10 Walking Tours in North Queensland That You Shouldn't Miss

August 23, 2021 Roseanne Arnett

Discover the best top things to do in North Queensland, Australia including Water Pack-2 days of Waterfalls and Rafting!, Double Pack-Ancient Rainforest and Waterfalls!, Cairns Pub & Club Tour, Let's Go Buggin & Let's Go Shroomin - Photography & Nature Walking Tours, Cairns Aquarium Tour by Twilight with Drink and Appetiser, Behana Canyon Rainforest and Waterfall Experience, Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns, Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls and Rainforest Day Tour Departing Cairns, Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and Bloomfield Track Small Group Tour, Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, and Daintree Rainforest Day Trip from Cairns or Port Douglas.
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1. Water Pack-2 days of Waterfalls and Rafting!

Foaming Fury
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2 days of adventure with Cairns Adventure Group! Half day of White-Water Rafting with Foaming Fury, taking on the thrills of Grade 3 rapids on the Barron River and a day tour exploring the waterfalls, craters and volcanic lakes of the Atherton Tablelands with Waterfall Wanderers.

Inclusions: Lunch on Waterfall Wanderers tour, Driver/guide, Professional guide, Hotel pickup and drop-off, All safety equipment and tuition is included, Lunch

Exclusions: 30 per person River Levy not included

Reviewed By V76TNkatel

What an EPIC arvo we had. Kristian and Sarah picked us up from our hotel on time and had great communication and organisation. We were supplied with all the equipment we needed and were well briefed. We headed out on the water, had traffic thrills and spills and laughed the whole afternoon. Was the best part of our Cairns trip - BY FAR. Big thank you to Kristian for taking such great care of us and for the laughs along the way - not to mention restaurant and entertainment tips for the rest of our stay.

2. Double Pack-Ancient Rainforest and Waterfalls!

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns, 121-123 Esplanade, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia Waterfall Wanderers
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This tour is 2-days of adventure seeing the best of the Cairns region. Explore the waterfalls, volcanic craters and lakes of the Atherton Tablelands with Waterfall Wanderers and then venture through the Daintree- the oldest rainforest in the world-to Cape Tribulation with Active Tropics Explorer.

Inclusions: Lunch, National Park fees, Lunch, Driver/guide, Hotel pickup and drop-off, Air-conditioned vehicle

Exclusions: Drinks

Reviewed By AussieFi_11

I had a fabulous day on this tour. I was initially concerned by all the images on the website of young people but in the day we had a predominantly ‘less young’ group. The tour was led by Sam who did an awesome job of making everyone feel comfortable and safe, and encouraged people to ‘have a go’. The group bonded really well over the day and it was no problem doing it as a solo traveller. The waterfalls were fabulous, we saw two platypuses in the stream, and generally had a great day.

3. Cairns Pub & Club Tour

The Jack Hotel & Backpackers, Sheridan St &, Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia PartyInCairns
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Whether your traveling solo or with friends the Partyincairns high energy party hosts will show you the best of Cairns' nightlife every Friday night (we will also be running varied Saturday nights in 2021 - please check for available dates). We actually guarantee we will save you money while you party with us. Free drinks - VIP priced drinks all night - free entry to every venue and our amazing Big Deal Discount Booklet make unbeatable value. We look forward to partying with you soon.

Inclusions: Amazing discounted dinner options avaialble (VALUE $10), 1 free drink in every bar (5 in total - VALUE $50), Discount drinks in every bar all night (VALUE $35 based on 2 drinks per bar), Fun, games & live entertainment, Big Deal Discount Booklet with over $500 of real value discounts around town (VALUE $40), High energy party hosts to keep your night running smoothly, All venue cover charges (VALUE $40)

Exclusions: Extra drinks at own expense

Reviewed By marketam183

What a value for money - sooo many free drinks and VIP entries :) Plus fun games with cool prizes :) What a night - hope to go again :) Shout out to the crew and the leader (nicknamed Snapper) :)

