3 Days in Cairns: Suggested Itineraries
By Viator, April 2015
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
Cairns Super Saver: Great Barrier Reef Cruise plus Kuranda Scenic Railway plus Cape Tribulation Day Trip
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
Duration: 3 days (approx.)
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
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)
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
Cairns, Northern Beaches or Palm Cove, Queensland
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
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
Cairns, Palm Cove or Port Douglas, Australia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
See the best of Cairns and enjoy upwards of 45% in savings with a Cairns Attraction Pass. Attractions and activities include the Australian Butterfly ... Read more
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