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100 Things to do in Cairns

From must-do attractions to unique experiences, there are enough activities and places to see in Tropical North Queensland to last you a lifetime.  

Planning a visit to Tropical North Queensland? Here are some holiday ideas to help you make the most of your trip!

  1. Visit the Great Barrier Reef
  2. Cool off at the Esplanade Lagoon
  3. Explore the Daintree Rainforest
  4. See where the rainforest meets the reef at Cape Tribulation
  5. Visit Kuranda - the village in the mountains
  6. Explore the Atherton Tablelands
  7. Shop around at the famous Kuranda Heritage Markets
  8. Hop on the Kuranda Scenic Railway
  9. Try world-famous Brazilian churrasco at Bushfire Flame Grill
  10. Explore Mossman Gorge
  11. Check out the best waterfalls with a guided tour
  12. Get a unique view of the Tablelands on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  13. Stroll along the Esplanade
  14. Get amongst the crocodiles at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
  15. Watch the sunrise in a hot air balloon
  16. Tuck into fresh tropical produce at Rusty's Markets
  17. Get the best view of Barron Falls at the Barron Gorge Lookout
  18. Visit the Cairns Aquarium
  19. Go on a fishing tour
  20. Depart the Cairns Harbour on a sunset cruise
  21. Nab a deal at the Cairns Night Markets
  22. Go on a jet ski tour
  23. Belly laugh at the Comedy Lounge
  24. Browse the Cairns Art Gallery
  25. Go on a stand-up paddleboarding tour
  26. Check out the Cairns Museum
  27. Book a kayaking tour
  28. Experience action and wildlife at the Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome
  29. Go on a horse riding tour
  30. Watch the sun go down from your balcony at Pacific Hotel Cairns
  31. Connect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures with a culture tour
  32. Check out the Tolga Bat Hospital
  33. Take a scenic drive to Port Douglas
  34. Go on a mountain biking tour
  35. Visit the Mossman Sugar Mill
  36. Be entertained by live Brazilian dancers at Bushfire Flame Grill on Fridays and Saturdays
  37. Go on a zip-lining adventure
  38. Go skydiving
  39. Explore rock art on a guided tour
  40. Bathe in the Talaroo Hot Springs
  41. Get the adrenaline pumping at Skypark Cairns by AJ Hackett
  42. Visit Palm Cove
  43. Fire up for the day with all-you-can-eat brekky at Bushfire Flame Grill
  44. Day trip to Green Island
  45. Go on a guided bird-watching tour
  46. Stroll around the Cairns Botanical Gardens
  47. Go whale-watching
  48. Take a scenic drive to Mission Beach
  49. Check out the palm trees at Mission Beach
  50. Fuel up for the day at Cruze Coffee
  51. Experience the Cairns Aquarium at night
  52. Go jet boating on the Trinity Inlet
  53. Set off on a day trip to Fitzroy Island
  54. See rare animals on a wildlife spotting tour
  55. Experience the magic at Paronella Park
  56. Go on a mountain climbing tour
  57. Visit the Millaa Millaa falls
  58. Browse the stalls at the Tanks Markets
  59. Explore the Mount Hypipamee National Park
  60. Take a trip to Birdworld
  61. Venture underground at the Chillagoe Caves
  62. Go on an off-road adventure tour
  63. Visit the Undara Lava Tubes
  64. Meet the rock wallabies at Granite Gorge
  65. Explore the Tully River
  66. Go white water rafting
  67. Take a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef
  68. Go on a scenic drive to Cooktown
  69. Enjoy canopy views on the Mamu Skywalk
  70. Check out the Curtain and Cathedral Fig Trees
  71. Explore Yungaburra Village
  72. Visit Cape York
  73. Marvel at the beauty of Nadroya Falls
  74. Swim in a volcanic crater at Lake Eacham or Lake Barrine
  75. Hike to the top of Windin Falls
  76. Go on a guided rainforest walk
  77. Drive the Bloomfield Track
  78. Experience the Great Barrier Reef from a glass-bottom boat
  79. Visit the Babinda Boulders
  80. Go on a guided rock-climbing tour
  81. Chill out at Josephine Falls
  82. Walk amongst the butterflies at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
  83. Get the best coastal view at Rex's Lookout
  84. Visit the Crystal Cascades
  85. Go on a guided abseiling tour
  86. Visit the Davies Creek National Park
  87. Browse ancient Japanese antiques and artefacts at the Samurai Gallery Australia
  88. Try refreshing flame-grilled pineapple at Bushfire Flame Grill
  89. Learn how to wakeboard at the Cairns Wake Park
  90. See every star in the sky on an astronomy tour
  91. Reflect at the Avenue of Honour in Yungaburra
  92. Tour the Daintree River on a wildlife cruise
  93. Enjoy a cuppa at the Lake Barrine Teahouse
  94. Pan for gold
  95. Take a step back in time at Herberton Historical Village
  96. Walk along the Cairns Wharf
  97. Take the little ones to Muddy's Playground
  98. Visit the Cairns Art Society
  99. Cool off poolside at Pacific Hotel Cairns
  100. Spend the day at Lake Tinnaroo

These are just a few ideas to get you started. Tropical North Queensland has so much to offer, so take the time to explore and enjoy this beautiful part of Australia!

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