Day trips from Cairns

Cairns is the tropical gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cape Tribulation and the Daintree rainforest, Atherton Tablelands, ballooning and Tully River and rafting adventures.

You could happily spend 5 days in Cairns during your trip to Australia. 

Take a day trip to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and find Nemo.

Here at Real Aussie Adventures, we have a variety of Great Barrier Reef tours from Cairns. We have boats that you can do introductory diving on, as long as you pass the health questions. We will guide any new diver through all the safety and teaching to have a wonderful underwater experience. Or for the more experienced diver who has been certified, we can take you to the outer reef where you can dive some of the more hidden reefs.

On day 2 in Cairns, you could head out to the jungle to visit the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation. If you have more time it’s advisable to stay overnight at one of the many beautiful properties right on the beach.

Another day in Cairns can be spent being adventurous, you could do a Skydive, Bungee Jump, or go White Water rafting on the Tully river rapids. Or if you have time you can do all three of these adrenalin activities! Cairns is currently the only place in Australia you can Bungee Jump and White Water raft on grade 3 & 4 rapids.

If you have another day to spare in the tropical paradise of Cairns we would recommend exploring the town itself. There is a lagoon to swim in on the Esplanade and a relaxing day there will be just what you need after all the adventure.

Clearly, there’s a lot to do in Cairns. So many fun day tours to book for your time in Cairns.

  • Girls flicking their hair at Lake Eacham onAtherton Tablelands Waterfalls
    1 Day Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls TourA great day out to see the World Heritage-listed rainforest and volcanic crater lakes and country around Cairns. Good opportunities to spot wildlife, swim and enjoy the unique natural areas around Cairns.
    Trip Styles:Budget

    A great day out to see the World Heritage-listed rainforest and volcanic crater lakes and country around Cairns. Good opportunities to spot wildlife, swim and enjoy the unique natural areas around Cairns.

    $129
  • Group taking part in the guided Dreamtime Walk experience on our cape tribulation day tour from cairns
    Cape Tribulation Day TourVisit the oldest living rainforest in the world. World Heritage listed Cape Tribulation is where the rainforest meets the reef!
    Trip Styles:Comfort

    Visit the oldest living rainforest in the world. World Heritage listed Cape Tribulation is where the rainforest meets the reef!

    $195
  • 1 Day Daintree with Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk Tour
    1 Day Daintree with Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk TourAn exclusive and spectacular Aboriginal cultural journey from coast to Rainforest to experience the natural beauty and ancient culture. This day tour includes the Ngadiku -Dreamtime Walk at Mossman Gorge an in-depth indigenous experience of the Daintre...
    Trip Styles:Comfort

    An exclusive and spectacular Aboriginal cultural journey from coast to Rainforest to experience the natural beauty and ancient culture. This day tour includes the Ngadiku -Dreamtime Walk at Mossman Gorge an in-depth indigenous experience of the Daintree Rainforest.

    $280
  • Patting Wallaby on our Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest tours.
    1 Day Cape Tribulation TourPerfect backpacker day tour to Cape Tribulation. Visit ancient rainforests, swim in pristine creeks, laze on tropical beaches, and search for saltwater crocodiles!
    Trip Styles:Budget

    Perfect backpacker day tour to Cape Tribulation. Visit ancient rainforests, swim in pristine creeks, laze on tropical beaches, and search for saltwater crocodiles!

    $189
  • Deep sea divers den fish Great Barrier Reef day tours Diving with a fish Great Barrier Reef on our Great Barrier Reef day tour
    1 Day Great Barrier Reef Premium Day TourJoin us on our luxury dive and snorkel vessel from Cairns.  Visit the best dive and snorkel locations on the Great Barrier Reef and the outer reef of Norma and Saxon Reefs.
    Trip Styles:Budget

    Join us on our luxury dive and snorkel vessel from Cairns.  Visit the best dive and snorkel locations on the Great Barrier Reef and the outer reef of Norma and Saxon Reefs.

    $230
  • Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience kuranda aboriginal experience on our Kuranda Day Tour
    1 Day Kuranda TourThe best way to maximise your Kuranda and Australian Experience, where you’ll get to explore indigenous culture, native wildlife and World Heritage Rainforest all in one day full of fun!
    Trip Styles:Comfort

    The best way to maximise your Kuranda and Australian Experience, where you’ll get to explore indigenous culture, native wildlife and World Heritage Rainforest all in one day full of fun!

    $235
  • Rainforestation Nature Park – Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience
    1 Day Kuranda Rainforestation Experience with Skyrail from CairnsMaximize your Kuranda and Australian Experience. In this tour, you’ll get to explore indigenous culture, native wildlife, and World Heritage Rainforest all in one day full of fun!
    Trip Styles:Comfort

    Maximize your Kuranda and Australian Experience. In this tour, you’ll get to explore indigenous culture, native wildlife, and World Heritage Rainforest all in one day full of fun!

