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Barron Gorge National Park
Whether it’s hiking, boating or tracking wildlife, the lush hills and scenic passes of Barron Gorge National Park make up the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts to explore this natural Australian wonder, which lies just beyond Cairns city limits.

Overnight travelers can set up camp at nearby Speewah Conservation Park before setting out on one of Barron Gorge’s popular hikes, which range from an easy 1.2 kilometers to more challenging excursions between the park’s three main trailheads. Commercial rafting trips along the Barron River let daredevil travelers explore less accessible parts of the lower gorge, while wildlife lovers can find tree-kangaroos, flying foxes, spotted-tail quolls and even the endangered southern cassowary along the river’s edge.

Visitors often stroll along the banks of Lake Placid in the lower Barron Gorge, and the popular Skyrail Rainforest Cableway takes visitors high up into the park’s rainforest canopy.

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The lower section of Barron Gorge National Park is located 18 kilometers northwest of Cairns, and the upper section is 27 kilometers outside the city. Rainy season lasts from December to April, so it’s best to travel between May and September to escape the downpour.
Address: Lamb Range QLD 4870, Cairns, Australia
Hours: Open 24 hours
Admission: Dependent on activity
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Skip the Line: Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest CablewayDay Trips

Skip the Line: Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

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Journey to the rain forest village of Kuranda via two unique transit options on this memorable full-day tour from Cairns or Port Douglas. Skip the line and enjoy Gold Class service aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway, winding through lush mountain passes and waterfall gorges along the way. In the opposite direction, glide above the treetops in a gondola and soak up spectacular views of the mountains and coastline on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. In Kuranda, enjoy leisure time to explore the heritage markets, learn about aboriginal culture or interact with native wildlife.
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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from CairnsDay Trips

Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns

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Explore the lush beauty, amazing wildlife and rich heritage of Tropical North Queensland on this customizable full-day trip to Kuranda from Cairns. Travel to this enchanting rain forest village aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway, and choose from a variety of activities including visits to the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park and Rainforestation Nature Park. Hang out with koalas and exotic birds, browse local markets and opt to include a delicious buffet lunch. At the end of the day, glide through the treetops back to Cairns on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
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Best of Kuranda Including Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and RainforestationCultural Tours

Best of Kuranda Including Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforestation

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Experience the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kuranda Rainforest on a full-day tour from Cairns. Take the Kuranda Scenic Railway to Kuranda where you first visit the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, the largest flight aviary in Australia. Tour the Rainforestation Nature Park in an amphibious Army Duck vehicle, then see koalas, dingoes and more at the Koala and Wildlife Park. Take a dreamtime walk with a Pamagirri guide for the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience, then feast on an Australian barbecue buffet lunch. Finally, return to Cairns on the scenic Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
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Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns or Port DouglasWhite Water Rafting

Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns or Port Douglas

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Tackle the grade II and III rapids of the Barron River on this adrenaline-pumping half-day tour from Cairns or Port Douglas. Prepare to get wet and wild as you hurtle over the rapids, then float downstream past the jagged cliffs, plunging ravines and lush rainforest of the Barron Gorge National Park. Best of all: with gentle rapids and full instruction provided, this tour is suitable for all levels, including complete beginners.
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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from CairnsDay Trips

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns

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Take a day trip from Cairns to Kuranda on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and return via the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Alternatively, make the 1-way journey by railway and return by skyrail. Enjoy a tranquil ride as you soar above the rainforest canopy, with views from Cairns all the way to the Great Barrier Reef, and spend free time in Kuranda Village. If you wish, upgrade your transport with admission to the Rainforestation Nature Park or Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park — the latter option with or without lunch.
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Wonder of the World - Great Barrier Reef Scenic FlightsHelicopter Tours

Wonder of the World - Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flights

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Enjoy a helicopter sightseeing flight over the amazing Great Barrier Reef. After convenient pickup from your Cairns, Palm Cove, or Northern Beaches hotel, enjoy a quick safety tutorial and liftoff from the Cairns Airport. Marvel at the reef’s endless shades of blue and learn about its ecosystem from an informative pilot-guide.
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Private Half Day Tour: Exclusive World Heritage Rainforest and Waterfall Tour from CairnsPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Half Day Tour: Exclusive World Heritage Rainforest and Waterfall Tour from Cairns

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Explore the UNESCO-listed wilderness of Australia’s tropical north on this 5-hour off-road adventure from Cairns. Marvel over the natural wonders of the Barron Gorge National Park, including Surprise Falls, Copperlode Dam and Barron Falls, and admire native flora like the Clohesy River Fig. Get off-the-beaten-track in a 4WD as you wind along rainforest trails, climb through the Great Dividing Range and enjoy spectacular views over the Great Barrier Reef. Best of all: this private tour can be customized to your preference and ensures the undivided attention of your guide.
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Cairns ATV Adventure Tour and Morning Train4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Cairns ATV Adventure Tour and Morning Train

