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ATV tours in Cairns

Cairns, Australia is home to some of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural tourist attractions. For one thing, there’s the Great Barrier Reef, which is the largest coral reef system on the planet and one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It’s so big that it can be seen all the way from space!

On top of that, Cairns is also surrounded by lush rainforests, mountains, and rivers. In other words, it’s the perfect spot to go on an atv quad bike adventure tour! Maybe do a little afternoon rafting on the Barron River, go up into the mountains and explore the town of Kuranda. Don’t wait to book one of these once in a lifetime ATV quad bike tour experiences in Cairns!

What is there to see on an ATV quad bike tour in Cairns?

UNESCO World Heritage Rainforest

Follow ancient logger tracks and discover the incredible tropical wildlife as you ride through the UNESCO World Heritage Rainforest on an ATV Quad bike. If you go during the right time of year, you’ll even be able to sample wild fruit grown in the rainforest!


The mountain town of Kuranda and the rainforests and rivers that surrounds it are simply breathtaking, and you’ll be able to take it all in with an exhilarating ATV quad bike tour of the area. Glide over Barron Gorge National Park on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and then ride through it in style.

Barron River

After you’re finished jumping and tearing through dirt tracks on an ATV quad bike, take the rest of the afternoon to continue the adventure as you go white-water rafting on the Barron River in Barron Gorge National Park. Though this activity is not suitable for small children, no previous experience is required!

What different kinds of ATV quad bike tour packages are available in Cairns?

Rainforest ATV Quad Bike Tours

After a short introductory training, you’ll be let loose on the Kuranda Rainforest for an exhilarating hour of exploration on an ATV quad back with an experienced guide.

Marvel at the incredible scenery as you follow ancient logger tracks and hear fascinating stories from your guide about the pioneers who first set foot in this tropical wilderness. Some packages also offer pickup and drop off at local accommodations in Cairns, to be coordinated with the tour organizers.

ATV Adventure Tour and Afternoon Rafting

Start your day in Cairns off right by taking an early morning ATV adventure that turns into an afternoon of white-water rafting along the Barron River in the Barron Gorge National Park.

First, you’ll get outfitted for all the necessary safety equipment along with a safety briefing, then you’ll go on a heart-pounding ride through the Kuranda Rainforest, with all its twists and turns.

Once that’s done, you’ll have a brief moment to relax with a cup of tea, and then it’s off to the Barron River for an afternoon of exhilarating white-water rafting that doesn’t even require any experience.

Horse and ATV Ride with Petting Zoo Experience

If you’re looking for a calmer adventure package that’s fun and enjoyable for the whole family, Horse and ATV Riding at a family run petting zoo may be just the thing for you.

After a quick safety tutorial, enjoy a brisk 30 minute ATV ride that crosses through the rainforest along with a 30 minute horse ride. Once that’s done, take the kids to the petting zoo and say hello to the adorable baby chickens!

ATV and Skyrail Full Day Package

With this all-encompassing package, you’ll start your day with a ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway which glides over the Barron Gorge National Park. Take in the sights and sounds of the rainforest, mountains, and waterfalls, and then get up close and personal with this incredible ecosystem as zip and jump around dirt tracks and creek crossings on an ATV quad bike.

Top it all off with a relaxing afternoon tea surrounded by trees and wildlife, and then get dropped off at your local accommodation in Cairns, where you will also have been picked up.

How much will a quad tour in Cairns cost?

For between AUD 75 and AUD 150 you’ll be able to book an ATV quad bike adventure tour in the rainforest, or a family-friendly ATV quad bike outing that also includes an on-site petting zoo. An ATV quad bike rainforest adventure package that includes a ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway will cost around AUD 200, and for between AUD 300 to AUD 350 you’ll be able to book an exhilarating ATV quad bike tour and white-water rafting combo package.

In all cases, tutorials and basic safety equipment are included in the price. Hotel pickup and drop-off is also almost always included, but make sure you check with your specific activity provider so that you don’t get left high and dry!

How long will a quad tour in Cairns last?

In any ATV quad bike adventure tour package in Cairns, the amount of time you’ll spend riding on an ATV quad bike ranges from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours.

In some cases, other activities are added to the total runtime including safety instructions and introductory training, relaxing with coffee or tea, horse-riding, petting adorable farm animals, white-water rafting, or riding taking a ride over the majestic rainforest on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Total package run times range from 1 to 8 hours.

When is the best time to take a quad tour in Cairns?

The best time to take a quad bike tour in Cairns is between the months of May to September, which is wintertime in Australia. That’s because during the rest of the year it rains a lot, which means that the rainforest conditions are not ideal unhampered exploration!

It’s also very hot and sticky during the rest of the year, whereas during the winter months the temperatures are absolutely perfect for a quad bike adventure.

Remember to wear comfortable clothes for the rainforest conditions, no matter what time of year you’re going. No open-toed shoes will be allowed.