    $159
  • Ocean Free sailing boat on our great barrier reef day tours
    1 Day Ocean Free Green Island and Great Barrier Reef Day tripOcean Free sails you leisurely to Pinnacle Reef, an exclusive mooring on the eastern lee of Green Island.
    Trip Styles:Comfort

    Ocean Free sails you leisurely to Pinnacle Reef, an exclusive mooring on the eastern lee of Green Island.

    $215
  • Have a great day snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef. on our great barrier reef day tours
    1 Day Ocean Freedom Upolu Cay and Outer Edge Reef CruiseExperience the beautiful marine life at one of the most amazing places in the world - The Great Barrier Reef. A perfect mix of nature, relaxation and swimming with an extremely passionate crew who will treat you like friends as they aim to give you the...
    Trip Styles:Comfort

    Experience the beautiful marine life at one of the most amazing places in the world – The Great Barrier Reef. A perfect mix of nature, relaxation and swimming with an extremely passionate crew who will treat you like friends as they aim to give you the best day of your life.

    $200
  • Looped walking trail through the Daintree Rainforest
    3 day Cape Tribulation Cooktown WandererSpend 3 days exploring off road in far northern Queensland. Travel north through the tropical Daintree Rainforest, spending the night near beautiful Cape Tribulation, before arriving in Cooktown to enjoy the history of the town and the natural wonder o...
    Trip Styles:Comfort

    Spend 3 days exploring off road in far northern Queensland. Travel north through the tropical Daintree Rainforest, spending the night near beautiful Cape Tribulation, before arriving in Cooktown to enjoy the history of the town and the natural wonder of this region.

    $1,199
  • Reconciliation Rocks in Cooktown
    1 Day Cooktown 4WD Adventure Tour (Drive/Fly)Drive through Daintree National Park, Cape Tribulation onto Bloomfield 4wd Track and into Cooktown. Cooktown is one of Australia’s most exciting new destinations and truly one of Australia’s great last frontiers between “outback” and modern Australia. ...
    Trip Styles:Comfort

    Drive through Daintree National Park, Cape Tribulation onto Bloomfield 4wd Track and into Cooktown. Cooktown is one of Australia’s most exciting new destinations and truly one of Australia’s great last frontiers between “outback” and modern Australia. This is one of Australia’s most scenic coastal drivers Spectacular scenery World heritage listed Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation Historic Cooktown Outback of Far North Queensland 4WD only Bloomfield Track Mysterious Black Mountains Local History

    $540
  • Diver with Nemo on the Great Barrier Reef on our Great Barrier Reef day tour
    4 Day PADI Open Water Dive CourseStart your new life today, let SCUBA introduce you to all that is beautiful, its in our backyard! 4 days to learn to dive in Cairns including 2 days of classroom and pool training and 2 days on a live aboard boat doing training dives. If you are thinki...
    Trip Styles:Budget

    Start your new life today, let SCUBA introduce you to all that is beautiful, its in our backyard! 4 days to learn to dive in Cairns including 2 days of classroom and pool training and 2 days on a live aboard boat doing training dives. If you are thinking about taking the plunge our 5 day PADI “Open Water” dive course is by far the most popular way to do it.

    $880
  • 3 Day Tropical Adventure Activity PackageFour days of great activities in and around the tropical town of Cairns including white water rafting, ballooning, Great Barrier Reef trip and a day on Fitzroy Island off the coast of Cairns.
    Trip Styles:Budget

    Four days of great activities in and around the tropical town of Cairns including white water rafting, ballooning, Great Barrier Reef trip and a day on Fitzroy Island off the coast of Cairns.

    $520
  • Skydiving
    1 Day Skydive CairnsJump out of a plane over tropical Cairns from 14,000 feet strapped to an experienced parachutist for a tandem skydive to remember for the ages. Go on, you know you want to, do it!
    Trip Styles:Budget

    Jump out of a plane over tropical Cairns from 14,000 feet strapped to an experienced parachutist for a tandem skydive to remember for the ages. Go on, you know you want to, do it!

    $309
  • Group running on our Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest tours.
    1 Day Cape Tribulation, Daintree Rainforest and Wildlife TourA full day to see the Cape Tribulation region north of Cairns where the 'reef meets the rainforest'. Stop at the Wildlife Habitat to see native animals, enjoy a cruise on the Daintree River and guided rainforest walks.
    Trip Styles:Budget

    A full day to see the Cape Tribulation region north of Cairns where the ‘reef meets the rainforest’. Stop at the Wildlife Habitat to see native animals, enjoy a cruise on the Daintree River and guided rainforest walks.

    $225
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