Cairns and Great Barrier Reef Tours

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This Cairns tours page also includes tours departing from Port Douglas. Cairns is well known for its Great Barrier Reef tours, but there are many rainforest tours and 4WD safari tours in Cairns as well. Make the time to do a tour from Cairns to Cooktown or Cape York. A trip to Cairns should include tours of the Great Barrier Reef, the Kuranda train and skyrail, the Daintree Rainforest and the Atherton Tablelands.

You should try and allow at least 5 days in Cairns but there are plenty of ways to do the best tours of Cairns in a shorter amount of time. The majority of day tours depart from Cairns making it an ideal base to explore the best that Tropical North Queensland has to offer.

Click on the links/ words in purple  below for more information on Cairns tours and attractions and see the packages and half day options at the bottom of the list if you are looking for that:

Airplane Tours and Expeditions – includes sea planes, microlights and hang gliding

Atherton Tablelands – waterfalls, crater lakes, rainforest, wildlife

Cape York Accommodated Tours –4WD tours to the tip of Cape York without camping. 

Cape York Air Tours - allows you to see more of Cape York in a shorter amount of time.

Cape York Camping Tours - 4WD tours to the tip of Cape York camping in tents along the way

Cape York Tag-Along Tours - driving yourself to Cape York, but with assistance and catering provided by a local tour operator.

Cooktown Tours – 1,2 and 3 day tours to Cooktown from Cairns.

Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation Tours - 1, 2 and 3 day tours to the Daintree from Cairns.

Discount Tickets
– click here to purchase discount tickets to theme parks, zoos, etc.

Fishing Trips – half day, full day, river and reef fishing.

Great Barrier Reef Pontoon Tours - allows people to see the reef without getting wet.

Half Day All Weather Tours and Transfers – short tours or transfers in and around Cairns.

Helicopter Tours & Expeditions - Amazing ways to see the reef and rainforest by helicopter.

Horse Riding Tours – half and full day horse riding adventures.

Hot Air Ballooning Tours – Sunrise hot air balloon experiences.

Island Transfers and Tours – half and full day tours to the islands off the coast of Cairns or Port Douglas.

Kuranda TRAIN and SKYRAIL – the famous train and cable car tour of the rainforest.

Night time and dining out – things to do at night in Cairns.

Sailing Tours to Great Barrier Reef - great ways to see the reef by sailing there

Scenic Flights by Helicopter or Airplane – scenic flights over the reef and rainforest

Scuba Diving and Snorkelling Day Trips – one day trips out to the reef

Scuba Diving and Snorkelling Overnight Trips – from 2 – 7 day tours of the reef.

Scuba Diving Courses in Cairns – learn to scuba dive courses in Cairns

Skydiving Tours
– try tandem skydiving in Cairns or Mission Beach

Undara Lava Tubes Tours – the volcanic lava tubes tours, four hours west of Cairns

Water Sport Tours
– jetskiing, parasailing, sea-kayaking

White Water Rafting Tours
– four different rivers for white water rafting

Wildlife Tours
– see the local wild life in and around Cairns

Cairns Bus Passes – Click here to purchase a bus pass from Cairns

Self Drive Packages – Click here to see the options for self driving holidays

Cairns 1 Day Combination Tour Packages – These are just the packaged tours. There are over one hundred day tours available just in Cairns, so we have divided them into categories, as you will see above.

Cairns ½ Day Afternoon or Evening Tours

Cairns ½ Half Day Morning Tours

Cairns 2 Day Tour Packages

Cairns 3 Day Tour Packages

Cairns 4 Day Tour Packages

Cairns 5 or More Days Tour Packages

Locations within Cairns and Great Barrier Reef Tours

Cooktown and Cape York