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40 Best Cairns Attractions Every Tourist Must See

The most obvious thing to see in Cairns is the Great Barrier Reef. This giant natural wonder is a snorkelers dream as you’ll see all the underwater wildlife in crystal clear waters.

Besides snorkelling and diving, there are other water activities like kayaking, yacht cruises, beaches or just simply dining at a restaurant or cafe with beautiful ocean views.

40 Most Popular Attractions in Cairns

1. Cairns Night Markets and Food Court

  • The Cairns Night Markets and Food Court have been a part of the Cairns tourism scene for more than 20 years. The Night Market began as a temporary idea
  • Free
  • +61740517666
  • Cairns Night Markets, Abbott Street, Cairns City, Queensland, Australia
  • Daily 5pm-11pm
  • 5

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2. Mossman Gorge

  •   Mossman Gorge, located in the southern park of World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park, is a natural and cultural attraction showcasing the
  • Adult $8.50; Child $4.25; Family $21.25
  • +617 4099 7000
  • Mossman Gorge Centre, Mossman Gorge Road, Mossman Gorge, Queensland, Australia
  • Daily 8am-6pm
  • 5

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3. Daintree Rainforest

  •   The Daintree Rainforest, located in Far North Queensland, is an ancient monolithic ecosystem home to thousands of different plant and animal species
  • Free
  • Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation, Queensland, Australia
  • Daily
  • 5

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4. Paronella Park

  • Adult $45 Child $24
  • Paronella Park, Innisfail Japoon Road, Mena Creek, Queensland, Australia
  • ily 9am-7:30pm
  • 1

5. Barron Gorge National Park

  • The Barron Gorge National Park is an example of the variety that can be found in the Australian landscape. Extending from the elevated Atherton Tablelands
  • Free
  • +61 13 74 68
  • Barron Gorge National Park, Lamb Range, Queensland, Australia
  • Daily
  • 4

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6. Great Barrier Reef

  • The Great Barrier Reef, visited by over 2 million people every year, is one of the country’s most popular destinations. The reef system stretches
  • Tours vary
  • Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Adventures, Abbott Street, Cairns City, Queensland, Australia
  • Daily
  • 11

7. Cape Tribulation

  • Cape Tribulation, a headland area located in far North Queensland, has long been a magnet for global travellers. This is where two famed World Heritage
  • Free
  • Cape Tribulation, Queensland, Australia
  • Daily
  • 5

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8. Cairns Aquarium

  • Adults $42; Child $28
  • +61 7 4044 7300
  • Cairns Aquarium, Florence Street, Cairns City, Queensland, Australia
  • Daily 9am-5pm

9. Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

  • Step back into Australia’s culture history at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, where one of Australia’s oldest traditional Aboriginal
  • Adult $40; Child $24; Family $105
  • +61 7 4042 9900
  • Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Caravonica, Queensland, Australia
  • Daily 9am-5pm, 7pm-9:45pm
  • 1

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10. Kuranda Scenic Railway

  • Kuranda Scenic Railway Video & PhotosThe Kuranda Scenic Railway is one of the most stunning and unique rail journeys in the world, and it is a must
  • Adult $49; Child $25; Family $123
  • +61 7 4036 9333
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway, Cairns City, Queensland, Australia
  • 8:30am-5:30pm
  • 4

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11. Cairns Wildlife Dome

    The Cairns Wildlife Dome is your chance to have an amazing wildlife experience right in the middle of Cairns’ city centre. Don’t worry about
  • Adult $24, Child $12, Family $60
  • +61 7 4031 7250
  • Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome, Wharf Street, Cairns City, Queensland, Australia
  • Daily 9am-8pm

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12. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

  • A world first in environmentally friendly eco-sustainable tourism, the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is the perfect way to experience the World Heritage
  • Adult $49, Child $24.50, Family $122.50
  • +61 7 4038 5555
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Captain Cook Highway, Smithfield, Queensland, Australia
  • Daily 9am-5.15pm
  • 3

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13. Atherton Tablelands

  • The Atherton Tablelands is an Australian destination like few others in both the country and the world. This natural retreat sits lush and green in Queensland’s
  • Free
  • 1300 366 361
  • Atherton Tablelands Law, Atherton, Queensland, Australia
  • Daily
  • 4

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14. Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

  • The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is a magical place like few others in Australia. Not only is it the largest butterfly flight aviary in Australia, it’s
  • Adult $19; Child $9.50; Family $47.50
  • +61 7 4093 7575
  • Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Rob Veivers Drive, Kuranda, Queensland, Australia
  • Daily 9:45am-4pm
  • 3

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15. Green Island

  • Green Island in Far North Queensland is a short boat trip away from Cairns. Most visitors take a full or half day cruise to the island and enjoy a wide
  • Adult $86, Child $43, Family $215
  • +61 7 4051 0444
  • Green Island, Queensland, Australia
  • Daily 9am-5pm
  • 1

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