Insider's Guide to Cairns & the Tropical North

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Tour code: 5720CDT
First time in Cairns? Discover the gateway to Queensland’s tropical north on this 5.5-hour sightseeing tour. Visit city attractions like the Flecker Botanical Gardens and St Monica's Cathedral, and stroll along the scenic Cairns waterfront. After a delicious afternoon tea (included), enjoy a tour of the Outback Opal Mine and take a short hike through the Barron Gorge National Park. For the full experience, upgrade to include a 2-hour morning cruise to Green Island in the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef marine park. This small-group tour is limited to 21 people.


  • 5.5-hour Cairns sightseeing tour
  • Visit top Cairns-area attractions, including the waterfront, Flecker Botanical Gardens, the Outback Opal Mine and St Monica's Cathedral, home to the world's largest peace-themed stained-glass window
  • Indulge in a Devonshire tea, coffee or hot chocolate and scones
  • Walk the lower section of Barron Gorge National Park and admire the views of the rugged mountains, ravines and tumbling waterfalls
  • Upgrade to include a cruise to Green Island for optional snorkeling or a glass-bottom boat tour
  • Small-group tour limited to 21 people ensures a personalized experience with your guide

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Cairns City Tour with Optional Green Island Cruise

Green Island

Your small-group tour of Cairns and its environs starts in the afternoon with a drive by air-conditioned minivan through the city center and to the waterfront, where you’ll explore the wharves and harbor with your experienced guide. Then learn about Cairns’ tropical environment on a guided walk through Flecker Botanical Gardens, and pay a visit to St Monica’s Cathedral, where you can admire the world’s largest peace-themed stained-glass window.

Next, enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea of scones and tea, coffee or hot chocolate at a local cafe; see the city from a hillside lookout that boasts fabulous photo opportunities; and take a walk past the ravines, rugged mountains and tumbling waterfalls of Barron Gorge National Park. Then browse the award-winning showrooms of the Outback Opal Mine to see how Australia’s famous iridescent opals are formed, cut and polished. Your tour ends by the water with a walk along Palm Cove Jetty or the beach.

To make a full day of your Cairns experience, upgrade to include an optional morning cruise to Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Spend two hours relaxing on Green Island, or choose to include optional snorkeling or viewing the coral on a glass-bottom boat tour (additional expense payable directly). Then return to Cairns in time to begin your small-group city tour in the afternoon.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was a very interesting tour that allowed travelers to see all of the various sites of importance in Cairns. The commentary made it interesting and the knowledge of the guide made for a great afternoon after a morning visit to Green Island. Green Island and the glass bottom boat tour were very interesting as well and a great way to visit the Great Barrier Reef.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This tour was great I loved the combo city tour and Great Barrier Reef


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This was an excellent tour. Half a day on Green Island is enough unless you are into the snorkelling or diving, the glass bottom boat trip gave us the opportunity to see some magnificent reef fish and turtles and the Cairns City tour was much better than we expected. Not just a quick trip around town, but out of the city to see the sights and Eric, our driver and guide was full of information and anecdotes about the places we visited.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Excellent tour with knowledgeable guide. Fantastic afternoon tea/coffee.

Paul R W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Excellent tour and very interesting! Our tour guide Roger was so nice and very informative! Learned a lot about the city and it was a nice way to "sample" the city to see where we'd like to go next or what we'd like to see!

Anita C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Great tour at the beginning of a Cairns visit to orientate you.
The guide was friendly and knowledgable.
Good value for money and the cream tea was delicious.

Jacqueline M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

Very very good, driver was nice, we saw a lot more than we thout. We highly recomend.

Katie L

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

Thanks coach captain Eric

Mr N R E B

4 star rating: Recommended August 2014

Our Small-Group Cairns City Tour with Optional Green Island Cruise was well worth the experience. However we would recommend a full day on Green Island as there too little time in a half-day to get the full benefit of the options available on the island. Otherwise we enjoyed it immensely! The tour director/driver was full of information about the local sights around Cairns and we would recommend it to others.

Melanie L Canada

4 star rating: Recommended April 2013

loved had a great day the only problem was by the time you get off the cruise you are starved and there is ZERO time to stop for snacks....which is upsetting, but green island i could of spent all day there, and the information roger gave us of cairns on the tour was amazing , he told us stories that you wouldnt typically hear, and the sights were amazing. not to mention the biggest scone ive ever seen for afternoon tea!!!!!!!

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