Cairns / Gimuy

The tropical city of Cairns is located 1,700 kilometres north of Brisbane in Far North Queensland. Situated on a coastal strip between the Coral Sea and the Great Dividing Range, you’ll find plenty to see and do in and around Cairns with several natural wonders at its doorstep. In the city itself, you will find markets, lovely cafés and plenty beaches.

In addition to the natural wonders, Cairns is also close to the Tjakpukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, both of which can be explored on a day tour with us. On our trip to Tjakpukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, you will discover this ancient culture through bush food lessons, didgeridoo demonstrations and the famous Tjapukai Dance. At Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure’s, you can also enjoy the unique eco experience of a spectacular Wetlands cruise through the ecologically significant Melaleuca wetlands, the domain of the saltwater crocodile.

Great Barrier Reef

Undoubtedly the most famous natural wonder accessible from Cairns is the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Easily accessible with a day trip from Cairns, this vibrant colourful reef is the world's largest single structure made by a living organism - so large that it can be seen from space! Stretching for 2000 kilometres The Great Barrier Reef is a true experience of a lifetime. The Reef is also home to Green Island and Fitzroy Island, which are stunning destinations for swimming in crystal water and sunbathing at spotless beaches. On our Tropical Reefs & Rainforests trip you can cruise out to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance – Agincourt Reef at the very edge of Australia's Continental Shelf. You can choose to snorkel or just stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft.

The Daintree Rainforest

A short trip north from Cairns is the largest tropical rainforest in Australia, the Daintree Rainforest. This lush World Heritage Listed rainforest is home to some of the oldest surviving tropical plant life in the world. Nestled in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest is a headland situated at one of the only places where two World Heritage sites, the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef meet. On our Daintree Rainforest day trip, the Cape Tribulation, Daintree & Mossman Gorge
tour, your Driver Guide will take you for a guided walk through Mossman Gorge in the Daintree, sharing their secrets of one of the world's oldest tropical rainforest finishing up with delicious tropical lunch.

Port Douglas

Just a stone’s throw away will find you at the gorgeous seaside village of Port Douglas. A gateway to some of Cairns’ sights, here you can visit the Wildlife Habitat Park and meet some of Australia’s native wildlife such as the kangaroo, koala and the dangerous but beautiful cassowary. In addition to the outdoor beauty surrounding Port Douglas, the tropical town is also home to cool eateries and some beautiful resorts which can be explored on our Tropical Reef & Rainforest Short Break.

Kuranda

Further north west you’ll find Kuranda, the ‘Village in the Rainforest’. Located in the heart of World Heritage Listed Barron Gorge National Park; here you can browse the famous local heritage markets, take in the captivating sight of Barron Falls and ride the iconic Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, showcasing ancient rainforest and spectacular views and the Kuranda Scenic Railway. On our Tropical Trails journey you will board the Kuranda Scenic Rail in Freshwater for the historical rail journey to Kuranda enjoying breathtaking views across the cane fields of Cairns, to the tropical rainforest of Kuranda. Wind through hand-hewn tunnels, across bridges and curves, all the time appreciating what an amazing engineering feat it is.

Frequently Asked Questions - Cairns Tours

For a comprehensive and immersive Cairns experience, spend a minimum of 3 to 5 days there. This will allow you to explore the city itself, as well as venture into its stunning surroundings. During this time, you can indulge in the vibrant atmosphere of the city, discover its rich cultural heritage, and embark on thrilling adventures in the nearby natural wonders. Make the most of the time you have there by taking advantage of an AAT Kings Cairns tour. This will take the pressure out of planning your holiday, with the itinerary ensuring you see all the best Cairns has to offer.

Cairns is located right on the coast of the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, and many tours in Cairns begin with a cruise into the waves. The reef is beautiful, stretching along over 2000km of coastline. A Great Barrier Reef tour can be anything from a half day tour in a glass bottom boat to the outer reef, to a full day snorkel or diving cruise. Cairns is also a common staging area for Daintree Rainforest tours. Perfect for those who want to explore the natural world while staying on dry land, the Daintree Rainforest is around 100km north of the city, and a prime destination for a day trip from Cairns. No visit to Cairns is complete without seeing both these incredible destinations, so book the best Cairns tours with AAT Kings to make sure you don't miss out on anything Cairns has on offer.

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Australia and New Zealand Panorama

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Just how many legendary Antipodean attractions can you tick off in one journey?

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Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef

4 Day Short Break | Cairns Return | CC11

Great Barrier Reef • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway • Kuranda Scenic Rail • Kuranda Heritage Markets • World Heritage Rainforest

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Cape Tribulation & Cooktown Wanderer

3 Day Short Break | Cairns Return | CCWD

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Cape Tribulation, Daintree & Mossman

Full Day Tour | Cairns | CTR

Visit Mossman Gorge Centre and enjoy morning tea.

From $209
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Cape York Frontier

7 Day Guided Vacation | Cairns Return | QCY

Australia is blessed with unpeopled wilderness areas and quirky towns.

From $3413 Above lowest price is for departure 2024-08-31, twin share per person
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Cape York Frontier: Cape York to Cairns

7 Day Guided Vacation | Cairns Return | QYC

A week, two World Heritage Sites, and the chance to stand at the very tip of mainland Australia at Cape York – sounds like all the ingredients you nee...

From $3413 Above lowest price is for departure 2024-09-02, twin share per person
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Contrasts of Australia

9 Day Guided Vacation | Melbourne to Sydney | ACANA

There’s no denying Australia’s diversity.

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Daintree Dreaming - Aboriginal Art and Culture

Full Day Tour | Cairns | DDJ

Visit Janbal Gallery for a painting class with Aboriginal artist Brian ‘Binna’ Swindley. At Mossman Gorge Centre, you are greeted with a traditional s...

From $205

Daintree Dreaming - Traditional Aboriginal Fishing

Full Day Tour | Cairns | ANDD

Visit the traditional fishing grounds of the Kuku Yalanji people, Kuyu Kuyu (Cooya Beach).

From $255
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East Coast Beaches & Reef

12 Day Guided Vacation | Cairns to Sydney | QCS

On this East Coast Australia tour, prepare yourself for record-breaking attractions: The Great Barrier Reef (the largest of its kind), the Wet Tropics...

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12 Day Guided Vacation | Sydney to Cairns | QSC

Queensland is the only place in the world where two World Heritage Sites meet.

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Highlights of Australia & New Zealand

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Three World Heritage Sites on one tour?

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Tropical Beaches & Reefs

9 Day Guided Vacation | Cairns to Gold Coast | QCG

On this East Coast Australia tour, prepare yourself for record-breaking attractions: the Great Barrier Reef (the largest of its kind), the Wet Tropics...

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Tropical Islands & Rainforest

9 Day Guided Vacation | Gold Coast to Cairns | QGC

Queensland is the only place in the world where two World Heritage Sites meet.

From $4375 NOW $3938 Above lowest price is for departure 2024-09-12, twin share per person
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Tropical Reef & Rainforest

4 Day Short Break | Port Douglas Return | PD11

Smoking ceremony in Mossman Gorge. Rainforest walk with Indigenous guide. Port Douglas Dive & Snorkel adventure.

From $1145
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