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Ranked #1 of 52 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Motorcycle Trails
Owner description: Join us for a world class full service off-road trail bike adventure tour of a lifetime on exciting trails through the world... more » Owner description: Join us for a world class full service off-road trail bike adventure tour of a lifetime on exciting trails through the world famous World Heritage listed areas of Cairns, the Tablelands and Cape York area in style on current model Suzuki DRZ400E, and experience the many river crossings, splendid scenery and abundant wildlife. come riding with North Queensland Trail Bike Adventures, safe in the knowledge that your holiday will be memorable from start to finish and a remarkable experience with our pride being dedicated customer satisfaction and professional care. Once discovered, never forgotten! « less
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Ranked #2 of 52 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Farms
Owner description: Located just 40 minutes north of Cairns and 25 minutes south of Port Douglas, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is simply the... more » Owner description: Located just 40 minutes north of Cairns and 25 minutes south of Port Douglas, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is simply the best place to see crocodiles and local wildlife in Tropical North Queensland. With over 2100 metres of timber boardwalks and pathways leading you on a journey of discovery through woodlands and rainforest where you can see an array of wildlife, including beautiful tropical birds, reptiles, insects and other native fauna.Enjoy our entertaining and educational wildlife presentations including snakes, cassowaries, koalas, crocodiles, quolls and much more. Take a boat cruise on Hartley’s Lagoon to see crocodiles and other wildlife on our melaleuca wetland. Learn about sustainable use and conservation on our Crocodile Farm tour. The newly opened Gondwana Gateway is an innovative addition to Hartley’s where you can learn about the evolution of Australian wildlife in a beautiful forest setting surrounded by living descendants of Australia’s ancient past. Enjoy a delicious snack in Lilies Restaurant overlooking Hartley’s Lagoon and find that perfect gift, including crocodile leather products, in the Paperbark Gift Shop. Open daily from 8:30am to 5:00pm, this multi-award winning eco-adventure attraction is located just 100 metres off the Captain Cook Highway on the spectacular scenic drive between Cairns and Port Douglas. « less
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Ranked #3 of 52 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Playgrounds
Owner description: Muddy's playground is open every day of the year between 9am and 7pm (including public holidays and weekends). Sections of... more » Owner description: Muddy's playground is open every day of the year between 9am and 7pm (including public holidays and weekends). Sections of Muddy's are closed for maintenance on Tuesday and Thursday mornings until noon. Even when maintenance works are being carried out, Council aims to have at least half the playground available for use. Muddy's is a modern, fun, safe, splash playground and parkland. It incorporates active, passive, interactive and educational facilities with a combination of play equipment. Muddy's playground is themed "Life in Trinity Bay" and the playground includes water play areas plus a flying fox, sound chimes, track ride, rope bridge, slides, play houses, story telling areas, see-saw, trick track and puzzle games. Please note that the disabled-use Liberty Swing uses the MLAK national keying system. For access please ask at Muddy's cafe. Muddy's has two toilet facilities one at the north end of Muddy's near the cafe and one at the southern end of Muddy's. Muddy's has barbecues, picnic tables and an on-site cafe. « less
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Ranked #4 of 52 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Trails; Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Historic Walking Areas
Owner description: The Cairns Esplanade is a picturesque 2.5km stretch of foreshore in the heart of Cairns that is managed by Cairns Regional... more » Owner description: The Cairns Esplanade is a picturesque 2.5km stretch of foreshore in the heart of Cairns that is managed by Cairns Regional Council. The parklands, playgrounds, boardwalk, Lagoon and recreational facilities are all free entry. Come along and enjoy this stunning facility. « less
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$165* and up
Ranked #5 of 52 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Trams; Off road/All Terrain Vehicle Trails
Owner description: Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Cairns Australia, is a world first in environmental tourism taking you on an amazing experience... more » Owner description: Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Cairns Australia, is a world first in environmental tourism taking you on an amazing experience over Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest canopy and deep into the forest. The Skyrail experience, spanning 7.5kms over pristine rainforest, allows you to explore the wonders of an ancient tropical rainforest and learn about one of the most botanically fascinating and diverse areas on earth. « less
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AJ Hackett Bungy (Smithfield)
