Cairns has become one of Australia’s most popular getaways. Its location on the north Queensland coastline is perfect. The weather is great most of the time, and the Great Barrier Reef is just a hop and skip away. This, coupled with its exuberant nightlife and exquisite dining options, makes for one of the best travel destinations in Australia. However, what should you do while you are there? Well, we come to the rescue with a list of our top picks. Look at the list, and choose something that suits your needs. No matter what you do, you are sure to have a blast!


Unmissable Cairns Itinerary - Great Barrier Reef


Great Barrier Reef

You simply can’t go to Cairns and not experience the Great Barrier Reef. Take a tour and choose how long you want to be out there. This is one of the seven great wonders of the world with sea turtles, stingray, and all other sorts of sea life to be found in abundance. Snorkeling is always a great way to experience the reef topside and if you want to go a bit deeper then suit up scuba style. With so much to see and do, you will definitely want to make this one a repeat visit.



If you are young, Cairns is the place to be for nightlife. It consistently makes the “World’s top places to visit in your 20s” lists every year. It’s so easy to access too. Simply walk down the street and you are met with a great selection of bars, nightclubs, and pubs. No doubt there are thousands of people there at any given time during the week. This means you will be able to hone your social skills, have drinks, and indulge in a bit of revelry. Make sure you schedule a late check out though, because you might be up for a while!


Hot Air Balloons

Travel up, up and away with a ride in a hot air balloon. From your basket you can see the Great Barrier Reef, rainforest, and mountain peaks in the distance. It is often described as a peaceful experience filled with great photo opportunities. Snap some pics of the local wildlife while you drift lazily overhead. When you land you can always have a picnic with some wine.


Unmissable Cairns Itinerary - Sky Rail Ride


Sky Rail Ride

Cruise above the rain forest aimlessly while sitting in a glass enclosed cable car. The glass bottom allows spectacular views of wildlife such as koalas and birds. You may also spy a few local villages along the way. Enjoy your rest stops along the way (you get two opportunities to get out and stretch your legs). Once you arrive at the tree top village of Kuranda, your ride is concluded. Enjoy the village for a while. It’s touristy, but a great place to grab some food, and a souvenir.


Bungee Jumping

While you are there, you have to get a thrill or two in, right? Well, why not consider bungee jumping? It is a great way to get a rush. The 50 m platform provides the height, and A.J. Hackett Cairns provides everything else. They have a menu consisting of 16 different jumps for you to choose from. Choose wisely, take the plunge, and feel the adrenaline!


These activities will ensure that you have a blast while you visit Cairns. They are unique, fresh, and inviting. While you are there, enjoy any number of the places to eat and stay. While there may not be a hotel Cairns per se, there are plenty of world-class resorts and boutique hotels to suit your taste. Speaking of taste, spend time at any of the five star restaurants that Queensland is known for, or go local and find a dive or two. No matter what you do, you always find that the food is simply amazing. Good food, great accommodations, and wonderful people only serve to enhance your overall experience as you spend your time enjoying Cairns with all of its adrenaline laced activity!


Photo credit – Sky Rail Ride, Great Barrier Reef.