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Cairns

For Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef

Smart coastal resorts, rain forests, plus the Great Barrier reef are right on your doorstep in Cairns. Take a boat trip to the reef, a 4x4 adventure inland, or wander the smart shopping malls, there's something for everyone in the holiday playground of north Queensland.

MV Crocodile Explorer Boat on the Cairns Harbour Cruise Shore Excursion

CNS-6  |  Cairns Harbour Cruise   |  1.50 hrs  |  

AU $46.00

Board the Crocodile Explorer to see Trinity Inlet with waterways winding through a 300 square kilometre maze of mangroves. This is the salt water crocodile's natural habitat - chance to spot them basking on the muddy banks particu ....

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Kids Snorkel

CNS-2  |  Green Island Half Day Cruise  |  4.00 hrs  |  

AU $94.00

Green Island, the perfect place to discover a fascinating underwater world all year around. Colourful fish, coral reefs, turtles, sponges, starfish and shells. You will be truly transported to a unique and very beautiful part of t ....

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Green Island Cruise Ship Shore Excursion from Cairns or Yorkeys Knob

CNS-7  |  Green Island Eco Adventure  |  4.83 hrs  |  

AU $93.00

This mid day Green Island cruise is perfect for visitors with limited time offering a half day experience, allowing you time to see this stunning tropical island paradise! Plenty of exciting optional activities, you can even desig ....

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Green Island

CNS-1  |  Green Island Full Day Cruise  |  6.00 hrs  |  

AU $94.00

Green Island, the perfect place to discover a fascinating underwater world all year around. Colourful fish, coral reefs, turtles, sponges, starfish and shells. You will be truly transported to a unique and very beautiful part of t ....

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Crocodile Lunge

CNS-3  |  Kuranda Rail and Skyrail and Hartleys Crocodile Adventures  |  10.00 hrs  |  

AU $208.00

An historical rail journey, breathtaking scenery and a crocodile attack show are just some of the unique and truly Australian experiences on this fun filled day out

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Tjapukai Dance Troupe

CNS-4  |  Kuranda and Skyrail and Tjapukai Aboriginal Park  |  8.75 hrs  |  

AU $211.00

This tour has it all and is great value for money. Immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture, glide silently over ancient rainforest in a gondola and marvel at amazing bridges, tunnels and stunning scenery from your seat on a Kuranda ....

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Daintree Info

CNS-5  |  Daintree Walkabout  |  10.50 hrs  |  

AU $208.00

Visit Mossman Gorge with an experienced, indigenous guide for an easy walk before lunch at Silky Oaks Lodge. Then a one-hour cruise on the Daintree River and a short tour of Port Douglas to conclude the day.

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Holden Statesman Limousine

CNS-S1  |  Luxury Sedan Cairns  |  from 4.00 hrs - 4 persons -

from AU $392.00

For that special day tour, choose our long wheelbase Holden Statesman, offering premium comfort and lots of room. Sit back and enjoy the ride while your chauffeur offers a full commentary. You'll be the envy of the other cruise pa ....

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7 passenger minivan side view

CNS-S2  |  Private Minivan Tour Cairns  |  from 4.00 hrs - 7 persons -

from AU $431.00

Book one of our comfortable 7 passenger minivans driven by our experienced guides. They will discuss the options with you on the day and make sure you see and do what you want. We can also pre-book your activities in advance if yo ....

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12 passenger minibus

CNS-S3  |  Private Minibus Tour Cairns  |  from 4.00 hrs - 12 persons -

from AU $490.00

Book one of our comfortable 12 passenger minivans driven by our experienced guides. They will discuss the options with you on the day and make sure you see and do what you want. We can also pre-book your activities in advance if y ....

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20 seater mini coach available in Cairms

CNS-S4  |  20 seat private tour Cairns  |  from 4.00 hrs - 20 persons -

from AU $627.00

Book one of our comfortable 20 passenger mini coaches driven by our experienced guides. They will discuss the options with you on the day and make sure you see and do what you want. We can also pre-book your activities in advance ....

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Cairns from the air

CNS-G1  |  Queensland Wildlife & Rain Forests Tour  |  8.00 hrs

Our private group tour will show you the best of the sights in and around Cairns, from the beautiful beaches along the Queensland coast, to the smart resort town of Port Douglas, plus wildlife of all sorts and the tropical rain fo ....

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Green Island

CNS-F2  |  Reef Discovery Heli Flight - 30 minutes  |  

AU $399.00 pp

This 30 minute Reef Discovery flight takes in some of the best sights of the region. Picture postcard views. Truly stunning scenery

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Coastline

CNS-F4  |  Reef and Rainforest Heli flight - 60 minutes  |  

AU $699.00 pp

This flight showcases the best that this stunning region has to offer from the Great Barrier Reef to the Tropical Rainforest. Nothing will prepare you for the beauty that awaits you

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Hyundai Accent Rental Car Cairns for Cruise Ship Shore Excursions

CNS-R1  |  Economy Rental Car

  |  AU $75.00

Our economy rental cars are fine for 4 or 5 adults. All have automatic transmission, air-conditioning and are late model cars. We can also provide GPS [$10 charge applies] for peace of mind. Ask us about pre-booking your activitie ....

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Hyundai Medium Sized Self Drive Rental Car in Cairns Australia 2

CNS-R2  |  Medium Rental Car

  |  AU $85.00

Our Medium Size rental cars are fine for 4 or 5 adults. All have automatic transmission, air-conditioning and are late model cars. We can also provide GPS [$10 charge applies] for peace of mind. Ask us about pre-booking your activ ....

