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Cairns History Walking Tour provided by Cairns Urban Walking Tours

Cairns History Walking Tour

Cairns History Walking Tour
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About
Cairns may be a pretty face but its history is also rich and deep, going back at least 40,000 years. Explore beyond the rainforest and reef to the ancient and recent history, complete with stories and photographable architecture, art and landmarks. We look at buildings of significance from the early colony, including architectural styles, as well as indigenous outdoor artworks. You will learn about the importance of the natural features of Cairns (reef and rain forest), the oldest living culture in the world and the pre-colonial lifestyle. We talk about the challenges of colonisation, pirates and opium trade, and the early gold rush, farming, business, and the cultural melting pot that makes Cairns what it is today. Historic buildings highlighted include Cairns Museum, Cairns Art Gallery, Mulgrave Shire Office, Telegraph Office, Post Office, Chambers, Boland's Department Store, the Adelaide Steamship Company, Central Hotel, Chinatown, and Hides Hotel.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 173382P3
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Tour Guide
Duration
1h 30m
Departure details
  • Cairns Museum, Cairns School of Arts building, Cnr Lake and Shields St, 93/105 Lake St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia Meet in front of museum near Evoburger on Sheilds Street Side (corner of Shields and Lake Streets)
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Inclusions
  • Tour Guide
Departure details
  • Cairns Museum, Cairns School of Arts building, Cnr Lake and Shields St, 93/105 Lake St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia Meet in front of museum near Evoburger on Sheilds Street Side (corner of Shields and Lake Streets)
Duration
1h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Sep 20, 2021
A note from Cairns History Walking Tour
Fully vaccinated guides
What you can expect during your visit
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
What you can expect during your visit
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Cairns Museum
    Cairns School of Arts building, Cnr Lake and Shields St, 93/105 Lake St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
    Meet in front of museum near Evoburger on Sheilds Street Side (corner of Shields and Lake Streets)
    See address & details
  • 1
    Cairns Museum
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Cairns Art Gallery
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Cairns Esplanade Lagoon
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Cairns Tourist Information Centre
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    The Reef Hotel Casino
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 6
    The Chambers
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 7
    Crystal Ball Bookstore
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 8
    Hides Hotel Cairns
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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mjl07
Portsmouth, UK2 contributions
A great way to get to know Cairns
Peter was very knowledgeable on the history of Cairns and presented it in a very interesting and entertaining manner. We look forward to doing the food tour when we are next in town.
Written September 4, 2021
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Peter S
Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm looking forward to taking you on my Rusty's Market & Food Lovers Tour next.
Written September 5, 2021
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Meredith H
8 contributions
Interesting tour of historic Cairns....
Jul 2021 • Solo
I thoroughly enjoyed my guided walk around the historic centre of Cairns. Peter's commentary of early adventurers and settlers, life in town and on the bay, old buildings of significance, the war years, made Cairns' past come alive. A great way to learn about this fascinating town's history.
Written July 28, 2021
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Peter S
Thank you very much! I'm glad you enjoyed the tour so much.
Written July 28, 2021
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Sandy-Australia66
Victoria, Australia56 contributions
Wonderful tour
Peters knowledge of the history of Cairns was fantastic. His enthusiasm kept us engaged all tour. The tour has given us a real appreciation for the history of the area and has enriched our holiday. The walk is easy and wheelchair friendly, anyone can do this tour and it’s well worth it.
Written July 13, 2021
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Peter S
Thank you so much for your kind words. It was my pleasure to have you on my tour.
Written July 14, 2021
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Karen O
10 contributions
Excellent way to spend 2 hours - and you'll learn something
Jul 2021 • Couples
Was a great way to get a real feel for the town.... I did not know a lot about the history so enjoyed all the fun facts. Peter very interesting guy, and well informed. Also have some good tips for local bars and restaurants.
Written July 8, 2021
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Peter S
It was my pleasure to have you on my tour. All the best.
Written July 14, 2021
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Aussie62
Brisbane, Australia22 contributions
A well-spent 90minutes, even for a Qlder
Definitely worth doing if you have a spare 90 minutes in Cairns.

As a born and bred North Queenslander, I was surprised at how little I knew about the region’s history.

