Although Cairns is a popular departure point for trips to the Great Barrier Reef, there are many further tourist attractions in this area. Also within easy reach of Cairns are the top attractions of the Atherton Tableland and the Mossman Gorge, as well as the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.
Many visitors enjoy taking a cruise along the Daintree River, where crocodiles and wildlife attractions can be viewed in comfort and safety. Tourists who enjoy outdoor attractions will be able to choose between walking trails, cycling, white water rafting, hot-air ballooning and even skydiving. A stroll along the Cairns Foreshore Promenade comes highly recommended, with the lagoon and its sandy beach often beckoning on a sunny day, while the shops along the Pier and the historical buildings of Trinity Wharf provide further interest. Both the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the Kuranda Scenic Railway and not to be missed.