thrilling 35-minute jet boat ride in the Trinity Inlet! Your jet boat speeds, spins and splashes as you cool down in the ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 35 minutes (approx.)

From USD $65.42

Cairns Night Zoo Safari and Barbecue Dinner

4.5 star rating: Recommended 62 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 $99.55

Australia Sightseeing Pass

Travel on the best sightseeing day tours throughout Australia with the Australia Sightseeing Pass, a cost-effective way to visit top attractions in and around ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: Valid for one year from first time use

From USD $378.28

Cairns Sky Dive, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 5 Reviews

Get your morning off to a flying start when you take the plunge and feel the rush of freefalling through the air on a Cairns skydiving adventure. Combine your ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Northern Beaches and Palm Cove, Australia
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $545.14

Ultimate 3-Day Great Barrier Reef Cruise Pass

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

For the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience, grab an Ultimate 3-Day Great Barrier Reef Pass. Save money and see the reef from every angle on three cruises ...  Read more

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

From USD $432.32

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