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Cruise Ship Passenger Activities

Visiting Cairns on a cruise ship during your Tropical North Queensland travels? Make the most of your time with these convenient Cairns tours and activities! From half day Great Barrier Reef tours to adrenaline activities, waterfall tours, and scenic flights, there are lots of amazing things to do in Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef for cruise ship visitors.

Raging Thunder's Barron River Rafting is the ultimate thrill-seeking adventure that you don't want to miss out on!

  • Experience the adrenaline-pumping rapids of Barron River on this guided tour 
  • Speed down thrilling drops and free standing waves 
  • Admire the Barron River's beautiful scenery 
  • Rest assured knowing you're in safe hands with heavily experienced guides
  • A memorable experience that you can tick off your bucket-list
  • If you've got a sense of adventure, this one is for you!

Savour a sleep in and revel in a half day waterfall wanderers guided tour with natural rock slides!

  • Enjoy a late morning start, and earlier return to Cairns
  • Cool off in the crystal clear waters of Josephine Falls
  • Tuck into a pre-packed picnic lunch by the waterside at Babinda Boulders
  • Take a rainforest walk lead by awesome expert local guides

Short on time? See the most of Cairns City and its surrounds with Discovery Tours on their half day sightseeing tour! 

  • Free Cairns City hotel accommodation transfers
  • Exclusive tour at Cairns Museum and St Monica's Cathedral
  • Enjoy a guided walk around the Botanic Gardens and Devonshire tea
  • Marvel at Barron Gorge and Surprise Creek Falls
  • Visit the relaxing beachside village of Palm Cove as the sunsets

Jump on this thrilling jet boat ride through the Trinity Inlet and see a different side of Cairns!

  • Experience an exhilarating 35 minute speed boat ride through Cairns waterways!
  • Discover the lush surrounding scenery rich in native flora and fauna with a local expert.
  • Get ready for hair-raising spins, twists and turns at speeds up to 80km/h!

Enjoy a day of ultimate reef adventure and action-packed fun on the Moore Reef pontoon!

  • Spend the day exploring the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Snorkel amongst abundant marine life and vibrant corals
  • Enjoy glass-bottom boat tours, the underwater observatory, and a giant waterslide!
  • Perfect for all ages and abilities to experience the reef wonder 

Witness the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef on this 30 minute Inner Reef Explorer with Zoom Helicopters departing from Cairns Airport!

  • Soar high over Green Island, Arlington Reef, Vlasoff and Upolu Cays!
  • Enjoy a more exclusive tour with only 3 passengers per flight.
  • See more of the Barrier Reef delights with a guaranteed window seat!
  • Take in the lush landscapes of the majestic North Queensland coastline.


Fly to the edge of the Great Barrier Reef on this 40 minute Outer Reef Odyssey with Zoom Helicopters!

  • Get a birds eye view over Green Island, Arlington Reef, Vlasoff and Upolu Cays!
  • Venture further out to the continental shelf and see where the reef drops off. 
  • Experience a more exclusive tour with only 3 passengers per flight.
  • Discover more of the reef with a guaranteed window seat!
  • See the rainforest ranges of the lush North Queensland coastline.

Jump into this quintessential Aussie wildlife experience and immerse yourself in the wild and wonderful world of native creatures! 

  • Explore this lush nature park and rub shoulders with koalas, crocs, cassowaries, lizards and more! 
  • From reptiles to mammals and birds to marine life, spy a diverse array of Aussie animals! 
  • Head out on a boat ride through Hartley’s Lagoon where crocodiles will adorn your journey.
  • Complimentary return transfers, educational wildlife presentations, self-guided walks and information sheets are yours for the taking!

Make your way to the stunning Green Island and experience all that this haven has to offer! 

