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Exciting things to do in Cairns

12 August 2015

Cairns is the perfect place for the adventurous traveller, with breathtaking natural beauty surrounding the city is the perfect place for those wanting to explore the reef and check out some of Northern Australia’s best kept secrets.


When thinking about Cairns, skydiving isn’t usually the first activity to come to mind. But with the beautiful landscapes surrounding the city, it’s the perfect way to take in the view. If you want to admire the sparkling blue waters of the Great Barrier Reef – then this birds eye view is the best in the city! Go skydiving in Cairns!

Bungy Jumping

Another exciting one for the adventurous traveller! Cairns’ Daintree rainforest is a world heritage listed site and with good reason – it is home to flora and fauna unique to only Australia. When visiting the Daintree why not partake in some Cairns bungy jumping from the 50 metre high platform which is located on the outskirts of Cairns city on the way to the Daintree. The bungy platform is located above a sparkling pool of water and the view from the top of the tower is well worth the climb.

White Water Rafting

Why not check out the best place for some white water rafting from Cairns or Tully when you’re visiting? The Tully River is located slightly inland from Mission Beach and is surrounded by stunning rainforest. Admire all the beauty that Cairns has to offer as you speed down the river in your raft, jump off 5 metre rocks into beautiful pools beneath and swim amongst the waterfalls.

Scuba Diving & Great Barrier Reef Tours

When you’re visiting it can be tricky deciding what is the best Great Barrier Reef tour. The best way to explore the reef is arguably by scuba diving, which gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the wildlife and really take in the breathtaking colours that the spectacular reef is known for. Be sure not to miss out on the Paradise Reef which is one of the best in the area.

Daintree Rainforest

The world famous Daintree rainforest is just north of Cairns, and one of the most popular things to do in Cairns! The Daintree is one of the world's oldest rainforests, and also one of the most complex. It's also the only place in the world where two heritage listed sites actually meet (the Daintree and the Great Barrier Reef!). No visit to Cairns is complete without visiting the Daintree, which is viewable with a number of Daintree tours, or by driving up there yourself.

The Zoo and Wildlife Dome

When visiting cairns, it would be a shame to miss out on interacting with some of Australia’s unique wildlife. The Wildlife dome is home to hundreds of different species of animals and lets visitors experience an authentic rainforest wildlife experience all in one place. If you want to see as many different birds and wildlife species as you can at one time, be sure not to miss out on the Wildlife Dome!


"I booked a day tour to the Great Barrier Reef with Travel Freedom, and I honestly can't believe how amazing it was! I was snorkelling with Nemo, next to turtles, and I went diving for the first time! I never thought I would see the reef, and it was so cheap to do so! Thanks to Travel Freedom for their service, which was fast, helpful, and easy!"

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"I went to see the Daintree rainforest for a day with Travel Freedom and it was beautiful. It was a very relaxing day and I saw a crocodile. I recommend this tour to anyone with some time in Cairns."

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