Cairns & the Tropical North

Things to Do & Attractions in Cairns & the Tropical North

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Great Barrier Reef

4.5 star rating: Recommended 353 Reviews

The Great Barrier Reef is Australia's greatest natural treasure, and the world’s largest coral reef. This underwater wonderland stretches for 2,300 km (1,426 ...  Read more

Cairns Skyrail

4.5 star rating: Recommended 234 Reviews

The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is one of the most scenic ways to travel from Cairns, climbing up above the rainforest canopy to the charming mountain town ...  Read more

Kuranda Scenic Railway

4.5 star rating: Recommended 210 Reviews

Opened in 1891, Kuranda’s Scenic Railway lies some 21 miles of picturesque landscape away from Cairns. This popular attraction passes by the breathtaking ...  Read more

Kuranda

4.5 star rating: Recommended 202 Reviews

Half the fun of visiting the quaint mountain town of Kuranda is getting there! Jump aboard the historic scenic railway, ride the skyrail, or hire a car and ...  Read more

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 45 Reviews

Experience the vibrant music, dance, legends and food of Australia's indigenous people at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. There’s a choice of ...  Read more

Daintree Rainforest

4.5 star rating: Recommended 59 Reviews

Gorges, tumbling rivers, pristine rainforest, and rugged mountains – the Daintree Rainforest is a pristine environment with a World Heritage listing.  ...  Read more

Green Island

4 star rating: Recommended 128 Reviews

Lapped by the sea 27 km (16.5 miles) from the mainland, Green Island is one of the most popular island day-trip destinations from Cairns. A true coral cay, the ...  Read more

Barron Gorge National Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 35 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Atherton Tablelands

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

The sweltering heat of Cairns in northern Queensland is a sweating contradiction to the lush, fertile landscape of the Atherton Tablelands. An easy hour and a ...  Read more

Cairns Wildlife Dome

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Aussie wildlife can be hard to spot at the peak of rainy season. Luckily, there’s the Cairns Wildlife Dome—an all-weather immersion exhibit that puts ...  Read more

Paronella Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Deep in the heart of the rainforest near Cairns lies a real Spanish castle. Paronella Park was the brainchild of José Paronella, who – with dreams of ...  Read more

Cape Tribulation

4.5 star rating: Recommended 76 Reviews

Tropical rainforest, coral ocean and wild rivers come together at Cape Tribulation, a couple of hours' drive north of Cairns and Port Douglas. This mountainous ...  Read more

Fitzroy Island

4.5 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

Forty-five minutes by boat from Cairns, Fitzroy Island has been many things — a Chinese Quarantine Station, a Mission School, a WWII coast-watch station...and ...  Read more

Birdworld Kuranda

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Birdworld Kuranda is one of the largest free-flight aviaries in Australia. Built in 1995, Birdworld was designed to show visitors the beauty of birds in their ...  Read more

Kuranda Koala Gardens

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

If part of your Australian dream vacation includes cuddling with a koala, Kuranda Koala Gardens is where your wish comes true. It’s one of only a few places ...  Read more

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