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Ranked #6 of 52 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: As the innovators of modern day Bungy, AJ Hackett prides itself on developing and running the world’s most exciting,... more » Owner description: As the innovators of modern day Bungy, AJ Hackett prides itself on developing and running the world’s most exciting, adrenalin pumping challenge for any thrill seeker. Set in lush tropical rainforest of North Queensland, AJ Hackett Cairns, the ONLY Bungy site in Australia, has been Bungy Jumping for over 21 years and even offers a jump menu of 16 different styles that tests the most hardcore adrenalin junkies!In keeping with the AJ Hackett spirit of stretching limits, the Minjin Jungle Swing was created to allow 1,2 or 3 people to experience extreme speed and acceleration together. The only multi-person Swing in Australia swoops through the jungle from 45 metres down to 1 metre in 3.5seconds, reaching speeds up to 120km/h. But don't think this is a show ground ride - you have the control! You're pulled up 45 metres until you're lying horizontally above the rainforest then it's all in your hands.....all you have to do is pull the self release....AJ HACKETT CAIRNS – EXPERIENCE IT FOR YOURSELF « less
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Ranked #7 of 52 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
Owner description: The Cairns Botanic Gardens are a tropical paradise where you can explore the beauty of tropical plants, relax in stunning... more » Owner description: The Cairns Botanic Gardens are a tropical paradise where you can explore the beauty of tropical plants, relax in stunning surroundings and learn about tropical flora and horticulture. The Gardens are open from 7.30Am to 5.30Pm every day of the year and entry is free. The Botanic Gardens includes several spaces used for demonstrating the diverse plant life that can be found within a tropical climate. The Cairns Botanic Gardens include: Flecker Garden Centenary Lakes - Saltwater and Freshwater The Rainforest Boardwalk Mount Whitfield Conservation Park The Gondwanan Heritage Garden « less
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Michaelmas Cay (Cairns)
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Ranked #8 of 52 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Islands; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #9 of 52 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #10 of 52 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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Palm Cove Beach (Palm Cove)
Ranked #11 of 52 attractions in Cairns Region
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Category: Beaches
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Cable Ski Cairns (Smithfield)
Ranked #12 of 52 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Sports Complexes; Landmarks
Owner description: This is a unique cable-driven water skiing park that my son tried twice during our recent vacation. It's mostly used by... more » Owner description: This is a unique cable-driven water skiing park that my son tried twice during our recent vacation. It's mostly used by locals, but is open to anyone and they treated us fine, so I'd like to review it. It's a good spot for active teens and older kids who want to do things rather than sightsee. « less
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Ranked #13 of 52 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Tours
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Trinity Beach (Cairns)
Ranked #14 of 52 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Beaches
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Cairns Night Zoo (Palm Cove)
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Ranked #15 of 52 attractions in Cairns Region
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Zoos
Owner description: We have a long standing reputation for offering our guests a great Australian night out! You get the opportunity to... more » Owner description: We have a long standing reputation for offering our guests a great Australian night out! You get the opportunity to experience nocturnal wildlife in the tropics at Cairns' one and only Night Zoo.Our guides will greet you at 7.00pm sharp at the Night Zoo entrance and escort you to our famous Aussie BBQ. Enjoy a delicious barbeque dinner of steak, sausages and seafood with fresh garden salads followed by a dessert. Relax with a drink from our licensed bar.After dinner, our guides will provide you with a torch and lead you into the darkness to meet the creatures of the night. Learn how owls hunt, touch a possum and pat a koala. On clear nights our guides will take you star gazing. See the Southern Cross, the Big Dipper and other well known constellations.Follow our guides as they lead you safely through the crocodiles' lair. See the croc eyes glow in your torchlight.In the Aussie bush, there's always a chance you will cross paths with a "Swaggie" (an original Australian bushman). Join our hospitable Swaggie and enjoy billy tea and damper with him by the campfire. His friends, the kangaroos, will come down to say G'day and maybe even share a bite to eat!After complimentary cold beer or wine, join in the fun as our guides teach you some famous Aussie Bush Dances. Dance and sing along - it's more fun than you can imagine! « less
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Crystal Cascades (Redlynch)
Ranked #16 of 52 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Waterfalls; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #17 of 52 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Waterfalls; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #18 of 52 attractions in Cairns Region
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Zoos
Discover Australia's unique animals through hands-on experience in tropical surroundings.
