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Exploring Cairns: Cruise Ship Shore Tours & Excursions

Saachi James-Mason on January 8th, 2024

Cairns, situated in the heart of Tropical North Queensland, is a favoured port of call for cruise ships throughout the year. With its lush rainforests, world-renowned Great Barrier Reef, and vibrant culture, this destination offers a treasure trove of experiences for cruise ship passengers. Whether you're stopping in port for a single day or have the luxury of multiple days, here's a guide to the top things to see and do when you disembark in Cairns.

1. Book a Great Barrier Reef Tour in Cairns:

Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef as it has the shortest water crossing to the reef from anywhere in Queensland. A UNESCO World Heritage listed site that is visible from outer space. Choose from a full day tour or a half day tour to go snorkelling or scuba diving in warm crystal-clear waters to discover the mesmerizing underwater world. Discover for yourself why they call it GREAT.

2. Rainforest Adventures:

If in Cairns for a few days you may be able to explore the ancient Daintree Rainforest, one of the world's oldest rainforests. Take guided hikes, river cruises, and canopy walks to witness its extraordinary biodiversity. Check with our team to ensure the tour timings co-ordinate with your cruise ships itinerary.

3. Kuranda Village:

Visit the vibrant Kuranda Village, nestled in the rainforest. Explore its unique markets, take a scenic railway ride, or soar over the treetops on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

4. Fitzroy Island Snorkel Tour:

Book a full day tour or a half day tour to Fitzroy Island, a tropical paradise located just a boat ride away from Cairns. Enjoy snorkelling, hiking to the lighthouse summit, find your way to the Secret Garden, visit the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre or simply relax on the island's pristine beaches.

5. Cairns Esplanade:

Stroll along the Cairns Esplanade, a vibrant waterfront promenade. Enjoy alfresco dining, browse local shops, or take a refreshing swim in the huge Cairns lagoon.

6. Aboriginal Cultural Experiences:

Immerse yourself in the region's Indigenous Aboriginal culture with guided tours and performances, learning about the rich history and traditions of the Aboriginal people.

7. Wildlife Encounters:

Get up close and personal with Australian wildlife at places like the Rainforestation Wildlife and Cultural Park in Kuranda, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

8. Shopping and Dining in Cairns:

Discover local boutiques and souvenir shops for unique gifts. Savor fresh seafood and international cuisine at the city's many restaurants and cafes.

9. Water Adventures:

If you're feeling adventurous, try jet skiing, parasailing, or even a thrilling white-water rafting trip on the Barron Gorge.

10. Green Island Snorkelling Tour

Green Island is one of our most popular and most requested Great Barrier Reef snorkelling tours for cruise ship passengers arriving into Cairns and Yorkeys Knob. the timings of the departures and arrivals back to Cairns can fit in perfectly with the cruise ships schedules.

Getting Around:

The Cairns cruise ship port is conveniently located. It's just a 10-minute walk to the centre of Cairns, where you'll find shopping, restaurants, and the Cairns Marlin Marina. From the marina, you can hop on a boat to the Great Barrier Reef, making it incredibly convenient for cruise passengers.

Booking Tips:

Scenic flights in airplanes and helicopters are among the most requested activities in Cairns. To secure your spot, it's advisable to speak to our team and book these tours in advance. Please note that scenic flights have limited seat availability and passengers need to comply with the weight restrictions for each type of aircraft.

Why Choose The Tour Specialists:

  • To make the most of your time ashore in Cairns, consider enlisting the expertise of The Tour Specialists. Their local knowledge and tailored itineraries ensure you don't miss out on any of the incredible experiences Cairns has to offer.
  • The Tour Specialists have curated a full list of tours that fit in with the visiting cruise ship schedules making it easier for cruise passengers to see their list of options.
  • With easy online booking and secure payment options, planning your Cairns shore tours and excursions has never been more convenient.
  • Most tours and attractions provide live instant booking capability apart from some scenic flights and private charter tours.
  • Tips & Hints: Need some tips and hints on booking tours in Cairns? Follow the link to learn more.
  • Cruising into Cairns is more than just a stopover; it's an opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural wonders, culture, and adventure that define this tropical paradise. Whether you're drawn to the underwater wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, the ancient mysteries of the rainforest, or the vibrant city life, Cairns has something to offer every cruise ship passenger. Call the The Tour Specialists team today if you have any burning questions and start planning your unforgettable shore excursions and make the most of your ships visit to Cairns.

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