Good to see how Peter also incorporates local First Australian history and landmarks in his tour.
Written July 6, 2021
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Peter S
Thank you so much! It was an absolute pleasure to have you on my tour.
Written July 7, 2021
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Joanne O
Hornsby, Australia3 contributions
Highly Recommended Tour
Interesting, informative and guide Peter is a lovely guy to match. We would highly recommend this tour.
Written June 15, 2021
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sharon m
Dalby, Australia19 contributions
Very informative , great knowledgeable guide. A tour not to miss.
May 2021
Loved the tour we did in mid May. Peter was very knowledgeable, I've been to Cairns before but knew very little about the history. From where the best coffee is available to colonial Cairns, Peter knew it all. Would highly recommend the tour for locals as well as tourists.
Written June 8, 2021
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Peter S
Thank you very much!
Written June 9, 2021
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Beáta F
1 contribution
Great stories
May 2021 • Couples
Good overview. Nice mix of indiginous and colonial history. Memorable stories, clearly presented by Peter, it is visible how much he likes the local area.
Written May 29, 2021
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Peter S
Thank you very much for your nice review, I appreciated it very much!
Written May 30, 2021
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Tim S
1 contribution
Fantastic tour!
May 2021 • Couples
Peter was fantastic! He is so knowledgeable and personable. He had so much to share - I feel like we will never have enough time to further explore all the incredible places in Cairns that he took us to (so much to see here!) Peter’s tour was a great way to immerse ourselves in the rich history.
Written May 26, 2021
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Peter S
Thanks for a great review I'm glad you enjoyed the tour so much.
Written May 30, 2021
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Madeleine O
1 contribution
Amazing tour with an awesome tour guide
May 2021 • Couples
Peter was an amazing tour guide and incredibly knowledgeable! The tour was gripping - we are definitely going to go on another one when we return to Cairns! A highlight of our stay! Thank you Peter!
Written May 26, 2021
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Peter S
You're most welcome. I'll see you next time when you're in Cairns.
Written May 30, 2021
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Naomi G
Naomi G
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Tasty tour
We had a lovely time walking around Rusty's market. Sampled some delicious food and got some history on the place..
61claret
61claret
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Excellent & so informative
A tour really worth doing. Thanks to Peter who explained the influence of the Hipster development in Cairns. And a
Brizzy69
Brizzy69
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Excellent
Peter was a very informative and well spoken commentator who made the whole tour interesting and enjoyable . He to
Colcata45
Colcata45
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Nice walk
On a sunny hot afternoon we had a great walk on Short Street visiting some shops offering very friendly services an
Zoe W
Zoe W
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Very Inspiring & Colourful
Most enjoyable, intriguing, inspiring & colourful! So many gems showing many facets of this colourful joyas city!
ginee89
ginee89
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One more think you should put on your agenda in Cairns!
The guide gave a profound background knowledge about the markets history and the products we could find. It was bey
Scamps62
Scamps62
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Tastebud experience
Had a great walk around Rusty’s Market with Georgia. It was great to taste fresh foods that we had not tasted befor
Ashley C
Ashley C
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Absolutely wonderful tour!
My husband and I had an amazing time with Georgia on this tour! It was so fun to see Cairns through the lens of the
Daydream540839
Daydream540839
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Hipster & Street Art Walking Tour
Absolutely loved this tour. Georgia was very knowledgeable, friendly and fun. Strongly recommend this tour gave us
chellak
chellak
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Interesting tour that made the markets come alive
We had a brilliant morning walking around the markets with Georgia. She was knowledgeable, interesting and was able
h_louiseChristchurch
h_louiseChristchurch
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Interesting tour with a variety of tastings.
Georgia the guide was knowledgeable about most of the fresh produce and had good rapport with the stall holders whi
Seaside297371
Seaside297371
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Rusty's Market Foodlovers Tour
Georgia was a fantastic guide, We learnt so much about the market itself, all the fruit and vegetables and their or
Explorer681040
Explorer681040
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I love it!
I like to try to do new things. I had so much fun at Rusty’s Market Foodlovers Tour. Meeting new people and walking
Emmylouloves
Emmylouloves
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Cairns has come alive to me again!
I mean as a local, I knew Cairns was good but now I’ve seen it through a different lense altogether. This tour is b
JacquiMaree
JacquiMaree
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Fun and informative
I had a lovely time at the markets on Georgia's tour. As a Cairns local who shops at the markets, I thought I was f
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