10 Ways To See The Rainforest From Cairns
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10 Ways To See The Rainforest From Cairns

From serene, scenic lookouts, to swinging over the rainforest like Tarzan, there’s a way to see the Rainforest from Cairns for everyone! 

Whether you want to learn about rare rainforest flora and fauna, or dream of floating in blue rainforest pools, Cairns has you covered! Fringed by luscious World Heritage Rainforest and flanked by the iconic Great Barrier Reef, this cosmopolitan city is the perfect basis to explore the rainforest from.

The Wet Tropics Rainforest spans for 450km and consists of 29 different national parks. Iconic Cairns Rainforest destinations include the Daintree, Cape Tribulation, Kuranda and the Atherton Tablelands.

Ready to get into the green (pun intended) and visit the Rainforest from Cairns? Here’s 10 ways to see the Rainforest from Cairns.


Daintree Rainforest Guided Boardwalk Tours

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The world-famous Daintree Rainforest is undeniably beautiful, but did you know that many of its leafy residents have been around since the dinosaur era? You can literally time travel to 180 million years in the past by taking a guided boardwalk tour. Join a knowledgeable guide as you meander through the world’s oldest rainforest, learning about local flora and fauna.

Discover plants that breathe through snorkels (yes really) and giant stick insects that eject peppermint scented liquid. How’s that for stories to tell your friends back home?

Daintree Guided Boardwalk Tours are available on Jungle Tours and Trekking’s Go Wild Tour and Tropic Wing’s Cape Tribulation Tour, Daintree & Wildlife


Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

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Superman; eat your heart out, humans have found a way to fly and it’s over the rainforest canopy. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is an almost gravity-defying cable car experience from Cairns to Kuranda over the stunning Wet Tropics Rainforest. Glide over divine a sea of dense rainforest and over the mighty Barron Falls.

Hop off at the two stations; Barron Falls and Red Peak and wander through the rainforest. There’s even a new virtual reality app that allows you to see iconic rainforest animals at the touch of a button. This is truly when the ancient and the brand new collide…

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is available as part of many of Tropic Wing’s Kuranda Tours


Amphibious Army Duck Tour At Rainforestation

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It doesn’t get more quirky than exploring the rainforest from an original World War 2 Army Duck! These incredible vehicles were manufactured between 1942 and 1944, that makes them around 77 years old!

Hop aboard this amphibious duck and go quackers as you explore the rainforest. The passionate duck driver will point out rainforest flora and fauna as you make your way down the rainforest track. Your duck driver will become a captain as the vehicle transforms into a boat and glides across the man-made lake. Look out for water dragons and the bright blue Ulysses butterfly!

The Amphibious Army Duck Touis available as part of many of Tropic Wing’s Kuranda Tours. Alternatively, book through Rainforestation Nature Park.


The Famous Waterfall Circuit

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Remember Peter Andre’s “Mysterious Girl”? Well you can actually swim in the waterfall he flounced around topless in!

Head to the Atherton Tablelands and spend the day waterfall hopping on the Waterfall Circuit and meander through the rainforest too three stunning waterfalls; Millaa Millaa Falls, Zillie Fallas and Ellinjaa Falls.

Millaa Millaa Falls is a dreamy plunge waterfall surrounded by divine rainforest. Believe us when we say that there’s a reason it’s the most photographed waterfall in Australia!

Zillie Falls have a fantastic viewing platform of the top of the falls.

Ellinjaa Falls can be reached by a short walk through the rainforest that is lined with stunning tree ferns and winding vines. Watch water gracefully cascade over lava columns and keep an eye out for turtles!


Jungle Surfing

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Get ready to live out your Tarzan dreams! Jungle Surfing allows you to zipline over the top of the rainforest.

Located in Cape Tribulation, Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours allows you to get a literal birds-eye view of the ancient Daintree Rainforest, whilst getting that glorious adrenaline fix. Stop at the platforms and learn about the evolution of the world’s oldest rainforest and the plants and animals that call it home.

You have two options whilst Jungle Surfing: scream “ahhhhh” Tarzan style or sing “in the jungle, the mighty jungle”. The choice is yours…

Head out on Go Jungle Surfing to experience the magic yourself.


Wooroonooran Safaris

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This lesser-known cousin of the Daintree and Kuranda Rainforest is equally as stunning! Wooroonooran National Park is located around an hour south of Cairns and features dreamy rainforest streams, breathtaking waterfalls and the two highest montains in Queensland.

Wooroonooran Safaris offers action-packed tours of this lesser-known area of the Wet Tropics Rainforest. Meander through towering rainforest trees to Josephine Falls, a fairytale, three-tear waterfall with vibrant jade pools. Visit the ancient Babinda Boulders and cool off from the tropical heat in the cool, clear water. Head to Eubanangee Swamp and learn about the various flora and fauna that dwell in another of Tropical North Queensland’s most important ecosystems: wetlands. Search for Estaurine Crocodiles on a river cruise and see the worlds largest reptile basking in its natural environment.

See more about Woorooonooran Safaris here.


Rainforest Lookouts

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If endless green stretching to meet the reef is your kind of thing, rainforest lookouts are for you! Our favourite is Alexandra Range Lookout. This gorgeous view is truly a fern-fringed dream! Sweeping over miles of endless rainforest to the mouth of the Daintree River and it’s centre point of swirling sand, this is the definition of an Instagram-worthy view.

Alexandra Range Lookout is part of our Jungle Tours Go Wild Day Tour and Tropic Wings Cape Tribulation, Daintree & Wildlife tour.


Kuranda Scenic Railway
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If you dream of a rainforest experience that’s serene, why not ch-ch-choose the Kuranda Scenic Railway?

Journey through the Wet Tropics rainforest to the funky rainforest village of Kuranda. Be amazed as you weave through tunnels, past steep canyons and over flowing rainforest waterfalls. Hop off the train at Barron Falls station and see one of the largest waterfalls in the Cairns area.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is available as part of many of Tropic Wing’s Kuranda Tours


Jungle Tours & Trekking

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Want to see the Daintree Rainforest from Cairns? Jungle Tours and Trekking offers action-packed youth adventure tours to the Daintree and Cape Tribulation.

Departing from Cairns, start your rainforest adventure by getting up close and personal with Aussie animals at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. You can see iconic and rare rainforest animals, including the Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo and Cassowary. Or if you like your Aussie animals cute and fluffy, you can even cuddle a koala!

Journey to the Daintree Rainforest and enjoy a smorgasbord of unforgettable rainforest experience. Search for wild saltwater crocodiles on the Daintree River, get your photo fix at Alexandra Range Lookout and venture across the Daintree on the Daintree Ferry. Learn about ancient rainforest inhabitants on a guided rainforest boardwalk tour and live out your survivor fantasies on Cape Tribulation Beach.


Tropic Wings Tours

Got the Kuranda Rainforest planted firmly on your travel-dial? Tropic Wings Tours offers Kuranda Rainforest tours from Cairns featuring a range of activities and inclusions.

Fly over the rainforest on Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and return via the stunning Kuranda Scenic Rail. Explore the rainforest from a vintage army duck at Rainforestation during your time in Kuranda. Whilst your here, get the whole Aussie experience and meet Australian animals and experience Indigenous culture first-hand.

Visit the largest butterfly exhibit in the Southern Hemisphere; Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and see the bright green Cairns Birdwing Butterfly. Explore Kuranda Markets and enjoy the quirky vibe of the village in the rainforest.

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