Cairns City & Surrounds Sightseeing Discovery Tour - Half Day

Tour Code: 200

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

Cairns - Yorkeys Knob Cruise Ship Shore Tour
  • Feasting on a freshly-baked scone at Flecker Botanic Gardens is a definite highlight. Go on, have another!
  • Remember your camera! Or at the very least remember your smartphone. There are so many gorgeous spots along the way you’ll want to look back on your photos to remember this afternoon. 

Included In Price

  • Half Day Tour
  • Experienced Local Guide
  • St Monica's Cathedral
  • Exclusive tour at Cairns Museum PLUS Free re-entry (valid 3 days)
  • Guided walk at Flecker Botanic Gardens
  • Devonshire Afternoon Tea
  • Cairns Lookout
  • Lower Barron Gorge National Park

From stunning look outs and waterfalls to a cathedral and sunsets by the beach, this afternoon half day Cairns tour showcase is run by experienced guides who will highlight the diverse beauty of this Tropical North Queensland city.

You’ll visit the world’s largest themed stained glass windows, depicting the story of creation, at St. Monica’s cathedral in Cairns.

Then it’s freshly-baked scones with jam and cream and a choice of locally grown tea, coffee, or hot chocolate before wandering through lush botanic gardens.

Stunning views from Cairns’ prime vantage points are next on the agenda, followed by a walk through the lower section of the Barron Falls National Park to Surprise Creek Falls.

Towards the end of the afternoon you’ll be taken to Palm Cove. This popular beach-side tourist destination north of the city was named after the trees that line the beach.

Soak in the sunset with the sand in your toes or stroll down the jetty before heading back to your accommodation or your cruise ship at Yorkeys Knob or the Cairns cruise liner terminal. 

Meeting Point

Your dedicated guide/driver will pick up guests from their accommodation on the Northern Beaches from midday.

Passengers staying in the city or on a cruise ship will be picked up from approximately 12:35pm.

For guests staying in Cairns hotels and Cairns cruise ships please make your way to our meeting point at the Reef Hotel Casino public entrance by 12:45 pm.

Discover the Rich History of Cairns

From the Cairns Marlin Marina, you’ll head straight to St Monica’s Cathedral.

While unassuming from the outside, its elegant interior, rich with history, will no doubt impress you.

Among its other showcases of beautiful craftsmanship throughout the cathedral, the star of the show is the world’s largest themed stained glass windows.

The series of 24 windows, known as the ‘Creation Windows’, depict the creation story by the Book of Genesis, with a local Australian slant. You certainly don’t need a religious affiliation to appreciate this artwork.

Additionally, the stained glass windows on the Abbott Street end of the church surrounding the main entrance commemorate 50 years of peace in the Pacific and are known as the ‘Peace Windows’. 

Exclusive Guided Tour Cairns Museum

Visit Cairns Museum at the School of Arts Building, in the heart of the city.

You will be greeted by a dedicated guide for an exclusive tour of the museum (free re-entry included, valid for 3 days).

Please note our visit is a 20 minute guided tour of the museum.

Guided Walk At Flecker Botanic Gardens

Next stop... Flecker Botanic Gardens to discover the unique flora of the tropics.

Enjoy a guided walk in the gardens before heading to Noa's for afternoon tea.

Devonshire Afternoon Tea

Next stop is a spot of afternoon tea, we visit Noa’s a local cafe in Edge Hill for a Devonshire afternoon tea.  

Cairns Lookout, Lower Barron Gorge and Palm Cove

Your guide will then take you to one of Cairns’ top lookouts, the Copperlode Dam Lookout, where you’ll enjoy uninterrupted scenic views.

From there you’ll be taken to the lower section of the Barron Gorge National Park to take in the spectacle of Surprise Creek Falls.

Then it’s on to the final spot for the afternoon... Palm Cove.

Named after the palm trees that line the beach, Palm Cove has mix of sophisticated restaurants, casual cafes, bars, boutiques, and resorts.

Take in the sunset with the sand between your toes, or stroll down the jetty before your return transfer to your accommodation. 

See more Cairns cruise ship tours and shore excursions.

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From


Departure Time
  • Cairns 12:30pm - returns 6:00pm
  • Northern Beaches 12:00pm - returns 5:30pm
Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Palm Cove
  • Cairns
  • Palm Cove
  • Cairns City & Surrounds Sights
  • Palm Cove
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Monday - Saturday

Daily except Sundays & public holidays


5.5 hours (approx)

Fitness Level Required


Additional Information
  • This tour requires a minimum of 4 passengers to run on the day.
  • Maximum number of passengers 20
  • The operator cannot guarantee pick up or drop off times and are not liable for passenger failure to connect with other services
  • Whilst we make every effort to safeguard our clients and their belongings we cannot be held responsible for personal injury or loss due to events which are beyond our control
  • Travel insurance is not included
  • Fuel charges and taxes included (GST included)
  • Tours operate with a driver-guide. Foreign Speaking guides on request
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable shoes and clothing
  • Water Bottle
  • Insect Repellent

Customer Reviews

Average Rating

Jennifer R

Reviewed on October 01, 2017

We enjoyed our tour and found it quite interesting. We would have preferred to do some more sightseeing rather than have afternoon tea at the gardens. We learnt a lot about the area as the guide was very knowledgeable.

Response From Barrier Reef Australia

Thanks Jennifer - it seems you were very busy whilst hear in Cairns and it's great to receive your feedback. We are pleased you enjoyed your Half Day tour of Cairns and were able to learn more about your beautiful city.

  • Child price applies to children 4 to 14
  • No infants age 0 to 3

All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions  for details prior to booking.

  • Cancellations within 24 hours prior to departure - 100% non-refundable
  • Cancellations within 7 days of departure - 50% non-refundable
  • The operator reserves the right to cancel any tour, change vehicle type, alter the itinerary or arrange an alternative operator if necessary.
  • All tours are subject to weather conditions.
  • No refund will be given in these circumstances or in the event of any delay curtailment or alteration of a trip resulting from any cause including severe weather conditions or mechanical failure.

Cairns City & Surrounds Sightseeing Discovery Tour - Half Day

Tour Code: 200

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

Cairns - Yorkeys Knob Cruise Ship Shore Tour



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$50.00
Family: au$270.00

Tour Code: 200



15 yrs & over

4 - 14 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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