With the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, there is a lot to see on a trip to Cairns.

You can experience a lot in just two days in Cairns. Make the most out of your time by doing some research and planning ahead. You won’t be able to see everything in just two days, but you will be able to see the well-known highlights!

What to do

With limited time in Cairns, you’ll want to be sure to make the most of your adventure. You can choose to stay in the city or to explore the city’s surroundings.

If you prefer to spend your time exploring the city, there are a range of activities to enjoy. You can take a dip in the lagoon, stroll through the botanical garden, visit Cairns ZOOM, and soak in the sun on the beach.

Alternatively, you can choose to spend two days exploring the famous landmarks surrounding the city.

Great Barrier Reef

A trip to Cairns doesn’t seem complete without viewing the Great Barrier Reef. You will have to travel around 45 minutes by boat to reach the reef. We offer a range of reef tours to make the most out of your day on the water. You can choose to stay out of the water and view the reef from the boat. Or you can choose to snorkel and dive, further exploring the underwater wonder.

Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation

The Daintree Rainforest is another spectacular place to visit while in Cairns. The Daintree is Australia’s largest rainforest and is a great location for hiking and soaking in swimming holes. You can also find Cape Tribulation while visiting the rainforest. Cape Tribulation is where the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest meet, providing jaw-dropping scenery.

Atherton Tablelands

Atherton Tablelands is another rainforest with endless untouched wilderness. This rainforest is famous for the spectacular waterfalls found throughout. There are also lots of great hiking trails to stroll while admiring the scenery.


Take the hassle out of planning and join a tour to make the most out of your time in Cairns. You can even choose to join a different tour each day. With a range of tours departing from Cairns, you could join a day trip to explore the Great Barrier Reef, Fitzroy Island, Atherton Tablelands, or Cape Tribulation.

Alternatively, our 2-Day Best of Both World Tour introduces you to the best of Atherton Tablelands and the Daintree Rainforest.

Two days is enough time for an unforgettable adventure in Cairns. We’re positive that after your two days of exploring, you’ll love Cairns as much as we do!

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