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

Welcome to Cairns and Port Douglas

Cairns, Palm Cove and Port Douglas are at the top end of Queensland.  This tropical playground is filled with rainforests, the Great Barrier Reef, rich Indigenous culture, and a never-ending choice of adventure activities.

Cairns is a coastal city with a relaxed attitude. 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.

Create your itinerary
This region has warm weather all year round, so you have the perfect excuse to take things as fast or slow as you want.

Cool things to do

  • 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.

Learn about the local Indigenous culture while visiting Cairns


Learn about the local Indigenous culture. 
Photo: Tourism Australia

Get the best view from the Skyrail cableway
  • See the world heritage listed Daintree rainforest from all possible angles.
  • Kuranda village is home to the butterfly sanctuary, heritage markets, art galleries, walking tracks, and local cafes and restaurants.
  • Cairns is the perfect place to explore the Great Barrier Reef. There are all kinds of tours to choose from including snorkelling, diving or staying onboard and cruising through the reefs. Or maybe you want to fly overhead in a seaplane or helicopter. Experience this magical marine wonderland your way. 
  • 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.

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


Take a kayaking tour. Photo: Tourism Australia
  • For the adventure seeker, Cairns has it all. Have a go at some extreme activities like white water rafting, bungy jumping, and skydiving.
  • 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.
  • Port Douglas is an hour outside of Cairns  and has luxurious tropical resorts, 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. ​
  • Tour 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.

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

Barramundi fishing.  Tourism Port Douglas & Daintree

  • Visit the nearby is the town of Tully which is the perfect spot for activities such as river cruises, bird spotting, 4WD safaris and exploring secluded beaches.​
  • Nature lovers must visit the Cassowary Coast which is perfect for fishing, birdwatching and bushwalking.
  • Fancy meeting some of the snappy locals? You can take a crocodile adventure where they are in their enclosures, or from the safety of a boat. As the crocodile hunter would say - 'CRICKEY!'
Visit a crocodile farm in Cairns

Try your hand at feeding a crocodile. 

Photo: Tourism Port Douglas & Daintree