Cairns trip planner

Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free

Itinerary Planner
+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close

Cairns

4.1

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing. The city has an easygoing, unpretentious atmosphere that makes it easy for visitors to adjust to local life. Much of the appeal of Cairns comes from its backdrop of forested hills and flanked by attractive beaches. Our Australia tour planning app allows you to plan your trip to Cairns and a wealth of other destinations big and small.
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Cairns

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.
See more tours

Popular things to do in Cairns

See all ›
4.2
Duration: 8 hours
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
4.7
Duration: 8 hours
4.8
Duration: 4 hours

Side trips from Cairns

4.8
Duration: 8 hours
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
4.4
Duration: 4 hours

Tours in Cairns

See all ›
4.3
Duration: 4 hours
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
4.0
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Cairns

4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
4.5
Duration: 4 hours

Shopping in Cairns

See all ›
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
3.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Wildlife in Cairns

See all ›
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
3.8
Duration: 4 hours
4.6
Duration: 4 hours

Places to visit with Cairns

Message from Tourism Australia
The gateway to Queensland's tropical north, Cairns is a laid-back city best enjoyed outdoors. Visit Cairns for the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest, but don't miss the great things to do in and around town. You'll find brilliant cafés, bustling markets and plenty of beaches nearby. Relax by a resort pool or spend your days exploring this tropical oasis. International flights arrive at Cairns Airport, a 10 to 15 minute drive from the city centre. In Cairns you'll find plenty of activities to get your heart racing.