  • Get ready for a full day of island adventures, with up to 7 hours on this lush island paradise! 
  • Discover the Great Barrier Reef, exquisite marine life and exceptional tropical sceneries in this haven just 45 minutes from Cairns.
  • Relax on the beach with the kids, embark on an island bush walk and more as you explore natural wonders.
  • Perfect for families, couples, small groups and more, this flexible day is bound to bring adventure! 

Leave from Cairns for a scenic flight over the Outer Great Barrier Reef and Port Douglas

  • See the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and Port Douglas during a 60-minute flight down the North Queensland Coast
  • A window seat for every passenger!
  • You'll have the best point of view to see the amazing reef and surroundings
  • See the stunning reefs, islands, cays and coastline for an unforgettable experience

Join Fitzroy Island Adventures and explore Fitzroy Island on your unique, nature-rich adventure amongst the Great Barrier Reef!

  • Wander through lush rainforests, relax at Nudey Beach and spot island wildlife! 
  • The perfect flexible day for families, couples groups, swimmers and non-swimmers alike! 
  • Optional snorkelling, a glass-bottom boat tour, guided safari snorkels and a picnic lunch add-ons.
  • Experience the very best of the Great Barrier Reef and Fitzroy Island on a seamless day of natural wonder.

Join Experience Co all aboard the natural experience of a lifetime as you venture to the flourishing Fitzroy Island! 

  • Walk through lush rainforest boardwalks, relax at pristine beaches, enjoy island life and spot native wildlife.
  • The perfect half-day option for adults, kids, swimmers and non-swimmers alike! 
  • Add on snorkelling, a glass-bottom boat tour and a picnic lunch to your reef journey.
  • Explore the wonders of marine life and island wildlife for a day of accessible fun for everyone!

Embark on a 9-hour scenic adventure through Barron Gorge’s ancient and World Heritage-listed rainforest via a century-old railway and spend the day exploring the charming and historic township of Kuranda.

  • Careen through Kuranda Railway’s tunnels, curves, and bridges
  • Immerse yourself in the ancient wonder of Barron Gorge’s dense and lively rainforest
  • Ride the Skyrail to the top of Barron Falls’ Edge Lookout
  • Spend the day exploring the quaint and charming township of Kuranda
  • Return to Cairns  via scenic Skyrail

Soar through the treetops, soak up the views from a scenic rail ride and explore the Kuranda Heritage markets! 

  • Glide over the canopies with the Rainforest Skyrail
  • Catch the Kuranda Scenic Rail and pass through cascading valleys
  • Admire view of Barron Falls and National Park on your way home
  • Descend to the ancient forest floor where you can explore the boardwalks 
  • Check out the local Kuranda Heritage Markets or an animal sanctuary with ample free time in this regional gem

Fly sky-high over the splendour of the Great Barrier Reef and Cairns’ ancient rainforests on Nautilus Aviation’s 45-minute and 60-minute scenic flights!

  • See worlds collide with a bird’s-eye view of where the rainforest meets the reef
  • Breathtaking 45-minute and 60-minute flights over Greater Cairns region
  • Fly over the Great Barrier Reef, Palm Cove, Barron Gorge 
  • Add on an extra 15 minutes of scenic flying over Lamb Range’s Crystal Cascades and Lake Morris

Cruise over the Great Barrier Reef and see the sights from above!

  • 30-minute scenic flight
  • See Green Island, Fitzroy Island and more!
  • On low tide see beautiful sand cays
  • Spot turtles, rays, and even whales during the winter months!
  • Low passenger numbers for a personalised experience


Explore the Great Barrier Reef from on board an activity platform for a fun day full of activities and adventure!

  • Cruise to a platform on the Great Barrier Reef and snorkel right off the edge
  • Join optional activities such as scuba diving, snorkel tours and more!
  • See the reef from a semi-submersible boat for a new point of view
  • Enjoy the reef at its best on this unforgettable day trip
  • Enjoy the return journey on a comfortable and air-conditioned catamaran
Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel
FROM: $239

Dive into the world of Dreamtime with this fun day tour that will show you every part of the Great Barrier Reef - including its traditional history

  • Dive, snorkel or swim on the Great Barrier Reef like never before! 
  • Listen to Dreamtime stories of the Gimuy Walubara Yidinji, Gunggandji, Mandingalbay and Yirriganydj and learn more about the history of the Reef.
  • Visit two different Outer Reef locations and immerse yourself in a magical underwater world.
  • Everything is included for your day of fun, learning and natural marvels!

