Excursions in Cairns

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Best places to visit in Cairns

Cairns, a vibrant city nestled in the heart of Tropical North Queensland, Australia, is a traveler's rapture that teems with exhilarating places to explore and adventures waiting to unfold. With its close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, Cairns serves as a launchpad to some of Earth's most outstanding natural marvels. Whether you're an aquatic enthusiast, rainforest explorer, or simply a lover of breathtaking scenery, Cairns has a bountiful array of attractions that will enchant your senses.

As you chart your adventure in Cairns, consider Happytripz as your trusted companion for excursions. With our local expertise and passion for uncovering the magic of this tropical paradise, we can tailor experiences that will turn your visit into a lifetime of cherished memories. Below, we've curated some of the best places to visit in Cairns, and with Happytripz, each destination will unveil its unique splendor.

The Great Barrier Reef

  • Embark on a day tour to voyage through the world's largest coral reef system. Abundant in marine life and hidden under crystal clear waters, the Great Barrier Reef offers unparalleled snorkeling and diving excursions. Imagine immersing yourself in an underwater kaleidoscope of colorful fish, turtles, and stunning coral formations — an unforgettable spectacle of nature's artwork (source).
  • For those who prefer staying dry, glass-bottom boat tours and semi-submersible vessels enable an intimate gaze into the reef's poignant beauty, all while easing comfortably on the surface.
  • Experience the awe-inspiring views with an aerial vista during a helicopter ride offered by Happytripz, as you sweep over this natural wonder of the world.

Daintree Rainforest

  • Step into the enchanting precincts of the ancient Daintree Rainforest, which is believed to be one of the oldest thriving rainforests on the planet.
  • Guided walks reveal the secrets of this ecological gem, where rare flora and fauna coexist in the lush, verdant canopy. Our Happytripz guides will regale you with Indigenous tales, medicinal plant uses, and insights into the intricate rainforest ecosystem.
  • Walk on the wild side by ascending into the forest canopy with the Daintree Discovery Centre's aerial walkway for a bird's eye view. Or, cruise down the Daintree River to possibly spot a sun-bathing crocodile or two.

Cairns Esplanade

  • The Cairns Esplanade is a picturesque boardwalk scattered with bustling cafes, refreshing lagoons, and recreational parks. It's a splendid place to stroll, bike, or just soak up the tropical ambiance.
  • Sunsets at the Esplanade are particularly magical, with the sky painting a spectacle of colors.
  • Our Happytripz team highly recommends visiting the Night Markets to sample local cuisine and find unique souvenirs.

Kuranda Village

  • Just a scenic train ride or exhilarating skyrail journey away lies the quaint village of Kuranda. This artsy hub brims with galleries, markets, and wildlife attractions.
  • Home to the graceful Kuranda Koala Gardens, visitors have the rare opportunity to cuddle a koala or feed lazy kangaroos, contributing to lifelong moments you'll treasure.
  • Happytripz can organize your journey to Kuranda, ensuring a seamless and delightful experience.

Palm Cove

  • A short drive north of Cairns, Palm Cove awaits, a serene beach township with an aptly named picturesque beach lined with swaying palms.
  • It's the picture-perfect locale for leisurely beach days or indulging in spa treatments.
  • Adventurous souls can revel in jet skiing or kayaking, facilitated by Happytripz for those seeking an adrenaline spike.

The diversity and splendor of Cairns are limitless, and these highlights only scratch the surface. Engage with Happytripz to discover more hidden gems and tailor-made adventures, bringing the essence of Cairns to life in the most captivating of ways.

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Lucia Dillon

My trip to the Great Barrier Reef was absolutely unforgettable! The crew was knowledgeable, friendly, and ensured we were comfortable throughout our excursion. From snorkeling amongst the vivid coral to spotting a wonderful array of sea life, every moment was a delight.

Valerie Juarez

The rainforest excursion exceeded all my expectations. The guides were incredibly informative, taking us through lush paths and explaining the area's unique ecosystem. Their passion for conservation was both inspiring and educational.

Madalynn Riley

I never imagined I would have so much fun on a river rafting adventure! The rapids were thrilling, the scenery was stunning, and our instructor made safety a top priority. It was an exhilarating way to experience the natural beauty of Cairns.

Scarlett Mahoney

Exploring the Daintree Rainforest was a highlight of my Cairns visit. The serene environment, combined with the rich biodiversity, made the guided tour an extraordinary experience. It was both relaxing and invigorating to be enveloped by ancient nature.

Alice Gray

Our wildlife safari tour was exceptional. Our guide's expertise allowed us to safely observe and learn about the local fauna. The interaction with native animals was both respectful and intimate, offering an authentic experience that I’ll cherish forever.

Wyatt Orr

The hot air balloon ride at dawn was magical. Floating high above the scenic landscape of Cairns as the sun rose was an experience I won't soon forget. The pilot was professional and the whole experience felt like a dream.

Foster Case

The cultural tour provided us with a deep appreciation for the Aboriginal heritage of the region. The storytelling and traditional practices shared by our guides were absolutely enriching. This experience sparked a desire to learn even more about the area's history.

Evie Delarosa

Our day trip to Fitzroy Island was the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure. Snorkeling in the clear waters, we were greeted by a colorful underwater world, and the hiking trails offered stunning views. A truly well-organized and enjoyable excursion.

Dakota Chan

Embarking on a scenic helicopter tour was the most thrilling way to witness Cairns' spectacular sights. The pilot's commentary added context to the breathtaking views of coral formations and coastline. It was a luxurious and memorable way to see the area's unique beauty.

Kamryn Horn

Taking the scenic railway journey through the rainforest was a peaceful and picturesque experience. The historic train, combined with the amazing views, transported us back in time. This is a must-do for anyone who wants to absorb the scenic grandeur of Cairns at a leisurely pace.