How many days do you need in Cairns?

Cairns is Australia’s tourism crown jewel, a launchpad for some of the country’s most astounding natural experiences.

Josephine Falls, Cairns

From the endless marine wonder of the Great Barrier Reef to the sprawling tropical rainforest of the Daintree, as well as the charming Atherton Tablelands, Cairns is a town that has a serious amount to offer.

People that visit Cairns often end up saying they could happily spend their life there, enjoying the city and its gorgeous surroundings. But if you’re short on time, three days is the perfect amount to experience this incredible city for all its tropical splendour.

Let’s take a look at what makes Cairns such a special place to visit, and how you can do it in three days.

  • Visit the Great Barrier Reef

    This is undoubtedly part of the reason for your journey to Cairns, and it’s an experience that you aren’t likely to forget any time soon. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s ultimate natural wonders, with thousands of kilometres of vibrant coral reef systems that serve as a home to an endless array of marine species. There are so many ways you can enjoy the reef, from swimming to snorkelling, diving to glass bottom boats and even sky high in a helicopter!

    Cairns is one of Queensland’s top spots to explore the reef, with amazing tours running every day of the year, ready to take you to marvel at this stunning natural wonder.

  • Traverse the Daintree Rainforest

    The Daintree Rainforest is to land what the Great Barrier Reef is to sea: one of the world’s most incredible natural landmarks. The Daintree has been growing and evolving for an amazing 180 million years, and is home to some of the most unique wildlife found in the country. Keep your eyes out for cassowaries, the tiger quoll and Bennet’s tree-kangaroo for some fascinating wildlife spotting, and relax on the white sands of one of Australia’s most beautiful beaches at Cape Tribulation.

  • Enjoy a day trip to the Atherton Tablelands

    The Atherton Tablelands may not be as instantly recognisable as the Great Barrier Reef or Daintree Rainforest, but they are as every a charming day tour in themselves, with gorgeous savannas and tropical wetlands forming the backdrop of an awesome day out of Cairns. Be sure to head to Paronella Park to check out the ruins and vibrant gardens of the mansion that once stood there.

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