Cairns Eco Tours & Reef Encounters

Located on the northeast coast of the Australian state of Queensland, with a population of just 150,000, the city of Cairns is best known as the gateway to the the Great Barrier Reef. Nestled in the heart of two merging World Heritage Listed sites, the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics rainforest, Cairns’ unique position is repeated no-where else in the world. With its buzzing energy, friendly atmosphere and tropical culture, Cairns is the perfect hub for exploring the sights of Far North Queensland and enjoying an array of Cairns eco tours.

Cairns eco tours - choosing what to do:

Visit the Great Barrier Reef

One of the wonders of the world, who wouldn't want to see it!
Take a Full Day Cruise to the Outer Reef where you will experience two reef locations and between 4-5 hours to snorkel and/or dive this beautiful underwater world. There is also the chance to experience scuba diving or the first time, no experience is necessary.
There is trip suited to couples, families and non-swimmers with activities available on full day reef cruise including:

  • Snorkelling & guided snorkel tours
  • Certified and Introductory Scuba Diving (2 to 3 dives)
  • Glass bottom boat and semi-submersibles
  • Pontoons with underwater viewing observatories - if you want to stay 100% dry.

Fringing reefs are also visited where you can find coral cays and if you are a land lover then there is also Green Island and Fitzroy Island National Parks. On these islands activities include snorkelling, glass bottom boat tours, walks and more.

Have a little more time, or want to wake up on the reef? Try an Overnight Reef Trip or Liveaboard where you can experience the best times to see the reef, at sunrise and at sunset. (Scuba Divers can visit our dedicated Eco Scuba Page)

Explore Rainforests, Waterfalls & Wildlife

Daintree National Park & Cape Tribulation

The Daintree is the oldest existing rainforest in the world at over 140 millions years old. It shares the same flora and fauna as Papua New Guinea to the north including a huge prehistoric looking bird, the Cassowary. Visit the Daintree River spotting more ancient wildlife, salt water crocodiles, enjoy walks in the lush green forests and bathe in the pristine rivers and streams. If you have time we recommend staying at least 1 night in the Daintree at Cape Tribulation where you have 24 hours free time to explore this wonderful world. 

Atherton Tablelands & Waterfalls

Welcome to Tropical North Queensland’s lush highland plateau. A vibrant green land of dramatic mountains, untouched rainforest, delicious produce and jaw-dropping waterfalls with unique Australian wildlife like the rare and endangered Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo. Day and overnight tours depart daily and itineraries to suit all travel styles including nocturnal wildlife viewing.

Kuranda Village, Skyrail Cableway & Kuranda Scenic Rail

The famous 'village in the rainforest'. Kuranda is a lovely little village where you can shop the beautiful craft markets, meet friendly locals and explore the surrounding rainforest and mighty Barron Falls National Park. Ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and experience the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway that both depart and return to Cairns.

Experience Cultural Tours & Activities

Before European settlement the Wet Tropics rainforests were one of the most populated areas of Australia, and the only area where Aboriginal people of Australia lived permanently in the rainforest with evidence dating back 40,000 years. Join a tour or activity and learn more about the 'First Peoples' of this land and how their culture lives on today. 

Thrill Seekers - Adrenalin & Adventure

Rafting, Bungy Jumping, Canyoning or even Skydiving! They are all on offer in Cairns. 

The no.1 spot for rafting in Australia is the Tully River where you can spend 5 hours of fun and adventure getting your adrenalin levels spiking!

AJ Hackett offer a 50m Bungy Tower in the middle of the rainforest with sweeping views out to the Great Barrier Reef.

Canyoning in stunning Wet tropics scenery is thrilling and refreshing with pure mountain water cascading down waterfalls and gorges.

Want a bigger rush, jump out of a plane 15'000 feet in the sky over the rainforests and reefs of Tropical North Queensland!

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