4. Let's Go Buggin & Let's Go Shroomin - Photography & Nature Walking Tours

Cairns Botanic Gardens, 78-96 Collins Ave, Edge Hill QLD 4870, Australia Aussie Macro Photos
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Join photographer Bridgette on a small group tour (maximum 4 people) to explore the world of the tiny creatures that live in the Cairns Botanic Gardens. This is the only tour of its kind in Cairns. Most of the tiny lifeforms go completely unnoticed, but a magical world awaits to be discovered when you join for a personalized, highly specified tour of the gardens and the treasures it keeps. Assistance is given to those wanting some help improving their photography.

Inclusions: Expert Guide, Photography Advice

Exclusions: Gratuities

Reviewed By leonardlimphoto

Amazing time well spent! Bridgette was full of information and such a good spotter. Back to back, heaps of critters to shoot. This is highly recommended for any levels of photographer you are , either with a big or small camera , u odd to have heaps of fun . A great gathering to know other photographers and macro enthusiasts

5. Cairns Aquarium Tour by Twilight with Drink and Appetiser

Cairns Aquarium, 5 Florence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia Cairns Aquarium
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Exclusive after hours entry to Cairns Aquarium, accompanied by VIP guided tour, drink, and appetiser served by Dundee's Restaurant.

Inclusions: Drink & Appetiser, Cairns Aquarium Entrance Ticket, Professional Guide

Exclusions: No main or dessert included

Reviewed By Eagles181

We spent 2.5 hrs at the aquarium and enjoyed every minute. The sheer number and variety of the animals on display is staggering. Everything was well maintained and clean. Most importantly, for older people like me, there is a lot of seating where you can rest along the way.

6. Behana Canyon Rainforest and Waterfall Experience

58 Grafton St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia Cairns Canyoning
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Immerse yourself in several waterfalls all cascading into one breathtaking natural rainforest gorge. Experience rappelling, swimming under waterfalls, walking through old, vibrant rain forest while jumping off rocks into the deep fresh crystal clear water. Super friendly, qualified crew ensure your day is fun filled and ultra safe so your can enjoy the rest of your holidays, & tell of your adventures.

Inclusions: Professional local guide, All equipment provided, All activities, All Fees and Taxes

Exclusions: Photos are available for purchase though our online Picthrive system

Reviewed By Megmolin

I did this as part of a study abroad orientation experience. I had an amazing time and the people who work here are very kind and helpful and work very hard to ensure a safe, fun experience for everyone. Would highly reccomend!

7. Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns

Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours
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See Australia's unique animals and birds in their natural environment on a rainforest wildlife-spotting tour in the Atherton Tablelands. Led by an expert nature guide, your small-group nocturnal tour visits a number of locations including lush tropical rainforest and a volcanic crater lake. See tree kangaroos, lizards and musky rat kangaroo by day, and search for platypus at dusk. Enjoy afternoon tea at Lake Barrine and dinner at a country restaurant, then go spotlighting for possum, bandicoots, owls, bats and tree kangaroos by starlight on this fascinating nocturnal wildlife tour.

Inclusions: Hotel pickup and drop-off, Local guide, Afternoon tea, Dinner, National Park fee, All equipment (binoculars, spotlighting gear, rain ponchos, reference materials), Air-conditioned vehicle

Exclusions: Drinks, unless specified

Reviewed By Jalee15

Just did a fantastic nature tour with Paul from Waitawhile. He pointed out so much wildlife that we would never have seen on our own. It was truly special. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the riches of this rainforest with a very informative guide.

8. Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls and Rainforest Day Tour Departing Cairns

Waterfall Wanderers
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Take a full, 11-hour day tour, and explore the very best of North Queensland. From lush tropical rain-forests and cascading waterfalls, to natural rock-slides and hidden waterfall caves. Filled with fun, full of laughter and music with just the right amount of interesting local commentary. Your guide is the most knowledgeable and passionate in the region. We'll provide you with tea & coffee in the morning and afternoon, and lunch is included along with loads of games and puzzles to keep you entertained on the bus. This is a group tour with a maximum of 27 people per bus.

