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3 Days in Cairns: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, June 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.

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Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns

4.5 star rating: Recommended 98 Reviews

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Cairns Flames of the Forest Dining Experience

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Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns

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Duration: 4 hours

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Daintree Rainforest Zipline and Wildlife Habitat Day Trip

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Cairns Night Zoo Safari and Barbecue Dinner

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Fitzroy Island Sea Kayaking

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Atherton Tablelands Rainforest Wildlife Tour by Night

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Location: Cairns, Australia
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Cairns Sunset Cruise and Optional Dinner

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