The Best Lookouts In Cairns

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Looking for the best lookouts in Cairns? Whether you’re planning a picnic, or just want to take some awesome photos, here’s the lookouts you need to check out!

Copperlode Dam Range

Driving the Copperlode Dam Range allows you to see some stunning lookouts in Cairns without even leaving your car!

Head up Lake Morris Road near Brinsmead and park your car at one of the many vantage points for a birdseye view of Cairns city. This one is especially beautiful after dark.

The Dome Climb

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Can’t choose between sweeping city views or the sight of the sea sparkling out to the horizon? Why not choose both!

The Dome Climb at Cairns ZOOM & Wildlife Dome offers one of the best lookouts in Cairns with a side of adrenaline. Venture outside the roof of the casino on an external platform and get ready to experience 360 degrees of Cairns from all angles!

Gaze out over the city and towards the rolling mountains, see Trinity Inlet flow out to the sea and towards the islands. Best of all, you’ll be tethered, so you can go hands free and take as many photos and videos as you want. Do it for the ‘gram.

Read more about the Dome Climb here.


Earl Hill Lookout

Get your gym gear out for this one, Earl Hill is one heck of a workout!

The trail starts near Bluewaters Estate in Trinity Park and is a popular spot with local fitness enthusiasts and dog walkers. After a sweaty 300 metre decent, enjoy gorgeous views of the Yorkey’s Knob Marina, Trinity Beach and out to Green Island.



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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway combines views of the world’s oldest rainforest with the cosmopolitan city of Cairns. Ascend on a cable car to see endless views of the rainforest and out to the ocean, then enjoy a birdseye view of Barron Falls and Barron Gorge.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is available on Tropic Wings Kuranda Day Tours.


Rex Lookout

Situated on the stunning Captain Cook Highway between Cairns and Port Douglas, Rex Lookout offers endless views of palm-fringed beaches. Look out over Wangetti Beach and see views of Double Island and Haycock Island.

You can even enjoy tandem paragliding off here if you dare!


Red Arrow

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The red arrow is the shortest walk of the many trails on Mt Whitfield. Leaving from the botanical gardens, this steep walk meanders through rainforest plants before ending with open views over Cairns city and the international airport.

On clear days, you can enjoy looking out towards Green Island an Fitzroy Island.