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Things to do in Cairns

World heritage site · Scuba / Snorkeling
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Cross snorkeling or diving the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef off your bucket list by joining a guided tour from Cairns. With a var
Tours from $67
World heritage site · Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling , Port Douglas
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Get to know the secrets of the marine life-rich Great Barrier Reef on a scuba or snorkeling tour from Port Douglas. Accompanied by an expert
Tours from $106
Hiking Trail
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Esplanade Boardwalk provides a beautiful setting for a stroll, jog, or bike ride. Along the 800 m (0.5 mi) boardwalk, take in views of Trinit
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Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
If snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef is on your bucket list, don’t miss this day trip from Cairns. The 35-metre superyacht, Evolution, departs Cairns with a record 5 hours spent exploring 2 spectacular and exclusive outer Great Barrier Reef locations for an adventure-filled day!You’ll visit 2 different locations on the barrier reef for the chance to see tropical marine life in the clear waters. Lunch is included onboard the boat, and you have the option to upgrade to include additional adventures such as introductory or certified scuba diving or a helicopter flight over this UNESCO World Heritage site. Both water sports enthusiasts and novices are welcome. Includes instruction and equipment provided by friendly and professional instructors.
Book on Viator from $150
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Discover the versatile World Heritage-listed landscapes surrounding Cairns on a nature and wildlife tour. Your expert guide will make sure yo
Tours from $14
Safari
Safaris , Port Douglas
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We suggest booking in advance.Select from 9 top choices.
Tours from $22

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Cairns

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Water Sports · Hiking Trails
You'll find that many things to do in Cairns revolve around sandy beaches and the scenic landscapes of the town's surroundings. You can embark on a scuba and snorkeling adventure to see the pristine beauty of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. You can also test your courage by setting off on skydiving and shark-diving expeditions, or sign up for challenging river rafting and tubing tours. If you prefer a peaceful vacation, take a walk down Esplanade Boardwalk to admire the views of Trinity Inlet and numerous bird species inhabiting the area.

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Where to stay in Cairns

Though Cairns seems to offer an endless selection of cozy rooms, most budget-friendly options remain fully booked through the high season, stretching from June to September. Reserve early if you want a hotel room packed with amenities, or look for alternative lodgings in the city's smaller inns. As the backpacker capital of northern Queensland, Cairns features dozens of economical hostels providing comfortable beds and free Wi-Fi. For something far more luxurious, look for centrally located rental apartments with spacious rooms and harbor views.
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