Cruises to Cairns
A cruise destination that’s steeped in historyInitially established as a township in 1876, Cairns was once home to a bustling port and gold fields. Nearly a century and a half later, visitors can discover the region’s rich culture and heritage by visiting its many World Heritage Listed sites on a P&O Shore Tour . Enjoy breathtaking views of the rainforest as you glide above the canopy on a Skyrail, Kuranda and Scenic Railway Tour, or go white water rafting on the Barron River in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. After dark, fill up on damper by firelight at the Cairns Night Zoo.
Experience nature like never beforeNature lovers will love every second of a P&O cruise to Cairns, which gives you an opportunity to experience some of the best that Far North Queensland has to offer. Swim, snorkel, and discover intricate coral gardens in the Great Barrier Reef, and get up close and personal with reef sharks, dolphins, turtles, and schools of brightly coloured tropical fish. Or, head inland and board the Kuranda Scenic Railway to immerse yourself in rainforest-clad mountains, sheer cliff faces, and panoramic views of the Coral Sea and Cairns
Find a P&O Cruise to CairnsP&O cruises to Cairns all year round. Join the 7-night Barrier Reef Discovery cruise from Brisbane or the 10-night cruise from Sydney.
At A Glance
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What To See in Cairns
Great Barrier ReefOne of the most popular Cairns holiday attractions is the Great Barrier Reef, and with good reason. There are plenty of activities, tours, and cruises to choose from which cater for ages, tastes and fitness levels.
Take a look around townEnjoy a dip in the man-made swimming lagoon on The Esplanade, where you’ll also find The Pier Marketplace, walking trails, and an amphitheatre. Or, learn about local Indigenous culture by dropping into Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park in Smithfield, to the north of the city.
Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic RailwayGlide just metres over the rainforest canopy onboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and enjoy spectacular views over Cairns and the surrounding World Heritage Listed tropical rainforests. Alternatively, join the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway and take a scenic journey through the mountains.
More About Cairns
DockingYour ship will dock at the Cairns Cruise Terminal. Clothing and souvenir shops, restaurants, supermarkets, and cafes are all within close walking distance from this point.
Getting AroundTaxis are widely available throughout the city.
Gourmet lovers will delight at the fabulous array of dining experiences, which ranges from fine restaurants and cafes to bistros, bars, pubs, and takeaway outlets. Follow your taste buds around the city centre and along The Esplanade, making sure to sample some local seafood and Queensland’s tropical and exotic fruits.
Please note that quarantine authorities do not generally allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products, and sandwiches to be taken off the ship. However, commercially packaged confectionery, chips, and bottled drinking water are allowed subject to inspection.