Cairns Discovery Tours

Cruises, Sailing and Water Tours

Cairns Discovery Tours is Cairns’ official city sightseeing tour, operating since 1994. They are a small, personalised tour operator that is passionate about their region. They love sharing the best of what Cairns has to offer, and their afternoon half-day tour has become a highlight for many visitors.

You will discover the natural beauty and cultural heritage of tropical Cairns on this half-day tour. An experienced guide will lead you to the highlights of the city and surrounds, travelling in the comfort of a fully air-conditioned vehicle.

Discover Cairns as you relax and enjoy the city’s rich history, glimpses of its cultural heritage and iconic landmarks. Visit St Monica’s Cathedral and the breath-taking stained glass windows, guided tour of the Cairns Museum and discover the unique flora of the tropics on a guided walk through the Botanical Gardens and indulge in a delicious afternoon Devonshire tea. Have your camera at the ready as we visit a spectacular lookout with views over the city of Cairns and the Coral Sea before continuing onto Barron Gorge National Park and Surprise Creek Falls. Take a stroll along the jetty or on the sand on this picture-perfect beach, fringed with coconut trees. Nestled behind the beach is the quiet seaside suburb of Palm Cove, with its’ magnificent paperbark trees.



Discover Cairns as you explore the city’s rich history, glimpses of its cultural heritage and iconic landmarks. Visit St Monica’s Cathedral and the breath-taking stained glass windows. Discover the unique flora of the tropics – exotic herbs, spices and valuable timber trees. Enjoy a guided walk through the Cairns Museum, School of Arts, and the Cairns Botanical Gardens. Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea. Delight in their stunning city and mountain views, take photos of Surprise Falls in the Barron Gorge National Park and visit Stunning Palm Cove.

Duration: five hours (approximately).

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Visit the Cairns Aquarium, the first public aquarium built in Australia in 18 years, it is home to more than 15,000 specimens and 10 ecosystems.

Start your day with a self-guided tour through the aquarium and explore the ecosystems and habitats of Tropical North Queensland.

Visit the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, located at Cairns Aquarium. A not-for-profit, volunteer-run, charitable entity is caring for rescued sea turtles. Guided Turtle Hospital Tours are available.

You will be taken on an exclusive tour of the onsite Turtle Hospital to meet the sea turtles in our care. This educational experience lasts approximately 30 minutes, and 100% of proceeds from the Turtle Hospital tour are utilised for food, medicine, veterinary care and operating costs.

This afternoon you will be met at 12.45 pm at the entrance of the Aquarium by Cairns Discovery Tours to continue your afternoon city sights and surrounds sightseeing tour. The aquarium opens at 10 am. Includes admission, Cairns city sights tour, afternoon tea, includes hotel drop off to your accommodation.

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Cairns City Sights and Dinner Cruise is the perfect way to spend an afternoon and evening in Tropical North Queensland as you discover the best of Australia’s most famous tropical city.

Explore the cities rich history which provides glimpses of natural beauty, cultural heritage and some of Cairns most iconic landmarks.

The tour includes a guided tour of the Cairns Museum, Cairns Botanic Gardens, Scenic look out over the City and the Coral Sea, a delicious Devonshire afternoon tea. Visit Lower Barron Gorge National Park, and Surprise Creek falls and the picturesque seaside suburb of Palm Cove Beach.

You will be taken to join the Sunset Dinner cruise aboard a sailing catamaran and enjoy an evening of calm water cruising on Trinity Inlet. Enjoy a refreshing pre-dinner drink, stroll the interior or exterior decks and admire the view before a delicious buffet dinner with a wide range of hot and cold dishes, fresh seafood and delicious local produce.

The water is calm, the weather mild and the night is yours to enjoy.

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Discover the beautiful tropical city of Cairns on a calm water river cruise followed by lunch and the highlights of Cairns.

The tour includes a 1.25-hour calm water cruise, lunch at the award-winning restaurant Dundees on the waterfront and an afternoon sightseeing tour of Cairns and beyond.

You will visit the Cairns Museum with an exclusive guided tour and view the world’s largest themed stained glass windows at St Monica’s Cathedral. Enjoy afternoon tea at a local cafe before a guided tour of Cairns Botanic Garden.

Take in the sights at one of Cairns’s lookouts, Lower Barron Gorge and Surprise Creek Falls, before taking a stroll along the jetty at the picturesque suburb of Palm Cove, one of Cairns beaches.

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Enjoy 2 hours on Green Island to swim, snorkel or discover the wonders of the reef in a glass bottom boat coral viewing tour before returning to Cairns to join the afternoon City Sights Tour to explore Cairns & surrounds, visiting iconic landmarks around Cairns.

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