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Adventure Activities Near Cairns

By Viator, February 2015

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Tropical North Queensland proves itself as a thrill-seeker’s hotspot with this list of adrenaline-pumping activities. The adventure activities near Cairns include skydiving and jungle surfing among many others, and the best part is that these are all accessible from the city of Cairns as a day trip if necessary.

White Water Rafting – Tully
Tully, the home of the big gumboot and also a record for being one of the wettest places in Australia, offers that water curse (or blessing) right back to tourists in the form of adventure. The Tully River has become one of the hottest destinations in Australia for white water rafting.

Skydiving – Mission Beach
If there is one thing Mission Beach is known for, it would be skydiving. Hundreds of tourists up near Cairns add the famous sky dive over the beach experience to their bucket lists – an experience that gives visitors, on the best days, views out to the Great Barrier Reef and back across the rainforest.

Bungy Jumping – Cairns

If looking for a place to bungy jump, one better look to Cairns as it is home to the one and only bungy in Australia – the AJ Hackett. Swan dive from 164ft (50m), or try the Minjin Jungle Swing by yourself or with a mate.

Scuba Diving – Great Barrier Reef
The underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef is brilliant for exploring by swimming and snorkelling, but to get the real rush, one has to get close to the action. Scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef can be done from a company’s pontoon as a day trip, or entire multi-day dive trips can be booked for enthusiasts.

Jungle Surfing – Cape Tribulation
The fun term used for ziplining through the rainforests of Australia is jungle surfing. A large jungle surfing setup lies to the north of Cairns in the rainforest canopies of Cape Tribulation. It gives visitors over an hour of tree-top views of one of Australia’s most famous regions – the Daintree Rainforest.

Hot Air Ballooning – Mareeba

Mareeba, to the west of Cairns in the Atherton Tablelands, is home to one of the world’s best environments for hot air ballooning. Rarely, if ever, are rides canceled, and the views once there of the rich farming region are clearly unforgettable.

Quad Biking – Kuranda
Kuranda might normally be known as the peaceful village in the rainforest, easily reached through a couple of other peaceful options (the Kuranda Scenic Railway or the Skyrail), but quad biking once there brings a little excitement to the table. Get off-road through the tropical rainforest – a truly unforgettable experience. Check out Down and Dirty Quad Biking Tours for getting set up with adventure.

Contributed by Brooke Schoenman

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Tully River Full-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns including BBQ Lunch, Cairns & the Tropical ... 
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Tully River Full-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns including BBQ Lunch

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Want to go white water rafting on your vacation to Tropical North Queensland? Go rafting on the the Tully River on this action packed full-day white water ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Northern Beaches or Palm Cove area
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $143.41
Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns, Cairns & the Tropical North, ... 
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Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns

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Explore the Great Barrier Reef aboard a sleek, luxury catamaran on this snorkel and dive cruise from Cairns! Spend six hours on the Great Barrier Reef at two ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $147.96
2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns & the Tropical North, Day Cruises
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2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

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Spend two days exploring the very best of Cairns. Enjoy a full day in tropical Kuranda and on your second day discover why the Great Barrier Reef is one of the ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Palm Cove and Northern Beaches, Australia
Duration: Valid for 2 days over a 7 day period

From USD $376.35
Cairns Bungy Jump and Minjin Swing, Cairns & the Tropical North, Scuba Diving
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Cairns Bungy Jump and Minjin Swing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 Reviews

Leap into an adrenaline-fueled adventure with a bungy jump or Minjin Swing at the Cairns Bungy Tower, located in lush rainforest with views of the Coral Sea ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $90.29
Atherton Tablelands Rainforest Wildlife Tour by Night, Cairns & the Tropical North, Adrenaline ... 
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Atherton Tablelands Rainforest Wildlife Tour by Night

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 20 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 $150.99
ATV Quad Bike Tour from Cairns, Cairns & the Tropical North, Nature & Wildlife
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ATV Quad Bike Tour from Cairns

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Zoom through amazing off-road and dirt trails on a guided ATV tour from Cairns, Palm Cove or the Northern Beaches. Your fantastic guide will ensure that you ...  Read more

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

From USD $98.64
Cairns Jet Boat Ride, Cairns & the Tropical North, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Cairns Jet Boat Ride

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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 $47.12
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Ultimate Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest 1-hour Helicopter Tour, Cairns & the Tropical North, ... 
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Ultimate Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest 1-hour Helicopter Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Fly high over the Barron Gorge and stunning rainforest canopies before heading over magnificent sights such as the Great Barrier Reef, it's spectacular ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Northern Beaches and Palm Cove, Australia
Duration: 60 minutes

From USD $523.55
Cairns ZOOm and Wildlife Dome, Cairns & the Tropical North, Helicopter Tours
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Cairns ZOOm and Wildlife Dome

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Discover the sights and sounds of the rainforest right in the heart of Cairns at the Cairns ZOOm and Wildlife Dome. See native birds fly freely around you in ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: varies

From USD $18.21
Behana Gorge Waterfalls Canyoning Tour from Cairns, Cairns & the Tropical North, Attraction ... 
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Behana Gorge Waterfalls Canyoning Tour from Cairns

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

Enjoy the spectacle of several waterfalls all falling into one breathtaking natural gorge. Experience abseiling, swimming under the waterfalls, walking through ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.47

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