Cairns City Sights and Surrounds Tour

Cairns City Sights and Surrounds Tour

5 hours 30 minutes Cairns, Australia

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Learn about the history of Cairns’ visiting the city, port, beaches and famous landmarks on a small-group afternoon tour. Experience sights not seen on other tours with a local guide.
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Stop At: Cairns Region, Cairns Region, Queensland

Your small-group tour of Cairns and its environs starts in the afternoon with a drive by air-conditioned minivan through the city center and to the waterfront, where you’ll explore the wharves and harbour with your experienced guide

Duration: 5 hours

Stop At: Cairns Museum, City Pl Shields St School of Arts Building, Cnr Lake and Shields Streets, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia

Guided tour of Cairns Museum with complimentary re-entry throughout your stay in Cairns

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: NOA Eat Drink Share, 1 Pyne St, Edge Hill QLD 4870, Australia

Delicious Devonshire Afternoon tea including tea and coffee

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Cairns Botanical Gardens, 1 Collins Ave, Queensland 4870 Australia

Learn about Cairns’ tropical environment on a guided walk through Flecker Botanical Gardens

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Barron Gorge National Park, Wrights Lookout Rd, Queensland Australia

See the city from a hillside lookout that boasts fabulous photo opportunities; and take a walk past the ravines, rugged mountains and Surprise Creek Waterfall at the Lower Barron Gorge National Park.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Palm Cove Beach, 111 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, Queensland 4879 Australia

Last stop is by the water with a walk along Palm Cove Jetty or the beach. Simply stunning

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Lake Morris Road, Lake Morris Rd, Mooroobool QLD 4870, Australia

Have your camera at the ready as we visit a spectacular lookout with views over the city of Cairns and the Coral Sea

Duration: 15 minutes


  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Local guide
  • Afternoon tea
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Cairns Museum
  • Entry/Admission - NOA Eat Drink Share
  • Entry/Admission - Cairns Botanical Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Barron Gorge National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Palm Cove Beach


  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Additional $12 per adult & $5 per child for Palm Cove & Northern Beaches commence 12NN return 5.30PM

Departure Point

1: Cairns, Cairns, Cairns Region, Queensland
2: Palm Cove, Palm Cove, Cairns Region, Queensland

Traveler pickup is offered
Complimentary return transfers from all Cairns CBD hotel from 12.30pm - 1.00pm return 6.00pm approx
Palm Cove and Northern Beaches commence at 12 noon return 5.30pm - additional cost of $12.00 per adult and $5.00 per child


  • Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal, Wharf St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Motor scooters not permitted
  • Most travelers can participate
  • No Wheelie Walkers permitted
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons


26 Reviews

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msopena July 2021

This is a great tour for visitors with limited time. A surprise highlight for me was the visit to Cairns Museum as we had an excellent guide and exceptional storyteller in Shanan. The themed glass stained windows at St Monica's Cathedral is also worth a look; it depicts creation and evolution with a bit of Australiana.

jayeeg78 July 2021

This was a great half day tour! Eric our tour guide was knowledgeable and super friendly! Our family group of 6 members aged between 16 and 71 all enjoyed each stop. Afternoon tea delicious as well!

Gwenneth R November 2020

A great introduction to Cairns, with plenty of time at each stop. The tour guide was knowledgeable about the local area and helpful to all guests.

Mark P February 2020

Our driver, Eric, was knowledgeable and friendly. He did his best to make us comfortable and content. The itinerary was a nice sampler of the area's sights- museum, church windows, botanical garden, city overlook point, rain forest stroll, and beautiful beach community. The afternoon tea featured the best scone I have ever had! This tour was well worth the money, and I recommend it.

Pam H February 2020

Very enjoyable and informative trip. The only down side was that we couldn’t get into the cathedral to see or photograph the stain glass windows because there was a service taking place. Maybe the cathedral could have taken place after the museum.

Nilima U L April 2019

This tour is an excellent way to see a bit of the reef and the city, including the beautiful Palm Cove. Emma, our driver cum guide was superb. Quite enjoyed the tea at NOAs. Was lovely to visit the Cathedral as it was the Easter weekend. Visit to the Museum was excellent.

Alan M April 2019

One of the Best Tours we have been on our driver/guide Eric was excellent very informative and very helpful and friendly would highly recommend this tour and driver

Alan L July 2018

This trip was full of information and we were able to see many sights around Cairns. Our driver, Eric did a fantastic job. We almost didn’t do this trip but are glad we did. The only negative comment I have is that after paying online and choosing a pick up spot from their list when the driver arrived he told us there was an extra $10 pick up charge per person. Cheaper than a taxi in but wasn’t expecting the extra charge. Great tour and would highly recommend.

ALAN M October 2016

fantastic tour

kedwards01 May 2016

This was a very interesting tour that allowed travelers to see all of the various sites of importance in Cairns. The commentary made it interesting and the knowledge of the guide made for a great afternoon after a morning visit to Green Island. Green Island and the glass bottom boat tour were very interesting as well and a great way to visit the Great Barrier Reef.

IRIS R October 2014

This tour was great I loved the combo city tour and Great Barrier Reef

reduit41 October 2014

This was an excellent tour. Half a day on Green Island is enough unless you are into the snorkelling or diving, the glass bottom boat trip gave us the opportunity to see some magnificent reef fish and turtles and the Cairns City tour was much better than we expected. Not just a quick trip around town, but out of the city to see the sights and Eric, our driver and guide was full of information and anecdotes about the places we visited.

IAN C May 2014

Excellent tour with knowledgeable guide. Fantastic afternoon tea/coffee.

Paul R W May 2014

Excellent tour and very interesting! Our tour guide Roger was so nice and very informative! Learned a lot about the city and it was a nice way to "sample" the city to see where we'd like to go next or what we'd like to see!

Tinasc March 2014

Great tour at the beginning of a Cairns visit to orientate you.
The guide was friendly and knowledgable.
Good value for money and the cream tea was delicious.

Jacqueline M November 2012

Very very good, driver was nice, we saw a lot more than we thout. We highly recomend.

Keith V March 2020

Good tour, however our tour guide Eric worked very much from a script and was not at all forthcoming when asked various questions regarding the area.

scholesa28 September 2019

Eric was our driver and guide for the afternoon and he was extremely knowledgeable about the city and surrounding areas we visited. The afternoon tea was very Nice, scones with jam and cream washed down with a choice of beverages of which I had English breakfast tea and it was very nice. Picked up and dropped off at hotel and can recommend doing this when visiting Cairns.

David March 2018

A very enjoyable tour with an excellent and enthusiastic guide.

johnchandy2 February 2018

good trip

Ingrid A February 2018

Good way to get an overview of Cairns. The trip included a visit to a church with amazing stained glass windows, the museum guided tour and the botanic gardens which included afternoon tea plus a couple of other stops with views of Cairns. If you're short of time in Cairns this trip is ideal.

Katie L February 2015

Thanks coach captain Eric

Mr N R E B August 2014

Our Small-Group Cairns City Tour with Optional Green Island Cruise was well worth the experience. However we would recommend a full day on Green Island as there too little time in a half-day to get the full benefit of the options available on the island. Otherwise we enjoyed it immensely! The tour director/driver was full of information about the local sights around Cairns and we would recommend it to others.

Melanie L April 2013

loved had a great day the only problem was by the time you get off the cruise you are starved and there is ZERO time to stop for snacks....which is upsetting, but green island i could of spent all day there, and the information roger gave us of cairns on the tour was amazing , he told us stories that you wouldnt typically hear, and the sights were amazing. not to mention the biggest scone ive ever seen for afternoon tea!!!!!!!

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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