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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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 70 Reviews

Location: Cairns, Northern Beaches or Palm Cove area
Duration: 12 hours

From USD $114.42

2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 48 Reviews

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

From USD $356.93

Cairns Bungy Jump and Minjin Swing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 Reviews

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $85.64

Atherton Tablelands Rainforest Wildlife Tour by Night

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes

From USD $143.21

Cairns Tropical Zoo Wildlife Encounter

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 60 minutes

From USD $89.95

Ultimate Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest 1-hour Helicopter Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

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

From USD $496.54

Cairns ZOOm and Wildlife Dome

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: varies

From USD $17.27

Cairns Jet Boat Ride

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 35 minutes

From USD $49.65

Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 200 Reviews

Location: Cairns, Palm Cove or Port Douglas, Australia
Duration: 10 - 11 hours

From USD $118.74

Cairns Night Zoo Safari and Barbecue Dinner

4.5 star rating: Recommended 81 Reviews

Location: Cairns, Palm Cove or Port Douglas, Australia
Duration: 3 hours

From USD $75.56

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