The Great Barrier Reef
One of the most popular things to do in Cairns is take a trip to one of Australia’s greatest treasures, the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. With a dazzling array of hard and soft corals and innumerable kinds of fish, molluscs, and other marine animals, including dolphins, turtles, and sharks, the reef is one of the planet’s richest ecosystems, stretching for more than 2,300 kilometres.
An organised tour is the best way to explore this secluded natural beauty, whether you wish to snorkel or dive. The 8.5-hour Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns takes you out to the reef in just over an hour on a luxurious 100-passenger boat with an on-board marine biologist. The Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Cairns is a terrific alternative for people who also wish to see the reef from the air, allowing you to customise your tour. You can fly to the reef one way and cruise back, or take a round-trip flight that includes lunch, snorkelling, and swimming.