Cairns as transit or stop-over destination
For anyone who enjoys the outdoors, Cairns is the perfect destination. Even if you’re not the adventurous type, the sightseeing options are as exciting as they are numerous.
Of course any trip to Cairns or Port Douglas would be incomplete without a snorkelling or diving tour to the Great Barrier Reef. One of the best places in Queensland to view this natural wonder, the Great Barrier Reef can be enjoyed on a full day trip, or quick 3 to 4 hour long tour by speed boat.
Just minutes outside of Cairns, the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway takes visitors on a thrilling 90-minute ride (one way) to the tiny, mountain side village of Kuranda. Known for its beautiful natural setting in the Atherton Tableland, Kuranda’s lush rainforest setting offers a beautiful contrast to the otherwise coastal settings of Cairns. But it’s the ride there that makes it all the more exciting. Gondolas make stops at two rainforest stations. Riders can either continue on their way to Kuranda, or explore the short rainforest pathways during their stop. Visitors can either return to Cairns on the gondola or board an historic train for the trip back down the mountain.
Cairns is well served by taxis, shuttle busses and organised tours.