5 Reasons To Visit Cairns, Australia

Cairns is one of Australia’s biggest adventure sports capitals, and there is a long list of things to do to get your adrenaline pumping and tick off more than just a few bucket list experiences. Here are 5 reasons why you should visit Cairns next time you’re in Australia…


If you’ve attempted Ballooning before but had to cancel due to bad weather, your next try should be Cairns. It has some of the best weather for ballooning in the world, trips are rarely canceled and you can do it year-round.

Seeing the landscape of the region from above is definitely a unique experience, and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to do it. Hot air balloon rides in Cairns are the cheapest in the whole southern hemisphere.

Tropical Wines

North Queensland is one of many wine regions in Australia, but what sets them apart is that you won’t find your standard Chardonnay or Shiraz there, because the winemakers are instead looking towards the use of tropical fruits to create their wine.

Rather than vineyards, you will find fruit orchards with mangos, bananas, passion fruit and pineapples.

Cairns is known as the world’s first tropical fruit wine region, and it’s well worth a visit to try their unique wines and liqueurs.

Great Barrier Reef

Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and many choose to base themselves in the city and take trips and tours from there.

Even those who don’t base themselves there and arrange Cairns holiday packages, still often go to Cairns first as the tour operators often offer tours to the Great Barrier Reef that are cheaper than elsewhere in the country.

Tip: Whether you’re going snorkelling or diving, the smaller dive boats provide the best experiences. Sure, the larger ones often have better food, more activities and faster boats, but the actual underwater experience is not as good as the areas these large boats visit are heavily overused and ruined.

White Water Rafting

When going white water rafting in North Queensland you get to ride through the world’s oldest continuously growing tropical rainforests on rivers that still run totally wild.

There are different routes in different levels, you can choose from half-day rafting or full-day rafting and some routes like the Barron River tour only takes 20 mins to reach from Cairns.

Whale Watching

Once you have swam amongst the small colorful fish in the Great Barrier Reef, it might be time to see some big fish.

From may to september (with the peak season running from July to September) it’s possible to go whale watching.

The Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area is an important breeding sanctuary for approximately 30 species of cetaceans (whales and dolphins), which is around 35% of the world’s total living cetacean species.

The Humpback Whales, Dwarf Minke Whales and Bottlenose Dolphins are the most commonly spotted on whale watching tours.

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