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Toyota Camry Large Self Drive Rental Car in Cairns Australia

CNS-R3  |  Large Rental Car

  |  AU $95.00

Our Large Sized rental cars are great for 4 or 5 adults. All have automatic transmission, air-conditioning and are late model cars. We can also provide GPS [$10 charge applies] for peace of mind. Ask us about pre-booking your acti ....

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Hyundai i-Max people carrier

CNS-R4  |  8 seat Minibus

  |  AU $135.00

Our 8 seat rental vehicles are great for larger groups. All have automatic transmission, air-conditioning and are late model vehicles. We can also provide GPS [$10 charge applies] for peace of mind. Ask us about pre-booking your a ....

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Peugeot 308 Convertible self drive rental car Cairns Australia

CNS-R5  |  Convertible Rental Car

  |  AU $155.00

Our convertibles are great fun, just drop the roof and enjoy the un-interrupted views on your road trip around Cairns. All have automatic transmission, air-conditioning and are late model vehicles. We can also provide GPS [$10 ext ....

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Toyota Prado 7 seater four wheel drive rental car

CNS-R6  |  Four Wheel Drive Rental

  |  AU $170.00

Our 7 seater 4x4 vehicles give you the security to explore off the beaten track. All have automatic transmission, air-conditioning and are late model cars. We can also provide GPS [$10 charge applies] for peace of mind. Ask us abo ....

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From this stylish international city, the islands, rainforest and reef of tropical North Queensland are on your doorstep. Snorkel, dive or take a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef - a World Heritage-listed site, for spectacular coral islands and marine life.

Enjoy the Cairns Esplanade and trawl the restaurants, shops and bars. Go white water rafting in the nearby rivers or take the scenic railway to the tranquil, butterfly-fringed village of Kuranda and the Rainforest Skyrail. Try a day trip to the magical Daintree Rainforest, thought to be the planet's oldest surviving tropical rainforest.

Note that some tours are only suitable for pre or post cruise visits to Cairns.

Cairns, is a regional city in the far north of Queensland, Australia, founded in 1876. The city was named after William Wellington Cairns, then-current Governor of Queensland. It was formed to serve miners heading for the Hodgkinson River goldfield, but experienced a decline when an easier route was discovered from Port Douglas. It later developed into a railhead and major port for exporting sugar cane, gold and other metals, minerals and agricultural products from surrounding coastal areas and the Atherton Tableland region.

With a population of approximately 154,000 Cairns is located about 1,700 km (1,056 miles) from Brisbane, and about 2,700 km (1,678 miles) from Sydney by road. It is a popular travel destination for foreign tourists because of its tropical climate. It serves as a starting point for people wanting to visit the Great Barrier Reef and Far North Queensland.

Cairns is located on the east coast of Cape York Peninsula on a coastal strip between the Coral Sea and the Great Dividing Range. The northern part of the city is located on Trinity Bay and the city centre is located on Trinity Inlet. The Mulgrave River and Barron River flow within the greater Cairns area but not through the CBD.

Prior to British settlement, the Cairns area was inhabited by the Walubarra Yidinji aboriginal people, who still recognise their indigenous property rights. The area is known in the local Yidiny language as Gimuy.

In 1770, James Cook first mapped the future site of Cairns, naming it Trinity Bay. Closer investigation by several official expeditions 100 years later established its potential for development into a port. Cairns was founded in 1876, hastened by the need to export gold discovered on the tablelands to the west of the inlet. The site was predominantly mangrove swamps and sand ridges. The swamps were gradually cleared by labourers, and the sand ridges were filled in with dried mud, sawdust from local sawmills, and ballast from a quarry at Edge Hill.

Debris collected from the construction of a railway to Herberton on the Atherton Tableland, a project which started in 1886, was also used. The railway opened up land that was later used for agriculture on the lowlands (sugar cane, corn, rice, bananas, pineapples), and for fruit and dairy production on the Tableland. The success of local agriculture helped Cairns to establish itself as a port, and the creation of a harbour board in 1906 helped to support its economic future.

During World War II, Cairns was used by the Allied Forces as a staging base for operations in the Pacific, with US Army Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force operational bases (now the airport), as well as a major military seaplane base in Trinity Inlet, and US Navy and Royal Australian Navy bases near the current wharf. Combat missions were flown out of Cairns in support of the Battle of the Coral Sea in 1942.

After World War II, Cairns gradually developed into a centre for tourism. The opening of the Cairns International Airport in 1984 helped establish the city as a desirable destination for international tourism.

Cairns experiences a tropical climate, specifically a Tropical monsoon climate with a wet season with tropical monsoons which runs from November to May, with a relatively dry season from June to October, though showers are frequent for most of this period. Cairns' mean annual rainfall is 2,000 millimetres (80 inches). The township of Babinda south of the city is one of Australia's wettest towns, recording an annual rainfall of over 4,200 millimetres. It has hot, humid summers and milder temperatures in winter. Mean maximum temperatures vary from 25.7c (78.3f) in July to 31.4c (88.5f) in January. Monsoonal activity during the wet season occasionally causes major flooding of the Barron and Mulgrave Rivers, cutting off road and rail access to the city.

    Do the cruise ships stop at the port of Cairns?

There are a number of places where ships stop near Cairns, some anchor off shore and passengers are then tendered ashore, while others tie up at the wharf. Best to check this with your cruise line.

    Where do the ships berth in Cairns?

The Port provides capacity for up to two cruise vessels located along Wharves 1-5 with a dedicated cruise terminal on Wharf 2/3. The terminal, located in the heart of the City, is an easy walk to downtown shopping.

    How far is the airport from the cruise terminal?

Cairns International Airport is located just 8 kilometres from the City and shuttle buses operate from the city.

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Took the cruise out to the reef, worth the journey, the fish life was so varied and being able to snorkel was a bonus.

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