Cairns Colonial Club Resort

5 Must Do Activities in Cairns

We are blessed to live in a city with so many attractions and activities available to us! Sure, they might be targeted at tourists, but there’s no reason why we can’t round up the family and spend a day exploring our beautiful home, Cairns. We’ve chosen our top 5 activities to do whilst in Cairns, with some providing cheeky locals’ discounts. Enjoy!

Hot Air Ballooning

Start your day right with a Hot Air Balloon ride over the picturesque Atherton Tablelands. The Cairns Hot Air Balloon Co. have over 20 years of flying experience, so all you have to do is show up and enjoy the journey.


From $270 (Adults)

Locals discount available



Green Island

Green Island is a firm love of locals and tourists alike. Whether it’s snorkelling in crystal clear waters or a cruise during the sunset, there’s something for everyone and at affordable prices. If you’re spending a few days in Cairns, you can combine activities in one of Green Island’s Cairns packages.


Full and Half days from $97 (Adults)

30% local discount available



Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

The Skyrail is one of Cairns’ top tourist attractions, and it’s easy to see why. Not only will you be subject to stunning aerial views of Cairns, but have the opportunity to explore Kuranda and marvel at Barron Falls, one of the region’s famous waterfalls. If you’re looking for a treat, you can upgrade to a Diamond View gondola with glass floors, which will make for a truly memorable experience.


Round trip from $79 (Adults)



Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures

Just a short 40 minutes’ drive north of Cairns lays a unique experience that the whole family can enjoy. Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures gives visitors access to get up close to crocodiles and other local wildlife and flora in their natural habitats. Presentations and boat tours are also available for those looking to make a day of it.


From $39 (Adults)



Fitzroy Island

Known as the island where “the rainforest meets the reef”, Fitzroy truly is a slice of paradise. Being only a 45-minute boat ride from Cairns means that you can spend hours or days on the island, depending on your preference. You’ll find a resort, bar, massage facilities, turtle conservation centre and plenty of places to snorkel.


From $220/night at the resort

From $35/night at a campsite


From $84 (Adults)

All-inclusive Package $124 (Adults)

33% local’s discount