Cairns may not have a lot of museums and real tourist attractions, but it is a great city for a lot of different outdoors activities.
It has a perfect climate and it is close to beautiful tropical rainforests and coral reef - perfect place to enjoy snorkelling and diving, kayaking, sailing, fishing, horse riding, bird watching...
Water Based Cairns Activities
Snorkelling and Scuba Diving
Snorkelling and scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef are some of the most popular Cairns activities. The reef is close to the land up here so all the different trips and tours are cheaper than down south. You can also do a day course to get a divers license. It's a great day out!
Sailing in Cairns
Sailing is always a great way to spend a day. There is a sailing club in the northern end of the Esplanade. And there are some great sailing tours that depart from Cairns marina and go to Green Island, the Outer Great Barrier Reef, and Low Isles outside Port Douglas.
Other Water Sports
Cairns is an excellent place for all sorts of water sports from kayaking and canoeing to water skiing, jet boating, parasiling, kite surfing, cable skiing, white water rafting... There is heaps of room for water sports along the whole coast of Cairns as well as Northern Beaches.
Cairns Fishing Tours
You can join a fishing tour, or hire a boat (there is a place in the Marina). Fishing is always good in mangroves and river mouths, but if you join a tour they know the best spots and you may even spot a crocodile. Most fishing tours depart from wharfs B, C and D at the marina.
Other Cairns Activities
Different companies do horse riding trips in the rainforests west of Cairns, in the Goldsborough Valley in Wooroonooran National Park, in Cape Tribulation and on Wonga Beach in Daintree National Park. It is a great way to experience those beautiful places, as you ride through rainforests and along beaches.
There are some tours where you can ride a bicycle in or around Cairns, and some of them go to southern parts of Cape York, such as Port Douglas, Laura and Cooktown. A vehicle usually follows cyclists, carrying supplies, spare parts and whatever else is needed. Fun way to get a day's exercise.
Motorbike tours are very popular and most of the ones that start in Cairns go to some parts of Cape York peninsula. Some go to southern Cape York such as Lakefield National Park, Laura, Lions Den and Cooktown, while others go to the Tip of Australia and even do the more challenging Old Telegraph Track.
And there are plenty of more Cairns activities and adventures that you can practice in and around Cairns, such as skydiving, bungy jumping, jungle swing, parasailing, cable skiing, jet boating, white water rafting, helicopter flights, motorcycle tours (including those to Cape York).
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