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Experience the beautiful Kuranda rainforest on this train and ATV adventure. After a convenient hotel pickup, climb aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway and marvel at picturesque views of waterfalls, ravines, and the spectacular Barron Gorge. Then, travel with a guide on a heart-thumping journey through the rainforest. Get outfitted with safety and rain gear, take a quick training session, and enjoy afternoon tea—all included in the tour price.
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Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from CairnsWhite Water Rafting

Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns

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Experience the fun and thrills of a half-day whitewater rafting trip on the Barron River, located just 20 minutes north of Cairns. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics as you raft through stunning terrain, including highlights such as Barron Falls. Your expert guide provides all necessary rafting equipment and paddling instruction for the 2-hour rafting trip, you simply bring clothes that can get wet. No experience needed for this fun and safe rafting excursion. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off from Cairns and the Northern Beaches.
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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm CoveRail Tours

Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm Cove

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Embark on a full-day adventure to the rain forest village of Kuranda and delve into the rich history of Tropical North Queensland. Travel to and from Palm Cove aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which lets you soar through the treetops on a gondola. In Kuranda, choose from a variety of itineraries to suit your interests, such as a visit to the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park and wildlife counters with koalas, butterflies and kangaroos.
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Cairns ATV Adventure Tour and Afternoon Rafting4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Cairns ATV Adventure Tour and Afternoon Rafting

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Explore Cairns on an all-day ATV and white-water rafting adventure. After a convenient hotel pickup, travel into a spectacular rainforest, receive a safety briefing, and get outfitted in necessary equipment. Then, ride along trails, over jumps, and through creek crossings on a thrilling off-road ride. Enjoy morning tea and head to Barron Gorge National Park to spend the afternoon paddling rapids in a white-water raft—all on one combo tour.
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Small-Group Cairns City Sights and Surrounds TourHalf-day Tours

Small-Group Cairns City Sights and Surrounds Tour

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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. Indulge in a delicious Devonshire afternoon tea (included) taking in the stunning views from the jetty at Palm Cove before taking 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 20 people.
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Cairns Aquarium and small group City Sightseeing TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

Cairns Aquarium and small group City Sightseeing Tour

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Visit the Cairns Aquarium independently and at your leisure to meet 16,000 animals from Tropical North Queensland’s two world heritage listed areas - the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. See live shark and ray feeding, marine and reptile touch n talk show and from river to reef eco-system presentations. Complete your experience with a 2 course lunch at Dundee’s Restaurant with a stunning sea life backdrop. You will be collected from the Cairns Aquarium by Cairns Discovery Tours for your afternoon city sights and surrounds guided tour. Enjoy Devonshire afternoon tea, prior to visiting the Cairns Flecker Botanical Gardens, Lower Barron Gorge National Park, beautiful Palm Cove beach and more
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Barron Gorge and Kuranda National Park Half Day Rainforest and Waterfall 4WD Tour from CairnsDay Trips

Barron Gorge and Kuranda National Park Half Day Rainforest and Waterfall 4WD Tour from Cairns

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Experience Australia’s natural beauty up-close on a thrilling half-day 4WD adventure from Cairns. Venture off-road in the Barron Gorge National Park and Kuranda National Park, and witness the startling contrasts of tropical rainforest, savannah, and rugged mountains, as you drive along the Great Dividing Range. Stop along the way to snap photos of Lake Morris, Copperlode Dam and Surprise Falls; enjoy views of the Great Barrier Reef from Lamb Range; and stand before the mighty Barron Falls. This small-group tour is limited to 13 people for a personalized experience.
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Ultimate Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest 45-minute Helicopter TourHelicopter Tours

Ultimate Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest 45-minute Helicopter Tour

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Enjoy the best of both worlds on this exhilarating 45-minute helicopter flight, crossing both land and sea. Swoop over the lush rainforest and thundering waterfalls of the Barron Gorge, then admire the vast reefs and aquamarine waters of the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef. Spot landmarks like Stoney Creek Falls, Green Island and Arlington Reef, and snap aerial photos of the Northern Beaches and Palm Cove. This tour includes hotel pick-up and drop-off from Cairns.
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Cairns Shore Excursion: Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest Helicopter ToursPorts of Call Tours

Cairns Shore Excursion: Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest Helicopter Tours

