Adrenalin and adventure

Known as the adventure capital, Tropical North Queensland offers extreme adventures and activities that will give you sweaty palms and shaking knees.

Things to do

Join a live shark feed on a dive expedition, or swim with the minke whales in the most remote parts of the Great Barrier Reef.

Explore spectacular gorges, ancient lava tubes and the history of Australian pioneers. And be sure to experience the live snake feeding extravaganza during wet season.

Skydive over the Great Barrier Reef or hang-glide over the Daintree Rainforest and Port Douglas. Rather stick to the ground? Take yourself on a self-drive journey and discover serene waterfalls, towering trees and crater lakes.

Channel your inner Bear Grylls white water rafting down the gushing Barron and Tully rivers or pack up the 4WD to take an expedition through the untouched wilderness of Cape York.

Trek and wind down world-class mountain bike trails and get your wheels dirty or jungle surf through the Daintree Rainforest.

Master the BMX Bungy Jump or hop on a quad bike and adventure through the mangrove wetlands and native bushland.

Looking for more adventures? Here’s the top 10 adrenalin-packed things to do in Cairns.

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Skydive Cairns

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Skydive Australia is the largest and most professional skydive company in Australia. And offers thrill-seeking tourists from around the world the perfect excuse to jump out of a plane over five of the most breathtaking and unique locations around Australia.

Hot Air Balloon Cairns

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More visitors and locals choose to fly with Hot Air Balloon Cairns by far, than anywhere in Australia, so don't miss out, come along and experience it for yourself. See the fleet of balloons float up up and away in the wide open blue skies where the temperate climate is perfectly suited to ballooning.

Jungle Tours and Trekking

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Jungle Tours operates out of Cairns and specialises in day and extended tours to the World Heritage areas of Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Wilderness, where the oldest rainforest in the world meets the Great Barrier Reef.

Raging Thunder Adventures

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Raging Thunder Adventures is one of the largest adventure companies in Australia. They have a reputation for excellence and have established themselves as a World Leader in Adventure Tourism. For a truly memorable experience, try a balloon flight at dawn over the Atherton Tablelands.

Global Travel Services and Kuranda Hotel (Heritage Restaurant)

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All aspects of the Global Travel Services (GTS) outfit focus on providing high quality, unique tour experiences in and around Cairns City. They pride themselves on world-class customer service, high level of coach safety and presentation, and punctuality.

Pro Dive Cairns

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Pro Dive Cairns is Australia's Premier PADI Dive School as well as a leading outer reef liveaboard dive trip operator. Since 1983 Pro Dive Cairns have developed an international reputation for quality, professionalism, safety and value, specialising in learn to dive courses and diver education from beginner to professional, three day liveaboard dive trips and retail sales of dive, snorkel and water sports equipment.

Ocean Free Sail to the Great Barrier Reef and Green Island - Cairns Premier Reef and Island Tours

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"Ocean Free" is one of two personal Great Barrier Reef tours located in Cairns offered by the Cairns Premier Reef and Island Tours' team. Operating for over 22 years owners Perry and Taryn have found the right balance of care, fun and relaxation while ensuring safety and professionalism on their tours.

Bad Fishy Jet Boating Cairns

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Bad Fishy operates the thrilling "Tropical Twist" ride on The Trinity Inlet in Cairns. With spins, slides, speed and the stunning sights of Cairns it's loads of fun! Expect to get wet and have lots of laughs as your local skipper takes you on the 35 minute adventure.

Kuranda Rainforest Journeys

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Kuranda Rainforest Journeys is a family owned and locally operated business providing visitors with the best rainforest experience in Far North Queensland. They offer a range of ATV guided tours to explore their property nestled atop the magnificent Barron Falls, surrounded by World Heritage Rainforest and home to the elusive cassowary.

Spirit of Cairns

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Spirit of Cairns is locally owned and operated by a company with more than 30 years experience in taking visitors to the Great Barrier Reef, on day tours, where you can learn to scuba dive and extended liveaboard scuba diving expeditions.
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