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3 Days in Cairns: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, September 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 15 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 $348.95

Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns

4.5 star rating: Recommended 62 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 $59.89

Daintree Rainforest Zipline and Wildlife Habitat Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 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 $199.65

Cairns Flames of the Forest Dining Experience

4.5 star rating: Recommended 30 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 $157.98

Green Island Day Trip from Cairns Including Seawalker Helmet Dive

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 $217.87

Cairns Night Zoo Safari and Barbecue Dinner

4.5 star rating: Recommended 67 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 $91.14

Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns

4.5 star rating: Recommended 49 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 $203.99

Atherton Tablelands Rainforest Wildlife Tour by Night

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 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 $164.92

Cairns Tropical Zoo Wildlife Encounter

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Discover tropical Australia’s unique wildlife on a guided tour of Cairns Tropical Zoo. On this professionally led, interactive tour of the zoo’s top five ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $108.50

Cairns Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Explore beautiful Cairns on a hop-on hop-off tour that takes you through the city by open-top double-decker bus. Visit attractions including Cairns Lagoon, ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 24 or 48 hours

From USD $30.38

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