Cruise away from Cairns and enjoy the tropical north!
Cruises from Cairns begin in a city considered to be the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Before embarking, make sure to take the time to explore the area, from the bright lights of the vibrant modern city, to the rare exotic greenery of the surrounding rainforest. If you’re looking for a memorable holiday that begins before you even set sail, cruises from Cairns will be perfect for you.
Cairns is situated in Queensland and is home to around 140,000 people. With a thriving tourism industry, residents welcome visitors with friendly hospitality. To experience the range of varying landscapes and must-see sites, Cairns offers a selection of tours for you to choose from. The Great Barrier Reef, the worlds largest reef and also the largest living organism, is easily accessible from Cairns, and you’d be crazy not to see it with your own eyes. Head out on a boat for the day, experience the reef from the pontoon, or if you’re feeling really adventurous, take a scenic flight and see the reef from the skies! However, nothing can beat getting into the water and snorkelling, so you can really see the vibrant colours of all the marine life and coral gardens that the Great Barrier Reef has to offer.
As well as an incredible underwater world, the Great Barrier Reef has some beautifully secluded islands. Lady Musgrave Island is home to over 70 percent of the reef’s birdlife, and Lizard Island has clear blue waters over 24 white sand beaches. Some Islands are perfect for the whole family and some are more intimate, reserved for romantic getaways with private beaches. Each offer a new experience, with unique eco systems and landscapes to backdrop the perfect island experience.
The natural beauty of Cairns doesn’t stop there. Venture out to the Wet Tropics Rainforest to discover the wonders of this UNESCO World Heritage site. The rainforest boasts a number of fascinating species of both plants and animals, some you will find no where else in the world. Its home to Daintree, the oldest rainforest in the world. Take a guided walk through the trees and learn about the history and biology behind this luscious paradise, what inspired the movie “Avatar”. Experience the views from a height on the zip line or see take to the Daintree River on a small boat cruise through the jungle.
Back in the city of Cairns there’s another world to explore. Walk along the Esplanade to find a 4800-sq-metre swimming lagoon, perfect for cooling off during the hot summers. You’ll also find a boardwalk over 2 kilometres long with barbecue and picnic areas, fitness equipment and Muddy’s, Australia’s top-rated playground. As you wander down the Esplanade keep an eye out for markets and live music. In the evening, take your pick of a selection of classy restaurants and quaint cafes, and enjoy your meal al fresco, looking out at the water.
Other popular attractions in Cairns include St. Monica’s Cathedral, an unassuming yet wonderful monument. Rich in historic importance, the cathedral is also an amazing display of craftsmanship, boasting over 24 beautiful stain glass windows. They tell the story of the creation of life (with some Australian influence, of course). There are also many innovative museums such as the Tanks Arts Centre, three huge ex-WWII fuel-storage tanks which have been transformed into art galleries. Not only for displaying art, the tanks also host live music performances and a market on the last Sunday of every month. For a more intense cultural experience visit Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Cairns has a colourful history of dating back over 40,000 years. Experience and learn all about Australia’s Aboriginal heritage through performance, dance, food and arts. In the evening join the “Night fire” where you’ll meet Indigenous rainforest people who will paint your face and entertain with digeridoo music.
Cruises from Cairns are run by many cruise lines, each offering a variety of itineraries and different experiences, depending on what kind of traveller you are. Stay local on a Ponant cruise around Australia, visiting Willis Island, Hardy Reef and more. Check out 5-star Windstar Cruises and venture to Indonesia with their cruises from Cairns. Yacht cruising is definitely an unforgettable experience, with complimentary water sports onboard as well as exquisite dining. On CruiseAway you can find all the best offers on cruises from Cairns with best price guarantee. If you’re looking to begin your journey in Cairns, you’ll find the perfect itinerary to suit your cruising style right here. Book today to get the best deal!