What to do in Cairns and the surrounding area


Cairns is one of my favourite places in the world and is somewhere I could happily go back to and do everything again but also there is so much more that I want to see! Located in the North of Queensland Cairns is filled with Wildlife and history of Australia. Despite Cairns only being a small city, there is so much to see and do in the area surrounding Cairns which include everything from stunning beaches to villages in the rainforest.

When planning a trip to Cairns the most popular thing to see is the Great Barrier Reef which is one of the seven wonders of the world but is also dying off. Whilst in Cairns I would say this is a must and was one of the highlights of my whole trip to Australia. I did the tour with Magic reef Cruises which gave us a pontoon whilst on the reef which my uncle who has done the tour with and without the pontoon said was needed. There is optional add ons which you can do which vary from helicopters over the reef to snorkel safaris. Whilst on the reef I did an introduction into scuba diving and Snorkel Safari both were amazing experiences and would recommend to anyone to do both, but there will be a full review of my experience on the reef coming soon.

Another highlight of our trip to Cairns was Hartleys Crocodile Adventure, which was on the way towards Port Douglas which is something which my dad wanted to do and as this was a trip for his 50th birthday we made sure we visited. This was such a good day out and the animals had great sized enclosures and all of the animals had been relocated as they were causing issues amongst the communities in the area. The crocodile cruise allowed you to get up close and personal with the crocodiles which was something so unreal and was nothing else I have experienced. The hosts who work there also were 10/10 and could not recommend them any higher as they went above and beyond to make the experience the best it could be.

Kuranda, the village in the rainforest and Scenic railway which allows you to step back in time. The village itself is beautiful filled with bohemian styled gifts and small businesses. The scenic railway runs 4 times a day with two trains going up and two to bring people back down the mountain and takes 2 hours but is hands down the most beautiful train journeys I have ever done. You see everything from rainforest to waterfalls. This was expensive but in opinion 100% worth the money and would do this again in a heartbeat and even just spend a day at Baron Falls as this was spectacular and has a special place in my heart.

Palm Cove is the place which we were told Australians go to go on holiday which is a stunning beach town filled with cute shops and coffee shops but like all of Northern Queensland you cannot swim in the ocean due to Crocodiles being in the ocean but there are safe swimming zones but we didn't risk it.

These are just some of the things which we did in Cairns and I would give the activities to do in Cairns 10/10 but other things include the Daintree Rainforest, Port Douglas, Baron Gorge, Crystal Cascades. And I cannot wait to explore more of the area when I return to Cairns hopefully very soon! But it is one of my favourite places in the world and is somewhere I would happily go back to in a heartbeat! Ashleigh xx Want up to £100 off next Contiki trip? Use the link below

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