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Things to Do in Cairns This Summer

Things to Do in Cairns This Summer

Summer in Cairns is hot and humid. It’s also the region’s wet season, with increased rainfall building up around December and continuing through February. Nevertheless, there’s still plenty to appeal—and lots of options for staying dry. Here are a few ways to experience this tropical city in summer.

  • Discover Cairns-area attractions, including the waterfront and St. Monica's Cathedral, on a city sightseeing tour.
  • Soar over the Great Barrier Reef and the city’s sparkling beaches on a scenic helicopter tour.
  • Cool off in the water on a Great Barrier Reef snorkeling and diving cruise.
  • Explore the rain forest that defines the Wet Tropics of Queensland on a tour to Daintree National Park.
  • Experience the natural wonders of Queensland’s Atherton Tablelands, and cool off in its waterfalls, on a guided tour.
  • Learn about the indigenous Tjapukai people during an enthralling cultural show and dinner.
  • Enjoy the cool breeze off the water as you sail along Trinity Inlet on a sunset dinner cruise.
  • See snapping crocs in action on a tour to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures.
  • Experience the fun and thrills of a white-water rafting trip on the Barron River.
  • Explore the underwater world without getting wet at Cairns Aquarium.
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Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns

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Spend a day on the Great Barrier Reef at two different snorkel and dive sites on this luxury catamaran cruise from Cairns. Travel in style aboard a fast, comfortable catamaran to the outer edge Upolu Reef. Take an Adventure Snorkel & Glass Bottom Boat Tour through the highly protected no-fishing zone sites in the Marine Park. Refuel with a buffet lunch on board the catamaran before heading to your next destination, Upolu Cay reef. Enjoy the shallow azure blue waters surrounding this natural Coral Cay with both snorkeling or diving on offer. Be mesmerised by coral teeming with colourful fish.
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  • 9 hours
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Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns

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If snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef is on your bucket list, don’t miss this day trip from Cairns. The 35-metre superyacht, Evolution, departs Cairns with a record 5 hours spent exploring 2 spectacular and exclusive outer Great Barrier Reef locations for an adventure-filled day! You’ll visit 2 different locations on the barrier reef for the chance to see tropical marine life in the clear waters. Lunch is included onboard the boat, and you have the option to upgrade to include additional adventures such as introductory or certified scuba diving or a helicopter flight over this UNESCO World Heritage site. Both water sports enthusiasts and novices are welcome. Includes instruction and equipment provided by friendly and professional instructors.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Silverswift Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns

Silverswift Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns

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Dive into the spectacular underwater realm of the Great Barrier Reef on this full-day snorkel and scuba cruise from Cairns. Travel aboard a luxurious catamaran to three renowned dive sites to swim among coral gardens and tropical marine life. All experience levels are welcome, and guides are on hand to assist with your choice of snorkeling, introductory scuba diving, or certified diving. A buffet lunch plus morning and afternoon tea on the catamaran are included.
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  • 10 hours
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Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Cairns

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Customize your visit to the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns with your selection from three travel options with a choice of snorkeling, scuba diving, and a one-way or round-trip scenic helicopter tour. Admire views of the Great Barrier Reef from your helicopter as you get a multi-angled perspective on one of the world’s top natural wonders. Then enjoy a close experience of the coral reef by choosing to snorkel or enroll in an optional scuba diving course (additional expense).
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  • 2 to 7 hours
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Cairns City Sights and Surrounds Tour

Cairns City Sights and Surrounds Tour

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First time in Cairns? Discover the gateway to Queensland’s tropical north on this 5.5-hour sightseeing tour. Visit city attractions like the Flecker Botanical Gardens and St Monica's Cathedral, and stroll along the scenic Cairns waterfront. Indulge in a delicious Devonshire afternoon tea (included) taking in the stunning views from the jetty at Palm Cove before taking a short hike through the Barron Gorge National Park. For the full experience, upgrade to include a 2-hour morning cruise to Green Island in the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef marine park. This small-group tour is limited to 20 people.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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