Things to Do in Cairns in August.

We're still in the middle of our "busy" or "peak" tourist season in Cairns in August, so forward bookings are highly advised for all tours, accommodation and attractions. Although it's still winter, winter in the tropics is nothing to be afraid of, with sunny days and mild nights, it still resembles what many of you may consider to be summer in many parts of the world.

Great Barrier Reef cruises are in full swing, with calm days and great visibility it's a great month to try your hand at snorkelling or scuba diving. We've got a great "Budget Snorkel & Dive" cruise, with 1 introductory or 2 certified dives for $180 (as well as all the snorkelling you can do). If you're staying in Cairns for more than a few days you may want to consider our "Amazing 3 Day Reef Pass", it allows you to choose 3 out of 6 different reef cruises all for the one low price. You can potentially save over $200 with this pass.

The annual humpback whale season in Cairns is in full swing by August. While it's common to encounter whales on pretty much any reef cruise, we now have a dedicated "Cairns Whale Watching" cruise - with sightings guaranteed or you can go again for free.

August is also Festiavl time in Cairns. Festival Cairns has loads of free entertainment and activities, as well as many top touring artists and shows.


Kuranda Train & Skyrail - from $112

Kuranda Village is a quaint little town located at the top of the mountain range just behind Cairns. Kuranda is most famous because of its means of getting there. The Kuranda Scenic Train winds its way in an hour and a half journey up the mountain to Kuranda, and Skyrail is a cable car ride that takes at least one hour to get there, travelling above world heritage listed rainforest.

 Budget Snorkel & Dive - from $110

This trip offers you the best value diving and snorkelling on a one-day trip to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel or dive the amazing Outer Great Barrier Reef! See spectacular coral gardens teeming with a vast array of marine life. There's also some great deals on both introductory and certified scuba diving.

Amazing 3 Day Reef Pass - from $438

What a great deal! You can choose any 3 of the 6 below tours for the one low price. Thats a potential saving of over $200. There's options to visit both Green Island or the Low Isles. There's 3 different pontoon options, and 2 different scuba/snorkelling trips to choose from. All tours must be completed in 7 days, and photo ID must be supplied.

Whale Watching - from $99

There are few more emotional or moving experiences in nature than viewing Humpback Whales up close in their natural environment.Taking the opportunity to see these magnificent creatures will leave you with memories lasting a life time.This tour also offers a guarantee, if you don't see whales you can go again for free!

What is the Weather like in Cairns in August?


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Whats on in August 2014 in Cairns?

  • Regular local Community Markets (click here for Markets page)
  • 27th July to 3rd - Cairns Golf Week
  • 1st to 2nd - Cooktown Show
  • 3rd - Atherton Gem Festival
  • 8th - Mount Isa Rodeo
  • 9th to 10th - Cairns Cup Horseracing
  • 9th - Great Pyramid Race & Country Fair - Gordonvale
  • 9th - NQ Gold Panning Championship - Mareeba
  • 9th - Mt Carbine Bull & Bronc Ride - Mt Carbine
  • 9th - Cairns Cup Ladies Day - Horseracing Carnival
  • 10th - Cairns Cup - Horseracing Carnival
  • 10th - Full Moon
  • 16th to 1st Sep - Cairns Festival (click here for detailed program)
  • 18th - Cairns Festival Grand Parade & Fireworks
  • 17th - Mission Beach Banana Festival
  • 17th - Warbirds Airshow - Mareeba
  • 17th - Atherton Gem Festival
  • 23rd - Mission Beach Banana Festival 
  • 24th - Mareeba Multicultural Festival
  • 28th - Cairns Tropical Pride Festival
  • 29th -  Maize Festival Mardi Gras
  • 30th to 7th Sep - Cairns Festival
  • 30th - Cairns Festival Grand Parade & Fireworks



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