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14 things to do in Cairns for families for the holiday of a lifetime

Where the rainforest meets the reef, tropical Cairns is a tourist hotspot that has perfected the laidback vacation vibe.

Cairns CBD has a host of options to while away your holiday time: sunbaking and cooling dips at the sprawling seawater lagoon; sunset wanders up and down the boardwalk or splashing your cash at one of the many tourist-friendly bars or cafes in town. This place caters for everyone from budget-stricken backpackers to billionaires, with the average family falling somewhere in between.

If you're looking for something a bit more adventurous on this family getaway, try one of our top picks for activities and tours in Cairns. Alternatively, check out some of the free things you can do in the city down below.

Top things to do in Cairns

Cairns Great Barrier Reef tours

Green Island Trip with Cairns City Tour from finder.com.au

Cairns Discovery Tours

Highlights:
  • Cruise to Green Island on a catamaran for snorkelling or to take a glass-bottom boat tour
  • Take a city tour of Cairns and see Flecker Botanic Gardens, plus stop for afternoon tea
  • Price is per person and includes both tours, with discounts available for children
From AUD

$161.00

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Michaelmas Cay Catamaran and Snorkel Trip from Viator

Highlights:

  • Full-day cruise to Michaelmas Cay aboard a luxury catamaran
  • Snorkel and dive right off the beach or opt to join a reef tour on an air-conditioned semi-submersible submarine
  • Price is per person and includes lunchs, with discounts available for children
From AUD

$226.00

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Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns from Viator

Highlights:

  • Venture to the relaxing Fitzroy Island, just a 45-minute ferry from Cairns
  • Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, relax on the beach and take a glass-bottom boat tour
  • Price is per person, with discounts available for children
From AUD

$75.00

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Cairns rainforest and nature tours

Kuranda Scenic Railway & Skyrail from finder.com.au

Global Travel Services

Highlights:
  • Explore the markets and shops of Kuranda and see heritage-listed rainforest
  • Available during peak season
  • Price is per person and includes a trip on the scenic railway and skyrail cable cars, plus transfers, with discounts available for children
From AUD

$128.00

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Cape Tribulation and Cooktown 4WD Adventure from finder.com.au

Adventure North Australia

Highlights:
  • Drive along the scenic Captain Cook Highway and through the Daintree Rainforest to Cooktown
  • Stop for tea with homemade scones in Cape Tribulation
  • Price is person and includes the 4WD tour and transfers from your hotel, with discounts available for children
From AUD

$270.00

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Outback Tour & Chillagoe Caves from finder.com.au

Billy Tea Safaris

Highlights:
  • Drive to Chillagoe through wetlands areas and remote outback roads
  • Visit a traditional Outback pub and Mt Uncle Distillery along the way
  • Price is per person and the tour lasts for approximately 11 hours, with discounts available for children
From AUD

$230.00

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Cairns cultural tours

Full Day at Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park from finder.com.au

Global Travel Services

Highlights:
  • Learn how to throw boomerangs and speaks, play the didgeridoo and learn how to weave baskets
  • Listen to locals tell stories, give demonstrations and show you traditional dances
  • Price is per person, with discounts available for children
From AUD

$85.00

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2-Day Cooktown Explorer and Rainbow Serpent Tour from finder.com.au

Adventure North Australia

Highlights:
  • Drive through the Daintree Rainforest, past Cape Tribulation and up the 4WD-only Bloomfield track
  • Join the Guurrbi Tours' Rainbow Serpent Rock Tour with a Nugal-warra elder and learn about the area and Aboriginal life
  • Price is for up to four person and includes some meals and accommodation, with discounts available for children
From AUD

$579.00

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Daintree Dreaming from finder.com.au

Adventure North Australia

Highlights:
  • Take a 2-hour coastal and mangrove walk with the Kubirri Warra brothers at Cooya Beach, a traditional fishing ground for the Kuku Yalanji
  • Visit Mossman Gorge centre and join the Ngadklu Dreamtime walk through the rainforest
  • Price is for up to four person and includes lunch, with discounts available for children
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$279.00

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5 things to do in Cairns for free

On a tight budget or looking for a few things to do between tours? Check out these ideas for three things to do while you're in Cairns.

  • Splash around in the 4,800-square-metre Cairns Lagoon at the Esplanade for worry-free swimming year round
  • Play at one of the Esplanade's playgrounds, there's three: Muddy's, Fun Ship and Healing Garden
  • Head to one of the northern beaches like Trinity Beach or Palm Beach
  • Window shop at the Cairns Night Markets
  • See some of the local plants without venturing to the rainforest and wander around the Cairns Botanic Gardens

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