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Top Cairns & the Tropical North Outdoor Activities

A pint-sized island of lust rainforests, white sands, and vibrant coral, the aptly named Green Island is a highlight of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, and it’s a popular half- or full-day tour from Cairns. Here are some can’t-miss activities. 

Cruises and Boat Tours
Set sail on a catamaran cruise or glass-bottom boat tour of Green Island, and explore the protected landscapes of the Green Island National Park. Along the way, stop at the Pinnacle Reef to swim and snorkel, visit Marineland Melanesia to see the crocodiles, or enjoy a buffet lunch onboard. 

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
The shores of Green Island are teeming with marine life, so grab your snorkel gear and dive in to discover the underwater wonders. There are numerous spots for snorkeling and scuba diving, and if you’re lucky, you’ll get to see sea turtles, giant clams, starfish, and sea anemones, as well as a huge variety of tropical fish.

Active Adventures
Head to the Green Island Resort to go canoeing, sailboarding, and surf skiing; try kayaking or windsurfing at the island’s beaches, or spot wildlife on a hike through the rain forest. For something a little different, take a Seawalker Helmet dive or a semi-submersible coral-viewing tour.

Helicopter Tours
You don’t have to get wet to marvel at the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef—the most thrilling way to take in the views is on a helicopter tour. Take off from Cairns and soar over the beaches and reefs of Green Island, enjoying unrivaled aerial views.
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Full Day Rainforest 4WD Tour from CairnsNature & Wildlife

Full Day Rainforest 4WD Tour from Cairns

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Explore the magnificent nature of Northern Queensland on this eco-friendly safari. After a convenient hotel pickup, travel to a tropical rain forest and see unique wildlife like the cassowary, Boyd’s Rainforest Dragon, and the Musky Rat Kangaroo. Marvel at the 900-year-old “strangler” fig tree and the dramatic changes of scenery. Enjoy hand-made ice cream made from locally grown fruit and a delicious buffet lunch included in the tour price.
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Cairns ATV Adventure TourHalf-day Tours

Cairns ATV Adventure Tour

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Conquer the rugged off-road terrain around Cairns on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on this half-day tour. Follow a guide, who takes care of instructions and navigation, through the rain forest, on dirt tracks, and across creeks. Morning or afternoon tea (depending on tour time) and hotel pickup and drop-off in Cairns make for a seamless, stress-free experience.
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Kuranda Day Trip from Cairns - Scenic Railway and Skyrail with ATV AdventureDay Trips

Kuranda Day Trip from Cairns - Scenic Railway and Skyrail with ATV Adventure

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Visit a Village surrounded by Rainforest; Immerse yourself in the history and Beauty of the Tropics, wandering the Famous Original Markets and Rainforest pathways. See the Rainforest from above aboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Experience a unique tropical adventure on your very own ATV! Spot local wildlife, try exotic tropical fruits and even race through a creek crossing.
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Bungy Jump or Giant Jungle Swing or Bungy & Swing ComboAdrenaline & Extreme

Bungy Jump or Giant Jungle Swing or Bungy & Swing Combo

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Soar through the air while bungy jumping or riding the Giant Jungle Swing for an adrenaline-fueled day of high-flying fun at the Cairns Bungy Tower. Whether you are an experienced thrill-seeker or first-timer, the exhilarating aerial activities at Cairns Bungy Tower promise to make the memories of a lifetime. The professional staff ensures that you stay safe and enjoy the thrills throughout your experience. You can also enjoy views over the Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef, and relaxing in this lush rainforest location complete with sundeck, bar and gardens.
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Reef and Rainforest Tandem Sky Dive in CairnsAdrenaline & Extreme

Reef and Rainforest Tandem Sky Dive in Cairns

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Get your adrenaline pumping on a skydiving adventure from Cairns. Enjoy incredible bird’s-eye views of the World Heritage–listed Great Barrier Reef as you jump out of a plane on a tandem skydive with an experienced diver. Fall freely from 15,000 feet (4,572 meters) in the air before floating by parachute back down to the ground. First-timers are welcome.
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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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Behana Canyon Rainforest/Waterfall ExperienceOther Water Sports

Behana Canyon Rainforest/Waterfall Experience

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Escape the tropical heat for a day of splashing, sliding, and swimming through the Behana Gorge waterfalls on this eco-tour from Cairns. Get set for an adventure as you rappel down the gorge, leap over rocks and walk along rain forest trails, then cool off with a swim beneath the falls. Best of all: with full instruction and safety harnesses provided, anyone can give it a go.
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Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns or Port DouglasNature & Wildlife