Inclusions: Lunch, Local guide, Hotel pickup and drop-off, All Fees and Taxes, Tea and coffee

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Reviewed By pinto2125

It was a great experience.Our tour guy was Sam who was funny, dynamic , energetic and nothing was too hard . We saw amazing waterfalls, rainforests and great walks. We even got to see a couple of platypus. At no time did we feel rushed and Sam tried to accommodate everyone’s needs. He kept us entertained with jokes and stories . It is great value for money considering the many spots we visited . The whole trip ran smoothly and we would highly recommend it.

9. Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and Bloomfield Track Small Group Tour

Billy Tea Safaris
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This is the Original Daintree Rainforest Tour, locally owned and operated for over 36 years! Embark on a packed full-day adventure to Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the reef. Spot crocodiles on a Daintree River cruise, learn about flora, fauna and the history of the Daintree on a guided boardwalk tour, take a 4WD ride through a World Heritage-listed rainforest on the rugged Bloomfield Track. One of the only tour operators who can travel on the Bloomfield Track due to the custom-made 4WD vehicles! You'll have free time at famous Cape Tribulation to take a guided walk and enjoy lunch. Group size is limited for a more personalized experience, and the tour includes round-trip transport from Cairns or Port Douglas hotels.

Inclusions: Professional driver guide with live commentary, 1 Hour Daintree River Cruise with morning tea, Lunch, Hotel pickup and drop-off, National Park fees, Guided walk through the Daintree Rainforest and learn about Indigenous culture, flora & fauna, Swim in the rainforest at pristine Emmagen Creek, Spend time at the famous Cape Tribulation Beach - where the rainforest meets the reef, Cable Ferry crossing across the mighty Daintree River, Stop for an ice-cream on the way home (own expense)

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Reviewed By Turva81

I joined a Billy Tea Safari tour to the Daintree Rainforest last month and was so impressed with the guide - she told us so much about the environment in such a friendly and interesting way. Highlight of the day was seeing baby crocodiles on the Daintree River - just 1 week- and walking through the fan palms on one of the nature walks. Highly recommend.

10. Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, and Daintree Rainforest Day Trip from Cairns or Port Douglas

Active Tropics Explorer - Day Tours
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Marvel at the natural beauty of Cape Tribulation and its surrounding attractions on a day trip from Cairns and Port Douglas. Get ready for a day of native culture and UNESCO World Heritage–listed wonders, as this guided tour delivers it all: coastal drives, a rainforest walk, Mossman Gorge, the Daintree Rainforest, an indigenous 'Welcome to Country' event and smoke ceremony, and a river cruise, if selected when booking (the river cruise is an optional upgrade). Hotel pickup and drop-off and lunch are included.

Inclusions: Welcome to Country ceremony, Daintree River cruise (if option selected when booking), Lunch, Live commentary on board, Local guide, Hotel pickup and drop-off, Air-conditioned vehicle

Exclusions: Breakfast (available for purchase at Mossman Gorge), Ice cream (available for purchase at the optional stop Floravilla)

Reviewed By AmeliaaBeth

What a fantastic experience we had today touring with Stu who was very engaging, funny and relevant during our trip. Stu went above and beyond to make our tour memorable, from stopping at extra lookouts, taking the scenic route through towns and keeping us on our toes as we looked out for cassowaries which we ended up seeing 2! Our tour included swimming in Mossman Gorge, walking the rainforest, a river cruise with crocodile sightings, stopping for lunch at cape tribulation, another little walk through the Daintree, ice cream from a local Daintree farm, a stop at a lookout, the scenic route through port Douglas with a lookout stop and through palm cove. Stu was not only knowledgeable on our tour information but had lots of tips and good things to recommend we see and do for the rest of our holiday. Thanks for a great time !

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