Recommendations for Activities in Cairns

Looking for recommendations and our tips for things to do with Cairns on September ( celebrating my 40th) Going with wife and 2 Kids (9 and 4).
First time to North Queensland and have got flights and accomodation sorted for a week- now looking to get activities in place.
Suggestions and recommendations (tour companies /itineraries/etc) that would suit the family and also be memorable are welcome


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    Daintree Forest tour
    Snorkel/Scuba the reef
    Kuranda Scenic Railway then Skyrail
    Waterfall driving circuit
    Cairns Botanical Gardens

    These are all stuff I was planning to do last October (but flight was cancelled due to border closure). My trip was supposed to be Cairns + Port Douglas.

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    Daintree River crocodile spotting tour.

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    White water rafting the Tully River

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    There is a nice boardwalk and outdoor pool area.
    Daintree as others have mentioned
    You can also drive to Airlie Beach and go for a day cruise/sail and visit Whitsundays

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    Google is your friend

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    Hi mate,

    Atherton Tablelands is a fantastic place to go. The wife and I have ended up enjoying it even more then Cairns itself!

    We normally split half our time between the Tablelands and Cairns when we go up.

    Ia day or two in Tablelands.
    -milaa milaa waterful circuit
    -lake eacham
    -lake barrine teahouse
    -Gallo dairyland for a cheese platter
    - Millstream falls
    -herbeton historical museum

    For Cairns itself-
    Visit bookme for a cheap Fitzroy island tour (very good snorkelling ATM, great on a budget)
    Green island tour
    Go up to Daintree.
    Chill for a day at pourt Douglas
    The Cairns to port Douglas drive is phenomenal.
    Palm cove/Ellis beach nice beaches too.

  • Hartley's Crocodile Adventures is around 45 minutes north of Cairns. We took our 7 year old son and he loved it. You can spend most of the day there.

  • A trip to Cairns is not complete without going to the Daintrees/Cape Tribulation. Even when I lived there, I would go twice a year. The drive there along the coast is beautiful as well

    Daintree Eco Lodge is very recommended if it is within your budget. South of the river but gives a good base to explore

  • Thanks for all the tips. Will look into them

  • I live 1km from the lagoon, everything for youngsters and oldies within walking distance, when you're not doing all the tour-stuff. Cheers

  • All good things stated above, just some more low key stuff:
    Cairns Night markets
    Cruze coffee shop (if you are a coffee fan, some of the best coffee I've ever had)
    There is also a tank museum I wanted to see, near the sky rail. I thought it looked great but the family wasn't keen.

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    I did a river float in 2017. It was great fun.

  • Go pool/ resort hopping in port Douglas. Feed the fish at the wharf. Also Mossman Gorge good for a swim. Would want it calm for young kids. Fairy falls / Josephine falls etc in the south.

  • Driving up to Kuranda was fun, and had something for everyone - the historic markets, the riverboat, skyrail, butterfly sanctuary. Also close to Kuranda Rainforest Journeys ATV & Quad bike tours, and Barron Waterfall. Also after a small drive in the south west is Crystal Cascades.

  • Love drive Cairns to Port Douglas 1hr. and Palm Cove 30 mins., and top food at Yorkeys Boat Club on way back, over looking marina, Modo's good place for a feed as is Raw Prawn and Villa Romana.

  • Sunset river cruise… Really interested cruise up the river, seeing the mangroves.

    If you're into it, their is a cable wakeboarding park. Great fun.

    Snorkel / scuba day trip out to the reef. Recommended.

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