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Ranked #19 of 52 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Museums
Owner description: Samurai Gallery Australia is a collection of Authentic Japanese Samurai Swords, Armor and Art relating to ancient Warrior... more » Owner description: Samurai Gallery Australia is a collection of Authentic Japanese Samurai Swords, Armor and Art relating to ancient Warrior class of Japan, Samurai Gallery displays some of the oldest Samurai Swords in Australia this is a unique opportunity to view these fine works of Ancient art which date back several hundred years,Items are also available for purchase,Group bookings are available please call for bookings or further information.Samurai Gallery is Australias only full time gallery dedicated to the Japanese arts of the Samurai,A must visit for anyone interested in Japanese history,Art ,Arms, Armor. Hours of Operation: Monday and Sunday : closed Tuesday to Friday : 10:30am to 4:00pm Saturday : 10:30am to 3:00pm « less
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Ranked #20 of 52 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Landmarks
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$123* and up
Ranked #21 of 52 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: History Museums; Theaters; Specialty Museums
Owner description: Experience authentic Aboriginal culture through exhibits and performances in five theaters, a museum, art gallery, and a... more » Owner description: Experience authentic Aboriginal culture through exhibits and performances in five theaters, a museum, art gallery, and a traditional Aboriginal camp. « less
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Ranked #22 of 52 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
Owner description: Alongside Cairns is a magnificent tidal estuary that is rarely seen, except by fishermen. Only accessible by boat, M.V.... more » Owner description: Alongside Cairns is a magnificent tidal estuary that is rarely seen, except by fishermen. Only accessible by boat, M.V. Crocodile Explorer is a comfortable, air-conditioned vessel taking small numbers of visitors along Trinity Inlet on this scenic nature cruise. With waterways winding through a 300 square kilometre maze of mangroves, expect rich diverse wildlife, stunning scenery and a relaxing cruise with informative commentary from our crew. This is the saltwater crocodile’s natural habitat – with a chance to spot them basking on the muddy banks particularly in the cooler months. Cairns Harbour Cruises depart daily at 11.00am and 1.30pm for a 2 hour cruise.We also offer an evening cruise departing at 5.30pm daily.Picture yourself drinking sparkling wine while watching the tropical sunset from Trinity Inlet. A sunset cruise aboard the MV Crocodile Explorer sets the tone for an unforgettable evening. As our friendly crew greet you on board you will be offered a welcome drink to enjoy on deck prior to departure. The Sunset Cruise allows passengers to soak in beautiful views of the waterways, mangroves and mountains in the magical early evening sun. The 90 minute cruise includes a sparkling wine, standard beer, wine or soft drink and savoury nibbles on arrival. « less
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Green Island (Cairns)
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Ranked #23 of 52 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #24 of 52 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Military Museums; Museums
Owner description: We are dedicated to the collection, preservation, restoration and display of Armoured Vehicles and Artillery from the 1800's... more » Owner description: We are dedicated to the collection, preservation, restoration and display of Armoured Vehicles and Artillery from the 1800's to the present day. Our collection includes armoured vehicles and artillery from both world wars with a particular focus on WWII. « less
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Ranked #25 of 52 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #26 of 52 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks

When in Cairns one place to spend some time is the Cairns Botanical Gardens. If you have a couple of hours to fill in and didn't want to go shopping or spend money so decided to... more »

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Ranked #27 of 52 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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Yorkeys Knob Beach (Yorkeys Knob)
Ranked #28 of 52 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Beaches
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Ranked #29 of 52 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks

Cairns Wildlife Dome is an all-weather wildlife exhibit enclosed by a 20 metre high glass dome on top of Cairns' iconic Reef Hotel Casino. You’ll be immersed in a replicated... more »

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Ranked #30 of 52 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Parks; Playgrounds
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