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Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge and Daintree Rainforest Premium Day Tour

Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge and Daintree Rainforest Premium Day Tour
12 hours
USD 161.04
Explore the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation with an expert naturalist guide. Traveling by a specially designed vehicle in small group of no more than 13-17 participants ensures a personalized experience.

Barron Gorge and Kuranda National Park Half Day Rainforest and Waterfall 4WD Tour from Cairns

Barron Gorge and Kuranda National Park Half Day Rainforest and Waterfall 4WD Tour from Cairns
5 hours
USD 99.69
Spend a morning or afternoon exploring the spectacular scenery and rainforest surrounding Cairns. By 4WD vehicle you'll explore the Barron Gorge National Park and Kuranda National Park. With an exclusive access pass you'll visit areas not open to the public. This tour is ideal for those with limited time and who want to escape the crowds. Traveling with a small group of no more than 9 participants ensures you'll see some of Tropical North Queensland's hidden gems with personalized attention from your expert guide.

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Things to do in Cairns if you have a Cairns Airport Layover or Extended Cairns Airport Stopover

If you have an extended layover at the Cairns Airport or staying in town, why not consider getting out with some fun activities? We list a few here and there are many more on Cairns.LayoverIdeas.com.

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CNS Cairns International Airport is located a mere 7 km from the centre of Cairns city so it is quick and easy to leave the airport if you have a layover at this destination. Catch a shuttle for about AUD 10 per adult, and you will find yourself downtown within minutes. Once there you have an amazing choice of activities to keep you busy until it is time to head back to CNS Cairns International Airport for your onward flight.


Just 15 minutes from the centre of Cairns and accessible by regular shuttles, is the region’s most popular tourist attraction. The Skyrail is a cableway spanning 7.5 km of natural rainforest which begins just above the canopy and descends right into the heart of the forest. It is about a 2 and a half hour experience and can be fitted in if your layover is only for a few hours. It is essential to book in advance as this attraction is always booked up.

Cairns Botanic Gardens

If you are over being cooped up and think that the inside of a cable car is even more cramped than the inside of an plane, why not head off to the Botanic Gardens? Cairns Botanic Gardens is located just 4 km from the city centre, it is divided into four distinct areas including gardens, lakes, a conservation park and the Tanks Art Centre. There are walking trails, stunning views, all types of flora and fauna, and even the occasional crocodile on view. There is abundant choice of public transport to this attraction so getting to and from the airport should be simple and inexpensive.

Muddy’s Playground

If you are travelling with children, chances are they will have enough pent up energy after a long flight to fuel a small power station. If this sounds familiar, why not catch a shuttle to Muddy’s Playground on the corner of the esplanade, which is heralded as the best children’s play area in Australia. There are innumerable activities to keep the children busy and let off some steam. For the adults there is a café located right in the middle of the playground where you can have a refreshing and relaxing meal until you are ready to head back to the airport for your next flight.


Cairns Central is the place to go shopping while on a layover at CNS Cairns International Airport. It is home to one of Australia’s biggest department stores as well as almost every other type of store you can possibly think of. Boasting over 180 stores there is sure to be something for everyone at Cairns Central. If you are hungry there are an amazing array of food choices to whet your appetite.

As always, make sure you leave plenty of time to get back to the airport in time for your connecting flight and enjoy your transit city rather than whiling away the time leaning up against your backpack in the departures lounge.

Cairns Attractions

Kuranda Riverboat Sightseeing Cruise

Kuranda Riverboat Sightseeing CruiseDuration:
45 minutes
USD 13.80
Cruise the tranquil waters of the world's most ancient tropical rainforest on the Barron River whilst your local guides share their vast knowledge of this unique area. Enjoy a 45-minute wet tropics rainforest cruise departing from the riverside landing below the Kuranda Railway/Skyrail Station. Operating with 5 departure times per day, you're sure to find a time to suit your day.

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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

Australian Butterfly SanctuaryDuration:
USD 14.95
Be dazzled by more than 1,500 tropical jewel-colored butterflies at the Australia Butterfly Sanctuary. Located in the heart of Kuranda, the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary in Australia. Wander through the landscaped gardens that replicate the natural rainforest environment as hundreds of butterflies float around you. Complimentary tours take place through the day and a 'Behind-the-Scenes' Laboratory Tour is also included with entry.

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Cairns Dinner Theater: Improv After Dark

Cairns Dinner Theater: Improv After DarkDuration:
90 minutes
USD 15.34
Things get out of control as 6 professional actors take to the stage to create 60 minutes of outrageous unscripted entertainment. With the help of a little audience participation this no-holds-barred night quickly escalates into an edgy “all bets are off show.”

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Cairns ZOOm and Wildlife Dome

Cairns ZOOm and Wildlife DomeDuration:
USD 18.40
Discover the sights and sounds of the rainforest right in the heart of Cairns at the Cairns ZOOm and Wildlife Dome. See native birds fly freely around you in the glass-enclosed rooftop dome, get eye-to-eye with Goliath the saltwater crocodile, and meet the reptiles, wallabies and koalas. For adventure lovers and thrill-seekers alike, there are plenty of activities to test your skill and challenge your bravery. Test your skill on the ropes course, ride on one of the four different zip lines, or take the plunge with a dome jump! There is something for everyone.

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Cairns Self-Guided Audio Tour

Cairns Self-Guided Audio TourDuration:
USD 19.99
This magical audio tour of Cairns will take you through the tropical area where you will have an opportunity to visit and hold a koala at the Wildlife Dome and see the stunningly beautiful Esplanade Lagoon

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Kuranda Guided Interpretive Rainforest Walk Including Refreshments

Kuranda Guided Interpretive Rainforest Walk Including RefreshmentsDuration:
60 minutes
USD 23.01
<p>Hop aboard the Kuranda Riverboat and cross the Barron River to a secluded rainforest clearing where you will be taken on a guided interpretive walk through a section of beautiful tropical rainforest. Your guide will accompany you on an established forest trail and show you many different examples of tropical rainforest trees, vines, lianas and ferns. Sometimes a cassowary or other wildlife may be seen in the rainforest. Enjoy your guided rainforest walk followed by tea, coffee and cake in our covered outdoor rainforest tea room. At the conclusion of the tour you will board the Kuranda Riverboat and return to the jetty on the Kuranda Village side of the Barron River.</p>

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Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld Admission Tickets

Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld Admission TicketsDuration:
USD 23.77
<div>Combine two of Kuranda's most popular wildlife experiences with visits to both the Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld. Encounter Australia's weird and wonderful animals as you cuddle a koala, feed a wallaby and take a walk through the python house at the Kuranda Koala Gardens, then enter a rainforest habitat at Birdworld to hand-feed lorikeets and cockatoos. It's a great way to spend a family-friendly day in the Cairns area!</div>

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Cairns Theater Show: Burlesque Night

Cairns Theater Show: Burlesque NightDuration:
90 minutes
USD 26.84
Audiences have been asking for it and Cairns Theater Show have delivered! Join every Thursday for an evening of burlesque! This 90-minutes of sexy entertainment will have you laughing crying and begging for more. There is an la carte menu available to purchase food and drinks separately on the night.

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Last Updated: 4 Jan 2017