Great Barrier Reef

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

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  • 1. Birdworld Kuranda


    One of your best chances to see the endangered Southern cassowary, a prehistoric emu-like bird, is at Birdworld Kuranda. It's home to hundreds...Read More

  • 2. Reef Teach

    CBD | Educational Institution

    Knowledgeable marine biologists and conservationists give entertaining talks and multimedia presentations, usually to packed houses, about everything...Read More

  • 3. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

    Smithfield | Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    From the Skyrail terminal just north of Cairns, take a six-person cable car on a breathtaking 7½-km (5-mile) journey across pristine, World...Read More

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  • 4. Tanks Arts Centre

    Edge Hill | Arts/Performance Venue

    This vibrant 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...Read More

  • 5. The Esplanade

    CBD | City Park

    Fronting Cairns Harbour, this busy boardwalk and recreational zone is the focal point of life in Cairns. Along the walk you'll encounter shady...Read More

  • 6. Australian Butterfly Sanctuary


    More than 1,500 tropical butterflies—including dozens of the electric-blue Ulysses species and Australia's largest butterfly, the green-and...Read More

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  • 7. Cairns Marlin Marina

    CBD | Marina/Pier

    This floating marina's 261 berths bristle with charter fishing, diving, and private vessels, including superyachts up to 60 meters (197 feet...Read More

  • 8. Cairns Regional Gallery

    CBD | Museum/Gallery

    Occupying the impressive former Public Office Building constructed in the 1930s, Cairns Regional Gallery houses a hodgepodge of local, national...Read More

  • 9. City Centre Alive

    CBD | Pedestrian Mall

    Cairns's throbbing heart is City Centre Alive, a pedestrian mall and mini-rain forest that extends along the city's main shopping drag on Shields...Read More

  • 10. Kuranda Koala Gardens


    All kinds of Australian wildlife are housed here, but the namesake marsupials are star attractions. A half-hour stroll through the compact park...Read More

  • 11. Kuranda Scenic Railway

    CBD | Scenic Drive

    The historic Kuranda Scenic Railway makes a 115-minute ascent through rain forest and 15 hand-hewn tunnels to pretty Kuranda village, gateway...Read More

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  • 12. Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

    Cavaronica | Arts/Performance Venue

    At the base of the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, this park offers many opportunities to learn about indigenous Djabugay people through exhilarating...Read More

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  • 13. Undara Experience


    This extraordinary complex on the edge of Undara Volcanic National Park, 275 km (171 miles) or a four-hour scenic drive or rail trip from Cairns...Read More

  • 14. Undara Volcanic National Park

    Nature Sight

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

  • 15. Wharf Street

    CBD | 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 inland...Read More

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