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11 Must Do tours in Cairns & Tropical North Queensland

Cairns has been a choice destination for international and local travellers for its picturesque beaches and lush tropical surrounds.
Home to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, it’s the only place in the world to have two world heritage listed sites side by side.
The region also has an amazing lineup of activities and new adventures for families and adventure seekers alike.
From skydiving, rafting, snorkelling to visiting some of the local wildlife, you’re sure to find something for everyone.
We’ve sourced 11 must do tours in Cairns and Tropical North Queensland to add to your itinerary!
As a special bonus, we’re offering 10% OFF any tour when you book your accommodation.

Simply contact us today via email or phone, or ask our friendly staff at reception.

Kuranda Heritage Rail & Skyrail

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Kuranda Heritage Rail offers a breathtaking journey 328 metres above sea level winding through unparalleled views of the World Heritage Listed Rainforest. From steep ravines, spectacular waterfalls, and finally making its way to Kuranda, affectionately called ‘The Village in the Rainforest’, you won't find anything quite like this in Australia. 

Operating for over 35 years, Kuranda Heritage Rail is a family owned tour operator that uniquely combines the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to give you the full experience. The tour includes pick up and drop off from your Sunshine Tower Hotel, a scenic train ride to Kuranda, and Skyrail back. You’ll also get to stop over at Kuranda where you’ll find rainforest walks, markets, local cafes, and galleries.

Can’t get enough of Kuranda? You can also hop aboard the Kuranda Riverboat and cruise through the tranquil waters of the Mighty Barron River.
Your return journey via the Skyrail cableway passes through some of Australia’s heritage listed tropical rainforest.

Passions of Paradise Snorkelling and Scuba Diving

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Operating since 1987, Passions of Paradise offers a truly exceptional underwater adventure. Discover the best of the Great Barrier Reef via their full day reef tour. Departing at 8 am you’ll travel to two reef locations over the course of the day where you can snorkel, dive or swim. You’ll be provided with morning tea, a full buffet lunch (vegetarian options available) and afternoon tea.

Reef Experience Reef Tours

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Hop aboard Reef Experience Catamaran and explore two pristine Outer Great Barrier Reef locations! The fastest boat of its size, Reef Experience has been operating for over 37 years, catering to seasoned swimmers and first-time divers alike. 

This Cairns only all-inclusive tour offers a fantastic range of activities, from snorkelling, diving, glass bottom boat tours and more!
Prices also include lunch, refreshments and shuttle bus transfers.

Discovery Tours Australia

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A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award winner, Discovery Tours Australia is a family owned and operated company with over 30 years of experience in beautiful Far Northern Queensland. They specialise in small group tours from half to multi-day options.

Tour options include, but are not limited to, Half day Outback 4WD adventures, Full Day Daintree & Cape Tribulation tours and Cooktown, 
and Three Day 3 Day Cooktown, Daintree & Outback Tour. So whether you’re looking for a family-friendly itinerary or an adrenaline-packed adventure,
you’re sure to find a tour to suit your fancy.

Great Adventures Green Island Tours

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Great Adventures Catamarans will take you on a spectacular Green Island discovery tour of the 6000-year-old island with unique rainforests, surrounded by white sandy beaches and magnificent coral reefs.

Recognised by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority as a High Standard Operator, Green Adventures tours are accredited with Advanced Ecotourism and Climate Action Innovator Certification. Tour prices include travel to and from the island, snorkel hire, glass bottom boat tour, an invigorating eco-walk, morning tea, and coffee. They also offer plenty of optional extras from parasailing, scenic helicopter tours and even massages.

Fitzroy Island Adventures


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Once a part of the mainland of Australia, Fitzroy Island is an idyllic paradise filled to the brim with things to do and untouched natural beauty.
Dotted with numerous walking trails, a famous nude beach and lots of space for your family to unwind, it’s easy to spend the whole day on Fitzroy Island.

Fitzroy Island Adventures lets you experience the best the island has on offer with their full and half day catamaran tours.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can add in optional extras such as snorkelling, glass bottom boat, and kayaking!

Hartleys Crocodile Adventures

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For something truly unique to add to your itinerary, head to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures is an eco-tourism award-winning wildlife park located on 10 hectares of world heritage land. This must-do tour is reputed as one of Australia’s most successful, longest running crocodile show for good reason.
Unlike traditional wildlife parks, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures contains its own lagoon and wetlands which you can tour on their boat cruise. Among their other attractions is the Cassowary walk, Wildlife discovery trail, crocodile farm, and the Gondwana Gateway all centred around 2100m of boardwalks.  

Down Under Cruise and Dive

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Down Under Cruise and Dive is the newest addition to Cairns’ reef day tour fleet. Modern interiors, air-conditioning and 3 levels of seating decks set
Evolution apart from other catamarans. Evolution also has a hydraulic dive platform which provides the easiest access in and out of the water.

Down Under Cruise and Dive provides many tours on the Great Barrier Reef including 1 day and multi-day tours as well as private charters.
The full day reef tour takes you to two exclusive reef sites and includes lunch, fruit platter with cheese and wine, and snorkelling equipment hire.

Foaming Fury White Water Rafting

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Only 20 minutes from the centre of Cairns, Barron Gorge National Park is known for its rugged rainforest mountains Barron Falls and Barron Gorge, which has been carved out over thousands of years by the Barron River. And there’s no better way to experience this must-visit destination than with Foaming Fury’s white water rafting adventures.
A haven for adrenaline junkies, Foaming Fury has built a reputation for being one of Australia's best white water rafting adventures! Choose from full or half day tours and experience the area’s pristine rainforest, crystal clear rivers and breathtaking scenery like never before!
They also offer river tubing and family rafting tours so the whole family can join in on the fun. With the highest quality service, excellent safety standards and qualified staff, you can rest assured that you are in good hands.

Skydive Tandem Cairns

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Any thrill-seeker’s bucket list isn’t complete without a skydiving adventure! Skydive Tandem Cairns an adrenaline pumping alternative to exploring the amazing tropical North Queensland from high above the clouds. With over 40 years’ experience and over 2 million dives (a record matched by no one else in Australia), Tandem Cairns is Australia's No1 skydiving company. They run half-day skydive trips departing twice a day, from heights of up to 14 000 feet. 

Spirit of Cairns Cruises

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Looking for a romantic Cairns getaway? Treat your special someone with Spirit of Cairns’ indulgent Lunch or Dinner Cruise. The luxury 26m catamaran provides the ultimate waterside dining experience with idyllic sunsets, pristine waters and scrumptious eats.
Whether you’re after a leisurely Sunday lunch or a special dinner cruise, Spirit of Cairns offers a memorable experience unlike no other. To top it off, the catamaran has 2 exterior decks and an air-conditioned interior, state of the art audiovisual equipment and a bar providing you with everything you need for a memorable experience.

Book Direct & Save 10% Off Tours at Sunshine Tower Hotel

Ready to start your Cairns adventure? Contact us today via email or phone, or ask our friendly staff at reception to book and save 10% off all tours!

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