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The Daintree Rainforest is located north of Cairns and is the oldest living rainforest on Earth. Thriving for an estimated 135 million years, the biodiverse hotspot holds generations-old knowledge from the area's traditional custodians, the Kuku Yalanji First Nations people.
Each year as the Great Barrier Reef becomes a safe haven for the minkes, flocks of tourists also migrate to Cairns to follow in their footsteps (fin-steps?). Come have a whale of a time!
The manta ray plays an essential role in the ecosystem of coral reefs. The big winged beauties feed on specific zooplankton on the ocean floor and when they return to the reef, they poop out an incredible fertilizer that provides nourishing nutrients to the flourishing coral gardens.
Our official guide to Cairns will provide you with some local insight into the best spots in Cairns town, in the ocean and in the clouds! With something for everyone, we’ll help you tailor your time here for a seamless, unforgettable getaway with this handy guide to Cairns!
Wondering how to spend 3 days in Cairns? This ultimate Cairns 3 day itinerary will give you an idea of the must-do activities in the area for your trip. Snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef, tour the surrounding rainforest, or try some adrenaline activities! Either way, your 3 days in Cairns is sure to be an epic one.
Cairns is full of natural marvels and wonders that make for picture-perfect backdrops. If you’re looking to upgrade your Instagram grid with turquoise waters, white sands and luscious green rainforest then Cairns, Australia, is the holiday destination for you! The city has a spectacular array of beautiful locations, ideal for taking Instagram-worthy photos. Some of the top spots include the Cairns Esplanade (which features a boardwalk and swimming lagoon), the Daintree Rainforest (home to a wonderful collection of tropical plants and flowers), and the Kuranda Scenic Railway (a train that offers stunning views of the surrounding rainforest and the ever-flowing Barron Falls).
Check out the best dive sites on the great Barrier Reef accessible from Cairns and Port Douglas!
Loved up and looking for an escape from the maddening crowd? From sunset cruises to snorkeling trips and liveaboards, there’s a boat for every couple and every occasion. Come on, join the love boat.
Wondering how long you need in Cairns? 3-5 days is a great place to start, but there are so many incredible adventures and attractions awaiting travelers in Cairns!
Tropical Far North Queensland may be home to some of the deadliest animals in the world, yet swimming in Cairns can still be safe — given that you exercise all of the relevant safety measurements. Always wear a stinger suit, swim in netted and patrolled beaches between the red and yellow flags, and stay croc-wise!
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