The best way to see Cairns is from the sky, and there are a number of activities that allow the daring tourist to do just that.

If you organise a rental car in Cairns, you can partake in some or all of the following – enjoy your flight!

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

If you take a trip on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, you'll enjoy magnificent panoramic views of Cairns' tropical rainforests, which are on the World Heritage List and cover 900,000 square hectares.

You'll feel like a bird as you skim the treetops from the comfort of a cable car. The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway soars over approximately 7.5 kilometres of picturesque flora and fauna, and offers tourists an eco-friendly way of viewing this stunning landscape.

A return trip lasts for about two and a half hours. You shouldn't panic if its starts to rain on your drive over to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway – these tropical rainforests look even better when they're wet!

It will take you around 20 minutes in your rental car from Cairns to reach Cairns Western Arterial Road, Smithfield, which is where the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is located.

Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours

If you want to get even more up close and personal with the tropical rainforests of Cairns, we suggest you opt for a Jungle Surfing Canopy Tour. 

This will take you flying through the leaves on a fox zipline, with absolutely nothing between you and the Daintree Rainforest but air. Along the way, you'll stop at "tree platforms" so you can catch your breath, take some unique photos of the tropical rainforests and Great Barrier Reef, and soak in the spectacular view.

People of all ages can enjoy this activity. You will be accompanied on your adventure by "abseiling specialists" and tour guides, who can make sure you're completely safe and also educate you on the beautiful and intricate eco-system over which you're sailing.

Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours leave from Snake House, Cape Tribulation Road. You will have to drive for about two and a half hours to get here from Cairns, so set off early and make the most of your day!

Private Helicopter Tour

If you feel like spoiling yourself and enjoying a holiday in Cairns you'll never forget, take your family or that special someone on a scenic helicopter tour over the city and surrounding areas.

You'll be taken on a 30-minute flight over the Great Barrier Reef, where you can commit the sight of the azure water, marine life and gorgeous coral to memory.

You can only truly appreciate the sheer size and splendour of the Great Barrier Reef and Far North Queensland from the air, so make sure you take lots of photographs to share with your jealous friends and family back home!

This Private Helicopter Tour will also take you to Vlassof Cay, where you can enjoy a picnic lunch, snorkelling and stretching out on the golden sand for two wonderful hours.

Skydive Cairns

If admiring the view from a helicopter or plane just isn't enough, you can always jump out of one and enjoy the scenery as you plummet toward it!

Skydive Cairns offers tourists the highest tandem jump in Australia, so it's perfect for daredevils.

You'll drop approximately 14,000 feet in just 60 seconds – talk about an adrenalin rush! The company has been running since the late 80s, so its team is experienced and professional – and loves what they do!

You'll get a fantastic look at the tropical rainforests and Great Barrier Reef as you undergo this (literally) breathtaking experience. Try not to scream too loudly!