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Make the most of your time in port and enjoy magnificent aerial views of Queensland’s star attraction. Set out from Cairns for a thrilling helicopter ride and glide over the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef, looking down over the vast coral reefs and spotting whales, dolphins and schools of tropical fish. Choose from a 30-minute flight to Green Island; a 40-minute deluxe flight over the outer reef; or a 60-minute Reef and Rainforest tour. Best of all: this tour is covered by Viator’s worry-free policy, guaranteeing on-time return to your ship.
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Cairns 4WD Waterfall and Rainforest Tour Including Kuranda Scenic Railway or Skyrail Rainforest Cableway4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Cairns 4WD Waterfall and Rainforest Tour Including Kuranda Scenic Railway or Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

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Escape the tourist trail for an off-road adventure in Australia’s tropical north on this full-day tour from Cairns. Hop aboard a 4WD for a thrilling tour of the Barron Gorge National Park and Kuranda National Park, exploring hidden trails not normally accessible to the public and admiring natural wonders like Surprise Falls and Lake Morris. After free time to enjoy lunch (own expense) and browse the markets in Kuranda Village, enjoy aerial views over the Kuranda rainforest with a ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway or Scenic Railway.
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Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Flight from CairnsHelicopter Tours

Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Flight from Cairns

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The Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest are two of Queensland’s most impressive UNESCO World Heritage landscapes and this 1.5-hour aerial tour takes in both. Hop aboard for a small-group helicopter tour and soar over landmarks such as Port Douglas, the Mossman Gorge, the Daintree River, Snapper Island and Upolu Sand Cay.
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Cairns 4WD Rainforest Waterfall Tour Including a Great Barrier Reef Island Tour4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Cairns 4WD Rainforest Waterfall Tour Including a Great Barrier Reef Island Tour

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Journey from reef to rainforest on this action-packed full-day tour from Cairns. First cruise out to Green Island at the heart of the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef and marvel at the marine life as you swim, snorkel or glide around the reef on a glass-bottom boat. Then, embark on a thrilling 4WD adventure in the Barron Gorge National Park and admire dramatic views of the Barron Falls, Kuranda Mountains and the Coral Sea coast.
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Cairns ATV Adventure Tour and Morning Skyrail4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Cairns ATV Adventure Tour and Morning Skyrail

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Embark upon an adventure that goes beyond the usual city tours on this Cairns ATV and Skyrail tour. Journey over and through the UNESCO-listed rainforest, gliding just above the canopy, in the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway's gondola. Next, board your quad bike for an adrenaline-pumping adventure through the rainforest on dirt tracks and over creek crossings.
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Great Barrier Reef & Rainforest Scenic Helicopter Flights from Cairns

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Treat yourself to a scenic helicopter flight when you're in Cairns and see tropical Queensland from the air! With a choice of three helicopter itineraries, you can fly over the Great Barrier Reef, see more of the reef on a 40-minute deluxe flight, or combine the reef and rainforest on an hour-long helicopter flight from Cairns.
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Cairns Combo: Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park Morning Tour and Afternoon City Sightseeing TourCultural Tours

Cairns Combo: Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park Morning Tour and Afternoon City Sightseeing Tour

See the best of Cairns on a full-day combo tour that includes a morning visit to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and an afternoon sightseeing tour by coach. Learn about the living history of the Tjapukai people, the Australian indigenous people from Queensland’s far north as you hear Dreamtime stories and watch a corroboree performance, then learn about the boomerang, didgeridoo and fire making. Your city sightseeing tour takes in top attractions such as St Monica's Cathedral, the Flecker Botanic Gardens, several scenic lookouts, Barron Gorge National Park and Palm Cove.
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Cairns Shore Excursion: Cairns City TourPorts of Call Tours

Cairns Shore Excursion: Cairns City Tour

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Make the most of your time in port with this half-day city sightseeing tour of Cairns, including afternoon tea. Visit attractions like the St Monica's Cathedral, Flecker Botanical Gardens and Cairns waterfront and walk through the Barron Gorge National Park. This small-group shore excursion is limited to 20 people and is covered by Viator's worry-free policy, ensuring on-time return to your ship.
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Small-Group Afternoon Cairns City Tour with Dinner CruiseCity Tours

Small-Group Afternoon Cairns City Tour with Dinner Cruise

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Explore Cairns with a local guide and enjoy a dinner cruise on this all-day combination tour. After a convenient pickup from your Cairns City or Northern Beaches hotel, visit popular destinations like the Flecker Botanical Gardens and Lower Barron Gorge. Enjoy a scenic lookout with gorgeous views and afternoon tea—included in the tour price—before feasting on a 3-course dinner aboard the 85-foot (26-meter) Spirit of Cairns catamaran.
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