Here’s our list for the 5 best Cairns day trips – from exploring the Great Barrier Reef to the Rainforests: here are some tips on things to do in Cairns!
Queensland is a wonderful place for travelers. While some travelers visit Australia to just visit the Sydney Opera house, some want to see the vivid underwater life of the great barrier reef, some want to visit the beaches and hike the rainforests and others have hugging a koala at the top of their to-do list. Whatever your goal is, make sure you do visit Queensland while you’re in Australia.
Cairns is not just the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, it is also a short drive away from a lot of other beautiful travel destinations like Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation. While there are plenty of touristy things to do in and around Cairns, there is also a plethora of less explored options for the seasoned travelers and explorers.
Our list of the 5 best Cairns day trips have endless opportunities for every type of traveler to enjoy herself – deep sea diving, swimming, hiking, trains, scenic drives, cableways, reef snorkeling, sailing, helicopter views, shopping, you name it!! With all these options, it is like a real-life Legoland, where each day is a unique and mesmerizingly new experience.
If you haven’t watched my music video shot in Queensland featuring Cairns and rainforests, here’s the link to watch it!
Traveling in Cairns, Australia – On My Own | The Music Video
And to help you plan your personalized experience when you visit, I made a list of 5 best Cairns day trips that are a MUST for every first-time traveler:
1. The Great Barrier Reef
The north eastern coast of Queensland is home to the world’s largest coral reef system that has many different types of corals and fish of all colors, turtles, stingers, etc. Cairns has many day-tours that take you to the best destinations where one can do deep-sea diving and snorkeling to get the best views of the reef. Tours start from AUD 99 and can be 4-6 hours long with 2-ish hours of ferrying to and from the reef and 2-3 hours of viewing. Tours generally need to be booked in advance and you can even bargain an underwater camera with an extra charge.
For first-timers, some tours have diving lessons, and snorkelling guides. Can you go snorkelling if you don’t know how to swim? Of course you can, as long as you aren’t afraid of being in the water. Though the waters can get rough and choppy, so make sure you don’t get queasy or nervous about it. Try to relax, wear a life jacket and go with a guide, who’ll teach you to use the snorkel gear and breathe with your mouth. Just focus on enjoying the views of the corals and having a good time!
Do not want to go underwater? Some tours also have helicopter viewing of the reef and submarine or semi-submersed submarine views.
Note added on July 15, 2015: Watch our music video shot in and around the reef: Dive into the Water | The Great Barrier Reef, Australia – A Music Video