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When your Australia cruise itinerary includes the one of the most popular resort cities in Queensland, which is also the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, you can be sure that Cairns shore excursions will show you the area’s most interesting and exciting sights.
Shore excursions in Cairns, Australia are designed to let you experience one of the seven wonders of the natural world in style as you board a luxury catamaran headed for the Great Barrier Reef. Grab your gear for the snorkeling session of a lifetime and be amazed by the sight of thousands of species of brilliantly colored fish, over 600 types of hard and soft corals, and whales, dolphins, turtles, and so much more. Non-snorkelers on a cruise to Cairns can board a semi-sub with large viewing windows and glide through reef lagoons and coral gardens, marveling at the spectacular variety of marine life.
Soar above the Australian wilderness on Cairns shore excursions offering 360-degree views of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest that butts up against the the Great Barrier Reef. Take a thrilling five-mile guided tram ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to see one of the few pristine rainforests left on the planet. Learn about the area’s ecosystem from a forest guide and see the diverse flora and fauna of the rainforest that once covered the entire Australian continent.
For a unique, closer-to-the-ground look at the rainforest, book Cairns shore excursions to Kuranda, a centuries-old mountain village within the rainforest. See the spectacular Barron Falls, a tiered cascading waterfall, and browse the artisan shops selling Aboriginal artwork and handicrafts. Enjoy a coffee in the beautifully set outdoor café, and have your picture taken with a cute koala.
Continue your rainforest tour on board the Kuranda Scenic Railway, where you’ll see the glory of the Wet Tropics Rainforest up close. Considered an engineering feat when it was built between 1882 and 1891, its route takes you through tunnels and over bridges and steep ravines, passing the Barron Gorge and cascading waterfalls. On this Australia shore excursion, you’ll be able to see the living, breathing flora and fauna of the rainforest in all its glory. For an unforgettable day of Australian ecotourism and just plain fun, double-down and take the Skyrail Forest Cableway, stop and shop at Kuranda Village, then hop on the Kuranda Scenic Railway.