Great Barrier Reef Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Great Barrier Reef - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Tanks Arts Centre

  • Arts/Performance Venue

This arts center is housed in a trio of repurposed World War II–era oil storage tanks in Cairns's lush Flecker Botanic Gardens, 4 km...

The Esplanade

  • Promenade/Boardwalk

Fronting Cairns Harbour, this boardwalk is the focal point of life in Cairns. Along the walk you'll encounter shady trees and public...

The Strand

  • Beach–Sight

Dubbed Australia's Cleanest Beach, this palm-flanked stretch of sand—lined with jogging tracks and cycleways, picnic-friendly parklands,...

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

  • Museum/Gallery

Located at the base of the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, this park offers many opportunities to learn about indigenous Djabugay people...

Townsville Town Common Conservation Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Spot wallabies, echidnas, dingos, goannas, and hundreds of bird species at this terrific wetlands conservation park. It's crisscrossed...

Undara Volcanic National Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

The lava tubes here are a fascinating geological oddity in the Outback. A volcanic outpouring 190,000 years ago created the hollow basalt,...

WILD LIFE Hamilton Island

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

This charming wildlife sanctuary houses kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, birds, and reptiles, including a resident croc. There are daily...

Wallaman Falls

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

This is the highest sheer-drop waterfall in Australia. In the surrounding Girringun National Park, ancient rain forests shelter rare...

Wharf Street

  • Neighborhood/Street

Cairns can trace its beginnings to the point where the Esplanade becomes Wharf Street. In 1876, this was a port for gold and tin mined...

Wildlife Habitat

  • Zoo/Aquarium

This world-class wildlife sanctuary just off the Captain Cook Highway is divided into "immersion" wetland, rain-forest, grassland, and...