Outdoor Activities in Cairns

Outdoor activities in Cairns are a mix of adventure sports and some laid-back vibes amidst scenic beauty. Cairns comes with an ideal terrain and atmosphere to spend active holidays and make plenty of unforgettable memories. So, explore the wilderness of Cairns and spend some time in the lap of nature with these exciting outdoor activities Cairns has to offer. From the most adventurous experiences to the most popular ones, the following list combines it all to make sure you do not miss these unique experiences while planning a trip to Cairns.

From sunrise to sunset, let's discover the best spots for outdoor activities in Cairns:

  1. #1 of 32 Outdoors Activities in Cairns
    - Used in 1695 itineraries
    Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

    Tags: Forest, Adventure, Cable Car

    Address: Cnr Cairns Western Aerial Rd & Captain Cook Hwy, Smithfield, Queensland 4878, Australia

    Timings: 09:55 am - 03:30 pm Details

    It is world’s first cable car in environmental tourism. A trip in the glass floor Diamond View Gondolas of Skyrail gives you a remarkable experience over Australia’s top attractions like t...Read more

  2. #2 of 32 Outdoors Activities in Cairns
    - Used in 1684 itineraries
    Kuranda Scenic Railway

    Tags: Mountain, Scenic Drive, Nature, Train Ride

    Address: Cairns Railway Station, Bunda St., CBD, Cairns, QLD 4870

    Timings: 08:30 am - 02:00 pm Details

    The town of Kuranda is a quaint little place located on a mountain side, the Macalister Range. Although the village town has its own raw charm, it’s the ride over the rainforest  and up to ...Read more

  3. #3 of 32 Outdoors Activities in Cairns
    - Used in 1051 itineraries
    Paronella Park

    Tags: Outdoors, Bridge, Castle, Picnic Spot

    Address: 1671 Japoon Vale Road, Mena Creek QLD 4871, Australia

    Timings: 09:00 am - 07:30 pm Details

    It is a popular tourist castle located near Mena Creek Falls, 120 kilometers south of Cairns. It was built by Jose Paronella in 1930. His dream was to build a castle between the woods and thus, he dec...Read more

  4. #4 of 32 Outdoors Activities in Cairns
    - Used in 1269 itineraries
    Palm Cove, Queensland

    Tags: Beach, Walking Area

    Address: Palm Cove QLD 4879 Australia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Popularly known as the northern beaches of Cairns, Palm Cove has grown up as a favorite tourist destination for many travelers. It is a cloistered ‘coastal community’ with palm trees linin...Read more

  5. #5 of 32 Outdoors Activities in Cairns
    - Used in 1253 itineraries
    Cairns Tropical Zoo

    Tags: Wildlife Park, Zoo

    Address: Captain Cook Hwy, Palm Cove QLD 4879, Australia

    Timings: 08:30 am - 04:00 pm Details

    If asked, you’ll be more than prompt to name all the animals found in the African wilderness, but can you name the animals of Australia? The best place to find the answers- Cairns Tropical Zoo. ...Read more

  6. #6 of 32 Outdoors Activities in Cairns
    - Used in 1347 itineraries
    Muddy's Playground

    Tags: Play Ground, Games

    Address: Esplanade, Cairns Region QLD 4870, Australia

    Timings: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    It is a famous meeting spot and a fun and safe playground for both families and kids. The water features available within the park are wonderful; offering entertainment to both adults and kids. Other ...Read more

  7. #7 of 32 Outdoors Activities in Cairns
    - Used in 1314 itineraries
    Cairns Hot Air Ballooning

    Tags: Tour, Adventure

    Address: Cairns, Australia

    A must-do activity if you wish to enjoy the scenic beauty of tropics from thousands feet above the land! In early morning, the balloon will take you high above the sky, letting you fly with the first ...Read more

  8. #8 of 32 Outdoors Activities in Cairns
    - Used in 686 itineraries
    Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

    Tags: Outdoors, Wildlife Sanctuary , Bird Watching

    Address: 8 Rob Veivers Drive, Kuranda QLD 4881, Australia

    Timings: 09:45 am - 04:00 pm Details

    Explore the world of the tropical habitat of butterflies! Barely an hour’s drive away from Cairns; is this exotic world of butterflies, commonly known as Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. The sanc...Read more

  9. #9 of 32 Outdoors Activities in Cairns
    - Used in 1411 itineraries
    Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

    Tags: Art And Culture, Outdoors, Entertainment, Performance

    Address: Cairns Western Arterial Rd. (next to Skyrail terminal), Cavaronica, Cairns, QLD 4878

    Timings: 09:00 am - 09:30 pm Details

    There’s no better place, other than Central Australia, to know about the Aboriginal culture. Start at the Creation Theatre, where, going by its name, actors with the help of illusion and theatri...Read more

  10. #10 of 32 Outdoors Activities in Cairns
    - Used in 567 itineraries
    Kuranda Rainforest Nature Park

    Tags: Outdoors, Park, Nature

    Address: Kennedy Hwy, Kuranda QLD 4881, Australia

    Timings: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    Set in 100 acres of pristine rainforest, Kuranda Rainforest Nature Park is considered as Australia’s World Heritage-listed tropical forest. Come and explore this beautiful rainforest. Enjoy the ...Read more

  11. #11 of 32 Outdoors Activities in Cairns
    - Used in 1250 itineraries
    The Esplanade

    Tags: Waterfront, Landmark, Walking Area, Broadway

    Address: The Esplanade, between Spence and Upward Sts., CBD, Cairns, QLD 4870

    Timings: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    A signature landmark of any seaside town is its boardwalk. One of the best places to actually experience the city and see what the residents of that place are made up of, the boardwalk is perennially ...Read more

  12. #12 of 32 Outdoors Activities in Cairns
    - Used in 795 itineraries
    Fitzroy Island National Park

    Tags: National Park, Water Body, Wildlife Park, Walking Area

    Address: Fitzroy Island, Queensland 4871, Australia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    A large island with bumpy terrain and dense vegetation describes Fitzroy Island National Park. The island is still considered as a virgin island as many of its corners are still unexplored. The island...Read more

  13. #13 of 32 Outdoors Activities in Cairns
    - Used in 886 itineraries
    Cairns Regional Gallery

    Tags: Art And Culture, Art Gallery, Heritage Building

    Address: City Place, Shields and Abbott Street, CBD, Cairns, QLD 4870

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Not only is the Cairns Regional Gallery a prime destination for all things art, the building it’s housed is a historic landmark. Home to some of the exquisite historical and contemporary art fro...Read more

  14. #14 of 32 Outdoors Activities in Cairns
    - Used in 1453 itineraries
    Great Barrier Reef

    Tags: Outdoors, Geological Formation, Water Body, Water Sport

    Address: Queensland, Australia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    One of the most picturesque wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Great Barrier Reef is definitely on everyone’s bucket list. There’s no better place you’d want ...Read more

  15. #15 of 32 Outdoors Activities in Cairns
    - Used in 724 itineraries
    Daintree Rainforest National Park

    Tags: Outdoors, National Park, Nature, Unesco Site

    Address: Suite 101, 27-29 Wharf St, Cairns, QLD, 4870, Australia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Considered to be the oldest rainforest of the world, the Daintree Rainforest is Australia’s pride and joy. Located a little outside of Cairns, the Daintree Rainforest is in the top favourite tou...Read more