Cheap Tours and Activities in Cairns
Cairns has come a long way since its beginnings as a boggy swamp and rollicking goldfields port. Considered the gateway to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, it is a city in tropical Far North Queensland. Its Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park tells the stories of indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with music and dance. Cairns Esplanade, lined in bars and restaurants, has a swimming lagoon. Northwest of the city, Daintree National Park spans mountainous rainforest, gorges and beaches. Cairns is unabashedly geared towards tourism with its countless resorts, tour agencies, souvenir shops and a million reminders of its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. The city center is more boardshorts than briefcases, and you'll find yourself throwing away all notions of speed and schedules here, thanks to heady humidity and a hearty hospitality that can turn a short stroll into an impromptu social event. Fittingly, Cairns is awash with bars, clubs, eateries and cafes suiting all budgets. There's no beach in town, but the magnificent Esplanade Lagoon more than makes up for it, and the northern beaches are but a local bus ride or short drive away. With so much to see and do, Cairns is a great place to experience, and there are several options for exciting activities and tours in or near the city.
Start your Cairns night tour off right with a visit to the Dome for the best view in Cairns and an epic sunset to boot. Check out a wildlife presentation on the way down from the Dome before heading over to the night markets. There's so much to explore at the Cairns Night Markets. You'll pay visits to several local artists, including Steve, a glass blower, and Glen, a didgeridoo player. You can see both of these artists in action, as well as many others. Next up on this Cairns tour, it's time for a little relaxing, which can only mean one thing in Cairns - massage time. Once you're all relaxed, it'll be time for a bite to eat. You'll get to sample local cuisine such as fish, beef, kangaroo, and crocodile before leaving the night markets and heading for the famous Esplanade. Cairns is known for its ocean-front Esplanade, a picturesque boardwalk where you'll get you some insight into the history of Cairns and share local stories before arriving at your last stop - a local hotspots to try some drinks and Cairns food. Spend the rest of the night mixing and mingling with locals, enjoying a cocktail, beer, or glass of wine, and nibbling on some tapas to finish off this Cairns food tour.
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Enjoy a 5-hour sightseeing tour of Cairns and experience the laid-back character of Far North Queensland. Traveling by comfortable coach, you will make a scenic loop of the city's highlights, tropical gardens and beach resorts.Discover the grand Victorian verandahs of pubs and heritage buildings, such as the historic Courthouse Hotel. Get panoramic views from Copperlode Lookout, and soak up the hothouse atmosphere of the Flecker Botanic Gardens. Admire the Creation Windows of St. Monica's Cathedral. Stroll along the beautiful beach front of Williams Esplanade in the barefoot enclave of Palm Cove. Visit Surprise Creek Waterfall in Barron Gorge and see why it inspired set designers working on the hit movie "Avatar." Stop for afternoon tea at Motza's Deli in trendy Edge Hill, and enjoy refreshing Devonshire teas, coffee or hot chocolate, all served with buttery scones, gourmet jam and cream.
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Located just 2 hours south of Cairns, the Tully River is regarded as the best river rafting destination in Australia. With its technical and demanding Grade 3 and 4 rapids, the river attracts guides and rafters from around the world. Begin your full-day rafting adventure with a transfer from your hotel in Cairns or Mission Beach.
The regulated river flow provided by the Kareeya Hydro Power Station makes for perfect rafting conditions, with guaranteed water levels all year round. The Tully River hosted the Australian Canoe and White Water Championships in 1991. Add to this the spectacular beauty of the Tully Gorge National Park through which the river runs and the rainforest on both sides of the river and you have the perfect site for your rafting adventure. You'll need to hold on at times on the rapids, but you really don't need any prior rafting experience to enjoy the trip. Each raft holds a maximum of 7 passengers and 1 river guide. The guide will make sure you travel along the river safely, and every one of the guides in expertly trained in safety practices. After your adventure, enjoy a well-earned barbeque lunch on the riverbank.
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In Cairns, the outdoors is the place to be, and this tour will get you up close and personal with some of the best outdoor activities- hiking, gardens, nature, wildlife, and fish and chips. This nature tour in Cairns kicks off with a ride on the local bus, as you head for the wondrous Botanical Gardens. You'll take the Red Arrow Track and follow it for a 40 minute hike to the top of Mount Whitfield where, you'll be treated to an amazing Cairns view or two. Drink in the fantastic vistas of Trinity Inlet, the city of Cairns, and its beautiful surrounding natural environment and marina. From here on this Cairns tour, you'll head towards the Aboriginal Plants and Gardens area along the Gondawanan Heritage Walk, where you'll gain knowledge of the variety of medicinal plants used throughout history all over Australia. Then it's time for some lunch. There'll be a picnic lunch planned, with locally caught fish and chips to indulge in. After your meal, jump back on the bus to go back downtown, where you'll visit the iconic Dome for another elevated view of the city. While at the Dome, you'll have the chance to try some of the optional ZOOM activities and get a photo with a koala.
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