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Always on the hunt for something to get the adrenaline pumping and to create lasting memories.
Your holidays are all about getting active, trying new things, and getting the heart pumping and we have the perfect Cairns adrenaline activities for you!
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How To Use This Itinerary
Use these top tips to help you get the best experience out of your time in Cairns and Far North Queensland
Choose The Best Day
Top Tips For An Unforgettable Holiday
- Choose the best weather day (least wind) for your 'Reef Day'
- Try to group 'self-drive' days together if you are hiring a car.
- Consider the length of tours and how your energy levels are going to feel after each day. Will you need a break?
Avoid Disappointment and Book Ahead
There's nothing worse than missing out! Many tours, car rentals and restaurants book out quickly, especially during busy times in Cairns. Don't leave it to chance, book in advance!
We have included links throughout this guide to provide you with our top recommendations.
Travelling with Children?
It Doesn't Need To Be Hard!
As a mum, I get that the way we travel is often different when we are travelling with children. Because of this, I've added a section below each 'day' on the itinerary with my top recommendations when travelling with children under 12 years old. Keep an eye out for the logo above for 'Family Friendly' tips
Top Tip For Families:
Canyoning is not suitable for children under 12 years old. As an alternative, I highly recommend Stand Up Paddle boarding and Snorkelling down Goldsborough Valley. It is suitable for ages and is free for kids under 8 who ride on your board with you. You'll discover an abundance of wildlife including birds, saw-shelled turtles, eels, jungle perch, and so much more.
Meander your way down through tropical rainforest, and sugar cane fields as you drift down the river on your boards. Take a break, enjoy some afternoon tea on the river banks and enjoy some river snorkelling. If you have kids that love the great outdoors, they're going to LOVE this activity!
Top Tip For Families: If traveling with very small children or infants and you prefer a shorter day, you may wish to consider the following options
Option 1: Fly/Cruise Package (above): Arrive at the second location on the Outer Great Barrier Reef just in time for lunch. Spend your afternoon snorkeling, scuba diving, and exploring the reef, before cruising home.
Option 2: Visit Green Island or Fitzroy Island Instead! You can visit these islands in a half day and is my recommendation for very young children or non-swimmers. Activities like the SeaWalker Helmet Dive, kayaking, or if you're staying on the island, you can even try your hand at windsurfing!
Option 3: Check out the pontoon below! This one is great for those who want loads of options for activities (beyond snorkeling and scuba diving). You can enjoy a SeaWalker Helmet Dive, Scub
Horse Riding with Kids? This horse riding tour is suitable for all ages (over 4yo) and riding abilities, so if your youngster is adventurous and loves animals, they're going to LOVE this!
You'll also find some friendly sheep dogs hanging around who are always keen for a pat!
Kayaking with Kids? This tour is hands down one of my favourites. They're more than happy for you to bring your babies from 2 years old! And if your a mum to fur babies, they're also welcome to join in on the relaxing paddle too!
To make it easier on the kids, you can hire a double kayak and share the paddling.
More Cairns Adrenaline Activities
To Get The Heart Pumping
Skydive With A Beach Landing
Overall Rating: 4/5
Experience the rush of one of Australia's highest sky dives as you gain unparalleled views over Mission Beach and surrounds. Cherry on top? You get the land on the beautiful Mission Beach!
Revs Up, Let's Go ATV!
Overall Rating: 5/5
Prepare to get muddy and experience the vibrant rainforest in a whole new way. Meander your way along footpaths of ancient loggers at the top of Barron falls, taste fresh exotic fruit straight from the branch, and seek out cassowaries from the seat of your ATV.
Spot Turtles at Double Island
Overall Rating: 5/5
Jump in your kayak at Palm Cove and make your way to the beautiful double island. Take your time exploring the mangroves and coral reef, and get the opportunity to find (and swim with) turtles, small rays, fish and the occasional dolphin or whale. This tour is also suitable for kids.
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Hey there! I'm Kate!
I moved to Cairns, Far North Queensland in 2014 for a sea change, leaving my medical profession as a pharmacist behind, in favour of celebrating this beautiful region full time while working in the tourism industry.
It was a pivotal point in my life, and has lead me to many opportunities and experiences that I am endlessly grateful for.
This blog, and the resources I put together are created to help others discover the same beauty I found in this region and to create lasting memories for you too!