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A pint-sized island of lust rainforests, white sands, and vibrant coral, the aptly named Green Island is a highlight of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, and it’s a popular half- or full-day tour from Cairns. Here are some can’t-miss activities. 

Cruises and Boat Tours
Set sail on a catamaran cruise or glass-bottom boat tour of Green Island, and explore the protected landscapes of the Green Island National Park. Along the way, stop at the Pinnacle Reef to swim and snorkel, visit Marineland Melanesia to see the crocodiles, or enjoy a buffet lunch onboard. 

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
The shores of Green Island are teeming with marine life, so grab your snorkel gear and dive in to discover the underwater wonders. There are numerous spots for snorkeling and scuba diving, and if you’re lucky, you’ll get to see sea turtles, giant clams, starfish, and sea anemones, as well as a huge variety of tropical fish.

Active Adventures
Head to the Green Island Resort to go canoeing, sailboarding, and surf skiing; try kayaking or windsurfing at the island’s beaches, or spot wildlife on a hike through the rain forest. For something a little different, take a Seawalker Helmet dive or a semi-submersible coral-viewing tour.

Helicopter Tours
You don’t have to get wet to marvel at the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef—the most thrilling way to take in the views is on a helicopter tour. Take off from Cairns and soar over the beaches and reefs of Green Island, enjoying unrivaled aerial views.
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Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns or Port Douglas

Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns or Port Douglas

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Tackle the grade II and III rapids of the Barron River on this adrenaline-pumping half-day tour from Cairns or Port Douglas. Prepare to get wet and wild as you hurtle over the rapids, then float downstream past the jagged cliffs, plunging ravines and lush rainforest of the Barron Gorge National Park. Best of all: with gentle rapids and full instruction provided, this tour is suitable for all levels, including complete beginners.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns

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If snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef is on your bucket list, don’t miss this day trip from Cairns. The 35-metre superyacht, Evolution, departs Cairns with a record 5 hours spent exploring 2 spectacular and exclusive outer Great Barrier Reef locations for an adventure-filled day! You’ll visit 2 different locations on the barrier reef for the chance to see tropical marine life in the clear waters. Lunch is included onboard the boat, and you have the option to upgrade to include additional adventures such as introductory or certified scuba diving or a helicopter flight over this UNESCO World Heritage site. Both water sports enthusiasts and novices are welcome. Includes instruction and equipment provided by friendly and professional instructors.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns

Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns

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Get a bird’s-eye perspective of Tropical North Queensland on an unforgettable hot air balloon flight at sunrise. Soar over the Atherton Tablelands as golden sunlight breaks across beautiful farmlands, rivers, and forests. Choose the duration of your flights and enjoy pickup and drop-off from your Cairns, Northern Beaches, or Palm Cove hotel. It’s a breathtakingly beautiful way to start your day!
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  • 4 hours
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Mulgrave River Tubing from Cairns
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Mulgrave River Tubing from Cairns

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Get set for a wet and wild adventure as you hurtle down the Mulgrave River on a giant tube! Hang on tight as you navigate small rapids and then soak up the scenery as you drift through the rainforest. This fun-filled morning tour includes hotel pick-up and round-trip transport from Cairns, plus around 2 hours of tubing. Best of all: there’s no experience necessary, so everyone can give it a go!
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Behana Canyon Rainforest and Waterfall Experience

Behana Canyon Rainforest and Waterfall Experience

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Escape the tropical heat for a day of splashing, sliding, and swimming through the Behana Gorge waterfalls on this eco-tour from Cairns. Get set for an adventure as you rappel down the gorge, leap over rocks and walk along rain forest trails, then cool off with a swim beneath the falls. Best of all: with full instruction and safety harnesses provided, anyone can give it a go.
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  • 5 hours
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Cairns Jet Boat Ride

Cairns Jet Boat Ride

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Get your adrenaline pumping on a Cairns jet boat ride. As you zoom across the waters of Trinity Inlet, hang on tight while the experienced boat captain performs spins and other maneuvers to make sure you stay cool in the splashing water. Admire landmarks from the boat, and keep your eyes open for marine life—you may get lucky and spot a crocodile. It’s a great way to spend 35 minutes in Queensland’s tropical heat.
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  • 35 minutes
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Kayak Turtle Tour from Palm Cove
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Kayak Turtle Tour from Palm Cove

