Take a walk through Daintree, the oldest surviving tropical rainforest on earth.
Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Welcome to Cairns and Port Douglas

Cairns, Palm Cove and Port Douglas are at the top end of Queensland. Here you will find rainforests, a rich Indigenous culture, great places to explore the Great Barrier Reef, and a never-ending choice of adventure activities.
Cairns is a coastal city with a relaxed attitude. And when you're not relaxing, you can get the adrenaline pumping by bungy-jumping, tree surfing, white-water rafting, kayaking, sky-diving, and much more.

An hour north of Cairns is Port Douglas, which has great restaurants, markets, shopping, swimming and wellness spas.

This area is a tropical playground. This means that in summer it’s hot and humid, and in winter, it’s warm. With warm weather all year round, you have the perfect excuse to take things slow.


Absolute 'must-see and do' activities

  • A must-see is the Daintree Rainforest which is the oldest surviving tropical rainforest on earth. The Daintree is home to the largest variety of plant and animal species in Australia. Experience the magic of the rainforest with one of the local Indigenous guides – the Kuku Yalanji people. You’ll discover ancient rock art, Aboriginal dance, culture and bush foods.

Get the best view from the Skyrail cableway
  • Get a birds-eye view from the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Your cable car will glide this world heritage listed tropical rainsforest.
  •  Board the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Enjoy a full commentary as the train travels past beautiful waterfalls, into the Barron Gorge, before coming to a stop at Kuranda Station.


Things to do in and around Cairns

  • Cairns is the perfect vantage point to explore the Great Barrier Reef. There's boats and trips departing every day of the year. It doesn't matter whether you want to stay onboard, you're a beginner snorkeler, or an experienced diver, there’s a cruise to suit your wants. But no matter what, you're in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, and you definitely want to experience one way or another.
  • For the adventure seeker, Cairns has it all. Have a go at white water rafting, bungee jumping or even skydiving. 

Get in touch with the local Indigenous culture.
Photo: Tourism Australia

  • Make a day of it: combine a Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Kuranda Scenic Railway and the Kuranda Village. There’s a variety of trips, tours and times to choose from.
  • Visit the local Kuranda village and explore the butterfly sanctuary, heritage markets, art galleries, walking tracks, and local cafes and restaurants.
  • Other activities include river cruises, bird spotting, 4WD safaris and exploring secluded beaches.​

Cruise the Daintree River. Photo: Tourism Australia


Get up close to the Clownfish on the Great Barrier Reef.
Photo: Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree

Take a kayaking tour. Photo: Tourism Australia

  • Port Douglas is an hour outside of Cairns  and has luxurious tropical resorts to escape to, plus award winning restaurants, galleries and shopping. Enjoy a swim or take a walk along Four Mile Beach, or head to the Village Markets which are on every Sunday. ​


Go barramundi fishing.
Photo: Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree

  • Nature lovers must visit the Cassowary Coast which is perfect for fishing, birdwatching and bushwalking. Nearby is the town of Tully which is the perfect spot for some exreme activities like white water rafting, bungy jumping, and skydiving.
  • Take a tour of the Atherton Tablelands – which is an hour outside of Cairns and is the ideal place to escape the heat. You’ll discover farms growing tea, coffee, nuts, bananas, vegetables and flowers.
  • Wander along Cairns Esplanade which has a swimming lagoon, waterfront boardwalks, BBQ areas, a childrens water park, a marina, shops and more than 100 restaurants and cafes.
  •  Enjoy the white sandy beaches that are a 10 minute drive outside the city. These include the popular Trinity Beach and Palm Cove where locals and visitors can be found on the palm-fringed beaches, restaurants, resorts and beach shacks.

Enjoy palm fringed beaches at Port Douglas.
Photo: Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree

Where to stay

There’s accommodation to suit every budget, from apartments, family resorts to backpacker hostels.