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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Chillagoe Caves and Outback Day Trip from CairnsDay Trips

Chillagoe Caves and Outback Day Trip from Cairns

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Discover the natural wonders of Tropical North Queensland on a full-day tour to Chillagoe Caves and Granite Gorge. Travel from Cairns by rugged 4WD vehicle with a naturalist guide, passing over the McAllister Ranges and the Great Dividing Range as you explore the Australian Outback. Visit Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park, drive near the wetlands to spot Australian native wildlife and stop by historic mining towns. Numbers are limited to 16 people on this small-group tour, with morning tea and a pub lunch included.
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Kayak Turtle Tour from Palm CoveNature & Wildlife

Kayak Turtle Tour from Palm Cove

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Hop in a kayak and paddle from Palm Cove to Double Island, where mangroves and coral reefs await. Along the way, you’ll meet turtles, fish, and small rays, and, if you’re lucky, even dolphins and whales. No previous kayaking experience is needed, and the tour is suitable for all; kids as young as seven can take part. Even better: Shuttle bus transfers are included from Cairns hotels for a convenient trip.
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Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls Tour from CairnsDay Trips

Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls Tour from Cairns

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Experience the natural wonders of Queensland’s Atherton Tablelands to visit different parts of the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest on this outdoorsy day trip from Cairns. With a guide, you’ll take easy walks to three waterfalls—Josephine Falls, Millaa Millaa Falls and Dinner Falls—and take a refreshing swim in Lake Eacham. See the Cathedral Fig Tree, take in views of the volcanic crater in Mt Hypipamee National Park, and enjoy lots of time for swimming and photo ops. Morning and afternoon snacks are picnic lunch provided
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Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld Admission Tickets

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Visit two of the most popular wildlife venues in the Cairns area with this combo admission to the Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld. Aussie animals are renowned for various reasons—from adorable (koalas) to elusive (wombats). You’ll have the chance to see an array of wildlife. Some activities are an additional fee.
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Waterfalls and Rainforest Day Tour Day Trips

Waterfalls and Rainforest Day Tour

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Immerse yourself in Northern Queensland’s waterfalls, rainforests, and other natural wonders on this full-day tour from Cairns. Admire the untouched scenery and stop to swim in the famous Millaa Millaa, Josephine, and Dinner Falls. In between, visit Babinda Boulders and Mount Hypipamee, watch for wildlife such as tree-kangaroos and platypus, and admire a tropical sunset at Lake Eacham. National Park admission, lunch, refreshments, and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, and Daintree Rainforest Day Trip from Cairns or Port DouglasDay Trips

Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, and Daintree Rainforest Day Trip from Cairns or Port Douglas

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Immerse yourself in the natural wonders and Aboriginal heritage of Australia’s tropical north on this full-day tour from Cairns. First, head to the Mossman Gorge to take part in a traditional smoke ceremony with the indigenous Kuku Yalanji people. Then, enjoy a close encounter with native wildlife on the Marrdja Botanical Boardwalk and visit Cape Tribulation, the meeting point of the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef and Daintree rainforest. After lunch at Cape Trib Beach House, embark on a scenic cruise along the Daintree River (optional).
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Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from CairnsDay Trips

Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns

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Venture into the rainforest of the Atherton Tablelands with an expert guide to observe Australian native animals in the wild. From Cairns, travel into the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics of Queensland to observe kangaroos, lizards, and possums by daylight, then continue after sundown to look for nocturnal critters like the elusive platypus and Lumholtz tree kangaroo. Enjoy afternoon tea at Lake Barrine and dinner at a country restaurant. This small-group tour is limited to 11 people, which ensures a more personalized experience with your guide.
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Breakfast with the Koalas at Hartley's Crocodile Park from Cairns or Palm CoveDay Trips

Breakfast with the Koalas at Hartley's Crocodile Park from Cairns or Palm Cove

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Begin your visit to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures with breakfast in the company of a koala and its keeper. After morning hotel pickup in Cairns or Palm Cove, transfer to Hartley's in time for your hot Aussie breakfast and conversation with the keeper about the koalas. Then you can explore at your leisure: take a boat cruise on Hartley’s Lagoon to watch crocodiles feeding. Enjoy informative and entertaining wildlife presentations throughout the day, and see Australian wildlife up close, including kangaroos, wallabies, snakes, cassowaries, quolls and more.
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Cape Tribulation, Daintree Rainforest and Wildlife TourDay Trips

