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Shore excursions in Cairns

Traveling by boat? Discover the best shore excursions in Cairns.

Cairns, Australia, is home to some of the world’s most incredible tourist attractions, like the Great Barrier Reef, which is the largest known coral reef system known to humans and one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It can be seen all the way from space!

Aside from that, Cairns is surrounded by lush rainforests, majestic cliffs, and awe-inspiring waterfalls. Best of all, if you visit between the months of May and September, you’ll be greeted with balmy temperatures in the 60s and 80s and clear, sunny skies. Perfect conditions for all kinds of tropical shore excursions!

If you’re looking to spend a day enjoying the shores in Cairns, there are a few wonderful shore excursion packages just waiting to be booked.

National Park and Waterfall Small Group Tour Excursion

For AUD 170, you and a small group of like-minded vacationers will spend 5 magical hours exploring Barron Gorge National Park and Kuranda National Park with an expert expert guide as you explore take in the Barron Falls, Barron Gorge, and the quaint mountain village of Kuranda.

Cairns City Shore Excursion

If you’re looking for the best way to get to know the sights that immediately surround Cairns City, this AUD 90 shore excursion package includes a 5 hour tour that will take you through the waterfront, Flecker Botanical Gardens and St Monica's Cathedral, which is home to the world's largest peace-themed stained-glass window.

Great Barrier Reef Low Isles Full Day Cruise

This luxury full-day catamaran cruise from Port Douglas (close to Cairns) takes you all the way around the most scenic parts of the Great Barrier Reef, and even includes some snorkeling time. Prices vary depending on how big your group is, but if you’re traveling solo expect to spend around AUD 220, with a full family package coming in at closer to AUD 540.