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3 Days in Cairns: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, October 2016

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Cairns, with its islands, beaches, wildlife, rain forests, and that reef, is an essential stop on any Australian itinerary. Here's how to cover the best of it in just three days.

Day 1: Explore the Town and Walk Through Fire

Spend an afternoon getting to know the laid-back town of Cairns before an amazing evening dining experience in the world's oldest rain forest. You'll follow a flame-lit path into an 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. 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 on a divine dinner cruise aboard a luxurious catamaran. With a glass of champagne in hand, you can stroll the foredeck, savoring the sights of Cairns and the rain forest-clad mountains. As the sun sets, dinner is served—a four-course buffet, with live entertainment as the moon rises.

Tours & Tickets

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Cairns Super Saver: Great Barrier Reef Cruise plus Kuranda Scenic Railway plus Cape Tribulation Day ... 
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Cairns Super Saver: Great Barrier Reef Cruise plus Kuranda Scenic Railway plus Cape Tribulation Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 81 Reviews

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

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $320.39
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Cairns Flames of the Forest Dining Experience, Cairns & the Tropical North, Super Savers
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Cairns Flames of the Forest Dining Experience

4.5 star rating: Recommended 43 Reviews

Step into the world's oldest rainforest to dine by candlelight during an unforgettable evening of fine food and entertainment at the Flames of the Forest ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Palm Cove or Port Douglas, Australia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $143.49
Daintree Rainforest Zipline and Wildlife Habitat Day Trip, Cairns & the Tropical North, Dining ... 
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Daintree Rainforest Zipline and Wildlife Habitat Day Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 42 Reviews

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

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $181.46
Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns, Cairns & the Tropical North, Adrenaline & Extreme
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Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns

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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

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $56.94
Atherton Tablelands Rainforest Wildlife Tour by Night, Cairns & the Tropical North, Snorkeling
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Atherton Tablelands Rainforest Wildlife Tour by Night

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 27 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 $151.09
Ultimate 3-Day Great Barrier Reef Cruise Pass, Cairns & the Tropical North, Nature & Wildlife
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Ultimate 3-Day Great Barrier Reef Cruise Pass

4.5 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

For the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience, grab an Ultimate 3-Day Great Barrier Reef Pass. Save money and see the reef from every angle on three cruises ...  Read more

Location: Cairns and Port Douglas, Australia
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $375.44
Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns, Cairns & the Tropical North, Sightseeing & City Passes
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Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns

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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

Location: Cairns and Northern Beaches
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $189.81
Green Island Day Trip from Cairns Including Seawalker Helmet Dive, Cairns & the Tropical North, ... 
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Green Island Day Trip from Cairns Including Seawalker Helmet Dive

4 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

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

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $198.92
Cairns Sky Dive, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise, Cairns & the Tropical North, ... 
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Cairns Sky Dive, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 6 Reviews

Get your morning off to a flying start when you take the plunge and feel the rush of freefalling through the air on a Cairns skydiving adventure. Combine your ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Northern Beaches and Palm Cove, Australia
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $451.74
Cairns Sunset Cruise and Optional Dinner, Cairns & the Tropical North, Adrenaline & Extreme
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Cairns Sunset Cruise and Optional Dinner

4.5 star rating: Recommended 57 Reviews

Relax and unwind with a sunset cruise from Cairns along the Trinity Inlet. Be welcomed aboard with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and savory snacks. ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $34.92

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