See the Great Barrier Reef's spectacular beauty from air and the sea!

  • Half-day tour from Cairns to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef
  • 25-minute scenic helicopter flight over the reef 
  • Up to 1.5 hours for snorkeling amongst the diverse marine life
  • Included BBQ lunch and glass of wine on the boat ride back to Cairns
  • A family-friendly adventure that is perfect for travelers who are short on time

Cruise over the glassy waters of the Great Barrier Reef to reach the stunning Green Island, where an array of fun for everyone awaits! 

  • Return trip to the lush forests and beaches of Green Island, where optional activities await.
  • Discover the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef with a day of snorkelling, all gear included.
  • Peer into the world of turtles, fish and coral gardens from above with a glass-bottom boat ride.
  • Enjoy a self-guided walk, complimentary morning tea and use of toilets, showers and a pool!

Embark on a day of Green Island wonders, Great Barrier Reef exploration and natural marvels!

  • Head out to the flourishing Green Island and explore it's onshore reefs, beaches and tropical forests! 
  • Immerse yourself in the Great Barrier Reef and rub shoulders with vibrant marine life.
  • Choose between a glass-bottom boat ride to stay dry OR a snorkel experience into the dazzling depths.
  • Revel in a self-guided walk, enjoy a morning tea and access to showers and a pool!
Hands On Country Eco Tour

Immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of the Mandingalbay Yidinji people with this Hands On Eco Country Tour!

  • 3-hour guided tour through an Indigenous Protected Reserve
  • Learn about Mandingalbay Yidinji food, plants, ceremonies, and practices
  • Cruise along Hills Creek where you may spot wildlife in the mangroves
  • Immersive and interactive guided bushwalk along the Mayi Bugan Rainforest Trail
  • Take part in a traditional Welcome to Country ceremony 

Reef Magic Pontoon Day Tour
FROM: $330

Experience the magic on the Reef Magic Pontoon Day Tour where you can enjoy a day of activities and fun!

  • Visit Reef Magic's newest pontoon located off the shores of Cairns
  • Snorkel, dive and explore the Great Barrier Reef
  • Perfect for families, couples, groups, solo travellers, and seniors
  • Unique experiences such as a glass-bottom boat, a semi-submersible, helicopter tours, an underwater observatory, onboard massages and much more
Skydive Cairns
FROM: $359

Experience the ultimate adrenalin rush over the Great Barrier Reef!

  • Combine spectacular scenery and breathtaking beauty of the world famous Great Barrier Reef with a thrilling skydiving adventure you will never forget
  • Opt to purchase photos or videos from your amazing experience
  • Choose from different jump heights to suit you!
  • A once-in-a-lifetime experience over one of the world's natural wonders

AJ Hackett Bungy Jumping defies gravity for an amazing and thrilling experience!

  • Home of Australia's first and only bungy tower standing 50m tall
  • Return transfers included from select Cairns City locations
  • A must-do activity for any traveller with a sense of adventure
  • Exclusive AJ Hackett Skypark Jumper's Edition T-Shirt

Soar gently above the ancient Atherton Tablelands with a unique hot air balloon experience!

  • Watch the tropical rainforest come to life on a scenic balloon ride at dawn.
  • Take in the spectacular sites from above for over an hour.
  • Enjoy a pre-flight health beverage and a glass of sparkling wine on landing.
  • Reflect on your experience with an included Digital Photo Package worth $80!
  • The ultimate way to see the Atherton Tablelands and celebrate your Cairns getaway.
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