Things to do in Cairns

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Kuranda Scenic Railway »

Enjoy the historic 1890s rail line that meanders its way through the mountains and rainforests of the Barron Gorge National Park between Cairns and the small tourist village of Kuranda, taking riders on a lovely two-hour scenic journey past cascading waterfalls, over deep valleys and through lush rainforests. The Kuranda... more »

The Atherton Tablelands »

Quaint outback towns and historic villages, dense tropical rainforest and incredible food and hospitality abound across the Cairns highlands, known as the Atherton Tablelands. The beautiful mountain-top area of the Tablelands provides beautifully lush settings with a climate slightly cooler than the coast due to its higher elevation and forest... more »

Barron Falls and Gorge »

A stunning area of mountainous rainforest just outside of Cairns, the Barron Gorge National Park is home to scenic native scrub, dramatic waterfalls and deep ravines – much of Australia’s beautiful bird species and other wildlife can be spotted here as well. Two relaxing yet encompassing ways to see this... more »

Paronella Park »

The dream of Spanish immigrant José Paronella was to build a Catalonian style castle along the meandering banks and lovely water cascades of Mena Creek Falls near Innisfail. Building began on his countryside dream in the early 1930s and by the time he and his devoted workmen were finished, he... more »

Cairns Beaches »

With its tropical climate and close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef as well as beautiful Australian rainforests, it goes without saying that Cairns is a destination filled with lots to do in the way of outdoor recreation. While the beach scene is slightly outside the city, the area has... more »

Sports Fishing »

What better place to enjoy an open seas fishing trip than on one of the many fishing charters available from Cairns near the Great Barrier Reef? This iconic location is home to not only deep blue waters and vibrant coral reefs but extensive marine life too, from mackerel and tuna... more »