Local Attractions

Tourism Information & Local Attractions

Cairns and the surrounding area have a lot to offer in terms of tourism and attractions. Make the most out of your trip to the ISSRM by attending one of our great field trips (click here for more information) or create your own adventure! There are over 600 day tours departing from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, along with several Indigenous cultural experiences and tropical food trails. Below are some fun things to do recommended by the 2020 ISSRM conference organizers.

Tourism Tropical North Queensland features a guide to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef which includes travel information, popular things to do, and guides to plan your trip. Click here to view their guide.

Wet Tropics Management Authority lists comprehensive information regarding the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, cultural landscape, and other resources to explore the area. Click here to visit their website.

Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef includes information on current projects working to preserve the Great Barrier Reef. Click here to visit their website.

Australian Government Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority includes information on the Great Barrier Reef, conservation projects, and responsible reef practices. Click here to visit their website.

International Rural Sociology Association is holding their 15th annual world congress in Cairns July 8-12, 2020. Click here for more information.

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure is 40 minutes north of Cairns. Click here to visit their website.

Cairns Aquarium is only about a 15 minute walk from the conference venue. Click here to visit their website.

Cairns Botanic Gardens in only about a 10 minute drive from the conference venue. Click here to visit their website.

Daintree River Cruise Centre is about 90 minutes north of Cairns. Click here to visit their website.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway in only about a 15 minute drive from the conference venue. Click here to visit their website.

Tjapukai in only about a 15 minute drive from the conference venue. Tjapukai is best for larger groups, but can also accommodate a few individuals. Their website includes great information on indigenous cultural experiences.  Click here to visit their website.

Ride Cairns in only about a 5 minute walk from the conference venue. Click here to visit their website.