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Hop in a kayak and paddle from Palm Cove to Double Island, where mangroves and coral reefs await. Along the way, you’ll meet turtles, fish, and small rays, and, if you’re lucky, even dolphins and whales. No previous kayaking experience is needed, and the tour is suitable for all; kids as young as seven can take part. Even better: Shuttle bus transfers are included from Cairns hotels for a convenient trip.
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  • 4 hours
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Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns

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Get more than four hours to explore the outer Great Barrier Reef on this full-day tour, which offers snorkeling or diving experiences from two different reef locations. You can choose between different options for this experience based on your snorkeling or diving levels. While out on the water, keep an eye out for wildlife, including fish, rays, and turtles.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Full-Day Great Barrier Reef Sailing Trip
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Full-Day Great Barrier Reef Sailing Trip

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Avoid the crowds and experience The Great Barrier Reef the way nature intended. No other operator in this category can offer you this superb personalised service. Join us, and our fun loving crew, for an amazing day on the Great Barrier Reef. Our destination, Upolu Reef, is a very beautiful location situated on the edge of the Outer Barrier Reef, and is teeming with a large variety of interesting marine life and a beautiful array of corals. In the sheltered lagoon you will see a multitude of; giant clams, turtles, sea stars and reef fish. This offers a perfect snorkelling or diving experience in warm clear protected waters. A complementary snorkel guide is available, which offers a fun and informative addition to the day’s exploration.
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  • 9 hours
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Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran
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Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran

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Go snorkeling or scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef on a full-day cruise from Cairns. Relax on board your 80-foot (25-meter) luxury catamaran as your captain sails to two exclusive locations on the Great Barrier Reef. Choose to snorkel or dive, with full instruction provided by guides, and see an array of colorful fish, sea turtles, and corals. Your tour includes morning and afternoon tea, and a buffet lunch, with additional beverages available for purchase.
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  • 9 hours
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Cairns Aquarium Admission Ticket

Cairns Aquarium Admission Ticket

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Guarantee your entry to Cairns Aquarium, by booking your admission ticket in advance. Family-friendly and fun, Cairns Aquarium is home to 71 different exhibits that house marine life from Tropical North Queensland.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Cairns ATV Adventure Tour

Cairns ATV Adventure Tour

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Conquer the rugged off-road terrain around Cairns on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on this half-day tour. Follow a guide, who takes care of instructions and navigation, through the rain forest, on dirt tracks, and across creeks. Morning or afternoon tea (depending on tour time) and hotel pickup and drop-off in Cairns make for a seamless, stress-free experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Great Barrier Reef Tour with Indigenous Sea Rangers-Dreamtime Dive and Snorkel

Great Barrier Reef Tour with Indigenous Sea Rangers-Dreamtime Dive and Snorkel

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Explore the underwater wonders of the Great Barrier reef, with an indigenous perspective. This tour offers the unique opportunity to see the sites of the reef and learn about its Aboriginal history. The tour begins with a welcome Aboriginal greeting. Learn about the Reef’s creation story, passed down tens of thousands of years. Snorkel among tropical fish and brilliant coral.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns

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Spend a day on the Great Barrier Reef at two different snorkel and dive sites on this luxury catamaran cruise from Cairns. Travel in style aboard a comfortable catamaran to a mooring off of Upolu Cay. Take a glass-bottom boat to Upolu Cay, then have time to snorkel or scuba dive. Refuel with a buffet lunch on board the catamaran before heading to your next destination, for more water time, including a guided snorkeling tour.
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  • 9 hours
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Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Cairns
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Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Cairns

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Customize your visit to the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns with your selection from three travel options with a choice of snorkeling, scuba diving, and a one-way or round-trip scenic helicopter tour. Admire views of the Great Barrier Reef from your helicopter as you get a multi-angled perspective on one of the world’s top natural wonders. Then enjoy a close experience of the coral reef by choosing to snorkel or enroll in an optional scuba diving course (additional expense).
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  • 2 to 7 hours
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40-Minute Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight from Cairns

