Diving and snorkelling the reef are two of the most popular activities in Cairns. There are hundreds of operators, offering varying levels of service and amenities. Most people find a smaller operator is best, as they can get to parts of the reef bigger boats can’t and usually offer a more personalised tour. To see the hinterland and the reef from above, book a hot air balloon flight, or if you’re daring, try skydiving or hang-gliding. If you have time, take a day to visit the Daintree Rainforest. It’s 90 minutes north of Cairns by road but is well worth it - there is nowhere else like the Daintree. Dense, ancient rainforests reach all the way to white sandy beaches and colourful coral reefs, and much of it has been barely touched by humans. If you’re lucky, you might see wild cassowaries, goannas and flying foxes.