Although not one of the most popular holiday destinations among Australians themselves, a trip to Cairns has become a must for international visitors due to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Now, this destination has transformed itself into a laidback and welcoming town that offers a wide range of activities for a holiday in Cairns.

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Cairns to Melbourne Ultimate Tour

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39 day beaches trip through Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Mt Hypipamee National Park and 13 other destinations in Australia. Read More
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Operator Backpackers World Travel
  • Activities Beaches & National parks +6 more
  • Accommodation Hostel, Lodge, Eco Lodge, Camping & Resort
  • Transport Bus, Ferry, Boat & 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range18-50 yrs
days39 From US$ 3,563 View Tour
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  • May 16
  • May 17
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Melbourne to Cairns Ultimate Tour

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39 day beaches tour through Melbourne, Sydney, Spot X and 13 other destinations in Australia. Read More
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  • Operator Backpackers World Travel
  • Activities Beaches & City sightseeing +6 more
  • Accommodation Hostel, Camping, Lodge, Eco Lodge & Resort
  • Transport Bus, Ferry, Boat, Train & 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range18-50 yrs
days39 From US$ 3,563 View Tour
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  • May 16
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Brisbane to Cairns Experience: Sand Dunes & the Whitsundays

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10 day photography trip through Brisbane, Noosa Everglades, Fraser Island and 3 other destinations in Australia. Read More
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  • Operator G Adventures Active 5 hours ago Premier This operator is consistently delivering tours which receive customer ratings above 4.5 on average.
  • Activities Photography tours & Chill out +1 more
  • Accommodation Hostel, Hotel, Resort & Hut
  • Transport Train, Boat, Ferry, Private Vehicle, Yacht, 4WD Jeep & Bus
  • Age Range18-39 yrs
days10 From US$ 1,949
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Melbourne to Cairns Express Tour

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19 day city sightseeing tour through Melbourne, Sydney, Byron Bay and 7 other destinations in Australia. Read More
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  • Operator Backpackers World Travel
  • Activities City sightseeing & Natural landmarks sightseeing +6 more
  • Accommodation Hostel, Camping & Resort
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  • Age Range18-50 yrs
days19 From US$ 1,851 View Tour
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  • May 16
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Brisbane to Cairns Adventure Tour

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18 day beaches tour through Noosa Heads, Rainbow Beach, Fraser Island and 6 other destinations in Australia. Read More
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  • Operator Backpackers World Travel
  • Activities Beaches & Rainforest and jungle visits +2 more
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  • Age Range18-50 yrs
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Cairns to Brisbane Express Tour

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12 day beaches tour through Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Airlie Beach and 4 other destinations in Australia. Read More
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  • Activities Beaches & Natural landmarks sightseeing +2 more
  • Accommodation Hostel, Camping & Resort
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  • Age Range18-50 yrs
days12 From US$ 1,440 View Tour
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Best of Australia

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14 day chill out tour through Cairns, Cape Tribulation, Airlie Beach and 5 other destinations in Australia. Read More
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  • Operator G Adventures Active 5 hours ago Premier This operator is consistently delivering tours which receive customer ratings above 4.5 on average.
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  • Age Range1+ years old
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Sydney to Cairns Express Tour

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16 day natural landmarks sightseeing tour through Sydney, Byron Bay, Brisbane and 6 other destinations in Australia. Read More
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  • Operator Backpackers World Travel
  • Activities Natural landmarks sightseeing & Beaches +1 more
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  • Age Range18-50 yrs
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Queensland Islands & Rainforest

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6 day explorer trip in Australia, visiting Hamilton Island, Mission Beach and Cairns. Read More
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  • Operator AAT Kings
  • Activities Explorer
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  • Age Range1+ years old
days06 From US$ 1,910
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Cairns to Melbourne Adventure Tour

