See & Do

In Tropical North Queensland, your days and nights can be as adventurous or as relaxed as you like. Cairns boasts more than 600 tours showcasing the most exciting, amazing and unique attractions of the region from the reef to the rainforest, beaches and outback.

In Tropical North Queensland your days and nights can be as adventurous or as relaxed as
you like. If you want to find plenty of activities to get your heart racing you have come to the
right place.

Take a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of
the World. The amazing contrast of colours is something that is best experienced from the
air. Other sights from the air include, Cairns, Green Island, Double Island, Palm Cove,
Arlington Reef, Upolu Reef, Batt Reef, Tongue Reef and Port Douglas.

You can find some of the best white-water rafting rapids in Australia on the Tully and
Barron River, the best way to experience pristine rainforest, crystal clear rivers and breathtaking scenery. Tackle grade two to four rapids, try cliff jumping and rapid swimming.
Do a half-day of tubing on the Mulgrave River and float through small, fun rapids on
professional twin chamber tubes.

Cairns offers a number of amazing wildlife experiences where you can meet koalas,
wallabies, kangaroos, exotic fish, endangered bird species and colourful butterflies.

The Wet Tropics is home to about a third of Australia’s 315 mammal species, of those,
13 are found nowhere else in the world. They include unique Green Possums, Ringtail Possums, Fierce Marsupial Cats, Rare Bats, Tree-Kangaroos, a Rat- Kangaroo, Melomys and Antechinus.

If you want to get wet, take a dip in the picturesque Lagoon, a 4,800 square-metre salt-water pool that offers year-round swimming on the Esplanade in Cairns CBD.

Surrounding the Lagoon are parklands with tropical gardens. This is the perfect spot to take a stroll, BBQ yourself a lunch, go biking or simply enjoy a picnic.

Offering almost two kilometres of landscaped parkland with a restaurant strip on one side and the harbour inlet on the other you can relax on the grass and soak up the sun or dine in one of the many restaurants. The choice is yours.



Cairns has an abundance of great shopping locations, from markets offering locally made products to shopping centres with all your favourite chain stores.

There are also souvenir shops that sell prints, pearls and all types of Australiana products that you can take home, to remind you of your trip to Cairns.

If you want to take a treat of Tropical North Queensland home with you, check out Coffee Works gourmet store located in the Cairns CBD. You will find over 40 beans and blends, from local plantations and all around the world, 100 specialty teas, over 50 chocolate flavours, takeaway coffees and so much more.

Also in the CBD, is Cairns Central Shopping Centre, offering over 180 stores. The centre is fully enclosed and offers an extensive range of stores and services including Myer, Target, Kmart, Coles, and Vmax screens at Event Cinemas.

DFO Cairns is the home of fashion and bargains. Home to international brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Oakley and Oroton, this retail outlet comprises 57 specialty stores, with up to 70 per cent off original prices.

The Pier Cairns Shopping Centre is home to enviable waterfront shopping and dining. This is where you will find local and international fashion labels, funky footwear, swimwear, precious gemstone jewellery and an array of specialty shops to suit all your needs. Overlooking Trinity Bay and the Marlin Marina, the Pier is located between the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon and the International Reef Fleet Terminal.

DFS Galleria Cairns offers the best brands in fashion, accessories, watches, jewellery, food and wine. If you’re travelling internationally within 60 days of purchase, you will enjoy tax and duty-free savings.

Further out of Cairns CBD you will find Stockland Shopping Centre in Earlville, Smithfield Shopping Centre and Mount Sheridan Plaza.

A variety of markets operate across Cairns and the beaches showcasing quality products including jewellery, leatherwork, pottery, clothes and skincare. Treat yourself to something nice, pick up some souvenirs or buy some gifts for family and friends back home.

Cairns Esplanade Markets
Every Saturday, 8am-4pm, by the Lagoon
The Esplanade Markets showcase local, quality products from contemporary jewellery, leather work, pottery, clothes and skincare. If you need a gift or souvenir you are sure to find it here. Held against the backdrop of the Cairns waterfront, you can follow your market shopping with a swim in the Lagoon or take advantage of the free barbecues, exercising equipment and children’s play grounds.

Cairns Night Markets
Open every day of the year from 5pm-11pm, 71-75 The Esplanade, Cairns CBD
Each night when the sun sets, Cairns Night Markets come alive offering over 70 retail shops and a myriad of food options. Grab dinner and hunt for a bargain. There is something for everyone including pearls, silver, clothing, massage oils, t-shirts, arts, crafts, Australian food products, plenty of souvenirs and gifts.

