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Cairns City Sights and Surrounds Tour

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Cairns, Australia

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icon5 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
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
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Overview

First time in Cairns? Discover the gateway to Queensland’s tropical north on this 5.5-hour sightseeing tour. Visit city attractions like the Flecker Botanical Gardens and St Monica's Cathedral, and stroll along the scenic Cairns waterfront. Indulge in a delicious Devonshire afternoon tea (included) taking in the stunning views from the jetty at Palm Cove before taking a short hike through the Barron Gorge National Park. For the full experience, upgrade to include a 2-hour morning cruise to Green Island in the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef marine park. This small-group tour is limited to 20 people.
  • 5.5-hour Cairns sightseeing tour
  • Visit top Cairns-area attractions, including the waterfront, Flecker Botanical Gardens and St Monica's Cathedral, home to the world's largest peace-themed stained-glass window
  • Indulge in a Devonshire tea, coffee or hot chocolate and scones
  • Walk the lower section of Barron Gorge National Park and admire the views of the rugged mountains, ravines and tumbling waterfalls
  • Upgrade to include a cruise to Green Island for optional snorkeling or a glass-bottom boat tour
  • Small-group tour limited to 20 people ensures a personalized experience with your guide
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Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Local guide
Afternoon tea
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

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

Traveler pickup is offered
We collect from all Cairns Hotels and Motels from 12.30pm - 1.00pm return 6.00pm approx
Palm Cove and Northern Beaches commence at 12 noon return 5.30pm - additional cost of $10.00 per adult and $5.00 per child


Ports

  • Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal, Corner Wharf and Lake Streets, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia


Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • If taking the full day option, lunch can be purchased on Green Island (at own expense)
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cairns Discovery Tours

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

  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Cairns City Sights and Surrounds Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Cairns City Sights and Surrounds Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Cairns City Sights and Surrounds Tour?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Cairns City Sights and Surrounds Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cairns City Sights and Surrounds Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Cairns City Sights and Surrounds Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Cairns City Sights and Surrounds Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Cairns City Sights and Surrounds Tour.

Traveler Tips


  • "If you're short of time in Cairns this trip is ideal." See review
  • "Cheaper than a taxi in but wasn’t expecting the extra charge." See review
  • "This tour is an excellent way to see a bit of the reef and the city, including the beautiful Palm Cove." See review

Reviews

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Great day, good way for a visitor to see what is available to see in Cairns.
Keith_M
, Jan 2021
As we had only been in Cairns a day, this was a good way of seeing the sights and finding out where everything was that we may want to see, the visit to the gardens and museum and drive to palm cove were worth while seeing. Our driver Eric was professional and informative.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Thank you for taking the time to review Cairns Discovery Tours. It is a wonderful introduction to Cairns as you say when you first arrive. Regards Maryanne
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star-5
Recommended for first time visitors to Cairns
Bruce_B
, Nov 2020
This half day tour is an ideal way to take a look around Cairns for first time visitors You are taken around the CBD, the port, Cruise Ferry Terminal, Museum,( 30 minute visit). Botanic Gardens, Mountains view and, 25 kms north of Cairns, to Palm Cove and Barron Gorge. My favorite was Palm Cove and the walk out on the pier, chatting to the locals fishing with hand lines. You also have views of Double Island and Scouts Hat Island. The Tour Captain is very knowledgeable regarding local histories and provides an informative and humorous commentary. Afternoon Tea is taken in the up market zone of Cairns. This Tour is very good value for money.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you for your review, as a small local operator we really appreciate it.
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star-5
Great value tour
GRR
, Nov 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.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you for taking the time to review your Cairns City Sights tour with us. We love where we live and sharing with our guests/visitors
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star-4
Good tour
Keith_V
, Mar 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.
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star-5
An excellent choice if your Cairns stay is short
NanP
, Feb 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.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank you for taking the time to review your tour with Cairns Discovery Tours and guide Eric. Pleased you enjoyed the afternoon tea and found the tour to be great value. We are a small tour operator and enjoy showing our beautiful tropical city to our visitors.
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star-5
An informative tour of Cairns and surrounding area.
bphkarma
, Feb 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.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank you for taking the time to review your tour with us. I apologies that you could not visit the Cathedral, as it does not happen very often, I will discuss with the guides to look at visiting the Cathedral at the end of the tour instead. Appreciate your feedback.
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star-4
Nice afternoon drive round sights of Cairns
andrew s
, Sep 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.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you for taking the time to review your Cairns City Sights Tour with us and guide Eric. Pleased you enjoyed your afternoon.
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star-5
Excellent tour - highly recommended
Companion722256
, Apr 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.
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Small Group city and surrounds
Alan M
, Apr 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
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star-5
Excellent overview of Cairns Area
alee07932018
, Jul 2018
Had been so busy in the days leading up to this trip that we almost cancelled, but so glad we didn’t. The tour was very informative and we had a great time and learned a lot of history of Cairns. Enjoyed the museum stop and the botanical gardens. Eric our driver was great.
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