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28 day beaches tour through Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Daintree National Park and 11 other destinations in Australia. Read More
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  • Operator Backpackers World Travel
  • Activities Beaches & Natural landmarks sightseeing +6 more
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Brisbane To Cairns Express Tour

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12 day beaches trip through Brisbane, Fraser Island, Rainbow Beach and 3 other destinations in Australia. Read More
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  • Activities Beaches & Natural landmarks sightseeing +1 more
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  • Age Range18-50 yrs
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Most of the Coast: Sydney to Cairns

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16 day chill out tour through Sydney, Arrawarra, Byron Bay and 7 other destinations in Australia. Read More
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  • Operator G Adventures Active 5 hours ago Premier This operator is consistently delivering tours which receive customer ratings above 4.5 on average.
  • Activities Chill out & Explorer
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  • Transport Train, Private Vehicle, Yacht, 4WD Jeep, Bus & Flight
  • Age Range18-39 yrs
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Cairns to Brisbane Ultimate Tour

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25 day beaches trip through Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Mt Hypipamee National Park and 8 other destinations in Australia. Read More
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  • Operator Backpackers World Travel
  • Activities Beaches & Natural landmarks sightseeing +5 more
  • Accommodation Hostel, Lodge, Eco Lodge, Camping & Resort
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  • Age Range18-50 yrs
days25 From US$ 2,548 View Tour
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  • May 16
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Cairns to Sydney Adventure Tour

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24 day snorkeling trip through Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Magnetic Island and 8 other destinations in Australia. Read More
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  • Operator Backpackers World Travel
  • Activities Snorkeling & Natural landmarks sightseeing +4 more
  • Accommodation Hostel, Camping & Resort
  • Transport Ferry, Bus & 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range18-50 yrs
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Cairns Tour Reviews

5 - Excellent
Based on 4 customer reviews
Average Reviewed Tour: Sydney to Cairns Northbound
3 - Average
  • Ronald Walton
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“Average”
Beautiful East Coast Reviewed Tour: Sydney to Cairns Northbound
5 - Excellent
  • John
  • From USA
“This was an outstanding two weeks. The East Coast is full of beauty and surprises. Out tour guide Ralph Giles was knowledgeable and courteous, and eager to share his love of his country with his guests. We recommend highly Via Travel.”
Best experience Reviewed Tour: Brisbane to Cairns Northbound 8 Day Tour
5 - Excellent
  • Steve Finlay
“When it comes to having the best experience on the East Coast of Australia, Via Travel are the people to go with super knowledgeable and great fun to tour with!”

Cairns - Tour Highlights and Travel Tips

Tour Highlights

  • The outstanding attraction of the Cairns area and any tour in Australia is undoubtedly the Great Barrier Reef. You can organise diving, snorkelling or other trips while based in Cairns to see one of the planet’s most spectacular natural wonders.
  • Cairns has developed into a centre for adventure activities. Skydiving, hang gliding, bungee jumping and others are all offered here.
  • Barbecues are an integral part of Australian culture, and in Cairns, you can take advantage of the free barbecues located along the promenade to take part in this cherished Australian tradition.
  • Whale watching trips are a popular activity in July and August when humpback whales can be seen in the seas around Cairns.
  • There are good hiking trails around Cairns, and hiking enthusiasts should check out the trails in the forested mountains that surround the town.
  • Have a dip in the artificial ‘lagoon’, a large public swimming pool enjoyed by locals and tourists alike, free of charge. It is especially popular between October and May when the sea becomes unsafe due to dangerous jellyfish.
  • Another important natural attraction close to Cairns is the Daintree Rainforest, offering visitors the chance to catch sight of some of the area’s unique wildlife.

Travel Tips

  • Peak season runs from May to November. The rainy season begins in December with chances of flooding.
  • The centre of town is quite small and can be covered comfortably on foot.
  • For popular activities such as diving and skydiving, if you are willing to stay on ‘standby’ for a cancellation, then you can save a significant amount of money since many companies offer large reductions.