Cape Tribulation, Daintree Rainforest and Wildlife Tour

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Journey to the remote wilderness of Northern Queensland on this full-day tour of Cape Tribulation from Cairns and lose yourself in the UNESCO-listed Daintree rainforest. Kick off your adventure spotting koalas, kangaroos and crocodiles at the Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas, then make a beeline for Cape Tribulation beach. After a delicious lunch of seasonal cuisine (included), embark on a guided hike through the rainforest, looking out for native birds like the southern cassowary. Finally, take a thrilling cruise along the Daintree River and perhaps spy wild crocodiles lazing on the banks.
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Blazing Saddles ATV Quad Bike4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Blazing Saddles ATV Quad Bike

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Picture this, your zooming along our rainforest and adventure trails that zig zag their way across our property with friends, family and other fun loving people on your very own four wheeled motor bike!, also called a Quad bike or ATV which stands for All Terrain Vehicle. Our Quad Bikes are easy to ride and provide the perfect adventure. With a fleet of both 90cc and 250cc bikes, your guides will ensure the perfect balance between safety and fun! So easy to ride, our group sizes remain small, to guarantee your personalized experience. Anyone can do it!
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Half-Day TourDay Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Half-Day Tour

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See snapping crocs in action on this half-day tour to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. Departing from Cairns or Palm Cove, explore the five different zones of this eco-park and working crocodile farm, including a narrated boat tour through a coastal lagoon. Stroll along elevated boardwalks to observe cassowaries, turtles, lizards, and koalas, and admire the mighty stars of the attraction at the thrilling Crocodile Attack Show.
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Half-Day ATV 4-Wheel Buggy Rainforest Day Trip from CairnsHalf-day Tours

Half-Day ATV 4-Wheel Buggy Rainforest Day Trip from Cairns

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Enjoy the thrill of off-roading on your own all-terrain vehicle (ATV) in the tropical rainforest near Cairns. It’s easy to learn the basics of driving your ATV ‘buggy’ by following the instructions of your experienced guide. Soon you'll expertly navigate the hills, creek crossings and other terrain. You’ll also get close views of cassowaries, a colorful native Australian bird that stands about five feet (1.6 meters) tall. Be prepared to get muddy during this morning or afternoon half-day tour from Cairns.
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Crystal Canyon Rainforest/Waterfall ExperienceOther Water Sports

Crystal Canyon Rainforest/Waterfall Experience

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Immerse yourself in waterfalls all cascading down the breathtaking Tropical World Heritage Rainforest. Experience rappelling, swimming under waterfalls, walking through vibrant lush rain forest and umping off rocks into deep fresh crystal clear water of Crystal Canyon. After this activity, chill out and relax. Super friendly, qualified crew ensure your day is fun filled and ultra safe.
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14-Day Cape York Camping TourHiking & Camping

14-Day Cape York Camping Tour

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Cockatours is operated by Rossy, a local who has lived in Cape York for several years, and has ran ecology projects in the Cape for several years. Rossy's background in ecology, his passion for sharing history and his connections with Indigenous groups in Cape York present experiences and opportunities hard to come by elsewhere. As Cockatours is owner-operated, we have the flexibility to make spontaneous decisions for the best and there's always a small touch of adventure along the way somewhere. Most importantly, Rossy is compassionate and respectful and loves sharing his knowledge and the experience with everyone on board. We become a family on tour!
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Blazing Saddles Horse Riding Nature & Wildlife

Blazing Saddles Horse Riding

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Our Horse-riding trails meander through beautiful bushland and rainforest, allowing you to get in amongst nature and experience it first hand. Our trails are perfect for absolute beginner riders through to the more experienced rider. We hand pick your horse for your particular skill level, provide you with a safety and introductory riding lesson and then split groups into skill levels so as to ensure you have a safe and fun horse riding experience. Our emphasis on safety is well known around these parts so please look through our safety accreditation from the Australian Horse Industry Council and other safety systems in place.
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ATV Adventure Tour and Bungy JumpAdrenaline & Extreme

ATV Adventure Tour and Bungy Jump

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During your stay in Cairns take a memorable ATV adventure tour into the rainforest that will leave you breathless. On this tour you will enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings and experience riding off road. In the afternoon you will Bungy Jump so whether you’re a first time jumper or a seasoned thrill seeker, we guarantee we've got a jump to take you out of your comfort zone and a bit further!
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