Top 10 things to do around Cairns
- Scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef is home to some of the world’s best dive sites and you can choose from an assortment of tours suitable for any experience level. And if you’ve never dived you can even earn your certification in as little as five days.
- Skydiving over Mission Beach is undoubtedly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And it’s perfectly safe even if you’ve never skydived before since there are tandem dives available where you are diving with an experienced skydiver.
- If you want to enjoy the thrill of skydiving without having to go up in a plane, you can go bungee jumping from the 50 m Cairns Bungy Tower, the only bungee site in Australia. You can enjoy sixteen different styles of bungee jumps from the traditional swan dive to heart-stopping BMX bike jumps that will get your blood pumping.
- White-water rafting is one of the most popular things to do around Cairns with three major rafting rivers – the Tully, Russell and Barron – close to the city. And you don’t have to worry despite the presence of class 5 rapids on the rivers, since you will be accompanied by experienced rafters. You can even enjoy some great scenery while you’re rafting as the rivers are near some of Australia’s most pristine rainforests.
- Hang gliding from Rex Lookout is another great adventure you can experience around Cairns. Located halfway between Cairns and Port Douglas, Rex Lookout is also a great place for sightseeing, since it boasts of some spectacular views of the Coral Sea.
- A hot air balloon ride from the town of Tareeba located on the Atherton Tableland plateau. These rides usually begin just before sunrise so you can get a great view of the sun rising above the rolling green fields of the Tableland. An awesome thing to do around Cairns!
- While you’re at the Atherton Tableland, you might also want to avail of the various water sports at nearby Lake Tinaroo. Visitors to the lake can go waterskiing, sailing and swimming.
- Mountain biking along the mountains surrounding Cairns is also popular among tourists. There are a number of biking tracks available, including the popular Smithfield Biking Path located in the Windsor Castle Park.
- Kuranda Village, the “village in the rainforest” is a great place to go quad biking so that you can explore the Wet Tropics of Queensland that has been declared a World Heritage Site. If you’re not into ATV biking, you can ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway that also includes stops at two midforest-stations that allow visitors to enjoy guided tours along rainforest boardwalks.
- Jungle surfing lets you experience the world-renowned Daintree rainforest from a unique perspective – several meters above the ground, gliding along ziplines with stops at tree platforms where you can immerse yourself in the landscape. You can even flip yourself upside down between the last two platforms. Jungle surfing is one of the most unique things you can do around Cairns.