Tanks Markets
Last Sunday of the month, April to November, 9am-2pm, Collins Avenue, Edge Hill.
Showcasing a blend of local art, craft, produce, vintage clothing, collectibles and
local natural health products and treatments, the markets are a relaxing way to spend a Sunday morning. Market stalls line Tanks promenade on Collins Avenue, with live
entertainment provided by local musicians.

Holloways Beach Markets
Second Sunday of the month, March to November on the beach esplanade.
Stroll amongst the stalls shaded by the beautiful beachfront trees and palms. Stalls are many and varied including food and coffee, fresh fruit and vegetables, clothing, jewellery, tropical plants including orchids, honey, sausage sizzles, bric-a-brac, massage, toys, books and much more.

Palm Cove Markets
First Sunday of the month, April to December, 8am-2pm, Williams Esplanade.
The Palm Cove markets showcase local, quality handmade products from contemporary jewellery, leather work, pottery, clothes, skincare, plants and produce, wellness stalls and food. The markets have great family friendly activities including free crazy golf and jumping castle.

Atherton Tablelands
If you are travelling outside of Cairns, check out the Atherton Tablelands section on our website for more information on the many local markets in the area.

  • Catch-a Crab

    Looking for a great crabbing tour in Cairns or even a fishing tour in Cairns? Cruise the far north’s pristine waterways teaming with life and catch a feed of fresh crab or fish with fresh mud crab guaranteed! Bask in the natural beauty of the Cairns Tropical surroundings and come face to face with the most diverse […]

  • Cairns Botanical Gardens

    The Cairns Botanic Gardens is a tropical paradise, renowned as one of the best exhibitions of tropical plants in Australia. Come and explore the beauty of tropical plants, relax in stunning surroundings and learn about tropical flora and horticulture at Flecker Gardens, including Watkins Munro Martin Conservatory is open every day from 7.30am to 5.30pm […]

  • Tobruk Memorial Pool

    The recently redeveloped facility offers members and guests a FINA approved 50m Olympic Pool, a 25m lap pool, a warm water therapy pool, a toddler splash area, a Flow Rider, Café, two function rooms and retail. The Tobruk Memorial Pool is by far the most exciting aquatic facility in North Queensland.   Whether you’re a […]

  • Munro Martin Park

    Munro Martin Parklands (MMP) is Cairns’ newest premier community gathering place, complete with an outdoor performance space.   Munro Martin Park is a space dedicated to curated events to provide culturally enriching experiences for the Cairns community.   Munro Martin Parklands is open to the public from 6am to 8.30pm, seven days a week except […]

  • Nautilus Aviation

    For that once in a lifetime experience, every time, Nautilus Aviation offers one of the best ways to see the world’s natural wonders just outside their doorsteps. With over 25 years of commitment to exceptional service, Nautilus Aviation have over 25 state-of-the-art helicopters across its bases in Queensland (Cairns, Townsville, and Horn Island), the Northern […]

  • Cairns Aquarium

    Cairns exciting, can’t be missed attraction is the Aquarium, located in the CBD, guests of all ages will have a guaranteed interaction with the spectacular beauty and grandeur of over 15,000 fish and aquatic animals.   Travel through nine amazing Tropical North Queensland ecosystems from the world’s most ancient rainforest to the world’s largest coral […]

  • The Reef Hotel Casino

    The Reef Hotel Casino in Cairns offers a wide range of facilities, so you can play, stay and dine. Guest Services staff at the Reef Rewards Desk can assist you with details of all their services.   After dark, choose a lively bar for drinks taste local seafood at an award- winning restaurant or party on […]

  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

    The iconic Skyrail experience is a must do Cairns attaction that provides a truly unique perspective ofAustralia’s World heritage listed tropical rainforest- immersing guest in the sights, sounds, smells and tranquillity of one of the most botanical fascinating areas on earth.   The uniqueness of the Skyrail experience is epitomised by the purpose-built gondolas that […]

  • Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours

    Jungle Surfing takes you into the beating heart of the Daintree Rainforest on a guided tour through five platforms, six ziplines and the world’s first Human Hamster Wheel cable lift.   The platforms range from 7 to 16 metres above the ground and each one reveals a different level of the rainforest ecosystem with unique and spectacular […]

  • Kuranda Scenic Railway

    The original Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of dense rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls. This famous railway winds its way on a journey of approximately 1 hour 45 minutes from Cairns to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest.   The Cairns-Kuranda Railway was constructed between 1882 and 1891 and even […]