If you're wondering what to do in Cairns, you'll soon be impressed as it is one of Queensland, Australia's most popular tourism hot spots. The tropical climate in Cairns ensures you will have great weather to enjoy all the adventure activities the region is famous for. As a gateway for people wanting to visit the Great Barrier Reef and Far North Queensland, Cairns serves as a wonderful springboard to other cities in Australia as well as being a lovely city and region in itself! Its proximity to the Coral Sea is another gift that travellers are also easily able to take advantage of!
Stay on land to relax at the beaches and in your holiday accommodation, or take a trip out to the magical Great Barrier Reef for snorkeling, scuba diving and scenic boat cruises. This coral reef is one of the world’s largest reefs with heritage listing and is one of the seven wonders of the natural world. A Daintree or Kuranda experience is also a must, with many eco adventure activities taking place inside the Daintree. If you’re looking for what to do in Cairns, have a look through our catalogue of products below and book your experience today. In addition, if you're looking for information on what to do in Queensland as a whole, as well as a guide on Cairns itineraries to make the most of short stays, be sure to check out our information pages!
Getting Around Cairns
The bus service in Cairns stops at the suburbs, beaches and city. You can find the bus timetable at most hotels and bus stops.
You can easily find taxis in Cairns, either by hailing one on the street or at a taxi rank. A typical break down of the average taxi fare in Cairns is as follows:
- Booking fee: $1.40 (phone or electronic bookings)
- Weekday flagfall: $2.70 (Monday to Friday, approx. 7am to 7pm)
- After hours flagfall: $4.00
- After midnight flagfall: $6.00
- Distance: $1.87 per kilometer
Walking or cycling
The city of Cairns is reasonably flat so it is easy to walk or cycle to most locations in the city. If you don't feel like using up too much of your energy, another great option is to hire a scooter.
_To get information on hiring a bike, visit the Cairns Bicycle Hire website.
If you would like to explore outside the city of Cairns then the best option would be to rent a car.
For more information on renting a vehicle, visit our car hire partner Vroom Vroom Vroom.