This incredibly scenic train journey runs from Cairns to the nearby town of Kuranda. It’s not just any train ride – you’ll see ultra lush rainforests, Baron Gorge and cascading waterfalls. The ultimate sub-tropical experience.
Kuranda Scenic Railway, 26-144 Bunda St, Cairns City, Australia +61 7 4036 9333
The stunning Green island is a mere 15 miles off the coast of Cairns and makes for a day trip to remember. Imagine a day of snorkelling, nature walks and tours on a glass bottom boat or semi-submarine to view the stunning local coral.
You can’t go to Cairns and not experience the local reef. It’s so close to the city, you have to take a day and head to the reef. There are so many great tour options that include a delicious feast once you’ve worked up an appetite in the water.
If you are an outdoors person and love getting your heart pumping on holidays, take a day trip to Fitzroy Island. Here, you can hire a sea canoe and get some of the best views of the island while getting a work out all in one. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
About 1.5 hours from Cairns is the stunning Mossman Gorge. The gorge is a part of the Daintree Rainforest and will give you the ultimate tropical rainforest experience. Follow a trail, work up a sweat and take a dip in the gorge at the end. Bliss.
Learn about the original Australia and Indigenous cultures by way of cultural performances, bush food trails, or learning arts and crafts. Groups like Tjapukai hold fantastic events for everyone to be involved in.
For the thrill seekers out there, try your hand at some white water rafting in Cairns. There are some fantastic locations for a rafting adventure, such as the Tully River or the pristine Barron River in the heart of the world heritage listed rainforest.
Get your art gallery fix from the Cairns Art Gallery. It might be small comparatively to other galleries, but it packs a punch and is worth the visit. Keep an eye on their website to check which exhibitions are showing. The gallery shop is worthwhile too for souvenirs and keepsakes.