Cairns and Great Barrier Reef

Tucked between World Heritage Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is the perfect starting point for your tropical adventure with all the shopping, dining, entertainment, sporting events, adrenalin-pumping adventures and cultural experiences on offer. In less than an hour by boat you can be snorkelling or diving in the Great Barrier Reef and its islands, swim at the Esplanade Lagoon, sample tropical produce at a farmer’s market, shop ‘til you drop, or cruise around the marina. Glide over the rainforest on a Skyrail adventure or step back in time with a train ride to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest.

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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, smells and tranquillity of one of the world’s most botanically fascinating areas that has remained relatively unchanged for 130 million years.

Hartleys Crocodile Adventures

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures is a 10-hectare wildlife sanctuary and ecotourism park. It is one of the longest continually operating tourist attractions in Australia.

Cairns Aquarium

Cairns Aquarium has been developed to provide a world class venue for seeing and interacting with the plants, animals, and habitats found only in Australia’s Wet Tropics.

Reef Encounter

Cairns Liveaboard tours, come and explore the Reef.  Go snorkelling, scuba diving, learn to dive or relax on the Great Barrier Reef.

The Reef Hotel Casino

The best Hotel in Cairns with the Number One entertainment complex attached. The Pullman Reef Hotel Casino has you covered.

Fitzroy Island

Fitzroy Island Resort where the rainforest meets the reef.  Fitzroy Island’s sheltered waters, fringing reef, and marine life are here for all to explore and enjoy.

Birdworld Kuranda

Surround yourself with living colour at Birdworld Kuranda, one of Australia’s largest collections of free-flying birds.

Rainforestation Nature Park 

An all-weather attraction, home to the Army Duck Rainforest tours on land and water, the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience and the iconic Koala & Wildlife Park.

Wildlife Habitat

Wildlife Habitat is a Queensland wildlife park with an ethos of observation, appreciation, conservation. Come see CrocArena – swim with the salties.

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in the Southern Hemisphere.Located in the heart of Kuranda

Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome

Enjoy the world’s first high ropes course in a Wildlife Park.  Zipline over a crocodile on the Hi-Zoom

Crocodile Express

Discover the Daintree on one of our Upper or Lower River Cruises. We are committed to Conservation, education and celebration of the wonderful World Heritage Wet Tropics.

Kuranda Koala Gardens

Boutique wildlife attraction, located in the Kuranda Rainforest Village. The wildlife park is home to an amazing array of Australian animals. Cuddle a Koala or visit the nocturnal exhibit.

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Experience one of the most unique rail journeys in Australia.  Discover the living colour and natural beauty of a World Heritage-Listed Rainforest that is millions of years old.

Cairns Botanic Gardens

The Cairns Botanic Gardens is a tropical paradise, renowned as one of the best exhibitions of tropical plants in Australia. Relax in stunning surroundings and learn about tropical flora and horticulture.

Australian Armour & Artillery Museum

A dedicated collection, preservation, restoration and display of Armoured Vehicles and Artillery from the 1800’s to the present day.

Mossman Gorge Centre

Mossman Gorge Centre, the gateway to the world’s oldest rainforest, the Daintree Rainforest, a unique link to the lives, cultures, and stories of Australia’s Indigenous people.

Ellis Beach Oceanfront Bungalows

Indulgent holiday accommodation set on the coral sea in Tropical North Queensland.  Absolute beachfront, this delightful park is surrounded by beautiful palms and tranquil waters.

The local's favourite dining

Dundee's on the Waterfront

Contemporary menu features Australian fare. It is ideally located directly on the Cairns Marina with views of the Trinity Inlet and surrounding mountainside.

Dundee's at the Aquarium

Enjoy delicious, contemporary food that features the best produce of Far North Queensland while gazing in wonder at our 70,000L saltwater aquarium.

The Chambers

The Chambers is all about creating memorable experiences for people through quality food, drinks and a bustling atmosphere.

Tha Fish

Situated overlooking the Marina, providing the highest quality seafood, sourced from local suppliers, with flavours that highlight the beauty of seafood.

Golden Boat Chinese Restaurant

Specialises in traditional and modern Cantonese and Peking style cuisine; renowned for serving mouth-watering oriental food to locals and visitors from all over the world.

Ochre Restaurant

Culinary delights of Australia in an amazing location right on the inlet. Ochre offers exquisite dishes, specialising in sustainable Australian regional produce for tourists and locals alike.

Hemingway’s Brewery

Hemingway’s is a local, independent craft brewery operating in Cairns that produces outstanding craft beers and food created that encompass’ FNQ.

Rainforest View Restaurant

A dining experience in a relaxed casual atmosphere, overlooking the rainforest from the open deck in the heart of Kuranda Village.


Rustys Markets

Fresh produce, fashion and flora since 1975. Cairns ‘must do’ agenda; such is the iconic status of Rusty’s


Like the pattern on a Zebra or Leopard, no two crocodile skins are the same. Each skin has an individual scale pattern making every genuine crocodile leather product unique.

The Australian Bush Store

A long-standing Australian souvenir and clothing store in the heart of Kuranda. Locally owned and operated. Ecologically sustainable and Australian-made goods.


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