4 Unforgettable
Day Trips from
Cairns

Located in the north-eastern corner of Australia, Cairns has earned a reputation as the gateway to tropical north Queensland. Rugged and charming, it’s the perfect jumping off point for exploring some truly incredible and iconic Australian sights. Jump into turquoise waters and marvel at the rich tapestry of the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, enjoy some of the region’s best coffee and wine, less than an hour’s drive away or explore some of the oldest rainforests in the world, full of tropical wildlife and scenery.

Introduction

With a bus charter from Cairns, there are some incredible day trips available that will allow you to explore the local area, interact with the wildlife and soak up the natural beauty of Northern Queensland. Whether you’re seeking adventure, a day of culture or just a beautiful spot to picnic with the family, you can experience all of this and more from Cairns.

Continue reading to find out more about some of the stunning places you can easily reach by hiring a private bus from Cairns on a one-day trip.

Whether you’re seeking adventure, a day of culture or just a beautiful spot to picnic with the family, you can experience all of this and more from Cairns.

Cairns Sign in North Queensland Australia

This lush green habitat is home to some of the rarest wildlife species in the entire country and the tropical scenery here is simply stunning.

Cassowary Bird in the Daintree Rainforest Cairns North Queensland Australia

Unforgettable Trip 1. Daintree Rainforest

Daintree is the oldest surviving rainforest in the world, making it a World Heritage Listed Rainforest and an absolute must for anyone visiting Cairns. This lush green habitat is home to some of the rarest wildlife species in the entire country and the tropical scenery here is simply stunning. However, while the rainforest itself is incredibly impressive, it’s along the drive here, from Cairns to Mossman Gorge along the Captain Cook Highway, that leaves visitors spellbound – the scenery is truly breathtaking.

Booking a private bus hire in Cairns ahead of time is advisable in the high season so that you don’t miss out on this amazing experience.

Unforgettable Trip 2. Green Island

Every visitor to Cairns should endeavour to make a trip to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world and one of Australia’s most prized attractions. The Great Barrier Reef isn’t the kind of sight that you can marvel at from afar, you need to get right into the thick of it. Divers and snorkelers have been drawn here by the stunning coral gardens, majestic reefs and magnificent marine life that call this place home for decades.

However, for those not so confident in the water, a trip to Green Island in the middle of the Barrier Reef is a great way to get a feel for the magic of the place. And the good news is divers can immerse themselves in the water from here too, so load up your private bus with divers and non-divers alike and make your way to Green Island for a day of fun and adventure.

Divers and snorkelers have been drawn here by the stunning coral gardens, majestic reefs and magnificent marine life that call this place home for decades.

People Snorkelling off a jetty in Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef Australia

Four Mile Beach is an inviting spot for a swim and a great place to spend a few hours enjoying the outdoors, soaking up some sun.

Boats at Port Douglas Marina in North Queensland Australia

Unforgettable Trip 3. Port Douglas

Known for its exclusive resorts and high-class clientele, a stay at Port Douglas is not within everyone’s holiday budget. The good news, however, is that Cairn’s luxurious neighbour doesn’t need to cost a fortune and there are plenty of things to keep the entire family busy. Four Mile Beach is an inviting spot for a swim and a great place to spend a few hours enjoying the outdoors, soaking up some sun.

Why not explore the marina area before checking out some of the best restaurants spread along Macrossan Street? However, you choose to spend your time, Port Douglas is always a fun place to be.

Unforgettable Trip 4. Kuranda

Positioned on the eastern edge of the Atherton Tablelands, Kuranda is a small town with plenty to offer. Kuranda is without a doubt one of the most popular day trips from Cairns and with good reason. Young and old alike can enjoy the interesting heritage market and everyone will marvel at the impossible range of colours on show at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

Get your wildlife fill at the Kuranda Koala Gardens where you can get your photo taken cuddling a Koala and see freshwater crocodiles up close for a truly unique Northern-Queensland moment you won’t soon forget.

Get your wildlife fill at the Kuranda Koala Gardens where you can get your photo taken cuddling a Koala and see freshwater crocodiles up close.

Koala in tree at Kuranda North Queensland Australia

From ocean to rainforests and towns to outback, the area surrounding Cairns is made for exploration.

Rainforest Waterfall in Cairns North Queensland Australia

Explore And Be Rewarded

From ocean to rainforests and towns to outback, the area surrounding Cairns is made for exploration. No matter what your tastes, interests or budget, you’ll find something to keep you and your travel companions entertained. To get the most out of your time consider a bus charter for you and your family, allowing you to pick and choose the best of the surrounding area that appeals to you. With so much to choose from you can be sure that Cairns and its neighbours won’t disappoint.

There’s So Much to See in North Queensland

Tropical North Queensland is a stunning and diverse region where the rainforest meets the reef. You can explore the beautiful and ancient Daintree Rainforest, snorkel with a plethora of tropical fish, lounge in hip bars, hit a morning market, swim with whales and learn more about the rich history of Australia. We definitely recommend adding this region to your travel bucket list.

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