40-Minute Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight from Cairns

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Get a rounder perspective of the Great Barrier Reef by viewing it from the air on this scenic flight from Cairns. Soaring over the UNESCO-listed reef allows you to take in its colors and appreciate its vastness. Enjoy unobstructed photo opportunities from your window seat as you take in such sights as Green Island, Upolu Cay, Vlassof Cay, and Michaelmas Reef. Includes pickup and drop-off from your Cairns hotel.
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  • 40 minutes
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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

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Surround yourself by more than 1,500 multicolored butterflies at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda. The biggest butterfly aviary in the country, this delightful attraction is home to landscaped gardens that mimic the butterflies’ natural rainforest habitats. Explore at your leisure while they fly all around you, or take advantage of complimentary tours during the day, including a behind-the-scenes lab tour. When booking, you have the option to upgrade to the 4 Park Pass for entry to three more Cairns-area attractions.
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  • 6 hours
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Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns
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Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns

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Venture into the rainforest of the Atherton Tablelands with an expert guide to observe Australian native animals in the wild. From Cairns, travel into the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics of Queensland to observe kangaroos, lizards, and possums by daylight, then continue after sundown to look for nocturnal critters like the elusive platypus and Lumholtz tree kangaroo. Enjoy afternoon tea at Lake Barrine and dinner at a country restaurant. This small-group tour is limited to 11 people, which ensures a more personalized experience with your guide.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Silverswift Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns
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Silverswift Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns

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Dive into the spectacular underwater realm of the Great Barrier Reef on this full-day snorkel and scuba cruise from Cairns. Travel aboard a luxurious catamaran to three renowned dive sites to swim among coral gardens and tropical marine life. All experience levels are welcome, and guides are on hand to assist with your choice of snorkeling, introductory scuba diving, or certified diving. A buffet lunch plus morning and afternoon tea on the catamaran are included.
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  • 10 hours
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Cairns ATV Adventure Tour and Afternoon Rafting

Cairns ATV Adventure Tour and Afternoon Rafting

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Explore Cairns on an all-day ATV and white-water rafting adventure. After a convenient hotel pickup, travel into a spectacular rainforest, receive a safety briefing, and get outfitted in necessary equipment. Then, ride along trails, over jumps, and through creek crossings on a thrilling off-road ride. Enjoy morning tea and head to Barron Gorge National Park to spend the afternoon paddling rapids in a white-water raft—all on one combo tour.
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  • 8 hours
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Reef and Rainforest Tandem Sky Dive in Cairns

Reef and Rainforest Tandem Sky Dive in Cairns

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Get your adrenaline pumping on a skydiving adventure from Cairns. Enjoy incredible bird’s-eye views of the World Heritage–listed Great Barrier Reef as you jump out of a plane on a tandem skydive with an experienced diver. Fall freely from 15,000 feet (4,572 meters) in the air before floating by parachute back down to the ground. First-timers are welcome.
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  • 3 hours
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Horse and ATV Riding With a Visit to a Petting Zoo from Cairns

Horse and ATV Riding With a Visit to a Petting Zoo from Cairns

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Enjoy a unique action-packed farm experience for the whole family with horse and ATV riding to fulfil the ultimate experience.
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  • 2 hours
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Cairns Estuary Fishing

Cairns Estuary Fishing

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Go fishing in the smooth waters of Trinity Inlet during a half-day outing a professional guide. After a convenient hotel pickup, board a 19-foot (6-meter) flat-bottom boat called the River Rocket. Explore mangroves and watch for wildlife—including saltwater crocodiles—as you search for Grunter, Fingermark, Blue Salmon, Queen Fish, Thread Fin, and other local species. Enjoy all necessary gear included in the tour price.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld Admission Tickets

Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld Admission Tickets

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Visit two of the most popular wildlife venues in the Cairns area with this combo admission to the Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld. Aussie animals are renowned for various reasons—from adorable (koalas) to elusive (wombats). You’ll have the chance to see an array of wildlife. Some activities are an additional fee.
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  • 7 hours
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